May Wrap Up: Readathons, BTS and Binge Watching

Hey everyone !!! How are you all doing? The month of May started off quite bad for me with a reading slump, as well as lot of anxiety surrounding the rising number of cases in my country. Thankfully, the lockdowns have eased my tensions a little, allowing me to try and read again, but vaccination still remains elusive.

But… let me not bring down the mood by talking about the bad things irl. I would rather gush about the readathons I participated in, the books I read and new favorites I have found, the shows I have watched and fangirled about, and everyone’s favorite new single that I am listening to as well.

First.. let’s start with the books !!!!

Readathons

Asian Readathon

As someone who loves reading books by Asian and diaspora authors, it was a no brainer that I would participate in the Asian Readathon. I ofcourse decided to double/triple up because I didn’t want to commit to reading 5 books in the middle of a slump. However, to be honest, I am surprised I stuck to my TBR and finished the three books I had planned to.

I started off the month with the book Without You, There is no Us – an investigative memoir of the author working as a professor in North Korea. As you can guess, the book was bleak and at times, terrifying, which probably wasn’t the wisest choice during the slump. It took me almost 11 days to listen to, and I didn’t feel like touching anything else in the meantime. But it’s still a worthy read, especially for a novice on the topic of DPRK like me.

Sisters of the Snake was on my anticipated debuts list of this year and I have to say, it was very fast paced and thoroughly entertaining, which I just flew through in a few hours. Probably the book that managed to get me out of the slump.

I have read both Ken Liu’s translated works as well as his own short stories, so I was very excited to read more short stories in Broken Stars and discover interesting Chinese SFF authors. And this was such a wonderful collection. I usually have some complaints about every anthology because not all stories can be to our taste, but I truly didn’t have anything bad to say here, and some of the stories moved me to tears. Anyways, if you are a fan of the short format, you have to give this a try.

ARMYdathon

My dear friend Krisha introduced me to this readathon, and I was very excited because ARMY is a big community and I wanted to make new friends. I may have failed in keeping touch with everyone in the readathon discord, but I did manage to read books for the 7 prompts I had planned on, and it makes me so happy.

Most of these were four stars and I have no complaints. Other than the books I already read for Asian Readathon, To Love and to Loathe gave me the fun banter I was missing; All That She Carried was a profound perspective on slavery through the story of a bag that gets passed down through three generations of mothers and daughters; The King of Mathura gave me a look into the fascinating character of Krishna that I had never seen before.

Wyrd and Wonder

It’s much better if I don’t talk about my TBR for Wyrd and Wonder. I had planned on 8 books and while I did manage to read 6, only a few of them were on my TBR. However, I think it is ok considering my headspace, and I am glad I read my favorite genre.

The Return of the Sorceress was an interesting novella, though I wished it was longer; Troy was an enjoyable listen because Stephen Fry is a brilliant narrator; and Black Sun is now a new all-time favorite because this is what epic fantasy is all about.

I also wrote a few posts specifically for Wyrd and Wonder this month, and I hope you will check them out if you find them interesting.

Fantasies from Around the World || Upcoming Fantasy Releases I Can’t Wait to Read || Unread Fantasy Books on my Shelf || The Fantasy Tropes Tag

BTS

I am, as you would call in fandom terminology, baby ARMY. I ofcourse knew Dynamite since the time of it’s release, and I had seen some of their MMA performances since, but I hadn’t actually listened to any of their other songs. But that has changed since a month or two, when I finally started watching their older MVs, and I have to agree that they are amazing.

However, this month was the first time I was awaiting a new single release along with fellow ARMYs and I have to say, the excitement was peaks and I had so much fun following along on social media. And then BUTTER came out, and I am in love. It’s perfect for the season and I can’t stop watching the MV, the performances at the BBMA, Late Show, GMA, the Hotter remix and whatever else I can find. I am also having too much fun watching reaction videos of ARMY youtubers and I can confidently say I am not gonna be stopping soon.

Binge Watching Roundup

Now what would I have done when in a reading slump? Binge watch stuff obviously. While BTS videos have been a solace, my true obsession has been discovering more cdramas.

