Monthly Wrapups

What I’ve been up to in May 🌻 It was a weird month

May Wrapup

Hello fellow bookworms 🌻 May was a really weird month for me, it kind of flew by compared to the last two weeks of April and now we’re already halfway through the year! 😱 I don’t even know what exactly to say about May, because a lot of the commitments (class, the internship, writing my papers etc.) stayed the same and the first two weeks were rough. It was just weird and it’s so strange to think that half of the semester is already over too, in the beginning it felt like years, but weirdly the last two weeks kind of flew by.

I’m still kind of on my semi-hiatus definitely for June and at least half of July, as there is a lot going on. I try to blog hop and answer to comments (and of course write my two posts a week), but sometimes I might be a bit slower with that, depending on how things are. I do have some fun posts planned for June though 😊

For anyone who might need it right now 💛

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Theme: Asian & Library Books

🔄 = Reread 💌 = Library Books

🌼 = Moody Reader Challenge 🐯 = #YARC2019

⌛ = Digital Arc 🎧 = Audiobook

Reading wise things were really good, I read 23 books and completed my reading challenge 🎉🎊 I had set it at 65 books, because I knew this would be a relatively stress free goal and I want my reading to be relaxed 😊 The reason I read so much this month is because I delved deep into my libraries Manga and Graphic Novel/Comic section, trying out new things for the first time. It was really great to devour another format and change things up from my usual reading. This way I read 15 graphic novels/manga’s/comics, all of them for the Asian Readathon that I was participating in! In addition, I also read 8 novels. All in all, I’m very happy with how my reading turned out this month, I made good progress on most of my reading challenges and participated in several Readathons (with varying success)!

Asian Readathon 🌺

Once again, I’m reminded by how much I love month-long Readathons, I’m usually the best at them, because there is so much time and it’s much more relaxed this way. I had just caught up on YARC in March, but I couldn’t resist joining the Asian Readathon, especially as it was Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! I used my library quite a lot, specifically the already mention manga/graphic novel section and ended up reading 18 books for the Readathon! I did have several different ethnicities featured like the Readathon encouraged, but I didn’t keep track of them and doubled up on them, even if you’re technically supposed to choose a different one for each book.

 

1.-5. Spirited Away Vol 1-5 (Hayao Miyazaki) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 🐯 💌 

6. Avatar: The North and South (Gene Luen Yang) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🐯 💌 

7. Avatar: Smoke and Shadow (Gene Luen Yang) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🐯 💌 

 

8.-9. Zelda: Twilight Princess Vol 1 + 3 (Akira Himekawa) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🐯 💌 

10. Zelda: Twilight Princess Vol 2 (Akira Himekawa) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🐯 💌 

11.-15. Orange Vol 1-5 (Ichigo Takano) ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 🐯 💌 

16. The Gauntlet (Karuna Riazi) ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 🐯 💌 

17. There’s Something about Sweetie (Sandhya Menon) ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 🐯 🎧

BorrowAThon 💌

As one of my goals this year is to use my library even more, I was very excited to be participating in the Borrowathon for the first time! It’s only a week-long Readathon and I did well, even though I had hoped to read all books on my TBR. I ended up reading 2 books and starting If There’s No Tomorrow, which I finished after the Readathon. However, I would really like to participate again if there is a second round this year! (I remember there being one in November, but I could be wrong).

18. A Map of Days (Ransom Riggs) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 💌 

19. The Library of Fates (Karuna Riazi) ⭐️⭐️.5 🐯 💌 

20. If There’s No Tomorrow (Jennifer L. Armentrout)  💌 

Other Books

 

21. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J.K. Rowling) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🔄

22. If It Makes You Happy (Claire Kann) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Average Rating ⭐ 3.7

Favorite Book 💕

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🌻 Asian Readathon TBR 🌻 Arc Review: Nocturna by Maya Motayne 

🌻 What I’ve been up to in April 💗 Internship, Classes, OWL’s & my birthday 🌻 Review: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

🌻 Introducing my Library 💌 feat. Borrowathon TBR 🌻 Why I Failed Camp NaNo 🖋 and Writing Plans 

🌻 Blog Tour: Going Off Script by Jen Wilde 🌻 My Unread Series 📚 feat. Series Crackdown TBR

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For this section of my wrapup I’m linking up with the Favorite Blog Posts of the Month Meme that has been created by Kristin @ kristinkravesbooks to showcase our favorite blogs of the month!

