May Wrap-Up // I’m Out of School!!

I’m honestly so glad that May is over.

Because that means school is as well!!! I’ve been on summer break for a few days already, and it’s relieving to not have to worry about grades or tests anymore.

All things considered, May was an okay month, but definitely could have been better.

I read 8 books! Unfortunately, I did not manage to read all books by Asian authors because of my library loan deadlines. But I hope I’ll be able to read more next May, and I’m glad I was able to read a little more than last month!!

But I am still so disappointed that over half of the books I read were . . . just not very good?? My dislike of The Bone Witch and You’ve Reached Sam kind of put me in a little reading slump but Iron Widow pulled me out of it :’)

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  • The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo || I loved the Korean rep, but sadly had insta-love, which dragged down my rating ★★☆☆☆
  • Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta || this hurt me so many times in so many ways and I was not prepared ★★★★☆ [4.5]
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco || my first DNF in such a long time! I was looking forward to reading this one but I just wasn’t invested at all and so confused by everything ★★☆☆☆ [DNF @ pg 90]
  • Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant || some problematic aspects paired with a love triangle did not work out for me ★★☆☆☆
  • the girls i've been you've reached sam the taking of jake livingston happily ever afters (no)

  • The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe || this was better than I thought for a thriller and so intriguing! ★★★☆☆ [3.5]
  • You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao || this was a huge disappointment (and I did not cry) ★★☆☆☆
  • The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass || this was so eerie but enjoyed it all the same ★★★☆☆
  • Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao || my first book with poly rep and I’m so happy it did not disappoint! BUT WHY DID IT HAVE TO END LIKE THAT ★★★★☆
  • So I kind of didn’t have much motivation to post last month. But it came back (possibly because school is now over) and I am now blogging more than I used to and hopefully will be posting more in June!

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    School is officially over for me!!! I still cannot believe it’s over and I’m looking forward to two and a half months of summer and doing absolutely nothing! (For those of you still in school, you can do it!!) It’s been a surreal year of having to complete my freshman year completely online, but hopefully school will be somewhat back to normal in the fall??

    I didn’t get to write as much due to finals and so many things going on but I’m feeling more confident about my wip ideas (but not my writing yet aldskfj). I’m also getting distracted by so many new wip ideas that I’m not focusing as much on my main one HELp

    Music wise, may or may not have listened to Sour (Olivia Rodrigo’s new album) on repeat much too many times. I loved most of the songs, and it’s nice that she did not disappoint! My favorites from Sour are jealousy, jealousy, brutal, and good 4 u, if anyone was wondering.

    how was your may? what good books did you read?? any favorite songs from sour? & if you’re in school, when does summer vacation start for you?

    21 thoughts on “May Wrap-Up // I’m Out of School!!

    1. omg katie! congratulations on finishing school! ours is till the ninth of june, but i’m counting down the days to its end :’) yessss i loved gearbreakers sm too! like can we talk about that ending 👀 i also really liked the girls i’ve been, and i cannot wait to get to my ARC of iron widow sometime soon! i’m sorry you didn’t enjoy you’ve reached sam, and the bone witch though bc i was super excited to get to my ARC of youve reached sam – and i’ve heard a ton of great things about the bone witch! we’ve had school online for almost two years now, and it’s so sad bc i never thought i would say this – but i miss going to the building ahh.

      i’m LOVING your current wip idea, and i know your writing’s going to be really good, so i can’t wait to see what you come up with (and be writing buddies with you 💘) askjdfsdkfjsd SOUR SOUR SOUR! omg my favs are brutal, jealousy jealousy, hope ur ok, favourite crime, and traitor (hehe i just realised i listed off like half the album) lovely post! 💕

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      1. thank u!! ahh congrats on finishing school too haha! omg yes the ending destroyed me… second book when?? i hope u enjoy them more than i did… good luck :’) exactly plss i’m kind of excited to go to in-person school now.

        ahaana you’re the sweetest ily 🥺 ur writing is so amazing and i can’t wait to read more <33 YES SOUR!!! i also really love those so much (olivia rodrigo is one of the best i don't make the rules aslkdjf)

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    2. Getting distracted by new WIP ideas is like…basically every writer haha (I’m about 50 pages into this book I’m writing but then…I got a new idea…and now….heh).
      I’m so sorry a lot of your books were sort of disappointing! I’ve heard some problematic things about The Way You Make Me Feel, mostly about the main character not respecting some people’s choices not to eat meat or something? (several people have brought it up on goodreads). Oooh, Iron Widow sounds super good!
      You’re so lucky you’re out of school…I have two more weeks and just…can I do it??? Can I really? Haha.

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      1. ooh good luck with your wip haha!!

        i don’t think i remember that part (because i kind of skimmed through it). yesss i hope you enjoy iron widow too!

        good luck with the rest of school (even though you must be out by now lmao)!!


    3. First, congrats on finishing school!! And honestly, we should all just relax in the sun whilst it lasts . . . I was quite keen to read ‘You’ve Reached Sam’ but from what you wrote and what other bloggers wrote about, it’s not that great T^T
      AND I FOUND ANOTHER OLIVIA RODRIGO’S FAN!! I loved listening to her new album Sour so much😭😭
      Hope you have a lovely June, Katie!

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    4. katie!! yay hope you’ve been enjoying your summer break! ahh so happy that you enjoyed gearbreakers and iron widow, i’m so excited to get to those two!! 😌 sorry that you had disappointing reads too, ahh i expected you’ve reached sam to be an ugly-tears book eeks!😅 thank you so much for mentioning my post as well 🥰 … two and a half months of nothing??? eeks i’m jealous haha but definitely good job for finishing a year online! hope june treats you better, lovely post as always katie!! 💕

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    5. I don’t know if I’d be able to read gearbreakers as soon as it is released but I sure want to!! I’m sorry you didn’t like you’ve reached Sam, that one is high on my tbr! I’m so glad you’ve finished school. I’m on online school and it’s highly unlikely that will stop until October😢😢😢

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    6. *ignore me while I scream about how much I want to read gearbrakers*
      Love this post!! I honestly also get so distracted by new book ideas to write that I have so many one page drafts 😂. Good luck on your WIP!

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    7. congrats with finishing school!! so happy that you enjoyed gearbreakers and iron widow. i’m so envious that you got an arc for the latter. T.T

      also, thank you for including my rec blog post! hehe so glad you liked it. have a better reading month in june!

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    8. congrats on finishing school, have a lovely summer break!! I’m so glad to see you liked Gearbreakers, I’m so hyped for it’s release. Sorry some of your other reads were disappointing, but I hope your summer is full of great reads!

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    9. Congrats on finishing school! I finish school as well which I’m super glad I did! Disappointing that you didn’t like happily ever afters because I have been looking forward to that one! Great post and have an amazing June!

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