May’s Moments of the Month: April // Meh Reading but Lots of Writing!!

Did April even happen? Was it actually real?

April honestly felt like it lasted .2 minutes. I haven’t left the house in a over a month at this point (7 weeks going on 8 baby!!) and I’m pretty okay with that. But it truly does feel like only yesterday I started doing online school, and I can’t believe it’s already been over a month that things started getting really serious in the US!

Today I’ll be wrapping up what happened in April, including a very average reading month, a very above average writing month, and gay Thai dramas!!

mmm reading

I read 12 books this month! Only 5 of them were actual full-length novels, but half of everything I read had a sapphic main character so what REALLY matters here??

Unfortunately, the quality of my reading was probably the worst it’s ever been? It doesn’t feel like it was that bad, but my ratings honestly say otherwise. (My average was 2.96 this month…) But I read 7 audiobooks and only 2 physical books because for some reason my brain can only focus on audios!

Favorite: 🌹, least favorite: πŸ₯€, disappointing: πŸ’”.

Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children, #5) Β Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story Β The Child Finder (Naomi Cottle, #1)Β  All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1) Β Queens of Geek Β Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)

  • πŸ₯€ Come Tumbling DownΒ Seanan McGuire // all 200 pages of this were so unnecessary and absolutely nothing happened the entire time β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜† [1.5]
  • Quiet Girl in a Noisy WorldΒ Debbie Tung // quick fun read and relatable as an introvert but felt a bit too “not like other girls” β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
  • The Child FinderΒ Rene Denfeld // incest nation rise up!!! it was well-written but not that interesting and I was bored/didn’t care that much β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜† [2.5]
  • All Systems RedΒ Martha Wells // so much fun!! love Murderbot a lot and this novella was really entertaining to read β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • Queens of GeekΒ Jen Wilde // fun and quick to read, which was what I wanted, but I had a lot of objective issues with the writing β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
  • Artificial ConditionΒ Martha Wells // not as fun as the first novella, I just didn’t vibe with it as much! β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜† [3.5]

The DeepΒ  Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3) Β The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea Β The Midnight Lie (The Midnight Lie, #1) Β You Should See Me in a Crown Β Book Love

  • The DeepΒ Rivers Solomon // really beautiful! took a bit to get into but I absolutely adored the messages and the theme exploration β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • Rogue ProtocolΒ Martha Wells // again didn’t vibe with this one as much and the pacing was just… not it β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
  • πŸ’” The Mermaid, the Witch, and the SeaΒ Maggie Tokuda-Hall // lots of potential but didn’t live up!! underdeveloped romance and weird plot β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜† [review]
  • The Midnight LieΒ Marie Rutkoski // really liked the characters and romance but didn’t care for them and had no idea what the motive was β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†
  • 🌹 You Should See Me in a CrownΒ Leah Johnson // surprised by how much I loved this one! loved the protagonist and it’s just a feel-good book!! β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†
  • Book LoveΒ Debbie Tung // definitely cute/relatable for book lovers but I’ve seen all these jokes before and they weren’t funny to me anymore! β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†

mmm blogging


  • I kind of disappeared for like a week, but I think mainly school made me lose some motivation, both in blogging and other life areas in general! I had a bunch of post ideas but just didn’t feel like actually carrying them out.
  • But in other exciting news, the 2020 Book Blogger Awards are officially launching on MAY 31 so… keep your eye out for them!! I’m very excited about this year, and I do have some exciting things for you so. :))
  • In general though, I’ve been doing monumentally better at keeping up with comments and it makes me so happy!!

