May’s Moments of the Month: July // What Even Happened Besides My Reading Slump

No one can convince me July happened.

It felt like it just went by really quickly without my knowledge or permission, and I can’t recall more than like five distinct things that happened? I know I say this like each month (I clearly have a terrible memory), but this month truly felt like it lasted one day.

Nonetheless! I’m still morally obligated to post this (just kidding!!! I just have fun tormenting myself trying to remember what happened each month), so here’s everything that I can recall that went down in July!!

mmm reading

I read 5 books this month, 1 of them being a webcomic, and even though I know I said you shouldn’t feel guilty about not reading a lot of books, I still feel Absolutely Terrible. Usually I don’t care that much about reading amounts?? But this time I feel guilty, because it’s summer, and I had a whole month of free time where I should have been able to read a lot.

But I’m definitely going through a slump right now, and it’s killing me!!! All the books I read this month were buddy reads, because I can only read when there’s the pressure that someone else is expecting me to finish too.

Girls of Storm and Shadow (Girls of Paper and Fire, #2)  Empyrea  With the Fire on High  Her Royal Highness (Royals, #2)  Jade City (The Green Bone Saga, #1)

  • Girls of Storm and Shadow Natasha Ngan // no one is more saddened than this by me!!! the writing is beautiful as ever but it was just SO repetitive ★★★☆☆ [or 2.5]
  • Empyrea Ohkates //  the art in this webcomic is absolutely beautiful! and I’m really excited to find out what else happens in the story ★★★★☆
  • With the Fire on High Elizabeth Acevedo // this had such pretty writing, and I loved Emoni and following her story! it was a super solid book ★★★★☆
  • Her Royal Highness Rachel Hawkins // this had a lot of potential but the pacing was Terrible and ruined the enjoyment I felt ★★☆☆☆ [mini review]
  • Jade City Fonda Lee // dense and heavy, but I ended up getting invested and super excited to see what happens next!! ★★★★☆

favorite & disappointing book?

My favorite book of the month probably would have to be Jade City, because even though it was dense and took a lot of focus to get through, I got really invested into the story and love the characters! And the most disappointing book isn’t the one that got the lowest rating, but the book that I expected to adore: Girls of Storm and Shadow. I’m STILL not over how much I disliked this and it KILLS me.

bookish news?

  • The author lineup for the Texas Teen Book Festival was announced and I’m so excited!!! I really hope I’ll get to meet some certain authors, but there are just so many I know of and would be happy to see!
  • The movie adaptation for Circe was announced, and though I didn’t love Circe as much as TSOA, I’m still really excited!!
  • The Fairyloot exclusive edition of Girls of Storm and Shadow was revealed, and you KNOW it’s beautiful if I share it after I was so disappointed by the book. (It literally took my breath away.)
  • People on the internet learned that adult grimdark books have *gasp* heavy content. (This is in regards to Ninth House. If you’re not on Twitter, good.)

mmm blogging

updates?

  • As you all probably know, I was busy holding the 2019 Book Blogger Awards!! (I’m just gonna say that my stats went WILD because of this.) It’s been exhausting and overwhelming many times, and I still have more work to do. But it was absolutely worth it and I can’t wait to host them again next year, especially with the changes I’m planning to improve them!
  • (Results probably won’t be posted August 4-10 like I predicted, since it’s my last few days before I have to start school, and I want to spend time with friends and doing things I love before I get swallowed up by school. But definitely August 11-17!)
  • I stopped commenting on posts near the end of the month, because I was overwhelmed with dance and the awards and other more pressing things, but I’ll be back to commenting in no time!! And I’m staying on top of replying to comments, which is my biggest worry!!!!

top posts?

2019 bba voting  book blogger guilt  2019 goals check

favorite post?

Usually I try to name a post that wasn’t one of my top posts, but this month, it truly has to be my “Things You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About as a Book Blogger” post (linked above!). It was just so cathartic for me to write, and people’s reactions to it just made my heart melt. I haven’t responded to all the comments on this post yet I’M SORRY.

other bloggers’ posts?

  • My favorite May @ My 1st Chapter came back from hiatus and I missed her sorely so you all better go and say hi!!
  • Cait @ Paper Fury discussed how to stay motivated when writing, and I found it to be a really well-written and helpful post, especially since I have trouble with staying motivated.
  • Kal @ Reader Voracious wrote an AMAZING guide on how to switch from the WordPress Reader to Feedly, and it was so good I’m convinced to give it a try myself!
  • Kat @ Novels and Waffles introduced the Bibliosmile project, which is an absolutely amazing initiative I highly encourage you all to check out.
  • Olivia @ Purely Olivia discussed hyped books and it was a really well-written post that I enjoyed reading and agreed with!!
  • There were so many amazing Book Blogger Awards nominations posts, but god, Shealea @ Shut Up Shealea’s post just blew me away. The lengths she goes to to appreciate these bloggers is absolutely phenomenal.

