April Wrap-up // Existence Is a Social Construct + Unsurprisingly Failing at My TBR

Is it just me, or has everyone been saying that March lasted a thousand years while April went by in three seconds?

I’d like to say that I feel the same way, but actually: I don’t. Every single month passes by in the blink of an eye for me. πŸ˜‚ No kidding, at this rate, I’ll be an old woman before I know it, because time passes by SO quickly for me… Anyways, April was a month of highs and lows. But overall, I’d call it a good month—it was my first full month in quarantine (I’d like to say that I miss the outside world, but I don’t), and my second month of summer break, aka freedom!

I say this with all the seriousness I can muster: I do not feel like a real human being anymore. I fall asleep at about 1 or 2AM, wake up at 9 or 10AM, eat breakfast, watch shows, listen to music, scroll through Twitter, maybe do something productive like reading or blogging, and then the cycle just repeats! I mean, I’m not complaining—I wouldn’t trade the free time I have right now for anything, but it’s so weird that the days are passing by in a blink.

But I have something exciting to announce: I was planning a WIP in April!! I used to actively write fiction when I was younger, but stopped because of reasons too complicated to explain right now. However, I’ve always wanted to write a story of my own, and last month I finally decided to start planning one! I haven’t made much progress because creating a whole new world and lore from just your imagination is HARD (the woes of wanting to write fantasy 😫), but hopefully I can proceed to the outlining stage by the time May ends.

A Werewolf Boy - Wikipedia

ALSO, I finally cried because of a piece of media!!! My entire life, I’ve been waiting for a book, TV show, movie, anything to make me shed tears, because nothing has until now. Well, in April, I decided to watch this Korean movie called A Werewolf Boy thinking it’d be a cheesy paranormal romance, and boy, was I wrong. I got so invested in the friendship between the two main characters, and when the end came, I couldn’t stop a couple tears from falling. No spoilers, but in the ending, someone made a Choice, and it broke me. Hours after finishing the film, I was still contemplating why they decided to do that.

I wrote a mini life update in the middle of April, and you can just check that post out, because the rest of what I have to say in this section, I already said in that post. However, that thing I said about cramming all of my hobbies into three months of summer break no longer applies. I received word from my school that “distance learning” will start in August!!! (School usually ends in March and resumes in June for me 😭😭) I can’t tell you how happy this news made me. πŸ˜­πŸ’– Five months is more than enough to write, schedule blog posts, and read. πŸ₯Ί

Hahaha, remember my ambitious April TBR? Well, I didn’t complete it as expected. I was planning to read 20 books, but instead I read 12 books.

BUT, for the record, I could’ve done so much better if I hadn’t decided to give up near the end of the month. In the last two weeks of April, I was a literal reading machine. I was spending hours listening to audiobooks on 2x speed just to cross more books off of my TBR, and suddenly I couldn’t take it anymore. Reading was becoming an activity that I had to force myself to do, which I never want it to be. I decided to take a break from reading, because just the thought of picking up a book was filling me with dread.

On the bright side, I participated in two readathons this month, the O.W.L.s Magical Readathon and the Stay Home Reading Rush, both of which I successfully completed my TBRs for (though I’m still a little salty that I couldn’t finish the “read a book in the same room” prompt from the Reading Rush, due to my inability to read a book in one sitting). Books I read for the Magical Readathon will be marked with ✨, and books I read for the Reading Rush will be marked with 🏠.

April’s average rating was also an improvement from February and March! I had more 4-star reads, and even found my first 5-star book of the year! However, I attribute the higher average rating to me being more lenient, and not to the quality of the books I read actually getting better. 😬

Before I finally shut up and tell you which books I read in April, I wanna announce that I’m trying out a new format for the reading section of my wrap-ups! Instead of putting my star rating and one or two sentences about what I thought about the book, I’ll be implementing a “Should you read it?” format. Hopefully, telling you whether—in my humble opinion—these books were worth reading or not will give you a better idea of what I thought about them. The titles of the books will link to my Goodreads review. πŸ’–

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho
✨ Transfiguration: Read a book that features shapeshifting

Should you read it? Um, honestly, I think you can pass on this. It isn’t the worst book in existence, but myself and other people I know of got bored while reading it. I felt like first person POV would’ve worked much better for it than third person. Plus, it seemed like the male and female protagonists only fell in love because they’re in a YA novel, and god forbid a YA book have no romance. I think the only person I’d recommend this to is someone who REALLY wants to read about Korean mythology, especially Korean mythology mixed with modern-day Seoul.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Should you read it? Ignoring the fact that you probably already have: yes. While I kinda had to force myself through this book, I feel like it was stronger plot, character, and worldbuilding-wise. I don’t like how J.K. Rowling writes characters though—they seem to only have one personality trait, which is emphasized over and over for comedic effect. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I also wish she’d write about Harry, Hermione, and Ron’s feelings more. They seem like characters, not real people. And I know they ARE characters, but I want the people I’m reading about to feel real and three-dimensional. However, I probably shouldn’t judge too harshly because 1) this is a middle grade, 2) writing standards were probably different at the time this was written, and 3) the HP stans might come for me.

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
✨ Arithmancy: Read a book outside of your favorite genre

Should you read it? While I think Vicious is better, this sequel didn’t disappoint! V.E Schwab is still the queen of alternating timelines, complex characters, and intricate character dynamics. I love the superhero universe in this series! I gave this 5 stars despite some problems I have with it, because I’ve decided to lower my standards a little. πŸ˜—βœŒπŸ» // buddy read with the best 🌸

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
✨ Charms: Read a book with a white cover

Should you read it? Maybe? I didn’t fall in love with it, but I see how others could—and they have. I mean, this has a 4.44 average rating on Goodreads! I think it’s the only book I’ve ever read set in Alaska, and I like that it shed light on the privilege that people who live in cities have. However, I stopped being invested in the main couple after they got together, which is a bummer, since they were the only part of the book I genuinely cared about. I also wasn’t a fan of the fact that the love interest constantly poked fun at the main character for dressing nice and wearing make-up. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!!

The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco
✨ History of Magic: Read a book that has witches/wizards

Should you read it? Yes, this was definitely an improvement from The Bone Witch! Objectively, everything about this book is decent. I just have some personal issues with the worldbuilding. I also could not care less about one of the major characters. (Fox can choke.)

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
✨ Divination: Assign numbers to your TBR and use a random number generator to pick your book

Should you read it? If you like in-depth, impressive and/or creative worldbuilding, probably not. But this had great characters and a thrilling plot! You probably won’t regret it if you give it a try!

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
🏠 A book with a house on the cover & A book set somewhere you want to visit

Should you read it? Definitely! It was very atmospheric (perfect for the wintertime), and steeped in Russian folklore and history. Vasya is also a prime example of a strong female protagonist.

