Am Currently Update: Book Blogger Awards, 3-Day Dance Intensive, & I Entered a Writing Contest??

If you know me, you know I’ve been up to some WILD things.

Just kidding!!! The most exciting thing I did this summer was go to an outdoor water park for 5 hours, come back home, and actually get shocked that I visibly tanned. I’m not smart, clearly.

But while I may not have done any wild things, have been a little busy with a bunch of little things! And since I have nothing better to do, why not talk about all those little things!!

I always enjoy “#amcurrently updates”, because I love rambling about what’s going on in my life even if absolutely no one cares. I don’t know how interesting they are to read, because it truly is just me talking about myself—but my blogging time has been eaten up by a certain awards taking place, and I wanted something fun and easy to post!!

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Starting off with the thing people care about the most!!!

Yesterday was the deadline to submit nominations, and… I’ve pretty much already counted up all the nominations and made the voting form already. (Yes, hello, it’s 3am May writing this.) There’s still something small I’m debating over, but everything is almost good to go for the voting round!

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my graphics and I are READY

I also decided that I was going to make a list of all exactly 400 bloggers nominated with the links to their blogs available to the public and… let’s just say it would have been a lot easier if I’d decided this from the start. Having to go back and add links is very time-consuming, especially if I have to go look for the blog link myself!

So what I’m saying is: YOU BETTER USE THIS LIST otherwise my hard work will be for nothing!!!

Reminder that you can vote for the top bloggers of each category this Wednesday, July 24, to Wednesday, July 31! Check back on my blog at 6AM CDT on the 24th for a post with the voting form embedded in it (as well as a link to it).

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I’m going through the worst slump I’ve had in the last few years, and it makes me want to cry!!

Pretty much the only thing that can get me to read is buddy reads, because I’m expected to actually read and talk about the book with other people. The two (2) books I read this month so far were buddy reads, and I’ve been trying and failing to read a book on my own for a week now!

Girls of Storm and Shadow (Girls of Paper and Fire, #2)  Her Royal Highness (Royals, #2)  Empyrea
my July reads so far

What makes this slump my worst is that 1) I’m even struggling to feel motivated to read webcomics (hello!! I love webcomics precisely because they are short and easy to read!!!), and 2) I’m not letting myself reread any books until September and December, when I’ll be rereading the Legend and Six of Crows series. And a little devil named Lily keeps tempting me to read The Foxhole Court.

So if you have any tips for getting out of a slump that don’t involve rereading favorites or reading things like webcomics, I would DIE to hear them.

(I also will be posting a TBR for August and I really really hope I can stick to it, because it’s something I’ve been very excited for!! If anyone wants to buddy read anything on said TBR, PLEASE tell me; it would help me out so much and it would be a lot of fun!)

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Last week, I submitted 11.7k (3 very long chapters) to a writing contest. And I honestly thought my writing was terrible, and not in a modest or humble way, but my friends feedback on it made me feel a lot better and confident!

I also thought I was going to abandon this WIP for my new shiny WIP idea… but now I’m not feeling the same? Getting feedback from my friends really reinvigorated me, I think, and I also just don’t feel that exact about my new WIP idea anymore. But for now I’m taking a break from writing because I’m DRAINED.

But here are a few tiny little snippets of what I submitted! They’re nothing special, just parts I Actually liked:

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berry 2  QUEER EYE  berry 1

Season 4 came out just this last Friday, and I thankfully haven’t finished it yet because I’ve been busy the past 2 days (as in I’ve only watched 1 episode), but I love this show so much and it makes me so, so happy!! The Fab Five are just so cheerful and positive that it makes me feel that same way, and some of the episodes make me really emotional too.

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berry 2  MUSIC  berry 1

I included this music part SOLELY to say that if I don’t have Bashed Out by This is the Kit on repeat… then I have my playlist titled “tiktok :(” on repeat. Yes, it’s a playlist of songs from Tiktok. Yes, I am ashamed.

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This section is purely here for me to STRESS and PANIC and FREAK OUT, because I have to go back to school in less than 3 weeks, and just thinking about it makes me want to cry!! I feel like I’ve only been on summer break for approximately 1 week, and just imagining going back to that hellhole makes me sick.

I’m using this image in all my posts and you can’t stop me

I also am training for a Model United Nations conference that my school is running this year, since I wanted to be a part of the staff, and the position I’m training for is the highest position in a committee… and is also a position I don’t want. It makes exactly 0 sense for me to train for something I don’t even want to be, but whatever!! I love unnecessarily stressing myself out!!!!

(As you can tell, I am the most enthusiastic about this part of my life.)

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And finally, I’ll be a lot less active this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday because of my dance intensive! On Tuesday and Wednesday, I have dance from 9am to 8:30pm, and on Thursday, I have dance from 9am to 4pm. So I’ll either be dancing or resting, and I likely won’t have the energy to do a lot of online things because I know I’m going to feel DEAD.

But even though I’m dreading it because of my expected pain and exhaustion, I’m also really excited!! I’ll be taking ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, theatre dance, and contemporary ballet, among other things, and I think it’ll be fun. Even though I’m guaranteed to feel like death.

