May wrap up // how is this month already over

Hello, friends! May was a weird month. It went by in a blink, and to be honest I can’t seem to recall a thing that happened. Just a month more passed and I haven’t started to think about the next big step of my life just yet. I was stuck in a reading slump for the most of the month (after reading awesome book after awesome book in April this was expected.) I did manage to read two books this month, so let’s see what I thought of them!

What I read

Everless by Sara Holland

I feel robbed. How can you take such an amazing story idea and magic system (which is seriously one of the coolest I have ever read) and turned it into something so…boring? A world where time is currency, this story had so much potential. Instead it turned out to be a very typical YA fantasy book (I mean, it is YA fantasy, but you get my point) complete with a main character who does not know she is beautiful, a love interest she’d had a crush on for ten years, and a totally unnecessary, halfhearted love triangle.

The magic system is great,I can give it that, and I initially enjoyed reading this. My rating: ★★✩✩✩ (two stars)

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

I’ve heard so many good things about this book, that I was so excited to pick it up. This book throws us right into the action and it is confusing, at least until you get to the middle. It tells us about how two enemies locked in a time war start conversing with each other through letters in the most wacky, creative ways imaginable,and how they eventually grow to love each other.

This book has wonderful prose throughout, and it’s such a pity I only started to make a sense of what was going on around halfway through the book. (Increased my rating after one reread because wow, I know what’s going on) My rating: ★★★★✩ (3.5 stars)

What I watched

Good Omens

I finally finished watching this! I love this witty, funny chaotic show. This is about an angel Aziraphale, and the demon Crowley, who team up to stop the end of the world. There’s also a a witch and a witchfinder, a band of curious eleven-year-olds, and one adorable dog (who has not-so adorable origins)

What I liked the best about this is that although it is funny nothing is ever dumbed down, and the entire thing contains so much love for humanity. Things get batshit crazy at times but it’s such a fun ride.

Obi-wan Kenobi

Having only mildly enjoyed the sequel trilogy and grown kind of tired of the second season of the Mandalorian, I’m kinda surprised by how much I’m obsessed with this show. (And I want everyone who calls this illogical fan service to shut up.)

I’ve never thought a great deal about Obi-wan as a character but this makes his story so interesting, tragic and heartbreaking. And incredibly angsty because there’s so MUCH history between these characters. Also a (tiny) character is introduced and loved the addition of them into the story so much.

Life update

The month of May was basically the same day played on repeat, over and over again. Nothing particularly exciting happened and I didn’t get the push to do anything creative, draw, or write. (Watching too many movies definitely messed with my brain)

I also have survived peacefully on twitter so far – it is toxic sometimes, yes, but it helps that I’m probably not articulate enough, or social enough, to engage in discourse. And if I find anyone too annoying I simply mute or block them.

Totally out of topic, but the Percy Jackson casting was announced! The actors and actresses look perfect for their roles and I can’t WAIT till the show is released next year.

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Here’s a tentative TBR to keep me occupied for the next month:

🔸The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: everyone liked this one, plus I’m a huge fan of Greek mythology and it’s a wonder how I haven’t read this so far.

🔸Renegades by Marissa Meyer: I’m really digging the vibe the synopsis and the cover give off.

🔸Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim: my expectations are enormous and I hope this lives up to them.

🔸Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko: again, I hope I love this!!

Around the blogosphere

Janhavi redesigned her blog! It’s now called Dazed Chronicles and has an amazing aesthetic, everybody go follow her now!

Naemi’s confessions of being an evil book blogger made me laugh while also being the most relatable thing I’ve ever read

Fadwa’s list of books by South Asian authors made my TBR grow significantly larger

Rachel @ A Bookworm’s Paradise discusses how Pride and Prejudice does enemies to lovers better than modern day YA books

Anoushka’s very detailed rant review of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children hurt me a bit because I loved that book lol.

That’s a wrap, folks! Hope you all have a lovely month ahead!

