Monthly Wrapups

What I’ve been up to in May 🌸 Gloomy Weather & Lots of Work

May Wrapup

Hello fellow bookworms 🌸 Another month has gone by faster than anticipated – it feels like I just wrote the last wrapup, yet here we are again 😱 I spent most of May trying to juggle University with blogging and my other hobbies, and tbh nothing too remarkable happened. However, I think I have found a posting frequency that I’m happy with and that works with my increased workload. I try to alternate between posting once and twice a week, so I can adjust my schedule according to how busy my week is πŸ˜„ I somewhat managed to keep up with blog hopping and answering comments this month & I hope you’re all doing well πŸ’•

Important Resources

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whatiread

πŸ”„ = Reread πŸ’Œ = Library Books 🌈 = #QueerBookFun2021

 πŸ˜Š = Readalong/Buddy Read πŸ“š = #TackleYourTBR2021 βŒ› = Digital Arc

I read 9 books in May and I’m really happy with my reading this month ❀ I wasn’t sure how it would go with my other commitments but a healthy mix of audiobooks, graphic novels and shorter/fast to read books boosted my reading! Once again audiobooks were absolute lifesavers and kept me motivated to read. Despite not joining in with any Readathon, I  managed to read 5 books for Asian Heritage Month (I’m still currently reading The Downstairs Girl), which was great and my favorite book by an Asian Author that I read this month has to be Other Words for Home and Almost American Girl πŸ₯° In general I found many great books to enjoy, though my reading slowed towards the end of the month when I was getting more stressed. I’m still catching up with the St. Vladimir’s Readalong, as I’m one book behind and hope to read May’s book of the month (Spirit Bound) right at the beginning of next month πŸ™ I am also so behind on reviews (that aren’t Arcs or 5-star books)  πŸ˜…

OC Update

I read 3 books out of my comfort zone this month and I at least liked all of them!! Highlights were definitely Almost American Girl (a YA memoir graphic novel about a Korean Girl’s experience moving to American) and I Am Still Alive (a YA survival story about a girl stranded in the wilderness)! I didn’t end up loving The Roommate quite as much as everyone else, but it was still an enjoyable book and I’m happy to check out the companion book that was published recently.

OOCZ 2021 April

Almost American Girl (Robin Ha) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ

I Am Still Alive (Kate Alice Marshall) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🎧

The Roommate (Rosie Danan) ⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🎧

Other Books

 

1. Blood Promise (Richelle Mead) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ”„πŸ˜Š

2. Other Words for Home (Jasmine Warga) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ’Œ 🎧 βž½ RTC!

3. Almost American Girl (Robin Ha) ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 πŸ’Œ ➽ RTC!

 

4. I Am Still Alive (Kate Alice Marshall) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🎧 ➽ RTC!

5. Please Don’t Hug Me (Katy Kerr) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ ➽ RTC!

6. You’ve Reached Sam (Dustin Thao) ⭐⭐⭐⭐ βŒ› βž½ RTC on the Blog!

 

7. The Roommate (Rosie Danan) ⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ 🎧 ➽ RTC!

8. Monstress Vol 1. (Marjorie M. Liu) ⭐⭐⭐ πŸ’Œ ➽ RTC!

9. Yes No Maybe So (Albertalli & Saeed) ⭐⭐⭐ πŸ“š 🎧 βž½ RTC!

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Favorite Book πŸ’•

whatiposted

What I’ve been up to in April 🌷 The start of a new semester & My BirthdayAdult Romance Books I’m Excited to Read πŸ’• 

Arc Review: Cheer Up by Crystal Frasier ✨ Cheerleading & Finding Support8 Asian Books on my TBR for Every Reading Mood πŸ’•  

8 Books About Mental Health 🌸 #mentalhealthawarenessmonthReview: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune in BUZZWORDS πŸ’™The New Releases Book Tag πŸ’Œ Talking about #2021 releases

faveposts

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! πŸ’—

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life stuff

I was pretty busy juggling University work and life. I kind of expected this, but for some reason the workload feels heavier than last semester. I think it’s because my seminars are more time intensive with lots of assignments and deadlines to meet. Even though I’m used to Online Classes, it was a bit tough on my Mental Health at times, especially Mid-May. The number of cases were super high for most of the month and vaccine rollout is a mess here (though I know how fortunate I am that I still have good access to the vaccine) so there wasn’t much opportunity to do anything and it left me feeling down. I was also just really missing the casual social aspect of university and was feeling a bit hopeless about the future πŸ˜… Luckily I could at least meet up with some classmates and phone my family ❀