(I’m a little scared, though, since I’ve been getting lightheaded/easily out of breath in my dance classes recently. Honestly would not be surprised if I passed out!!!)

shall we chat

what’s going on with you right now? what are you reading and writing currently? any songs you have on repeat? and do you have any tips on how to get out of a reading slump??

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51 thoughts on “Am Currently Update: Book Blogger Awards, 3-Day Dance Intensive, & I Entered a Writing Contest??

  1. So sorry about your reading slump. <333 Unfortunately I don't have any advice that I think would be helpful, but when I was in a reading slump back a few months ago, I tried to push myself to read everything, even though it was the epitome of hell. I guess it helped, but there was Probably a better way to do that, lmao.
    Literally same for school. There's two weeks left for my summer break and I'm s c a r e d. Hope you enjoy your dance intensive!! 💖💖

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    1. Aw, thank you Faith!! And yeah, I actually was able to binge-read like 300 pages today? So I don’t know what’s up with that but I’ll take it 😎 And aahh noooo I’m so sorry to hear you’re going back to school soon!!! Make the most of the last days of freedom that you have 😭💖

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  2. I love your posts!😍 They’re always so honest, I can feel what you’re feeling and I love that.😊 I’m SO sorry you’re going through a reading slump, I know it’s super hard, so I hope you feel better soon and find a book you can love 👏🏻💛✨

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  3. Good luck with the Dancing this week.

    I know the school will say that the model UN stuff will look good on a cv, but if you’re not enjoying it, then perhaps think about letting it go. My kids had it at their school, one took part but was on security detail and the other didn’t take part at all. It takes away a lot of your time for other things and life still goes on with or without it.

    Thank you on behalf of all book bloggers for running the awards, enjoy it but don’t let it take over your life. Perhaps the winning bloggers will have some good book suggestions that will inspire your return to reading.

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    1. Thank you so much, Rosie!!

      And aahh, I do enjoy Model UN and want to continue it! My issue was that I just signed up to be a part of a conference not wanting to be a specific position, and my school is making everyone train for that position anyways, even if we don’t want it, which I find stressful 😭

      You’re so sweet, thank you for the reminder! I’ve relaxed a bunch now that the nominations round is over, but it’s still good to hear ☺💕

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  4. ughh, reading slumps are the worst!! i find that study tips apply really well to reading slumps – force yourself to read for 2 minutes (and usually you’ll keep on reading after that), using the forest app, etc. also i redownloaded tiktok ironically and now i spend like an hour a day watching tiktoks unironically. HELP ME i’m stuck in a hole and i CAN’T GET OUT

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    1. Aahh, thank you! I feel like the times I’ve actually gotten to read were when I did exactly as you said — made myself read for at least like 2 minutes and then continued. (But short chapters are my enemy right now, since I feel like I can take a break to look at my phone and then end up not reading for 30 minutes 😭)

      And fhsfhds AUDREY my tiktok watching is a PROBLEM! I have to watch them for at least 30 minutes a day and I love yet hate them at the same time

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  5. Ahh omg somehow I hadn’t seen the cover for GoSaS yet but sjfgksdgfkksd. Well done on entering the writing contest! I hope MUN goes well for you, I’m also trying to do something like that this year 🙂 and wow 400 blogs, that’s a lot! Best of luck making the list because wow that’ll be a lot of effort (but worth it).

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  6. I LOVE QUEER EYE!! Such a heartwarming show!! Sorry about the reading slump love 😦 I hope you find some good reads soon! Recently I finished The Art of Breaking Things as well as 100 Days of Sunlight and loved both! Great post 🙂

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  7. reading update posts is so comforting.

    read contemporaries to get outta that slump! if you hadn’t already read aftg, i would’ve suggested that but rereading books never helps w/ the slump. esp aftg. that’s a blackhole.

    omg yes, let’s buddy read sometime! excited to see the tbr list :p

    also just saying, you should 10/10 always use that stock image, it screams character 👏

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    1. I’m so happy you like reading update posts, that’s so reassuring 💕 and actually rereading really helps me with slumps! But the only books I want to reread are all books that would just destroy me and make things worse (including AFTG lmao)

      and yes I will use the stock image FOREVER


  8. i might have to steal this idea from you, may, because this sounds like a really great post to write, especially when coming back from hiatuses! ahh, reading slumps are the worst! hopefully you can get out of it soon :(( My best tips for reading slumps is to not push yourself (you can use something like netflix, but that is so dangerous omg 😩), to switch up what you’re reading (e.g if your go-to is fantasy switch to a fluffy contemporary), to take it easy and the no. 1 best tip of all – audiobooks! seriously, they’re lifesavers. i can’t wait to see your blogger post, to see who got nominated and to just too every one! and ofc, to see that fantastic resource AHHH. i would love to buddy read something with you in august, just let me know the books and we’ll see whether it can work :)) i’m going back to school in a month, but i’ll be so busy it will feel like a week honestly 😦 i’m kinda scared since this is a new school, but i’ll be fine (hopefully lmao). best of luck with your MUN conference (oh my gosh, it can be SO much work) and have fun in your dance internsive! apologies for this long ass comment yikes

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    1. ah yes feel free to do an update post like this, Taasia! I’d love to read it ❤ and thank you for the reading slump tips! and I've been reading some contemporaries lately since those are easier for me to read, but I have a fantasy to buddy read right now so 😭

      and agh I'm so sorry you're going back to school in a month!!! school just sucks so much, but I'm wishing you all the luck ❤ and thank you so much!!