mmm writing

  • I finished writing three chapters and submitted them to a writing contest! I actually was not feeling really proud of them until I sent it to some of my friends for feedback, and it was so motivating (and a complete ego boost). I just love seeing reactions to certain things I write? And hearing that people actually Like what I write??

 
two types of people. except they’re the same person

  • Beyond that, I didn’t really do much else, because writing 11.7k is terribly exhausting for someone who hasn’t written in a long time, to say the very least.
  • I also thought I would immediately abandon that WIP (which I’m calling TGTSF, an abbreviation of the temporary-or-maybe-permanent title) for a new idea I came up with… but apparently not? Maybe I’m just worn out from writing, but I feel like I’ve found the motivation to work on TGTSF again after getting feedback. I don’t know!!!
  • (But I’m definitely going to start planning out my new WIP as soon as I can, to hopefully have everything ready before NaNoWriMo!!)

mmm life

  • This whole month has just flown by and I HATE it.
  • I had my 3-day dance intensive, and every single part of my body felt like it had died, been reborn, then died again but much more violently. I got some pretty disgusting bruises on my knees, and everything from my legs to my feet to my arms to my abs to my butt hurt.
  • But it was fun, and it was definitely great to see my improvements in dance be applied to class! I mean, near the end, I was dying, but I still had a great time overall; I love dance so much, and doing it all day makes me as happy as much as it hurts me.
  • I went out several times with my friends and had a lot of fun with them!! We did a lot of different things (had a picnic, went to the mall, saw a movie, among other things), and while I wish I could have hung out with them more, I’m also glad I got a lot of alone time!!
  • I saw Far From Home twice (once with my family, the other with my friends, which was much more fun) and started watching the new Queer Eye episodes but then got distracted and didn’t finish watching the season.
  • Mental health-wise, there were a few days that got really bad, but fortunately nothing that lasted too long! There’s been less depression and more stress and anxiety lately and I… don’t know if that’s better or not???
  • The only other notable thing I remember from my month is that I’ve been listening to my tiktok song playlist on repeat and it’s the best thing I’ve ever made.

mmm old goals

  • read 13 books  (this is the saddest day of my life)
  • buddy read!!  (I did!!! I’m weak and can’t read on my own)
  • publish at least 9 blog posts  (I did 8 because I was busier with dance than expected and I’m okay with that!!)
  • find some new blogs to follow!  (kind of? I started following a few blogs I should’ve a long time ago, but I’ve been busy so I don’t wanna overwhelm myself)
  • finish writing 9-14k and edit it  (YEAH BABY)
  • start plotting out new WIP idea  (no)
  • don’t get too anxious about school  (still in denial like I always am)
  • don’t procrastinate/stress about MUN stuff  (I literally completely forgot about something I had to do until I saw this on Monday and panicked)

mmm new goals

  • read 9 books (this is the amount on my August TBR, but judging from this last month, I’m not sure how achievable it is)
  • read more webcomics (I’m planning on a webcomic recs post this month so I want to make sure I have a good amount of quality ones!)
  • write some mini reviews! (started doing this and they’re a lot of fun? and help me get back into the habit of reviewing!)
  • stay on top of blogging (I’m going back to school and don’t want to lose what I found in the summer!!!)
  • plot new WIP (we’ll see how motivated I am but I REALLY HOPE)
  • stay on top of school (I am SO SCARED to start school again because it’s the worst  for my health, and I really really want to manage my time and stress properly)
  • get a functional sleep schedule (I’ve messed it up so bad over the summer… as in I go to bed at 4 sometimes)

mmm looking ahead

…School. I don’t want to talk about it. We’re pretending it’s not happening in exactly a week. I’ll cry later about it, but not right now. Nothing is happening. It’s summer for the rest of my life. (Okay, but in all seriousness, I really felt like I Just got out of school, and to go back now literally feels like a prison. I sound dramatic but it’s the truth!!!)

Lots of dance! August is the month that my team officially start rehearsals (and also when we have casting auditions), and this time I’m also starting to learn my choreography for my solo!! I’m really excited to see what kind of pieces we’ll have this year, and especially excited to continue improving myself as a dancer.


shall we chat

how was your month? did you read a lot of books? (I hope you read more than I did) did you travel anywhere exciting? how was Camp NaNoWriMo, if you participated?? tell me all the things!!!

