May is here and here I am, still making TBRs and goals despite not ever really following through with them. But I’m persistent and stubborn and I want to make them anyways because at least I’m making goals for myself. Even if I never achieve them!
I haven’t blogged in a while because of not only the COVID-19 pandemic and me having to work different hours and being stressed about that, but also because of lack of inspiration and energy for blogging and reading. My mental health over the years has been going through major ups and down, particularity these couple of months of 2020 have been huge down months where I was tired and unmotivated. I have had some terrible days. My struggle with my depression and anxiety is still a work in progress much like this blog and my love for reading. So I just didn’t do anything which made me feel worse but at the same time, I probably needed the break.
But now I’m hoping to get back into this and even If I’m not the best I’m going to do the best I can.
Now let’s transition to the blog stuff, I want to blog hop and comment more. Which is a goal I will always have set for myself. I also want to be productive by writing blog posts ahead of time that way I don’t have to struggle.
I also want to revive my bookish Instagram account. The one I’m barely active on and have only posted 3 things since making it. If anyone wants to give me some ideas on what I could post or some helpful tips let know. Link some blog posts or whatever! I’ll be glad to read anyone’s tips on IG.
I’m splitting TBR into groups. What I need to read (as in ARCs or books I’ve been given to from giveaways and publishers) and What I want to read (which obviously doesn’t need an explanation) I have plenty of older ARCs I still need to read as well as ARCs that I need to since they are coming out soon and some I’m a part of blog tours. I want to read ARCs so I can actually advocate for future releases and help promote them. Also I just really want to get my NetGalley ratio up so I can request more to read/never read.
Then for the books I want to read, since its Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month I want to read books from Asian & Pacific Islander authors. Then I have Spinning Silver which is a book I started in April, which HI want to finish and then start on Uprooted, because I really enjoy this writer’s work. I also have These Witches Don’t Burn on here because the sequel comes out this month and I want to be on board before I read that. Granted my TBR could change and this isn’t definite.
So yeah it’s been a hot minute and everything is just…chaotic. I haven’t blogged in a while and I am going to talk about that more in a future post. But I want to get back into it and be more active than I have been before.
To get to the point of this post, these are some things coming out this month I’m excited for. A lot of stuff I initially would have put in here have been changed because of the coronavirus pushing release dates of many things further into year or even into next year.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Elizabeth Acevedo’s third book featuring two half-sisters who are connected by the death of their father set in New York City and the Dominican Republic. First of all I love the cover and the title. Secondly, I know I’m going to enjoy this book because Elizabeth Acevedo is a master with words and this one is told in verse like her debut, The Poet X.
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
This book is about a Black, queer, and transgender teen by a Black, queer, transgender author. I’ve heard good things about this author’s other books and I’m excited to start with this one from them.
The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton
This is described as A Knight’s Tale meets Moxie which is intriguing enough for me. I like the concept of a YA taking place in Medieval Times-esque restaurant. I’m interested to see what the humor will be like and how it deals with sexism and gender.
Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky
The doomsday prepper scenario mixed in with possibly cult stuff? I’m in. When it comes to anything about cults, secret societies/compounds, I’m for some reason really int those kind of stories.
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
Described as “When Dimple Met Rishi meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this rom com about two teen girls with rival henna businesses”, The Henna Wars is F/F enemies to lovers that many have been waiting with two girls of color. Also it’s set in Ireland which is actually a place I have yet to read about.
By the Book by Amanda Sellet
Not gonna lie that the cover and the pun-tastic title drew me in. So I intentionally am not setting my expectations high only because I’m in for the cuteness.
We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
I’m not the type of person who would normally bring up Book Twitter controversy but if you wanted to know my stance on a certain book that was brought up at the beginning for the year for having garbage representation of the Mexican migration experience, fuck American Dirt and read a book about immigration from an Own Voices author.
This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling
This is the sequel to These Witches Don’t Burn which I started last year but then put on hold and its been that ever since. I was barely getting into the story of the first one but I am interested see where it all goes, continue on with it, and possibly read this one.
Out Now: Queer We Go Again edited by Saundra Mitchell
I’m actually apart of a blog your this for this title and I cannot wait. The synopsis alone sounds so interesting and fun.
“A follow-up to the critically acclaimed All Out anthology, Out Now features seventeen new short stories from amazing queer YA authors. Vampires crash prom, aliens run from the government, a president’s daughter comes into her own, a true romantic tries to soften the heart of a cynical social media influencer, a selkie and the sea call out to a lost soul. Teapots and barbershops, skateboards and VW vans, Street Fighter and Ares’s sword: Out Now has a story for every reader and surprises with each turn of the page!”
I would have put more here but most movies are either being delayed later in the year or into next year. That being said there is one film that I’ve been anticipating that wasn’t affected by the coronavirus.
THE HALF OF IT
I’ve already watched this and I plan on reviewing on it because I just want to rave about it. I highly recommend this beautiful coming of age story. This is from a Chinese-American lesbian creator so please support this film so we can get more stories like this in mainstream media.
There’s only two series that I’m interested right now. I also have a lot of shows I’m still “currently watching”.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power – Season 5
The final season of She-Ra is upon us. It really feels so sudden since this show has only been on Netflix for 2 years. I would have really liked this to have had more episodes/seasons but I am fine with what they have put out and hopefully with what will come. The previous season left off with some interesting cliffhangers and there is so much that needs to be resolved. I’m excited to see how it all ends.
Dead to Me – Season 2
This was a show I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did last year. This had a lot of great twists as well as comedy and great moments concerning grief and trauma. The last episode of the first season ended with a major ciffhanger as shit was hitting the fan.
That’s what I’m looking forward to this month let me know what you’re looking forward to in May and we can chat about it in the comments below.