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Top Ten Books Of 2018 (So Far)

This has been a year of rereads for me. I think I’ve spent more time rereading books than reading new ones, and honestly I’m fine with that! I’ve gotten to revisit many of my favourite books and gave feels or notice something I missed before.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s topic is Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far). Although I haven’t read as many new books to have 10 books I really loved, I have read enough books.

So I’m just going to list the best 10, which aren’t really all that I totally loved. It’ll be ordered best to good.

[1] The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

the hate u giveLet’s start off with one of the BEST I’ve EVER read. The Hate U Give centers around #BlackLivesMatter and it’s so powerful.

It is the story about a girl named Starr who is the witness of her best friend’s unfair shooting. We follow along the consequences and how lives are changed after that event, and how the law sides with white Americans. Starr was a brilliant character and I absolutely loved the supporting characters as well.

The book has also been adapted into a movie! Here’s the amazing trailer which makes me want to watch the movie NOW.

Click here to read my review.

[2] The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren James

the loneliest girl in the universeI don’t usually go for Young Adult Sci-Fi books but I heard a LOT about this book so I picked it up. And it BLEW me away.

We follow Romy Silvers as she’s in a spaceship headed to a new planet. She’s the only person and she’s been very lonely. Suddenly there’s a new, better, spaceship also headed the same place. She’ll get to see another person after years!

I think the loneliness was told very well and I loved the concept. In the beginning the book might have been a liitle boring but by the end, I was a fan.

Click here to read my review.

[3] Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner

crash and burnI read her book The Other Daughter years back and always wanted to read more of her work but I didn’t get to it. Recently I saw this book in the bookstore and bought it immediately.

The book is about Nicky, who one day starts looking for “Vero” and her car overturns while drunk driving. From then starts the search for Vero but it’s also a problem that Nicky doesn’t really know. Above that, both her and her husband look very suspicous because chunks from their history is missing.

The book gripped me right from the start and took me on a ride.

Click here to read my review.

[4] From Lukov, With Love by Mariana Zapata

from lukov with loveI found this book on the New Adult list on Goodreads and it immediately got my attention. I was totally into the idea of the main character being an ice skater.

But the book was so much more than that. I absolutely adore the hate-to-love relationship and the relationship growth. I’m all for those two things. This book got 5 stars from me and I’m not a fan of Mariana Zapata.

Since then, I’ve read two more books by her but From Lukov, With Love is my favourite.

Click here to read my review.

[5] American Panda by Gloria Chao

american pandaThis book made it to this list because of the diversity. The main character is Taiwanese-American and I learnt so much about Taiwanese and Chinese cultures from this book! And I was surprised to find similarities as well.

Mei tries to be the perfect daughter because her brother disappointed her parents, but it’s hard because of the numerous things she has to follow. Her parents are very strict and she doesn’t feel free to do what she wants and date who she wants. We follow her as she tries to stay within line but also walk the line because she wants cross it.

Click here to read my review.

[6] The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

the bellesImagine a world where a few women control beauty. Everyone is born ugly and then, The Belles transform them into something beautiful. If you can pay, you can go to them when you wish to change something about yourself or change completely!

The world in this book is revolving around beauty and your definition of it. It’s centered on Camellia Beauregard, who is a curious Belle with a tendency to rebel.

Belles are cherished by the world and wanted everywhere, but they’re also held to a number of restrictions and their life is not as perfect as you would think it would be. Dhonielle Clayton has formed a very interesting world and I can’t wait to read more.

Click here to read my review.

[7] Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

restore meI liked Shatter Me’s first two books and LOVED book three. So you can imagine how excited I was when more books in the series were announced.

Restore Me has one thing that was missing from the previous book and that is the rest of the world. Previously we only saw the surroundings around Juliette and knew barely anything about the rest of the world. And despite thinking we did, we didn’t know all that much about Warner’s past as well.

All of the plot holes and missing facts are explored in this book along with the continuation of Juliette vs. The Reestablishment.

Click here to read my review.

[8] Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

let's talk about loveThe reason I picked up this book and what I liked best is the asexuality representation. I only knew the basic definition of asexuality but I never read a book about it before.

This book has an asexual main character who tries to navigate relationships—platonic and romantic. I mostly liked that she’s just an average person with a small fact that she’s asexual. It does bring in problems while dating but she tries.

While it’s not an absolute favourite because of the almost-insta-love, I did quite like it.

Click here to read my review.

[9] The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

the cruel princeThis book is HYPED. And the hype has led to huge expectations, even if we’ve tried to avoid it. And in some cases it has led to disappointment. I wasn’t very disappointed but I have to admit, I was a little let down.

The book is about fae and the faerie. I’m always into faerie but I somehow was not that into this book. Mainly because I couldn’t grasp how someone as inconsequential as Jude, who is a human, who only wants to climb ranks causes so much change. I don’t get it.

While the story is pretty good, the faerie world was cool and Jude was okay, I still do not get the hype.

Click here to read my review.

[10] Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

wintersongThe last book of the list is Wintersong, which only made to the list because I don’t have another better book. I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Leisl, our main character, is talented in writing music but since her musician father likes more good musicians than songwriters, she’s not as valued. She’s overshadowed by her siblings. One day her sister disappears and she finds out that the Goblin King took her.

She goes into the world she thought was a myth to get back her sister and her story changes beyond what she thought.

The book was really nice for the first half but after that I was just bored. I might pick up the next book but I’m not sure, so let’s see.

Click here to read my review.


I just realized as I was writing this blog post that I’ve included every genre I read most into the list! Contemporary, Science Fiction, Mystery, Dystopian and Fantasy!

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So that was my top ten books of the year! What were yours? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? Let me know in the comments! Also do comment the link of your TTT if you’ve posted one.

The Sunday Post // finals are done! + bookish candles + further plans

I honestly cannot remember the last time a wrote a post to go up immediately. I’m a huge planner and I usually write my posts in advance. In fact I used to even write posts a month in advance! But I had a blogging slump a while back and then I had my finals so I’ve been blogging lesser.

I’m back now, though! And I’m doing a more personal post to catch y’all up on my life. I used to do life updates before but I haven’t been doing them lately.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer to update readers on the blogger’s past week. I’ve been eyeing this meme for a while and I’m finally getting the time to do it.

My finals are done!

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I honestly felt like my exams had been going on forever. I had 8 subjects last semester—two labs and six theory. I had my lab exams on 30th June and 5th July. And my university, being it’s classical predictable self, kept our theory exams starting 19th July!! So that’s TWO WEEKS in the middle. Is it vacation? Is it study holidays? No one knows! So we treated it as half and half. We enjoyed everyday and also worried about studying.

The actual exams went on for three weeks. We had exams on Tuesdays and Fridays for THREE weeks. I’m pretty sure only my university keeps exams spanning that long.

But you know what? It was short this time. I remember all my previous finals spanned about a month. My 2nd semester finals spanned OVER a month. That was torture. We had six days between the first and second exams that time.

In short all of us are used to having vacations and exams at the same time. Also because we don’t really get semester breaks. I had ONE WEEK between semesters 2 and 3.

I was really stupid during one of my exams..

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It was my third exam. My exams start at 2pm and we’re called 20 minutes in advance. So I reached college at 10aa, just to be safe. I revised over there and was nervous for the exam.

Now we’re supposed to go in to our exam rooms at 1:40pm. Me, being extra careful, started going in at 1:30pm.

BUT GUESS WHAT.

While I was taking my stuff to go inside, I realized I DID NOT HAVE MY HALL TICKET. It’s super necessary for exams.

I always carry mu bullet journal so I kept my hall ticket inside that. And that day, like an idiot, I left it at home because there’s no use for it.

I panicked so much guys.

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ft. Dan who’s videos DESCRIBE MY LIFE

Thankfully my friends were there to give instructions while I blanked out. I ran to my invigilator and told him about the issue. He told me to go to my department and I requested him to let in me in late.

In the department, the person I needed to see wasn’t there. I asked another teacher there who called him. I waited there for that person who said that I’d have to pay to get a duplicate. I said okay I’ll pay after the exam but he said that you have to pay before itself.