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life stuff

In general, not a lot changed from last time. At university my group and I did our research project about online dating, we were going around with ipads trying to get the other students to fill out our survey. It worked pretty well, given that I’m not the kind of person who likes talking to strangers 😄 In the end we collected a lot of data, so now it’s on to evaluating what we have found out. It’s strange to think that we’re almost close to getting results now! Apart from that project I mainly researched literature for my two papers and did some outlining, so I can start writing in June. The Internship is still a handful, but I was able to attend a biweekly group meeting with some of the participants at the mental health program at work and that was really nice! Everyone was friendly and I learned a lot of new things!

I’m trying to fully get back to writing!! Like I mentioned in my Camp NaNo Wrapup: I have not been very active with writing and making it a priority, but I wanted to change that. Literally all it took to reignite my determination was writing down what I could do to get my creativity and writing motivation back and I was ready to at least try to do something writing related! I will probably make a separate post on what exactly I did, if it works out 😉 I’m also planning to do the Artist’s Way course (it’s pretty long, 12 weeks in total) to rediscover my creativity because I saw Mel do it and that really got me interested as well! Luckily my library has the book so I could immediately check it out 😍 Let’s see how this is all going to work out!

The first two weeks were pretty rough, due to dealing with grief. I wasn’t even sure if I should even mention it, because I’m not ready to talk about it fully, but it was a big part of May for me. While the first two weeks were the most emotionally intense, it’s still lingering in the back of my mind. I’m probably going to talk about it in my 2019 Wrapup, when I have some distance. For now, I just wanted to say that I’m doing okay, but that losing a friend was a big shock at first and is still affecting me.

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looking ahead

This month’s theme: Pride Month 🌈

Since it’s Pride Month in June, I will be aiming to read as many books with LGBTQ characters as possible! I will be doing a separate post with some recommendations and my TBR, so I’ll add that here once it goes up! ❤ These are basically my main reading plans for June, I’m very excited to be reading so many books for Pride Month, because last year I already had so many reading plans that I couldn’t do as much as I wanted to! I’m going to be using the library for some books and even though I’m grateful for it, they could really diversify their selection. Luckily, I also have some owned books and credits from Audible to use, so I have enough (and probably too much) reading material to get me through the month 😄

June will also be my last full month of classes and the internship, and then I’ll only have the first two weeks of July, that’s so strange to think about. However, we’re not quite there yet. First, I’m going to have to dedicate the month of June to writing two of my papers that are due first and hopefully working on my third paper which is the research project. My group has to evaluate our result now, so that’ll be some work too. All good vibes are much appreciated 💛

As always, here are three books I definitely want to read in June 🌈

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What were you up to in May? What was your favorite book this month? Are you reading LGBTQ books for pride month? 🌻

32 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to in May 🌻 It was a weird month

  1. May seemed to fly away for me too. I can’t believe we’re basically halfway through 2019, what is happening to time?

    I hope you like Daughter of the Burning City! It’s been a while since I read it, but I still remember the setting clearly – I don’t think I’ve ever read anything similar.
    And thank you for linking my post!

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  2. May was an odd month for me too Caro! So much was happening and the blog too a little bit of a hit at times. ❤️ I’m sorry to hear about your friend. When my sister passed it was such a shock. She was so young and yeah my heart hurt soooo long.

