April Wrap Up & May TBR (2019) // I survived Endgame and Battle of Winterfell!!!!!

MONTHLY wrap up

Hi guys! As the title suggests, the month has been an eventful one in terms of pop culture and entertainment. I’d say the same in terms of academics, except it has been a BUSY eventful month. But I survived, that’s something to be celebrated right??? :’)

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  1. LOVE AND OTHER CURSES by Michael Thomas Ford {e-ARC} // ✰✰✰✰.5
  2. ROMANOV by Nadine Brandes {e-ARC} // ✰✰
  3. THE COLD IS IN HER BONES by Peternelle van Arsdale {e-ARC} // ✰.5

I also have 3 other books I’m currently reading: ASSASSIN GAME by Kristy McKay, NOCTURNA by Maya Montayne and GOOD OMENS by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

At the end of March, I signed up for two readathons which were OWLs Readathon and Buzzfeed’s Unsolved readathon. Unfortunately, reading slumps and life has been kicking me repeatedly. For the OWL’s readathon, I chose to be a journalist and thus, I had 3 books I have to read. I managed to read 2 of them (Love & Other Curses and Romanov) and I’m currently reading the third one, which is Good Omens. I think I’d just say it’s an uncompleted exam, just like Harry did with his History of Magic exams in OotP 😅. As for the Unsolved readathon, I totally bombed it 😂 I only managed to read 3 and have other 3 on my tbr. Oh well.

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Due to months of failure and slumps, I think I’ll aim low and just try to finish all the 3 books I’m currently reading.

  1. NOCTURNA by Maya Montayne
  2. GOOD OMENS by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  3. ASSASSIN GAME by Kristy McKay

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Let’s get to the media first, I think Hollywood is trying to kill me this month??? I know the FINAL season of Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame will released this month. But then, they decided to drop the trailer for Star Wars Ep IX, Joker, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, all within the span of a week? I usually managed to limit my screen time to only 2-3 hours per day, but this month it’s like 4-5 hours because I keep refreshing and scrolling in case I miss anything…

Personally, I think the newest season of GoT has been really satisfying. Much better than the previous one. I’d say the Battle of Winterfell was a bit underwhelming- I mean, yes I did cried especially since some of my faves died, but I wish there were more deaths. The showrunners had really gone soft. I’m expecting more for the next episodes, but I’m also really happy with what we’ve gotten so far!

After 22 movies and 11 years of story, it’s not a wonder how highly anticipated Endgame was and how hardcore the campaign to keep the spoilers away. I mean, who wants to be spoiled on a movie they’ve been waiting for 11 year??? It’s not a trilogy that would be released once a year/2 years, it’s a culmination of 11 years of waiting! It was definitely an experience for me, I watched it twice and felt for the movie both times. I won’t get into details here because a) I’ll write more on Screen Rambles, b) I still have too many feels to write rationally and c) Some of you probably haven’t watched it yet and I want you to experience it without any of my bias! All I can say it, despite the plot holes it created, it has a really good storytelling and dynamics. At the end of this movie, we can see how the Avengers is more than a team and how their relationship with us, fans, is so much more than movies and entertainment.

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Me, after my second viewing of Endgame and Battle of Winterfell

Life-wise, I had my mid terms the first two weeks of the month! The important ones are virology, bacteriology, and parasitology- I dreaded virology more but others dreaded parasitology more. This is because virology is very genetics-deep while parasitology has a lot of life-cycles and weird, hard to pronounce, hard to write terms. All questions ended up totally catching us off guard, but I swear virology is the most panicked I’ve ever been for exam :’) That’s the first exams where I didn’t sleep and I usually prioritize sleep during exam weeks as it helps me to think clearer. So I was sleep deprived and didn’t really understand the material. The rest of the weeks have been really busy with tons of assignments and lab sessions. This is because in Indonesia, Eid is celebrated with 10 days national holiday which means the lecturers try to squeeze as much as they can into the syllabus before the holiday happens.

