May’s Moments of the Month: August // Back to School + a Reading Slump

Long time no see!

Welcome to my shortest monthly recap ever, because school pretty much took over everything and I genuinely have nothing to talk about. I apologize for disappearing from my blog for probably the tenth time this year, but, to repeat myself like I will for this whole post, school really is just taking everything away from me!

August was not that great, considering the whole “school is making me want to sink into the earth and never face the sunlight again” thing. I slumped badly with reading and blogging (and writing, but that’s kind of been ongoing…), and I’m so sad that I haven’t been keeping up with those two things but at the same time I know I really just am too overwhelmed.

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My 5 Most Disappointing Books of 2021 So Far: Happy National Book Lover Day!

Welcome back to me being obnoxious again!

It has unintentionally become a yearly tradition for me to write up a list of my 5 most disappointing books of the year so far, specifically for National Book Lover Day on August 9, because I’m very annoying but cool like that. I love complaining almost as much as I love carrying on silly little traditions on my blog, so here I am with 2021’s list!

This year, I’m extra excited to talk about my most disappointing books. I’ve actually had an overall fantastic reading year—I swear I do love books—so that ended up making my disappointment over these books even more extreme! (And a random noticing but all of these are 2021 releases… something’s up…)

If you’d like to see the previous years’ editions: here’s 2020 and 2019!

Of course, I don’t think it needs to be said but just in case: these are all my person opinions, and if you like these, good for you! I truly wish I could relate!

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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!

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25 Personalized Book Recommendations (& Upcoming Releases) Pt 2

Better late than never I guess…?

I am like 3 months late in this second part of my personalized book recommendations. It took me a bit of time to find all the books and put together this list, and honestly by now I think you all know how terrible I am at being punctual with part 2s of my posts (see: my blogiversary Q&As). 

But my last installment of my personalized book recommendations is finally here, and I had so much fun creating this list! I’m repeating some prompts—I’m sure the more recommendations the better—since this one is open to any authors, and I’m really sorry that I skipped the ones that I couldn’t find any books for. But let me know if you’d be interested in more personalized recs like this in the future!!

Content warnings for the books I’ve read are at the end of this post for readability.

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Mid-Year Check-In: How am I Doing on My Goals for 2021?

Ever year I am overconfident in setting my goals…

As I always do each year, today I’m taking a look at how I’m doing on my 2021 goals, now that we are somehow halfway through 2021 already. It’s always a fun surprise to do this post and reread these goals that I set in January and promptly forgot!

Whenever I do these check-ins, I feel like I overestimate my capabilities when setting my goals, but I think it also offers an opportunity to challenge and stretch myself. And I really do think checking in with my goals helps me to see what I can do for the rest of the year and realign my priorities, however cliche that may sound!!

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