Wrap-ups

May wrap-up // A hectic month full of BTS & k-dramas (but I read some books too)

May started peacefully and stress-free, in the first two weeks I managed to read six out of my eight books, and then I kind of hit a slump again. But now I have an “excuse”, I started working. Obviously, I don’t need an excuse to not read, but it feels comforting to blame something for the lack of reading, haha. And then the last few days of the month were even more anxiety-filled, as I got my first dose of Pfizer vaccine! I was so stressed, as I had a bad experience with medicine before, and ever since I’m fearful with medications. I had a mild fever for a short time, and my arm hurt a lot, but hopefully, that’s all. Now, let’s jump right into the wrap-up!

Books

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
collage of the two five-star books

While I Was Away by Waka T. Brown ➽ I thoroughly enjoyed this middle grade memoir! This is a debut book, and I really liked the author’s style, I think it was perfect for the younger generation. I found that a lot of books feel weird when trying to sound like a kid, but here this wasn’t the case at all. It was easy to read, with quick chapters. I highlighted many passages, as it had lots of new information about Japanese culture and life. All in all, I hope this gets to a lot of people, as it’s a gripping read!

Content warnings: bullying, child abuse (teacher-student), sexism, cancer.


Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson ➽ I literally can’t remember any other time when I read an almost 400 pages long book in one sitting. I started at 9 pm and couldn’t stop until I finished it at 1 am. It was so captivating, I wanted to know what happens in the next chapter, so I kept reading. It’s very addictive, with short chapters, and a great set-up, as it has two timelines, present and past. I didn’t exactly know what this book was about, so I was shocked to find out that it dealt with such a dark and hard topic. It shows how society keeps blaming women for being sexually and emotionally abused. There were a lot of people who didn’t believe Enchanted, women included. It also points out that Black women are less likely to be taken seriously when something like this happens to them. I would for sure recommend this novel to anyone if you can handle the content.

Content warnings: emotional abuse, adult-minor relationship, sexual assault, rape, physical abuse, toxic relationship, child abuse, confinement, violence, death, stalking, drug abuse, body shaming, sexual content, sexism, racism.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
collage of the two four-star books

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi ➽ It’s so interesting that I’ve only seen this book on Hungarian sites! It was super popular when it was published here. I didn’t read it back then because I didn’t think I’d enjoy it. I was wrong! This had such a unique atmosphere to it, I was immediately immersed in the story. It’s a bittersweet tale, making me shed a few tears. The fact that we didn’t leave the coffee house, and I wasn’t bored says a lot. Pick this up, if you like unconventional stories!

Content warnings: death, dementia, grief, terminal illness, chronic illness, car accident.


Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers ➽ I don’t seem to love this book as most people I’ve seen, which is a bummer. I really liked it, don’t get me wrong, but I was expecting to adore it more. That’s the downside of reading super hyped books. I appreciated how it handled mental illnesses. It was so well-done and carefully handled. I wish the side characters were more fleshed out, as they seemed like such interesting personalities, but I didn’t learn a lot about them. Yuki was my favourite, and it would have been so amazing if she got a little more part. I also valued how it showed being clueless after finishing university. Though I obviously can’t even fathom the hardships Grace has to live through as a Black woman in a scientific field, it was so relatable reading about her having an existential crisis.

Content warnings: mental illness, self-harm, racism, homophobia, major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, emotional abuse, drug use, suicidal thoughts.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
cover of the one 3.5-star book

Fence, Volume Three by C. S. Pacat ➽ This was much better than the second volume! I loved how we got to know a tiny bit more about the characters. The fencing tournament was not as boring as in the previous book, and I also appreciated the humour.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
collage of the two 3-star book

The Kite Runner: Graphic Novel by Khaled Hosseini ➽ I’ve wanted to read this book for a while, but I was wary. I knew it dealt with hard topics, but I didn’t check the content warnings or anything. So I was taken aback when a really graphic scene happened to Hassan. It was horrible, and I felt so bad for him. He and his father were the only characters that I felt anything towards, the others remained distant. I don’t know about the actual novel, but this adaptation feels surface-level, I wish some things were elaborated.

Content warnings: rape, death, child abuse, self-harm, suicide attempt, racism, bullying.


Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch ➽ I really liked the first two books in the trilogy, so I was looking forward to reading the last instalment. Unfortunately, it let me down. First of all, I disliked the main character, Liv. She was ashamed of her past interests, and she mentions several times that it was no wonder that she couldn’t fit in. Well, that is just so upsetting! What kind of message does this deliver to young people? That if you read Platon, for instance, as a kid, you’re a weirdo? They should be encouraged to have other interests, not discouraged. Then, she did something I don’t want to spoil, but it involved a boyfriend at home and Theo, a boy in Santorini. It made me angry. Speaking of Theo, I hated him. He had such an annoying personality! Liv asked him several times not to record her on camera, but he didn’t care and recorded her nonetheless. Also, what a jerk move is to call someone by a name when she asked multiple times not to call her that way? He was just so smug and over-confident for no reason. And when he broke into a house to use their pool with Liv? That was just enraging. I don’t know, does the author think it’s cool to trespass? I also didn’t quite like Liv’s father. Yes, it turned out why he left his family, but still, I don’t understand him. Plus, there was an absent father in the first novel, too, so I kinda wish it didn’t feature one here. There were some things I liked too. I like the writer’s style, as I would have DNF’d it long ago if it weren’t that way. Though I don’t get why this had to be 500 pages long. It was far too long for a contemporary! I was invested in the whole Atlantis storyline! It was fun to read about, as I like legends and myths. I also loved the Greek setting, though I wish I got to read about more places.

Content warnings: mental illness, chronic illness, panic attacks, Harry Potter references.

Rating: 2 out of 5.
cover of the one 2-star book

Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi ➽ I don’t even know where to start. There are so many wrong things in this book, I think I could go on forever. Let’s start with the fact that one of the main characters is a judgemental brat, who frequently slut-shames her mother. She is a single mom to Penny and wants to enjoy her life, go out on dates, wear clothes she likes, but then Penny judges her constantly both in her mind and to her friends. I felt so sorry for the mother, as Penny treated her like shit, never called her from university, and when she showed up, she was actually angry at her. How dares she visit her only daughter whom she hasn’t seen in a month? Jesus Christ. But her mother is not the only person Penny judges constantly. She thought a boy was gay for holding an espresso cup. She made an acephobic remark because she thought that all normal people her age had already had sex. She made a joke with a swastika. Like what the actual fuck? How on Earth has this comment passed the edits? Slut-shaming and body shaming were also quite frequent, she’s just that type of “quirky” girl, who hates other girls. And I despise this trope so much. I hated Penny with a passionate fire if that’s not already clear to you. She used someone’s toothbrush without their consent, and also, who the hell uses someone else’s toothbrush? The other main character, Sam, was neutral, I didn’t hate him, but I didn’t like him either. Neither of their side stories made me interested, especially Sam’s documentary. He made a film about a skater boy, who frequently spoke about women as objects. There were two things I liked about this book. Firstly, the mental illness representation. Both of the main characters had either anxiety or panic attacks, and it was written well. And secondly, the whole getting to know each other through texts was a lovely idea, and I enjoyed those parts. I generally don’t like saying “don’t read this novel”, but in this case, please read something else. It was so long, and nothing happened. Maybe if you have low blood pressure, and have masochistic tendencies, but otherwise, avoid this one.

Content warnings: racism, sexism, panic attacks, sexual assault, sexual content, slut-shaming, body shaming, acephobia, Harry Potter reference, alcoholism, drug use.

Read-a-thons

I participated in two read-a-thons, Asian read-a-thon and Armydathon! I had five and eight books planned for each respectively, and I managed to finish seven, which is not bad. Out of the remaining six, I will try to read three in June, as I already borrowed them from the library, so why waste that opportunity. One I might read soon, but that’s not as urgent, as I bought the e-book version. The remaining two I deleted from my tbr: I tried listening to Almond, but I didn’t connect to the story, and I had Miss Meteor on my read-a-thon tbrs for two months now, and I realised that I’m not that interested in it anyways.

Movies and tv shows

I watched A Love So Beautiful, which is a South Korean adaptation of a Chinese TV show. I liked it a lot! I was fond of the fact that each episode was only twenty minutes long. I love k-dramas, but I wish they were shorter sometimes, so I appreciated this one. Another thing that was quite innovative, is that after each episode ended, there was a little scene, which was related to the episode, but it showed another perspective or something that happened off-screen. It was so cute overall, I found myself giggling quite a few times. It starts in a high school, but the story arches over more years. I liked that they showed the characters at university and after graduating, but I wish those times were longer. Sometimes they jumped years, and they didn’t show important things, or you’re just told that some relationships evolved, but you don’t see that. So, the pacing was quite off sometimes. I really liked the characters, though the main female lead, Shin Sol-i annoyed me so much when she was a high school student. I preferred the male lead, Cha Heon, as he was more relatable to me. However, I really liked them together, they were cute! I didn’t have a problem with the love triangle, for some reason I kind of like them in TV shows or movies, but hate them in books. (I don’t understand it either.) I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a light-hearted k-drama!


