May’s Moments of the Month: December // I Got COVID but Also… I Read a Lot!

Happy new year, everyone!!

2022 feels even less real than every new year, because it means we’ve been dealing with this pandemic for 3 years? No! I refuse to believe it!

To address the elephant in the room: I completed my isolation for COVID and am almost completely asymptomatic, and I recovered really well! Thank you all for your well wishes, it means a lot. I hope you all remain healthy in 2022!!

Despite the whole catching COVID thing, and finals hell week, December was a strangely good month for me. Honestly I think isolation did something to me, maybe because since I had nothing to do, I ended up doing things that made me happy!

mmm reading

I read 12 books, as per my usual December tradition where I girlboss it and read a bunch of books to reach my reading goal! I read a bunch of non-novels, which I wish I would do throughout the year like I told myself I would in 2021, but it’s all right!!! I had a good time devouring all these stories during COVID isolation, and I’m happy to see all the different genres/types I read.

I also annotated one of my books (with sticky notes) and I loved it so much? It took me longer to read, but I love getting to flip through the book and see all the thoughts I left on its pages. I’ve annotated books before for school and really enjoyed it, so I don’t know why I never thought to do it with books I read for pleasure. But I definitely want to try doing more of it in 2022 too!

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  • Patron Saints of Nothing Randy Ribay // great character development and portrayal of recent Filipino politics and history, though I had a few minor qualms ★★★★☆ [3.5]
  • Daughter of the Deep Rick Riordan // very fun and engaging read! great exploration of power corruption, duty, and opportunities for redemption ★★★★☆
  • Postcolonial Love Poem Natalie Diaz // some of the flowery language wasn’t my taste, but overall a beautiful and lyrical collection with hard-hitting themes [no rating]
  • High Class Homos momozerii // cute and fun! always love me some wlw/mlm solidarity [no rating for now]

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  • Dancing at the Pity Party Tyler Feder // such a personal, heartfelt, sad (but also humorous at times) memoir—it really touched me ★★★★☆
  • Purple Hyacinth Sophism & Ephemerys // some of the vibes are off for me (and not just in the sense that it’s about murder, cops, etc) but it was entertaining! ★★★☆☆
  • This Wound Is a World Billy-Ray Belcourt // really did NOT vibe with the writing style and I wished for more exploration of the themes presented [no rating]
  • Witch Hat Atelier Vol 5 Shirahama Kamome // I missed this manga series so much and the story was just as heartwarming and cute as I remembered! ★★★★☆ [3.5]

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  • Pockets Amal El-Mohtar // so short, yet so impactful! such a touching, magical little story ★★★★☆
  • Witch Hat Atelier Vol 6 Shirahama Kamome // definitely one of my favorite volumes, I just love the way this series portrays magic and learning!! ★★★★☆
  • The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine Ilan Pappé // heartbreaking to read, but so necessary. I really appreciated how detailed and comprehensive it was [no rating]
  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Ocean Vuong // [reread] I understood this more my second time around, which made me feel even more emotionally destroyed! Ocean Vuong’s writing truly eviscerates you ★★★★☆

BOOK HAUL

xmas haul

I got these books for Christmas, and I’m so excited about them! (Aside from This Wound is a World, which I already read.) I’ve been meaning to read The Sword of Kaigen and Imagine Us Happy for so long, and I finally got a copy of Light From Uncommon Stars after my preorder of it was unexpectedly canceled. So I’m very happy with this haul!

[Books pictured: The Sword of Kaigen, A Dowry of Blood, Imagine Us Happy, Light From Uncommon Stars, To Break a Covenant, This Wound is a World]

mmm blogging

UPDATES

I still have lots of end of year content to post, since I like to save a lot of it for January in case something happens in the last days of the year! So you’ll still be seeing all that halfway through January, sorry…. I’ll be going back to school so we’ll see how I fare with time management, but I truly feel so motivated to blog again and it’s wonderful!

But more importantly, it’ll be my 5 year blogiversary in a few weeks!!! (5 years… can you believe it… She (my blog) can go to kindergarten now…) As usual, I’ll be celebrating with a Q&A, so feel free to comment your questions or leave them anonymously in this google form!

THIS MONTH’S POSTS

nov recap 21  reading changes
21 fav moments  jan jun 22 releases

FAVORITE POSTS

mmm writing

I thought I would have time to write at least SOMETHING during my break, but unfortunately I didn’t write anything. I also just… don’t feel ready to look at a blank page again, after spending so much time not writing? I know I just have to force myself to Do It, but I feel intimidated, which makes me feel so silly.

I’m feeling a bit more inspiration to write now, though, especially since I read some of my old stuff and was pleasantly surprised by how it wasn’t as bad as I expected. So hopefully I can actually sit down and make myself write something in January!

mmm life

My semester finally ended and I was so happy. I definitely didn’t do as well on my exams as I’d hoped to (I haven’t gotten the scores back on everything yet but I know it wasn’t my best work), but at this point I really don’t care anymore so it’s all right!

My holidays were unfortunately ruined when I got COVID, but I tried my best to just have a good time with myself in isolation, and I did! It was very chill, and I slowly started being more active online again. I opened my gifts in my room on facetime with my family, so I at least wasn’t completely alone! My mom gave me airpods, and I have used them constantly since I got them…

Aside from that, not much went on… I did dance a lot though, which was of course enjoyable!

Also, my COVID story if anyone wants to know (click!):

I had a headache, cough, and chills one night, then woke up the next day with a fever, headache, cough, congestion, and muscle ache. My headache and fever broke in less than 24 hours, but the cough and congestion lasted most of my isolation.

mmm looking ahead

Going back to school… Things should ease up a bit for me now, but I know there’s still a lot of (IB) work that I’ll have to do and I’m not excited about that! Usually, returning to school after winter break makes my mental health plummet, so I’m uh. really hoping that doesn’t happen!