May started off with the 2 day SHL concert which I paid to see the live stream of, without subs – so you can see how much I love this show and the cast. The two days were an absolute delight, with so so many cute and tender and emotional moments, and I am sure there was no one in the audience without tears towards the end on Day 2. Me and my dear friend Dany still gush about Gong Jun and Zhang Zhehan every single day, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon because I am currently on my first rewatch of the show and it will surely not be my last.

I also binge watched Gank Your Heart, The Blooms at Ruyi Pavilion, and Ancient Detective. All of them were very enjoyable despite being of varied genres, and it has only made me want to watch more.

I tried both Duoluo Continent, and The Sleuth of Ming Dynasty… but had to stop at around 10-15 episodes coz I got bored. I might still continue Sleuth someday but let’s see.

I am as always looking for more and have been thinking about either starting The Long Ballad or The Legends. But I’m quite bad at choosing stuff when I have many options, so I’m still being indecisive.

And that’s it for all that I got up to this month…!!!! How about you? How has your reading month been? Any new 5 star favorites? ARMY – any old BTS songs that you think I should listen – coz I am still pretty ignorant of their huge discography. And cdrama fans among my fellow bloggers …. please give me more recs in the comments below – Anything historical or wuxia is welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Hope you stay safe Sahi, I can imagine how much stress you’re feeling right now! But amazing reading this month, I can’t believe you did two reading challenges! I’ve been curious to try another cdrama since I finished The Untamed, and I know Word of Honor just came to Netflix in the US, so I might have to give that a try!

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    1. Thank you Caitlin !!! After all the stress 2020 was in the US, I canโ€™t believe Iโ€™m experiencing a second wave in India during my long vacation. But Iโ€™m at home and with parents, so itโ€™s easier to manage this time. Thank you for your thoughts ๐Ÿ˜Š
      And if you loved Untamed, I would highly recommend Word of Honor. It is even more enjoyable ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ but I would still suggest watching on YouTube for free coz the subtitles are much better. Also thereโ€™s a paid bonus epilogue ep 37 on YouTube which isnโ€™t on Netflix, but you can surely find it on Twitter for free. Donโ€™t miss that ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  3. I started off so strong on the Asian readathon and then about mid-month it was like boom… off a cliff but it looks like we both got some good reading done anyway so there’s that!

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    1. Ahhh I understand the feelingโ€ฆ mine went in the other direction mid month.. but Iโ€™m glad too that we read some good books !! We can only hope June will be better ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  4. YES! I love that you became ARMY! I’ve been one since 2018 and it always makes me so happy to see that the BTS fandom grows! XD I love “Butter” too and I’ve watched the video premier as well. So we both saw it at the same time. I mention BTS on my BookTube so often I recently told a friend I should have named my channel “Books & BTS”. *lol*

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    1. Haha thank you so much !!! The ARMY fandom is so cool ๐Ÿ˜Ž
      And โ€œBooks & BTSโ€ sounds so lovely and catchy and probably itโ€™s perfect for your channel ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
      And did you see the latest special performance video of Butter.. I think I love it even more than the original MV ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ

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      1. Haha! You’re welcome! ๐Ÿ˜€ True, ARMY is one of the best fandoms ever!
        At the moment my channel goes by “The Sassy Library Fox” but maybe one day I’ll really change it into “Books & BTS” *lol* Would be suitable since I talk about them so often. And YES!! I did! I love it! It has all that chaotic BTS energy I adore so much. โค They could have made this as a video and we all would have been happy with it. *lol*

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        1. I havenโ€™t checked out your channel yet but imma subscribe immediately ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
          And I completely agreeโ€ฆ they look so cool in their pastel color casual clothes just being all soft and smooth singing butterโ€ฆ Iโ€™m so in love with the performance ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ

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          1. Thank you! *lol* They are smooth like butter when they perform it and it’s amazing no matter how often I watch it. I love the choreo. I’m actually currently trying to teach it myself with YouTube videos. XD

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          2. Ohh wow thatโ€™s awesome !!!!! Iโ€™m too bad at dance, so I wonโ€™t even try. But maybe I can learn the lyrics so that I can sing a little ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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