Monthly Wrap Up: May 2022

IT’S JUNE!? That’s what has been constantly repeating in my head since yesterday. Wild. Anyway, what was May? May was my birthday month and it was one of the best ones I’ve had in a while because I had online and offline friends that made me appreciate it more. I’m so thankful for all the friends I’ve made on here and I wanted to say that I appreciate you all so so much! πŸ’œ

dinipanda magic

One of the gifts my sister gave me this year was a commissioned artwork of ME featuring my favourite things. She said it’s meant to “encompass the magic of being in love with books, like a master of loving stories, including other things that you love like Zelda and pandas.” It’s one of the sweetest and most thoughtful gifts anyone has given me and I love it so much! πŸ₯ΉπŸ₯ΉπŸ₯Ή

Aside from that, May was also the month my work contract ended. I sent my official farewells to my colleagues of the last five years on the last day of May and it was quite a bittersweet moment. Silly of me to think that it wouldn’t affect me because of how “over it” I pretty much was by the end, but five years is a long time and as much as the job drained me, I really loved how passionate everyone was. I think I’ve processed it and I’m now ready to look forward to whatever comes nextβ€”which, for right now, is travelling to India to be with one of my besties for at least the next few months. Onward and upward and all that, right? πŸ›«

Although it felt like I didn’t read a lot this month, I finished 22 books and a lot of them were really great reads! I only had two 5-star reads but a lot of 4-4.5-star reads which I think is just as fantastic! Both of my 5-star reads are new favourites and they gave me all the heartwarming, uplifting and comforting vibes, and I’d definitely recommend them!

**BOOK COVERS are linked to Goodreads. The TITLE TEXT is linked to my review if available!**

Panda rating: 5 pandas

5 pandas

A Psalm for the Wild-Built
(ARC) Everything for You

Panda rating: 4.5 pandas

4.5 pandas

(KU) Meet Me Halfway
The City of Brass
(KU) Malice

Panda rating: 4 pandas

4 pandas

Panda rating: 3.5 pandas

3.5 pandas

(ARC) Starry-Eyed Love
(ARC) The Ivory Key

Panda rating: 3 pandas

3 pandas

(ARC) Impossible

2.5 pandas
2 pandas


Here are a few posts from the book blogging community that I’ve enjoyed reading this past month:

And that’s a wrap for May! How was your reading month and what was your favourite read? I know the month ended on quite a sombre note for many, so I hope everyone is doing okay and taking care of themselves! I hope June is a good/great/better month for all of us! Giant panda hugs, friends. πŸ’œπŸ«‚πŸ’œ

38 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap Up: May 2022

  1. The artwork your sister commissioned is BEAUTIFUL! It’s really such a thoughtful and personal gift, I love it.
    Also, 22 books is A LOT! I’m glad you enjoyed most of them. I was already pleased with finishing 4 books hahaha
    Thanks so much for featuring my reading experiment!

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    • I’ve never received commissioned art as a gift before but I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!! 😍 And yeah, I’m pretty chuffed with the 22 books hehe I thought I read a lot less (cos sometimes it do feel that way) but it was a great month overall. I hope you have an amazing June, Kat!

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    • She really surprised me with it (also because it came a little late and was not expecting it at all!) but I love it so much πŸ₯° Also, I would highly recommend A Psalm for the Wild-Built if you can get your hands on it. It’s fantastic! I hope you have a fabulous June!


  2. Oh man, that artwork is such an awesome gift! I’m so glad May was wonderful to you! Here’s hoping June is, too!

    (Also 22 books?!?!? I’m so jealous you were able to read that many!)

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    • Hehe, the artwork got done a little late and she only surprised me with it the other day and ah, I’m obsessed! I love it so much πŸ₯° And YES! I finally read it and… it took a while to warm up to it but I ended up *loving* it and now I’m so excited for the next book! I hope you have an amazing June as well, Yolanda!

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  3. That commissioned artwork is so pretty & what a great reading month! πŸ’• I’ll be sure to read your review on The Ivory Key!! Not sure if you’ve made a post like this in the past, but I’d love to read about any tips you have to read more books as a blogger (especially while reviewing & making content throughout the month).

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    • I love the artwork so much too! πŸ₯° I’ve never actually done a post before with tips for how to read more as a blogger but that does sound like a fun idea so maybe I’ll prepare a post for that in the near future! 😍

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  4. Congrats on a great month! I’m glad your birthday was a happy one, and I love the artwork your sister had commissioned. It’s gorgeous! I *finally* read the first Bergman brothers and now I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Happy to see you enjoyed Everything For You! ❀️

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    • Thanks, Dedra! I love this commissioned work as well. It’s so cute and it was so sweet of her to commission it for me. πŸ₯° Aah, I’m so glad that you’ve finally read a Bergman Brothers book! That’s one of my favourite romance series ever so I hope you continue to enjoy the stories πŸ˜ƒ Happy reading and have a great June!


    • Omg I just saw your comment! Thanks, Andie! πŸ₯° I’m so happy with this commission my sister gifted me! I hope you enjoy Malice! It was definitely a bit out of my comfort zone but it was *so* good 😍 I can’t wait to read his Bloodsworn books! I hope you enjoy it!

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