It was 1:40 by then. I was super super panicked. I did NOT have the time to go to accounts department, which is in the ground floor, to pay and get the receipt. And I most certainly did not have the time to run back to the 5th floor where my department is to get the duplicate. Also keep in my my exam room was in the second floor.

He saw me panicking and told me to go to my room and keep the money ready and he’ll come there and give my hall ticket. So I ran and realized I had only half the money needed. I borrowed bits from three people who were late that day (thank goodness) and managed to pay.

I was inside the room at around 1:50pm.

Usually when something goes wrong my whole day goes wrong, including my exams, but surprisingly I did my exam well that day! I am so damn glad.

The minute I got home that day I kept my original hall ticket inside my bag. Not taking anymore chances.

I bought my first bookish candles!

The day my stupid mistake, I was procrastinating studying for my next exam. While on Instagram, an Indian bookish candle shop I follow had a sale for imperfect candles.

I’ve never wanted to buy candles because I don’t really use candles at all. Plus I didn’t see the point in bookish candles except for bookstagram pictures.

So when I decided to buy two of them, you can understand just how much I was done with exams. But thankfully it was a sale so discounted prices. Hence helpful for my wallet.

I did not tell my mom that I bought them. I was tracking the shipment carefully and it ended up coming to my house on Tuesday, the day I had an exam!!! So no one was at home. Thankfully the postman came again the next day itself and I was at home to receive it.

That afternoon when mum came home for lunch I showed her the candles. She did not reprimand me!! Yayy. I knew she wouldn’t really yell and stuff but I expected something.

Shadowhunters and Velaris

I bought a Shadowhunters tin one and Velaris in a jar. They’re from whispering flames.

We lit Velaris yesterday, to celebrate the first day of holidays. It smells really fresh but also dense. I can’t describe it, and my mom couldn’t even say a word to describe it. My two best friends friends think it kinda smells like car freshener though.

We haven’t lit the Shadowhunters one yet. It’s smells like leathery wind and all of us, excluding my mom, liked that more. It’s scent is supposed to be leather, ocean breeze and wind. Honestly the leather addition makes it smell so much more better.

Internship!

I have three weeks break as of now. College reopens 1st of August. But I really want to put these to use and applied for an internship where my mum works. It’ll be for a month starting this Wednesday so I’ll be skipping classes for about 10 days.

Honestly, I’m not bothered by missing classes. It’s better than not being productive for three weeks.

I’m pretty excited for the internship because it’s my first and I’ll be getting to do something other than sit in lectures learning passively, which I hate.

Holiday bucketlist

For the FIRST TIME in my life weekdays will be Monday to Friday. I’ve always had Monday through Saturday weeks with only Sunday as holiday. I honestly never understood the concept of “weekend plans” because of that.

But because offices have five-day weekdays unlike all academic institutions, I’ll actually get to experience a proper weekend. I’m planning on doing all the small things in my bucket list then. Of course I’m not including reading books (which I AM going to do a lot) and watching shows/Kdramas/movies.

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Let’s do it!

I want to:

  • catch up on my Kdrama reviews. I’m on 16th Kdrama at the moment but I’ve reviewed only 4. This shows what I’ve been doing during my blogging and book slumps lol.
  • make new bookstagram props. I’ve been using origami lucky stars as props for a LONG time and I’m getting bored of it. Pretty sure others are as well. I’ve bookmarked some YouTubde videos so let’s see how it goes.
  • catch up on the Commenting 365 challenge. During my blogging slump and during finals I became horribly behind in my commenting challenge. The goal is to comment on 365 blogs through the year—one per day. I took it as commenting on new blogs. I’m now about a MONTH behind. I’ve been commenting once in a while but not regularly.
  • finish updating old book reviews. A long long time back when I was new to blogging, I posted a bunch of blog posts. I want to make all my review to the current format but I haven’t finished updating all yet. I dud until the letter S (going alphabetically) and I’m sure I don’t have much more left. Going to wrap that up this break.

And that’s it for now! I’m sure impromptu things will come up as well.

Currently Reading..

the night circus coverThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern! I bought this book in the beginning of July, after my lab finals and I didn’t start it because I wanted to concentrate on studying.

I started it yesterday and it’s pretty good! I wished that it was more fast paced or action packed in the beginning but now I’m good. It’s really magical and enchanting. We also see from multiple POVs about the magic of The Night Circus so that’s really good.

I’m at page 207/502. I’ll probably finish it tomorrow. Not today because I’m hanging out with my best friends as much as I can now before all of us become busy with plans.

I really like hanging out with them because we’re almost like family. We don’t really do specific things when we meet. Yesterday they came over and we just did things individually but in company. One was writing notes to help her boyfriend since he’s working and doesn’t have time, the other was sleeping on my bed while I was reading. It was very homely and this is why they’re my best friends. We just go together and have really similar ideals of living even though we’re all interested in different things.

What’s going on in your life?

Wow this post has become SO LONG! If you’ve been sticking through until here, hats off to you. Thanks for reading!

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Since I’ve used up so much space talking about me, I want to hear about y’all now. Did anything out of the ordinary happen this week? What are your plans for the next week? Tell me in the comments!

July ’18 Bullet Journal Setup

It’s been a long time since I posted a bullet journal setup! I actually didn’t even use my bullet journal much for a couple months because I didn’t have the time. It was just college, college work and maybe blog all day.

This month I’ve had more free time because it’s exam time (kinda ironic eh). So I present to you, my July bullet journal setup!

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I usually don’t keep themes but while I was making the spreads it just became a theme and I continued. My theme is the colour yellow and I’m surprised I’m happy with it because I don’t like yellow.

I kept the front page simple with leaves and yellow accents. On the right, there’s my events of the month. I hadn’t written all of the events when I took this picture but even with everything there isn’t much happening this month. So I decided to write all the events to the right and just drew something to fill space on the left.

holiday bucket list and expenses

Since I’m having my semester break for the second half of the month, I made a page to note down small things that don’t have a deadline but I’d like to do.

And on the right is my expense tracker which is the same as I always keep it.

habit trackers and mood tracker

I haven’t been doing habit and mood trackers for about three months now but since I had the time to set it up, I brought it back this month! The habit tracker is kind of the same as I had last time. I’ll be filling in the rectangles with diagonal stripes if I do that thing that day.

For the mood tracker, I wanted something different but I didn’t want to colour moods. So I came up with this. Black rectangles are for sad days, diagonal stripes for average and double diagonal for happy days.


And that’s it! I kept it relatively simple this time with only one colour. I’ll try to continue with the yellow theme for the duration of the month but if I know myself, I know that I’ll get bored and add more colours soon.

Do you like the colour yellow? What plans do you have for the month? 

 

W: Two Worlds // kdrama review

Welcome back to another Korean drama review where I talk about another one of my favourites so far! This was the fourth Kdrama I watched and I did not expect that I would like it this much.

My luck with Kdramas was so good in the beginning, though? Out of 4, I really liked THREE. That’s a very good number. Amongst the Korean dramas I’ve reviewed till now, I rank them as:

  1. W: Two Worlds
  2. While You Were Sleeping
  3. Pinocchio
  4. It’s Okay That’s Love

W: Two Worlds and While You Were Sleeping are very close because I love them both equally and the only reason W is #1 now is because it’s in the genre that I’m totally into at the moment.

What’s the show about?

What if you went into your favourite fictional world? What if you met your fictional crush and fell in love with him/her for real? What if THEY fell in love with YOU?

OKAY SO GUYS THIS SHOW IS AWESOME. I have absolutely no clue how to describe it properly so forgive me if I’m confusing.

The show starts off with the author of a VERY popular webtoon called going missing. The people working under him were right outside his room and even they don’t know where he’s gone.

His daughter Oh Yeon-joo, our female lead, starts looking for clues in his room. While doing that, a bloody hand caches hold of her jacket and pulls her. Next thing she knows, she’s in the rooftop of a building next to a man lying on the floor with stab wounds. Being a doctor, she does something to make him better and runs to call for help.

