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Songs On Repeat // January ’19 edition

Hey everyone! We’re at the end of January, y’all. A whole month has passed already. I just took one day at a time and it’s been so long already. Is it just me who already feels like I’m letting 2019 go to a waste?

This month, I was listening to a lot of old songs on shuffle, not much on repeat. Which meant that I didn’t find many new songs. But I do have a few songs so let’s get to it!

(This post was actually supposed to go up 5 days back but I forgot to hit publish, wow. I’m noticing it only now.)

Bellyache by Billie Eilish

I really got into a Billie Eilish kick early in the month. While I was listening to multiple songs on YouTube, this one stood out. I love the lyrics and her dance in the music video.

7 Rings by Ariana Grande

I was obsessed with this song from the first time I heard it, not gonna lie. When I saw the trending hashtags on twitter, top 2 of which were #7Rings and Ariana, I had to listen to it and see the hype. And I totally get the hype.

Firstly, Ariana RAPS. Secondly, the lyrics are really good. Especially a couple lines here and there were great. Also the music video got me crushing on Ariana so hard.

Watch by Billie Eilish

This was the next song that I got obsessed with. I’m sure I’ll have phases where I’m obsessed with Billie Eilish’s songs one by one.

Pieces by Sum 41

I actually discovered this song through one of my friends a couple months back. I liked it then but I’ve been really loving it for the past few days. I have been listening to it on repeat along with Sea by BTS which I mentioned in a previous Songs On Repeat edition.

And that’s it from me this month! It’s only now that I realize that I barely listened to new music. Oh well.

What songs did you listen to on repeat? Are any of the songs I mentioned a favourite of yours? Let me know in the comments!

They Both Die At The End || hello sadness

Title: They Both Die At The End
Author: Adam Silvera
Genre: Contemporary
Category: Young Adult
Series info: Standalone
Goodreads

Synopsis:

On September 5th, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: they’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but for different reasosn, they’re both looking for a new friend on their End Day. The good news: there’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure – to live a lifetime in a single day.

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I have got to say, the hype held true. I have heard SO MUCH about Adam Silvera that it is not even funny anymore. It’s as if I knew his books even without reading them because of all the talk.

I saw this book with a discounted price in a book fair that I went to, and I HAD to get it. Doesn’t the book sound absolutely fun?

Just kidding, I love sad stories.

The Plot

The book mainly follows Mateo and Rufus, who get a call saying that they will be having an untimely death in the next 24 hours. And then they freak out, as expected.

Through the app The Last Friend, they find each other and agree to spend their End Day together.

The book follows their entire last day through issues they have, memories they try to make and whatever else they encounter.

First of all, what a good concept. Death-Cast is a really intriguing idea. It would change the game and the way the world worked. Imagine if you had the chance to make amends with people, say proper goodbyes and fulfill at least one thing on your bucket list.

You would have a chance to work on the regrets and change things, at least a little.

I really liked the plot. It made a lot of sense and I liked how Silvera went about the book with the characters.

The book is told from multiple perspectives. We see mainly from Mateo and Rufus’s point of views but we also see small chapter of other characters. While it’s informative about the world and shows other perspectives, I did not like reading about other characters. It just interrupted in the main story and I did not care about them at all.

No matter how we choose to live, we both die at the end.

Mateo Torrez

The title tells the ending. I thought I was ready for it, but I wasn’t.

I did like how the ending went though, writing-wise. My heart was broken by the end, BUT IT WAS GOOD.

The book also ended quite abruptly, as you would expect if the character died. It left me at a note where I was in a book hangover. I couldn’t stop thinking about the book for the next day, at least.

The Characters

Yo so I LOVED MATEO AND RUFUS.

I did not really like Rufus in the beginning, was just okay with him, but he grew on me! I like that. He had character development through the book and I liked him more and more.

Rufus is the guy taking pictures of everything and posting them on Instagram. He literally documented their End Day on his Instagram. Capturing moments is his thing.

Mateo is a precious cinnamon roll. He sticks to his dad and best friend, does not interact with anyone else and prefers books over the outside world. As a result, he has practically no experiences or memories of the outside world.

He’s shy, heavily introverted and TOO GOOD. He’s too pure for life. He cares about everyone, stranger or not. Mateo even buries a dead bird lying on the street because he feels bad for the bird.

Mateo and Rufus are complete opposites and they helped each other grow on their End Day. They influenced each other and it was really cool to watch.

Much like Rufus can’t expect me to be instantly brave, I can’t expect him to be instantly generous.

Mateo Torrez

I also quite liked some of the supporting characters. Namely Lidia, Mateo’s best friend, and Penny. I just loved Lidia’s infant daughter Penny. She’s so cute and lovable. Aaah.

Rufus’s foster brothers were really cool as well. The three are a unit and it was a proper beautiful friendship.

