May’s Moments of the Month: March // I Read 23 Books and I Wasn’t Sad… What’s Going On

March was an absolute mess.

It’s a blur in my head but it also lasted like three years somehow. And, as is being proclaimed all over the internet, 2020 is sucking so far, March being the worst!!

But I’m very privileged to live a life where I can afford to live at home and not attend school, and I strangely had a… pretty good month? Despite everything going on right now from COVID-19, I managed to somehow do great while everything around me just burned to the ground. I’m not like other girls!!!!

Today, I’m going to be talking about what March was like for me, because it was actually decent for once in my life!!

mmm reading

I read 23 books this month, and I am EXTREMELY pleased with myself!! (Even if 12 of them were 20-paged comics… let me have this.) Only 2 of them weren’t read during my time social distancing in the last half of the month, and I think it’s pretty cool of me to be useless for one half of the month.

I also took advantage of Scribd offering free 30-day access to their collection, and I’m enjoying my access to audiobooks so that I can multitask and then accidentally tune out!!

Also, this month I’m going to try a different thing to mark my favorite/least favorite books! Favorite will be signified with a 🌹, least favorite with πŸ₯€, and, if I have any, disappointing with πŸ’”.

Foolish Hearts Β Bless Me, Ultima Β Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)Β  The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War, #2)Β  The Song of AchillesΒ  The Best Lies

  • Foolish HeartsΒ Emma Mills // [reread] this always makes my heart happy… I love Gideon and I love Iris and I love Emma Mills for the serotonin!!! β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† [4.5]
  • πŸ₯€ Bless Me, UltimaΒ Rudolfo Anaya // read this for school for a few months. it was terrible and I was bored. love my English teacher but this wasn’t it! β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • 🌹 Aristotle and DanteΒ Benjamin Alire-Saenz // [reread] I hate the long title but I love this book and it made me cry and it just Hits me so hard as a sad gay β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Dragon RepublicΒ RF Kuang // I didn’t register how painful the ending was at first because I was so engrossed but it hurts… anyways Fang Runin step on me β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • 🌹 The Song of AchillesΒ Madeline Miller // [reread] this is just like pain… and pain… and then more pain. sobbed a lot!! I already want to reread it again β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
  • The Best LiesΒ Sarah Lyu // I expected more of a thriller than a mystery but I was completely in love with the complex character relationships!! β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

Loveboat, Taipei (Loveboat, Taipei, #1) Β The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic, #2) Β The Mermaid's Voice Returns in This One (Women Are Some Kind of Magic, #3)Β Β Fence #1 (Fence, #1) Β This Is How You Lose the Time WarΒ  In an Absent Dream (Wayward Children, #4)

  • Loveboat, TaipeiΒ Abigail Hing Wen // a lot of ridiculous things went on and those + other conflicts were badly resolved. didn’t love the romance either β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • the witch doesn’t burn in this oneΒ Amanda Lovelace // “protest β†’ potest β†’ poetst β†’ poett β†’ poetr β†’ poetry” broke me. I hate it here β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†
  • the mermaid’s voice returns in this oneΒ Amanda Lovelace // this had much better writing than the previous book but I was just confused as hell β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜† [2.5]
  • Fence #1-12Β CS Pacat // I’ve always wanted to read this comic and it was so good!! binged it all in a night, made me smile so much, reminded me of tfc… β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† [avg: 3.72]
  • πŸ’” This is How You Lose the Time WarΒ Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone // I was expecting 5 stars and I like obscure pretty prose but… this didn’t work for meβ€”I was confused and didn’t connect that well :o( β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
  • In an Absent DreamΒ Seanan McGuire // I was so tuned out in the beginning I didn’t even know someone had died but the ending was so good!! β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜† [3.5]

mmm blogging

updates

  • For the time being, it seems like I’m back to being active again, which makes me so happy!! I’ve always known how much time blogging can take up, but now getting back into it, I understand why I couldn’t keep this up with the amount of schoolwork that I had!
  • Also, I’m starting to do some 2020 Book Blogger Awards preparations and I am very excited!!! Changes have been made in an attempt to be more inclusive, and there’s also a surprise this year (not prizes, I must be clear: I’m BROKE). So keep an eye out in 2 months’ time!!
  • Oh, and I know I talk about my stupid feedback survey in every post, but this time I’m not going to push you to fill it out though of course you’re still welcome to… :o). I just want to mention that some of you guys wanted my tv show/movie/music recs, and I would LOVE to deliver that content for you, but I watch very few things and listen to the same songs so it’d be a short, unhelpful post!!

top posts

covid19 releasesΒ  social distancingΒ  3 yr blog q&a 2

favorite posts from others

  • May @ My 1st Chapter is blogging again, and every time I see her posts in my feed I get a burst of serotonin!! She shows off her extraordinary artistry and makes me extremely jealous and proud of her.
  • Ilsa @ A Whisper of Ink also returned, with a post wrapping up her 2019 in books!! I ADORE her and her blog, and I also get a surge of happiness whenever her posts pop up in my Reader.
  • Sophie @ Moon Child, Don’t cry gives amazing recommendations on what to do while social distancing, featuring recs for movies, shows, and books, as well as general activities you can pick up!
  • Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books lists 5 tips for interacting with the book community, which you should all read immediately because Marie is the best person ever, and as a very active member of the community, she knows what she’s talking about!!
  • Silvia @ Silvia Reads Books recommendsΒ her favorite novellas, which is PERFECT for this time when I think we all are struggling to focus on books for a long time!

mmm writing

  • I had a whole mess with choosing WIPs, aka I was just really stupid (as always) and decided to return to my 2019 NaNoWriMo project that had zero plot. So going into Camp NaNo I had absolutely zero idea what was going to happen!
  • (It’s April 1 as I write this, and I managed to come up with something to work with
  • As for poetry, I wrote only 1 poem, but I’m okay with it because it wasn’t when I was sad. I’m growing!!
  • Wow this section is so small… heartbreaking.

mmm life

  • My mental health was so! good! Things were kind of hectic at the beginning of the month, because of sch**l, but when I had two weeks of spring break? I had only one bad day and spent the rest strangely kind of… happy, or at least content. Which was completely unexpected!
  • School is also a lot less stressful for me now, and I really love doing things online! It fits really well with my personal learning style: the independent, work-at-your-own-pace kind of work.