top posts

aoc recsΒ  comfort readsΒ  asian tbr

favorite posts from others

mmm writing

  • I did Camp NaNoWriMo and “failed”Camp NaNoWriMo and “failed” because I ended up ditching my WIP after writing about 3.6k of it!
  • However, I do say “failed” NaNo in quotes, because my goal was to write 15k words, and I ended up writing 17.3k, including both the old project and the planning for a new project I began!
  • I started the planning process for another WIP, which I am very excited about. It’s the type of dark fantasy I’ve been wanting to work on for a while now and I’m actually taking the time to develop things??
  • I also started up the habit of writing with May for at least 30 minutes every night, and though I hate to say it, it’s the BEST. I’m actually doing Writing Things every day now and I really love it!
  • Anyways I feel like I annoy people when I share writing snippets so if you wanna read just click on whatever you want <33

poem snippet

my planning process :PP

mmm life

  • My mental health, ah, went down a bit. It wasn’t anything terrible!! And things were mostly good, surprisingly. School just really sucks out all my energy, but thankfully I’ve been getting most of my work done on Monday and Tuesday so I have the rest of the week free.
  • The HIGHLIGHT of my month was that I started watching 2gether the Series and I’m so obsessed!! It’s a gay Thai drama that has every romance trope you’ll ever want, and it’s just made me very happy.
  • I also watchedΒ 3 Will Be Free, which has a totally different vibe but was also really really good!! I want to watch more shows since one of my goals this year was to just listen to more Thai Things to help improve my vocab :o)

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  • I also started learning how to read and write Thai, which is very fun for a language nerd like me. Unsurprisingly, it is VERY difficult! I now can read a lot more than I expected, but it takes me a long time. And since Thai is tonal and has so many rules, writing words is almost impossible for me unless I memorize them!!
  • As for music, this month definitely became Cage the Elephant month. I said before I loved Social Cues by them, but I also really like Black Madonna, Ready to Let Go, Night Running, and Cold Cold Cold among others. (And I also started listening to more Thai music!!)

mmm old goals

  • read 12 books βœ“ (I read Exactly 12… my power)
  • post 7 times βœ“ (exactly 7!)
  • follow more blogs! ㄨ (uhh this is such an easy goal and yet I did not do it)
  • write 5 poems ㄨ (only 2)
  • write 15k of WIP for Camp NaNo βœ“γ„¨ (wrote 3.6k for the WIP, 13.7k planning another project!)
  • ACTUALLY do driver’s ed stuff ㄨ (oh. forgot about this)
  • do more physical activity ㄨ (:D)

mmm new goals

  • read 10 books (I have about 9 books on my May TBR and I want to read at least one more!!)
  • post 7 times
  • follow more blogs
  • continue working on WIP!! (I’m so excited about it that I want to make fun of myself for it)
  • write 3 poems
  • do driver’s ed stuff
  • read/write/listen to Thai every day (this is my excuse for watching Thai shows)
  • exercise? work out?
  • go outside for once jesus (I went outside like. once maybe? and it was for like 5 seconds)

mmm looking ahead

Last day of school! It feels strange to say that my last day of school is coming up because it feels like school hasn’t been happening at all? But this school year will be over for me in a few weeks and it doesn’t feel real!! I’m kinda dreading it though, since I’m not looking forward to my next year of high school…

2020 Book Blogger Awards! The announcement post is going up on May 31, so it’s almost the next month, but I’m still counting it. I’m very very excited for this year, and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun and hopefully bigger?? Perhaps???

The official start of summer? It already kinda feels like my summer break sinceΒ 1) I’m staying home,Β 2) I have no social plans, and 3) it is already getting too hot. But it technically starts this month!! I’m sad because I was really looking forward to going to Thailand in July, but we probably aren’t going to go anymore. :((

shall we chat

how was april for you? did you have a good reading month? how was camp nano if you participated? what are some of your goals for may??

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58 thoughts on “May’s Moments of the Month: April // Meh Reading but Lots of Writing!!