    I hope you enjoy Daughter of the Burning City. The idea of a moving city is such a neat one. I’d love to see that as a movie! Happy reading in June Caro!!

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    1. I hope the last months have been better for you! Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear that Dani 😢*hugs tight* ❤

      Thank you, it was an enjoyable read and would definitely make a great movie, if they can capture the mysterious atmosphere 😄 Thanks, O hope you had a great reading time as well 💕

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  3. I’m sending you lots of love, Caro and all the bright and positive lights in the world ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
    I hope you'll manage to get back to writing, I've been trying to do just that as well, little by little and I'm a little rusty haha. here's to hoping we can do this! 🙂 x
    Sending you lots of love, have a lovely June ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you so much for all the love, Marie it really means a lot to me! 💗 I’m slowly trying to get back to writing now that the most busy time is over – *cheering us both on* 😊💖
      Sending all the love to you as well, I hope you had a good month! 🌷

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  4. I feel like May was kind of similar for the both of us. The general situation was the same and quite busy too, but I also had a grief situation and it threw me off balance even more. I haven’t really read anything or created/written anything in a really long time though and it makes me kind of sad that I didn’t have the time or energy for that. What is the Artist’s Way? I have never heard of it, but I hope it works for you!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing my post again and I wish you all the best for June!

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    1. I hope your June has been better, it definitely was for me, so maybe balancing out the weirdness of May! I’m sad that I didn’t write anything lately too, I really hope to get back to it soon though! 😄 The Artists’s Way is a book about a 12 week course about rediscovering your creativity, I have yet to start it 😊
      Thank you!! 💗💕

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      1. June has already been a kind of blur. I can’t even remember what I did? But my parents came to visit me in Berlin, which was nice. We even went up North to the sea for a day and I love me a body of water.
        A cool! I got myself a bunch of workbooks for writing lately. I should do more, but work has been incredibly busy. I hope the Artist’s Way works for you.

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  5. Wow, I’m so impressed at how many books you were able to read, and finishing your reading goal! There might have been a lot of graphic novels and manga, but it sounds like you were pretty busy this month so that’s an awesome accomplishment.

    I’m also so excited to be reading lots of LGBTQ books in June! Hoping everything goes well this month! I’m so sorry to hear that you were dealing with grief recently, and I’m hoping all the best for you going forward ❤

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    1. It’s certainly the most books I have read in a month, so I would consider it a cool accomplishments, I don’t think I’ll ever reach it again though 😄

      Thank you so much Margaret! 💖 June has been a lot better than May and now I have finished my internship, so calmer times are ahead. I hope you had a great June!

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  6. May was beyond strange, and the fact that it flew by so quickly felt even stranger.

    It’s so incredible that you’ve read so many books while being so busy! I’m actually in the middle of Library of Souls, and I’m SUPER looking forward to A Map of Days even more now!

    I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been dealing with a lot of grief in this past month, and I hope that the upcoming months bring better days. ❤️

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    1. Time really flies by, it’s now even later and it feels like it was the beginning of the year only yesterday 😮 A Map of Days was really fantastic and I’m so happy that the next book is coming out next year! 😍
      Thank you so much Lauren! ❤

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  7. May was a LOT and time is really going by so fast! Thank you so much for linking to my post, glad you liked it. And congrats on reading so much this past month. I am really sorry to hear you were dealing with a lot of grief in this past month, hope things become better in the near future. Sending all the love!

