monthly wrap up

May Wrap-Up!

Hey everyone!

How are you all doing? I got to say, March was a long month, but April and May flew by for me. It seemed like a short while ago since I did my April wrap-up, and for some reason it’s already end of May? What is this?!!

I finished 4 books this month and began my 5th! This is great progress for me. I am more than halfway to my Goodreads goal (and 5 books ahead of schedule!!) This might mean that I will increase my goal down the line — we’ll see!

I also really enjoyed the books I read this month! Usually I’m not too generous with 5-star reviews but I’m quite surprised to see how many I’ve given out this month.

I’ve geeked out SO much about the Nevermoor series, and that’s because it’s SOOOO good! I loved the second book, Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow, so much. The magical setting, the characters, the story, everything!! I can’t recommend this book enough! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️/5 stars (Check out my review here!)

The Girl Who Drank the Moon was a beautiful book that reminded me of folk tale. The lyrical writing transported me to the magical setting of the story right away. Although this was a slower-paced book, I ended up loving the theme of the story and the ending. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️/5 stars (Review coming soon!)

As a Chinese-Canadian, I related so much to Front Desk, which is a story about a girl who worked at the front desk of her family-owned motel. Don’t let the cheerful cover fool you, this book touches on heavy topics like poverty, racism and assault… and all in a tone that works for a younger audience. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️/5 stars (Review coming soon!)

Usually I don’t read romance, but The Kiss Quotient hooked me right away. The plot was a bit predictable but I was invested enough in the characters to keep reading. I loved that the one of the MCs was an Asian-American and one of my favourite aspects of the book was reading about his interactions with his family. ❤️❤️❤️/5 stars (Review coming soon!)

Becky Albertalli is one of my favourite YA authors so of course I had to read Yes No Maybe So! I am about 60% done and I’m enjoying the book overall. I’m loving that there are realistic characters and families in this book. There is a big focus on politics (specifically American politics) which I’m not too interested in when it comes to fiction, however I like that the book talks about important issues like racism.

My main goal this month was to finish the line-edits for my novel, Children of the Sun. I thought this was going to take a week but… I found it really hard. It was probably one of the hardest parts of writing for me.

Generally I like editing. I loved doing the big-picture edits for this novel. I loved coming up with different approaches to scenes, rewriting scenes for better characterization, and even cutting out non-essential scenes. But these line-edits (which means polishing the wording, cutting out filler words, etc) were not fun for me. It made me hypercritical of my own work and lose confidence in my writing.

So all in all, that was why it took me so long!! I still have 6 more scenes left in the novel but hoping to be able to wrap it up by the end of the month.

And then it’ll be time to send off my revised manuscript to my mentor!! Earlier on in April, I’ve run my big revisions by my mentor, but other than that she hasn’t seen any of my revised manuscript. I’m definitely excited but really really nervous to hear what she has to say lol :’)

May marked the 3rd year of blogging for me!!! Yup, I think I can officially say that I am a blogging dinosaur hahaha….

Everyone please send in your Q&A questions because I will be answering them soon!!! Also, make sure you join the international giveaway (I’m giving away two BookDepository prizes so you can win books of your choice!!)

Writers’ Corner is back!! From now on I will be posting two (or more) Writers’ Corner posts each month. Check out some of these author interviews from May: (There will be a fun and exciting line-up coming up!)

I also had the chance to catch up on some great blog posts this month!!

Things are getting better where I live. Our case numbers are decreasing and restrictions are loosening up. Over the past weeks, we had the chance to hang out with a few friends, like going on walks/runs together and playing board games. Restaurants are also reopening for dining in, although we’re not in any rush to do this quite yet.

I also enjoyed a week off earlier on this month. Of course we couldn’t go anywhere so we had a productive staycation at home. We did some much-needed spring cleaning and re-organized our place. It was a lot of work but felt great at the end!

How was your May? What were your favourite books? Are you able to hang out with friends or dine out where you live?

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24 thoughts on “May Wrap-Up!

  1. Time has passed by so quickly, it’s really strange 😱 I’m happy to hear that you found so many books to love this month, that’s great!! I also wish you all the best luck with your line-edits! I’m sorry they have been tough, but it seems like you are almost done 🎉 Also thank you so much for featuring my post 🥰

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    1. Hi Caro!! Yes time has been flying these days haha. When there isn’t much to do, sometimes the days and weeks blur together hahaha XD Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful June!

