May Wrap Up ’19

Wrap Up

Hello! It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve posted really much of anything. Something something slumpy something. Onward.

Books

This month was nowhere near as booky as last month. Again, something something slumpy something. I attempted the Asian Readathon, but it kinda fell apart and I didn’t finish it. Everything I did read counted towards it though at least. Three things:

Attack on Titan, Vol. 18

Attack on Titan vol 18 by Hajime Isayama – I feel like this series is getting better and better. I really should focus on it more – I’m about 8 volumes behind now!

4.5 stars

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – I’m going to go against the grain here and say that while I did like this book, I think I actually liked the movie more. I think the setting and everything translated better, and the plot changes the movie made made it feel more, well, cohesive. But like I said, I did like this book, and I’ll continue them at some point.

3.5 stars

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman – This is a short story collection of a bunch of different Asian authors writing stories based on different Asian myths from around the continent. I read this as part of the Asian Readathon – it was the group book that all the participants read. Luckily, I found it on audiobook on Scribd.

While the premise sounded really neat, I think this really fell flat. I will say though that I’m biased already – I tend to dislike short story collections and usually rate them 3 stars max. So going in, I knew that the most I would like this would be, well, 3 stars. It’s nothing against the creators or their stories – it just happens almost constantly. Short stories for me are usually just meh.

Some of the stories, as predicted, got a 3 from me. One got a 4. The rest got 2s, and one even got a 1. So… this book ended up with an average of 2.6, I think? Weird rating, but that’s what taking an average of 15 ratings does.

2.6 stars

And that’s it – that’s all I read. I have a few other books in progress, but those’ll show up in my Currently Reading, assuming I don’t finish them all tonight. I think the last book – the short story collection, is what made me slumpy. I notice I tend to get so when I force myself through a book. Had it not been for the readathon, it would have been a DNF for me. Hopefully June will be a better reading month. After two month-long readathons and being corralled in to what I need to read, a month of no readathons and really just reading what I feel like in the moment should help.


Other Things

  • This past month, I went to Connecticut to visit a friend, and we went to the historical Mystic Seaport! It was really neat
  • I am currently stuck on this song. It’s way outside my usual genre, but I’m really digging it. Give it a listen!

 


Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 42/50
  • Finish the 10 in 2019 list – 4/10
  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month
    • J – 5 | F – 6 | M – 7 | A – 0 | M – 0 | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Go on a 2 to 3 month buying ban – In progress
  • Reduce physical TBR to 250 books – currently at 270
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019 – Complete!
  • Post monthly book hauls
    • J | F | M | A (on ban) | M(on ban) | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Keep track of statistics
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D

And that’s it! Happy reading!

May Currently Reading | ’19

Currently Reading

Hello, happy May! These are the books I’m reading right now! I’m in the middle of the Asian Readathon, so all of my currents go towards that.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)This book I’m reading as a buddy read with Alex @Mybookworld24! I’m not too far into it yet – on chapter 4 now, but it’s pretty decent so far I think. It strongly reminds me of one of those Asian dramas you’d watch about the middle class girl having to go to a rich person prep school. The over-dramatic-ness is there, the snobbiness is there. It’s definitely a different world from the one I know, haha. I’ve also seen the movie of this book already, so I think that’s helping me keep the characters straight and develop a better mental image of how everyone ties together and just how flamboyant everyone is being. I’m hoping to finish it within the next couple weeks. I’m thinking to do a movie-book comparison post or something after. I’m already noticing differences!

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh

A Thousand Beginnings and EndingsThis book is a short story collection containing stories that re-imagine folklore and myths from various Asian cultures. It’s written by a slew of Asian authors from all over, and the stories they tell are from just as wide of a spectrum of places. This is the group book for the Asian Readathon, so I picked it up on Scribd and have been listening to it. So far, I’m 2 stories in out of 15, and both of the ones I’ve read have been decent – 3, 3.5 star range. Short story collections are always weird for me – most of the time I like them, but I don’t think I’ve ever loved a short story collection before.

 

 

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)Man I’ve been waiting to dive into this one for some time now. It was put on my 10 in 2019 list for just this reason. So far, I’m two chapters in and I’m really liking it. If it keeps going in the direction it does, this could easily end up being a 5 star read for me. Man I’m so pumped. I don’t even have anything more to say on it right now other than ‘it’s great i love it so far woot’.

 

 

 

 

 

Back-burner books

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – This has been on my list for nearly a year now. The fifth and final book comes out this fall, so I need to return to it eventually. And it’s not even that I’m not liking it – I’m actually really enjoying it. Other books just keep getting in the way. Whenever I do get back to this one, I might just restart it. It might be easier. We’ll see, hweh hweh.


And that’s it! It’s been a while since I’ve had so few books on my currently reading list. I’m trying to keep it lower – one physical book for me, one physical book as a buddy read, and one audio book. (That’s why the back burner book is on the back burner). Are you reading any of the above? Lemme know! Happy reading!