Annnnd, it’s time for the May monthly wrap-up!
on the bookshelf
Added to the bookshelf this month, other than review copies, were a few for-fun ones! Life After by Katie Ganshert (after all the amazing #bookbestie reviews), Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano (yay for giveaways!), and finally a paperback version of The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall (now my Everstone Chronicles series is complete on the shelf!).
on the blog
Most popular posts:
- Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Memorable Moms in Literature
- How-To: Solar Dyed Yarn Project (With Kool-Aid)
- April Happenings
Most popular book reviews:
- I’ll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones
- The White Feather Murders by Rachel McMillan
- Right Where We Belong novella collection
- Unraveling by Sara Ella (review + excerpt)
in the kitchen
One of the new things I made this month was this “healthy” flourless almond butter chocolate muffin recipe. Of course, I added extra chocolate chips. It was awesome!
This sorta fits in the kitchen category. I found myself drooling over several Instagram accounts one evening and stumbled upon this mostly-vegan Instagram account! It’s just SO PRETTY I want to stare at all the yummy food.
on the screen
I’ve seen a few movies this month, but the very best was Lion. A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. (summary from imdb.com) To say this is an excellent movie is an understatement. It is an emotional rollercoaster of the very best kind that exhibits the powerful love of family, whether related by blood or by choice. It was even more special to me because I have close family members who are adopted from India.
Oh, and another epic thing I finished this month was the PBS-aired American Experience 3 part documentary The Great War, outlining America’s role during that awful war, including fascinating profiles of individuals and a ton of footage and photographs. I’ve since added several of WWI-era books to my TBR (thank you, Rachel McMillan, for starting that list for me!). If you have any to recommend, please do so in the comments!
On the small screen, I enjoyed the new Hallmark movie The Art of Us. It took the “My Fair Lady” plot basis and turned it into a sweet romance and lesson in honesty. The characters were portrayed in a genuine manner by their respective actors. I thought the chemistry and flirty banter between the two leads was adorable! And, the way the ending was (and wasn’t) neatly wrapped up felt realistic. If I haven’t convinced you, check out this review of it on The Silver Petticoat Review.
around the web
Thanks to awesome author e-newsletters (I’m talking about you, Hillary Manton Lodge), I heard about this article touting Emma Watson’s acting skill and Oscar-worthy performance. It’s fun.
Rachael and Meghan have started a new blog series titled “Love Life & Literature: Romance in Real Life”, with new posts up each Friday. They are discussion relationships and singleness from a romance-loving, Christian worldview. Start with the first installment, On Meet-Cutes & Settling.
If you aspire to write or plot a story, you might find this Novel Rocket article by author Dawn Crandall helpful. I thought it an interesting way to plot the plot beforehand :).
Wow, so many cool things for the month of May! Flourless almond butter chocolate muffins sounds ah-mazing. I have to try. I also have to go read your review for Unraveling. I’ve had that one pre-ordered on Amazon for about a month now and I CAN’T WAIT. Ah, love everything you said about Lion. I saw it with my dad (he grew up in India) and it was such an emotional experience for him because it really reminded him of his childhood. Such a powerful movie! Anyways, before this comment gets any longer, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this Courtney! ❤
Thank you! May was a busy & fun month, for sure! The muffins are soooo good! FYI, I used a mix of semi & bittersweet choclate in them because I prefer dark chocolate.
Unraveling = mind-blowing, yet again!
Lion! Yes! How neat that your dad could relate in such a way. A friend of mine recently traveled there for business and said the conditions in the film were spot-on.
No worries on long comments! I’m so happy you took the time to “drop by”!
Love all of these wrap up fun happenings, Courtney! (And it only took me nearly a month to get by to read this fun.)
YAY for amazing books. Enjoy Katie’s. *hopes you enjoy* And soon as I read “Unraveling,” I’ll have to make a point to come by and read your review!
New recipes are always fabulous!
And thanks so much for the review link of “The Art of Us.” Isn’t it cute?? Gotta love Hallmark. 🙂
Well, it’s only taken me a little less than a week to reply to all of YOUR comments 😉
I’m enjoying Katie’s right now, hopefully to finish tonight! It’s pretty profound. Unravelling is amazing — enjoy!
And yes, The Art of Us is one of Hallmark’s recent best! 🙂 So fun!