May 2018 Recap // Reading Slump & Kind of Being Productive (??)

 I think we can all agree that my biggest accomplishment this month was actually posting. 

(Except for the last week. Let’s forget about that.)

But I started to write my posts early!!* And I commented to some of my comments! I still have a lot of comments to reply to, and I didn’t even start catching up on blog hopping– but… I have high hopes for June!

There’s kind of been a pattern where I have high hopes for the coming month and end up just being mediocre but this month we’re going to make it work.

(hopefully)

(feel free to yell at me if I’m slacking)

*I mean, around two days early. BUT IT’S STILL NOT TWO HOURS BEFORE POSTING SO… #upgrade.

reading stuff

books i read

{my star rating links to my goodreads review… which haven’t been made yet}

{i stole this feature from may}

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The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan // ★★★★★

  • Classic Rick Riordan. I love his writing so much and although his voices are all really similar, I still LOVE them. ALSO A GENDERFLUID CHARACTER IN THE MAIN CAST??? I LOVE.

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury // ★★★★★

  • I KNEW THIS WAS GOOD BUT YO. I DIDN’T KNOW HOW GOOD. I WAS LITERALLY CAPTIVATED FROM THE FIRST SENTENCE. Also, it might be a little cliche but you know what………. I like cliches when they’re done well.

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book haul

So, I didn’t exactly read and review all of my ARCs… however, I have good reason for this book haul (mostly). Girls of Paper and Fire was a gift by my friend Emma (thank you so much ily!!!) and The Girl and the Grove just sounded… really good and Eric Smith (my fav literary agent tbh) was offering copies… (literally how could I not)

girls of paper and fire and the girl and the grove

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

  • Again, thank you so much Emma!!!!! I’m so freaking excited for this because a. ASIANS IN FANTASY??? & b. THERE’S ALSO AN F/F RELATIONSHIP I LOVE IT. Also the author grew up in Malaysia (and the UK) and also SPEAKS CHINESE. I LOVE IT MORE.*
  • [update later] I STARTED READING IT. AND SO MANY REFERENCES TO CHINESE ATTIRE. I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith

  • First off, Eric Smith is one of my favorite Twitter humans? His account is just so pure and good and he just?? Is everything I would want in a publicist and he raves about books and if he made a booktube I would 100% watch it. Next, Girl and the Grove is about a foster child and?? There are hardly any on-the-radar YA books about that soooo I’m excited!!

*I speak Chinese too, in case anyone was wondering about my excitement about that? I don’t get excited over random languages haha.

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overall reading analysis

  • My favorite book this month was dEFINITELY THE FORBIDDEN WISH.
  • (I just. Loved it so much.) (SLDKFLDKJF)
  • I DON’T REALLY HAVE A LEAST FAVORITE BOOK BECAUSE. I LOVED HAMMER OF THOR SO IT’S UNFAIR TO SAY IT’S MY LEAST FAVORITE??
  • Also I read. TWO BOOKS. WHY AM I SLUMPING SO HARD.
  • I’ve still been reading my weekly webtoons I think I’ve read at least 30 by this point… there are hardly any romance webtoons left that I haven’t read… (I’m coming for you all)

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blogging stuff 2

things i’ve changed

  • MY NEW PROFILE PIC!!!! I (my sister) TOOK LIKE THIRTEEN DIFFERENT PICTURES BEFORE I WAS SATISFIED.

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  • But I really love it and hopefully it’s similar enough to my old profile picture that none of you guys are like “who IS THIS KID”
  • Also apparently I look really emo in this pic. (According to STD Syd & May)

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posts i loved

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Also… May was supposed to be my one-year anniversary but, I mean, I dislike thinking about my horrible growth over one year and during May I was nowhere near prepared to do any celebrating since I… was kind of on a hiatus lmao. So!!! Let’s pretend that August is my anniversary and celebrate during that month (which is also my birthday month yay!!).

life stuff 3

I swear, every single time I start writing my “life stuff” section, I immediately forget anything that happened this month. LIKE DID ANYTHING EVEN HAPPEN?? (yes) But it’s funny because I remember that one time I was like “hey I can write about this in my life stuff section, I should write it down to remember” and then I changed my mind like “no, I’ll remember it” and uhhhh I DON’T REMEMBER. (#regrets)

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my productivity (kind of)???