Overall

I really liked the book. It made me think, gave me feels, was a new concept and didn’t disappoint. Apart from the extra point of views from random characters, I liked everything.

Definitely recommended if you’re hesitating to pick up this book due to the hype. It’s really good, y’all.

four stars

Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

I love lists. I feel like it’s been forever since I made lists on my blog, so it’s high time to make one.

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl where we get topics for every week and make bookish lists on them. This week’s topic is The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List.

All my recent additions are because I’ve seen then being raved about in wrap-up blog posts of 2018, and I’m super excited to share it with y’all now. So let’s get to it!

1. 180 Seconds by Jessica Park

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This book is about Allison who always keeps people at a distance but in an event, when forced to interact with social media star Esben, she begins to open up.

This book is about transitioning and opening up so I’m really interested in it. It sounds nice.

Add it on Goodreads.

2. Cinderella Boy by Kristina Meister

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I love retellings based on Cinderella. I love them. I’ve read so many books and seen most of the movies based off of Cinderella. So it’s not a surprise that I immediately to my TBR.

This book is about a gender-bent Cinderella story. Declan, transformed into Delia, enamours Carter. Carter, who is the most popular boy in school.

It sounds so cool and I can’t wait to read it.

Add it on Goodreads.

3. Sometime After Midnight by L. Philips

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#AlexFromTarget meets queer Prince Charming in this glittering romcom following a teen music prodigy and the handsome socialite who unwittingly turns him into an internet sensation.

Doesn’t that sound so good?! This just grabbed me. I added it to my TBR immediately.

This is also based on Cinderella so.. I’m sold.

Add it on Goodreads.

4. The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson

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This about a pair of twins who enter a beauty pageant. Ginny drags reluctant Charlotte into the pageant and, due to an allergic reaction, Ginny convinces Charlotte to switch places with her.

Now Charlotte has to compete truly because Ginny wants to win the pageant, and needs Charlotte to do it for her.

Woefully unprepared for the glittery world of hair extensions, false eyelashes, and push-up bras, Charlotte is mortified at every unstable step in her sky-high stilettos. But as she discovers there’s more to her fellow contestants than just wanting a sparkly crown, Charlotte realizes she has a whole new motivation for winning.

Add it on Goodreads.

5. The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

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This is a funny romance book and after The Kiss Quotient and The Hating Game, I’m all for similar books.

The Friend Zone will have you laughing one moment and grabbing for tissues the next as it tackles the realities of infertility and loss with wit, heart, and a lot of sass.

Add it on Goodreads.

6. One In A Million by Lindey Kelk

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This is another lighthearted romance.

It’s not only romance but also follows the self-discovery of the main character as she also gets to know more about herself.

Annie Higgins has given up on love: she’s too busy trying to get her tiny business off the ground. Infuriated by the advertising agency across the hall making fun of her job, Annie accepts their crazy challenge – to make a random stranger Instagram-famous in just thirty days.

Add it on Goodreads.

7. I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

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This was added to my TBR purely because it’s by Sophie Kinsella. I’ve read most of her books and have liked all of them, so it’s not a question of whether I’ll read her new book. The question is just when will I read it.

This book shows Fixie and Seb who meet as strangers and end up exchanging IOUs. It sounds adorable and I can’t wait to read it.

Add it on Goodreads.

8. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Rosie Lim

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This book follows Natalie’s return to her hometown after her mother’s death. She’s been estranged with her mother for years because her mother did not support her choice to become a chef.

Natalie finds out that she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant and sets about to turn it into a success.

This was added to my TBR purely by recommendation. Let’s see how it is.

Add it on Goodreads.

9. Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

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This, I found in a blog post of a blogger’s top 10 books of 2018.

This book is a contemporary romance and it sounds really good. It looks t be humourous and I think I’ll really like the main character.

Georgette and Travis decide to pretend to date in order to shock her family and get him a new job. Now, obviously they’re going to fall in love. I like the trope.

Add it on Goodreads.

10. Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen

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This is another fake-dating-to-love trope. And this sounds particularly adorable.

Mia and Jake’s moms are best friends and for all their lives, their moms have shipped them together. It’s gotten to the point that Mia is unable to date anyone else because her mom drives the boys away.

Mia and Jake decide to fake date and stage a really bad breakup. That ought to put a stop to their mom’s plans.

The only problem is, maybe Jake and Mia don’t hate each other as much as they once thought…

Add it on Goodreads.

What about you?

What books have you added recently to your To Be Read list? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Talk to me in the comments!

I Believe In A Thing Called Love || such a cute book

I believe in a thing called love

Title: I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Author: Maurene Goo
Genre: Contemporary
Category: Young Adult
Series info: Standalone book
Goodreads

Synopsis:

Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

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I got onto a Kdrama kick about a year back and while the obsession levels have gone down in the past few months, I’m still fond of Kdramas.

