May’s Moments of the Month: August // I Hate School but What Else is New (and I’m Still in a Reading Slump)

For once, the month did NOT fly by!

This is most likely due to the fact that I had to return to HELL (synonymous with school) and it felt like each day just dragged by. I don’t even know if the amount of work I get is normal or not, because my school is an IB school, and I’ve heard that high school was actually harder than college for some of the graduates. So uh. That’s great for me.

And I thought that since I my reading slump started during summer when I had no school, I would magically un-slump when I went back to school, but NO. Reverse psychology only works against you apparently!!

mmm reading

I read 5 books this month. I hate slumping SO MUCH. The worst was when I didn’t read at all for about 2 weeks (and then at the end of the month I somehow managed to cram it all in?). Reading in different formats definitely helped, though! I read audiobooks, physical books, and ebooks.

I literally read only TWO books from my read-books-my-friends-recommended-me TBR and I am so ashamed of myself. (I also impulsively read The Lightning Thief even though I PROMISED myself I wouldn’t. I’m weak and a coward.)

I wanted to post my webcomic recs post this month, but I’m holding off until I read more webcomics, because I want to have a wide selection to choose from! (And I’m so mad I didn’t get to read some more this month when they are my go-to during slumps.)

Sadie  The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)  Far from the Tree  SLAY  Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

  • Sadie Courtney Summers // this was absolutely amazing (I think it would’ve been 5 stars had I not been slumping). beautiful, haunting, and just… so, so good ★★★★☆ [4.5]
  • The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan // I’ve weirdly been a lot more obsessive over PJO lately and I couldn’t help myself I love it so much I’m going to cry just thinking about it ★★★★★
  • Far From the Tree Robin Benway // this was so!! good!! it had me tearing up, and the family love had me SO emotional. it was really, really beautiful ★★★★☆
  • SLAY Brittney Morris // I loved this one! such an important and entertaining read. characters and messages were so good ★★★★☆ [review]
  • Every Heart a Doorway Seanan McGuire // I’M SO SAD ABOUT THIS!! I just think it wasn’t Enough, and I couldn’t connect to it and the characters as much as I wanted to. but the writing is beautiful! ★★☆☆☆ [2.5]

favorite & disappointing book?

I’m not going to choose The Lightning Thief as a favorite since it’s a reread and also, we been knew, but Sadie was absolutely amazing and might make it to my favorites of the year list! And obviously, my most disappointing book was Every Heart a Doorway, which I was convinced I would LOVE. I’m still continuing the series in hopes that I like it more (but even if I don’t, they’re SHORT), but I really expected to love it??

book haul?

Frankly in Love (Frankly in Love, #1)  The Stars and the Blackness Between Them  Ziggy, Stardust and Me  As Many Nows as I Can Get  We Speak in Storms  The Downstairs Girl  The Grief Keeper

I didn’t get the chance to take a picture of it, but I’m in LOVE with my August haul!!

I got 7 books this month, which I think is my most this entire year so far, and I am so grateful for them all. 5 of them were from Penguin (Frankly In LoveThe Stars and the Blackness Between ThemZiggy, Stardust and MeAs Many Nows as I Can Get, and We Speak in Storms), one was from a giveaway I won (The Downstairs Girl), and the last was one my mom bought me for school (The Grief Keeper)!

bookish news?

  • My friends and I are hosting a Legend readalong this month that you should totally join if you can or want to!!!
  • The cover to The Electric Heir was revealed and it’s so gorgeous!! I need my hands on this book ASAP because the cliff-hanger KILLED me.
  • Yeah that’s it I’m bad at keeping up with all the new things.

mmm blogging

updates?

  • I disappeared a bit because school was overwhelming me. Rather than having so much homework every day that I don’t have the time to blog, school just sucks all the energy and motivation from me that by the end of the school day, I have nothing left in me to blog.
  • It’s a three-day weekend for me currently, so I’ve been catching up on your posts and comments! I’m hoping that I can figure something out for the future, so I don’t burn myself out, and I might try a schedule type thing where I reserve certain things (blog post writing, comment replying, and blog hopping) for certain days? We’ll see!!

top posts?

2019 bba results  aug dec books  disappointing books 2019

favorite post?