26 thoughts on “May wrap up // how is this month already over”

  1. I guess I’ll be staying clear of Everless😬 I also thought the synopsis sounded interesting, but yours isn’t the first less-than-favorable review I’ve seen and everything you just said about it makes me go, “NOPE, definitely not!” 😂

    As for the other books/movies/shows on your list, I haven’t read or watched any of them, so I can’t give you my two cents – at least not yet. My friends and my brother have been bugging me to watch Good Omens for ages, though, so it’s highly possible I might cave at some point 🤣 And if my Star Wars-obsessed friends don’t continue to try (unsuccessfully 😜) to convince me Star Wars is way better than Star Trek by making me watch Obi-wan Kenobi with them, I will be very surprised, too…

    Anyway, I’m happy to hear your May seems to have been okay, if not particularly exciting, and congrats on surviving twitter! (I could never 🤣) And the Percy Jackson cast!!! 🤗 In light of what happened last time we got a Percy Jackson adaptation, I’m trying not to be too excited, but I am excited anyway! 🤗😁🤗

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    1. I’m so mad everless didn’t live up to my expectations because the magic system sounded so awesome.

      Good omens is one of the best shows I’ve watched in a while!! Seriously, I didn’t expect it to be so good.

      I’ve never watched star trek (I don’t know a thing about what it is about except that it is in space haha) but my sister forced me to watch a new hope last year and now I’m obsessed with star wars lol, even though I’d never take part in the fandom (that’s just full of nitpicky people urgh, one day I made the mistake of wandering into the fandom on twitter and immediately regretted it)

      I’m so freaking excited for the pjo adaptations, you’re not alone!!

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  2. I read Everless when I was in my YA fantasy phase, and I have to agree with you, it was awful. Great premise but boring book.
    May honestly felt the same for me too. It was just a long month, only the last few days were memorable for me.
    I hope your June is going well!

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  3. i agree with may being a weird month, and now it’s gonna be the second half of 2022 soon- how?? i was in a reading slump too in may, but it was more because of exams than actually reading a good book lol.
    good omens sounds like my type of show- i think you might have convinced me to watch it hehe!! And oh, all the books on your june tbr are on my tbr too, but i have no idea when i’m gonna get to them 😭 Renegades and tsoa are honestly so hyped, i hope you end up loving them 💕 and i look forward to hearing your thoughts on all of the books, if you get to them!
    thank you sm for mentioning my blog 😭💗 i hope june is great for you, and happy pride!! 🌈💕

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    1. Yes exactly like how is it already June??
      Good omens is a great show, I hope you enjoy watching it when you get to it! I finished the song of Achilles and yes, it is as good as people say.

      Hope you have a great June!!✨🌈🌈

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  4. This wrap-up from you is delightful! I also loved Good Omens, it’s one of those shows that does the love-for-humanity thing so sincerely, you can’t help but root for it, too. I hope June proves to be a wonderful reading month for you! I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve read of the Renegades trilogy so far, and I’ve heard so much love for all the other titles you have lined up! Happy June 💕

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed good omens too! I’m looking forward to reading regenades, it’s been on my tbr since forever.
      Hope you have a great month ahead as well!

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  5. Ahhh yes May was a really weird month ahha, I’m hoping June will be a whole lot better!!
    THE PLOT FOR EVERLESS SEEMS SO COOL??? Time as currency??? I’ve never heard of that idea before but it’s so intriguing!! I’m sorry that it was so disappointing though!!
    AHHH THE PJO CASTING!!! I’M OBSESSED AS WELL!! They all look perfect!!
    Also I read song of Achilles a month or two ago AND WAS SOBBING, it’s absolutely heart wrenching! I Hope you adore it!! Renegades
    is super cool too, it’s one of Marissa meyer’s best works!
    Have a great June💖💖💖💫💫

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    1. Yes the magic system of everless is one of the best I’ve ever read of, unfortunately the characters were all just…meh. I just finished the song of achilles and I really liked it!
      Hope June is a better month for both of us!!