Social Distancing, Explained | University of Utah Health

  • Life in general was very wild this month, as I’m sure it was for everyone. It wasn’t very hard for me to adjust to staying home all day, because I LOVE it. I thought I’d be miserable, because I get sad when I don’t have things/friends to distract me, but I guess the introvert in me won.
  • Watched a lot of movies/shows (Criminal Minds <3), listened to more Wallows (new single!! don’t love it but it’s fine!!!) and Cage the Elephant, did a lot of dancing through Zoom. I don’t know! I know a lot happened in March, but it just all blurred together to create one really long month.

mmm old goals

(I didn’t have an actual wrap-up for December, so I didn’t make any goals except for these small non-blogging ones) βœ“γ„¨

  • read 9 (10?) books βœ“βœ“βœ“ (HELL YEAH I am immensely pleased with myself)
  • post 5 times βœ“ (6 posts!!! a majority of them were again in the last half of the month)
  • answer some comments!! comment on blogs!!! βœ“Β (coronavirus be like: May you’re going to be productive even when the world is dying)
  • write 5 poems ㄨ (I take the productivity thing back I failed at this)
  • keep plotting WIP ㄨ (I also failed at this)
  • do driver’s ed stuff ㄨ (and this)
  • don’t watch past s7 of CM βœ“ (I’m actually VERY surprised that I succeeded with this, but I’m just at the end of s7, not past!)

mmm new goals

  • read 12 books (a voice inside me is chanting more more more but… I’m not that confident)
  • post 7 timesΒ (I’m trying to post 2 times a week again, so it should technically get me 9 posts, BUT I’m giving myself some leeway here!)
  • follow more blogs!
  • write 5 poemsΒ (PLEASE this is so easy)
  • write 15k of WIP for Camp NaNo (we have no plot but it’s okay I just want to Write)
  • ACTUALLY do driver’s ed stuff
  • do more physical activityΒ (yes I’m still dancing, but I also just want to stretch & work out more!)

mmm looking ahead

The social distancing continues. I haven’t left my house once since March 14, and it’ll stay that way unless absolutely necessary! I hope my mental health stays stable because I would definitely suffer having to stay home all day with a lot of time on my hands if I was sad. :o)

Dance choreography showcase!! Last year we started the tradition of high schoolers of my dance team choreographing a piece for other team members, so I’m excited to do it again this year! (I might actually enjoying choreographing/setting pieces more than actually dancing them.) It’s going to be different this year, since it’ll be filmed through Zoom, but I think I’m going to make mine have a short film kind of vibe and I’m REALLY excited.

Camp NaNo… The ellipsis is for the fact that I have a very bad plot and I’m definitely going to suffer later on this month So far I’ve written almost 900 words, which is on track for my goal of 15,000 words! But I’m also plotting and writing at the same time so not to be humble or anything but… I’m superior.


shall we chat

how was your march? how are you faring during this whole crisis? (take care of yourselves!!) what books did you read? what are your plans for april!!

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50 thoughts on “May’s Moments of the Month: March // I Read 23 Books and I Wasn’t Sad… What’s Going On

  1. Ohmygosh, Foolish Hearts has been sitting on my TBR since Marie recommended Emma Mills in a post yonks ago, and it has been burning a hole in the back of my head for the last few months πŸ˜‚ I need to pick it up!! Have you read Circe by Madeline Miller? I really liked Song of Achilles but I LOVE Circe (so far, anyway!)

    AOFEIHIAHFIO AGREE 10000%%% about Loveboat, Taipei! I’m so disappointed bc it could’ve been amazing, but the friendships were HECTIC – the way Sophie treated Ever was completely glossed over (what she did was so not ok??? ON SO MANY LEVELS???) And the romances?? Don’t even get me started πŸ˜‚

    Hope you’re having a lovely April!

    πŸ’› Ngoc

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    1. i hope you get to pick up foolish hearts soon!!! it’s absolutely amazing and definitely one of my favorite contemporaries of all time, it just makes me so happy <3 and yes, i read circe! i didn't love it as much as tsoa, but it definitely was a good book too

      omg yes!! i loved ever and sophie's friendship at first, but sophie's particular action was just so drastic and it really was completely glossed over. it made me feel uncomfy!!

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  2. I’m SO impressed by the amount of books you managed to go through, like HOW??! This is amazing.Foolish Hears makes my heart so, so happy, it’s such a wholesome, perfect read, I love it <3
    I'm happy your mh has been good this past month and I hope that April will be kind to you <3 wishing you all the best!! <3

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    1. aah THANK YOU!! some of it was cheating but i’m honestly very surprised too, considering how bad i’m doing this month again. and yes, foolish hearts is the best πŸ’–πŸ’–

      i love you a lot and i hope april hasn’t been too hard for you!

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