#FLBMythicMay : What Happened, What I Read, and What I Learned

Hello. If you weren’t aware, I decided to run a readathon and Instagram challenge for the month of May called Mythical May. The reason you might not know about this is because I’ve barely been around. So here’s an explanation, what I managed to read,  and anything else I can think of.

So when I came up with the idea of hosting a readathon in March I was coming off a big bout of depression that lasted from November-March. We’re talking suicidal ideation, skipping class because I couldn’t get out of bed, and various other fun symptoms. I had been half alive for months and I was finally feeling better, which meant the creative juices were finally flowing again and I wanted to do ALL THE THINGS. I wanted to learn to draw, I wanted to write again, I missed this blog even more, I wanted to do more cross stitch, I wanted to paint things (book edges, more flowerpots), I wanted to finish physically reading a book for the first time since October, I wanted to redesign my blog. In short, I wanted to do everything (including maybe pass my classes).

That’s where the idea of hosting a readathon came from. I would host it in my first month of summer vacation and finally catch up on all the books I had been wanting to read that were sitting unread and dusty in a box. I would also create an Instagram challenge to stretch my creative muscles and get myself to post more there. There would be weekly update posts here along with the reviews and tags I was going to catch up on and reading sprints on Twitter.

So what happened?

  1. I forgot that the month of May is the only trigger for my depression that I know is a trigger for my depression. This has to do with stuff surrounding my birthday that I won’t get into here. This meant I was going to try to read like 20 books while depressed, which is not easy.
  2. We got a puppy who needs constant attention, and because I’m the only one in my family not in school or working full time that meant the puppy was my job. All my free time where I was going to be reading and writing and doing things that help me cope with my depression was now dedicated to getting my skin ripped open by puppy teeth. Not only was I miserable, but I was more depressed than I normally would have been and I had to hide it because I was suddenly a primary caregiver to something I didn’t know how to take care of. I am definitely a cat person.
  3. I was working. My work (at my university’s bookstore) is about 45 minutes away, which often meant I wasn’t home all day and then had to care for a dog. I also had to look for a job with more hours because no one is helping me pay for university, housing, food, etc.. I’m now technically working 3 jobs. (insert upside down smiley face emoji here)

And this isn’t meant to be me complaining. I love working at the bookstore, I’m trying really hard to love the dog, and I’m still a high functioning mentally ill person. But these things made it kind of hard to run a readathon, and if you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I had a complete mental breakdown at the end of the month and fled social media, and I’ve been slowly making my way back.

I guess you could say I learned to not host a readathon in a month where I’m consistently depressed.

Anyway, so now that that’s out of the way, how did I do in my own readathon? Well, I read 11 books, most of them being eARCs and audiobooks (which was not really the point of the whole thing, but I did what I could and that’s all I could ask of myself). I’m not going to put all of the covers here because I’ve carved out a very small amount of time where I can write blog posts, but I am going to give the titles, format, and rating in the order I read them.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (audiobook re-read, rating increased from 3 to 4 stars)

King of Fools by Amanda Foody (eARC, 4.5 stars)

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman (audiobook, 4 stars)

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon (eARC, 4.5 stars)

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan (audiobook, 3.5 stars (I think? I can’t make sense of my Goodreads review)

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (audiobook reread, rating stays at 3 stars)

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (audiobooks, 3 stars)

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly (audiobook, 1 star)

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (hardcover, 4 stars)

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno (audiobook, 5 stars)

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (physical copy, 4 stars)

That means with the bonus books from the challenges that I read 28 books for Mythical May, so I made my goal of Ruler of the Gods even if I didn’t read the books I planned on reading. I also finished all the audiobooks on my TBR, and the only eARC from my TBR I didn’t manage to finish in May I finished June 1st. I’m pretty happy with that.

Huge thank you to everyone who participated in Mythical May weather you participated in the readthon or just the photo challenge. It meant the world to me to see all your posts. I should be here more often if I can figure out my life, but I feel like I say that at the end of every post now. I’m also going to slowly catch up on my WordPress, so apologies to the people I’m about to spam.

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