So when I read the synopsis of this book, I was hooked in. After keeping it in my TBR for a while, I finally read it and I’m so glad I didn’t leave it idle in my TBR.

the plot

I love the concept! Desi Lee takes inspiration from the Kdramas that her dad loves to make a formula to love. And to be honest, it’s accurate! I’ve noticed all those deductions of hers in all the Kdramas I’ve seen.

She believes that by following the formula, she’ll win the heart of a new boy whom she’s heavily crushing on. Plans and schedules have always worked for her, so it should work even to get a boyfriend.. right?

All the Kdrama references gave me life. I’ve seen most of the Kdramas that are mentioned in the book so it made it all so much more relatable. The book is a YA version of romance Kdramas, in a sense. It has all the elements and is super cute.

the characters

I really liked Desi Lee. She’s endearing, adorable and relatable. She has worked hard to get to her current position in school and to achieve so much. She has everything—except a boyfriend.

While a little misguided at some points, because some parts of the steps to love were kinda out there because Kdramas are dramatic, she tried her best.

The relationship between her and her dad was adorable. I liked their relationship and their dynamics.

The book is majorly about Desi but we do see quite a bit of Luca, her crush. I liked Luca. He seemed to be the perfect counterpart for Desi and I could see them together right from the beginning.

Luca is a calm and collected person, which is exactly what I picture someone like Desi to be with. Desi is, while organized in all parts of her life, actually a mess. She’s awkward, clumsy and not suave at all. So Luca and Desi were perfect for each other.

what I did not like

Kdramas are dramatic. That’s how they are. The “steps to love” is actually ridiculous in real life. Desi did not think about skipping some questionable steps and just went for it. I didn’t like that she wasn’t rational sometimes, even though it made for good plot.

At some point, the author gives a spoiler about a really good Kdrama, Descendants of the Sun. I hated that because if I had read the book without seeing the Kdrama, I would have been pissed. So if you’re going into the book and you love Kdramas, please watch DotS first so you don’t get spoiled.

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The book was like an adorable mess. It’s chill, entertaining and promises a good ending.

I recommend it to Kdrama lovers and if you like adorable YA books.

three and a half stars

My 2018 Reading Highlights

Hey everyone! It’s been a long time. At least my finals are done! It’s why this post is super late, so humour me.

I love doing wrap-up posts. I used to do monthly wrap-ups as well but eventually I didn’t have time for it.

The Annual End Of Year Survey was created by The Perpetual Page Turner and it is the best way to look back on the year on both reading, blogging and other areas.

Okay let’s get to it!

2018 Reading Stats

Number of books read: 146 (not counting rereads)

Number of rereads: 13 (I thought I had reread a lot. Huh.)

Genre I read most from: Romance (Not surprising at all. I seemed to gobble up the romances.)

Best In Books

1. Best book you read in 2018?

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare, hands down. It was too good. The perfect end to the brilliant The Dark Artifices trilogy.

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2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love but didn’t?

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. So much disappointment.

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?

Leah On The Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. In a bad way.

4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?

I have three books for this.

  1. Radio Silence by Alice Osman.
  2. I Was Born For This by Alice Osman.
  3. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare.

5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Again, Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare. Special mention to Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi, which was also pretty good.

6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2018?

  1. Sally Thorne, author of The Hating Game.
  2. Helen Hoang, author of The Kiss Quotient.
  3. Alice Osman, author of I Was Born For This and Radio Silence.
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7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Honestly, I didn’t get out of my comfort zone.

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/un-putdownable book of the year?

Wildcard by Marie Lu! What a ride.

9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I already reread this one as my first read of the year. It’s Wall of Winipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi! It’s beautiful.

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11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Hazel from Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren. I loved her so much.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Radio Silence by Alice Osman. I loved the writing, I loved the vibe and it was perfect for the story.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

I Was Born For This by Alice Osman. It’s largely about fandom culture, which I can totally relate to. When I was reading the book, two of my friends had just become die hard fans of BTS so I could very easily draw parallels between them and Angel from the book.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? 

Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner! I loved that book so much and I can’t believe I waited until 2018 to pick up more of the author’s books, whom I first found several years back.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

I thought I was the smartest person in the whole world. But now… I’m just… when you get to this age, you realise that you’re not anyone special after all.

Radio Silence by Alice Osman

I related a lot to this quote because it accurately sums up the transition from high school to college. It shows that what we believe might not be true and how we feel when we realize the truth.

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest: Son of Dawn by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan, which is a short story in the Shadowhunters world.

Longest: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas.

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17. Book That Shocked You The Most?

Wildcard by Marie Lu. I could never have predicted the way it would go in the whole year of waiting for it to release.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Josh and Hazel from Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren! They’re the cutest.

19. Favourite non-romanic relationship of the year?

All the non-romantic relationships in Queen of Air and Darkness. Especially Christina and Emma. I loved ’em all.