And after a few minutes, she’s suddenly back in the real world, in her father’s room, where she finds out that a new episode of W has gone up. And the episode describes EXACTLY what happened when she was in the rooftop.

That’s how she figures out that she was IN THE WEBTOON. She got pulled into the webtoon through her father’s drawing tablet in his room. The injured man was the main lead of the webtoon, Kang Chul.

What the heck, you say?

The show is about two worlds—real world and the webtoon world. Oh Yeon-joo gets dragged into the webtoon world again and again and eventually becomes a part of it. Whenever the episode ends (with a big scene like episodes usually end), she’s back into the real world.

And so began their love story.

The show is way more than romance, though! It was sci-fi, thriller and romance all rolled into one with twists every where! Within 16 one hour episodes, SO MUCH happens that once the show ends you’re just blown away by thinking what all happened.

Honestly, I can’t even begin to explain all the details about the show because I could write a whole post just about it.

What I loved

  • It’s FANTASY, y’all. And it’s the BEST fantasy.

It’s an amazing story about murder, villains, love and it takes place in TWO worlds. So you go back and forth, you get to know both worlds, you see how complicated it all becomes and you are at the edge just waiting to see what happens next.

devoured this show as fast as my mind could keep up and still stay sane. Because let me tell you, you won’t even feel like all of the story happened in ONLY 16 episodes. There’s so much.

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Source: Hello Asia!
  • Have you ever imagined what it would be like if you met your fictional crush? Because that’s exactly what happens in this show. Kang Chul is the fictional crush of many in the show’s real world, including Oh Yeon-joo. So just imagine yourself in Yeon-joo’s place getting to meet Kang Chul, who is the BEST to have a crush on.
  • Han Hyo-joo acted SO WELL as Oh Yeon-joo. I loved the parts when Yeon-joo is confused what to do when she’s in the fictional world, what to say about herself whenever Kang Chul asks and how to get back. It was quite funny to watch her.
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Source: Dramabeans
  • The show also asks questions you ask yourself about every fictional world. And at those moments I really started thinking myself and fell in love with the show more because it’s literally our dreams.

What happens when the story ends? Does the world stop, frozen forever? Or does it go on?

  • The plot is just CRAZY. If you don’t watch the show for anything else, just watch it for the plot. The are so many ups and downs and twists. By the end all you can expect is that there will be more unexpected things happening, right until the end of episode 16.
  • In fact the plot is so good, I actually even missed some details which I thought were plot holes simply because I was too into the main story and was waiting to see what happens next that my attention wasn’t on the details.
  • Kang Chul’s relationship with Oh Seong-moo—his maker—was so complex and fascinating. At one point Kang Chul comes into the real world and meets Seong-moo and everything that follows got me so interested.

The relationship started out with Seong-moo wanting to kill the character that he made and end the webtoon. To Kang Chul, Seong-moo is the one who gave him a tragic life story but it became so much more including Seong-moo being the father of the woman Kang Chul loves. Honestly, I cannot say much without spoiling something.

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  • The father-daughter relationship portrayal was so nice. Oh Yeon-joo and Oh Seong-moo’s love for each other kept driving them to save the other. Seeing Seong-moo’s love for his daughter made me so emotional. I don’t see this much focus on parent-child relationships so that was really nice.

I cannot say anymore because spoilers but just know that if I could, I would rant for 3000 words.

What I didn’t love so much

  • The plot holes. I caught quite a few plot holes in While You Were Sleeping but they didn’t bother me much unlike here where all of the plot holes bothered me! Especially the big ones that are the catalysts of the plot. They’re the reason the plot exists and they aren’t explained at all.
  • I’ll admit, at one point I got pretty bored by the show. It was all fast-paced and fantasy elements then suddenly all we saw was romance which I was NOT into. But they did recover fast—within one episode! Right as you think everything will end well, BAM, another twist.

There are things that aren’t explained well. The plot might seem far-fetched in some points.

BUT.

It’s fiction and it has the freedom to break barriers so just enjoy it.

The Characters

I LOVED Kang Chul. This character is very different from other roles I’ve seen Lee Jong-suk play. In the others, his character is unsure, clumsy and can mess up. But here, he’s the PERFECT male lead—strong, confident, rich, with a tragic past and a life quest. Lee Jong-suk played him better than I thought he could.

Kang Chul is an award-winning sharp-shooter who pursued Computer Science in academics. His whole family was murdered by a sharp-shooter (and by the same gun Kan Chul used during the Olympic competition) so the blame came upon him. Everyone thought he killed them after having a fight with his dad for wanting to study CS.

He’s now the CEO of a company and has also started a broadcasting station called W where people solve unsolved cases. He thought this might help find the person who killed his family.

W. Who and Why. Who killed them and why did they kill them.

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Oh Yeon-joo, played by Han Hyo-joo, is a doctor and daughter of the artist of W. Her parents are divorced and hence she doesn’t get to see her father as much as she would like. In the beginning, she’s meek and shy and wasn’t very captivating. Even though she had more screen time than Kang Chul, I didn’t like her then.

But later I grew to like her because I could clearly see character growth and growth is what I like. She grows from the very uncertain and jumpy girl to one who deals with villains, death threats and doing anything to keep her loved ones safe.

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Source: Dramabeans

This next character isn’t considered a main character but to me he is one because his role is as big as Kang Chul’s and Oh Yeon-joo’s. Oh Seong-moo, artist of the webtoon and father of Oh Yeon-joo, was played brilliantly by Kim Ui-seong. His role was complex and included multiple personalities. Just, wow.

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The other supporting characters were played really well too. My favourite supporting characters are Seo Do-yoon, Kang Chul’s bodyguard and Park Soo-bong, one of the artists under Seong-moo.

 


Discussion (INCLUDES SPOILERS)

If you don’t want to get spoiled, click here to skip to the “overall” concluding section.

Okay so can we talk plot holes and things that weren’t explained??

Plot Holes

  1. The screen to the real world. The explanation we got later was that the screen appeared in front of Kang Chul when he realizes that he’s a fictional character. So then he can step through the screen into the real world. But that doesn’t explain how the screen appeared in episode 1 when he did NOT know that he’s a fictional character.
  2. Talking about the same scene, why was Kang Chul dying? All the previous times he rejected death by changing the scene so why couldn’t he do that here? What’s the logic?
  3. We were told that Oh Yeon-joo gets dragged into the webtoon world (after the first time) whenever Kang Chul thinks about her. But what about after they rewrote the story? How did Yeon-joo get dragged into the world when Kang Chul did not even have memories of her? It’s said that she probably remained in his head unconsciously but it still doesn’t make sense because it was more like time rewind than memory erase.
  4. Oh Seong-moo disappeared in the webtoon world. He didn’t actually die. So Yeon-joo could have just drawn a little more and changed her father’s fate? Why wasn’t that thought of. He just disappeared! Plus, Seong-moo wasn’t even really a webtoon character so how did he disappear like a webtoon character that’s not required anymore?

Other things

CAN WE TALK ABOUT SEONG-MOO BECOMING THE VILLAIN? The actor changes roles so fast and brilliantly played both roles that I just? was blown away??

I also loved that a villain was made as the webtoon progressed? It’s not a simple find the villain, catch the villain and happily ever after. I found it interesting with the prosecutor/politician’s addition and how he gradually became a villain because he’s against Kang Chul.


Overall

I loved the show! So much is packed into 16 episodes that I got so sucked into it, I didn’t even notice the background songs much. I binged it as fast as I could and was taken on a roller coaster ride.

Definitely recommended! Especially if you love fantasy and would love to see fictional and real worlds getting mixed.

 

Have you ever imagined meeting your fictional crush? About going into your favourite fictional world? What comes next in that story? Tell me in the comments!

Favourite Songs of the Month

Welcome back to another music post! I really should do more posts about things other than books like I used to a long time back, but finding time to blog itself is hard nowadays. *sigh*

This is becoming a regular thing, huh? Maybe I should make it a monthly blogging meme…

Okay so I liked quite a few new songs this month. I spent time listening to them a lot. I’m really excited to talk about them so let’s get to them!

