May Wrap Up & June TBR // Out of reading slump, in with all the assignments

MONTHLY wrap up

Can anyone believe that it’s already the end of May? That we already almost halfway through 2019???

As May is my final month of uni, things have been very hectic lately that I didn’t managed to post more often. I didn’t even remember what happened outside of uni for this wrap up post. But at least, I can 100% say that my reading slump is finally over!!! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

 

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  1. NOCTURNA by Maya Motayne {e-ARC} // DNF at 53%
  2. THE ASSASSIN GAME by Kristy McKay {e-ARC} // ✰✰✰✰
  3. THE STONEWALL RIOT by Gayle E. Pittman (e-ARC} // ✰.5
  4. IF I’M BEING HONEST by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegmund-Broka {e-ARC} // ✰✰✰✰.5
  5. THE WISE AND THE WICKED by Rebecca Podos {e-ARC} // ✰.5 (Review to come)
  6. KINGDOM OF THE BLAZING PHOENIX by Julie C. Dao // ✰✰✰✰.5
  7. ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LARA JEAN by Jenny Han // ✰✰✰✰.5 (Review to come)

I initially very sad as I don’t think I’ll be able to read any Asian books for YARC (which I am very behind) and APAHM, but a little holiday really does wonder for my reading mood! Maybe because I’m not stressed out anymore about uni or maybe I suddenly have too much free time, but I read the last two books each in one sitting ☆*:.。.o(≧▽≦)o.。.:*☆

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  1. THE LANGUAGE OF FIRE: JOAN OF ARC REIMAGINED by Stephanie Hemphill {e-ARC}
  2. CAPTIVATE by Carrie Jones
  3. RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
  4. THE POISON THREAD by Laura Purcell {e-ARC}
  5. THESE WITCHES DON’T BURN by Isabel Sterling

I don’t know how much I’ll be able to read in June; I have 2 weeks holiday, but then I will also have 2 weeks of finals right after. However, these are all the books I plan to read in June, besides trying to finish GOOD OMENS.

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I honestly can’t remember what happened in May to write in this section, except for the disappointment that was the last 3 episodes of GoT and riots in my country.

I already touched a bit about GoT in my Screen Rambles, but honestly, I am still so bitter. I appreciate all the crews work, they work tiredlessly in such harsh conditions, day and night. But the writing? God. They are good as plot points, but not as THE plot. All the buildup for many characters ARC are null and void at the end. None of the subplots are tied- what happened with Daario in Mereen and Jaqen H’ghar?

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Again, I love the crews. It’s obvious they love the show and their characters. But the writers very obviously wanted the series to be done with, either because they don’t know how to match the complexities of the previous seasons without any guide, or they want to move on to another project.

Either way, this is NOT you executed plot points.

As for the riots, you may or may not know that Indonesia is having its election this year. The election was for president, as well as the senates. Well, we have two candidates for this year election, and let’s just say one candidate was not happy when they were declared losing. He encouraged people to go down to the street and demonstrate, instead of following the procedure. While the first demonstration went peacefully, it quickly escalated and turned out into 2 days riot.

The capital city, Jakarta, was practically dead. Offices, universities, and schools were cancelled, mine included. Many people fled the city in fear, myself included. Initially, I plan to stay because this would be the second time in 2 years I fled the city in fear, and I’m so tired of feeling unsafe in my own area. My parents insisted though, so home I went. The party said that the riots were instigated by a third party that wanted to re-ignite the same situation prior to 1998 riot, but some signs actually point to them. And he actually left the country recently, with no return date in sight ╮( ̄_ ̄)╭

The riot also meant no whatsapp, facebook, and instagram for 2-3 days. I know it might sound trivial, but also not, because it took out people who’s working through online shop. So yeah, the economy was dead and I did get extra week of holiday, but at the cost of my growing unease and feeling unsafe here. Also, since we’re in the final week of uni, there were a lot of replacement class and assignments piling on top of each other.

I really, really want to write more about this, explaining the detail on the 1998 riot, how it affects us until today and how it connected to this election. I actually drafted the post already; in case anything happened to me, you know what happened to me and what happened in this country that no one bothers to read about because everyone is so focused on western news. But it deals with sensitive issue, mainly about race and religion, so I don’t know whether I’ll ever posted it. In the meantime, you can read this article and this one, which explains enough on what happened.