  1. i’m glad you enjoyed You Should See Me in a Crown because it’s one of my most anticipated reads!
    my april was pretty good actually. i was dreading staying alone for a long time but i feel very peaceful, + i can do whatever the hell i want.
    my mental health hasn’t been the best either, lots of ups and downs, but i try to stay positive through it all.
    i plan to read more books this month and celebrate my birthday (probably alone), so yeah, i’m excited! also, i can’t wait to see what’s in store for the 2020 blogger awards πŸ‘€πŸ‘€
    stay safe and have a great time, may! hope you achieve all your goals without draining yourself ❀️

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    1. you should see me in a crown was SO good maha!! and aah i’m so glad to hear that your april was good, it’s what you deserve πŸ’—

      yay for reading more books in may!! and AAHH i think i said this before (everything’s a blur in my head) but happy early birthday!!! i hope you have a fantastic month πŸ’•

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  2. Your writing snippets are so pretty! 🀩🀩 Also congrats on writing + reading so much! I’m so excited for summer because it’s my favorite season, and I really hope we can get back to normal in time for summer.

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  3. those writing snippets were evil-ly (is that a word? ) short and i hate u for it i want more!! i’m so excited for the 2020 blogger awards even though i feel so out of touch with this community so who do i even nominate lol! also my plotting is literally WILD…also i was reading a lot but now I’m not because i’m fasting and have zero energy to do anything beside watching Netflix so that’s fun!

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    1. YES I KNOW i cut the prose one extra short πŸ₯°πŸ₯° (but… if u dm me a snippet i’ll dm u a snippet…) and aahh it makes me v v happy to hear that you’re excited for the bba!!! and aahh no don’t blame urself for watching netflix and not reading!!! netflix is GREAT

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  4. Can’t really believe that April existed because it was a big mess, haha. At least I have been able to read more and also thanks to closed schools I wasn’t that busy. As for May, there’s gonna be a lot of studying but it could also be one of my best months readingwise next to April. Happy Reading!

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    1. april was all over the place!! and yeah i’ve definitely been able to read more & do other things i didn’t get to because of school. and ah i’m wishing you all the luck with studying & reading in may!! πŸ’ž


  5. OMG THOSE SNIPPETS. EXCUSE ME WHILE I DIE (from how beautiful the first two are and from absolutely losing it laughing at the last one) also no sharing snippets is Not annoying and I’m always very excited when you do it because you are absurdly talented and to make up for how unfair it is you should grace us mere mortals with your beautiful writing more

    I haven goals for may other than “actually read” tbh, because nano meant I read veryyyy little in April whoops

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    1. AAAHHH IRIS!!!! stop it i don’t deserve all those compliments my writing isn’t That good πŸ₯ΊπŸ˜­πŸ’“πŸ’— and Maybe Perhaps i shall share more next month…

      okay but writing a lot is AMAZING!! i hope you manage to get some good reads in though πŸ’•

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  6. I also didn’t do any exercise at all in April since I’ve been staying home for over a month now. I didn’t even know what day was today and somehow it’s already May??

    Well I haven’t read anything at all for the past two months πŸ˜… and therefore I’m gonna make it a mission to read at least one book in May (might choose graphic novel or something really short tho).

    Also that β€œ…lost in the fragility of your own mind” line? I love the sound of it!

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    1. time is so strange!! i can’t keep the days up anymore. and haha i also didn’t do any exercise in april but i just started a workout program so i’m excited to continue ❀ and i'm cheering you on reading-wise for may, you got it!!!

      omg thank you so much, that means a lot πŸ₯ΊπŸ’–

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  7. I definitely know what you mean about April passing in .2 seconds. Seriously, what is time anymore??

    Very glad to hear that you enjoyed You Should See Me in a Crown, since that’s one that I’m looking forward to! I could definitely use some feel-good books in my life πŸ˜€

    Congrats on sorta finishing your Camp NaNo goal! (I mean, I’d say that exceeding your word count is definitely a success.)

