May’s Moments of the Month: July // No More Summer but Good Books & Writing!

Summer break is basically over for me…

…and I am so tired of time passing so quickly this year!! Every month seems to pass by even faster than the last, and I wish everything would just slow down, especially now that I have to go back to school. Despite that, July was a pretty decent month for me, since I was able to read some good books and I also got to generate a lot of new writing for the first time in a while. It was filled with a lot of dread over summer ending though, which I feel very intensely now that I have less than a week before my school year starts again!

mmm reading

I read 9 books! I had a decent reading month quality-wise, though nothing really stood out. I somehow managed to read 5 books in the first 10 days of the month, and then the rest of July I struggled to read and took like a week to read one book. But I think this month was another successful month for switching up my reading choices (nonfic, anthology, comic, poetry, and not just reading YA)!

I really wanted to catch up on writing my overdue ARC reviews before I went back to school this month, but unfortunately… that did not happen. I’ve started many reviews but have little motivation to actually finish them, so I’m going to follow my own advice and just write the length I want!

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches  The Tower of Nero (The Trials of Apollo, #5)  How to Pronounce Knife  Jade Fire Gold  Monstress, Vol. 4: The Chosen

  • Sister Outsider Audre Lorde // really great read about feminism and what being a Black lesbian means! I particularly loved the discussion of motherhood [no rating]
  • The Tower of Nero Rick Riordan // I’m so sad that the CHB world is done with this book (supposedly)… but I thought this was a great conclusion to the series! ★★★★☆
  • How to Pronounce Knife Souvankham Thammavongsa // solid collection of stories and I enjoyed most of them and their themes, but I just wish they were longer ★★★☆☆
  • Jade Fire Gold June CL Tan // so disappointing!!! so many things were rushed, the writing lacked emotion, and the romance was not at all slowburn like promised ★★☆☆☆
  • Monstress Vol 4 Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda // as always, I love Kippa!!!! but I really liked learning more of Maika’s backstory in this one ★★★★☆

Iron Widow (Iron Widow, #1)  Dial A for Aunties  Mirage (Mirage, #1)  The Tradition

  • Iron Widow Xiran Jay Zhao // this was so thrilling to read, the commentary on the patriarchy was fantastic and Xiran is one of my favorite fictional characters now ★★★★☆
  • Dial A for Aunties Jesse Q Sutanto // was this objectively a bit of a mess, not as funny as everyone said it was, and completely unrealistic? yes. BUT it was so much fun!!!! ★★★★☆
  • Mirage Somaiya Daud // adored the portrayal of colonialism and some character work, but I felt little investment beyond that and the romance was boring. I’ll read the sequel though! ★★★☆☆
  • The Tradition Jericho Brown // didn’t care for the writing style and there were some poems I felt indifferent about, but overall liked the exploration of Blackness, queerness, and trauma [no rating]

mmm blogging


I honestly had a pretty good month with blogging! I produced content I was pretty happy with, and I actually am excited to write posts again. But of course this had to happen right before I go back to school… the universe is so cruel…


F43DF57E-C316-4848-9655-00FD8747E559  mid yr check in  swbts review
review process  personalized recs


mmm writing

I attended my writing program for a week, and I really enjoyed it! I think it would’ve been a lot better in person than online, but I still managed to have a good time. It was honestly so wonderful to just dedicate time to writing and not put any pressure on myself except to just create. It definitely was a good push to get myself out of my writing funk I’ve been in (though I didn’t do any more writing after the program ended…). I also got to share some of my work and was really encouraged by the responses people had to it!

I’m so glad that the program forced me to write, because I’ve been really wanting to but had low motivation/inspiration, but I’m also glad that it forced me to experiment. There were some prompts or exercises the instructors had us do that at first had me side-eying them, but I ended up writing things that actually went somewhere cool! So moral of the week was that trying new things with writing works can give you a better result than expected (and that I need to stop being, uh, judgmental).

mmm life

  • I got a new laptop!! I’ve been dealing with a broken one for about 3 years now, and since I’m heading back to school soon and my old laptop would have literally been unusable (it died like 5 seconds after I unplugged it from the charger), it was really about time. It’s my first time not having a PC, so there’s definitely a lot to get used to. But I’m just so relieved that it simply works… bare minimum I know…
  • I’ve also been using my phone a lot less! Some of it is because I’m on my laptop instead… but we’re going to pretend I am being extremely good at staying off All my electronic devices. I haven’t been doomscrolling as much though, which is my main goal with trying to lower my screen time!
  • I also got a job! I honestly almost forgot to mention it because it isn’t very big or difficult, but I’m glad that I have a way to earn a little bit of money on my own.
  • I slacked off on learning Thai, which was one of my biggest goals for the summer while I was free from schoolwork, but I did start learning the tone rules at the beginning of the month! They actually are not as bad as I thought they would be, though it’ll take a long time for me to memorize/become familiar with them.
  • I’m driving so much more than I usually do and it’s actually not as scary as I thought it would be to be driving on actual roads and whatnot!! I still have lots of things to learn and practice, but I’m glad that it’s not as anxiety-inducing as expected. I can now claim that I am not a stereotypical Asian who can’t drive!
  • I impulsively watched the anime Erased, and wow it was so good!! It was so thrilling and well-plotted, and I had a lot of fun watching it with my sister.

