May’s Moments of the Month: December // I Finished My School Semester & Read A Lot

Happy new year!

I hope you all are having a wonderful start to 2021 already. I’m praying that January is going to be a much better month for me than December was, because December was… not my best month. School and finals drained me a lot (unsurprisingly), and even over my break, I was kind of useless.

Luckily in December, I was able to read a lot of books, finish my GR challenge, and write more blog posts than usual!! But I accidentally developed some bad habits during the month (I am… so sleep-deprived…). Hopefully I can fix them and my deteriorating mental health this month!

mmm reading

I read 13 books this month!! Like I always push myself to do, I finished my Goodreads challenge at 100 books, on the very last day of 2020. I reread some of my favorite books—my Percy Jackson brainrot is worse than ever now!—and overall enjoyed most the books I read, which was the perfect way to end the year.

Honey Lemon | WEBTOON  Purple Hibiscus  Nice to Meet You  The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle, #1)

  • Honey Lemon Courtneywirthit // I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this webtoon! very slife-of-life with some romance, love the characters and art ★★★★☆
  • Purple Hibiscus Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie // I read this for school and it was SO boring. also it’s by a TERF so no way can I enjoy it knowing that ★★☆☆☆
  • Nice to Meet You Wishroomness // this was really cute! very fluffy and addictive, but I think I need to read more to feel fully invested ★★★☆☆ [3.5]
  • The Empress of Salt and Fortune Nghi Vo // I was not smart enough to understand this, which is why I’m leaving it unrated, but it was a really unique story! [no rating]

Winterkeep (Graceling Realm, #4)  The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars (The Legend of Korra, #1)    On a Sunbeam

  • Winterkeep Kristin Cashore // unsurprisingly, I ADORED this book. it’s part of my favorite series and didn’t disappoint me at all, and I love Cashore’s writing so so much ★★★★☆ [4.5]
  • The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Michael DiMartino & others // I actually teared up over this because of Korrasami I love them SO much ★★★★☆
  • RomaJuliette Christmas Special Chloe Gong // adding this to Goodreads is so funny but this was very cute! and painful, after reading TVD! [no rating]
  • On a Sunbeam Tillie Walden // [reread] I unfortunately did not love this quite as much the second time around, but I appreciated the art more and still love the found family! ★★★★☆

Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 1  A Dead Djinn in Cairo (Fatma el-Sha’arawi, #1)  The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)  The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)  Her Body and Other Parties

  • Witch Hat Atelier Kamome Shirahama // my first manga! it was very very cute and the art is so beautiful, and I ADORE the magic system and I can’t wait to read more ★★★★☆
  • A Dead Djinn in Cairo P Djèlí Clark // I thought this could have been a little longer, but this was so well-written for a short story! the worldbuilding is amazing ★★★★☆ [3.5]
  • The Battle of the Labyrinth Rick Riordan // [reread] I forgot how much I loved this book in particular!! I missed the squad being back together so this was perfect ★★★★★
  • The Last Olympian Rick Riordan // [reread] I forgot how many Percabeth moments there were in this and it literally made me shut down!!! I love Percy and this series so much ★★★★★
  • Her Body and Other Parties Carmen Maria Machado // while sometimes confusing, the writing in this is so beautiful, and one of the short stories is an all-time favorite ★★★☆☆ [3.5]

BOOK HAUL

photo of white bookshelf, three levels. top row is white to link to red book spines, second is brown to orange to yellow to green, third is teal to blue to light purple. on the second level in the middle is a stack of books, from top to bottom: the dragon republic (paperback), gods of jade and shadow (paperback), the young elites (paperback), picture us in the light (paperback), miss meteor (hardcover), black sun (hardcover), the space between worlds (hardcover)

I got a bunch of books for Christmas, and I’m so excited to (re)read them all! The ones I’ve read already are The Dragon Republic, The Young Elites, and Picture Us in the Light, all of which I love so much that I had to get a physical copy. The rest are books I’ve been wanting to read for so long and feel like could be new favorites! (I said adult SFF rights.)

I also did some fun outfits (at 3am) for two of the books, so I’ll just share them here!

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mmm blogging

UPDATES

The end of the year always means lots of exciting posts, so I’ve been having fun writing them up and also reading others’! I’ve also been thinking more seriously about something that I’ve been kind of meaning to change in relation to my blog for a while now, and though it probably won’t happen any time soon, I’m excited to see where it goes. In general, though, I just want to thank everyone for their support of my blog this year, because it truly means the world to me!!

