May’s Moments of the Month: May // I’m Finally Done with School!

May was surprisingly… not too bad!

Even though I was dead for most of it because school decided it was a great idea to murder all the students in the last few weeks of the year, I survived it in the end. And lots of good things actually happened to me throughout the month, things that I’m very grateful for and excited about! And though I wasn’t as active online because of school, I had a lot of fun buddy reading with friends.

Overall May was a pretty decent month (and it better have been, because it was “my” month or whatever idk I hate making this joke but I can’t help myself we’re carrying on now), but I’m definitely ready for summer.

mmm reading

I read 9 books! All of which were actually from my TBR, a very big accomplishment for a mood reader like me! School kept me so busy throughout the month, and I ended up finishing 4 books in the last 6 days of the month, and considering one of them was over 500 pages, I feel pretty proud of myself. Overall, though there were quite a few disappointments, I had a good reading month because of all the fun buddy reads I did!

The Tangleroot Palace: Stories  You've Reached Sam  A Spark of White Fire (The Celestial Trilogy, #1)  A Wish in the Dark  Mornings in Jenin

  • The Tangleroot Palace Marjorie Liu // loved almost all the short stories: they were so magical and creative, with excellent themes and trope subversions! ★★★★☆
  • You’ve Reached Sam Dustin Thao // very disappointing, I honestly didn’t feel all that emotionally devastated and couldn’t care about the main relationship ★★☆☆☆
  • A Spark of White Fire Sangu Mandanna // I thought I’d love this, and while I did enjoy it, I think I expected More. some technical issues (things were so convenient for the MC?) and I didn’t like the romance at all (it’s with the MC’s adopted cousin…) ★★★☆☆
  • A Wish in the Dark Christina Soontornvat // [reread] I’m so glad I reread this, I got to appreciate everything so much more and it’s truly such a flawless book full of heart ★★★★★
  • Mornings in Jenin Susan Abulhawa // absolutely heartbreaking and brutal, I sobbed so much reading this. it’s a beautiful, brilliantly written book, and feels so real  ★★★★☆ [4.5]

The Ones We're Meant to Find  The Rape of Nanking  The Jasmine Throne (Burning Kingdoms, #1)  Black Water Sister

  • The Ones We’re Meant to Find Joan He // I think Joan He’s books and I do not get along! though the plot twists were good, I really didn’t care for the characters ★★☆☆☆
  • The Rape of Nanking Iris Chang // brutal to read, but so important. loved the structure and how many different facets of the massacre Chang wrote about, very informative [no rating]
  • The Jasmine Throne Tasha Suri // thought this would be a 5-star, but I still loved it! excellent themes, loved the characters’ moral greyness, and the romance is SO gay! ★★★★☆
  • Black Water Sister Zen Cho // liked this a lot, apart from falling flat for me in the middle! great familial relationships & character arc, and saw a little too much of myself in it ★★★★☆ [3.5]

mmm blogging

UPDATES

Remember when I said last month that “I’m very glad to be active again!”? That was a lie. I mean I’m glad, but I was definitely not active. This time I am NOT misleading you, though, I’m actually going to be active again and I’m really excited for everything I have coming up this month! School being let out for the year means I can finally be active again, and the halfway point of the year always brings fun content.

June is when last year’s Book Blogger Awards were held, and if I’m being honest, I’m not really sure what’s up with those this year. I’m going to be… really busy this summer with academic stuff in preparation for next year, and also, I just don’t feel like I should have any part in hosting them this year because of my lack of consistent blog activity. So! We’ll see what happens. I just wanted to keep you in the know, since I know a lot of people are always excited for the awards!!

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mmm writing

One really amazing thing that happened last month was that I got a full tuition scholarship to a summer writing program!! I’m really really excited for the program (happening in July), and I’m also quite a bit proud of myself for managing to get a full ride scholarship, especially since I had no idea they were being given out. Very validating moment, I must say!!!

School was completely draining the whole month, and then when I got out of school I was cramming to finish reading books, so I didn’t get time to work on a novel like I hoped. But I finally started writing down the thoughts and ideas that have been simmering in the back of my mind. I’m excited to develop them further in June; I just really miss working on a big project and even if it might not be high-quality, it’ll be a lot of fun for me!

mmm life

As I’ve been saying throughout the post, I finished my school year!! It was absolutely killing me this month, especially with finals—I think I attended most of my zoom classes from my bed this month—but I am beyond happy to be over with it. I was very pleasantly surprised by a few of my exam grades, though, and I’m satisfied with myself and how I finished out the the year!