Dance convention/competition! Honestly, this convention could be cancelled because of Omicron (and I’m lowkey hoping it does get cancelled…). But if it isn’t, I’ll be attending it at the end of the month and competing a few pieces—including my solo! It’ll be my first time competing a solo so I’m a little nervous, but usually I don’t care much for competitions in general so I’m holding on to that.

My goals are to stick to my blogging content schedule, ease myself back into studying Thai regularly again, and perhaps write? I don’t know how plausible this all is with my return to school, but I just want to be able to stick to healthy routines!


shall we chat

how were your holidays? what books did you cram in last minute? are you ready for the new year…? remember to leave a question for my q&a! <3

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29 thoughts on “May’s Moments of the Month: December // I Got COVID but Also… I Read a Lot!

  1. Glad you are feeling better. Covid is exploding here and, so far, I’ve not got it but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time! My son had it in November and was very poorly for a few days so I was with him a lot but still managed to escape it, not really sure how!!! ❤

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    1. thank you! and ahh i’m so sorry to hear that your son caught covid, i hope he’s doing better now <3 but i'm glad that you were able to escape it! my sister was also very exposed to me/the person i caught it from, but she also didn't get it so who knows how it spreads lol!

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  2. Oh my gosh sending your blog off to kindergarten, such a big moment!!! make sure you take lots of pictures!! haha.
    Honestly, just getting away from school is really good for being able to blog more, I mean I was going one post a month since school started but I posted three this month and I have written three more that I hope to post throughout January! I’m sooo glad to see you’re back and I hope to continue seeing more posts from you!!!
    And yeah I’ve had really bad writer’s block too…one thing I kind of started doing was instead of writing on a computer, I started writing in a notebook again…I used to write SO MUCH in notebooks, like I have 20 something notebooks filled from age 9 to around 12 or so but since I got more access to computers I started writing on those more. But recently I was wondering if seeing the whole big google docs page and seeing all those tiny words was part of the reason that I had writer’s block, so I tried in my notebook again! Obviously, I don’t know if you already write in a notebook or what, and maybe this won’t work for you, but just a possibility!

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    1. i totally agree! i’ve only been back at school for two days now but it’s already begun to eat away at my blogging 😭 but thank you!! hopefully i can find a way to balance things better (and i hope you also keep up your blogging rhythm when you go back to school!)

      ohh i don’t know why i didn’t think of writing on paper—i’ve been writing on paper to brainstorm for academic essays and it’s helped so much, but i never thought to apply it to my creative writing! i’ll definitely try that out, thank you <3

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      1. Honestly though…I think I just find it hard to switch back and forth between school and blogging, like if it’s a schoolday then I’m focused on school and I can’t just start blogging that night or whatever. Thanks, I hope so too! And if not, well, I have a bunch of posts stocked up now…

        Ah, I hope that it helps! Ooh, planning essays on paper sounds interesting, usually I just power through essays and the stuff my teachers give me are pretty structured so I don’t have to do too much planning outside that stuff, but I may have to try that in the future!

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  3. I feel kinda guilty about having ditched our buddy read of Patron Saints of Nothing, but I’m glad it was a pretty good read! Most of my reads this month were also pretty great, so yay for that! I hope you have a wonderful start to the year and that your return to school doesn’t have any negative impact on your mental health!

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  4. I’m glad you’re starting to feel better! COVID is going through my family right now, so I’ve been stuck at home also. Oddly enough I haven’t gotten it yet (and this is the second time it’s been in my house) so I think I might be asymptomatic or just lucky?

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      1. I tested negative on Christmas but haven’t tested since. I don’t have any reason to leave the house so I’m just staying at home until everyone’s better. I looked it up and apparently some people aren’t as contagious as others so maybe that’s why I haven’t caught it?

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  5. Great to hear that you’re feeling better now! Sending well wishes you’re way! 💗 andd ohh daughter of the deep has been on my TBR for ages, glad you enjoyed it! Great post💖

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  6. im so glad you had a good month despite everything and managed to hit your reading goal too WOOHOO
    OMg yes the sword of Kaigen!! I adored it and can’t wait to hear what you think of it! I’m also putting off all my end of year posts for Jan haha so it’s just gonna be a lot of wrap ups and welcome 2022 posts for me halfway through Jan too!

    All the best with the next school year and omg congrats on almost being at your 5 year blogversary! that’s amazing!
    here’s my questions for you:
    1) what are some of your comfort books?
    2) what would your perfect fictional squad be?
    3) what trope do you hate the most and why?

    hope you have a good jan and a good 2022!!

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    1. thank you so much, jayati! and ahh i’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed tsok, i’ve had it on my tbr for truly way too long and i cannot wait to read it <3 and omg YES someone else who posts end of year stuff in january! i always am like D: whenever i see everyone finishing up in december loll

      thank you so much for the questions!! and i hope you have an amazing january too <3

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  7. Glad to hear that you recovered well, May! 💕 I read Daughter of the Deep was my first read of the year and I loved it, so starting off the year right 😊 I’m so intrigued by On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, but I also fear that I won’t have all the brain cells to fully understand and appreciate it 😅

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    1. thank you, caro!! i’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed daughter of the deep too, it’s such a lovely book. and i hope you can read on earth we’re briefly gorgeous one day! when i reread it, i was like “huh this is not as bad as i thought it would be,” so i honestly think i had just rushed through it and didn’t comprehend it well lol!

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  8. Oh my god, you’re doing the IB?! I know from first-hand experience how tough that program is! I’m glad you’ve recovered from Covid. :-)

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