The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews

The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews
🏠 A book that will make you smile

Should you read it? Yes, for 1) the #ownvoices autism rep, 2) the complex sibling relationship, and 3) the story of a broken boy finding family and safety. But be warned that you’ll probably cry if, unlike me, you have a soul. πŸ’–

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
✨ Ancient Runes: Heart on the cover or in the title

Should you read it? I want to say yes, because the messages of this book are SO powerful… but I liked pretty much nothing else. The writing was a slog to get through, and I felt like the romance was unnecessary and unrealistic, considering what the main character had gone through.

But, technically, this book made me cry? I didn’t cry because of anything that happened in it, but because I accidentally remember bad memories similarly to how the protagonist does. So whenever she remembered bad things I remembered bad things too. This might actually be the first book I ever cried in, haha.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Should you read it? I won’t deny that this book is thick AF, but I think it’s worth reading anyway (just don’t read it if you don’t like long books). The worldbuilding is extensive but surprisingly easy to grasp. This is also a female-centric fantasy featuring a sapphic romance, which is a breath of fresh air, because the fantasy genre is famous for being saturated with straight white males.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Should you read it? Yes! It was kinda slow and for a book about a dangerous horse race, it lacks a sense of urgency. But because of that, you really get to know and care for the characters. It’s also very atmospheric!

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
✨ Astronomy: Read majority of this book when it’s dark outside

Should you read it? I really don’t know how to sort out my feelings for this book!! There were things I liked, things I found weird, and things I didn’t like. If you’ve read this, please check out my Goodreads review so that we can discuss, hehe. But to answer the question of whether you should read it, I think: yes. I’d consider this a filler book, but it had good things going for it, and the ending is a great set-up for the finale. // buddy read with a legend 🌿

Good news: April saw a spike in my stats!! I don’t know what I did right, but I’m super grateful for the improved engagement. I also posted the long overdue Caitlin Reads Part 2, and I did not expect so many people to say good things about the series. I can’t express how happy I am that you guys like my “reading vlog in blog format” experiments! πŸ₯Ί

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Bad news: I will never be good at consistently replying to comments and blog hopping. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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And that’s it for this wrap-up!! Hopefully, I’ll be more active on the blogosphere in May (you know, post more than four times in one month), but no promises because I just started watching The Untamed, and I’m fully planning to get obsessed with mdzs.

Do you also feel like existence is a social construct right now? HOw was the month of April for you? Have you read any of the books I read last month? what was your favorite book you read in April? What have you been doing while social distancing?

58 thoughts on “April Wrap-up // Existence Is a Social Construct + Unsurprisingly Failing at My TBR

  1. I kind of feel you on the months going by fast. I’ve been at home for 53 days at this point, and every bloody day is the same – or very similar – so it feels like time has lost its meaning? It’s so weird. I constantly forget what day it is, and nearly forgot to submit my uni work because I didn’t know the date. πŸ˜… Oh yay, I’m glad you’re working on a book, also, I’m very intrigued by the “creating a whole new world and lore” part. πŸ‘€ I hope you’ll talk about it more later on. πŸ˜€

    Yeah, I agree with you about The Well of Ascension. I liked it a lot, I rated it four stars too, but it definitely suffered from the middle book syndrome. I read your Goodreads review and yes, the romance is so, so SO forced. 😭 It’s funny, because I like both characters, but they make zero sense as a couple. If I remember correctly I started to like the romance more in the third book? My memory is absolute shit, though, so really, WHO KNOWS. And yes!! The lack of female characters is annoying, I do hope his other books have more, cause otherwise, I don’t get the praise. (Oh wait, I do, white male authors get praised for the bare minimum. 🀐) I’m so curious what you’ll think of the final book, it BROKE ME, I cried and I’m heartless, I do not cry on books.

    I hope you’ll have a great June! πŸ™‚

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    1. Ugh, I would be dead if I had homework ight now! (I will be when school starts 😭) I’ve literally given up on knowing what day it is because it’s all the same!! And yeah, I keep thinking about my characters ahhh I love them so much ❀ ❀ But also, trying to straighten out the worldbuilding is such a pain in the ass it's frustrating me so much 😫😫 Hopefully, I'll be confident enough to share more of it, but I probably only will if I get to the drafting process :))

      Ahh, I'm so happy that you read my gr review! I really needed someone to discuss with, haha! I have no idea why I liked Ascension even though it definitely suffered from middle book syndrome. And yes!! I like Vin and Elend as individuals, but I find their romance so, so hard to believe. It's pretty much just a plot device to give Vin a reason to want to protect Elend and his kingdom at all costs. Ahhh, hopefully it does get better in The Hero of Ages, though I kinda know how it ends 😬😬 hopefully that doesn't lessen the emotional impact. Omg, yes!!! Straight cis white male authors will always get praise for doing the bare minimum. You said it πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» literally i do not know what's admirable about having literally *two* living female characters while everyone else is a guy…

      thank you so much! I hope you have a great May ❀

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  2. I feel like the time is just flying by too!! I feel like I wake up at 10 and then bam it’s 6pm and than it’s already midnight πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ but it looks like u got some reading done!! I’ve been wanting to read The boys who steal houses and A thousand perfect notes for what feels like forever!! Glad u loved it! Great wrap up πŸ’›

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    1. You literally just described my quarantine routine!!! I wake up, and then before I know it, it’s time to go to bed 😫😫 Yes, I’m quite happy that I managed to read 12—that’s honestly a lot for me, haha. I hope you can get to TBWSH soon—it’s a book that I think everyone should read. I’m super excited to get to A Thousand Perfect Notes too! Thank you ❀

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    1. Thank you so much, Jordann! Yeah, I’m honestly quite proud of myself. :”) 12 is a lot for me, and I have no idea how some people manage 20+. And yes! The Priory of the Orange Tree and The Well of Ascension were such huge tomes—I’m so happy that I was able to finish them in one month. I’m glad you enjoyed Priory, and I’m excited to continue on with the Winternight trilogy!

      Hope you have a wonderful May too ❀


  3. your routine and mine are pretty much the same, lol. i’ve been spending so much time on my phone, my screen time is probably laughing at me. i blame tiktok – this deadly app has been keeping me scrolling for literally hours that pass in the blink of an eye.

    i’m very happy to hear you’ll be starting a WIP! i was going to dedicate myself more for mine during this quarantine period, but obviously it hasn’t happened. i am still excited about the idea, though, so that’s great, because i feel like getting the motivation back is the trickiest part.

    caitlin, a werewolf boy is SOOOO SAD. it’s been years since i watched it, but i still have memories of the heartbreak that i was left in. the fact he doesn’t say a single word the whole movie until *those* words by the end. it breaks my heart just thinking about it. the acting was also amazing; the guy who plays the werewolf boy in this case did such a great job.

    we also read the same amount of books this month. twinning much? but really, 12 books is a great number, even if you were aiming higher, especially if you decided to take a break for the best.

    i also read chamber of secrets this month (ok this is getting weird are we the same person??πŸ‘€) and i agree that the first two books are so dry when it comes to the characters. i’ve always felt disconnected to our mains until the series progress and we start seeing more layers of them.

    wishing you the best for the month of may! πŸ’ž

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    1. I’ve been spending so much time either sitting down or lying down πŸ˜‚ the barely 30 minutes of exercise I force myself to do everyday probably doesn’t help. if it weren’t for the fact that I’m brainstorming a WIP, which for me requires a lot of thinking time with no distractions, I would probably be spending all my time staring at either my phone or laptop screen too! (omg tiktok! sorry, not gonna get tempted by the dark side…) Good luck with your WIP (whether you spend more time on it in quarantine or not)! ❀ If you work on it more, I'd be very happy to learn more about it πŸ‘€

      Ahhh, you've watched A Werewolf Boy too!!! I'm so happy there's someone I can talk about it with!! yeah, the tears started rolling when they reunited… And when he talked, I was literally so proud of him he loves his master so much πŸ₯Ί when the MC left in the car at the end, I could not comprehend *why* she did that omg. she could've at least said goodbye!! and when he made the snowman for her in the end credits :(((( he really deserved better, ahhhhh. I love Song Joong Ki oh my god! part of the reason why I watched A Werewolf Boy is because he's in it. He really is such a good actor—he's pretty legendary in Korea (and overseas, haha)

      12 book is amazing, I'm proud of us! I'm not even that bummed about the fact that I didn't reach 20—if I did it probably would've had the worst slump ever afterwards. haha, I'm glad that our reading this month had so many similarities πŸ˜‚ and that you agree with me about the characters, because I feel like most people would just crucify me for saying something bad about HP! even though I read the whole series as a child, I don't remember anything about the books, so it makes me very happy that the leads improve in the later books! i really want to pick up Prisoner of Azkaban soon, because it's regarded by many as the best in the series. I'm pretty sure that I'll enjoy it more than I did the first two books, but Chamber of Secrets took me so long to finish that I'm taking an extended break from my HP reread for now, lol

      thank you so much, Lais! hope you have a great May too ❀

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      1. Hahaha, thank you, Caitlin! The way that I work on my WIP is by writing 3,000 words in one day and then not touching it at all for the next week. It’s nothing major, really. It’s about boybands and roadtrips and it’s probably cringey, but at least I’m having fun with it, hahah.
        (And don’t be tempted by TikTok, honestly, it will suck your existence!)
        The snowmaaaaaan, I had totally forgotten about that, oh my Gooood. It was such a meaningful but small thing.
        Totally! That was the first thing I watched with Song Joong Ki and he really is amazing. I’ve also watched Descendants of the Sun, but I sadly didn’t love that drama as much as everyone else. Still, I think he’s a fantastic actor!
        Hahah, I get that! I will be looking forward to hear your thoughts on the 3rd one!

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      2. no, it sounds amazing! & I’m really happy that you’re having fun with it! that’s what really matters, imo. at least you’re actually writing words too :(( my wip is very high fantasy lmao, so i have many things to i need to figure out before i can actually drafting, ugh
        i know, that’s why i’m never gonna download it! i procrastinate enough without having to add TikTok to the mix πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ
        Yes, I’m so sad that he and Song Hye Kyo have been kinda absent since they announced their divorce. I never finished DOTS lmao. I honestly don’t know anyone who absolutely loves it πŸ€” Most people I know think it’s overhyped…

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  4. April definitely went by super fast and yes everyone has been saying that πŸ˜‚ I guess for me personally March felt very long because it started with two weeks of focused work towards two events and then everything just fell apart with self isolation and quarantine etc? Whereas April was very much a similar routine each day, which has been refreshing and quite the learning experience. Ahh I love the scorpio races and desperately need to reread, and yay Graceling! That’s super cool about your WIP and wishing you the best for May and your long summer break!

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    1. Ah, I get that! If I hadn’t spent the first week of March recovering from appendicitis in the hospital, I probably would’ve felt the same way! Yeah, I may complain about how time is passing by so fast, but I like the fact that I have so much free time and don’t have to worry about school right now. I’m so happy that you enjoyed The Scorpio Races and Graceling—hope you can reread TSR soon ❀ Thank you ❀ (though right now my WIP is killing me… lmao i haven't even started the drafting process yet)

      hope you have a great May!

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  5. I have the opposite issue. Time is going by so slowly for me, and it’s awful. That being said, I definitely understand your reading burnout. I had the same issue throughout the entire month. I’m reading Girls of Paper and Fire right now, which I hope gets me back into reading. Hope you have a great rest of the summer!!

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    1. Ok, I’m honestly jealous of you? It’s summer break for me right now, and I wanna make it last forever… but instead the days are going by so fast. :(( Ah, reading burnouts aren’t fun! I really like GOPAF and its themes—I hope that it can get you out of your slump. (I’m actually still kinda burnt out on reading right now. After forcing myself to read for the majority of April, my mind just needs a break from reading, lmao)

      Thank you so much! I hope you have a great May ❀


  6. time is a foreign concept i don’t know here. also this is weird but CONGRATS on crying over a show!! that is a strange accomplishment but still, an accomplishment. and i LOVE your caitlin reads series and i hope you continue with it!! i tried to read the Scorpio races twice but i can just never get into it? I’m soooo glad you loved the boy who steals houses! i really enjoyed it too. and the priory of the orange tree looks so intimidating but i still want to read it. i liked vicious but I’m still conflicted on whether to read the sequel – i see so many differing opinions on it

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    1. oh, same. one day might as well last 30 minutes, at least for me πŸ™ƒ ah, I know it’s a weird thing to be happy about!! but I used to feel left out because no book, movie, tv show, etc. had ever made me cry, lmao. I can’t tell you how happy I am that you like caitlin reads. i was very unsure about how it’d be received, but because it seems that some people like it, I’ll definitely continue πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί I think that you should try the audiobook for The Scorpio Races! The narrators are really good, and I didn’t notice the slow pace much when I listened to it! I’m so glad that I finally read TBWSH this month, because it’s been on my priority TBR for like, forever. Priory is very long, but I think it’s worth the read anyway! I’ve heard conflicting opinions about Vengeful too, but I personally think that it holds up. the popular opinion is that Vicious is the better book, and I agree with that, but Vengeful was a pretty good book too. i don’t think it’ll hurt to give it a try!


      1. i actually tried the physical version AND the audiobook for the Scorpio races and it just didn’t work out for me? i just got like an hour in and felt so disconnected from the book that i didn’t feel the need to continue :((

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      2. oh, i totally get why it was like that for you. i find that maggie stiefvater’s stories have a different ~vibe~/structure from most other YA novels? your experience with The Scorpio Races was exactly like mine with The Dream Thieves, which is why i never finished trc lmao

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  7. ahhh that’s so awesome about planning a WIP!!! you would think that i would have more time to work on my own writing projects, but i honestly just keep procrastinating writing haha.

    the new format for your books read is really cool, and i’m happy you enjoyed more books this month. πŸ˜€ The Scorpio Races and The Boy Who Steals Houses have been on my tbr for so long, so it’s great to see that you liked them both! and aww, you totally deserve all the engagement and stats! πŸ₯° i hope you have a beautiful May, Caitlin!! ❀ ❀

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    1. ah, thank you, Ash! I’m kinda stuck right now though :/ worldbuilding is hARD. But I hope that you can find the motivation to work on your own writing projects soon! I don’t think it’s bad if you want to do other stuff in the meantime though ❀

      thank you ❀ I'm so glad that you like the new format! i'll probably be implementing it in all of my wrap-ups from now on! Both The Scorpio Races and The Boy Who Steals Houses had been on my TBR for forever too, and I'm very glad that I finally picked them up last month! I hope you enjoy them! have a beautiful May, Ash ❀ you're so kind πŸ₯Ί

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  8. Time is honestly so weird, it felt like April was both long and short if that makes sense. I also very much relate to your sleeping schedule, I’m usually sleeping in when my family has been up for a few hours at most πŸ˜… And with the days blending into each other, it just hit me that I’ve turned in my thesis almost two months ago … how??

    Oh, I’m so excited to hear that you’ve been planning on a WIP! I’d love to hear more about it when you’re ready to share πŸ₯° I’m also so happy that things with school are working out so well! Us both loving Vengeful was honestly the best reading moment of April πŸ’—

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    1. Omg, same! nothing get beat the shame of having to be woken up at 11AM πŸ˜—βœŒπŸ» Ah, I know!!! I can’t believe that it’s been two months since I had school. two. months. what the fuck?? (also, congrats on turning in your thesis!! that’s such a huge accomplishment, and I’m so proud of you <3)

      Haha…. my wip is currently killing me. But I'll hopefully be able to share more about it in the future, provided i don't kill myself trying to figure it out…

      I'm so happy that my school extended summer break omg!! it means that the school year will be extended too but whatever :(( YES!!! buddy reading with you gives me the biggest dose of serotonin πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί

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  9. I’m currently reading Vengeful and although I am enjoying it so far, it’s taking me a little getting used to the alternating times again, even though it wasn’t that long ago when I read Vicious. And I want to read The Scorpio Races so badly! I’ve already decided that it’ll be the first book I check out when the libraries finally open again πŸ™‚

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    1. I had problem getting into Vengeful too! though in my case, it was V.E. Schwab’s writing style. Nevertheless, I got used to it eventually, and I think its climax is super strong. I hope you enjoy The Scorpio Races!! Ah, I hope the world gets a little less messy soon, so that libraries can start reopening again πŸ₯Ί


  10. Claps for finding your first five star of the year! We don’t need to dwell on how it came about, as long as joy was had, haha. You know, I’m kinda settling into lockdown, too? I won’t say I’m loving it, it’s no a great state to be in, but I’m also not panicked and begging to be let out either. I guess it’s just introvert things?

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    1. Thank you!! I’m so happy that I finally found a 5-star read 😭😭 who cares that i had to lower my standards—what matters is that I found one ❀ ❀ I'm glad that you're getting used to lockdown! Ugh, it's a little hard to cope with it sometimes, but being an introvert is such a great help

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      1. haha exactly!! Cherish that five star. Give it a center space on your bookshelf! let its positive vibes flow out and soon enough you’ll be basking in more 5-stars. πŸ’• I definitely think it’s the rise of the introverts right now. not that everything is 100% everyday, but I know extroverts are having, in general, a harder time of it all. Hope you’re having a great May

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      2. I really hope so! I’ve almost given up hope for that second 5-star πŸ₯Ί Yes, I know. I’m honestly so lucky to be an introvert. I can’t imagine how much harder it would be to be an extrovert right now. Thank you so much, Sha! Hope you’re having a great May too ❀


  11. I’m totally guilty of saying March went by so slowly and April passed in a blink of an eye! Though I felt accomplished in April and felt like I did a lot, so I’m not complaining! XD 12 books is still a great accomplishment! Don’t be so hard on yourself! And May is another chance to try. I’m amazed at how you can listen to audiobooks at 2x speed.
    Wishing you a lovely May ❀

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    1. Lol, no worries! I get why people were saying that because March was a Month. Ah, I’m so happy that April was a productive month for you!! can’t relate though, lmao πŸ˜—βœŒπŸ» Yeah, I’m happy with 12 books! if I had read 20, I probably would’ve suffered a *huge* slump afterwards. But I think that May will be a slow reading month—right now I’m finding joy in things that aren’t reading, lmao. I kinda set myself up for failure by setting my audiobook speed to 2x speed, but I guess I’m used to it because I watch most YouTube videos on 2x speed (YouTubers talk slow okay). I just try my best to listen on 2x speed while doing a mindless task or nothing at all. Thank you so much, Marta! Hope you have a lovely May as well ❀

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      1. Any progress is still progress, and any productivity is good! Don’t be so harsh on yourself, really. It’s totally fine is May is slower, too. What have you been up to? πŸ˜€

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      2. Ah, you’re so right, Marta! ❀❀ right now i’m “”planning”” a wip, but this really just consists of me crying about my characters & not making any real progress :(( i’m also watching this c-drama called The Untamed, and it’s so good—I’ve even watched all the cast interviews and cracks videos lmao. and the untamed is adapted from a Chinese m/m novel, and i’m currently reading that too (but not right now because i don’t want it to end πŸ˜‚)

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  12. The months are definitely going by super fast…like yesterday it was only January and this quarantine mess wasn’t happening. Sigh. At least we’re all safe and well πŸ™‚ But I feel you about not wanting to go out that much! I honestly don’t miss the outside world much either, but I do want to go visit my family!! We were supposed to have a fun family party and that’s been canceled 😭
    Ooh, enjoy your 5 months break!! That’s wonderful, and I hope you’re able to complete a good deal of your WIP in that time!
    12 books is still amazing, and I’m glad they were all pretty good!! I also love this new reading wrap-up format! I just finished telling a friend that Graceling is interesting and that I need to buy TBWSH lol, so I think this is a sign that I really need to get to them both. I saw the notification that you replied to the BR discussion for Ascension, and I will try and get back to you soon…hopefully…I just have so much to catch up on right now!! I’m sorry!
    I’m glad you enjoyed The Scorpio Races and Vengeful!! Both were pretty good, and now that you mention it, TSR really is pretty slow-paced for a book about a killer horse race…But I loved Puck and Sean, so I didn’t care lol
    The Bone Witch sounds super interesting, so I might pick it up. Glad to hear that the second book was better!
    Anyways, I’m glad April was pretty good for you, and I hope May is just as amazing πŸ–€βœ¨

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    1. I know!! January felt like it was a *week* ago—what is time??? haha, i feel like I’m exposing how much of an introvert I actually am by saying that I don’t miss the outside world at all, but it’s the truth I guess πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ oh no!! it’s so sad that your family party got canceled :(( that really sucks, and I hope the world changes soon so that you can spend more time with them. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be separated from family at this time… :((
      Rukky, help!! My WIP is killing me! Like, killing me. Okay, I’m being dramatic, but also, worldbuilding is HARD 😫😫 I really hope I don’t waste my entire summer break on my WIP :(( right now, I’m making virtually no progress and it’s so frustrating
      Yeah, I think 12 books is the most I’ve read in a month… ever, lmao. I’m so happy that you love the new format—I’ll definitely be implementing it in future wrap-ups :)) Ah, I hope you enjoy Graceling and TBWSH! Graceling is a bit generic, but it was published in 2008, lol. But TBWSH is so worth the read—the autism rep is *chef’s kiss*. Noooo, I’m sorry that I took so long to respond to you 😭 take all the time that you need to reply—or don’t reply at all if you don’t want to ❀ I hope that you can catch up on everything you're doing soon πŸ’ž
      I'm glad I loved The Scorpio Races and Vengeful too!! I had high hopes for both of them, and I'm very relieved that they didn't disappoint ❀ i really liked how the slow pacing allowed us to get to know Puck and Sean more!! and i love that Puck isn't your stereotypical bad-ass female protagonist who actually has the emotional range of a teaspoon and that Sean isn't the annoying bad boy love interest. they book really paints them out as real people!
      The Bone Witch is very beloved by most people! sadly, I don't think I'm going to finish the series, because the worldbuilding just isn't for me, but I hope you enjoy it more than I did! The Heart Forger really was a good sequel!
      Thank you so much!! I hope May is amazing for you too Rukky πŸ’—πŸ’—

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      1. Tell me about it. I’m happy and thankful that I’m safe and well, but I still do miss the freedom.
        Hahaha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Okay, I shouldn’t laugh but lol. Worldbuilding is the hardest, more so because it’s fantasy and it’s 2020. Standards are sky high, so it has to be perfect. A few months back, I started planning a fantasy book, and I was naming the cities and stuff, and I just burnt out and it’s now sitting and collecting dust like the rest of my attempted WIPs. So, take a breath. Calm down!! It won’t kill you. Do it in chunks, and if it helps, just do whatever comes to you at the moment, instead of doing it in order. Say, you have this awesome idea for how the city should look, but you don’t even have the country created, just write the city’s description, and what you’re inspired about at the moment. If you do it like that, you’ll hopefully have a collection of things that you can eventually put together that makes sense lol. Is there going to be magic in it? Perhaps we should move this to an email or something lol
        It’s no problem at all ❀❀ I’m glad you enjoyed it even if it was rather filler.
        Yess for Puck!! I loved how it was more calm, more normal in a way than other fantasy books. Haha, the emotional range of a teaspoon πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ It’s a good description of most YA female MCs
        Aww, that’s disappointing. But I might still give it a look anyway πŸ™‚
        Thank you!!!

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        ok take 2:
        ugh, i really feel you :(( standards are so high in 2020. and i’m super worried that if my book were hypothetically published, it won’t attract an audience simply based on its synopsis. the premise of my WIP is fairly generic, but that’s the point!! i really wanna deconstruct common fantasy tropes and have people of color as the MCs of a fantasy book, because lord knows that we’ve had enough of fantasy being filled with white male protagonists :/
        and OMG YES. like, with high fantasy, you’re creating a whole world from just your mind! where do you start?? ahhdikfhd that’s literally me!! like, i was literally naming cities, countries, and characters already, and that was such a clown move. the names will probably all change because i haven’t laid the foundation for the culture, languages, etc. yet 😭 & i’m currently trying to figure out the lore and how it relates to my magic system (hehe, there is magic), but when i’m forcing myself to think about the lore, my brain immediately wanders to things about the book that aren’t related to the lore. and if the lore doesn’t fit them, then all the thinking i did for them will be rendered useless. yet my brain just doesn’t understand that!! omg i’m so sorry for ranting. idk if i make sense πŸ˜‚ i just feel rly bad because i’ve been dedicating whole hours to thinking about my WIP, and it never really pays off
        i’m glad you enjoyed it too! i saw your rated it 4 stars on gr!
        yeah, i’m so tired of the badass female MC whose only personality traits are being badass and liking her love interest. hahaha!
        i feel like you have a high chance of loving The Bone Witch! a lot of people i know love it—i hope you will too ❀

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      3. Why do you keep making me laugh when I shouldn’t loll

        Girl, I don’t care how generic it sounds, every single blogger in this blog-o-sphere who knows you will 99.9% scream about your book. Me included. So don’t worry about that; you will definitely have an audience!! And the very fact that it’s breaking all these stereotypes is good enough reason for me to write a post right now on why we need to read your unwritten book πŸ˜‚πŸ’–

        I know!! The one that I created, I’m pretty sure it’s a mess, and it’s not deeply thought out or fleshed out completely. It also had some magic (element bending, like water bending and stuff) and I really did not think that part out. I just wrote it as a given lol
        There’s so much backstory and folklore and things that you have to create! Because even if it doesn’t come in the story, you still need it to make the world seem possible and real. I mean, you’re creating a whole new world and people and culture….that’s a tall order and I have so much respect for fantasy authors, those who become published and not.
        (I don’t think me saying any of the above is helping…)

        Lol, that’s what I did too. I named my MC, the cities, the country, the name of the element benders, and all that. I even had the class system down. The language wasn’t a big deal, because I was basing it on my parent’s language, but it was definitely not something to start off with.
        But now that you have it, you could still keep it! Just write down any inspiration; it won’t be useless because you can always change it to fit the lore whenever your mind finally settles down and lets you figure it out. You might even be able to create the lore from all the other things that you came up with. You’ll be working backwards, if you get what I mean? So let your mind wander, and then when you sit down to flesh out the magic system and your mind refuses and decides to create the lore (LOL) then you can write it, and tweak what you already have to fit the lore and vice versa. At least that’s how I would do it πŸ™‚
        It’s okay to rant!! Every writer needs someone to yell at about the frustrations that come with it (think of the acknowledgements page of any book lol). I think I understood what you mean πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

        Writing is a lot of energy, a lot of time, and I know you can do it!! If it helps, try the working backward method. I mean, I’d probably write the whole book before going back to officially write down the magic system or whatever it is. I’m a mess like that πŸ˜‚ But either way, I am right here for you to bounce ideas off, or just to scream about the frustrations. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

        Thank you πŸ–€βœ¨

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      4. AHHH, RUKKY, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! that makes me feel so much better πŸ₯Ί the blogosphere is so supportive that i have no problem believing that they’d support my book if it were published. (makes me worry about the outside world though… but, maybe if the book is good, word of mouth can make it sell?? idek why i’m thinking this far i haven’t even started drafting yet πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) the fact that i’m a blogger makes me a little bit more worried though. like, what if i get published and i’m still a blogger who reviews books?? idk, i just think that authors who are also book bloggers/booktubers are held to a higher standard. plus, it gets awkward if people you follow review your book and dislike it πŸ˜‚

        no, i totally get you!! i don’t know how fantasy authors do it! i mean, i know how. they work hard. but still!! it’s really hard πŸ₯Ί omg i love elemental magic systems though! if you ever continue with your novel, i will literally be your biggest cheerleader because the world needs a book by Rukky 😀

        that makes a lot of sense!! i always could work backwards! it’s just that my lore is deeply tied to my magic system and events i have planned for the book, and trying to create one that will do what i need it to has been such a pain in the ass 😀 ok, but you know what’s a bit funny about the name thing? so i originally planned for this character to be from a Europe-esque country, so i gave him a European-sounding name. but now that the plot has changed a little in my mind, it’d be more plausible for him to be Asian-coded. but!! i just love the name so much that i’m tempted to change his ethnicity & family history JUST so that i can keep the name πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ also, i feel like i’ve been putting too much pressure on myself to get the foundation of the book right before i start the first draft, and i think i should just stop trying to have a perfect first draft! first drafts are notoriously shitty, so i honestly should just stop putting so much effort into the planning process, because if i wanna make worldbuilding changes to the novel, i can always just change it when i have a draft πŸ˜‚ i don’t know, i’ve just been influenced by this one author who said that they have relatively clean first drafts (which is unheard of, like almost everyone hates their first draft) because they outline and plan heavily before actually writing. IDK WHY MY BRAIN CAN’T JUST UNDERSTAND THAT THAT ONE WRITER’S CASE IS A SPECIAL ONE!! the first draft is allowed to suck dammit; what matters is that it can be edited @ brain 😀
        thank you for indulging my rants πŸ˜­πŸ’– they really are so helpful! if i ever get published (lol why am i thinking so far ahead), you’ll definitely be in the acknowledgements πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί

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      5. I’m not sure if this will work….but we’ll give it a try. So, apparently, I can’t reply to your specific last comment….which is what this reply is replying to (lol). So, hopefully, it pushes it to the bottom so it makes sense? Ugh, why did I let my notifs pile up so much that I can’t find it in my update bar (or whatever it’s called) πŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

        Don’t worry about it, trust me, it will happen. People outside of us bloggers will find your book because this blog-o-sphere will make it happen. Can’t give you specifics, but I have a strong feeling that it will πŸ˜‚ Yeah, that’s something I’ve worried about too…if I ever get published, can I still continue book blogging without it being a little awkward? Because now I’m both an author, and a blogger, and usually there’s a kind of a fine line between the two….but then also Cait @ Paper Fury is an author and a blogger, and she’s doing amazing, so I think we don’t need to worry so much… (But yeah, it will be super painful and awkward if someone you follow/are friends with doesn’t like your book πŸ˜πŸ˜‚)

        Aww thank you!!!! Now I’m kind of determined to try and at least get to the drafting stage with it! That really just made me feel so much better. Thank you, you’re the best ❀✨😭

        Haha, I hope it’s gotten better by now? You’ll be able to do it, and hopefully, it will be a lot more cooperative soon. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’m dying πŸ˜‚ I’m really laughing so hard here πŸ˜‚ Well, you could always change his entire life story and history to keep the name….or you can find a more Asian one that you love? Lol, if you keep the European one, I’m forever going to die laughing at the fact that his whole existence was changed because you loved his name πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ idk why I find this so funny lolll.
        First drafts are always the worst, more so for fiction, so yeah, you probably are maybe putting a little too much pressure on yourself πŸ™‚ Yeah, and with a draft, it’s easier to see what the changes that you want to make will look like since you already have a point to start with. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ that really is one rare and very special author. Hey @Caitlin’s Brain, could you please, because I’m sure you care about her as much and even more than I do, please stop harassing her about this planning? You can always go back and nitpick everything she wrote later!
        Also, I took this writing course once, and they always said that you should just start writing, and leave editing for later. They said that you should put your brain in Artistic Mode, and write without editing anything, just write write write, even if you’re going off on side tangents, and then you can go back later in Editor Mode to fix it all up. I never understood how you could possibly turn off this Editor brain, and it looks like I’m not the only one who has that problem!…But it’s also kind of what you’re going to have to do. I think you should try writing short stories or something with random prompts so that you can like trick your brain into seeing that the first draft doesn’t need so much planning, that you can impulsively write and that it will turn out okay or even good. Idk, I’m just coming up with random ideas at the moment πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

        Aww, no problem at all!! It’s my daily (or well, I guess monthly since I’m so bad at keeping up with commentsπŸ€¦πŸ½β€β™€οΈ) dose of humor, and I love talking to you, and I really hope I’m helping!! ✨❀

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      6. Omg I totally get that!! Sometimes my notifications pile up, so I can’t reply to comments in the update bad anymore, & I have to resort to the β€œcomments” section in WordPress πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ But thank you for taking the time to reply to my comment anyway!! I love reading your replies to me so much, & they’re so helpful to me πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί

        Yes, Cait is one of the best author/bloggers out there! But I’m worried because I’m not the most easy to please reader, & if I’m a published author, it’s gonna be so questionable if I rant about a book πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­ especially if the author is someone I know or something

        πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–always gonna be here if you need someone to complain about writing with!! You can do this πŸ’•

        Ahhh, you’re the best!!! I’ve actually made a bit of progress with my lore, but the worldbuilding process is far from done πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ And I think I’ve figured out an organic way to make him keep his name, but his family history is still subject to change πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I’m so attached to his name thoughβ€”I don’t think I can ever change it πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

        Oooo, that’s some really good writing advice! I’ve heard of that before, but my editing brain is preventing me from doing it. I actually wrote some things yesterday that aren’t part of the planning processβ€”like, if I were to start drafting the book, these paragraphs would show up in the draft. They were just, like, ten paragraphs, yet I spent the whole-ass afternoon writing and perfecting them!!! And they’re still subject to change πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ but writing those paragraphs actually helped me figure out some worldbuilding things, so I’m wondering if I should just say F it & discover my world as I draft?? I think I’ll do that, but also, there are some thing that I *definitely* need to know before I can ever start writing the story & it’s gonna be a b*tch to figure those things out 😫😫

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      7. I always tell myself that I’ll get to them on the weekend, and then the weekend comes and half of them have been pushed away πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ And Idk, but I don’t think replies to comments that you made on other blogs show up in the Comments section of WP? So then I have to go and find the specific post to respond smh. I’m going to try and stop procrastinating from now on πŸ˜‚

        Aww, it’s not problem, I love talking to you!!

        Lol, I guess we’ll deal with it when we finally get there πŸ™‚
        Thank you!! I actually started writing yesterday. It’s another story entirely (I’m horrible at sticking to one thing πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ) and I actually really like this one. It’s kind of similar to a different idea had a couple of months ago, so I’m think about combining them together. It’ll be a historical fiction and I’m actually really excited! Though I haven’t done a lot of research and my characters sound horrible right now πŸ˜‚πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ

        Yasss!!! That’s great to hear! Keep going, keep that momentum! Lol, it’s a good kind of compromise. I’m still laughing about it though πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

        Haha, that’s a good start! And yes, maybe you should just say it and do some more writing. Though I get what you mean. I also have to figure out certain things, like some battles that happened IRL that I need to incorporate into the story and stuff, but I’m lazy and just don’t want to. Especially since there isn’t much about the details either so it’s going to be annoying to research. It’s also kind of why I picked that story in particular, bc there isn’t much known about it in a way, so I have a lot of creative freedom. I’m probably going to try and do some research today, but just watch me fail and abandon this story for another year πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ But don’t be like me!! Keep writing, and figuring things out! We can do this!! πŸ™Œ

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      8. sorry i’m replying to you kinda late, rukky!! you’re right: this message was in my spam, haha πŸ˜…

        yeah, comment replies don’t show up in the comments section of WP! so unfortunately i never get to reply to the replies to my comments, or like them if i leave them hanging for too long lol

        you’re writing historical fiction?? i could nEVER. the amount of research i’d have to do 😭😭 that sounds amazing though!! i’m always impressed by authors who can combine two ideas, because i’m actually not the type of writer who has a lot of story ideas. like i get story ideas when i think about what i want to read, or remembering this one thing i liked seeing in another piece of media but think i could do better πŸ˜‚ we can do this, Rukky!!! really hope you don’t give up on your WIP so that i can read an early draft of it HAHAHA i always get jealous of people who are so close that they let each other read their manuscripts πŸ₯Ί i’m not gonna lie: your wip does sound like it’ll be hard to write, but every wip is. i really hope we can both keep going ❀ ❀ ❀

        (right now i haven't had time to right because i have to keep up with blogging and reading, but i'm hoping to get back to writing in a few days!!)

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      9. Aww it’s okay! At least it wasn’t totally lost πŸ™‚

        WP needs to do something about that I think. I don’t even really like the Comments section because it doesn’t neatly show you the comments you’ve replied to or that have been missing. It just shows you a list of comments, including yours, in the order that they were posted and it gives me a headache just thinking about it 😩

        Well, the first idea was a historical fantasy, so I’m kind of like just taking the characters that I had for that, and setting them into the real historical world. And then tweaking the story line for it. And lol, since I posted my previous comment, I haven’t done any research or written anymore πŸ˜‚πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ
        Yeah, it’s actually not that easy to come up with good story ideas that haven’t been already done a few 1000 times. I come up with ideas all the time, and half of them I’m tired of within a day, so it’s not really a good thing to have an endless supply. It’s also the reason why I don’t ever really stick to my WIPs, bc I’ll get another idea that I think sounds more amazing and I’ll shift off to work on that, and then two days later, I’ve forgotten about it and moved to something else….it’s a horrible thing smh
        aww, this is the first time that I’ve really told anyone outside my family about my WIPs, and it’s actually probably going to be motivating knowing that you’re already excited to read it ❀ I’ll try! (tho your eyes will probably hurt after reading the first two sentences πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) And I hope you get yours to finish too!

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      10. i know right!! i wish they would just make the notification bar neverending 😫😫 it’s so hard to have so scroll through my own comments in order to get to the ones i haven’t replied to yet

        omg, characters from a historical fantasy?? sounds amazing!! & don’t worry, i haven’t dedicated any time to writing for more than a week lmao πŸ˜‚ i’ve promised myself that once i draft a few posts & finish my current read, i will. but we’ll see if everything goes to plan.
        ah, that does sound rough :/ though it’s not easy to not have any ideas *at all* because you’ll get stuck on so many things while worldbuilding (like me)
        no, i’m sure they won’t!! i’m really excited to read your work (if you ever feel comfortable sharing it) ❀ ❀ i'll 100% share my early drafts with you, hehe. (only if they're presentable though. like, you should read some of the things i wrote for the draft. they were horrendous…)

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      11. Yeah. Petition time I guess! I don’t think it should be so hard for them to make it continue for forever. Or maybe not forever, but you know, maybe a couple 100 just for us lazy responders πŸ˜‚πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ

        Loll I keep telling myself that too. And not to jinx it, but nothing ever goes to plan πŸ˜‚

        They’re both horrible extremes to be at. It would be nice if we were just nicely in the middle 😩
        Aww, I’d love to share it with you! It’ll be fun to just cringe through the bad writing and improve together ❀ Loll I prefer dialogue, so I feel like I positively suck at expository writing or whatever it’s called. i either say too much, or I don’t say enough, and it ends up just weirdly disjointed. And my dialogue isn’t that legendary either, so it’s very “meh” at the end of it all.

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      12. yes!! 100 is more than enough 😫

        omg, i’m so sad now. i really wanna get back to writing, but i have a discussion post to draft (those always take a long time) & i’m reading a 1000-page web novel 😭😭

        i know right πŸ˜” not to be “not like other girls,” but i… think i approach writing in a different way than most people? like a character, a magic system, the plot, etc. can’t just be something that fits the book. like, they all have to be something that *I*, personally, would enjoy reading. because my goal when writing a book is to write something that would become my new fave book. i actually like that i’m writing something i would personally enjoy, but at the same time it’s hard when i can’t figure out what i would enjoy in a certain aspect of the magic system, for example. actually, my magic system is pretty much complete. there’s just one aspect of how it works that i can’t figure out, and everything i can come up with doesn’t seem like something i would like reading :””)

        yes, let’s just improve together! omg, i haven’t written dialogue in such a long time :(( I think i’ll only be able to write it once i have a good grasp of my characters. i feel like i know them pretty well now, but there are still some things about their backstories and personalities that i’m not sure about

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  13. Time is a construct and all the days have started blurring together in an unending thread of existence!! I swear I forgot what day of the week it was yesterday πŸ˜‚ Even though you didn’t meet your goal with your hella ambitious TBR you still read loads! I love the new format of should you read it, but I’m also super curious as to what your first 5 star read was πŸ‘€πŸ‘€ Don’t mind me going to stalk your Goodreads ✌

    Aah, I wish you the best of luck with your WIP! I hope you have a fantastic May, Caitlin! πŸ’•πŸ’•

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    1. “unending thread of existence” is the perfect way to describe my quarantine life lmao. i’ve completely given up on knowing what day of the week it is πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ Ah, yes, I’m honestly happy with 12 already! that’s way more than I usually read in a month! I’m so happy that you like the new format!!! I’ll definitely be implementing it in future wrap-ups :))) and my first 5-star read was Vengeful, haha πŸ’—

      lol i really need the luck right now because my wip is k i l l i n g me…. thank you so much for the sweet comment, Chana πŸ₯Ί I hope that you have a fantastic May too!


  14. The days really do feel like they’re passing by in a blink, and I totally understand your feeling of not being a real human. Glad to hear you’re enjoying your time off, though!

    12 books in April is still very impressive. And hooray for finding a five star read! I agree that Vicious was slightly better than Vengeful, though I still loved them both. I’m so glad you enjoyed Priory and The Scorpio Races too! πŸ˜€ Well done with the OWLs – are you planning on doing the NEWTs in August?

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    1. I guess quarantine life really do be like that πŸ˜”πŸ˜” But I have lots of free time, so I guess I have nothing to complain about, lmao!

      Yes, I’m proud of myself for reading 12! it’s still way more than my usual number! vicious is definitely the superior one, but Vengeful was an above average read too ❀ Thank you so much! Well done on yours too! I'll definitely be participating in August so that I can become a Spellmaker, though I think it'll be harder to complete my TBR because I'll have school by then ://


  15. 5 months of summer break??? i am SO JEALOUS omg 😭😭 i know i need my education for the future but us school system sucks and i would gladly take 5 months of no stress. happy for you!!

    i’m glad you took a break from reading since it was feeling like a chore! that’s always the best thing to do, especially to avoid a slump. but you still managed to read so much aahh!! i’m glad you loved priory and the bear and the nightingale — those are two adult books i’m scared to pick up but definitely need to

    i hope you have a great may! and have fun watching the untamed — i don’t know when i’m gonna start it but i know i will be obsessed 😎

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    1. I know, idk why the world decided to be kind to me for once!!! But 5 months of summer break does mean that my school year will be extended, haha, so it’s not totally happy πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ

      Yeah, taking a reading break was the best decision! if i had continued forcing myself to read, I probably would’ve fallen into the biggest slump ever. even though i didn’t read 20 books, 12 books is still a lot more than I normally read in a month πŸ₯Ί not to be that person, but you definitely need to! both are so enjoyable!! the bear and the nightingale actually wasn’t that intimidating–the worldbuilding was super easy to grasp, & because i had so much free time, i finished it in like, two days lmao

      I hope you have a great May too! the untamed is good so far πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί though I’m reading the novel while watching the drama, and I think that’s the best way to do it! the novel explains many confusing things about the drama, but since the novel has so many characters, the drama helps you differentiate them ❀


  16. I’m really happy you could take a break from reading, it’s always good to when it starts feeling like something you have to do, rather than something you really enjoy doing! yet you still read so, so much, that’s amazing! I’m so curious about the simple wild, I think I’ll have to check it out πŸ™‚
    also you’re so lucky to get so much time off class and everything. I wish i could have 5 months off work too hahaha. enjoy it and take care of yourself! ❀ ❀ ❀

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    1. Yes, I’m so happy that I didn’t force myself to read 20 books like I intended! I probably would’ve taken a month-long break from reading after, haha. ahh, thank you!! 12 books is still way more than I read in a month, so i’m proud of it πŸ₯Ί I think you have a high chance of enjoying the simple wild! it’s a very fun adult contemporary novel, and I see how people could enjoy it more than I did!
      ah, i really hope everything is going well with work, Marie! ❀ ❀ i hope it's not too draining ❀ i lucked out by getting an extended summer break, though that does mean that I'll have an extended school year too πŸ™ƒ

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  17. Eeek 5 months of summer holiday sounds like utter bliss (when I was in school in the UK our summer holiday is from end of July to like Sept we get 6 weeks of summer holiday…and yes I am still bitter about it even though I’m no longer in school haha).

    Ooooo the movie looks interesting πŸ‘€ I am a sucker for anything supernatural/paranormal so I’m intrigued by the movie and the fact it made you cry at the end hehe. Ah Wicked Fox, bless that book I finally finished it and whilst I will eventually read the sequel because I’m curious about where things will go. I also agree with you, I do think it would have worked better in first POV and the romance was erm…meh? I did enjoy the Korean Mythology though.

    I still have to read Priory but I just know I need to be in the right mindset to tackle it because it’s so thick xD To The Boys Who Steal Houses was such a good read, I adored it and whilst I’ve yet to cry reading Cait’s books, her writing manages to hit me hard in the feels which is harder to do I think then make me cry. (I’m just an emotional person at this point so I cry easy at books).

    I hope you have a wonderful May ❀

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    1. omg, i feel so sorry for you!! i cannot imagine summer break that’s less than three months 😭😭 you guys were robbed :((

      YES, please watch A Werewolf Boy! i thought that it’d be a cheesy paranormal movie, but it really wasn’t!! you will get so invested in the friendship between the MCs. and i’ve never cried because of a book, movie, or tv show before, so i think the fact that I did in A Werewolf Boy says something. lol “i finally finished it”. Me when i was finally done with Wicked Fox πŸ˜‚ i finished it fairly quickly, but only because i put the audiobook on 2x speed and paid attention just enough to have a faint grasp on what was going on πŸ˜‚
      i’m so glad that you agree! maybe i would’ve enjoyed the book more if it were written in first person, but probably nothing will change the fact that Jihoon and Miyoung’s romance was literally just romance for the sake of romance :/ i wish they’d just stayed friends, because their friendship was 10x better than their romance… i enjoyed the Korean mythology too, but sadly, not enough to have any interest in reading the sequel 😦

      yep, i think you have to be in the right mindset, because Priory is Long. i honestly think that breaking it up into parts and reading it over a long period of time can work! ah, i get that! cait’s writing really gets the feelings of the characters across (and it’s really similar to her blogging voice—or is that just me?)

      thank you so much for the sweet comment, Clo! hope you have a wonderful May ❀

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