May Recap // End of School, New Blog Schedule, & Ask Me Questions for My Q&A!!

Another month has passed us by.

I have to say, I’m not sad to see May go. It wasn’t a terrible month by any account, but it did have its fair share of stress, what with dance recitals and AP exams and end of the year projects…but now it’s summer, and I’m feeling so excited for relaxation!

Besides, May did have some high moments, like my recitals (yes, they were stressful but amazing) and hitting 500 followers on Purely Olivia! Hi yes, I’m utterly crying over this and will do more of this later on in this post. So, all in all, I’m glad it’s over but not sorry it happened. I make no sense.

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In this post, I’ll be talking about everything that happened this month (what I read, what I didn’t blogged, how life went) and then there will be an extra special google form (!!) where you can ask me any questions!! As I’ll explain later in this post, I’m doing a Q&A, and I would love for you to ask me anything.

Now, before I keep rambling on and just further confuse us all- let’s get into the recap!

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For most of May, I had more homework and stress than I ever have in my entire life up to this point…and that was definitely reflected in the number of books I read.

A Night DividedWe Are OkayThe Mysterious Benedict SocietyThe Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #2)

I read A Night Divided and We Are Okay at the beginning of the month, before all the stress set in, and then I reread the Mysterious Benedict Society series (currently in the progress of reading the third book) because I needed a comfort book and the MBS is honestly the ultimate comfort book.

All in all, not a horrible reading month. Not a great one, but respectable. I can tell June is going to be much better, though!


How I Did on May Goals:

  • Read 5 books ❌ so close…
  • Be more active on bookstagram ✅❌ I was at the end of the month!

June Reading Goals:

  • Read 10 books
  • Read at least 4/6 books on my Pride TBR
  • Go to the library
  • Take a lot of bookstagram pictures
  • Grow my bookstagram!!
  • Stay active in bookstagram with liking pictures/stories/posting
  • Explore new genres

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I think we all know just how much I abandoned my blog this month?? I already talked about it in the beginning of this post and in my April recap, but y’all, life was just absolutely crazy. Busy, non-stop, breakneck speed, stressful, all of the above apply.

I did post twice though? Better than nothing, I suppose. 😉

  • I posted my April Recap literally at the end of May, and if that doesn’t sum up how my month went, I’m not sure what does.
  • Last week I posted my Pride Month TBR and I loved talking about all the amazing books with y’all and I can’t wait to read them.

Starting this June, I’m going back to my summer blogging schedule! That means I’ll be posting not only Mondays but also Thursdays. *shimmies in excitement* I’m starting this schedule the week of June 10th, and I’m so excited for more blogging.


An amazing blogging milestone happened this May that I’m still in shock over! I reached 500 followers on Purely Olivia!

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Thank you all so, so much from the bottom of my heart! I truly never thought this would happen to my little book blog?? You’re all so kind and wonderful and I love getting to know you through the comments and your blogs. Thank you all for being so supportive and sweet and BEAUTIFUL.💓

I just- I don’t have the words for how grateful I am. Please, if you’re reading this, put the computer down for a moment and hug yourself and pretend that hug is from me.

I wanted to do something special to hit this milestone, and I realized I haven’t done a Q&A since I hit 50 followers. So, what better way to celebrate than another Q&A?

If you’d like to ask me any questions (please do!) about anything- blogging, reading, writing, dance, my life in general, favorites, literally anything- then just fill out the google form below and I’ll answer your questions in a future post. Likely in July!

Thank you so much for taking the time to fill this out, and of course, thank you again for being the most amazing readers and friends.🙌🏼


How I Did on May Goals:

  • Post my recap and one other post ✅
  • Try to read other posts ✅❌ I feel like I could have tried more?

Blogging Goals for June:

  • Keep to my summer blogging schedule
  • Read other posts, stay caught up!
  • Keep track of posts I loved
  • Do a tag
  • Do a discussion posts
  • Have fun


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I’ve definitely made my May sound undesirable, what with my complaining about school and exams and stress, and while that’s all true, there were definitely some high moments.

  • My dance recital. My dance recital was amazing! It was the best one yet. This year, the group of girls I dance with was like my family and it was an emotional, powerful weekend. Also kind of tiring. Because there were two dress rehearsals and five shows. Recital always reminds me why!! I!! dance!!
  • End of school things. After exams and final grades, we had some more chill days like a carnival thing and lots of cards and movie watching, and then end of the year awards! I wouldn’t say any of these things were amazingly fun, but it was a relaxing end to the year.
  • It became summer. My summer vacation started a couple days ago, and I’m already so much happier than I was during the school year. I’ve been to the pool, hung out with friends, had time for myself- summer is a time of thriving.

