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It is time for my first a month in a review that includes more multimedia variety. May 2018 was a busy month, full of reading young adult backlists and some newer releases. Some surprises (good and bad) came up as I read on.
The Month of May, Moods, and Productivity
It is a surprise to me that I am still shocked by my mood swings. I don’t know how things were ever more manageable but there is a lot of kicking myself for not having a better grip on the mood disorder/bipolar thing. I still get scared and hopeless because there seems to be no end to the back and forth extreme energy levels.
Anyway. I am saying this because I still cannot read like a normal person, or blog, or comment regularly enough. For example, I commented on perhaps three blogs last week. I have read the first three weeks of the month and then completely lost steam.
Because of this, I am going to try a different attitude: do what I can and accept where I am at. It probably doesn’t sound like rocket science; however, this is not something that comes naturally to me. I am a tough critic.
Express Yourself: Instagram for the Blog
In a particularly ambitious moment (probably slightly high on my manic energy), I decided to give Instagram another chance. My blog’s account is linked in the sidebar. And, here is the link, if you are curious.
Part of this attempt is that I want to practice posting whenever I want to share my passion for stories, hype up my posts, and learn to be okay with imperfection.
On my private Instagram, I am trying to post my personal journey’s snapshots. Again, this is all about accepting imperfection and inconsistencies.
For both accounts, I am trying to perform less (as in, post things that are genuine) and explore where I stand without worrying about future or past. It’s going to be an exercise in discomfort.
Book Surprises in May:
Vicious was so hyped that I was afraid to see for myself if it lives up to all the praise. It turned out to be a total hit. Morally grey characters and sisters with powers siding with former friends.
The other wonderful surprise was the very delightful A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
Disappointments include Strange Angels and Nightshade.
A Playlist for the Month
Throughout the month of May, I gathered some songs that sang to my heart. I will try to share the playlists that I create between months too. I am working on a couple of those already.
Enjoy the songs.
Hope your May was wonderful.