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How was your May?

tasya

 


24 thoughts on “May Wrap Up & June TBR // Out of reading slump, in with all the assignments

  1. I hope you’ll get to read Red, White and Royal Blue, I’m currently reading it and already really enjoying it ❤
    I'm so sorry to hear about the situation where you live, stay safe, sending you tons of love!! xxx

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  2. I definitely feel that 2019 is flying by so fast! I genuinely cannot believe we’re close to halfway through the year. I guess because I’ve had a lot to do this semester – this is the last of my BA studies – the time is flying by really quickly, idk. I’m sorry those riots were happening – it sounds positively scary and I hope you’ll post what you’ve drafted, but if not that’s okay too. *hugs if needed* I fully agree about the whole world concentrating on Western news, especially news of the US and, to an extent, the UK. It’s so unreal to me that as an European I get flooded with US news, while I barely hear about other European countries, not to mention the rest of the world. I really wish the news would be more balanced and involved issues from all over the world. Hope your June will be good, Tasya! Stay safe!

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  3. Oh my goodness yes this year is flying by. I think I say that every year but it’s true every single year. I just need like another month! I haven’t seen any of Game of Thrones because I wanted to binge it when it was all out but after what I’m hearing about the ending, I’m a little hesitant. Maybe I’ll feel differently after watching the first few seasons. I’m so sorry you’re having to deal with everything that’s happening where you live. I’m from the US and honestly it is so frustrating not being able to get news about other countries (and when I do it’s all about select European countries). If I want to know anything about the rest of the world, I either have to dig through the Internet or go there myself which is not okay considering the vastness of the news industry. It’s gotten to a point where even petty politics news is completely eclipsing other types of news within the US (like laws being passed and environmental events/science). I really hope that with more awareness of the problem, we’ll be able to fix it. It’s problems like these that lead to misconceptions and people degrading whole cultures or not understanding that their way of life isn’t replicated around the globe. Anyway, I could talk for ages about it. Thank you so much for the articles and I hope things work themselves out soon!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. Thank you for this comment, Laura ❤ Yeah I agree, I think this method of news reporting creates a kind of bubble that isolates people from what's happening in the outside world. This is dangerous, especially if this selectivity prevents the spread of important news. I hope more people could bring more awareness to this problem!

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  4. Hi Tasya ❤ it's been quite some time! I'm happy you got through a hectic month! ❤ and it's amazing how you managed to read a lot of books. I just got back to reading after what seemed like years, and it feels great because I missed it a lot. I hope you're doing well and I'm glad you enjoyed some of the books you read!

    I hope also that everything is okay despite the riot that's been happening :(( it's really crazy! And honestly, something like that also happens in the Philippines because of a lot of social injustice, inequalities, etc. I hope the news focuses more on issues in the East instead of Western news. Wishing you all the best always!

    Jillian @ Jillian’s Books

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    1. Hi Jillian, welcome back! ❤ I agree, getting back to reading after not reading for a long time really felt like a relief. For a moment, I thought I'm done with reading :') But anyways, I'm so sorry to hear that it happened in the Philippines too. I hope things will get better in both of our countries soon!

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  5. I’m actually so curious what you think of Red, White & Royal Blue! It seems like..and interesting little book. I don’t like romance? And yet that one looks intriguing 👀.

    The riots sound insane!!! Glad to hear you are safe! It’s awful that you cannot feel safe inside your own city. Hope it all more or less calms down soon (though political tension never *really* does).

    As for GOT finale….I don’t watch the show but I’ve followed the last season’s fan reactions ep by ep. I’m sorry you guys got so played :/ . The actors also deserved better for all the work they put into bringing all characters to life for so long.

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    1. It’s a really fun book, but also an important one as it discusses many important topics! I think it’s really up your alley and you will love this one, Ioana 😀

      Thank you for your kind words! Things have calmed down now, but there are still some undercurrent of tension so hopefully we can resolve this once and for all soon!

      Ahh I’m still pissed about GoT 😂 Technically, everything that happened make sense. But the writing is just so bad 😂 I agree that the actors and crews deserve so much better though, and I definitely appreciate their hard work (even more after watching The Last Watch!)- which is why I disagree with the petition ahaha.

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  6. I’ve never watched more than one season of GoT and now I never want to because of the bad ending… It is so unfortunate for a great show to end the way that it did. Also, I’m also about halfway through Good Omens and it is so funny! What do you think of it? And I’m sorry to see that you DNF’ed Nocturna because I’ve heard great things. Is it worth reading?

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    1. I haven’t watch it, which is making me sad because it’s sounds like something I’d love! I’ve been really busy so I probably will watch it after my internship finishes and uni starts. I’ve been watching a lot of crackvids though 😂

      Hmm personally, I love books that give similar vibes with other popular series. It just felt familiar, you know? But some books just straight up crossed into plagiarism territory, and I think that’s my biggest problem with Nocturna. It just felt so similar with ADSOM, and I can’t really connect with any of the characters. I’d say no, but if you’re curious you can always give it a try because I also know a lot of people that enjoy this book 🙂

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