Hello everyone! Another month has gone by, and to be honest, I don’t even know how it is all going by so fast. Can time please stop and give me a moment to process because this year has been a lot for me and I just need to take a break. But anyway, let’s dive in and take a look at everything that went down in May!
Overall, it’s just been a hectic month due to finals and the Covid Crisis currently happening in India which has affected a lot of my family members and friends and has just been a hard time.
Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa
Descendants of the crane by Joan He
Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko
Soul of The Sword by Julie Kagawa
I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena
Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee
TOTAL: 8 BOOKS
MY FAVOURITE BOOK OF THE MONTH:
Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa
This book broke me, but it was so good and I need you all to suffer with me so go read it. Honestly though, this book was the perfect end to this trilogy despite how devastating it was and the emotional trauma it gave me that I am still not over a week later. If you do pick up this book, please blame Sophia for the emotional damage and the therapy you are going to need.
Goodreads Challenge: 55/100 books*
Year of the Asian Reading Challenge: 19/50 books
Book Riot’s 2021 Read Harder Challenge: 4/24 books
Beat The Backlist Challenge: 22/50 books
*I updated my Goodreads Challenge from 75 books to 100 books since I was doing really well and less than halfway into the year, I have read over 50 books so I felt like increasing it to challenge myself even more!
April Wrap Up
I talk about everything I did during April including the books I read, what I posted about and what my plans were for May!
Sister of The Bollywood Bride
I review the book on my blog as a part of a blog tour!
4 Things that Changed Since Being a Book Blogger
I shared 4 things about me that changed since I became a book blogger as I approach 3 years of blogging!
Celebrating my 3rd Blogversary
I do a Q&A and talk a bit about my blogging journey as I finish 3 years of blogging!
I was looking for a K-drama to watch when Gauri told me this one was one of her favourite and so, of course, I had to watch it! I think I watched about 5 episodes of it last week and I’m absolutely loving it but things have been a lot recently and I haven’t had time to watch more! I can not wait to continue watching it because all the female leads are so strong and powerful and I adore them. Give me all the morally grey women who will do anything to stay in power and then the men who simp for them and want to get their love and affection. If you’re a fan of these things, go watch this amazing show!
I also started watching this anime with one of my college friends and I am having a lot of fun watching it! We watched around 6 episodes and I am in love with all the characters. The animations are also so cute and amazing and I can not wait to see where the story takes us!
WHAT I DID IN MAY
May started off with a lot of college things as I had finals and a bunch of assignment deadlines. Once I was done, I was so exhausted, especially because of everything else going on with me and my family and it was all a lot to take in. I don’t really want to delve into all the things that happened but I just wasn’t in a very good place and it was really bad for me and my mental health suffered.
The month did get a bit better later though – I had time to myself to relax and to read. I also joined a few group chats on Twitter and made some awesome friends I can’t wait to learn more about and I celebrated my 3rd blogversary which was such a surreal and exciting moment for me!
PLANS FOR JUNE
I’m hoping to start June with a lot of enthusiasm and I have a lot of plans for the coming weeks!
First off, I am doing the 30 books in 30 days challenge! I always thought this was so interesting and fun and I wanted to push myself harder since I think I can do it? This in no way means to invalidate anyone who reads less – I just have the time and the ability to read fast which allows me to try it, and even then, I don’t know if I really will be able to do so! But I think it’ll be fun to try!
Pride Month Blog Posts! If you know me, you know I’m always here to promote diverse books, because as a South Asian queer person, I’m part of two marginalised groups and I love seeing me represented in the media I consume and would love for you all to see me in it too! I have a bunch of posts planned, such as a if you like this book, read this book for books with LGBTQ+ rep, just a general queer book recommendations post (which is already up on my Instagram!) and a special post with some of my queer blogger friends that I hope you’ll all like!
Lastly, I’m hoping to work on my WIP! It’s a sapphic contemporary set in India dealing with grief and the struggles of coming out which I’m at a hard place writing because it’s so close and personal to me and every time I sit to write it, I find excuses to do something else. However, I want to try to work on it slowly throughout the month and maybe even write 50k? we’ll see.