Waves (acoustic) by Dean Lewis

Thank you Elm for introducing me to this! She did the Music Habits Tag (that I created!) and for the “song you think everyone should listen to” Elm said this song. The first time I heard it, it was okay. I didn’t like it that much but I did download it. While studying math with my playlist in shuffle, this came on and I was BLOWN away??

I heard the original version as well but this one’s better, in my opinion. Y’all should really listen to it!

Also Elm you really should do posts about music because I would love to get more recs!

Girls Like You by Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B

Everyone was talking about this when it came out. People were both positive and negative about the video so I checked it out as well and I actually liked the video! I replayed it quite a few times because the music went so well with the video and I loved seeing all the women.

As I replayed the video, the song grew on me. On it’s own, the song isn’t that great though. Also I do NOT understand the addition of Cardi B, especially the lyrics she raps. It doesn’t match with the rest of the song.

I LOVED Gal Gadot in the video! She’s just dancing around all happy and it made me so happy!

Back To You by Selena Gomez

Let’s talk about the video first! I liked the 80s teen party vibes which are really boring making her want to steal a car and make her life interesting. I also liked the idea that in the end they did it all again, just like she said she would in the song.

But what struck me most was how young she looked? If she played Alex Russo again I would totally think that she’s a teen! The faces she makes acting like a total kid was so nice! Also the addition where he says “You know, you look a little like Selena Gomez” and she just look at the camera? BEST.

Onto the song itself, I like the tune A LOT. The intrumental music and her voice just blending in sounds so good. I kept playing it on repeat while studying one whole evening because it’s really nice as chill background music. It makes me want to move to the music every time I listen to it.

Naan Nee by Karthi and Catherine Tresa

This was the ONLY song this month that’s old and which I fell in love with only now because of shuffle. It’s a really nice Tamil song. Even if you don’t understand the lyrics, just try listening to it.

Agenda by Emma Blackery

Okay so I know Emma Blackery from Evan Edinger’s videos. They’re both YouTubers and they did a video together called School: British vs American and that was how I came to know both of them, actually. I really like Evan’s videos and I checked out Emma’s but I didn’t like them much.

Recently I just searched her again and these music videos came up and I’m like “that’s not her… is it?” Turns out, it IS her because she talks about her new single on her channel. I listened to Agenda and I actually really like it?? I’m totally going to listen to all of her songs.

Icarus by Emma Blackery

Haha say hello to another Emma Blackery song! I was playing Agenda on Saavn (music player) and this came up next on the automatically curated playlist and this is so good?? So yeah I’m definitely listening to all of her songs.


That’s all for today!

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10 book series I’ve given up on

The best thing and the worst thing about book series is reading multiple books before you reach the end. If you like the series, it’s a blessing that there are more books but if you don’t like the series, it’s not good. Especially for those who want to know the ending but have to trudge through multiple books for it.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s TTT topic is Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish and it’s perfect because I actually have quite a few series that I’ve given up on recently.

I used to be one of those people who read to completion whether they liked the book or not, and it was the same for series. Case in point The House of Night series by P.C. and Kristen Cast which ran for TWELVE books and was actually pretty boring. But I read it all.

But after joining the book community, I always have too many books on my TBR to spend more time on books and series that I don’t enjoy. I DNF immediately if I have problems with the characters or the plot centers around a trope I hate. But for series, I give up if I just don’t have enough interest to immediately pick up the next book. Sometimes I want to but by the time the sequel releases, I lose interest so even though I had plans of reading it, I don’t end up doing it.

Let’s see what series I’ve given up on..

[1] The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I had borrowed the first book from a friend of mine and it was interesting enough. I started losing interest towards the end but I still had full plans to pick up the next book. But I went on to other books and I found that I just didn’t care about the story enough to read the next book.

I accepted that I won’t be reading the second book only a while back and finally removed it from my TBR on Goodreads.

[2] The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED the first book and quite enjoyed the second. I always had a plan of reading The Midnight Star but by the time it finally released, I just didn’t care. I also forgot most of the story from the first two books and I didn’t feel like rereading them.

I’m a huge fan of Marie Lu so this is actually a surprise for myself as well that I’m giving up on the series. I even see the book in the bookstore I frequent but every time I see it, consider buying it but find other books I want to read more. After a few times of this happening, I finally removed it from my TBR.

I hope that someday in the future I’ll want to read the book, even if I forgot most of the story because in my heart, I can’t just give up on a Marie Lu book.

[3] Fallen by Lauren Kate

Okay yes, I know I’m contradicting myself here when I say this because I also mentioned this in my 10 books I can’t believe I didn’t DNF post earlier this month and said I read it fully.

But you see, there were only four books before! I only recently found out that a fifth book was published and I wanted to read it solely to be able to say that I sat through the whole series. 

Yes, I know it’s stupid but you have no idea how much I got frustrated while reading the first four books and it was sadly before book community so I used to read everything fully. I added it to my TBR and removed it after five seconds because no way am I wasting more time on that series. I’ll say I finished it because I did read the first four books.

[4] The Witchlands by Susan Dennard

I bought the first two books after seeing a book blogger I follow rave about it. A mistake that I didn’t check out at least one negative review to see if I’ll really like it.

I mentioned the second book as a book I can’t believe I didn’t DNF, and that’s true. It was boring as heck and I just read it because I paid for it. Can’t reverse that. I will not be reading the following books, though. Nopity nope.

Click here to read my review of Truthwitch.

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[5] Charlotte Holmes by Brittainy Cavalaro

I LOVED the first book A Study in Charlotte. Although I was shipping Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson, the descendants of the original Holmes-Watson pairing, they had a completely platonic relationship which I came to cherish later.

I had all the intentions to real The Last of August, book two. But the thing is.. the second book’s synopsis did not appeal to me at all. It felt weird. I thought I’ll read other books and go to it, and never did. And I’m pretty sure I never will.

I do recommend the first book, though!

[6] Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

I started this back in early middle school, I think. I borrowed it from the library I was a member in then and I really liked it. It was a super fun book to read and I also watched the movie later.

But the series just.. never stopped. I outgrew it pretty soon because I went into YA books in 7th grade itself but I kept reading it until 9th grade because it was pretty nice and a change compared to other books.

But as I said, it never stopped and eventually I outgrew it too much to even like it anymore. I read until book 7 and never thought about it ever again. The series did end, though! It ended last year with book 12, which is what I read on Goodreads just now.

[7] Summer by Jenny Han

The first book of the series is The Summer I Turned Pretty and the book was SO ANNOYING overall. I quite hated it. I don’t how I didn’t DNF it but the second I read the last sentence, I closed it and decided to NEVER read the following books.

One, it has an annoying love triangle and it’s a trope I hate. Two, the main character was so frustrating and characters are most important to me. Three, the plot was boring and stupid.

So yeah, I wish I had never read it.

[8] Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

I love Rick Riordan. I loved The Heroes of Olympus, liked Percy Jackson and The Kane Chronicles. I liked Magnus Chase as well but the problem is that I just was not interested in Norse Mythology. I had only vaguely heard of it before. And even though saying this is breaking my heart a little, I think I’ve grown out of Rick Riordan books. *sobs in a corner*

I hope to read the series again from the first book in the future but I don’t see that happening. If I do feel like someday, I’ll be very happy but for now, I’m dropping the series.

[9] The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

I liked her Vampire Academy series and liked her Bloodlines series even better. I was excited when I heard about this because it sounded new and it’s different from her other works. Even though I had read her book Soundless which I didn’t like, I picked this up.

I’ll be honest, it disappointed me a lot. I didn’t like the characters, I didn’t like the plot and I just could not get into the story. I went through the first book completely with a stone face. So yeah, I decided I won’t read rest of the series.

Click here to read my review.

[10] Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

I read this recently and was sorely disappointed. It’s pretty popular and is recommended to lovers of The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner but I just. did. not. like. it.