Things that made me happy 😊

➽ Shows I Watched in May ❀ In terms of TV Content May was good! I finished Shadow and Bone (and it was amazing)! I also watched the first season of Ragnarok with a friend (which made me want to move to Scandinavia) and we finally checked out The Queen’s Gambit, which was such a fantastic show – definitely one of my favorites of the year already! I never thought Chess could be so interesting and now I finally get all the hype about the show πŸ₯° I also watched more of Season 2 of Hilda, but I’m still not finished yet πŸ˜„

➽ The Magnus Archives saving my Mental Health πŸ’• My listening sadly slowed down a bit, as I was getting busier but the podcast still was such a comfort to me and I spend some time reading fanfics πŸ₯° I’m very close to the end now and definitely nervous to see how this is all going to wrap up, I’m hoping for an ending that is a good conclusion to the podcast πŸ™

➽ Getting invited to read two eArcs!! πŸ˜± This has never happened before, so that’s why I’m excited! I was send the NetGalley widget (which gives you access to the book without having to request it first) for Of Princes and Princes and What We Devour, as I had reviewed other books by the authors on my blog!! I usually don’t talk about getting Arc’s here, but it’s just really nice to be validated and seen as a blogger πŸ₯Ί

looking ahead

June is already here??? β›… To be honest, I’m not ready for the first half of the year to be over πŸ˜… As much as I like the colder weather, some sunshine in June would be nice though! University will continue to keep me busy but as it’s not quite exam season yet, I hope to enjoy some of the warmer weather and also take time to do fun things for myself πŸ₯° In June it’s also Pride Month, so I will be reading as many books with LGBTQ representation as possible, with a more detailed post coming up next week! I have quite a few amazing books on my TBR ❀ 🌈 Apart from that I’m very excited to share the anticipated releases for the rest of the year and the Mid Year Book Freakout Tag with you, which is always one of the most fun Tags for me to do every year πŸ˜„

Pride Month TBR

Coming to you next Saturday πŸ₯°

Priority Books for June β›…

  • Spirit Bound (Richelle Mead) πŸ”„ St. Vladimir’s Readalong 
  • The Dead and the Dark (Courtney Gould) 🌈 eArc
  • What We Devour (Linsey Miller) 🌈 eArc

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What were you up to in May? What was your favorite book? I hope you’re staying safe! ❀

12 thoughts on “What I’ve been up to in May 🌸 Gloomy Weather & Lots of Work

  1. 9 books is wonderful, Caro!!! ❀️❀️ I really need to read You’ve Reached Sam, sounds AMAZING & super excited to hear what you think about The Dead and the Dark!!! is one of my most anticipated. 😍😍
    Thank You SO much for mentioning my post πŸ₯Ίβœ¨ Have a beautiful month, love!! πŸ₯°

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    1. I’m so happy with my reading! I hope you like You’ve Reached Sam, it’s a slower, more character-driven book but it was so emotional πŸ₯Ί I ended up loving The Dead and the Dark, it’s such a great paranormal mystery πŸ₯°
      You’re welcome!! I hope you’re having a great June ❀

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    1. Thank you, Kal! I really enjoyed reading I Am Still Alive, as it was such a suspenseful story and unlike what I usually read πŸ˜„ I hope we both like What We Devour, I just started reading it but sadly haven’t had the time to get farther into it!
      Thank you, I hope you’re having a great June! ❀

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    1. Thank you, Morgan! June has brought some good things for me πŸ₯°
      Almos American Girl was truly such a great graphic novel! I hope you like Other Words for Home, the audiobook is fantastic ❀
      I was surprised by how much I loved The Queen’s Gambit, as I’ve never been into chess, but the show was so well made 😊

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  2. i’m sorry to hear the workload in may was so intense, caro, and i hope things perk up in june. i’ve been struggling with juggling everything too, which is why i’ve been so absent the past couple weeks and only now getting to this post lmao but last week was crazy and honestly i can’t wait for my winter break!

    ahhh, it is so exciting you got invited to read not one but TWO e-arcs! it’s always a good feeling when you get recognized as a blogger and i hope you do enjoy both of them!

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    1. I’ve gotten a bit more used to it now, but I’m holding out hope for my semester break in August πŸ™ Sorry to hear that you have also been struggling 😦 I hope things will improve for you as well ❀ When do you get your winter break?

      It was such a nice feeling!! I already read The Dead and the Dark and it was great πŸ₯° I hope you’re having a great June πŸ’•

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