May Wrap Up: Lots of Travel, Few Books

Yeah, so this month has not been great for books, but on the flip side, my life has been pretty damn amazing. I think this is the happiest I’ve been in, like, ten years, and I’m just praying things don’t go south.

Books

I read a total of four books, which sounds like very few, but I’m honestly surprised I managed to read even that, considering that I just wanted to sleep when I had the chance. Oddly enough, this month is all romance.

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Not Books (but mostly books)

  • So. Much. Travel. I went to seven cities across the UK and Ireland (Dublin, Derry, Roscommon, Cork, Dublin, London, and Edinburgh) and now I feel I could do a fairly long ramble about Irish history on the spot because I learned SO MUCH.
  • I also feel like I’ve grown a lot as a person being away from my family. This is really the first time I’ve had the chance to be independent, and I’ve done so many things that are out of my comfort zone and honestly loved every second of it. I normally have really bad anxiety about trying new things, especially with new people, but I made myself get out there and be up for doing everything. I had so many fun, memorable experiences, from chatting up locals in Derry over a pint of Guinness and seeing live Irish music, walking around Dublin on my own for a day and eating delicious food in a restaurant by myself, connecting with old friends in Scotland. It was genuinely amazing and I hope I can keep this momentum up when I get home. 
  • And the museums. The museums are amazing. I think my personal favourite was the Victoria and Albert Museum in London – it was such a pleasant surprise. 
  • I went to Blackfriars Bridge and had a moment of silence for Jem Carstairs, whom I love and miss dearly and cannot wait to see again in Ghosts of the Shadow Market
  • I went to Trinity College and saw the Long Room, which is the single most BEAUTIFUL library I’ve ever seen, and smelled strongly of old books. I was literally moved to tears, which was kind of embarrassing. I also dropped too much money at the gift shop because of it. 
  • Another place: Giant’s Causeway, which was absolutely breathtaking–this was something I didn’t know we were doing until about two hours beforehand, and I’m so grateful we got to see it. 
  • I spent a good three hours tearing up London looking for the UK edition of Six of Crows, one for me and one for my friend, but the important thing is that I found it and it is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.
  • finally got to see Les Misérables in the Queens Theatre with the original staging and turntable – just in time, because it gets revamped in July. I loved it – I could see this musical a hundred times and never get bored, and the turntable added so much to it and I’m sad to see it go. 

And hey, because I’ve been on a vague hiatus and have barely had time to breathe this month, much less check WordPress, please show me your favourite posts that you’ve written this month!! I would love to see them!

Now I’m going to treat y’all to some pictures I took because I’m a narcissist. 

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7 thoughts on “May Wrap Up: Lots of Travel, Few Books

  1. This looks so so good! I would love to see the long room, I think I would have cried too! It’s so beautiful!😍

  2. I’m so glad you had such an amazing time while traveling!! I’m very jealous, but also happy for you 😄 When I studied abroad in London, I also got to see Les Mis!! And visited Edinburgh (my favorite city I’ve ever been) and Dublin – though I didn’t see the library in Trinity College. Loved reading about all your travels! 😄

    1. Thanks! Edinburgh is SUCH a beautiful city, I think it’s definitely one of my favourites – it tops London and Dublin. I’d love to spend more time there. Jealous of you studying abroad in London, though! I’d love to live in London for a bit.

  3. even if you didn’t get to read as many books as you hoped, life is important too so I’m glad yours has been going well! fingers crossed that it continues 🤞 travel and independence are one of my big goals in life, so I’m a little bit jealous but mostly happy for you getting to experience them and make what sounds like wonderful memories!! and until I have the time and budget to actually travel I live vicariously through others, so your photos are much appreciated 😉

    I’ve been meaning to read S. Jae-Jones’ books, they’re all so pretty and the synopses are intriguing. glad you enjoyed The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test, I did too!

    1. I hope you get to travel soon 🙂 I’ve done a lot of living vicariously through photos and blogs – honestly, in my life I’ve probably read more travel blogs than book blogs, because every now and then I get seized by inexplicable wanderlust.

      S. Jae-Jones’ books are SO atmospheric and lyrical. I really enjoyed Wintersong!

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