My main problem was the main character who was useless and only wanted to be Pretty. And I wasn’t invested in the plot as well. So yeah, dropping this one as well.

Click here to read my review.

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“Honorable mentions”:

A few other series that I’ve given up on as well:

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  • The Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole
  • Penryn and The End of Days by Susan Ee
  • Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
  • Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole

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Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag

Can someone tell me how and where half the year has gone by? Because I’m really confused. I even finished another semester of classes! Last year around this time I found what Blink-182 actually means, and it’s so true. 182 days (half the year) passes by in what seems like a blink.

I didn’t do this tag last year because by the time I found time to blog, it was already pretty late. I did do it in 2016, though, and I found it to be the perfect tag to record and update your reading.

This tag was created by Chami @ IsThatChami and Ely @ Ely Jayne so thank you guys for creating such an awesome tag!

I have my Goodreads reading challenge open, ready to answer, so let’s get to it!


1. Best book you’ve read this year?

the hate u give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, hands down! What a good book! I totally get the hype it’s been having ever since before it’s release. It’s an amazing book about Black Lives Matter following a girl called Starr after she witnesses her unarmed best friend being shot by a policeman.

Click here to read my review.

2. Best sequel you’ve read this year?

leah on the offbeat

Honestly I haven’t read many sequels, especially considering I’m still my book slump from March*. I’ll say Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli because despite my mixed feelings about it, it’s the best sequel I’ve read so far.

Click here to read my review.

*I’m not worried, though. I’m sure once the kdrama obsession goes down, I’ll be back to books.

3. New release you haven’t read yet but want to?

a thousand perfect notesDefinitely choosing A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews for this one! She’s an awesome blogger whom I’ve been following for over a year. Her taste in books is brilliant, her writing is really cool and her personality speaks to me. I know for a fact that I’ll love her book and I cannot wait to get to it.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

queen of air and darkness

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare! It was initially slated for a 2019 release (which BROKE my heart because I finished reading Lord of Shadows right after it’s release in 2017) but later was preponed to mid-2018. But I checked again and now it says December 2018 so let’s hope it does release because I NEED it like I need air.

5. Biggest disappointment?

acofas

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas is one of my favourite books currently. I didn’t like A Court of Thorns and Roses (book 1) so I was really surprised that I liked book 2. A Court of Wings and Ruin was a small disappointment but it was okay.

Now, A Court of Frost and Starlight was supposed to be EPIC but it crashed down on me like ice rain. I gave it 2 stars and that’s hardly. I kinda hated it.

Click here to read my slightly ranty review.

6. Biggest surprise?

from lukov with love

From time to time, especially since my romance phase last year, I check out New Adult new releases and read if something sounds really good.

I read From Lukov, With Love by Mariana Zapata purely because the MC* is a figure skater. I watched the movie Ice Princess and I was totally enthralled by this new thing called figure skating (which I’d heard of didn’t really know about).

I liked the relationship growth the most but I also liked the MC’s determination.

*Main Character

Click here to read my 5 star review.

7. Favourite new-to-you or debut author?

the belles

Dhonielle Clayton, author of The Belles. I read it because of the hype and fell in love with the world! The idea is super nice. It tackles body issues in a new way and also portrays it in a fantasy world!

Click here to read my review.

8. New fictional crush?

Ivan Lukov from From Lukov, With Love!

9. Newest favourite character?

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Emika Chen from Warcross by Marie Lu.

10. Book that made you cry?

Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern. I reread the book recently and it still gave me all the feels like the first time.

11. Book that made you happy?

american panda

American Panda by Gloria Chao. This is such a nice YA book! There’s diversity, fluff and info about a whole new culture which I totally liked.

Read my review.

12. Favourite book-to-film adaptation?

Love, Simon definitely! I watched it recently and it gave me all the feels.

I do have a few mixed feelings, though. I didn’t like a couple very key things that they changed from the book which were things that made me love the book more. So, yeah. I’ll probably write a post about the movie soon, once I have the time.

13. Favourite post you have done so far?

I really like my review on While You Were Sleeping, a Koream drama. It’s the first one I watched and the one that got me into Kdramas. It’s also super nice so I spent a lot of time on the review and I’m quite proud of it.

Click here to see it.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year?

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I bought Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and The Night circus by Erin Morgernstern recently and I absolutely LOVE their covers! I can’t choose one between them, nope.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Well, I have a lot but I don’t usually keep TBRs or set what books to read because I’m a mood reader. A VERY moody mood reader. My mood is what decides what I read and hence I also end up reading multiple books at once depending on my moods throughout the day.


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A Court of Frost and Starlight || why does this exist???

acofas.jpgTitle: A Court of Frost and Starlight

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

Category: New Adult

Status: Book 3.1 of A Court of Thornes and Roses series (novella)

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Synppsis:

Hope warms the coldest night.

Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.

Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

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I’m a fan of Sarah J. Maas. I have the first four books of Throne of Glass series and I also have ACOMAF and ACOWAR. I was super excited about this book. More about my baes from the series? Bring it on!

Needless to say, I was disappointed.

The story takes place about a year after ACOWAR and the book is supposed to be some sort of epilogue or segue into the next series about the same characters (probably starring Nesta). There were a lot of things I didn’t like so let’s do it in a list.

All the things I did not like:

  • There was NO PLOT. 
  • Hence, there was also no point for the book.
  • I don’t like Feyre anyway but I kinda hated her more here.
  • What?? Is even?? Rhysand??? I HATED HIM HERE. I loved him in ACOMAF but OMG this book totally ruined him for me.
  • ALSO. Feyre and Rhys were only talking and thinking about having sex and I just?? am NOT?? here for this??
  • I was SO DARN FRUSTRATED with Elain. She did NOTHING.
  • And I hated Feyre more because she kept nosing herself into others’ businesses where she has nor right being.
  • What even is Nesta here? She just wasted away her life drinking and hooking up with random people.
  • And Cassian is STILL following her around like a lost puppy?!
  • Don’t get me wrong, I did ship Nesta and Cassian but I’m taking it back after this book. I actually kind of understood but the pointless small segment about them two in ACOFAS made no sense and I didn’t like it.
  • Half the book all the characters are going around shopping the others because it’s Christmas and I was so BORED.
  • Feyre was supposed to be this person still struggling from the war and someone who is finally healing with painting. But I just found her annoying. Most of the time it was “I want to paint but I’m afraid of what’ll come out so I’m not.”
  • MOVE ON FEYRE. All she did was think about Rhys, think about how to get Nesta out and painting.
  • Feyre also did NOTHING of consequence.
  • Cassian was ruined for me in this book, not gonna lie.
  • They all just kept drinking and wasting time?? I hardly even saw them do anything.
  • Throughout the book we just saw from points of view of four of them but it changed so fast that in every segment, AND OVERALL, there was no point to any of them.
  • THE WHOLE?? DAMN?? BOOK??

What I liked (comparitively so it actually doesn’t mean much):

  • Mor because she wasn’t ruined for me but I was annoyed with her a little? Comparatively, she was fine.
  • Azriel. He also wasn’t ruined because there wasn’t even any segment from his point of view. So basically he’s fine because there’s nothing from his side.
  • ……
  • yeah that’s it bye.

Overall

It’s such an unnecessary book. I feel like SJM wrote it just to give the fans more of the characters but had no plot to write about.

This review by Whitney Atkinson on Goodreads is so ON POINT. She talks about everything frustrating and it’s exactly how I feel so you definitely read it. She was apt when she said it felt like a piece of  fanfiction.

I contemplated whether to rate it one or two stars but ended up giving two because… I don’t know. ‘Cuz she didn’t ruin Azriel and that needs to be noted.

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It’s Okay, That’s Love // kdrama review

This was the second kdrama I ever watched, and it was completely different from what I expected. After I finished While You Were Sleeping, I searched for kdramas to watch which are like WYWS and this popped up in a list along with Pinocchio.

If you’ve read my review on Pinocchio, you’d know that I really liked it. But I actually watched this before that and I didn’t like this one much. Probably because of it’s story and theme, which I didn’t bother to find out before watching it.