This month, I’ve felt a lot more urge to be productive and actually do things. For example, I’ve started writing out more to-do lists and mostly finishing them. It’s so satisfying and I feel so productive & the feeling is so refreshing!!! Y’all should try it!!

I’ve made lists for the books I have to read/review, my general blogging obligations, and just general things to improve my life??

Unfortunately, whenever I spend a lot of time on writing a blog post or replying to comments, I feel really productive but at the same time I feel guilty for spending so much time on blogging when I could be using this time to study or learn things. I probably shouldn’t because I shouldn’t feel guilty for spending time on my hobbies??

But I always feel like instead of spending time on blogging, I should be learning Chinese or another course.

So, I’ve decided that I’m only going to obligate myself to six posts per month, which is basically 2 posts per week and then 1 post per week so that I can concentrate on other things. I still love this blog and I’m still going to work on it, though!

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I’ve been a lot more motivated, this month, to basically look at my physical health more, because I usually hardly exercise outside of my standard walking (to like, Dunkin Donuts) and gym class– so I tried to go out more and start running.

(I also want to start running so that I can get a decent time on my mile for school!!! #Academics #are #a #part #of #everything)

And I used to always, always start watching something/reading something/do another activity while eating, but I decided that I’m not going to let myself do that because it basically slows down your body’s reaction time, so that your body doesn’t realize when it’s actually full. And this is actually true!! I’ve found myself getting more full/satisfied by smaller portions of food.

Anyways, I’ve been mostly healthy for the most part (the Chinese diet is actually HEALTHY) but I think my main problem was overeating/exercise?? Not eating too much junk food?

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I DON’T REMEMBER ANYTHING ELSE I DID THIS MONTH?

past goals

(I’m using my goals from my February Recap because. I literally am non consistent with posting.)

bookish stuff

  • read at least 7 things that you can mark on goodreads (webcomics or other things count) ㄨ I ended up not marking any of my webcomics on Goodreads because I just read so many and it’s too much work to figure out the dates that I read them lmaooo.
  • write at least 2 full reviews on goodreads before posting them 

blogging stuff

  • take more pictures for bookstagram (10+) and upload them on a schedule (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)  I’ve grown so much less satisfied with my bookstagram pictures, even though I have at least three draft pictures??
  • write at least 2 posts over one day before you post it  YES I ACTUALLY DID THIS ONE. YAY.
  • post at least 3 discussions  I only posted one (1) discussion!! smh @ myself
  • catch up on all of my required reviews for my blog 

  • make more notes tracking my arcs and everything that I need to do  I MADE A BUNCH OF EVERNOTE NOTES. I love note/list-making.
  • reach a place where I feel happy with my stats ㄨㄨ Oh… oh well.

life stuff

  • drink more water!!!  I’ve drunk almost a full bottle of water every day!!! Yay!!!
  • become better at lacrosse  Lacrosse ended a month ago already hahahaha
  • go to sleep before 10:30 regularly on weekdays  No, but I’ve gone to bed at like 11:30-12 consistently so!! At least that’s fine?? I have low standards.
  • finish all homework before 4:30 pm  I’ve done this, but not every day.
  • find more hobbies that don’t involve spending too much time online  DOES READING COUNT.
  • organize my books (ALL OF MY BOOKS ARE IN PILES AND THEY ARE EVERYWHERE AND NOT ORGANIZED AT ALL.)  I’ll just wait for my BOOKSHELF.

future goals

bookish stuff

  •  read at least 3 arcs (I actually need to though!!! I got some arcs at BookCon that I cANNOT WAIT TO READ.)
  • read at least 4 books (even though I’m in a horrible book slump. It’s okay. I’M FINE.)
  • write at least one (1) review on goodreads (I’M HARDLY ACTIVE ON GOODREADS AND IT’S SAD)

blogging stuff

  • post at least six times (hopefully this isn’t too hard?? I’ve been getting into blogging more lately?)
  • write at least two posts that aren’t published in preparation for July (I plan to post a lot more during July, when I’m more accustomed to blogging regularly)
  • write at least two required reviews (I STILL NEED TO CATCH UP ON ARCS)
  • finally upload my sensitivity reads doc as well as my Ko-Fi/Patreon/Amazon wish-list (probably no one will donate to me or anything but I made all of my Ko-Fi’s and everything over two months ago and was just too nervous to post them aaaa!!)

life stuff

  • run more regularly (at least 4 times a week) (exercise!!!! yes!!!! my brain needs this!!!)
  • go to sleep at 11 regularly & wake up at 7 regularly (resetting my Circadian system is 100% necessary)
  • earn enough money to buy wireless earbuds/headphones (I really want wireless earbuds/headphones) (maybe I’ll put them on my wishlist)
  • also earn enough money to buy myself a bookshelf (I really need one to ORGANIZE MY BOOKS. my books are all over the place.)