mmm looking ahead

I’m going back to school… I have honestly never dreaded a school year as much as this one, and I am never excited to return to school. On top of that, I have to go in person, and the laws of my beautiful, ever so lovely government of Texas don’t allow my school to make any mask mandates despite my area being in stage 5, and the existence of a rapidly spreading variant of COVID. So like not only am I dreading school, but also a whole virus!!!!

Also, I’ve decided to take out my goals section and instead list my goals here! I know I won’t have as much time with school, but I’m hoping to read at least 6 books (The Ghost Bride, The Girl and the Ghost, Misfit in Love, It All Comes Back from You, I’ll Be the One, and Gods of Jade and Shadow). I also just want to make sure I don’t stress out too much, get enough sleep, and balance my time wisely when I go back to school!

shall we chat

how was July for you? are you going back to school soon, if you’re a student? how was your reading month?

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39 thoughts on “May’s Moments of the Month: July // No More Summer but Good Books & Writing!

  1. Congrats on getting a job! I’ve been trying to get a job for basically the whole summer, but I applied late to this one thing and though they SAID that they’d hire me, I finished all the paperwork and it’s all approved and stuff, and they just…haven’t responded to me??? So I don’t know what that’s about. But also ouch, school sounds awful for you! Ugh that’s so frustrating when people (aka the government) don’t take covid stuff seriously, especially now given that there’s the vaccine and levels WERE going down, everyone just thinks it’s safe again, even though it’s definitely NOT.
    Also, your writing program sounds fun! I actually have a writing program that I’m doing next week, and I’m super excited for it, so I’m glad you liked yours! And I’m glad you were able to produce blog content you were happy about, I’ve felt that way this month as well–recently, I’ve been able to write and publish a lot more posts that I honestly enjoyed writing.
    I hope that you have a good August in spite of school and everything else!

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    1. thank you so much, phoenix!! i hope you manage to get everything for your possible job, it’s so strange & frustrating that you got all your paperwork approved but didn’t hear back. and yes exactly!! even with my state’s covid cases increasing faster than before as proof that things are definitely not safe again, people don’t seem to see it as a big deal 😭

      oh, i hope you have fun & learn lots of things at your writing program! and i’m happy to hear that you’ve also been enjoying blogging, i feel like a lot of us have been struggling for a few months lol <3

      have a great august too!!

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      1. Ha yeah I hope we’re able to figure out but it doesn’t look promising. ah well that’s how it goes sometimes whatever. Yeahhhhh I hate that. I went to an in person camp a few weeks ago and no one was wearing masks. At one point there was like 20 of us all crowded into one room, and none of us had masks on. In most situations I probably would have put one on but…peer pressure (it’s not like they were pressuring me to take my mask off, it was more that I thought it’d be out of place for me to put it on. Maybe that’s more my thoughts than what woulda actually happened). But it made me pretty uncomfortable.

        Thank you! Haha yeah I feel like at the end of the school year, summer seems so close but we’re all stuck in school still and it just makes everything less fun.

        Thank you!

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  2. MY READING MONTH WAS SAVED BY YOU. if we didn’t buddy read those books i would have felt like a failure 😭 (but fanfics are excellent and i love them ok). anyway, im proud of you for reading so much this month. good luck with school and im really hoping that people will still wear masks despite the lack of an official mandate. stay safe bb!! wishing you a great month ahead 💖

    (also u reminded me to watch erased soon idk why i never watched it but im pushing it up my watch list)

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    1. HAPPY TO BE OF ASSISTANCE! rainmay buddy reads remain superior as always. i will read tgcf one day for you i promise 😎 thank you i love you lots and i hope you don’t get too overwhelmed with uni!!!

      (YES please do watch it, it was short but so good)


  3. My reading is non-existent. I’m in the middle of reading The Gilded Wolves and Soul of the Sword but I just haven’t had the motivation to pick them up and read. (Partially I’m just struggling to connect with Severin and then Soul of the Sword is going to make my heart hurt, which is why I’m dragging my heels with that one.) Although in the last few weeks of July I ended up binging 2 C Dramas which honestly made my month haha, Falling Into Your Smile was such a good drama and probably my favourite drama I’ve seen this year. Skate Into You was also good, took longer to get invested in it but still a good watch.