20. Favourite book you read in 2018 from an author you’ve read previously?

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover. It was really interesting. I couldn’t stop reading it.

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, etc.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. It was nice but I found it a overrated. I didn’t find it as good as the hype led me to believe.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

Matt from Dating-ish by Penny Reid! I loved him.

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. I LOVED IT.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Queen of Air and Darkness. I can’t explain without spoiling things. (I promise I’ll try to mention books other than this one from now.)

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I was smiling only few pages in. It was too good.

me smiling next to stacks of books teehee.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

Again, All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover. It made me feel a lot.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren. I don’t know why I wasn’t expecting much because I like the author duo’s other works, but I just didn’t. It turned out well though.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi. I think Mafi just concentrated on how to break our hearts as much as possible in this book.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan. It was very vivid with the images and the inclusion of Taiwanese myths. It was definitely unique.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. It made me really mad until half the book when I finally decided to just skim as fast as I can and get done with it.

Your Blogging/Bookish Life

1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

Paperbackdreams on YouTube. I really like the way she talks in videos. It’s entertaining.

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?

My review of the Kdrama While You Were Sleeping. For my first Kdrama review, I did really well! For later posts, I usually referred that post to see the structure I used.

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018?

I’m not able to embed the Instagram post for some reason so here’s the link.

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, etc.)?

I didn’t participate in any events, sadly.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

Being featured in the Bloggers’ Spotlight back in August! My review on While You Were Sleeping was featured amongst the top posts and I was honoured.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Keeping up with it, especially during the later half of the year when my schedules and planning started slipping through my fingers. Although it did mean that I concentrated on academic things, and I’m glad because they turned out really well.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My January 2018 bullet journal setup post!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

My post on my experience with Burn The Stage, the first BTS movie based on their worldwide Wings tour. I worked really hard on it, and I’m quite proud of it, so I’m kinda disappointed it didn’t get as much love as I wanted it to.

9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

A book club of bookstagrammers in my city. I joined and have been enjoying interacting with them all. I’m actually meeting them this Sunday to discuss this month’s book pick which is Pride and Prejudice.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

I only completed by Goodreads reading challenge which I had set to 150 books. I had also joined in on the Commenting 365 challenge but couldn’t keep it up after September. But I lasted that long so I’m happy.

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi and The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. I’ve been seeing these two books everywhere and really want to read them this year.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare which is the first book in a new trilogy. I’m so excited for it.

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver. This sounds so good! The main character is non-binary and the plot sounds really cute. I cannot wait.

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi. After the heartbreak that was Restore Me, I can only hope that Defy Me goes easier on my heart (although I’m expecting otherwise).

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

On reading, I want to read more thriller books. I’ve been reading way few of these, and have bought quite a few thriller and mystery books so that I get back into the genre.

On blogging, I want to do more personal posts, bullet journalling posts and other random posts. I also really want to bring on guest bloggers because I used to love the content they brought. It’s refreshing and inspires me as well.

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What about you?

How was your 2018? What were your favourite books? Have you set any goals for this year? Tell me in the comments!

Best Reads of 2018

I should probably name this blog post “top ten books of 2018” so I’m restricted to a certain number. But I also really want to shower aprreciation on all the books I loved, you know?

We’re almost a week into 2019! How many times have you written 2018 instead of 19 while writing the date, yet? I can proudly say none, especially considering I had my finals. I was very conscious about the right date.

I had wanted to this post earlier but considering my finals, and also being sick ‘cuz of food poisoning a few days back, I couldn’t. But better late than never, right?

I’m just looking at my Goodreads list of 2018 reads and mentioning books I loved. I’m not choosing based on my rating but based on how much I remember and still like it. Let’s hope this post doesn’t become too long because I read 158 books in total, and there were many good books.

From Lukov, With Love by Mariana Zapata

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I found this book in the New Adult book lists on Goodreads and I LOVED IT. I like a good hate-to-love trope and this book kicked up my standards for the trope. Good characters, great plot and even better setting.

The book is not only about romance but also about character development, the female lead questioning herself, working hard to achieve her dreams while navigating personal relationships. The lead meant more to me than the plot.

If you like hate-to-love romances, I definitely recommend this book.

4.5/5 stars | My review

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

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This is now my favourite Science Fiction book. It’s way too good. It delved into a whole new situation, which is hard to find when genre is not fantasy. I almost did not pick it up thinking that it’s another Sci-Fi book with only teenage romanc, but I’m really glad I read it.

We follow Romy who is alone on a spaceship, hurtling towards another galaxy. She’s been alone for years, and constantly longs for company. One day she receives a message about another spaceship for the same destination, with advanced technology, which will soon catch up to hers. Suddenly, she has hope to meet and talk to someone!

The ending plot twist took me completely off-guard, and it couldn’t have been better.

