May Wrap Up & June TBR // Still at home, but might change soon ðŸ‘€

MONTHLY wrap up

May has been…. a long one? Not as long as March, that month still is the winner of longest month this year, but certainly slower going than April.

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🎨 = Graphic novel // 🏮 = Asian books

  1. HEIR TO THE UNDERWORLD by J.B Dennis {eARC} // ✰✰✰✰
  2. HAPPILY EVER AFTER & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN by Debbie Tung {eARC} 🎨🏮 // ✰✰✰✰.5
  3. WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon {RivetedLit} 🏮 // ✰✰✰✰
  4. SAINTS AND SCOUNDRELS IN THE STORY OF JESUS by Nancy Guthrie {eARC} // ✰✰✰✰
  5. THE FALLEN ANGEL by Kenneth B. Andersen {eARC} // ✰✰✰✰.5
  6. WANT by Cindy Pon {RivetedLit} 🏮 // ✰✰
  7. THE LAST TANG STANDING by Lauren Ho {eARC} 🏮 // ✰✰
  8. THE CROSSROADS AT MIDNIGHT by Abby Howard {eARC} 🎨 // ✰✰✰✰✰
  9. FIXING HEALTHCARE FROM THE INSIDE OUT by Harvard Business Review // ✰✰✰✰

I’m really happy with my reading this month. At first I thought I won’t be able to read much this month as my mental health kinda took a dip, but towards the end of the month I got some steam again!

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  1. EVERNIGHT by Claudia Gray – Ongoing
  2. WHAT IF JESUS WAS SERIOUS? by Skye Jethani {eARC}
  3. SEASONS OF THE STORM by Ellen Cosimano {eARC} – Ongoing
  4. POPOL VUH: A RETELLING by Ilan Stavans {eARC} 🎨
  5. AMERICAN MIDNIGHT: TALES OF THE DARK by Laird Hunt {eARC}

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As with last month, I noticed a theme of post around the blogosphere which is Asian books recommendation! For those of you who may not know*, this is because May is Asia-Pacific Heritage Month

*It’s okay if you guys don’t know! I didn’t either because it’s not celebrated in my country. I googled it and it’s always mentioned that this is celebrated in the US, so I don’t know whether it’s US only or also celebrated in other countries

Shokugeki No Souma Anime Food Ep18 GIF | Gfycat

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So. Quarantine. That’s still a thing.

Nothing much happened this month. I’m still staying at home, finishing most of my online courses and work intensely on my thesis. My sleeping schedule shouldn’t even be called that anymore since I didn’t have any more schedule 🙃

It will probably end soon though. The Indonesian government announced the start of “New Normal”, where most of the businesses and malls will be opened in June, despite us not having enough testing or tracing mechanism, not enough healthcare provider and facilities, and protection that our existing doctors and nurses are sick and dying. The government never really prioritize our welfare from the beginning; at the first report of outbreak in China, instead of closing the borders they give travel promos 💀 They joked that prayers and traditional medicine caused us to be immune 💀 Despite having such a huge number of population and direct flights from Wuhan, we didn’t find any of our cases until March (other neighboring countries reported first cases earlier).

They did not issued a strict stay at home order, it’s more of a guidelines. We have one of the worst testing capacity in the world, the number we have now reflected the number of testing capacity, which is only on the hundreds/day despite having 268 million people.  Then pandemic grows worse without any signs of the curve getting flat- which is expected, you give below minimum effort and expected the pandemic to get better 💀🙃- the government issued a decree to open up the economy in late May/early June “no matter what”. So here we are, at the beginning of June, where the curve is still high and we just fresh out of ied where people went back to their hometown as a tradition and coming back to the city, and now we’re going to be in the same spaces with each other.

Honestly, it’s a disaster waiting to happen. But I don’t think we’ll ever know the extent of the disaster since our testing is so limited that we will likely figure out the outcome through burial data instead of testing ones 💀

But the point of this whole rant is a) I’m scared. We are so obviously not ready and while I do understand that we won’t be able to withstand the economic pressure, it will be a huge disaster and b) I am losing trust in my government. They half-assed their effort and keep defending themselves by saying “this is unprecedented, we are trying our best yada yada yada”. Stay-at-home orders supposed to buy us time to build our core capacities, but I didn’t see any new hospitals, respirators, etc. I didn’t see any test/trace/isolate procedure being strictly implemented. This is a huge pile of mess which the government now washed their hands from. And as bad as it sounds, I can understand why people became apathetic to politics and decided to not vote- being disappointed by the people you elect, that you believe in, is such a sad feelings.

On the other hand, I’m sure you are have heard what happened recently through the news, the brutality that was George Floyd’s death and the subsequent protest demanding for justice and change within the system. A lot has been said so I just want to say: SUPPORT THEM!!! This website provides ALL the resources you need, from petitions you can sign, organizations you can donate to, etc. For people outside of the U.S, especially fellow Indonesians, you can use the postcodes listed on the web to sign the petition and if you don’t have paypal, I think you can do the transfer using Jenius account.

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tasya

 


13 thoughts on “May Wrap Up & June TBR // Still at home, but might change soon ðŸ‘€

  1. Stay safe and take care of yourself, mentally as well. I’m sorry your government is letting you down. I hope your country pulls through.

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  2. I hope you’re staying and well!! I’m really sorry for all the horrible decisions your government is making – continuing to send prayers and thoughts your way. It’s despicable how economically driven societies are to prioritize profit over people – at least a small bright side is all the great community online, I loved checking out some of the links you shared! I’m really intrigued by Seasons of the Storm so I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! 🙂

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing my posts! I’m happy to hear that you had a good reading month as well 🥰
    I’m so so sorry to hear that your government is letting you all down like that, I really hope that you and your family will be safe! 💕

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  4. I hope you’ll be able to stay safe and avoid the dangers of this new normal that is created a bit earlier than expected. I feel like there will a lot of regrets from this decision but these people only learn once the mistakes have been done! The best we can do is continue to apply strict hygiene habits to keep us safe from the virus. Hope June will be kind to you and that you get to sleep a bit more than usual! 😉

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    1. Thank you, Lashaan! So far we’ve been having surges and new cluster but idk why it’s not making as much impact as it was when the pandemic first started :/ It’s really annoying how the govt and the people seem to have lower their guard and I feel like we’re going to regret this indeed.

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  5. Wow, looks like you had an overall great reading month! I hope June goes just as well 🙂
    I hope work on your thesis is going well as well as your online courses. It sounds like you have a lot going on, even with quarantine!
    It really is upsetting and even infuriating to see governments acting not for the good of people’s health, but for the economy. I hope you can continue to stay safe ❤

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  6. I’m happy to see you had such a good reading month, yay! ❤ ❤
    I'm so sorry to hear about how your government is handling everything, this is infuriating and ahhhhhhh this is making me so MAD. I hope you'll be able to stay safe, I'm sending you all the love and positive vibes ❤

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