#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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Mythical May TBR

It’s May 1st, which means I am late to posting my TBR for my own readathon. Oh well, I’m late to doing a bunch of things. So without further ado, here is my TBR for the month of May.

Physical Books

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

I got my copy when I went to South Africa a few years ago and I would love to get to it. I also normally randomize my TBR, and this has supposed to be my next read for months.

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

This is another top of the TBR because of a randomizer book. I’ve also heard amazing things about this one and there’s mental health rep.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

I’ve been hearing amazing things about this one and I’m a little salty I got denied on Netgalley.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

I have my copy of King of Scars waiting for me to read, so this is my next step on my journey through The Grisha Trilogy.

What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard

I’ve heard this has really good eating disorder rep from some ownvoices reviewers, so I’m excited to get to this one.

Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

This is one of the books I’ve had the longest and I need to get through some of the short story collections I have.

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Geekerella was adorable, so I’m excited to get to this one. One of the prompts I came up with was also to read a retelling and this one fits.

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul

I love the musical, but I know the plot isn’t the best and I haven’t heard great things about the book. I’m really interested to see what I think of it.

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this one and I’m excited to get to it.

Audiobooks

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

This is a reread for me, but the hold I placed in October at my library finally came in. I’m actually halfway through it already. (It’s 11pm on May 1st at this point)

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

I’ve sort of barely started this one, but I have to return it this month which means it has to get done during the readathon.

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

This one doesn’t quite make sense considering I’m in the middle of King of Fools, but I’ve found I don’t really remember what happened in Ace of Shades. I also had to use up my Hoopla credits for April.

eARCs

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

I wanted to have a review for it up on time so badly, but life got in the way. I should have it done by tomorrow.

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

This comes out on May 14th so I’m trying to finish it before then. I’m insanely excited for it because it features a fat athlete and Sandhya Menon’s books are always fun to read.

Imagine Us Happy by Jennifer Yu

I got accepted for the ARC right before this came out in the middle of essay season. I feel insanely guilty for taking so long to get to it so I’m hoping I can finish and review it this month.

All that means with the “bonus books” from the challenges that if I read everything here I will have a total of 28 books. I guess this means I’m shooting for Ruler of the Gods. Wish me luck because this TBR is ambitious.

Mythical May Readathon Announcement

Hello!

I’ve always wanted to participate in a readathon, but I either always find out about them too late, or I’m busy with school. So I made my own!

For the whole month of May I’ll be hosting the Mythical May Readathon. I don’t really know what I’m doing because I’ve never actually participated in a readathon, but I’ll be hosting reading sprints on Twitter and posting weekly updates on here throughout the month.

Everything is loosely based on Greek mythology because I didn’t feel comfortable basing things off other cultures’ legends, but I tried to make things fit general themes I’ve seen in other mythologies. The logo for the readathon (hand-drawn by me and then edited in Paint 3D) takes inspiration from other mythologies and legends.

The nice thing is that there are no rules. This readathon is designed to give people with a similar university schedule to me (as in exams end in April) to whittle down their TBRs. I came up with a few challenges to earn “bonus books”, and I have levels to shoot for that match the theme,  but you don’t have to follow the challenges or have a goal in mind to participate.

The Challenges:

Myths Retold– read a retelling (+1 book)

Battling Beasts– read a book over 500 pages. (“bonus books” increase per book over 500 pages read (1 book read=+2 books, 2 books read= +4 books, 3 books read= +8 books, etc.))
Collection of myths– read an anthology or short story collection (+1 book)
Creation myths– read a historical book or an older backlist title (has been out for more than 5 years in any country) (+3 books)
Gifts of the Gods– read a book where magic is a feature (feel free to count the magic of friendships) (+1 book)
The Levels:
Hero– read 1-4 books
Demi-God– read 5-8 books
Member of the Pantheon– read 9- 20 books
Ruler of the Gods– read 21+ books
I also wanted to create a photo challenge; so I did! Here’s the graphic I made with the prompts (I am not skilled in the ways of design, so please be kind to me):
Mythic May Photo Challenge.png
I wanted to announce this with plenty of time for people to decide if they wanted to participate. If you’re going to take part in Mythical May I would love to hear about it. Feel free to use the logo and link back to this post if you’re participating. If you’re participating in the photo challenge or plan on talking about the readathon of Twitter and such, I would love it if you tagged everything with #flbmythicmay so I can see your posts easier. I’ll have a TBR post up before the readathon starts, but that’s it from me for now.