What’s the show about?

The show mainly centers around two people—Jang Jae-yeol who is a writer and radio DJ, and Ji Hae-soo who is a psychiatrist. We explore their pasts, presents, relationships and also follow along their love story.

The show is heavily influenced by neuro-psychiatry. In almost every episode we see a case or something related to mental illnesses. I liked it a lot because I learnt so much more about this field that I had only a small idea about.

I also liked that they somehow normalized mental illnesses—which is what I felt. Even psychiatrists have their own issues that they have to work through and almost every individual who has been through something has issues including both of our main characters.

The reason I didn’t like the show much was probably because other than psychiatry, the other major part was romance which I wasn’t interested. Nowadays I don’t have much patience for romance and I should have checked out review of the show before starting.

Nevertheless, I did finish it in a week and stuck through the end.

For the first few episodes, I kept comparing It’s Okay That’s Love to While You Were Sleeping and considering how good WYWS is, this one fell short. It took me those few episodes to judge the show on it’s own and not compared to WYWS.

My thoughts on the show:

  • Ji Hae-soo is really guarded and as a result comes off really rude to people. But she’s also a really open and caring psychiatrist who cares about her patients a lot.

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  • Ever since seeing her mom cheat on her dad when she was young, Hae-soo has been uneasy with physical intimacy. In the beginning of the show, she’s been dating a guy for 300 days and has only ever kissed him because that’s as far as she’s able to go without having panic attacks.
  • What I found unbelievable was that after she started dating Jang Jae-yeol, she slept with him pretty fast and without much work. If she’s so much held up by her issues, how was she able to dispose of them so quickly with Jae-yeol??
  • Jang Jae-yeol is the typical male stereotype I’ve seen several times in romance books/movies—rich, confident, playboy who doesn’t have emotional relationships and with a tragic past. This made me dislike the show a little because I’m so done with this stereotype.

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  • His tragic past storyline was pretty sad, though. That really made me emotional.
  • Jae-yeol got interested in Hae-soo right from the beginning because she’s the only woman who said no to him and is rude to him. SO. DONE. WITH THIS CLICHE.
  • Hae-soo was also pretty cliche in the terms that she wasn’t at all interested in his money and she gets it across pretty clear and that made him want to spend money on her.

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  • The best part of the show was the neuro-psychiatry focus, for me.
  • The second best part were the supporting characters. We saw a little bit individually about most of the recurring characters and tbh I was more interested in them than the main characters.
  • I also liked the relationships between all the characters, especially the slowly formed ones.

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  • Okay so I’m most frustrated about the epilogue. I felt like everyone broke character in the epilogue, especially Hae-soo. She’s really rude and doesn’t come down easily if she’s pissed. But in the epilogue, she switched into happy mode too soon for me to believe it and hence breaking character. I get it, they tried to make it a happily-ever-after type of epilogue but I didn’t like it.

Overall

It’s okay. I didn’t really like it. Probably the only reason I completed it was because I watched most of it during the time I was bored like during commute.

Not impressed and not recommended since there are much better kdramas to watch.


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Leah on the Offbeat || I’m a little disappointed, not gonna lie

leah on the offbeatTitle: Leah on the Offbeat

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: Contemporary

Category: Young Adult

Status: Book 2 in the Creekwood series but can be read as a standalone

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Synopsis:

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

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All of us who have read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda were really looking forward to this. And by really I mean

  • screaming about it
  • rereading Simon vs. while waiting because why not
  • crying about Leah who’s going to be perfect
  • screaming about Leah being bi
  • screaming because Leah is also a fat girl and a main character
  • basically screaming because it’s a book by Becky Albertalli and
  • it’s set in the Simonverse where
  • we ALSO get to see Simon all couply with his boyfriend which will be CUTE AF!!!

So yeah, I was pretty (understatement) excited as well.

Getting to the book, it was pretty good. But I had only a small problem.

Let’s talk in lists, because lists are awesome.

What I liked:

  • Leah being a badass drummer and also really talented at sketching.
  • Leah being her usual self, which some people might see as bitchy but according to me, it’s normal because there are people like that and
  • Leah is just a teenager who is confused and doesn’t know how to properly deal with her emotions and also the happening in her world which are out of her control.
  • For example, Leah had a problem with her mom dating someone. She was a normal teenager and I actually liked how she grew to accept it.
  • I also loved seeing the gang again. Leah, Simon, Bram, Abby, Nick and Garrett.
  • Another thing I liked was seeing friends of Leah’s outside of that gang. Let’s be honest, most of us don’t usually stick to just one group. There are things these friends might not understand that others will and that’s completely okay. I liked seeing Leah’s dynamic with those other friends.
  • We also have all the characters dealing with being seniors, prom and college decisions. The college things—decisions, choice, friends—all of it felt really real and I could relate to that. There was also early nostalgia about everyone separating and going to college, even while they’re still together and I get that. I started missing my friends while we still in school as well. It took me back.
  • Leah has a romance with another girl and it’s SUPER CUTE. I loved the growth of the relationship and how they got together. I loved the crisis both of them had with being bi and accepting it. It was really nice.
  • I also liked how Leah’s anxiety about coming out was shown. Even though her best friend is gay and he’s out, it’s still not easy for her to come out, even to him. That’s what I appreciated because no matter what coming out as queer is NOT easy. You know that your loved ones will accept you but you’re still hesitant. I saw that through Leah.
  • SIMON AND BRAM. I got to see them as a couple, sometimes shy but also completely into each other and it MADE ME SO HAPPY.

What I didn’t like:

  • okay so it’s cool how the pairing came out of nowhere and completely blind-sided me but.. I did NOT like it.
  • Leah and her girlfriend are cute together and I totally ship them but.. it just ruined something for me and I didn’t like it.
  • Basically, I have a problem with who Leah’s significant other turned out to be. I cannot say another word without spoiling it all.

Overall

So other than that fundamental fact which made me dislike some of it, the book delivers everything that we expect of Becky Albertalli. Definitely recommended.

four-stars

The Cruel Prince || too much hype

the cruel prince.jpgTitle: The Cruel Prince

Author: Holly Black

Genre: Fantasy

Category: Young Adult

Status: Book 1 of The Folk of the Air

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Synopsis:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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The Cruel Prince has been receiving SO MUCH PRAISE in the book community. I was a little afraid of the hype so I waited until the hype went down a little before reading it.

I’m glad I did because although the book is pretty good, I didn’t like it enough to hype it up as much as I’ve been seeing. If there was no hype and I didn’t have any expectations, I probably would have liked it better because now I feel like it’s not lived up to the hype.

The Plot

Jude’s parents were murdered by her elder sister’s biological father and she and her sister were taken to the Fae world. Jude and her twin sister Taryn have grown up as humans in the fey world, hence envying the Fae beauty, strength and power.

Since they’re brought up as the children of the Gentry even though they’re not, they learn everything the Fey kids learn. They also get bullied at school by the youngest royal Prince Cardian and his friends.

All Jude wants is to rightfully earn a place in the Court, and she can do that by learning to fight well and getting selected as the knight by someone.

But, of course, things don’t go as you’ve planned. Old secrets, deceit, corruption, murders and more get involved and Jude is somehow caught up in it by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or maybe it was the right place and the right time? Who knows.

There were a couple twists and one of them totally caught me off-guard, changing the course of the story completely. I loved the ending and I cannot wait for the next book.

The Characters

The book follows Jude alone so we get to know her a lot, and we can relate with her easily. She’s grown up in this world and has been separated from the human world for so long that even if she goes back, she won’t fit in anymore. And she doesn’t fit in in the fey world either, being a human.  All Jude wants is to fit in.

I liked how determined and brave Jude is. She’s also willing to give up sleep and energy to learn things and does everything to get what she wants. She’s an admirable main character. She takes huge risks to keep the people she loves safe.

But what I didn’t get was how Jude, who’s just an unimportant human in the Faerie, is in the middle of everything. It doesn’t make sense.