4/5 stars | My review

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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I cannot believe I waited a YEAR to read it. It had buzz before it’s release itself and I, not completely buying into the hype, added it to my TBR and didn’t get to it until 2018.

If there’s one book which is worth the hype, it’s THUG. If there’s one book recommendation you take from me, let it be this.

This book talks about the black lives matter movement, follows a black teen who witnessed her best friend get shot by a police officer, who walked without charges, and the impact of racial discrimination on her community.

The book, set in America, is very profound and gave me insight into so many things that I did not know before.

5/5 stars | My review

American Panda by Gloria Chao

I completely forgot that I read it in 2018?? The year was so long, oh my goodness.

I love books which follow characters juggling between cultures, and this was a perfect example of it with an Asian teen in America.

I related SO much to Mei. The familial expectations, strict parents, academic goals etc plus wanting freedom to like who she wants was all spot-on. I’m not Taiwanese but I can relate to some of it because I’m Asian.

I really liked the fluffy contemporary. It’s a good read.

4/5 stars | My review

Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner

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I am forever fangirling about Lisa Gardner. This was only my second book by her but I was already a stan.

This book BLEW ME SOCKS OFF. I kid you not. The mystery and the thriller was too damn good. I could not guess a single a plot line or twist. It kept me on the edge.

The book starts off with Nicky who gets into a car accident while drunk and all she can think about is Vero, her little girl. The only problem? She doesn’t have a daughter, nor is there any young girl named Vero in that area. It sets off police investigations and her husband getting questioned, which brings up obvious gaps in stories.

If you’re looking for a good mystery novel to read, I definitely suggest this one.

5/5 stars | My review

The Wall of Winipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

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It’s honestly surprising how much I love this book. I’ve reread it so many times. My last reread was a few days back, in fact!

I think the fact that this book had clear relationship development, which was slow and realistic, sealed the deal for me. Relationship development is such a turn on for my romance loving self.

I found it right after I jumped on the Mariana Zapata train when literally everyone compared all of her other books to this one, holding this as the pinnacle of standards. And I am not disappointed in the least.

It didn’t feel that great in my first read but the more I think about it, and the more I reread it, I love it more. That’s the best thing you can look for in a book.

5/5 stars

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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I cannot describe what a ride this book took me on.

I had heard of the hype and eventually bought the book because the cover was too beautiful, and I fell in love with the story inside as well.

It’s everything I love in one. It’s fantasy, magic, love, hate-to-love (sort of), A CIRCUS, AN AESTHETIC, an in-book fandom and great writing!

It’s a book which you can keep fangirling about. I did not stop talking about it for DAYS.

If you’re into fantasy and magic, I suggest this book.

4/5 stars | My review

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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This is one of my top 5 reads of 2018.

The book has an autistic female lead who wants to become comfortable with intimacy and hence hires an escort to help with that. The male lead is a very handsome man who has taken up escorting to earn fast to pay his mother’s hospital bills.

It’s very interesting because not only do we get a insight into Asperger’s but also get to see the perspective into the life of an escort.

This is a very good romance book and I highly recommend it.

5/5 stars | My review

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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Another one of my top 5 books, and a brilliant and entertaining read.

This is a hate-to-love romance as well but this is almost comical. The first few pages of the book, where we get to know Lucy and Josh IS comical.

It’s very entertaining, funny and also got me swoon in a couple points of the story.

We follow Lucy and Josh who are colleagues and spend all working day in the same room. They exchange jabs and play silly games which are usually seen kindergarten classrooms. They are entirely adorable.

It had a LOT of hype, which made me wary, but I’m glad I finally picked it up.

5/5 stars | My review

I Was Born For This by Alice Osman

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I considered including this and Radio Silence by the same author but this book made was more of an impact on me than Radio Silence.

The book follows two perspectives—Jimmy, who is a band member of “The Arc”, and Angel who is a super fan of the band.

So we see the life of someone who idolizes a celebrity, and also the life of the celebrity being idolized.

It showed the difference between media and real life so much. It showed human imperfections and flaws. It was so realistic that it took my breath away.

It made so much of an impact because it talks about the lives of fans and the obsessive fandom culture. At the time I read this, my friends had just gotten into BTS and were COMPLETELY obsessed. I wasn’t a fan then so I had an outsider’s perspective.

Now that I am a fan of BTS, I relate to Angel even more.

4/5 stars

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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Ever since I read the first Christina Lauren, I’ve been a fan of the author duo. Their books always have proper relationship development, which is a big requirement for me.

This book is a best-friends-to-lovers romance story, and I’m LIVING for it. It’s my favourite trope, with hate-to-love as a close second.

Hazel is chaotic. I cannot describe her in any other way. She’s “eccentric”, as some would call her. I love that she’s the complete opposite of a composed, graceful woman which is what the media throws at us as the “ideal woman”.