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  6. EXCUSE ME WHILE I SOB because i was so incredibly excited for everless???????? THAT COVER + the fact that it’s been on my tbr for 982317634673467 years + I SEEM TO HAVE SOME VAGUE MEMORY ABOUT THE SYNOPSIS SOUNDING AMAZING???? 😭😭😭 but probably DEFINITELY not reading it anytime soon because of everything you said. SO. THANK YOU FOR SAVING ME FROM ALL THE DISAPPOINTMENT!! also ahhhhh the time war sounds SO GOOD??? i’ve been really really excited to read it BUT IT WAS JUST NOW READING YOUR REVIEW THAT I REALIZED I HAVEN’T ACTUALLY EVER READ THE SYNOPSIS??? SO I BASICALLY HAD NO IDEA WHAT IT WAS ABOUT??? EXCEPT THE FACT THAT EVERYONE IS GUSHING ABOUT IT. *embarassed*
    OK BYE I MUST ALSO GO ADD GOOD OMENS TO MY WATCHLIST THANK YOU!!

    *ahem* i seriously apologize for hurting you though 😢😢 chocolates as a peace offering?? 🍫🍫🍫

    KJLSAHJSDAHSDDHGSD THE PERCY JACKSON CAST!!!! YESSS!!! THEY ARE LITERALLY PERFECT RIGHT?? THE ANTICIPATION FOR THE SHOW’S RELEASE IS KILLING ME 😭

    ahhh i hope you LOVE all the books on your tbr!! six crimson cranes has been on my tbr since literally forever (THE??? COVER??? IS GORGEOUS???) any chance you might be interested in buddy reading it??

    I LOVE THE POST OBVIOUSLY AND I HOPE YOU HAVE AN AMAZING JUNE!!! ❤❤

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    1. I’m very disappointed I didn’t like it as well😅 the magic system is so awesome and the characters were…not. This is how we lose the time war is such a poetic book, I hope you love it!!
      Good omens is such a fun show, I had loads of fun watching it!
      Ahhh I know, the cover for six crimson cranes is the most gorgeous thing I’ve ever seen! The art is so beautiful.

      I’m so late to reply but if you’re still up for the buddy reading, I’d be happy to! (Tbh I’ve never buddy-read a book with anyone else before and I have no idea how it happens)
      Have a great month of June!!

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      1. ahhhh jan!! hi!! i’m so sorry for replying so late 😭😭 BUT YESS I’D LOVE TO BR IT WITH YOU IF YOU HAVEN’T FINISHED IT ALREADY!!! AHHHH I FEEL HONOURED TO BE THE FIRST BUDDY READER THEN!! ill message you on twitter?

        THANK YOU!! AND YOU TOOO ❤❤

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  7. i tried watching good omens before but i am such a terrible person and i never finished it hahah i’m not a huge fan of fantasy in my tv shows, so that’s probably why i ended up not feeling super motivated to finish it. however, i do want to watch first kill on netflix. i mostly want to watch it because it’s sapphic but i think the fact there are vampires it’s interesting too hahah.

    i really really want to read renegades soon, so i hope you enjoy that one! as for song of a achilles i wasn’t a huge fan of it like everyone else, but hopefully you’ll have better luck than i did!

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    1. First kill is honestly so campy if you watch it with your head empty it’s so fun as well.
      Renegades is a good quick read!! Hope you enjoy it when you get to it!
      I liked song of Achilles a lot haha. Bittersweet stories do something to me.

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  8. WOW! I’m gone for a while and you have an entirely new blog?? Such a glow up, I love Ink Spun Tales, Jan! Glad to see you enjoyed How You Lose the Time War, heartened to hear about the gorgeous prose but I’m a bit hesitant after hearing how you were confused haha. AND YES! Percy Jackson adaptation!! Can’t wait! Hope June has been treating you well! 💓

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  9. i have heard so much about the song of achillies but i don’t think i’ll be ready if i cry myself to sleep reading it😭 your blog is such a lovely place and even though i’m new here, i hope to see your posts more often and have a lovely june!!

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