    I hope your May is wonderful and full of more good books πŸ˜€

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    1. i honestly have no idea how may will feel time-wise, but already it’s passing by pretty quicly for me lmao! and aahh it makes me so happy to hear you’re anticipating you should see me in a crown, i hope a lot of people read it πŸ₯Ί thank you so much!! it was cheating a bit since my “planning” includes word vomits of random thoughts but i’ll take what i can get :pp i hope you have an amazing month too, margaret!! ❀


  8. i totally agree that April went by fast! i’m so happy to see that you enjoyed You Should See Me In A Crown, i was hoping that it would be a good novel and now i’m excited to read it! and ahhh i’m so excited for the 2020 book blogger awards!

    ok but we need more writing snippets!! your writing is absolutely breathtaking 😍😍😭 also, writing every day for 30 minutes is such a good habit… i need to try it. good luck with your goals for May, i definitely need to catch up on exercising because i’ve mostly stayed at home for the past month oops.

    i hope you have an amazing May! sending love ❀ ❀ ❀

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    1. you should see me in a crown was SO good!! i’m really hoping a lot of people read and enjoy it as well πŸ₯Ί and aah yay i’m so excited to hear you’re excited for the awards!!

      AAAHH ash thank you so much, that seriously means so much to me 😭😭 writing every day has been really great! i recommend finding a friend to write with you, it works so well! and thank you so much, i hope your may is absolutely brilliant as well πŸ’•

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  9. MAAAAYYYY!!! SO MANY BOOKS!! you’re being so productive compared to meeeee *sobs* YESS OMG this month went by super fast (despite being locked in our houses). GAHHH i feel like i should be writing more,,, i’m trying… and failing… I’ve been exercising and doing yoga,, and i finally picked up a book for the first time this year??? GOOD LUCK ON YOUR GOALS FOR MAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ❀ ❀

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    1. aahh thank you!! sometimes i feel like i’m cheating and then other times i’m like i can’t be “cheating” if it’s not a competition lmao. and aahh doing exercises and yoga is definitely productive! i just started working out each day and i really love it haha. and yes to picking up a book!! i hope may is amazing for you!!!

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  10. Wow, you read a ton! That sucks that so many of them were disappointing but hey, you did get to read tons with sapphic main characters, so I’m still calling that a win. I wish I had more mental energy to read new books, but all I want to do lately is reread old favorites and watch TV. I think I’m just too exhausted and sad most of the time to risk something new and potentially hating it or it making me sadder? So I’ve been reading a lot of Becky Albertalli and Rainbow Rowell books that I already know and love. Maybe I’ll work up the energy to read new stuff once it warms up and I can go outside in my hammock.

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    1. yes, i’m definitely looking on the bright side with all the sapphic mcs i read!! i wish i could’ve loved more of them though 😭 and ah you’re definitely valid for just sticking to rereading or tv! i’m glad you can find comfort in those things, and you shouldn’t beat yourself up over that ❀ but i hope you can muster up the energy to read some new books in may, and i hope that you adore them!!!


  11. Congrats on writing so much!! That’s amazing πŸ™‚ And reading 12 books is really a lot, sucks that they weren’t the best though.
    I hope you have a great May!

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  12. I totally feel you about April not even feeling real. Time is weird these days. I’m sorry you had such a disappointing reading month (quality-wise), but I’m glad to hear you enjoyed You Should See Me in A Crown––it looks so good! Great job reaching many of your goals for April, and I hope you May goes just as well or even better! πŸ™‚ Lovely recap post!

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    1. ah i’m also sad about the meh reading month as well!! but i did really love you should see me in a crown — it makes me happy to see you’re looking forward to it too! and thank you so much πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί i hope you have a lovely may filled with amazing books!! ❀

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  13. AHHHHHHHHH, I know I’ve said this before but I’m saying it again – I AM SO EXCITED FOR THE BLOGGER AWARDS! I met so many amazing bloggers last year from the awards [and found your blog – YAY!] and can’t wait to see how you shake things up this year! And now we have a date! I’m basically screaming! πŸ˜‰

    I hope may treats you well May [lol], have an amazing month! ❀

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    1. aah it makes me beyond happy to hear that you’re excited for the book blogger awards!! i will definitely return to your words whenever i get anxious about it πŸ₯ΊπŸ’• i hope they live up to your expectations! and i hope your may goes amazing for you πŸ’–