This month I also got the second dose of the COVID vaccine! I was SO lucky with side effects: the day I got it, I felt a bit fatigued, and the next day, I had a 100°F fever and headache (plus a bit of short breath immediately after I woke up), but neither the fever nor headache were severe enough to completely debilitate me.

I finished off the dance season with a dance show/recital that was quite different from the usual because we had to adhere to COVID guidelines but fun nonetheless! We also had dance team auditions for the upcoming year, which made me excited because we’ll finally be having a lot of younger kids again. And I also got to watch Shadow & Bone (my friend and I watched it all in a day) and it was really good! I liked it a lot, surprisingly, and I’m excited for the next season. Also, I can’t believe Mal was actually so likable in the show but I loved him.

mmm old goals

  • read 9 books
  • catch up on ARC reviews
  • post 5 times
  • start developing a novel idea
  • get >7.5 hours of sleep
  • get off my phone please god
  • driver’s ed
    mmm new goals
  • read 9 books
  • catch up on ARC reviews
  • post 5 times
  • continue working on WIP
  • college prep/writing :(
  • IB work :(
  • get off my phone
  • driver’s ed

mmm looking ahead

Summer! I’ll be writing a post about some of the things I have planned for this summer, but honestly I’m just hoping to get to relax a lot. There are quite a few things I’m also wanting to get done this summer, especially academic-wise, but… I’m trying to balance that out along with taking time for myself to do things that make me happy. After this absolute hell of a school year I hope fellow students can also relax (whenever you go on break)!!


shall we chat

how was your May? are you out of school yet, if you’re a student? did you read any good books? have you watched Shadow & Bone?

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29 thoughts on “May’s Moments of the Month: May // I’m Finally Done with School!

    1. congrats on getting the first dose!! glad to hear you didn’t have many side effects. and ahh i’m sorry you didn’t love you’ve reached sam though nice to know that i’m not alone in my disappointment lol. have a lovely june too!!

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  1. Congrats on the scholarship!!!! That must be so exciting!
    I’m super jealous that you got an ARC of The Jasmine Throne and have watched Shadow and Bone. I have to wait on BOTH, because life is against me I guess (though Darkling simps are making the latter not that hard…like could they please stop simping for the aged creep). Jesper seems to have been perfect, though, judging by the clips I’ve seen. I’m only not happy with Kaz – is it really so difficult to hire disabled actors to play disabled characters?
    May was OK – I didn’t read as much as I usually could have. I did start up a book blog, though, which is something I am happy about! I would say the best book I read last month was def. The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman – I’m still a wreck after reading it! It really got under my skin.

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    1. thank you so much!!

      ahh the jasmine throne releases super soon, so i hope you get the chance to read it! and i also do Not like the darkling but i just ignore what all his fans have to say lmao. jesper’s actor was really great at capturing his personality and mannerisms! though i wish a darker-skinned actor could’ve had the role

      congrats on starting a blog in may!! and ahh i’m so happy you enjoyed the infinity courts—i’ve seen a lot of mixed things but i love akemi dawn bowman haha

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      1. Ignoring Darkling simps is always the best way to go. I was also unhappy with their desicion to cast Jesper with a lighter-skinned actor. It annoyed me that the casting crew seems to have been willfully ignorant that he was coded as Aboriginal Australian, which is pretty much NEVER represented in media…
        I haven’t read any other books by Bowman, so I don’t know how they compare. I just know that book absolutely ruined me.

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  2. Glad that you’re done with school! I’m still in school and we’re doing independent projects now for most of my classes. My May was pretty good, and I’m hoping for this year to be the last year I take AP classes since I’ve taken all of the ones I’ve wanted to at my school. I got to present my research from AP Research on a panel for AAPI Heritage Month, which was a lot of fun. Finally, I read a lot of great books, and I think my top five would be: The Wolf of Oren-Yaro, Misfit in Love, Sugar and Spite, Meet Cute Diary, and Ace of Spades.

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    1. independent projects for your classes sounds fun! i’m glad you had a good may. and ooh presenting your research on a panel for aapi heritage month sounds so cool, i’m glad you ennoyed it! i absolutely loved ace of spades, i’m glad you did too <3

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  3. Great post, and congrats on winning the scholarship!! Ahh I loved Shadow and Bone, I can’t wait to see what season two will bring us! (Hopefully more Nikolai and wylan and Wesper moments lol) also I’m glad you enjoyed the jasmine throne, I need that book in my hands right now😅

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  4. I’m so glad May was relatively better for you!! (I mean it has to have been, being that you’re May and it was May…right, sorry, I’ll stop now 😅) I am so disappointed that You’ve Reached Sam disappointed you. Idk if I first saw it on your blog, but when I first heard of it, it sounded like the most heartbreaking book e v e r and I was planning on giving it a try when I was ready to be emotionally destroyed. And it apparently might just end up being ‘okay’. Sigh
    Muchas gracias por compartir mi post ❤ And congrats on getting a scholarship to the writing program! That’s amazing and I hope you love & learn a lot from it.