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  9. May your blogging voice is so amazing I could read your posts for forever! Also I’m so excited for the next round of the blogger awards! It’s unreal how hard you’ve worked in it and how much good it’s brought to the community 😭😭 I can’t believe it but I’m already a month into school, but it feels like summer just ended last week. I miss summer so much! I literally have no time for anything anymore 😦 Also I have so much respect for people who can dance. I’ve tried to become a dancer repeatedly and it’s just not my calling lmao. Though people look so cool when they do it 🥺🥺

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    1. Aw, CAITLIN!!! You are too nice to me 😭💖 And fhsdhfdh THANK YOU SO MUCH you are actually the sweetest ever ❤ I'm so sad that school is coming up so quickly!! I could get used to my summer routine every day, it makes me so anxious that I'll be going back to hell 🙃 And honestly, I'm not the best dancer, but I love it and I'm improving! ☺💗


  10. May, honestly, THANK YOU so much for all of your hard work and dedication for the book bloggers award, it means everything to me and I am certain, to the entire community as well. You’re doing such an incredible work hosting them and I can’t wait to vote for my favorites and I’m just so very thankful and admire you so much. you’re amazing ❤
    I'm so sorry to hear about your reading slump 😦 I hope it will go away soon, honestly…. my solution isn't an appealing one, but… it's just to step away from reading. This always works for me, because I realize after doing other things, watching shows and just, not reading, I realize how much I miss it and when I slowly ease back in, I love everything about it again.
    I'm sending you all of the love ❤

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    1. Marie!!! Thank you so much, and it’s my absolute pleasure to be hosting these awards 💖

      And aahh thank you for the reading slump tip! It’s so hard to make myself not read, because I feel so guilty for it (ironic, considering what I posted about), but I will definitely try it out for a bit next month 💗


  11. Reading slumps are actually the WORST – I’m sorry to hear that you’re stuck in a particularity bad one!

    I’d recommend re-arranging your book shelf or even just giving it a good ol’ fashioned clean. I always seem to find incredible books I’d forgotten about when I dust and arrange my shelf. Another tip would be to pick up a new genre. Change is as good as a holiday! Finally, and sort of hand in hand with the genre change, what got me out of my reading slump last month was reading a classic. I know that classics aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but I find a provoking book is just what the doctor ordered to get those wheels turning again! I read Lolita which ending up being a 5 Star read for me and it sparked a LOT of feels. Good luck and I hope that helps! ❤

    Also, on the topic of creating a list for the nominated blogs can I just say what an amazing idea! I can't wait to see the list and discover new blogs! Happy reading! 😉

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    1. Ah thank you!! I really hope to get out of my slump soon. And those are all really great tips! Classics really aren’t my thing and I don’t think they would help my slump, but I’m glad they did for you ❤ But changing genres is great advice so thank you! ❤

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      1. That’s okay, they aren’t for everyone! I’ve only just discovered a love for them after spending my life avoiding them like the black plague I thought they were. Good luck! Let me know what cures your slump – it’s always good to be prepared haha! ❤

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  12. I always think amcurrently posts are super interesting too 🤗it’s good to get to know all the bloggers too!? 🙌🏻good luck with all the dance coming up, and I feel for you with going back to school. I guess the upcoming dread of summer ending is not great either 😔why must everything be such stttttress. And I confess I’ve been having a really tough year for staying motivated to read; dESPITE the fact I’ve actually read a ton of epic books! And lots of highly rated ones. But like when the brain gets tired you just want to moosh with the carpet, not focus on analysing books. Oops. someone bring us cake, clearly.

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    1. I love reading update posts so much but I always feel like others don’t 🙈 But I’m glad you do! And agh I know, just being aware that the end to free time is looming ahead is so stressful! And I’m sorry to hear you’ve been having problems with having motivation to read, but I’m happy you’ve read some good books? I think overall I’ve enjoyed the books I read, but I’m definitely having a harder time actually Reading books this year 🙃


  13. OMG I love you so much right now!! Mostly for compiling all the nominees into one huge post, because I WILL TOTALLY use this!! Every time I see people’s nominations I think to myself “you must go back and check out everyone’s blogs” but I’m so far behind on blog-hopping that it just … hasn’t happened yet!! So, THANK YOU MAY. 💕

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    1. Aw, yes, I’m so happy to hear that, Meeghan! And oh god same — I commented on everyone’s nominations posts saying I would check out blogs I hadn’t heard of, but with the awards and just other stuff, I haven’t gotten around to it (but I can’t wait!)

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