Jude’s twin sister Taryn, on the other hand, was.. point-less. Kind of. She doesn’t have much of a personality, doesn’t stick with her sister like Jude does and is selfish. I quite hated her.

Jude’s elder sister Vivi, who is half fae, was better but we hardly saw her. She hates her father for murdering her mother and uprooting her from the human world, which she liked. So she spends her days rebelling by not listening to him and irritating him. I felt like she was more of a child than Jude because she did petty things but nothing of consequence.

The supporting characters, especially Cardian, were written very well. I HATED Cardian in the beginning, but I expected a redemption arc and we got the beginning of it. By the end, I didn’t hate him but I don’t particularly like him either.

Overall

I quite liked it! I gave it 4 stars but I am still disappointed because the hype led me to believe it’s worth over 5 stars. I tried to remain objective with my review and rating but my feeling of satisfaction is an entirely different issue.

I definitely recommend it but I suggest not going in with the expectation that it’ll blow your mind.

four-stars

 

Favourite songs of the month

Looks like the Kdrama obsession hasn’t dimmed yet. May’s favourites are also made up mostly of Korean songs. So let’s get to it!

Instead of reading, I spent my May binge watching even more Korean dramas and you know what that means? More kdrama OST* songs. I haven’t gotten to listening to all of the OSTs yet since I’m working my way through the songs slowly, giving each attention, but I hope to listen to more OSTs soon.

Let’s get to the songs!

*Original Sound Track

Pinocchio by Roy Kim

I hadn’t liked this much when I originally listened to all the songs from Pinocchio one day this played on shuffle when I was in the bus, half-asleep, and I fell in love. I now know all the words by heart, even though I don’t their meanings.

Okay but tbh I know all of the words by heart only after playing any songs a few times on repeat. I know all of the songs on all my “favourites” posts by heart, no matter what language.

A Little Braver by New Empire

This song was played in the background for all the major emotional and impactful scenes in Uncontrollably Fond during the last few episodes. It’s SUCH a good song. It’s an English song, btw.

This is exactly the song I would listen to when I’m down and need to get back up.

“When it gets hard

I get a little stronger now

I get a little braver now

And when it gets dark

I get a little brighter now

I get a little wiser now

Before I give my heart away.”

Queendom by AURORA

This is quite different from her other songs, especially the ones I like. This is more upbeat and encouraging. The lyrics are really nice as well.

I didn’t like the music video though. I didn’t feel like it matched the song and it was a little too much like Sia’s music videos.

Golden love by Midnight Youth

Another English song that was played in Uncontrollably Fond in the earlier episodes, before A Little Braver. This is such a soothing song. It reminds me of the good, happy, content scenes in Uncontrollably Fond.

I didn’t this much in the beginning but my friend was obsessed with this (she was watching the kdrama as well). She made me listen to it later and it grew on me.

Fake Love by BTS

I’ll be honest, I’m not really a fan of kpop. But two of my friends are obsessed with this song and one of them made me listen to it. I didn’t like the music video or the song the first time. But later I gave it another shot and played it when I was doing something, and I liked the beats.

I listened to it a lot of times over a few days but it’s still not as much my favourite as the rest in this post. I’ve accepted that BTS is not my thing.

I Am by INKII

I really liked the song In the Illusion by Basick and INKII, and I especially loved INKII’s voice. So I searched for more songs of hers, came across this one and loved it as well. Her songs have a vibe somewhat similar to Fleurie and Ruelle, two artists whom I really love.

Feels Like Coming Home by Jetta

I was catching up on The Originals episodes from season 2, where I had stopped watching. I heard about the spin-off called Legacies based on Hope Mikaelson so I decided to catch up by taking a break from Kdramas.

This song also has a similar vibe to Fleurie, Ruelle and INKII so I ended up noticing it immediately when it played in a season 2 episode.


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Which songs were your favourite in May? Which were the ones that you listened to on repeat? And have you listened to any of the songs I mentioned above? Let me know in the comments below!

 

10 books I can’t believe I didn’t DNF

I must have a lot of patience. I used to never DNF (Did Not Finish) a book but after finding the book community online, there are simply too many books to read that I don’t have time to finish a book I don’t like.

Nowadays, I DNF pretty liberally but there are still some books I’v finished all the way and, looking back, can’t believe I stuck through them.

Top Ten Tuesday is a book blogging meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. It’s been a while since I’ve done a TTT post but it’s exactly the thing that’ll help me get out of my blogging slump. This week’s TTT topic is Books I Decided to DNF (did not finish) too Quickly (are you questioning your DNF choices on any books? If you have a policy to not DNF, put a spin on the topic to make it fit you.

I put a spin and decided to brag about my patience levels.

Here are 10 books that I can’t believe I did not DNF:

[1] Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

This is a recent read and I’ve heard a LOT about this book, all of it praise. So you can imagine how disappointed I was when I did not AT ALL like the character, the plot was so-so and I didn’t like it overall. It had a little bit of redeemable plot in the end but it’s not enough.

Click here to read my complete review.

[2] Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

This is SO DAMN HYPED. I had it on my TBR but I finally picked it up because this bookstagrammer I follow is obsessed with the book and movie. She had watched the movie 17 times, read the book multiple times, all within a small while of watching the movie for the first time.

I wanted to see why it’s so good that she loves it so much. Even though I didn’t like the book, I stuck through because I thought there might be something in the end that makes it worthwhile.

There wasn’t. I regret it.

Click here to read my review.

[3] Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Okay so the first time I read the series, I LOVED IT. I recommended it to two of my friends IRL, who loved it also. That was years.

Recently, when I felt like rereading an old book, I picked it up.

Y’ALL. I HATED IT.

One of my friends even has my name saved in her phone “Vee Sky” after the main character’s best friend in the book. And both of us hated it when we reread it.

I abandoned it in the first book itself but she pushed through until the second book before giving up. So yeah, considering how bad the book is, I really cannot believe I finished it, rather loved it.

[4] The Summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han

I read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by the author and really liked it! So I decided to pick up The Summer I Turned Pretty, which is also quite popular, and I got really irritated by it.

The girl suddenly turns pretty and a love triangle happens, with two brothers. She, herself, is confused about who she likes.

Honestly, I hated her. She was boring, confused, useless and frustrating.

[5] I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

I went into my Goodreads TBR and decided to lessen it by reading some. I picked this one because I really liked the idea of a touristy book.

First of all, I’d like an explanation from anyone who considers this book as Young Adult. It’s clearly New Adult. It talks about sex, drugs and more.

Other than that, the main character was (excuse the language) bloody irritating. She and her best friend got me SO FRUSTRATED, it’s not funny. I guess it was supposed to show something like friendship arc but nope. It was just annoying because both of them were not nice*.

*I had to hold myself back so much from calling them names here.

Click here to read my review.

[6] Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

A lot of people like this book, and that’s fine! I’m sorry but I pretty much hated it.

It’s set in an apocalypse and there’s some magic and stuff. But through the book, despite anything else that happens, the focus kept coming back to Evie and Jackson’s stupid stupid romance.

Right after I finished the book, I was disbelieving then itself that I managed to sit through it. I thought I might read the second book because I’ve heard it’s better but now I don’t think so. There are far too many other books to read.

Click here to read my complete review.

[7] The Immortals series by Alyson Noel

Looking back, there wasn’t much story. There were just a bunch of vampires and, I guess, reincarnation stuff. But it wasn’t nice enough to remember anything about.

Now get this: despite me feeling only “meh” about the story, I sat through SIX BOOKS. Yes, you read that right. I have no idea what I was thinking, so don’t ask me.

[8] Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Being a stupid girl, I ordered both Truthwitch and Windwitch by Susan Dennard because a blogger I follow raved about it. I should have checked out more reviews but I impulsively bought it, especially after seeing that it’s price was a lower than I expected.

Guess what? I hated Truthwitch but I sat through Windwitch as well because I paid for those books and I might as well get something out of it.

Click here to read my review of Truthwitch.

Click here to read my review of Windwitch.

