Make hay in May for you may never know what June is coming with and you may never know what July will present! When you see May, make hay!Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
As I’d anticipated, May was a roller coaster of a month: the slowdown of final class sessions and reviewing for exams, then the high stress of cramming for then actually taking final exams, then a long recovery period of taking it easy — which, to be quite honest, still hasn’t ended.
Because I’m now on summer vacation, it’s been hard to muster up motivation to really get anything done. So contrary to the quote I picked, it really hasn’t been the most productive month. (Though it’s been pretty smooth sailing once the semester officially ended.)
- Final exams came and went … some better than others.
- I managed to complete all 25 Asian Lit Bingo prompts!
- My mother got me back into Pokemon Go. We’ve been battling raids in our local parks, and she’s promised to trade me a Detective Pikachu (it has the little detective hat and everything, it’s adorable) after our in-game friendship levels up.
My Best May Posts
More Awesome Posts From May
kal @ reader voracious: arc request templates & #backlistboost
sophia @ bookwyrming thoughts: signs your blog is evolving
haley @ the caffeinated reader: supporting authors & supporting “us”
cw @ the quiet pond: six tips to diversify your reading
rain @ bookdragonism: everything you need to know about edelweiss
michelle @ michelle likes things: pride month challenge and giveaway!
As I’ve mentioned, this month was Asian Lit Bingo and YARC catchup. So I prioritized TBR titles by Asian authors, with Asian main characters — and there were lots of good ones! Though on the other hand, I did notice that I was less likely to DNF since I wanted to get through as many bingo prompts as possible, so I finished several books that I otherwise wouldn’t have. (In fact, I only had one DNF this month, and it was an ARC that I really wasn’t enjoying.)
Clicking on the titles below will take you to the book’s Goodreads page; clicking on the flames (which indicate my rating out of 5) will take you to my review. Books marked as [ARC] were received as Advance Review Copies; [RC] indicates a post-release review copy.
29 total, 3.59 average rating
- Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim [ARC] | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen [ARC] | 🔥🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1) by Julie C. Dao | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- Not Your Sidekick (Sidekick Squad #1) by C.B. Lee | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- Not Your Villain (Sidekick Squad #2) by C.B. Lee | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang | 🔥🔥🔥
- Jade City (Green Bone Saga #1) by Fonda Lee | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan | 🔥🔥🔥
- 10-Minute Magic Spells by Skye Alexander [ARC] | 🔥🔥
- It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura | 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
- The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacob | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- The Sky At Our Feet by Nadia Hashimi | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali | 🔥🔥🔥
- The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo | 🔥🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan | 🔥🔥🔥
- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid | 🔥🔥 1/2
- Deadline (Harrietta Lee #1) by Stacey Ahn | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- Reflection by Elizabeth Lim | 🔥🔥🔥
- Tiny Pretty Things (Tiny Pretty Things #1) by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
- A Hero Born by Jin Yong, translated by Anna Holmwood [ARC] | 🔥🔥🔥
- Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert | 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
- The Leavers by Lisa Ko | 🔥🔥 1/2
- Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look | 🔥🔥🔥
- The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- The Astrologer’s Daughter by Rebecca Lim | 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Honestly I’m as surprised as anybody that I only have three June-release ARCs, though a quick glance at my blogging spreadsheet shows that I only have 2-4 ARCs due each month until November, and none for December (yet). But that’s totally okay, since there are plenty more upcoming releases that I want to read!
ARCs I Have
- June 4 – The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen | Currently Reading
- June 11 – Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim | 🔥🔥🔥 1/2
- June 11 – The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora | TBR
TBR After Release
- June 1 – Not Your Backup (Sidekick Squad #3) by C.B. Lee
- June 4 – This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura
- June 4 – The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
- June 4 – Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
- June 11 – Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi
- June 11 – The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
- June 18 – Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
- June 25 – Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
- June 25 – Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson
For at least the beginning of next month, I’m switching back to ARCs to hopefully get ahead and reduce my reading-related deadline pressure for the next few months. Later on I might dive into some nonfiction / personal development; summer always feels like a good time to settle in for some light research and independent learning.
I also plan on keeping an eye out for LGBTQ+ reads since June is pride month, though I think I’ll take a break from readathons and shorter challenges. And overall I’m making good progress toward all my yearlong reading challenges, so I don’t feel like I need to focus on any of them in particular.
I always like to take advantage of summer break to focus on the non-academic parts of my life: lifestyle habits (including fixing my sleep schedule, learning to meal plan, and trying out different types of physical activity), creative hobbies (piano, writing, photography, and anything else I’m interested in trying out), et cetera. Oh, and one of my favorite YouTubers has been doing a different 30-day challenge each month with interesting results, so I’ve been wanting to try one of my own.
While I’m home, hopefully I’ll also get a chance to hang out with my best friends since I haven’t seen them in a while. (They’re both going to college in-state, while I’m out-of-state.) There isn’t really a ton to do in our hometown, but we always manage to figure something out. And of course I’ll be spending more time with my family, especially since over future breaks I may very well stay near campus to get major-related work and research experience.
Adulting still terrifies me, even knowing that as a college student I’m not yet fully responsible for the minutiae
and paperwork of my life. But as I pick up more and more experience I do feel (somewhat) more and more confident in my own abilities, so I’m actually kind of excited to see what the future brings.
What’s the best book you read in May? Did you read any of this month’s releases, or ARCs of summer releases? Have you set any goals for June?