I didn’t post as much as I hoped or wanted to this month, but I definitely have to say that my favorite was the 2019 Book Blogger Awards results post! I spent so much time on it, and it was worth it to be able to recognize these amazing bloggers.

mmm writing

  • I started plotting my new WIP! I literally did not touch any writing-related thing until a few days before the end of the month on Wednesday, when I suddenly got really motivated to read and write and blog, and stayed up to make sure I got the most from it (currently writing this post on that Wednesday night).
  • I haven’t done a lot at all, but I’m having fun experimenting by doing it all in a composition notebook instead of a Google doc. It means I can’t type demonically fast like I usually do, but switching things up is also good!!
  • The most time I probably spent was making picrews of characters that didn’t even exist before (as in, “let’s make picrews of characters in my WIP but I don’t actually know who the characters are and haven’t developed anything about them yet”), and I’ll show them here because I LOVE PICREWS:

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yes the gradient of the colors makes me very happy and yes they all look very gay because they are

mmm life

  • I went back to school. And I HATE it already. It’s just… so stressful and tiring and I hate that I care so much about how well I do because it puts so much pressure on myself! I’m lucky that my school has changed a bit of how they grade things (there aren’t late points anymore? which I am very confused about but grateful for), but it’s still a nightmare and has already affected me.
  • I also had a few bad mental health days, which luckily passed. They were mostly due to school, but I think some were just my usual bad mental health days that I seem to have gotten every month.
  • I rewatched all three seasons of H2O: Just Add Water, and it was an Experience. It’s like a weird… comfort show where I scream at the characters for being stupid and that’s the comforting part about it?? I don’t know, but I love it.
  • My dance team’s rehearsals officially began! I’m in a lot more pieces this year, a lot more than I expected, and I don’t know how to feel about it? I also went to my first rehearsal for my solo, which I’ve learned a minute of and already really like!

mmm old goals

  • read 9 books  (9 books isn’t an unrealistic goal for me and yet I didn’t even get close!!)
  • read more webcomics
  • write some mini reviews!  (I completely forgot this was a goal)
  • stay on top of blogging
  • plot new WIP  (barely, but I’m still counting it)
  • stay on top of school  (for the most part I’ve been really good at doing my work as soon as I get it)
  • get a functional sleep schedule  (I uh. go to bed late during the week and then I pass out at like 9:30pm on the weekend because I’m so tired)

mmm new goals

  • read 9 books (please. PLEASE. I Have to read a guaranteed 6 books this month, for the Legend readalong, school, and ARCs, so just 3 MORE PLEASE)
  • read more webcomics (I miss webcomics!! and I want to get that recs post up!!)
  • figure out blogging schedule thing
  • write more posts in advance
  • plot half my WIP (I want to write it for NaNoWriMo so I really want to make sure I have things ready by November)
  • don’t stress that much about grades (it’s been only like 4 weeks but I’m already getting so anxious about it, a lot more anxious than I usually do)
  • keep procrastinating as little as possible (I’ve been pretty good at not procrastinating As Much in school so far and I’m proud of myself!!)

mmm looking ahead

I feel like nothing exciting is happening in September? Like I could not tell you what’s happening, besides like school and dance, which is my usual.

I think the only abnormal thing happening is that one of my best friends is doing foreign exchange for at least half a year. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet that she’s leaving and I’m happy for her because I know she really wants to go, but I know I’m gonna miss her a lot!!


shall we chat

what did you do in August? how’s school/work for you? are you starting to prep for NaNoWriMo? tell me about the books you read recently!! will you be joining us for the Legend readalong?

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21 thoughts on “May’s Moments of the Month: August // I Hate School but What Else is New (and I’m Still in a Reading Slump)

  1. School can absolutely be exhausting, so don’t worry about blogging! Take care of yourself first May ♥ I also read Sadie this month (the audiobook was INCREDIBLE) and can we PLEASE talk about that ending? I was expecting more, not going to lie, but the novel as a whole was stunning. And five books is truly nothing to be ashamed of! Even I’m not in slumps, sometimes that’s the number of books I read in a month. You’re doing great!

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  2. Well May I think you did extremely well considering school and all you still managed to do! I hope the month of september will be easier for you!

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  3. 5 books is still awesome!! You’re not a failure!! Stay strong!! Also, isn’t Sadie just amazing??

    Ugh I’m sorry that school is so awful for you. Hopefully it gets better instead of worse, though! You got this!

    Haha I also spent way too much time recently making my characters on picrew. It happens. Good luck with your WIP and with all of your upcoming goals – hope September is better than August for you! ❤

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  4. I loved Far From the Tree when I read it! Also, bringing up H2O: Just Add Water brings back so many memories! I remember being obsessed with that show!

    I just started school as well, and already it’s taking its toll on me as well. I tend to get so overwhelmed with schoolwork that I barely allow myself any leisure time. This is my junior year of college and I still haven’t figured out how to balance my time best. I think one of the most important things I’ve done is lower my expectations. I can’t expect myself to read as much as I did when I was in high school because I didn’t have an intense course load then! I’ve also discovered that when I read graphic novels or other quick reads throughout the month, I feel like I’m continuously reading and it can help with my slumps. But unfortunate that method isn’t foolproof.