That being said, I’m so looking forward to June. I don’t have any plans besides volunteering at my church’s Bible camp and doing a couple weeks of summer dance, but I can tell it’s going to be a productive month and I’m feeling good about it. 🙂


There we have it, my May in a nutshell! This recap was a little short because I spent most of my month focusing on school instead of reading or blogging, but it’s okay. Thankfully that’s over now. XD

I hope that y’all had a lovely month and that June treats you wonderfully.✨

How was your May? What book(s) do you reread for comfort? Are you on summer vacation? Did you ask me questions? I’d love to chat with you all in the comments.

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Credits for my featured image >> Photo by Samuel Fyfe on Unsplash


39 thoughts on “May Recap // End of School, New Blog Schedule, & Ask Me Questions for My Q&A!!

  1. Congrats on hitting 500 followers, Olivia!! but also WHOOO Congrats on getting through another month especially with all your AP exams and dance recitals ❤️ It’s still amazing that you managed to read during this busy time. I hope you have an even better June!!

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  2. I’m so sorry that this last month has been a little stressful, Olivia, but yay for holidays and summer and time to relax now hopefully!
    CONGRATULATIONS on the followers AHH THIS IS SO VERY EXCITING yay and so well deserved, you’re amazing x I’ll think of questions to ask for sure ahhhh. Very exciting!
    Sending you lots of love and have a lovely June! ❤

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  3. CONGRATS ON 500 FOLLOWERS!!!! And also congrats on making it through May Madness. :))
    Ohh, will you be doing reviews on A Night Divided and We are Okay? I have A Night Divided downloaded as an audiobook right now. I’ve always liked the cover of We are Okay. The contrasting colors are interesting. I can feel that June is going to be a solid reading month for me too. I don’t know why or how, but 2019 has been good reading-wise in general.
    What genres are you thinking of trying for your reading goal?
    I had chill days at the end of May too. We watched Dunkirk in history class, ate cookies and also listened to my chemistry sub (our chemistry teacher is on maternity leave!) tell crazy stories (have you learned about Chernobyl, the nuclear plant accident? I didn’t know what it was until this year and then we get a chem sub who grew up in Ukraine really close to the accident).
    And yes, I will be asking you questions! I’m trying to think of some right now.

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    • THANK YOU!! And we made it, somehow. ;))
      I will! I have so many books I want to mini review, so it might take me a while but I promise I will review them. 2019 has been good reading-wise for me, too! I hope June is wonderful for you.
      I want to read fantasy, but I was also thinking of trying to find a good historical fiction and possibly even a nonfiction.
      I’ve never heard of Chernobyl! That’s crazy. What happened? (It’s crazy how much knowledge there is out there in the world that I will never know.)
      Yay! Thank you!

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      • Ohhh, have fun with trying historical fiction and maybe a non-fiction!
        Okay, I can’t go into much detail about this either because I just don’t have the detail to tell you. This is what I know. It was in Ukraine, I think around 1990, and this nuclear plant had a huge disaster and seriously destroyed the surrounding environment and made it extremely dangerous. I know right? And knowledge that is hugely important to entire countries too.

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  4. Congratulations on 500 followers!!! I can’t seem to convey my excitement for this through the comment BUT OH MY GOD IM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! Okay, phew. I feel like I’ve now gotten the message across 😂

    Ooooh, seeing The Mysterious Benedict Society has brought back some serious nostalgia, I’m in the mood of rereading it now 😍

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    • Aww, thank you SO MUCH!😭❤️You’re so kind, ahhhh. I appreciate you always being so supportive of me!! *hugs through computer screen*

      YOU SHOULD. Every time I reread MBS, I just feel so happy! All the characters are precious little cinnamon rolls.


    • Thank you so much for sending questions! I appreciate it so much. ❤️Yes, I read When Dimple Met Rishi and I loved it! Like you said, I loved the feminism and diversity. I adored both Dimple and Rishi and it was just overall amazing. Happy reading!


  5. Our dance life is so similar lmao, I also had two dress rehearsals and five shows?? (I also was very exhausted.) Anyways, so many congrats on 500 followers! It is 100% deserved and I can’t wait to see your blog grow even more ❤ And I'm so happy you're rereading MBS, I reread the first book last year and it was such a warm feeling to return to a book that gave me so much nostalgic 😍 I hope you have an amazing June, and I can't wait to see you be more active on bookstagram with all your beautiful photos!!!

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    • Haha, that’s so cool! Ahh, thank you so much, May.💓I can’t thank you enough for all your support throughout the years! (Crazy that we’ve been reading each other’s blogs long enough to say “years.”🙈) I love, love MBS so much. Every time I reread it I remember just how smol and adorable all the characters are. Thank you so much! I hope your June is wonderful, too.

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  6. YOU STILL READ A GOOD AMOUNT OF BOOKS!! I would love to read We Are Okay sdfjkf. Also, good luck on conquering your Pride tbr!! I believe in you and you can do it!! ❤ I'm incredibly jealous that you've already passed summer but at the same time I'm terrified of my finals lmao help.

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  7. Sounds like you had an interesting month!! I loved The Mysterious Benedict Society! Those books were amazing! May was kinda an eh month for me too because I was finishing up freshman year and then settling into a new routine at home.

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