May’s Moments of the Month: May // End of School, Asian Books, and What to Do For Black Lives Matter

Hi, it’s been a month.

If you’ve been paying attention to the news or social media at all within the last few days, Black lives Matter protests have been taking place to demand justice for the murder of George Floyd and countless other Black people at the hands of the police. Please go ahead and unfollow me if you disagree with BLM, ACAB, or the protests happening right now—it’s honestly best for the both of us!

I have a platform on this blog, and I think it’s very important that I use it. Please do not stay silent on these matters, now and in the future, and make sure to be actively anti-racist every single day. Here is a list of different things you can do right now:

It is also important to announce that because of this, the 2020 Book Blogger Awards have been postponed until further notice. The new launch date will be announced as soon as possible, but please focus on being good allies to our Black friends (whether they are bloggers or not) right now!!

I will be including these links, and adding on if needed, at the beginning of each of my posts! This post will be a recap on what happened in May and is slightly shorter (emphasis on slightly because I cannot shut up) than my usual recaps.

mmm reading

I read 8 books in May! I didn’t quite follow my TBR but we won’t talk about that. Honestly I’m surprised I managed to read 8; my focus has been close to nonexistent, and I either have to read everything in one sitting or I don’t read anything at all.

While there were some great Asian books, there were also lots of disappointing ones too, which I’m sad about! I don’t know why my reads have been so meh/bad recently, but I hope it doesn’t continue. But I’m officially halfway through my Goodreads challenge so. perhaps I am superior??

Also something impressive I will absolutely brag about is that I went through my Goodreads TBR shelf, and took off almost 500 books! I really am superior sometimes!!

Favorite: 🌹, least favorite: 🥀, most disappointing: 💔.

The Henna Wars  Love From A to Z  Like a Love Story  On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

  • The Henna Wars Adiba Jaigirdar // I loved the romance, sister relationship, and QPOC rep so much in this book!! ★★★★☆ [review]
  • 🌹 Love From A to Z SK Ali // such a cute book with so many important messages. I love Adam and Zayneb so much!!! ★★★★☆
  • 🥀 Like a Love Story Abdi Nazemian // one of the worst reading experiences ever. annoying characters, bad writing… just so disappointing, since I was expecting a new favorite! ★★☆☆☆
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Ocean Vuong // a little hard to get into but so so beautiful and overall a very immersive experience ★★★★☆ [3.5]

Amina's Voice  Not Your Sidekick (Sidekick Squad, #1)  Unravel the Dusk  (The Blood of Stars, #2)  Harley in the Sky

  • Amina’s Voice Hena Khan // sweet and warm but the ending was just so abrupt and felt underwhelming ★★★☆☆ [2.5]
  • Not Your Sidekick CB Lee // I have a few objective issues, but I had so much fun reading it! binged in one sitting ★★★★☆ [3.5]
  • 💔 Unravel the Dusk Elizabeth Lim // this is my biggest disappointment no one talk to me… I basically just didn’t care about the characters ★★☆☆☆
  • Harley in the Sky Akemi Dawn Bowman // also a disappointment! didn’t care about the characters again but it was overall well-written ★★☆☆☆ [2.5]

mmm blogging

updates

I was doing slightly better with commenting on blog posts, but then it went downhill near the end of the month. I’ve been pretty good with replying to comments, and commenting back, but actually commenting on the posts in my Reader… not really.

As stated before, the 2020 Book Blogger Awards are postponed and Marie and I will let you know the newest launch date as soon as we can!

top posts

pjo book tag  ahm recs  stuck at home tag

Though I posted less than I hoped to, all my posts did so well? And some surprised me with how well they did? Thank you for always supporting my content!! It makes me really happy to see that you love the posts that I put out, because I’m beginning to really love them too.

(Also I was overwhelmed by how you all loved my PJO/HOO tag!!)

favorite posts from others

mmm writing

I reached 28.3k words for my planning, meaning I wrote about 14.6k more this month. And while that may sound like a lot, a good majority of it is either me coming up with one thing after rambling for 500 words and then ditching it 5 pages later, or something like:

I honestly don’t have much of a plot right now, but I’m trying to figure it out and hopefully that will be done this month! I’m also hoping that I will be able to make an outline in June as well.

Perhaps the most important writing achievement was that I made picrews of my characters!!! I spent like 3 hours on them and I have no regrets. However these are all subject to change because I would absolutely spend another 3 hours fixing them!! (Credit to @poika_, here’s the link.)

     

As for poetry, I didn’t write much, but I did write a poem that actually… was not bad!! It’s very different from what I’m used to writing, but I ended up doing some ~cool~ things I didn’t mean to and so I’m vaguely, vaguely proud of that.

mmm life

  • I finished school! I didn’t have any exams, and I haven’t seen my classmates’ faces since like March, so it was a very underwhelming finish. But I did it!
  • I listened to a lot of music (Cage the Elephant, Clairo, Rina Sawayama).
  • I had a dance recital on Zoom, and at one point I completely blanked and had to step out of the camera frame for a whole 30 seconds. (After that I put my glasses on so I could actually, you know, see the computer screen.)

Avatar The Last Airbender Netflix Teaser Trailer and Announcement ...

