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.
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 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 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]
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!!
FAVORITE POSTS FROM OTHERS
- Fadwa @ Word Wonders shares a list of books by Pasifika authors and I’d highly recommend giving it a visit and checking out some of the books!
- Asian and Pasifika Heritage Month at The Quiet Pond is always so amazing and features a variety of authors! One of my favorite posts was Shelley Parker-Chan talking about gender and culture.
- Kate @ Your Tita Kate shares seven (actually) underrated books by Asian authors. I’ve read and loved a few of them so definitely check the list out!
- Caro @ The Bookcheshire Cat recommends eight books tackling mental health for Mental Health Awareness Month!
- Para las personas que hablan/entienden español, Rukky @ Eternity Books escribió un post en español sobre los libros Latines que quiere leer, y como alguien que está aprendiendo espanol, ¡pensé que era una idea muy creativa!
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!
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.
- 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 ✗
- 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
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)!!