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I ALREADY WENT TO BOOKCON. AND I’M PLANNING TO MAKE A RECAP DETAILING MY EXPERIENCE ON IT! I’m so excited to write about it omg. I had so much more fun at this BookCon than last BookCon!!!

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so did any of you guys go to BookCon? how was it? how was your month? do you read webtoons? do you want wireless earbuds/headphones?

 

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52 thoughts on “May 2018 Recap // Reading Slump & Kind of Being Productive (??)

  1. Great recap! I also went to Book Con (my recap posts are coming next week) and I had a great time! I also got my hands on Girls of Paper & Fire so I’m even more excited to read it based on your excitement!

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      1. I got it from her signing Saturday morning! After surviving the twitter password-stampede for The Wicked King at Book Expo, I think I’m done with password drops for a while 😅

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  2. I hope you have a happy June and accomplish all your goals!💞I FEEL YOU about the life section of recap posts…I literally always end up just going through my phone’s camera roll in a desperate attempt to remember what I did that month. XD

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  3. I love this recap, Julianna 💓 & you did an amazing job blog-hopping—after all, you found me. 😏

    Sndjdjsnj do you speak Chinese fluently? & I relate to feeling like I could and probably should be studying (Chinese) as well, instead of writing blog posts or commenting, it’s a Struggle.

    PLEASE love Girls of Paper and Fire, I’m so excited about it.

    I hope you accomplish all your June goals! And going to sleep at a regular time is so, so important, so I hope you’ll accomplish doing that especially. 💗

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    1. LSDJfljdflj thank you so much Lily ❤ also that's trueeee although you're like the only new blog I found this month LMAO

      KIND OF??? LIKE I can hold a conversation but my vocabulary isn't,,, uhh the best lmao. YEAH. I'm supposed to study Chinese more often but I'm not GOOD AT IT. But it's like,, hard being a native speaker because Duolingo is easy for me but there are still words I don't know ripp

      YES THANK YOU. ❤ ❤ I FINISHED GOPAF AND IT WAS SO FREAKING GOOD YOU SHOULD READ IT!!!!!!

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  4. U AND MAY BOTH LOVED GOPAF IM SOMEHOW EVEN MORE EXCITED!! and tbh if i could go bookcon I WOULD BE SCREAMING. lokwey wanna go YALC but not that many authors I wanna see are there??? SOOO. oops.

    THE FORBIDDEN WISH LOOKS SO GOOD< i'm sooo happy you love. I love you new PP (it foe look similar to the old one yepp) AND WOW the goal of doing hwk before 4:30 is SUCH A GOOD IDEA (for me it would be 5:30 lbr) BUT LIKE I DONT THINK I COULD DO IT. excited for your book con recap!!

    ILYSM

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    1. YES IT WAS SO FREAKING GOOD I LOVED IT SO SO SO MUCH ILSA YOU’VE GOTTA LOVE IT YOU JUST GOTTA

      go to YALC!!!!!! I literally met only two authors (Sandhya Menon & Mary H.K. Choi) but GO TO YALC FOR THE ARCS.

      YES. THE FORBIDDEN WISH WAS SO GOOD and kind of predictable but I still LOVE IT. PLEASE READ IT. Also thank youuuuuu Ilsa ❤ I like my new pfp so much more than my old one

      Lmao I AGREE ALTHO I PROBABLY WON'T ACCOMPLISH MY GOAL OF FINISHING MY HW BEFORE FOUR THIRTY HOPEFULLY IT WILL WORK ANYWAYS??

      ILYSM TOO

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  5. Okay I just added Girls of Paper and Fire and The Girl and the Grove to my TBR because they both sound excellent. I’m trying to decrease my Goodreads TBR so it’s slightly more manageable but that doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon.

    I admit, I’m not on the wireless headphone train. I have a hard enough keeping track of my phone, which rings, I’m bound to lose at least one of the headphones.