Then there’s also the presidential election. I’m going to get a bit political here so feel free to skip ahead. The race has been unusually heated and full of tension this year, with one side claiming victory before the official announcement, and insisting that they won despite 11 or 12 surveys saying they lost- because their internal survey said that they won :’) This is an issue because unlike in the USA, the voting is still done manually with paper and nails and thus, the result is also calculated manually. In case you don’t know, Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago and its population is one of the world’s largest. So yeah, it took a while to calculate- people (hundreds of them, I think) literally died during the recapitulation because they were overworked. None of the candidates fulfilled my expectations, but this is like flaming the heat and disrespect people’s work at the same time. The situation hasn’t calm down yet, so I really hope it will be over soon and whoever’s elected could bring our country for the better.

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How was March for you? Did you watch Endgame? Did you survive the Battle of Winterfell?

tasya

19 thoughts on “April Wrap Up & May TBR (2019) // I survived Endgame and Battle of Winterfell!!!!!

  1. I hope the rest of academic semester goes smoothly! Wishing lots of rest and energy ❤️

    It’s a bummer that Romanov didn’t work out for you. I’ve heard of it but wasn’t too keen on picking it up as well.

    I’m currently reading Fate of Dragons which is a fun read so far. Loving the whole dragon shifting thing.

    I haven’t heard of the Buzzfeed’s Unsolved readathon! Just from the name I’m imagining it as a readathon for creepy or crime fiction reads?

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    1. Thank you Cam! It’s a readathon for both! So basically it is based on a youtube series where there are 2 hosts, Ryan and Shane. Ryan believes in the unexplainable, while Shane did not. Each season, they alternate between true crime and ~supernatural~ stuff. So we choose our theme based on the host, and the prompts there are based on the titles of episodes within the season 😀

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  2. Oh my gosh. I thought I was the only one who felt the vibe of GoT changed since they ran out of source material. Like, way more people have managed to stay alive and I sometimes feel like the dialogue got a little more cliche. I still cried at the very end of Battle of Winterfell though. Since they haven’t killed off that many people yet, it makes me sooo nervous about the remaining episodes.

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    1. Yeah same! I’m sad to report I didn’t enjoy the rest of the season, it just keeps getting worse! No offense to the cast and crew, I love them and they delivered such performances with the materials they have. I just wish they have longer seasons/better writer to execute what’s left.

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  3. Uhh, I’m thinking about reading Good Omens, too! I’m very interested in it — especially since I saw the trailer for the TV show haha. I really love the hype around Game of Thrones right now! It’s so cool and interesting to see all those collective emotions. All the joy, the passion, the love, the pain. It’s fascinating!

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  4. I loved Endgame too, and felt like it was definitely a very satisfying ending to that phase of the MCU, even if it did make me cry buckets!
    And definitely, I felt like there weren’t as many deaths as there could have been in the Battle of Winterfell! Most of the main characters came out unscathed, which I felt was quite surprising. Overall though I’ve been loving the latest season, and I can’t wait to find out how it all turns out (and I’m expecting some major deaths somewhere along the line!).

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  5. Tasya, I’m wishing you luck on your midterm results. I’m sure everything will go just fine!
    I have never watched Game of Thrones before, but all of my friends are huge fans, so I’ve left out of the conversations since the last season started, lol. It really is a very hyped show, and I hope this ending meets all of your expectations. The same goes for Endgame: even I was hyped for it, and I’m not even a huge Marvel fan. I found it to be a very satisfying ending, and though not perfect, it was a moving closure to such a long franchise!
    Wishing you a lot of positive vibes for May! 💛

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  6. Looks like you’ve had quite a great month! Mine was pretty meh, though it started out promising. Here’s hoping May is better for both of us! Regarding Endgame and GoT- it sometimes feels like EVERYONE is excited about both of these but me, lol. Feeling quiiite left out xD

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