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56 thoughts on “May’s Moments of the Month: July // What Even Happened Besides My Reading Slump

    1. my favorite songs from my playlist are Cha Cha by Freddie Dredd, Wait a Minute by Willow Smith, Don’t Lose Ur Head by Six (musical), I’m Gonna Show You Crazy by Bebe Rexha, prom queen by mxmtoon, and GTG by Freddie Dredd (for one part) 😎 but I need to add more

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  1. I actually read wayyyy more than I was expecting to this month (binging Heroes of Olympus in like four days definitely helped with that lmfao), and it makes me so happy 😊 But ugh slumping sucks. I hope you get out of your reading slump sooooon ❤

    And hhghfgj why can neither of us sleep. I always feel like shit when I stay until 4 but also I. just. keep. doing. it. So I feel you wowwww good luck that's not fun.

    I still can't believe how much you disliked GoSaS and I'm so scared 😬

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    1. Aahh I’m so happy you read a lot more than you expected to!! (GOD DON’T TEMPT ME WITH HOO NO) And thank you, I hope I get out of my slump soon too 😭 And agh same!! I literally feel terrible when I stay up so late (and also very tired) and yet. I still keep doing it.

      Most of the people on Goodreads seemed to love it?? So hopefully my opinion is in the minority. But I REALLY hope you love it more than I did ❤

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  2. i cant believe youre plotting ANOTHER WIP while i, a peasant, am still working on the same one for the past 5 years. im trying to imagine what it would feel like to have that much power.
    big yikes @ GoSaS thats so sad 😪😞😔😞😔😪😔

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    1. I know, it feels like every day that passes is a countdown until a prison sentence or something 😭 And aahh yes!! How much I actually cared about the characters and story snuck on me because of the denseness and I think that was honestly a little genius?

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  3. i slumped the first half of this month but then i read 7 books for the last half and i’m very proud of myself (especially after not reading like… anything for the first half of the YEAR, oops.) i hope you get out of your reading slump soon!!

    i’m so glad you enjoyed with the fire on high, i got so hungry reading that book shjksdjs and i’m sorry about gosas ): i was really looking forward to reading it too, but after seeing a lot of people’s disappointing reviews i’m going to go in with much lower expectations (but might still buy the fairyloot exclusive. because it purdy.)

    i go to sleep at like 2am every night watching tiktoks,, hELP

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    1. I’M PROUD OF YOU!!!! Reading 7 books in the last half of any month is impressive, since I can barely manage to do it for the whole month lmao. And thank you, I hope I get out of my reading slump soon too 😭

      I loved With the Fire On High!! It made me want to go cook some stuff but I think I would just burn my house down lmao. And aahh I feel like I’ve seen mostly positive things about GOSAS? I’m sad that you heard more disappointed reviews but… it makes sense 😳 But I do hope you love it more than I did!!

      AUDREY MY TIKTOK WATCHING IS SO BAD I literally tell myself I’m going to watch some for 10 minutes and then next thing I know it’s 3 am

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  4. Good luck with August! I’m sorry there were parts of July that were not great, but hoping August is a good month for you. Remember to hydrate and take care of yourself between all your dance and other work!

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  5. okay feedly sounds like something i would love so i’m going to check out that post rn. dude you still managed to read in ur reading slump, (i’m out of mine now) I READ ZERO BOOKS FOR ABOUT 2 and half weeekkssss. and it makes me so happy you hung out with your friends and had a good time!!!

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    1. I set up my Feedly account like two days ago and so far it’s… okay? lmao. I like how it can be so organized, but it’s just inconvenient that I have to use both WordPress and Feedly for different things. and I only managed to read in my reading slump because of BUDDY READ PRESSURE AHAHFHDFS

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  6. Ahh, no, I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy GoSaS!! I was looking forward to reading it but so far I’ve only heard that people didn’t really enjoy it so :// That makes me really sad to hear because I loved GoPaF so much, but at least I can find positivity in the fact that we did get a book as amazing as GoPaF.😌

    Wishing you all the best of luck with going back to school. I don’t have to go back quite as soon as you, but in less than two weeks (wow. no.) and I feel you with just literally wanting to be anywhere but there. It’s not that I don’t want to learn, it’s just I know the homework and stress is coming! On a brighter note, yay for going back to dance! I’m going back next week and I’m so hyped even though I know I am going to be sore for the next few weeks, lol.

    I hope you have a great August! ❤

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    1. Aahh I feel like I’ve seen mostly positive things about GOSAS but someone else said they saw some disappointed reviews too 😭 I really hope I’m in the minority and that you love the book more than I did!!

      And thank you so much!!! I’m still trying to deny that I have to go back to school so soon but it’s not working as well anymore 😭 And yes, I love learning and getting to be with friends, etc. but it’s just always so stressful and horrible on my mental health. And aahh I hope you have a great time at dance!! Wishing you all the epsom salt baths lmao ❤

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  7. 5 books is great! I only read 2 and one of them was a reread. My goal for August is to read FOUR books. So you go, girl! I hope you accomplish all your goals for August but definitely don’t get too stressed out ❤

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    1. Ah I’m really sad about GOSAS too! And I hope you don’t feel too stressed about school starting back up again either (it really does feel like I was in school only a week ago 😭), and that August is a great month for you!