  • I watched and became obsessed with Avatar: The Last Airbender!! I genuinely cannot stop thinking about it and I’m tempted to rewatch already. I think it’s one of my top favorite shows of all time??
  • I did a workout program for 2 weeks! It was really great, except after I finished it, I was completely unmotivated to continue doing any form of exercise.

mmm old goals

  • read 10 books
  • post 7 times (awards post was supposed to be the 7th)
  • follow more blogs
  • continue working on WIP!!
  • write 3 poems (finally. FINALLY)
  • do driver’s ed stuff
  • read/write/listen to Thai every day (I’m very sad about this)
  • exercise? work out?
  • go outside for once jesus

mmm new goals

  • read 13 books (this is the exact amount of books on my June TBR!!)
  • 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
  • work out
  • SAT practice
  • research college stuff (my parents are getting on to me about this)
  • donate

mmm looking ahead

Even without the Black Lives Matter protests happening right now, I honestly would not know what to say here. It’s summer, and the third month of lockdown for me. There really isn’t anything major that’s going to happen in my life while I’m at home and out of school? Every day is just like, wake up, go on phone or computer, read a bit, eat, and sleep.


shall we chat

how was your May? have you watched ATLA?? was your reading less disappointing than mine? and most importantly, have you been a good ally and spoken up about BLM? 

blog signoff

 

58 thoughts on “May’s Moments of the Month: May // End of School, Asian Books, and What to Do For Black Lives Matter

  1. Ah, May I did the same thing recently. I would DEVOUR a book then feel slumpy and then find a new book to devour all over again. It’s lowkey a crappy place to be in because it feels like you’re not reading at all. Weirdest and maybe most annoying slump ugh

    I super want to get my hands on Love From A to Z, I’ve heard 0 bad things!! As well as On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous < 3

    my May went okay, I read a ton but not many new books, I reread a fave series. And ahh I'm currently rereading Children of Blood & Bone and now I really want to watch ATLA :)

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    1. ah i’m sorry to hear that you were in that weird funk, ruby!! honestly i wish i could find a new book to devour because so far it’s just feeling slumpy the whole time 😭

      yes please do get your hands on love from a to z!! i enjoyed it so much. and ah rereading is always great!! i have so many books i want to reread 🥺 and YES WATCH ATLA!!!

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  2. why are your posts so cute, may…
    may was a pretty hectic month for me! i had finals, finished my first year of college, ramadan, blogging, mental health…ugh, it’s been a ride. but i feel more at peace now, so there’s that.
    im so glad you loved Love from A to Z! it’s one of my faves!! and ATLA!!!!!!! i wanted to rewatch it because i watched it when i was very young so i don’t remember much? but then it wasn’t available on netflix in my country :((
    hope you have a wonderful june!!

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    1. why are YOU so cute maha…

      finishing your first year of college aahhh go you!!! i’m so proud of you, and i’m glad you’re feeling more at peace <3

      omg i'm so sorry that atla isn't on netflix in your country! i hope it gets on there soon maybe?? because you deserve to relive it… i know i already want to relive it 🥺

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing all of these resources, may, you’re wonderful. <3
    Every time I come on your blog, I'm excited to read the henna wars ahah, I really can't wait to get a copy, i feel like I'd love love love loooooooooove it very much! <3
    I'm so happy your blog posts did well this month, it's all that you deserve! <3 and YAY for getting so much writing done, and these picrew are ADORABLY perfect, I love them so much. I'm proud of your progress and I'm wishing you all the very best for all of your goals and everything this June <3 take care of yourself <3 <3 <3

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    1. of course!!! it’s the least i can do <3

      aahh i'm so happy i can be a the henna wars hype person!! i hope you're able to read it soon, and that you love it as much as i did (i'm especially excited to see your thoughts on the sister relationship 🥺)

      and STOP you're going to make me cry marie… thank you so so much!!! and ah i'm proud of YOU, whether you're writing a lot or not, you'll always be a writer 💝💝

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  4. Congratulations on finishing school May!! ATLA is an absolutely fantastic show. One of my friends and I watched it together over Netflix Party for the past two weeks and it was so so fun! I’m loving how much hype its been getting since it got added to Netflix, I love all the resurgence memes and tik toks. I don’t know if it’s intentional, but the second line of your books read is *very* aesthetically pleasing, I love the orange.

    Thank you for sharing the resources! I hope you’ve been having a great June! 💕

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    1. thank you, chana!! and aahh i watched it with my sister and it was such a fun experience! i think we’re going to rewatch it after we finish she-ra 🥰 and i’m not on tiktok, but i love seeing all the new memes/art of atla!! (also yes… it wasn’t intentional but the orange covers are all so nice! i would’ve mentioned it but i thought i was weird for noticing haha)

      i hope you’ve been having a great june too!! <3

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  5. I’m not American so the BLM movement has been a bit different for me. But still, my youth group in particular have been talking a lot about it and have made donations/loans to black women who own small businesses in America and we’ve also talked a lot about recognising and remembering the 400 + Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who have died in police custody. It’s been very eye opening and sobering for me and its made me so angry as well.
    I had a very satisfactory reading month though! Sad to hear your’s wasn’t as good. Hopefully next month will be better.

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    1. i’m glad to see that you’ve been taking action outside of the us!! that’s amazing to see <3 and yes, i've read things about all the aboriginal people who have died from police brutality in australia, and i was happy to see signs at australian protests talking about it

      oh i'm happy your reading went well in may! i hope that continues this month too 🥰

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