    I hope you end up having a fantastic September and achieve all your goals! Also, those picrews look fantastic, and I can’t wait to hear more about your WIP!

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  5. I’m so sorry about your returning to school this month!! The stress and homework school brings is just the worst, but I hope this three day weekend could help alleviate a little bit of at least.💖(And…two and a bit months until Thanksgiving break! That’s what I’m looking forward to at this point, haha.)

    The Lightning Thief will always make me so happy! Percy Jackson is just…one of my all time favorite characters. I’ll never stop rereading those books and I’m pretty sure I’ll always laugh just as hard at the jokes and smile as all my ships sail, aka Percabeth.

    I hope you have a great September, May!!🤗

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  6. I have now started school and honestly it is perfectly designed torture. I desperately want to read Sadie because so many bloggers love it!! PJO is honestly the best comforting read and I’m glad you enjoyed it even in your slump (which are the worst by the way so sending chocolate and hugs)!
    I am SO excited for Frankly in Love because it sounds like such a fluffy book and I love how it has a POC main character! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!
    Your Picrews are so cute?! and i’d love to see where you go with them! Anyways I hope school doesn’t kill us and September is a better month for you!

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  7. Aw too bad you didn’t enjoy Every Hear a Doorway. I don’t have it, but it’s been on my GR list since forever! Also, omg those characters look so amazing! I’m loving their aesthetic! I might have started playing around with that doll maker ♥

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  8. ‘I returned to HELL (school)’ is actually such a mood, and I’m extremely happy because I only have one more week!!!! And I’ll join you in the reading slump – 6 books for me. SLAY is on my TBR and I’m super excited. That haul looks so amazing as well!!!! Ziggy looks incredible. And ahh those picrews look so cool and GAY ❤ I especially like the one with the glasses. Hope your September is better than August xx

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  9. Good luck with school and your WIP, I hope you actually have time to work on it since school is so annoying and time consuming..
    Also, don’t push yourself to hard, you’re doing amazing already!! ❤ 😀

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  10. I just started school as well, and let me just say that this year’s schedule of 7 am to 9:30 pm at night is NOT FUN! I don’t know why I’m putting myself through this torture. And, my second job hasn’t even started yet, so that’s going to be infinitely more fun once it does. I just love having no time to think. 🙈 I LOVE watching H2O! The characters in it are so petty and dumb, but it’s very relaxing and oddly comforting to watch. I completely understand the feeling. I read (and ADORED) Sadie this month, as well! I listened to it on audio, and it was such a wonderful experience!

    Wishing you the best with school, dance, and everything else in your life, May! ❤

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  11. This post completely sums up how I feel about school. UGH, it just messes with my mental health so much, and I don’t even think I’m learning anything from it. I’m so sad that you didn’t enjoy Every Heart a Doorway! I’m one of those people whose heart a(doors) it ;)), but I get why some people wouldn’t. Actually, if I reread it, I probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much.

    Also!! So so excited to learn more about your wip if you choose to let us in on more about it! Those picrews are amazing 😍I admire you so much for managing to balance writing, blogging, reading, school, and dancing!! Like, wow!

    wait–I didn’t know that you studied at an IB school? My school recently made the program available to its students, and I was originally supposed to go, but the tuition is just WAY higher, and I don’t think the program is stable enough yet, because if I take it, I’ll be part of the second batch of students to ever take IB in my school. Ahaha, sorry for the long comment, but best of luck with school and other life stuff, May!! You are an amazing person, and YOU GOT THIS 💖

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  12. I’m sorry school sucks so much 😭it just…feels so counterproductive and awful that it’s all about grades and pressure and tests, and not even like the love of learning. I do not not not miss school bleh. Anyway, hang in there!! I’m glad you’re excited for your solo. And I hope your slump breaks soon (I slump worst when I put pressure on myself to read more buuuut if I DON’T then I get overwhelmed that I’m behind?!? What is this world grgsr ghrr.) And I didn’t like Every Heart A Doorway either oops.

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  13. I hope September is a better month for you, May! Don’t push yourself too hard, you’re doing great!
    I loved reading Sadie so much (although it totally broke me) and youve reminded me how much I need a PJO re-read. I hope September is smoother and that you read many lovely books!

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  14. I hope that September has been treating you well so far, May, I’m sending you all of the love ❤
    I'm so happy you enjoyed Far From The Tree, it's one of my favorites and it gave me ALL of the emotions. You also received some great books this past month! I am so intrigued by We Speak In Storms and The Downstairs Girl, they sound so great 🙂
    I'm sending you all the love and wishing you all the best for this month ❤

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