    Sounds like your month went really well. I love having to do lists and checking them off, I’m like this with Habitica all the time. Can’t wait to see how you do for June 🙂

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    1. AHHHHh YAY. I HOPE YOU READ THEM AND YOU LOVE THEM!! ❤ Lmao I think that all bookworms are trying to decrease their TBR but really. can't.

      Really? TBH I lost all of my headphones but hopefully I'd be better tracking of them if I got a pair?

      Ahhh yes! LISTS ARE MY FAV. ❤

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  6. So.

    My little brother went to BookCon and I’m 30% happy for him, and 70% YOU POSER YOU ONLY STARTED READING SINCE YOU STARTED DATING THIS GIRL (and I approve but pfffffffftttttttttttttt I didn’t go to BookCon). Anyway, he got about 12 free books and I am a world of jealous so I just have to keep reminding myself that I’m going to Disney and September and he’s not, so there. XD

    We are respectively 28 (me) and 25 (him) so both of us are adulating very well so far. Haha.

    Wireless headphones are my jam! I have a pair of Beats Studios for home and Bose earbuds for work and they are LOVE.

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    1. HAHAHAHAHAHAAA THAT WOULD ME TOO IF I WAS YOU TBH. But also it’s great that your brother started reading, even though it was only since he’s dating a girl now lmaooo. IN ORDER TO MAKE HIM JEALOUS GET ALL OF THE FREE STUFF AT DISNEY (if there is any?? not sure) !!

      Sounds like you guys are doing an a+ job at adulating lmao

      OOH REALLY?? Those sound really good quality headphones!! Do you ever lose them lmao?

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      1. Oh gods no, there is no such thing as free stuff at Disney. :XD I haven’t lost my headphones yet, but the sound quality is really great. I feel like headphones are one of those things it’s worth spending extra money on if you can, because it makes such a big difference. 😀

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  7. I found that measuring my food helps me a lot. Like, i could eat double the amount if i set my mind to it, but i know my ideal portion is X grams, so that’s how much i put on the plate. Sometimes it looks small, but by the time i finished I’m actually full 😃

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      1. It was a bit of a pain to set up in the beginning but by now it’s gotten easier. I used an app to calculate how much i should eat calory wise. First it seemed surprisingly low. It also shows how much of it should be protein, carb, etc.
        Then i did a bit of research what a portion size should be. Just simply googling stuff, but some foods have it written on the package too.
        And i was basically putting everything on the scale or in measuring cup😃
        I must say when i first saw what 75g pasta looked like i thought i will starve to death.
        But knowing that is the right amount helped setting my brain to it.

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          1. Yea, i’d say it was worth it. Nowadays i don’t even have to measure everything all the time, i can kinda tell just by looking at the food that it’s enough / too much. I somehow memories the calories in a lot of stuff as well 😀

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  8. Oh my gosh, I’ve been SO obsessed with webcomics lately too! I’m reading at least fifteen or twenty now, on like half a dozen different platforms (which isn’t confusing AT ALL… 😂), and I just… can’t stop.

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          1. My favourite (ongoing, because I forget all the ones that I don’t have bookmarked…) webtoons are Aerial Magic, Let’s Play, and Kind of Confidential… mostly the first one, but the other two are good too!

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  9. YES I AM SO VERY HAPPY YOU LOVED THE FORBIDDEN WISH!! I loved this book so, SO much and I need to re-read it someday and AH IT WAS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL BOOK.
    So excited to hear what you think of Girls Made of Paper and Fire, as well as Girl And the Grove. Read that second one and I really enjoyed it 😀
    Thank you for sharing my post ❤
    Best of luck for all of your goals, I hope you're having an amazing June so far xx

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      1. AHHHHH YES THAT WOULD BE SO VERY AMAZING 😀
        I really enjoyed it – I didn’t fall in love with it as much as I could have, but the characters were really cool and the parents adorableeeeee ❤ ❤

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  10. SO relatable with the “life” section. I just. ???? ??? memory??? what?? is ?? this?? I DONT KNOW ANYMORE. I just sit there??? blank screen??? and move on????

    AND DON’T FEEL BAD FOR BLOGGING!! You need time off!! YOUR BRAIN WILL SMUSH OTHERWISE!!

    And thank you sm for linking to my post ❤ imnotcryingyouare and I hope that you have an amazing month and read brilliant books ❤

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