[9] Fallen series by Lauren Kate

Guys! I don’t know what I was thinking reading this series to completion.

I was into books about Angels and Angel-bloods so I read this and I didn’t like it. I rated the first 4 books (which were all that were there then) 2 stars each. TWO. And I still continued the series??

Recently, I decided to watch the movie based on the first book. I expected it to be bad, but it was worse. Probably because I’ve read much better books since Fallen and if I had read it now, I would rate it -1 stars instead of 2.

Click here to read my (very salty) review of the movie Fallen.

[10] Obsessed by R.J. Lewis

I completely forgot I read this book. I completely it exists as well. I found it when I was going through my Goodreads and I just remembered how much I hated that book.

I managed to keep the snark and salt out of my review, probably because I cared about how my review to y’all and I didn’t know that salty reviews are not hated on in the community. But yeah, I quite hated it.

I just could NOT get past the fact that they were legally siblings. And they actually did stuff in their house! I just.. no.

Click here to read my review.


And that’s it for today!

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Call Me By Your Name || unpopular opinion alert!

call me by your nameTitle: Call Me By Your Name

Author: Andre Aciman 

Genre: Romance

Category: Adult

Status: Stand alone

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Synopsis:

Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

The psychological maneuvers that accompany attraction have seldom been more shrewdly captured than in André Aciman’s frank, unsentimental, heartrending elegy to human passion. Call Me by Your Name is clear-eyed, bare-knuckled, and ultimately unforgettable.

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Unforgettable, it was.

I’ll be honest, this review is a negative review.

Call Me By Your Name had been getting a LOT of praise. The movie, especially. I’m not really a person who watches a lot of movies, but I do read a lot of books so I thought I’ll read the book.

Initially, the plan was to buddy read with a friend of mine. It didn’t work out but both of us ended up reading at the same time and I’m so glad for that because I NEEDED someone to rant with!

GUYS LISTEN I’m so frustrated with this book, I do not know what to say!

The Plot

It’s a love story between a 17 year old boy and a summer guest in his early twenties.

Okay I’m sorry I can NOT write a proper review about this. I’m literally holding my head in my hands not understanding how to explain my frustration while still telling you about the story.

The book is about infatuation and how it might look like love, but it’s not. To me, it was just overwhelming lust. The book is told in the point of view of Elio, the 17 year old who lives in that house where guests come over for summer. And I HATED reading from his point of view.

Then there’s Oliver, the summer guest, who I THOUGHT was normal. I thought he’d fall in love and be normal BUT NO.

The plot is supposed to be this tragic story that rips your heart out after an intense start to their story but I just found it creepy.

(Slight spoilers)

Okay so the peach scene??????????????????????????????

I was so disgusted. At that point I THREW MY PHONE on the bed away from me, left the room and didn’t come back until I was calm. I almost left the book but I thought it would get better so I continued, and I’m sorry I did. I know that it’s supposed to mean something like them accepting everything about each other, even if it’s dirty and sick, but.. just no.

(END OF SPOILERS)

The Characters

ELIO. Oh goodness, Elio.

He’s so damn obsessed and infatuated with Oliver, it’s NOT cute or endearing. In fact, the things he does is C R E E P Y. I was creeped out.

(Spoilers coming but I feel like y’all should read this one.)

And he’s bisexual, which is fine. BUT. He actually also has relations with a girl WHILE Oliver is reciprocating?????

He literally has sex with both of them in a single day, and the other two have absolutely no idea.

Is this book about Elio exploring things? Because I totally do NOT understand why he does all of this if he’s “in love.” I’m sorry but I don’t see it as a love story.

(End of spoilers)

Then there’s Oliver. I kind of liked him in the beginning but half-through the book I turned around saying NOPE.

The book is so centered around Elio and Oliver that they didn’t feel like three dimensional characters. We saw next-to-nothing about other characters and their relationship with others.

Near the end there is this one, pretty nice, monologue of a supporting character but that’s it. And by that point I didn’t even care about that character and I was overall so darn frustrated about the book that the monologue made no impression on me.

The Writing Style

Half the reason I hated the book was because of Elio, the other half was because of the writing style.

It’s so detached and unfeeling that I couldn’t make myself care.

Around the time I started hating the characters, I became glad for the detached writing style. Because otherwise, I would have hated it all more, probably.

Overall

I’m so glad I finished the book, I can’t believe I actually sat through it all.

I’m also so glad for my friend who read the book at the same time and shared my opinions. Because I found only ONE negative review about the book, and that’s after scrolling so far down in Goodreads.

Maybe the movie is nice? I don’t know. I feel like the movie would have done things better by toning up the feeling and toning down the lust but I still will NOT watch it. I like Timothee Chamalet, but I just can’t watch the movie.

Rating the book a lonely one star.

Fin.

one-star

Uglies || I expected SO MUCH MORE

uglies.jpgTitle: Uglies

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Genre: Dystopia

Category: Young Adult

Status: Book 1 of Uglies series

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Synopsis:

Tally lives in a world where your sixteenth birthday brings aesthetic perfection: an operation which erases all your flaws, transforming you from an ‘Ugly’ into a ‘Pretty’. She is on the eve of this important event, and cannot wait for her life to change. As well as guaranteeing supermodel looks, life as a Pretty seems to revolve around having a good time. But then she meets Shay, who is also fifteen – but with a very different outlook on life. Shay isn’t sure she wants to be Pretty and plans to escape to a community in the forest – the Rusty Ruins – where Uglies go to escape ‘ turning’. Tally won’t be persuaded to join her, as this would involve sacrificing everything she’s ever wanted for a lot of uncertainty. When she is taken in for questioning on her birthday, however, Tally gets sent to the Ruins anyway – against her will. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she could ever imagine: find her friend Shay and turn her in, or never turn Pretty at all. What she discovers in the Ruins reveals that there is nothing ‘pretty’ about the transformations… And the choice Tally makes will change her world forever.

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I’ve heard SO MUCH about this series. It’s been a long time since it published but I added it to my TBR when I was in my dystopia obsession phase. I saw it around enough that I thought it was super good.

It wasn’t. For me, at least.

The Plot

Tally lives in a city where you live as an Ugly until you’re sixteen when you have a surgery that makes you Pretty. Until getting the surgery, everyone only thinks about becoming Pretty and after they do, they spend their live partying and enjoying being Pretty.

Tally, while spending her days waiting for her sixteenth birthday, meets another girl called Shay. Shay is also the same age as Tally and after a while of hanging out, Shay tries to convince Tally of her original beauty. Basically she says she doesn’t want the surgery and wants to run away out of the city.

Tally doesn’t agree with Shay and all she wants is to become a Pretty. But she ends up NOT getting the surgery because authorities want her to find Shay and the rest, who have been escaping. She has to find her friend and turn her in to get the surgery.

My thoughts on the plot: I WAS BORED. I’ll talk more about Tally in the next section but I found the plot to be so disappointing. Maybe this is because I’ve read The Hunger Games and Legend, which are way better Dystopian books. But yeah, I didn’t like it. I’m glad I bought the book from a second hand bookstore because I can sell it back.

Also, the ending?? The plot used to further the story for the sequel was so anti-climatic. Tbh there was no peak in the whole book! I was stone-faced the ENTIRE TIME. Maybe the sequels are better but I am not trying.

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The Characters

Okay so I hated Tally. She was boring, thought ONLY about becoming a Pretty and joining her now Pretty best friend. She agreed to TURN SHAY IN in return for the surgery.

Above that, she JUDGED the escapees. She saw the outside world, where the building stand because of balance and not because of the magnetic plate under the ground, and she sees how the world used to be. She sees that she is pretty without the surgery and STILL does not accept the notion. 

And let’s not even talk about her romance with some guy, whose name I forgot because I don’t care about the story at all. The only reason I read the whole book was because I paid for the paperback.

Overall

Nope, I hated it. When I finished the book, I was glad I did not have to read about Tally anymore. I had finished reading it during class and when my friends asked me about it, all I said was that it’s boring and I’m glad it’s over.

Fin.

two-stars