    Ah your writing program sounds really cool and I’m glad it helped you get through the writers funk you were having. Congrats on getting a job too! Good luck with school May, stay safe <3

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    1. ah, i’m sorry to hear about your reading slump clo! i hope you can connect to severin more, though i feel like if you don’t love him from the beginning (as i did haha) it’s a little difficult for him to grow on you 😭 i’m glad to hear that you got the chance to watch some cdramas though!! shows are perfect for escapism <3

      thank you, you're always too sweet to me!! i hope you have a wonderful august as well & can pick up some more books 💕

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  4. Oof, I’m so sorry about your school not having a mask mandate. I’m vaccinated and I’m still hoping that people wear their masks (at least indoors) because it just feels a bit safer. All of my college classes this semester are in-person which is a bit nerve-wracking, mainly because I am so used to online learning now that the adjustment will definitely be a bit weird. I hope you have an amazing start to your semester though! I can’t wait to hear how this month goes for you <3

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    1. i’m also vaccinated, but i’m definitely keeping my mask on and hoping others do too! i feel you with being a bit nervous for going back to in-person, i was also online the entire year last year and i feel like i’ll be overwhelmed 😭 hope we both can adjust easily!! and i hope you have a great august <3

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  5. omg congrats on your job!!! and wow i cannot believe you’re going back to school already. . . i go back on august 30th and that’s early for me. i hope schools keep mask madates/put them into place before school starts. i got my schedule and i get to ta for two of my fave teachers, so that’ll be fun, and then i found out i will be getting the ap capstone diploma so for the two ap’s i am taking this year, i don’t have to worry about the tests too much. my july was good – last yr of my academic summer program and it was online so i am sad BUT i saw my friends, so that was fun!! and i am on the third draft of my personal statement so that’s good because i have a solid topic now.

    i really hope you get a relaxing school year – i am a high school senior and maybe i have it easy because i’ve completed every requirement except the constitution test for my district, so i am really only taking three classes this year and then maybe a fourth one in spring semester (decided not to do dual enrollment because covid cases are up where i am and i don’t want to be stressed during college apps).

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    1. thank you so much!! august 30th as a first day of school is a dream for me 😭 schools in my state aren’t allowed to make mask mandates unless they’re private so that’s going to be fun for me lol. i’m glad to hear that you don’t have to worry about tests too much this year! that’s always a relief <3 and omg i wish i were on the third draft of any of my college stuff haha, you're so on top of it!

      thank you, i hope your senior year goes well too! i'm so jealous of you only having to take three classes, but i hope it makes this year a lot less stressful for you 💕 have a great august!!

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      1. yeah luckily they are giving me credit for being a ta and for urban alliance . and honestly, i think i am excited for school but not really – september is just when my birthday is and it’s a big one so i am excited!

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  6. I’ve barely ready anything over the past month because I’ve been both stressed and had no energy 😭 And though I am technically on summer break from uni, I don’t get a break because I have a bunch of deadlines, a whole paper to write and a very hard exam to study for. So no holidays for me. To procrastinate, I’ve binged 6 seasons of Agents of Shield but I’ve burned myself out so now I need something new to procrastinate with 😂

    I hope despite your state’s less than stellar regulations you can find ways to feel somewhat safe at school and I’m sending all the energy for the year ahead ✨✨

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    1. i’m so sorry to hear about that! i hope this month’s better for you in terms of stress & energy 💓 and ahh i’m also sorry that you have a bunch of deadlines, a paper, and an exam during your break. i hope you can find some time for yourself, and i’m glad you were able to enjoy agents of shield while it lasted haha!

      thank you so much! i hope you’re having a great august so far 💕

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  7. Congrats on getting a job! I also got some creative motivation in July, and I’ve been writing non stop for the past week. Reading has been sluggish, but I’m not going to fret over it. Best of luck to your upcoming school year, and I hope you stay safe!

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  8. Happy to see that you liked The Tower of Nero, it was such a great conclusion and I’m still secretly hoping for another standalone book in the universe 🥺 Congrats on the job and your successful experience with the writing program! Wishing you lots of luck and strength for the upcoming school year ❤

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  9. Congrats on getting a job and on learning how to drive!! Proud of you!

    Also yaaaaayyyy to writing! I’d love to read some if you’re down to share.

    Oof at face to face classes tho! That sucks so much and I hope you’ll stay safe and healthy!

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    1. i had a hard time connecting to the characters and they felt a bit surface-level at times, and there were so many important scenes (both for plot and character development) that i felt were rushed 😭 but i really hope you enjoy it more than i did! thank you so much, have a lovely august too 💕

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  10. I’m so sad to hear you didn’t enjoy Jade Fire Gold – I’m looking forward to reading it and I really hope I enjoy it!! Congrats on your job too!!
    YAY for having a good time at your writing programme and writing and all the best with future writing!
    Ooof I’m not looking forward to going back to school either but all the best with it and hope you have a good august!

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