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  8. I love your wrap ups so much! I am sorry to hear you did not like GoSaS more, but I am so glad to hear you enjoyed Jade City (it’s on my backlist TBR for the year (although I read exactly ONE book off of that list because I suck as a person). I also tried to switch to Feedly but failed, I might use the post to try again, because it sounds amazing. I hope your slump passes quickly and I hope you have the loveliest month ahead 🧡🧡

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    1. I love YOU so much 😎 And aaahh I really hope you get around to reading Jade City, I feel like it’s a book that creeps up on you slowly and then all of a sudden you realize you care so much about it!! And lmao yeah I set up Feedly a few days ago and it’s not working out super well for me yet 😅 HAVE A GREAT AUGUST!!! ❤

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  9. Ah, GoSaS wasn’t that good? I wasn’t a huge fan of the first one and I’ve heard such mixed things about this second one that I don’t even know whether to try it???

    I’m sorry you had a few bad days—I hope this month is more positive for you. Mental health is so important ❤

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  10. Despite the slump it seems you had a very productive month! Kudos to you because let me tell you – when I’m in a slump it basically all goes down the drain! I hope August is a little easier on you (even if you do have school on the horizon). ❤

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  11. Great wrap up, May!! Even though you’ve been in a reading slump, you’ve still accomplished so much in your blogging and personal life too! I’m glad you were able to enjoy the dance intensive, even if you were dying at the end of it. And starting a new WIP too!? Oh my gosh, I don’t know how you do it! You’re amazing! I hope August is wonderful! ❤

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    1. It was brutal but definitely fun!! And thank you so much, Genesis 😭 Oh, I hope you enjoy GOSAS more than I did if you get around to reading it! I’m praying that I’m in the minority haha. Have a wonderful August as well, lovely!! ❤

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  12. I know it’s really easy to get disheartened for reading so little, but having into consideration how busy you were, I don’t think you should at all! You did great, May! And hopefully, this month will bring you better books ❤ (from your list I've only read Her Royal Highness, I'm sad you didn't enjoy it). And HOW is your school starting in a week???

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      1. No problem ❤
        I hope you have a great start! It really surprises me how everyone's classes start so early or everyone's already moving to college. If I were to stay in my University, my classes would only start in the second or third week of september, but I'm going to study abroad this semester and there, they will only start in october. What am I even supposed to do with my life until then? xD (seriously, I know I should enjoy the holidays, but I live with academic goals, sadly)

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  13. I definitely relate to feeling guilty over not reading much during a period of time, which is not good, as you yourself said, and you definitely shouldn’t feel that way! I’ve been following you for a few weeks, and all the work you put into the awards was awe-worthy – I was overwhelmed just seeing it all (and I didn’t actually see it ALL so you’re wonder woman).

    It sucks that school is already starting for you – I’m starting my master’s studies at uni in September, and I’m freaking out about it haha. I decided to apply to a different uni than the one I’ve just gotten my bachelor’s degree at, and it’s nerve-wrecking, because I won’t know the building, the professors, the students etc. Anyway, I hope school will be alright for you, and that you’re having a fantastic August. 🙂

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    1. VERONIKA!!! Oh my god, your words mean so much to me and I am so touched by them, thank you endlessly 💖💖

      Oh, I hope you’re not too stressed about starting your master’s studies and starting at a new university!! I’m sending you all the love and luck! I hope your first day goes well, and I’m sure you’re going to do amazing at everything! Have a wonderful rest of August ❤

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  14. Lovely wrap-up, May and I’m so sorry you’ve been in a bit of a slump and that you were disappointed by Girls, that’s too bad 😦 I really hope that August has been a little better reading-wise and always mentally-wise, I’m sending you all the love and good vibes always ❤ and thank you, for all of your work for the awards in the past few weeks, you are absolutely incredible and I admire all that you do SO much. You're the best ❤ Wishing you all of the very best for going back to school, I'm sending you all of the love!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Ah, thank you so much!! So far August has been pretty okay mental-wise, but I definitely need to up my reading game 😭😭 And Marie!!! You are too sweet to me, thank you so much. I hope you’re having an amazing month so far and I’m glad to see you’re back from your vacation, though I hope you had a great time! ❤

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  15. “No one can convince me July happened.
    It felt like it just went by really quickly without my knowledge or permission”

    This is the biggest mood that has even mooded. I am sitting here with August more than halfway over and still wondering what sort of sorcery time travel occurred last month!

    Don’t beat yourself up about “only” reading 5 books last month, that’s still great! Bummer that two of them weren’t that good of a read for you, though. We have no real control over reading slumps (I feel like I’ve been in one for most of 2019!), and you had a lot of other stuff happening last month!

    Thanks so much for sharing my feedly guide, and I hope it helps you!

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