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  14. fjfjdflafk thank you for mentioning my post i am truly honored πŸ₯ΊπŸ’– i’m so sorry that you had a meh reading month, but congrats on all the writing progress!! and you were honestly so good at replying to comments and interacting this month… wow I can’t relate. i am sad that you didn’t enjoy Midnight Lie very much though. I have such high hopes for it, and a few of the reviews are discouraging me :((
    I hope you have a wonderful May!! Yay for the last day of school <33

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    1. of course!!! and aahh thank you so much πŸ’• omg thank you so much, i didn’t think people really noticed my uptake in activeness πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί (but don’t beat yourself up too much!!) aahh honestly i thought i was going to love it, but i just couldn’t connect to the characters :(( definitely want to pick up the sequel though! and thank you — i hope you have an amazing may!! πŸ’—

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  15. i’m lowkey stressed for the Book Blogger Awards, haha. I need to have my nominations ready so I’m eyeing up all the blogs and trying to find new faves. yay on almost being done with school! I can’t imagine how it feels finishing up now without an in-person, last day of school wrap-up. I guess it really would give “is it actually over tho?” vibes. & congrats on all that writing progress!

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    1. ah same! i thought i was going to follow tons more blogs from the ones i found through the awards but then i took so many blogging breaks that following new blogs was too overwhelming when i got back 😭😭 but yeah, the last day of school is going to feel so strange! it honestly just feels like i’m doing some kind of summer school since it’s just so… weird lmao. but thank you! i hope you have an amazing may ❀

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      1. I appreciate your call out for teen and POC bloggers though (on twitter), that got me back into the groove for finding new bloggers. twitter really helps with that kind of thing. ohhmg yes no one wants to ever feel like they’re in eternal summer school lol. thanks!! kinda late but i hope your may is going well!

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  16. Oo congrats on writing over 15k words! I have really been slacking on my writing recently, so I definitely need to pick it back up! Good luck on all of your goals this month πŸ™‚

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  17. Reading so many books with a sapphic MC sounds awesome! But I’m sorry they weren’t really great in quality … I’ve also read The Midnight Lie this past month and I did like it a lot, but I agree it was a bit “light” on the romance development and it was easy for anyone to get distracted and not really care for them.
    I’m sorry school was hard on you in April! I hope May will be better, especially since the end is getting closer πŸ™‚
    I’m super excited about the Awards !!! ❀

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    1. i’m glad i was able to read more sapphic books! i just feel so bad about not liking them as much 😭 but ahh i’m really glad you loved the midnight lie! i liked the romance but it was definitely hard for me to really Care about it :// but i’m still excited for the sequel!

      thank you so much!! i hope your may is amazing, and i’m so glad to see you’re excited for the awards πŸ₯ΊπŸ’•

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  18. Ahh you’ve read so much in the past month, it’s wonderful! You have me SO EXCITED to read You Should See Me in a Crown, it sounds like such an amazing read and ahhh I’m SO! PUMPED! right now πŸ˜€
    I’m also proud that you got some writing done, your prose is STUNNING I am a little bit in love with it. You’re such a fantastic writer and I’m really really excited to read more from you, someday ❀
    So excited for the book bloggers awards to be back again and to celebrate book bloggers! πŸ˜€
    I hope May will be kind to you! ❀ x


  19. May is literally over and here I am coming to comment on your April wrap-up, please ignore the mess that is my life πŸ˜‚ I’m so happy you liked our post! Thank you for sharing it!

    Gaah, I love the Murderbot Diaries! I agree that the first one was definitely much stronger than the ones that came after, but I just love Murderbot as a character so much. They’re the sarcastic robot character that I never knew I needed. And I adored Network Effect, it is just top tier in so many ways and I can’t talk about it or I’ll most definitely spoil it. Thai looks like it’s so hard to write! Writing in other alphabets in general is a struggle. I can write in Hebrew but that’s 100% only because I learned when I was little, there’s no way my brain would be able to absorb any new language information now. Believe me I’ve tried. I hope your May went well! And if it didn’t, here’s to June! πŸ’•πŸ’•


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