THIS MONTH’S POSTS

mmm nov 20  12 books 12 friends  tbg review
goodbye 2020 fave moments  2020 least fav books  2021 anticipated jan jun

FAVORITE POSTS FROM OTHERS

mmm writing

I didn’t write at all in December! Which I’m fine with, since I’d surprised myself with how much I wrote during NaNo in November and I guess I deserved a little break. There was one short story I wanted to finish writing but only got around to rereading—and I discovered that it’s about 20k words long and not at all a short story anymore. I also discovered that it doesn’t suck as much as I thought it did!!

I don’t really know where else I’m supposed to share this so I’m dropping it in this post: Here are 4 snippets of writing from 2020 that I’m actually proud of! (Please ignore how I wrote “running through her veins” twice in the same paragraph for the first one, I am too lazy to edit that now).

mmm life

My first school semester ended! I had finals, it was a very stressful time, but I ended up getting good grades so I’m happy for that (though the overachiever part of me wishes I did better, but… this isn’t anything new). This school year has been hard, so I’m trying to be gentle with myself, but I really am not excited to continue learning this way.

My mental health was… considerably worse in December, oops! I always expect it to deteriorate during the winter break, so it wasn’t that much of a surprise—not that that made it any better. The break was much needed, though, and I’m glad I got a chance to relax and hang out with my family, however short it was.

I shockingly did not watch much TV, because I was so focused on reading, but I did listen to more music! Cage the Elephant was of course on repeat all the time, as they have been for the past year, but I also listened to Lorde, Hippo Campus, Mother Mother, and Phoebe Bridgers. Let me know if you have any music artist recommendations like them because I’m trying to listen to new artists in 2021!

mmm old goals

Because of finals and then my suffering mental health during the break, I didn’t meet most of my goals! But I’m going to be happy with what I did accomplish, because 13 books read in a month is a lot for me.

  • read 13 books
  • finish a short story
  • keep up with Reader
  • get >7.5 avg hrs of sleep
  • drink! water!
  • college prep
  • driver’s ed!!

mmm new goals

  • read 8 books
  • finish my novella WIP
  • think over some mysterious blog things
  • keep up with Reader
  • get >7.4 hours of sleep
  • learn all Thai vowels
  • college prep
  • driver’s ed

mmm looking ahead

Going back to school. I’m really really not looking forward to going back to school, especially because this semester is going to be a lot more stressful and jam-packed than before. I’m definitely going to have to take a hiatus at one point or have brief periods of inactivity because of school, which makes me really sad!! Please send all your good vibes my way… I will need them… 

My 4-year blogiversary! God, can you believe this has been my fourth year of blogging? It genuinely doesn’t feel real. I am so so excited to continue blogging (for my fifth year! wow!!), and I really do think that blogging has changed my life in so many ways. But enough of the sap, for now! I always do a Q&A in celebration of every year that passes, so feel free to comment any questions below—preferably 2 or less!—or submit them anonymously here.


shall we chat

how was your December and/or end of 2020? how were your holidays, if you celebrated? how’s your new year going so far? if you have any questions for my Q&A, drop them below!

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49 thoughts on “May’s Moments of the Month: December // I Finished My School Semester & Read A Lot

  1. I’ve honestly blocked out most of December from my mind. It was stressful and full of finals and recovering from finals and I can’t remember much else. So I can definitely relate to your December! Thankfully my sleep schedule stayed pretty normal though, because I am a grandma that gets sick whenever I stay up too late, and I’ve been requiring myself to get out of bed before 10 am for the sake of my mental health, which tends to suffer over vacation.

    I really love the picture of your book haul! And those bookish outfits look fantastic! Rhi and Ash have been telling me I need to read Picture Us In the Light, but I just don’t think I’m emotionally ready yet!

    I’m also so glad that you shared snippets of your writing because it is fantastic! The prose was absolutely lyrical and well-crafted, and the poetry was beautiful in its depth of emotion! I’d love if you’d continue sharing what you’re working on in future posts!

    Thank you so much for mentioning my post! I’m so glad that you liked it enough to share it!

    Good luck in school! I hope this semester goes well! Feel free to take whatever breaks or hiatuses that you need to get through school, we’ll all be waiting for you whenever you have the time and energy again!

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  2. I hope January has been kinder on your mental health so far, May <3 and wow you've read a lot, that's amazing. I'm also in awe of your writing, honestly it's the most stunning writing I've ever read, really. 😍😍
    Wishing you all the very best for school, you can do this!! <3

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  3. lmao May okay I just have to start off saying that I totally went onto GR to manually add the RomaJuliette special because I’m that person hahaha. So terrible but I also had feelings and it wasn’t there. Feel free to laugh at me ahahahahah

    Anyways, this comment is a bit late so I hope January has been going okay for you. Love your outfit photos btw! So hyped to read The Black Sun also, that cover is just so stunning. Sending all the love <3<3

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