    Good luck with your goals for June ❤✨

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    1. thank you, rukky!! and ahh i’d seen some mixed things about you’ve reached sam so i had a bit of caution going in, but it was still disappointing 😭 i know it really emotionally destroyed a lot of other people, so maybe you’ll be lucky (if you can call it lucky) to be one of those people?

      de nada!! <3 and ahh thank you so much, i'm definitely excited to learn from the program! hope you're having a great june so far 💕💕

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  5. oh my gosh, congrats on finishing school and getting a full-ride scholarship!!! that feeling when school’s over is just everything. i still need to finish shadow and bone but it was such a surprise how likeable mal was! hope you have a lovely june💜

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    1. thank you so much!! and it truly was a relief to finish school, i think had it been a normal year i would’ve felt some bittersweetness but all i felt was happiness this time lol. and i love how we both were surprised by mal! hope you have a great june too 💕

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  6. oh no! i’m sorry you didn’t enjoy you’ve reached sam! i was so excited to start my ARC of it, because it sounded heartbreaking, but now i’m not so sure :” ) i really liked the ones we’re meant to find though it was SO SLOW for like half of the book haha so getting through that was tough, but then the twists were a whole ride. i can’t wait to read my ARC of the jasmine throne soon, so i’m glad you enjoyed it, but i’m sorry it wasn’t a full 5 stars! omg i have like 3 days of school left lmao we’re all counting down the days till it’s done – and i can’t wait to see what posts you come up with! congratulations on getting a full tuition scholarship! that is so amazing, and i hope you have tons of fun in july! i also binged s&b in like a day haha – jesper is everything 🥺 and all the castings (esp. for the crows) were perfect! and omg the matthias and nina arc 🥺

    i hope june treats you well! 💖

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    1. i know a lot of other people who were disappointed by you’ve reached sam, but i also know a lot of others who absolutely loved it! so i think it’s going to be very much a hit or miss book (hopefully it’s a hit for you!). the twists were super great for the ones we’re meant to find! i didn’t find it slow since i read most of it in a day haha but it definitely wasn’t particularly engaging for me. ahh looks like you’ll be out of school today/tomorrow, congrats!!

      thank you so much <3 i hope you have a great june as well! and i loved jesper + matthias and nina so much too, perfect acting really!

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  7. i’m happy may wasn’t that bad for you!! it was supposed to be a *relaxing* month for me since we had vacation, but I just ended up studying my butt off because i’m like that 😑 and i definitely need jasmine throne 🥺; so glad you enjoyed it!! also!! i read foolish hearts and gosh iris and gideon and claude and everyone there OWN my heart 🥺💓 i need more of emma mills’ books 😭
    and omg big congrats on the scholarship!!! 🎉✨ it sounds awesome, hope you enjoy it!! 💖 have a lovely june, may! happy pride!! 🌈💜
    (the amount of exclamation marks i use 🤦‍♀️)

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    1. thank you so much! and ahh i’m so sorry that your month was full of studying, i hope you get some much deserved rest in june 💓 and ahhh i’m so happy you enjoyed foolish hearts!! iris and gideon truly have my whole heart and that book is such a serotonin booster. and thank you so much! i hope you’re having a wonderful month so far <3

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  8. Congratulations about the summer program! Also about the second dose. And a specially about finishing school! Hope you have a great June and I’m looking forward to your content now that you will (actually) be active again lol.

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  9. I’m happy to hear that you had a good month! It’s amazing that you got a scholarship, Congrats!! 🎉❤ Sorry to hear You’ve Reached Sam didn’t work for you :( I ended up enjoying it but saw quite a few mixed reactions on my timeline. Also thank you so much for sharing my post 🥰 I hope you’re having a good June! ☀

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    1. thank you, caro!!! 💖 i’m actually very interested to see what everyone will think about you’ve reached sam when it comes out later this year, it seems like it’s really going to be a hit or miss! hope you’re having a wonderful june too <3

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  10. I am so happy to see you had a pretty decent month overall, May (espcially since it’s your namesake month!) Congrats on the scholarship for the writing program, that is so awesome & I’m v excited for you!

    I’m sorry to see you didn’t enjoy A Spark of White Fire as much as I did, but I do agree the adopted cousin thing is a little weird. I told myself they weren’t raised together to help get over it, because in book 2 their relationship started to shine for me.

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