I had high hopes for May. I planned to participate in both Asian Readathon and Ramadan Readathon. I failed miserably. I read like 5 books. I’m just not really very good at readathons and TBRs. I need to accept it. I’ve decided I’ll just stick to year-long reading challenges.
I’m also announcing a semi-hiatus during June. I’m probably only going to post once or twice a week, depending how I feel. I want to concentrate more on reading and catching up on writing blog posts. In the last couple months I’ve scheduled a few posts, then forgot to actually go back and finish them before they’re published, so I’ve had to take them down. I’d like to get a handful of posts ready to go so I don’t have to stress about it for a while.
What I Read
Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee 🇰🇷 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Seven Days by Rihito Takarai 🇯🇵 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal 🇵🇰 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Want by Cindy Pon 🇹🇼 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao 🇻🇳 DNF 66%
Victoria the Queen by Julia Baird
What I Watched
Lego Masters (Australia)⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Watching people make cool stuff out of Lego, what else do you want to watch three nights a week?
Haven’t finished all three seasons, but I love this. The costumes, the writing. All of it. Victoria was such a fascinating woman.
The Passage ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
My mom and I marathoned this in one day. It’s completely addictive, and nothing like I thought it was going to be. Twelve-year-old Saniyya Sidney held the entire show together beautifully.
New Amsterdam ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Oh My God. What an ending!
The Hustle ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Amusing, but average.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Decent, but a bit underwhelming.
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
Victoria The Queen by Julia Baird
Elizabeth The Queen by Alison Weir
Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser
Catch Up On My Blog
Blog Posts I Liked
Why I Think Retellings Should Focus On Themes As Well As Plot by Briana @ Pages Unbound, where she talks about the difference between a book that is inspired by another literary work, and a retelling of that work.
Connecting With A Self I’d Forgotten #RepresentationMeans by Shri @ Sun and Chai where she talks about how meaningful it was to see part of her identity, as a Desi woman and bharatanatyam dancer in particular, reflected in the pages of Roshani Chokshi’s The Gilded Wolves, and how important representation is.
Muslim Voices Rise Up – Muslim Fantasy Authors In Conversation over on Fadwa’s Word Wonders featuring Karuni Riazi and Nafiza Azad chatting about Muslim representation in fantasy, diversity, the experience of being a Muslim author among other things. The whole series of Muslim Voices Rise Up that have been shared this month have been amazing, so a big thanks to the hosts, Fadwa, Adiba and Aimal!
YA Books With ‘Heavy’ Topics Are Necessary by Fadwa @ Word Wonders, where she talks about the importance of discussing topics such as trauma, abuse, mental illness, and even sex, in YA literature.
YouTube Videos I Liked
April Wrap Up | Best and Worst Month of 2019? #Fantasyathon @ Beautifully Bookish Bethany
Upcoming Releases I’m Excited For
Wicked Fox by Kat Cho (June 25)
The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter (June 25)