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    1. Reading wise May was going pretty well, but still I cannot believe we’re halfway through the year already! Thank you so much for all the good vibes, I really appreciate this! 💕 I hope you had a great June 😊

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  8. I just love reading your monthly wrap-ups! You manage to bring everything together so neatly and it always makes me wonder what I have been doing for the month 🙂
    You had an absolutely amazing reading month! I love how much you used the library! Also that study on online dating sounds great, I hope you will share some of your findings when you have your results 😁 I hope June will be a brilliant month for you ✨

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    1. Oh thank you so much! That means a lot to me!! 😭💕💗
      I’m really trying to use my library more and it has been working really well lately, especially with manga, it’s so useful to just be able to try things out without spending a lot of money 😊 I might be able to share some in my July wrapup! Thank you, I hope you had a fantastic June!! ❤

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  9. Hi Caro! I love how you have Spirited Away on your list! I’ve seen (and adored) the animation, but I’ve never read a manga version of the story, so I would love to do that in the future. Also, I see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on your list with five stars and that makes me very happy. 😄

    Also, I hope you’re feeling better now despite the first two weeks of May being difficult for you. (*sends hugs your way*) Of course, you don’t have to share anything you don’t feel 100% okay with sharing, but I think grief is a really universal topic that I, fortunately, haven’t had to encounter yet, but am open to reading about and understanding because inevitably everyone will have to experience it. It’s something I’m still trying to understand, so if you do happen to share a little bit about your experience, I would be really, really grateful for the opportunity to learn. ❤️

    I’m looking forwards to all your posts in June and I hope you have a wonderful reading month! 💕

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    1. Hey Zoie! I adore Spirited Away so much when I was younger so reading the manga adaption was absolutely amazing, it gave me so much nostalgia! I highly recommend them, as they are just like the movie 😊

      Thank you so much 💗💕 *hugs back* I think I will be talking a bit more about it in my 2019 wrapup at the end of the year when things have settled a bit more.

      Thank you!! I hope you had a great month 💗🌷

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  10. Thank you so much for including my post ♥ You read so many books this month, it’s great! I really need to get to King of Fools soon, but I have a feeling I need to reread Ace of Shades or at least an extensive summary because I forgot a lot since I read it last year (oops?).
    I hope you feel better soon ♥

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  11. Thanks for including my post here, Caro! ❤ Whoa, May sounds like an eventful month for you- your research about online dating really interest me because the concept of online dating itself still baffles me until this day xD (I feel really old as I type this). I hope June will be a better month for you! 🌻🌻🌻

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    1. Very happy to share it! ❤ I’m personally not really into online dating as well, so this was all very interesting for me to research as well, I hope we’ll have the results soon 😄 Thank you, June was a lot better! I hope you had a good month as well 😊

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  12. Aah, so proud of you for reading so many books!! I could never, LOL. Also, I saw that you were reading the Avatar comics!! I love those sooo much and they satiate the empty void that has been left behind after I finished watching Airbender. By the way, I totally did not know that Zelda was originally manga/comics!

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    1. Thank you so much Julianna! 💕 I was surprised by how much I read, the mangas definitely helped boost my reading 😄 The Avatar comics truly own my heart, I looove the new content, as I really miss the Series 😭 I don’t know if the manga is the original source but somehow it is connected to the video game!

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  13. So it’s been a while since you posted this recap (I clearly have a lot to catch up on blogging-wise). You seem to be killing it when it comes to what you’re reading and your progress on your reading challenges (I hope that’s still the case a couple of months down the line when I bet you’re due to post you August recap soon), and I hope you manage to get back into writing too (although based on a previous comment I get from you I bet that’ll happen as you revise your WIP right?)
    Great post Caro, I really hope things are so much better for you now then they were when you posted this (I’m sending you virtual hugs and love just in case though), also thanks for featuring one of my posts too. 🙂 ❤

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    1. I’m definitely very happy with how my reading challenge is going so far, unlike writing I have kept up my reading steadily over the months ❤
      I’m trying to get back to writing as well and so far it’s going okay, revising my WIP is really challenging but I’m trying my best 🙂
      Thank you so much!! Things are a bit better now ❤

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      1. Oh that’s good, are you ahead on your reading challenge even. It’s good you weren’t slumping on reading too. 🙂
        Revising is still something towards your WIP, at least you can say you’re working on it.
        That’s all right, and that’s good to hear. 🙂 ❤

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