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  2. May really did go by so fast. I don’t think I ever read so many books so quickly in such a short period of time. Stay strong with your line edits Sophie!! I believe in you!! You get all that editing done and I’ll keep hustling with my first draft 😀 We got this!!! Sending you good vibes for June, happy summer!

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    1. Hi Jai Lynn! Thank you for your support hahaha. I’ll slowly trudge my way towards the end of the line edits hopefully soon XD Wishing you all the best for your first draft! Those can be fun to write but also really hard too! Hope you have a wonderful June as well 🙂

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  3. The Kiss Quotient is one of my favourite romance novels. I had the best time read it and it made me feel all fluffy and gooey inside haha. Happy 3 year blogiversary! Time really has flown by, here’s to many more brilliant blogging years. Thank you so much for sharing my post. ❤

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    1. Hi Lois!! I’ve heard lots of good things about The Kiss Quotient but I think it was after I read about it on your blog that I decided to pick it up 🙂 It was truly a fun and addictive read! Thank you! I think you were one of the first bloggers that I’ve met on WordPress 🙂 Looking forward to more wonderful blogging years!

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  4. I’m glad your May has been good and you’ve been able to find so many great books!! I’ve heard a lot of good things about Nevermoor and The Girl Who Drank The Moon so I’ll really have to pick them up especially as you’ve rated them so highly !!
    Line edits doesn’t sound fun. I hate doing that kind of stuff and I think I’m bad at it but it sounds like you are making great progress and so close to finishing !! I hope you we able to finish the novel but all your progress is still so exciting, congratulations !!
    A spring clean does always feel great at the end but then you never want to touch anything, ahha !!
    I hope you have a great June !! ❤

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    1. Both Nevermoor and The Girl Who Drank the Moon were amazing reads for me so I hope you will enjoy them too!
      Haha yeah, line editing is a bit too detail-oriented for me. I like big-picture editing much more 🙂 Thank you so much for your sweet comment! Wishing you a wonderful June as well!

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  5. I hadn’t heard of The Girl Who Drank the Moon but I’m definitely going to have to check it out. And I’m hoping to get Yes, No, Maybe So out of the library at some point when they reopen.
    I’m so sorry to hear that you’re finding line edits so difficult. I hope you manage to get them finished. It’ll be exciting to hear back from your mentor afterwards though so good luck ❤️
    I’m glad things are easing for you lockdown wise ☺️ they are here too but it kind of seems too fast when you see the number of deaths still caused by the virus. So I’m seriously hoping there won’t be a second wave. I’m hoping there won’t be everywhere tbh as I do think a lot of places are opening up their airports so quickly.
    Anyway I hope you have a wonderful June 💕

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    1. Hi Charlotte! I finished Yes No Maybe So a few days ago and really enjoy it. It’s different than other YA contemporary since there is quite a bit of politics involved. Hope that you will like this one when you have a chance to read it 🙂
      I did manage to finish my line edits (yesterday actually haha! finally!!)
      Hope things will be all right where you live. Some of my friends and family out east feel the same way about restrictions lifting too quickly. Stay safe and healthy! Wishing you a great June as well 🙂

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  6. Congrats on getting ahead of your reading goal – I know everyone says not to focus on numbers but it is a pretty good feeling! Front Desk has SUCH a cute cover! I like Becky Albertalli’s writing but I have no interest in American politics, so I’m undecided on whether I want to read Yes No Maybe So…

    I hope you have a great month in June! 😄

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    1. Hi Abi! Thank you so much!! Yeah I’m not a big fan of American politics either, and although I did enjoy Yes No Maybe So, it isn’t my favourite book by Becky Albertalli for this reason. I liked Simon Vs and The Upside of Unrequited much better 🙂
      Hope you have a wonderful June too!

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      1. Definitely. I’ve only been following US politics peripherally too.
        I also read What if it’s Us and thought it was really cute 🙂 Hope that you’ll enjoy some of the other books by Becky Albertalli!

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  7. Ahh Sophie I’m so happy you had such a lovely reading month and I hope this will continue this June ❤ and you can do this! I'm rooting for you and your line edits and hope your mentor's feedback will be good, too. ❤
    I'm sending you all the love, have a lovely June! ❤

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