I watched another k-drama, My First First Love! I really liked it, it was so nice following these young adult’s lives for a while. I love series that are set in college, and this was no different. I find it more relatable than TV shows about working adults, even though I belong in that latter group now. All of them grew on me, and I was a bit sad when it was over, even though it got a nice ending! My only complaint is that I hated that both Yun Tae-o’s and Han Song-i’s partner was against them living together. I think that a girl and a boy can live together as friends, and their partners should trust them enough to be okay with that. I really loved Seo Do-hyeon in the beginning, but after he got together with Song-i, he became unreasonable. All in all, I’d recommend this to anyone, who’s looking for a k-drama with a group of friends living together, that is slow-paced and wholesome.


I adored Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol up until the very end when they ruined it. I was so mad, oh my gosh, how could they do such an illogical ending? This k-drama had one of the best character arcs I’ve ever seen, as Goo Ra-ra starts out as a spoilt, rich girl, who doesn’t know basic things, but as she has to live on her own, she starts to be more and more individualistic, and she also meets new friends. I also really liked Sunwoo Joon, he has such a warm heart who wants to help others. The side characters were also great, I enjoyed getting to know them. There were multiple mysteries, and the show had unexpected twists, which kept me at the edge of my seat. I’ve cried several times, and I wasn’t expecting this to be sad, but it was heartbreaking sometimes. The only complaint, as I mentioned before, is the ending. It was rushed and the happy ending felt forced. I’d still recommend it, just be prepared for a non-satisfying ending.

Music

A Love So Beautiful only has three songs (and their instrumental version), which was surprising. I like them all, but Recently by Kim Yo-han, and Day and Night by Ha Hyun Sang are my favourites.


Dodie released her first full-length album, Build a Problem, and it was such an emotional time listening to it. I love dodie, but I can’t always listen to her songs, I need a specific mood for her. My favourites from the new-to-me songs are Rainbow, Sorry, all my daughters and don’t quite belong.


May 21 meant Butter by BTS! This is their second English song, and I am obsessed. When I woke up that day, I immediately listened to it, and I can’t stop ever since. It’s a freaking bop! Everything is just so perfect, the beat, the lyrics, the vibe, the looks. I melted like a piece of butter…


The My First First Love soundtrack is my third favourite k-drama OST so far! (The first is without a doubt Run On’s, the second is Romance Is a Bonus Book’s soundtrack.) My favourite songs are May be by SE O, Wanted and First Love by Choi Sang Yeop.


There are some great songs in the Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol soundtrack. My favourites are My Story by U Sung-eun, Love or Lies by Boramiyu and Always Remember by Sondia.

Blog

Quick update! I added my Linktree to the About me page. I always try to share petitions, email templates, etc. about current issues in my Instagram stories, but I haven’t done that on my blog. So this way, if you click on my Linktree, you’ll be able to see those, as well as my other social media accounts. I think this is a great way to have everything in one place.

Life

I wanted to mention that I discovered an amazing YouTube channel where there are quite a lot of BTS workout videos! I am so happy to have found this because I felt unmotivated to do exercise, but now I am looking forward to it! There’s even a Butter dance workout available, which is so cool.

Can you believe it’s already June? How was your May? Was the weather as unpredictable where you live as here? What was your favourite book? Did you listen to Butter? If yes, do you love it or do you love it?

Morgan

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11 thoughts on “May wrap-up // A hectic month full of BTS & k-dramas (but I read some books too)

  1. Lovely wrapup!! Glad to see you had a good reading month! I have Honey Girl on my TBR as well, I’m glad you enjoyed that! Hope you have a great June😊

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  2. Somehow May started off really great with reading for me as well but then towards the end of the month I was feeling busy and tired 😴 Glad to hear that you could get the vaccine!! I’m happy to see that you liked Honey Girl, I’m planning on reading it this month 🙂 I hope you’re having a great June ❤

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  3. I agree with you about the side characters being more fleshed out in Honey Girl. I got the vibe that maaaaybe there would be a sequel with the stories of Grace’s friends, but who knows. Ugh, I have avoided Emergency Contact because I’ve heard things about it, but I didn’t know the actual questionable stuff in it. No thank you! I feel like the cover keeps attracting people to it, but the inside is not as pretty.

    I’ve been using a bunch of youtube workout videos lately, I hate the gym 😅 love that there are BTS ones to motivate you! Hope you have had a great June, Morgan! ❤️

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