Another month come and gone before I knew it. May was good to me because even though I was busy with school, I still found time to squeeze in some good TV, good reading, and an author signing.
This month I had the pleasure of meeting one of my faves and fellow Canadian, Moira Young:
She was soooo lovely! I bombarded her with questions about Nero and Tracker (Saba's pet crow and wolfdog from the Dust Lands Trilogy) when it was my turn to talk to her and she provided thorough answers to everything I asked. What's more, she actually knew how to pronounce my name (Eilidh)! If you're keeping count (I know I am), that makes Moira Young the third author I have met who knew how to pronounce my Scottish Gaelic name (the other two were Beth Revis and Elizabeth Wein). I am very impressed by this because it is extremely rare that people I meet know how to pronounce my name and yet so far, a high proportion of the authors I have met have known immediately! Authors know their stuff is all I'm saying.
In the wake of finishing Downton Abbey last year, I have been on the lookout for other period dramas to become obsessed with and boy did I ever find some in May!
Mr Selfridge, The Bletchley Circle, Call the MidwifeMr Selfridge tells the story of the real life founder of Selfridge's department store in London in the early 1900s. This is the guy who, from what I understand, basically revolutionized the retail industry. Ambur recommended it to me as a means of satisfying my Downton Abbey withdrawal and I can't thank her enough because of course I loved it!
The Bletchley Circle follows four British women who used to be codebreakers during WWII. Together, they solve mysteries in a most ingenious manner! So not only does The Bletchley Circle satiate my period drama obsession, but my love of mysteries, as well!
Call the Midwife is set in London's poor East End in the 1950s in which many, many babies were being born and midwives were desperately needed. I first heard about Call the Midwife from Sara and have been wanting to watch it ever since. I haven't quite finished up the available episodes yet, but I'm loving every minute of it so far!
And because it felt like such a momentous event for me, I must make mention of the Great John Green Read of 2014:
vlogbrothers since 2007 and yet I hadn't quite ever gotten around to reading John's books. What can I say? Contemporary just isn't my forte. But with the imminent release of The Fault in Our Stars movie, I knew I needed to finally read the book and I knew I wanted to read John's books in chronological order. Thus what I have dubbed the Great John Green Read of 2014 was born. I'll talk more about what I thought about the experience soon in a separate post, but I am definitely happy to have finally read them and I definitely enjoyed these reads! I guess this means that I can now call myself a legit John Green fan.
Blog Posts in May:
My Life in April: Ripley's Aquarium, Easter Eggs, and Meeting Laini Taylor
Waiting On Wednesday: Penguin Summer 2014 Catalog
Waiting On Wednesday: Simon & Schuster Summer 2014 Catalog
Top Ten Most Beautiful and Unique Bookshelves (AKA Bookshelf Porn)
Review: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor - 4.5 Stars
Review: Rebel Heart by Moira Young - 4 Stars
Review: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - 2 Stars
In Which I Read Non-Fiction For The First Time And Find Out That It Can Actually Be Really Good - I received so many great non-fiction recommendations from you guys on this post! Bookish friends are THE BEST! THANK YOU.
Best Book Read in May: