May Wrap-up // Lots of Relaxing but No Productivity… (Also, Let’s Show Our Support for Black People!!)

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I officially cannot imagine life without quarantine anymore. On one hand, lots of free time (yay!!), but on the other hand, I’ve sorta turned into an unproductive potato. I oversleep a lot and don’t manage my time well at all. 😞

I tried to dedicate May to planning my WIP (it’s high fantasy, so there are lots of things I have to figure out first before I can start drafting). I spent many afternoons doing nothing but think about my WIP, trying to figure out the worldbuilding, and while I did make some progress, I’m still far from done figuring out everything I need to know about my world and magic system.

My mind wanders off too often while I brainstorm. I think actually writing down my ideas instead of just thinking about them helps. I’ll definitely be using paper and pen more in June, but either way, laying out the groundwork of my world is gonna be a frustrating endeavor. Coming up with ideas, especially ideas that could actually work, is like pulling teeth, I swear. 😭

I started the Chinese drama The Untamed in May too!! Both the drama and Chinese novel it’s adapted from are gaining popularity in the book community, and like the bandwagon-er I am, I couldn’t be left out. I honestly think I should’ve read the book first before starting the drama, but oh well. πŸ˜‚ I’m currently on chapter 35 of the book and I’m close to finishing the drama, but I don’t know if I should finish the drama already or wait until I finish the book first…

Despite the fact that the show is a bit confusing, I really like it. And that’s 100% due to the fact that the main male leads have such good chemistry!!! In the book, their relationship is explicitly queer, but due to China’s censorship laws, their relationship in the drama is supposed to just be a friendship. Keyword: Supposed, because they did such a good job of conveying the two leads’ romantic love, despite not being able to show it upfront.

I’m so excited to re-watch the show after finishing the novel. Maybe even without English subtitles because I wanna improve my Mandarin!!

Also, watching The Untamed has turned me into Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo trash… (XZ and WYB are the main actors of the drama)

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they are so beautiful i will cry (from The Untamed)

Lastly, plot twist of the year: I have been working out! Yes, you read that right. I, Caitlin, the lazy potato, am willingly dedicating time each day to exercise. There’s this fitness YouTuber called Chloe Ting who’s been getting super famous during quarantine. She has free workout programs up on her site, and I’m currently on day 23 of her Slim Thigh Challenge.

At the beginning of the month, I was super motivated to exercise and take care of my body. Now, not so much, but I think what matters is that I stuck to and am sticking to the schedule. I’m the worst at sustaining good habits, so the fact that I’m gonna see this 25-day program through makes me happy. πŸ₯Ί I don’t think I’ll end up getting the results I was expecting, but that’s perfectly fine. Since I know my body needs it, I’ll be continuing to exercise once I’m done with slim thighs. I think I’m gonna do 2 Weeks Shred next!

My reading for the majority of May was nonexistent lmao. Like I said above, I tried to dedicate May to writing. I did come through in the last few days of the month though. I think I finished four books in under a week? This couldn’t have been possible without the help of audiobooks, though I don’t prefer audiobooks, since I don’t retain much when I listen to them.

I wasn’t exactly successful at reading books by Asian authors for Asian Heritage Month, but five out of eight isn’t bad, and I’m glad that I didn’t only read from East Asian authors! I’m definitely gonna read more books by Asian authors in the following months, whether it’s Asian Heritage Month or not.

Also, I’m trying out a new format for the reading section of my wrap-ups again! I won’t be answering the “Should you read it?” question anymore, but I’ll be giving more in-depth thoughts on the books I read. Not including my star ratings this month, because I don’t think they’ll be useful. We’ll see if star ratings make a comeback next month.

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Confessions by Kanae Minato– What does it say about me that this wasn’t as messed up as I thought it’d be? πŸ˜… I feel like the reviews calling this book horrifying, disgusting, etc. made my expectations for it a little too high. Additionally—I don’t know if I was just very eager to find out what actually happened—but having to read about the same events from a different perspective was tiring.

The Silence of Bones by June Hur– THE ATMOSPHERE IN THIS BOOK!! Reading it is akin to feeling like you’re underwater. This was a seamless debut—I can’t imagine how much research must’ve went into it (it’s set in Joseon Korea), and I wasn’t able to guess the real culprit at all.

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon– A romantic contemporary about a fat Desi athlete who’s perfectly happy in her body? Yes!!! Sadly, it wasn’t really for me… Cheesy (and I mean cheesy) instant attraction romances aren’t my jam, but I recognize that many fat and/or Desi readers have yet to see themselves in these stories.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare– I reread this just to refresh my memory of what happened in it, so I wasn’t actually forming thoughts on it while reading. Am not looking forward to making my way through the first half of TMI and TID though… but for The Dark Artifices I will persist. 😀 (Why did you have to wait so long to start City of Lost Souls that you forgot everything about the previous Shadowhunter books @ past Caitlin)

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The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar– I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed this!!! I read it in a day, which almost never happens! Even though the writing style was a little too simplistic for my taste, I loved the queer POC rep. And the main f/f romance was a little insta-lovey, but this time I could forgive it. My absolute favorite relationship in the book was the protagonist’s friendship with her sister though. πŸ₯Ί

Beartown by Fredrik Backman– An unflinching portrayal of how society mistreats rape victims. It was more hopeful than I was expecting it to be too.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal– I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads, which is a little generous. But, after putting this book down, I realized that if I had just taken off my Critical Reader Lensesβ„’ while reading it, I would’ve enjoyed it a lot more. I did not get the romance at all and the action scenes were a little poorly written, but I absolutely loved reading about the Arabian-inspired world!

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta– Not gonna rate or give my thoughts on this, because forcing myself to read it even though I wasn’t in the mood ruined my reading experience. :((

When will I post more than four times in a month??? I feel so guilty about my lack of posts, because I have so much time to write them!! The time management is just absent… Anyways, if I don’t post at least five times in June, you are required to cancel me.

As for my interaction in May, I think it was so-so. I was doing good at commenting on others’ posts in the beginning of the month, and then everything went downhill. But I’m used to playing catch up when it comes to blog hopping, haha. My comment replying is a mess too, but hey, at least I eventually reply to everyone? If you leave a comment on a blog post of mine, rest assured that I’ll reply to it eventually… emphasis on the eventually.

What I posted in May:

Wishing you all the happiest June! Remember, #BlackLivesMatter, #JunkTerrorBill, and all cops are bad.

How was the month of May for you? What was your favorite book that you read? Have you watched The Untamed? Have you read any of the books I did?

60 thoughts on “May Wrap-up // Lots of Relaxing but No Productivity… (Also, Let’s Show Our Support for Black People!!)

  1. I absolutely love the video and there’s so much good music / art in it! And I haven’t left the house in almost three months ghjkljk and I’m thriving. But also, I thought back on my schedule before isolation and literally can’t remember it?? I need to read Sandhya Menon’s YA contemporary books! I’m so sorry you didn’t like There’s Something About Sweetie but I still have high hopes for it πŸ‘€πŸ‘€ And The Henna Wars looks SO good!! I hope you’re having a great June, and if you don’t manage to post so much it’s totally okay!! I’ll still forever remain a loyal fan of your blog 😭

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    1. the video was so good! (Though I feel bad bc I forgot to turn off ad block the first time I watched it akskskksjjs.) omg yes, I prefer quarantine to my old lifestyle because I hate going out. πŸ˜‚ hope you enjoy The Henna Wars and Sandhya Menon! I think going into SM’s works knowing that they’re a little cheesy & juvenile helps.

      THANK YOU SO MUCH πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ’– hope you have a great June!!


  2. Good luck with your WIP, Caitlin! I’m sure you will work everything out in the end, even if it does take a bit of time. You read some interesting books and don’t worry, we couldn’t desert you if you fail to post at least 5 times in June. πŸ₯° There’s no pressure!

    May was an okay month, reading not great but I have just finished Clap When You Land and it was excellent. Great post!

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    1. Thank you! I still haven’t gone back to working on it since I’ve been dedicating time to blogging for the past few days, but hopefully I can work everything out. Ah, you’re so kind! ❀️ I know :(( I’m just a little disappointed in myself because I know I could be doing so much better πŸ˜…

      Oh, same. May wasn’t a very good reading month for me too, but I’m so happy you enjoyed Clap When You Land. I can’t wait to pick it up after I finally read With the Fire On High!

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  3. omg caitlin please tell us more about your wip, it’s so motivating to see other people talk about their writing and i also am so intrigued by what you’ve shared already!! (but i’m in the same spot as you — i like working on contemporary fantasies so i don’t have to do as much worldbuilding so i’m struggling with my Actual fantasy wip lmao 😭😭). also yes to chloe ting! i didn’t realize she was a super popular person until i’d already started haha, but i did her 2 week shred and it was good! i’m doing it again this month and then i’ll take a look at her other programs

    i am still so happy that you liked the henna wars!! i’m glad that me telling you to go in with lower expectations helped out πŸ₯° and also nooo about jellicoe road! your description really resonates with me though — i didn’t like that last 2 books i read and i don’t know whether it was because i forced myself to read them or not

    i hope you have a great june!! ❀

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    1. ah, i’m shy πŸ™ˆ maybe i’ll be able to share more about it in the future, but right now it’s still very much in the planning stages. i find it so motivating to see other people talk about their writing too though! i wish you all the luck with yours ❀ (part of me wants to write something that's set in the real world so that i don't have to do any worldbuildiing, but my heart belongs in high fantasy lmao.) i'm so glad that you liked 2 week shred, and i hope it's just as good the second time around! i just finished slim thighs today, & after a week i'm gonna start it. ❀

      i think the fact that you told me to lower my expectations is a big reason why i enjoyed it so much, so thank you πŸ˜­πŸ’– i'm sad about jellicoe road & i really shouldn't have forced it especially because it was a recommendation from may @ my 1st chapter 😦 there are many books i couldn't connect with because i wasn't in the mood to read them, & i think i'm gonna stop rating them in the interest of fairness haha

      thank you so much! hope you have a wonderful June!!


  4. Thank you for including all of those resources!! Fully agree with everything you said in your intro ❀
    Oh man, I know what you mean – the idea of life out of quarantine is starting to feel unfathomable to me πŸ˜₯ Congrats on getting into the habit of working out and taking care of yourself!!
    Ohhhh your description of The Silence of the Bones, that reading it feels like you’re underwater, has me so intrigued…
    Hope your June is wonderful, and good luck with both your writing and your reading!

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    1. Ah, it’s the very least I can do.
      I don’t think I’ve set foot outside the house in 3 months Margaret πŸ’€πŸ’€ and the last time i wore something that wasn’t pajamas was more than a month ago i really have fully assimilated into the quarantine lifestyle..
      thank you!! i think my guilt over not taking care of my body just won over lmao. and TSOB is really so atmospheric!
      hope you June is wonderful & filled with lots of writing progress & good books ❀


    1. i wouldn’t say that though :”) most of my reads were average, but i’m happy that i read some gems like The Henna Wars! ahh, i really wanna read Clap When You Land! i just need to finally finish With the Fire On High πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ


    1. whaa πŸ₯Ί thanks, Kay!! but no, i’m really not. i literally spend the entire day either sitting or lying down & then do 30 minutes of exercise to alleviate my guilt πŸ’€ thank you so much!! hope you have a great June too!


  5. I’ve seen so many people be excited about The Untamed over on Twitter and I’ve always wanted to watch it but the prospect of it always seems so daunting to me?! Also your WIP!! I would love to know more about it – and writing down definitely helps! With my WIP there’s so MANY plot points that I realised keeping all my ideas in my head was becoming so difficult! Good luck with plotting!! and i really want to try Chloe Ting out since EVERYONE is using her workouts and i’m here being a lazy potato oops. Beartown has been on my TBR forever!!! I hope you have a good June ❀ ❀

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    1. ahh, i don’t want to scare you, but the show is the slightest bit hard to get into 😭 though the main relationship is so good, and it doesn’t hurt to stare at the actors’ beautiful faces lmao… i hope i can share more about it in the future—probably when i’ve worked on it more though!
      thank you so much πŸ’– i hate that i tried to make keeping ideas in my head work. i’ve learned my lesson, and i’ll definitely be writing my ideas down this month.
      yes, try chloe ting!! some of her workouts will kill you, but you’ll feel so good after finishing them. maybe start with slim thighs? the workouts in it aren’t /that/ hard to do. i hope you enjoy Beartown!
      wishing you a wonderful June ❀

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  6. “I spent many afternoons doing nothing but think about my WIP, trying to figure out the worldbuilding” This has described my writing habits for my fantasy book for the entire year, I made a list in March and I’m yet to do a single thing on it so I really understand your struggle with this !! But best of luck, we can do this !!
    Also congrats on doing exercise, I always say I’m going to do it and never do !! Like an exercise video was on my suggests on YT and I literally have no idea how it got there!! haha !!
    I love reading your thoughts on what you have read this month !! The Silence of Bones sound so good and I’m glad it was so atmospheric !!
    I completely agree with your thoughts on WHTF, I really enjoyed my time with it but I know it is imperfect in a few ways. I love the bits with Altair the most I think !!
    I’m so glad you enjoyed The Henna Wars as I’m SO excited to read it !! I’m ready for the sister relationship !! and the f/f one too even if it is a bit insta-lovey !!
    I hope you have a great June !! πŸ’ž

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    1. ah, thank you, sophie! best of luck to you too ❀ omg, i'm so shocked that i was able to exercise too, since i'm the worst at sticking to a routine. but i think you should try one of chloe ting's programs on her website! i was more motivated to exercise each day because the schedule was already laid out for me. plus, i felt really guilty about sitting on my butt all day. trust me, if my lazy butt can work out everyday, you can too, haha
      Yes, the silence of bones is really good! ah, i'm glad that you enjoyed WHTF. it definitely has some things going for it, but there were lots of stuff i didn't love. i actually didn't like altair as much as i was expecting too. :(( I feel like he was just there to be sassy, and he didn't seem like a three-dimensional character lmao
      i hope you love to the henna wars! the close sister bond is so good, and i absolutely despise insta-love, so the fact that i was able to forgive it in this case should tell you something lmao
      i hope you have a great June too, Sophie!!!

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  7. Ooh good luck with your WIP. I get the struggle as I find planning majorly hard. I always put it off because I get a few ideas but trying to fit them altogether makes me panic πŸ˜… I did read that writing all your ideas on separate slips of paper so you can sort through them/shuffle the order/see what works together is helpful but I’ve yet to try it πŸ™ˆ
    I can’t wait to check out Silence Of The Bones – it sounds like it’s incredible!! And I love a mystery that keeps you guessing, especially one in such an interesting setting.

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    1. thank you! ahh, my problem is that i have trouble coming up with ideas. :(( i feel like lots of writing advice teach you how to refine ideas, but not many teach you how to come up with them in the first place. oh, i might try that method! thanks for sharing it!
      yes, the setting is definitely interesting and one of the strongest parts of the book. i really think the mystery aspect was so well-done & i hope you enjoy it!

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      1. Ah that’s a pain. I get times like that too. I don’t really know what to suggest. Maybe try writing something and see if the creativity inspires some ideas?
        Thank you πŸ’•

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  8. Ooh, I really want to try Chloe Ting’s 2 Week Shred challenge but I absolutely hate working out at home because there’s just no room and my parents get in the way πŸ™ƒ I’ve seen so many great reviews for The Henna Wars recently and it makes me even more excited to read it πŸ™‚

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    1. i really hope you enjoy The Henna Wars!! ah, i kinda get that. when i first started exercising i didn’t want anyone to know that i was, so i exercised in places where i was sure nobody would see me, & some of them were truly not ideal for working out lmao. i hope you can work a way to exercise ❀ though i haven't gotten *mindblowing* results, it's really fulfilling to dedicate time each day to being healthy


  9. Not being able to imagine life before quarantine– very relatable!! Things are starting to be less strict where I am, but I still can’t imagine things going back to how they were…like imagining the crowded hallways at my school?? I can’t believe that was ever a thing now. Ahh, Chloe Ting!! I did her 28 day challenge with my sister throughout April/May and now we’re starting the slim thighs one, we started yesterday haha!! I feel a sense of solidarity in knowing we are in this together.πŸ˜‚

    I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed The Henna Wars! I’ve heard a lot of good things about it and I’m looking forward to hopefully being able to read it soon. I love a good sister relationship, so yay for that being a part of the story!

    This was an amazing recap- good luck with writing, reading, blogging, and everything else this month! Sending you all the positive vibes and well wishes for a great JuneπŸ’—xx

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    1. Ah, I’m glad things are starting to be less strict for you! Omg, crowded hallways at school? that feels like such a thing of the past πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­ i haven’t set foot outside of the house for months, and i don’t know when/if i ever will :’) you were able to complete a 28 day challenge? fitness queen. πŸ₯Ί i just finished the slim thighs challenge today, and i feel so accomplished!! as expected, i didn’t get the results i was expecting, but i think i’m slightly more fit, and i’m excited to exercise more. i’m wishing you and your sister all the luck with the program!
      Yes, the MC’s sister is such a prominent part of the story, and it was so refreshing to read about a close sister relationship where they’re best friends. I hope you enjoy The Henna Wars!
      Thank you so much πŸ˜­πŸ’– you’re the sweetest! im sending you all the positive vibes too and I hope you have a wonderful June, Olivia ❀ ❀

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  10. Okay but I feel like I need to watch The Untamed now so thank you for setting my sights on it! Life not in quarantine is wEiRd for sure but idk I’m slowly getting used to it? Can relate about oversleeping for sure though.

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    1. yes please watch it, Cas!!! you are required to send me updates via dm if you do πŸ₯Ί i’m so sad, because i thought i had trained by body to wake up at 9, but today i woke up at 10 πŸ™ƒ
      haha, i’m so used to quarantine life already. on one hand, lots of relaxation, but on the other, i just sit on my butt using the phone/laptop all day..

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      1. I’ll add it to my (albeit growing) list of stuff to watch every evening which I’m slowly but surely getting through! And absolutely I will. Oof, I felt that for sure; I went to bed like 30min earlier than usual yesterday and I woke up 2h later so?? Oh yeah definitely, now that I have to go to school even though it’s unconventional hours I have a lot less free time 😦

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  11. hooooow did you stick with working out, please teach me, Caitlin!!! πŸ˜› Seriously, I’m a lazy potato too, and I know I should be moving way more than I do (which is … well, nothing at all). Sometimes I play JustDance and I have fun, and I’ve gone walking once, but I just lack the motivation to keep going (and I was scared looking at Chloe’s workouts).
    TID is better than TMI, so I hope it’s not a big sacrifice for you, but TDA is definitely worth it, believe me. It’s not that you reaaaally need to have read those before (TDA repeats the most important things), but … it helps, but you don’t have to remember every single detail (I don’t, my memory is awful xD).
    I have very similar thoughts on We Hunt The Flame – it had potential and I liked the idea of the world, but I couldn’t connect with most characters and the romance, sadly. We’ve talked about this, but yes the sister relationship in The Henna Wars was absolutely precious!!! ❀
    I hope you have a great June! πŸ˜€

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    1. believe me, you should be scared of Chloe Ting, especially her ab workouts πŸ’€ but after you complete them, you’ll feel so good about yourself. i think you should start with slim thighs challenge like me!! the workouts there aren’t that hard to accomplish. and normally, I wouldn’t be able to stick with a workout routine too!! i just became motivated, because the schedule was already laid out for me, and i feel really guilty about sitting on my butt all day, hehe
      i’m so happy to hear that! i know i don’t *have* to reread TMI and TID, but i just want the full experience, hehe. i read all of the TID books, but i don’t remember what i felt about them or what happened in them at all πŸ˜‚
      yes, the Zafira and Nasir were a little too angsty for my taste, and Kifah, Benyamin, and Altair were a bit underdeveloped. and i just could not understand how you can be attracted to someone who may have killed your best friend??
      hope you have a great June too, Marta!

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  12. Ooh Chloe Ting! Feel like everyone is doing her workouts at the moment! I actually did do a couple of her ab workouts and they were so good. I’ve also been loving Pamela Reif and combining Bailey Brown’s (I think that’s her name?) 5minute workouts.
    Good luck with your WIP – would love to hear more about it!
    I loved reading this post and I’m glad you had a pretty good reading month too!
    Hope you have an amazing JuneπŸ’—πŸ’—

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    1. Yeah, she’s getting famous because everyone wants to get fit during quarantine, and I’ve joined the bandwagon πŸ˜‚ ah, her ab workouts are killer, but i feel so good about myself after i complete them!! (sometimes i can’t completely follow through or have to do the low impact though.) i’ve never heard of those other fitness youtubers, but i’m so happy that you’re staying healthy during quarantine!
      Thank you so much!! You’re so sweet πŸ₯Ί hope you have an amazing June too πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  13. Okay first of all, teach me your ways. I exercise like maybe once a month wow. I’m terrible. I say this having gone for a run yesterday. I just,,, hate most forms of exercise, I get bored and give up. Ahh WHY AM I LIKE THIS?!?! I did a lot of walking when I was on uni campus but obvs not much anymore. I really need to join a gym or something.

    Anywayssss so that Silence of Bones cover = STUNNING!!! So pretty.

    Omg City of Bones. I had to do a double-take. Honestly… wouldn’t bother with that series. A few years ago I would have been the biggest fan but I don’t know if I’d ever reread TMI, I’m ofc way more into the other series!!

    “Critical Reader Lenses” OMG CAITLIN STOP (need to read whtf so I can know what the hype’s about shhh)

    (as well as try a sandhya menon book ashahgaf)

    I did a reread of a fave series which was fun. And I read an adult romance that lowkey became a fave of the year. But May’s… not been that great. Uni is KILLING ME

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    1. Don’t worry, I suck at exercising too :(( I was just able to do Chloe Ting because the schedule was all laid out for me, plus I felt super guilty for spending like, 90% of my days either sitting or lying down πŸ˜‚ If *I* can complete a Chloe Ting challenge, you can too! Yes, TSoB’s cover is so stunning, and the vibe it gives off is perfect for the book’s writing style.
      I’m excited to see what I think of TID now, because I know I read it, but I don’t remember how I felt about it at all lmao. I’m just reading TMI and TID for TDA I don’t really care whether I enjoy them or not πŸ˜…πŸ˜… I hope you enjoy We Hunt the Flame and Sandhya Menon’s books!!
      Ahhh, I’m sorry about uni :(( You can do it though! And I’m so happy you enjoyed your May reads ❀

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  14. I also didn’t read much this month? Yet it felt like I read a lot? *melts in confusion* πŸ˜‚ I sooo relate to the struggles of developing books, especially any kind of fantasy. It took me forever to plot and flesh out my historical fantasy, but I promise it’s worth it when you finally figure it out! 🀍🀍 Great job with your workouts, girl! That’s so great that you’ve had extra time to devote to exercise and taking care of your body. I hope you have a wonderful June!

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    1. Yes!! I read eight books which is on the higher end for me, but I did so only with the help of audiobooks, so I barely remember anything about what I read πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Omg, creating a new world out of scratch is *killing* me—there are so many things to figure out. But I’m glad that it’s worth it once you do—I hope I can do so eventually ❀
      Thank you so much! I hope you have a wonderful June as well πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί

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  15. I checked out Chloe Ting, and I’m SO INTIMIDATED by her challenges. πŸ˜… I’m not at all sporty (so it’s an encouragement that you are doing the slim thigh challenge despite that), but I didn’t want to just sit at home and do nothing so I’ve been walking at least 10.000 steps a day. WHICH I KNOW IS NOT A MASSIVE ACCOMPLISHMENT, but it kind of is for me, so I’m proud of myself. πŸ˜€ (It’s also prime time for podcast listening, which is a bonus.) I think I’m ready to do some exercises, though, so I’ll attempt something from Chloe Ting’s channel. Big congrats on doing the challenge!

    I’m glad you’ve made some progress on your WIP, and I hope you’ll have even more time/inclination to work on it in June! πŸ™‚ I’m really excited for Confessions! It looks great – though, yes, the same story being told from 1+ POVs sounds like it might be a problem. (And I’ll lower my expectations regarding it being messed up. πŸ˜…) Jellicoe Road is a complicated book. I really thought I’d love it, and I ended up being mostly confused while reading it. But everyone else loves it?? So I’m left thinking I’m too dumb to “get” it, which is annoying. πŸ˜… It’s one of those cases where I decided to stick to it because of the hype when I really should have DNFed it. 😦

    Hope you’ll have a wonderful June!! πŸ™‚

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    1. I totally get that! I’m not at all inclined to exercise, and I only started Chloe Ting, because I felt so guilty that I wasn’t taking good care of my body during quarantine. Some of her exercises are hard, but you’ll feel so accomplished after you complete them! & I recommend starting with slim thighs because the exercises there aren’t as intense ❀

      ahhh, thank you πŸ₯ΊπŸ’— so far, WIP progress is going slow, but at least it's going… I hope you enjoy Confessions! Now that I look back on it, it is pretty messed-up—I don’t know why I didn’t think that while I was reading it πŸ˜… I think I was too busy being annoyed about the same story told from a different POV thing, haha. Yeah, Jellicoe Road was an interesting one. I think listening to the audiobook ruined all of my chances of understanding the story fully, but I actually googled its plot after I finished it, which helped me see the full picture πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      Hope you have a wonderful June as well ❀


  16. I have been seeing so much buzz about The Untamed but I am scared to sell my soul to another obsessed right now. Aah, I feel like so many people have started working out recently! It scares me, but you guys are going to be the ones who are in shape enough to run once the 2020 zombies hit.

    Also, oversleeping and quarantining becoming normal is going to start being a problem soon. I’m just wondering how I’m going to be able to wake up at 6 am again once things start opening up and I need to start commuting again πŸ˜ͺ That’s so exciting that you’ve been making progress on your WIP!! I love hearing updates about it, and I’m cheering you on every step of the way β™₯β™₯ I hope your June has been going well!

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    1. Ah, I get that!! There are so many things I want to get obsessed over, but at the same time, do I really have the time to be obsessed with them? I’m not *super* obsessed with The Untamed though. Like, if we were to classify my obsessions, it’s not in S-tier. More like A-tier πŸ˜‚ omg, given how 2020 is going, i will not be surprised if there’s a zombie apocalypse. I definitely won’t be in shape for it though 😭 I exercise for like, 30 minutes, and then sit down for the rest of the day,,,

      Ah, same! when school starts, idk how i’m gonna be able to wake up at 6 again :(( the earliest i wake up is 9 LMAO. Thank you, Chana!! Worldbuilding might be the hardest thing I’ll ever do in my entire life, but hopefully I make lots of progress this month

      Hope your June is going well ❀


  17. ahh wishing you all the best of luck for your writing, caitlin, you can do this! it’s so inspiring to see you trying to write fantasy as well, i already struggle at writing simple contemporary, i admire you so much. YOU CAN DO THIS, I’m rooting for you! ❀
    I'm so happy you loved The Henna Wars, I'm really really REALLY excited to read it. And so curious about We Hunt The Flame, I've heard mixed things about this book, but I'm still curious about it and the writing style, too. I heard it's beautiful!
    Don't feel guilty about your lack of posts! You're doing AMAZING and what matters is quality and you always deliver incredible posts anyway πŸ˜€
    I hope June will be kind to you ❀

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    1. thank you so much! best of luck with your writing too πŸ₯ΊπŸ’—πŸ’— aghhh, writing fantasy is so hard. like, it might actually be the hardest thing i ever do in my entire life, but your kind words help so much!
      I hope you enjoy the Henna Wars and WHTF! WHTF isn’t perfect, but it’s writing is definitely beautiful ❀
      Ah, you're so kind πŸ˜­πŸ’ž thank you!! I hope you have a wonderful June!!

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  18. I too cannot imagine a life without quarantine anymore, it’s so weird 😱 I have a gap between starting my Master’s and it’s so weird to not have that much going on, on top of quarantine. I admire that you’re working out now, I have been wanting to try some home workouts as well but I’m a bit intimidated, to be honest.

    Also best of luck with your WIP!! I know how hard building a world can be, I’m already nervous about my next project as it’ll be a high fantasy as well and I need to come up with sooo many things too πŸ˜… I’ve been curious about watching The Untamed the more I see it mentioned, though I free that it’ll consume my life, as a good TV show tends to do πŸ˜‚

    I’m with you on There’s Something About Sweetie … I liked it but the instant love didn’t really vibe with me, I kind of expected more. I still have We Hunt the Flame on my TBR so I’m happy to hear that the world seems to be really interesting, I have the feeling that this could be a great Fantasy book to binge-read 😊

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    1. ah, caro, don’t be scared to try them! if i, a lazy potato, can do them, you definitely can too. trust me. & it’s definitely weird to never leave the house, but i’m grateful for the free time. i really hope you can use yours for rest and relaxation πŸ₯Ί

      thank you ❀ i really need the luck, haha. building a new world is soooo hard, & i'm wishing you all the luck with your writing ❀ ❀ The Untamed has kinda consumed my life, but I don't think it has completely consumed it. like, if i were to rank it, it’s an A-tier obsession, not an S-tier—if that makes sense? πŸ˜… so i think you should watch it anyway!

      ah, i’m glad someone agrees with me about TSAS. WHTF wasn’t bingeable for me, but i know you’d be able to binge it because you’re such a fast reader, haha!

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      1. I’ll definitely try to start with some easy workouts and some Yoga to get going 😊

        Thank you! We can both do it! πŸ₯° I’ll definitely put The Untamed on my Watchlist, as it definitely sounds good and binge-worthy πŸ˜„

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  19. Omg Caitlin, I too have succumbed to the potato lifestyle πŸ˜‚ I wake up at 8am everyday & STILL manage to need a nap by lunchtime. I honestly don’t know how I’m gonna survive the 6.30am wake-ups & 8hr days when my clinical placements resume in 2 weeks 😨 Omg I just looked up the synopsis for The Silence of Bones & DAMN! It sounds amazing 😱 It also gives me While You Were Sleeping (the only & therefore the best K-drama I’ve ever watched πŸ˜‚) vibes, only with the eerie & thriller factor dialled up 1000 times πŸ˜‚

    I hope June is treating you well so far! Good on you for doing Chloe Ting’s workouts – they look insane 😨

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    1. WHAT?! Ngoc, that is not the potato lifestyle😭 I’m out here waking up at 11am some days, while you wake up at 8? goals. but same. idk how i’m gonna be able to wake up at 6am every day for school again 😫 with classes being online, i expected them to start at a later date, but nope… still 7am. also, your clinical placements sound intense, & i’m wishing you all the luck with them ❀ ❀
      omg, i watched While You Were Sleeping! sadly, i was annoyed with some things, so i didn't finish it, but i kinda see the connection too. TSoB actually reads like a historical k-drama, and yes, WYWS's eerie thriller factor is definitely dialed up in it πŸ˜‚

      thank you, Ngoc!! i think it is! ahhh, some of her workouts absolutely kill me, & i can't do all of them perfectly. but i'm doing them anyways, because i feel so bad about how poorly i treat my body πŸ˜‚ some are pretty easy to do though ❀

      I hope you have a great June!!

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      1. HAHAHA well I spoke too soon because I woke up at 10am today (I think it’s been YEARS since I’ve done that) & I was so disorientated like…what year is it? Who am I? πŸ˜‚

        Hahaha I feel like K-dramas are a bit like that – it’s like I watched Descendants of the Sun which everyone & their mother seems to love, but I couldn’t stand it & had to give up after about 4 eps πŸ˜‚

        I might actually give one of her workouts a go today – I normally do boxing but since my gym is closed today, I might as well jump on the Chloe Ting hype train πŸ˜‚πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

        Wishing you a great June as well! πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

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      2. ah, you still have a better sleep schedule than most people i know though πŸ˜‚πŸ˜­

        yes, i loved kdramas, but some drag too much/get repetitive/etc. omg i didn’t finish dots too!! didn’t really get the hype as well :// i honestly don’t know anyone who actually likes dots LMAO

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