Josh is the perfect counterpart because he’s mellow and thoughtful. I could not have made up a better pair in my head.

It’s a light read with humourous moments and swoon-worth moments with bits thrown in about each character’s issues individually.

5/5 stars | My review

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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Of course this list contains this book. Queen of Angst and Depression (as I like to fondly call it) is in a completely different level.

I did wonder how CC was going to top Lord of Shadows (which was bloody heartbreaking on it’s own), but she did it SO WELL. I cannot compare this book to any other book from this list. It’s simply impossible.

I got so many feels while reading this book, it’s not funny. It made me feel SO MUCH and so many variety of emotions. And I still want more.

I hope Cassandra Clare is an immortal because I would rather die first than her stop writing books. We’ve have TMI and TID along with The Bane Chronicles, The Shadowhunter Academy and now The Dark Artifices. We also have Ghosts of the Shadowhunter Market coming soon along with The Red Scrolls of Magic and The Lost Hours trilogy.

And I CANNOT WAIT.

I have not been able to write a review because of finals. I’ll see if I can write it on a later date.

5/5 stars

Talk, bro.

What were your best books of 2018? Do we have any books in common? Do you have a reading goal for 2019? Tell me in the comments!

Life Update // I’m 20!

Happy New Year everyone! I think it’s been about a week since I last posted. (NOT gonna make any “a year back jokes”) I feel like so much has happened but maybe it’s not much. We’ll see as this post goes on.

I turned 20 years old!

I’m not a teen anymore! I’m going to find it so hard to not consider myself as a teen.

It’s kinda sad to have my birthday during finals but oh well, what can I do.

I celebrated my 20th birthday on 30th Dec, a day before one of my finals, but my best friends made it perfect. They surprised me at 12am at home with a cake (with BTS written on it along with the official symbol!) and a bunch of balloons.

(Side note: BTS member V’s birthday and mine is the same lol)

We had a sleepover the previous night as well, at one of their houses, which was our first sleepover and was at a wrong time when all of us had finals but hey, hallelujah.

On my birthday, after having some of the cake, we studied until about 2am and fell asleep. Trust me, we couldn’t believe we were studying during a sleepover but we had to. We studied a little the next morning as well before they both took off.

My college friends group also surprised me the next day by gifting me a pair of headphones before the exam. I was totally caught off-guard since I didn’t expect anything. It was the perfect gift since my earphones stopped working and headphones is a definite upgrade.

Surprisingly, more people wished me than I expected. I was honestly surprised and overjoyed. It was a good welcome into my twenties 🙂

I’m done with 3 of my finals.

Out of 6. Which is sad, considering it’s been years since my exams started.

My university is weird with different schemes and back papers and too many streams, subjects etc so basically, my exams last VERY long. Once they lasted 5 weeks. And I had a week of break before the next semester’s classes began.

This time my finals end on the 14th of this month and I’ve got college from 24th again. I believe it’s pre-placement training and not regular classes for 10 days but who knows. Honestly I’m just keeping track of when I should show up at college at this point.

It’s my 3rd year out of 4 years. I wonder how much more I can stop caring in the next three semesters, especially when they’re the most crucial. MOST.

Sigh.

I got food poisoning.

This was sad experience.

I don’t know what caused it exactly. I had dinner out in a NYE party, but the food in that place is pretty good usually and I’ve never had a problem in the past several years. I had a slice of my leftover birthday cake on 1st so I guess it could be that? I usually eat leftover cakes and pastries and it never happened before so.. who knows.

Anyway gory details ahead. Feel free to skip.

I puked from 2am to 8am that night. Eventually I just couldn’t hold myself up or process anything other than trying not to choke to death. I puked up all the medicines I took as well, within minutes. I puked any water too. It got really bad.

I went to the hospital in the morning (2nd Jan) as soon as I could stand and walk, which ended up being around 8:30.

I was given a couple injections and IV drips for a few hours. I just rested there. It worked well.

I got back home around 3pm and just crashed because I had next to no sleep. Considering I had my exam today, 3rd, I started panicking the second I woke up later in the evening. Kinda a good sign that I finally started worrying?

I just studied as much as I can until 11:30 and crashed again.

Thankfully my final was at 2pm (to 5pm) so I had the time to revise in the morning. I usually revise with my friends, which I find very helpful, and it literally saved my exam today.

The exam went pretty well! Considering how much I studied, and what my state was (still tired and not yet back to eating full meals), I did really well.

I came back home and took a nap after having some tea. I’m feeling much better now. Figured I might as well blog since I have three days until the next exam.

Reading Updates

I finished my 2018 Goodreads challenge at 158 books! I got onto a romance kick at the end of the year, which I gobbled up in all my study breaks. My original goal was 150 so that’s really good.

I set my 2019 reading goal to 150. Considering this year will be super hectic as well, I might lower it later. Let’s see.

(I tried putting the Goodreads challenge widget in this post but it looked ugly so I removed it lol.)

Anyway, speaking of the 2019 challenge, I quite like the colour this year! We’ve had bright colours for the past three years so I like the change of having a dark colour. It’s a really dark purple, I think?

2019 resolutions?

I’ve set nothing. I haven’t had the time to even think about it and consider properly but I think I’m just freestyling it.

I find that I do better with short-term goals, if it’s personal. I also had most of my best times in 2018 through spontaneous decisions. I’ll see as I go on.

Honestly, 2018 was a good year. I cannot really come up with regrets but I can name a lot of happy times and things I’m grateful for. I had bad times but no regrets as such. That’s how I want to remember 2018, that the good times were good enough and that I did my best.

What’s up with you?

Now that I just ranted about my last few days, I want to hear about you. How was the end of 2018 and the start of 2019 for you? Have you set any resolutions or goals—for lifestyle, reading or anything else? Any bucket list? Tell me in the comments!

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Songs On Repeat // December ’18 edition

Hey everyone! We have only few days left in this month and I’m kinda sad to see this year end, because I’ve had some great times, but I’m also happy to be moving on to hopefully better things.

Now, get your earphones/headphones and settle down because I’ve got some really great songs this month. And it’s NOT all Korean this month.

The Other by Lauv

I’m slowly listening to more and more songs by Lauv, and I’m loving all of them. I especially love the chorus of this song.

Sea by BTS

No, I’m still not over BTS. This song evokes so many emotions from me, I cannot handle them. It’s such a raw, truthful and emotional song I CAN’T. I definitely recommend listening to it, and do pay attention to the meaning of the lyrics.

DDU-DU DDU-DU

THIS CHOREOGRAPHY, GUYS. I was OBSESSED. I couldn’t stop rewatching this video again and again, and somewhere in between I started to love the song as well. I don’t know if I would have liked the song this much without the awesome dance moves, but oh well. Do watch it!

Hann (Alone) by (G)I-DLE

I started liking (G)I-DLE immediately after listening to this song. I just love the vibe and the vocals of this. This girl group is definitely underrated.

POP/STARS by K/DA ft. (G)I-DLE, Madison Beer, Jaira Burns

I had heard of the kpop song for League of Legends but I never actually listened to it before. My friend told me to listen to it one day and after one listen, I was done.

I listened to this song on repeat for over a week. I still listen to it very frequently. I LOVE IT. It doesn’t hurt that the video is super cool as well.

Thanks by SEVENTEEN

Not gonna lie, it took me a few listens to like this song. But once I did, I couldn’t get enough of it. Especially the ending where you’re like I WANT MORE and they actually give you a tiny bit more before stopping. Argh I love.

Some by Bolbbalgan4

My friend suggested this song to me and I’m SO GLAD. I love this song! It’s so cute and happy and I just love it so much. Especially the chorus.

I kept playing this on repeat along with Thanks and POP/STARS. All of them are different vibes but I loved all of them so much that I needed more of each.

Dangerous by David Guetta ft. Sam Martin

My friends and I were on Discord one day, just playing music and doing our own things, when one of them played this song and I WAS IN. Damn, what a good song. How have I never come across this before?

Reflection by BTS

I have heard this song before but that was while watching the WINGS short films and I was too into the theories to properly listen to the song. It got added to Superstar BTS recently and the game got me to actually listen and like the song. I love RM’s voice in this.

Eastside by Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid

I weirdly like this song? I don’t like the lyrics and I don’t find the song that special but I just really like the beats. It’s also quite catchy.

Lovely by Billie Eilish, Khalid

HI THIS SONG IS BEAUTIFUL AND IF YOU HAVEN’T HEARD IT YET YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO IT RIGHT THIS SECOND.

I just cannot get over it! I’m listening to it on repeat right now and I just. LOVE. THEIR VOICES TOGETHER. It’s so soothing and lovely and arrrrgh. I stan.

What songs did you listen to on repeat this month? Do we have any favourites in common?

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The Sunday Post // I’m sick right before finals wow

Happy Sunday everyone! It’s been exactly two weeks since my last blog post and I have no excuses. I just did not have the mood to blog. I guess I was in a slump but I didn’t really try to blog as well so who knows.

My finals start on the 27th and I had study holidays or, as I like to call them, partial vacation. I took complete advantage and just chilled all of the days. I went out a lot, slept a LOT, and just relaxed.

I did try to start studying on 20th but that didn’t work out. I finally did start studying on the 21st but gUESS WHAT. I fell sick that evening.

I took a nap for about an hour because I had a headache and I woke up with a cold and throat infection along with the headache.

I went to the doctor yesterday and got some meds. I’m taking them but as usual my body isn’t good with immune things or healing things so I’m still pretty sick.

I’m tired and sleepy and my head is muddy and I do NOT want to study. I did try to study yesterday but I did barely anything. I didn’t even try today.

I really hope I can study properly tomorrow because as per schedule, I have to start tomorrow for the final on 27th. Until now I’ve been doing a little prep for further subjects. Key word little which means VERY little.

Moving on..

Goodreads challenge update

In the beginning of the year I had set my challenge to 150 books, which was lesser than 2017’s 200. I was optimistic.

Around September I was feeling less optimistic. 5th semester had put a LOT of my schedule and I couldn’t think of much more than classes, assignments, projects, and my online course. I fell behind on blogging as well.

So I reduced my goal to 125. I reached that goal easily since I was already up to 120 books when I changed my goal. After that I was reading whenever I got the time.

Now I’m actually up to 150 books! I’m not changing it back, though. Meh.

Highlights from the past two weeks

  • I went out 4 days in one week!

And I mean PROPER outings. This is huge for me when all I want to do is stay at home and hole up with my books.

I went out with my friends for dinner once, which was super fun. The second was a bookstore visit after which my best friend and I tried out a new restaurant.

Third was to decorate a friend’s room for her birthday and it worked out SUPER well! The decor looked awesome when we were done. I also stayed over at her place that night. We gave her another surprise around 2am when we took her up to the terrace and had her set off a flying lantern! That was really nice.

Fourth was that same day when a bunch of friends and I went out to a new place for lunch to celebrate two of their birthdays.

All were really good days and I’m so glad I didn’t decline any of them.

  • I got out of my reading slump!

For a while, my reading slump was really bad. I was trying to finish up my projects and report and study for my lab finals that I just didn’t have the time to read. It became a slump later because I didn’t want to read even when I had the time.

I got over it, though! All credits go to the BRILLIANT Queen Of Air And Darkness by Cassandra Clare. To anyone who hasn’t read The Dark Artifices trilogy, I definitely recommend it.

I’ve also been on a romance kick since then for some reason.

  • I finally listened to songs by Billie Eilish.

I’ve been hearing only good things about her music but I never actually sought out her music. I was binge watching videos by the React channel and came across a react to Billie’s songs and that was what finally made me to check out her songs.

I’m currently playing Lovely by Billie Eilish and Khalid on repeat because it’s just too damn good.

Okay that’s all I’ve got.

I’m considering this post good enough considering I just got back after a slump. I know I won’t get time to blog during finals but I will be back after that. Miss me, and wish me luck!

What are some highlights of your week? Do you have any plans for Christmas? Tell me in the comments!

The Perfect Husband || with the perfect villain

Book: The Perfect Husband
Author: Lisa Gardner
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Category: Adult
Series info: Book 1 of Quincy & Raine but can be read as a standalone
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Synopsis:

Tess was only eighteen when she married Jim Beckett, a decorated police officer. Having grown up in an abusive household, she thought she’d found her savior in Jim. But he quickly showed a dark, controlling side and an explosive rage that, unbeknownst to Tess, resulted in his committing multiple murders. When Tess finally put the pieces together, she helped the police capture Jim. But now two y ears later, he’s escaped from prison, and Tess knows he’s going after her.Tess isn’t about to sit still and be turned into a victim once more. Leaving her daughter in the protective custody of the police, she travels to Arizona where she intends to hire the infamous mercenary J.T. Dillon to teach her how to protect herself. J.T. has had enough of life, having lost too many of his personal battles, and is content is drink himself into oblivion. But Tess refuses to go away, and J.T. realizes that she’s his one chance to redeem himself.

Meanwhile, the police are on a manhunt for Jim, who has started killing again. Finally, everyone realizes that the only way to capture the elusive Jim is to set Tess up as a bait, leading to a breath-stealing climax.

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First of all, WOW.

I’m slowly going through all Lisa Gardner books I can find, and this is the best I’ve read so far. Why is it that every book I read is better than the previous ones I’ve read.

THE PLOT

The book starts about mid-way of the plot, with backstory being given to us at appropriate times. Tess, running from her psychopath husband Jim, decides to learn how to fight from a retired Marine. She knows that being in prison is not going to stop her husband from coming after her.

It’s a thrilling ride, seeing the story from multiple points of views.

Jim is the best villain I’ve read about. He’s a bloody genius with an IQ of 145. The rest of the characters, even though they tried their hardest, are always two steps behind him. The only person who’s ready for it is Tess.

As the book progresses, we see just how smart and brilliant he is. I kept getting impressed by him. Honestly brilliant.

We also went into the psychology of a psychopath. I found out so much about the human psyche, and how psychopaths think, through this book.

There also this brief moment where Tess wondered about Jim, and this quote was so good I had to mark it.

No one knew what caused a psychopath. Were they born? Were they made? Could they pass on that cruelty to their children?

-The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner

Tess was a pretty good main character, but I somehow didn’t really like her. Her characteristics were contradicting sometimes and that threw me off.

Tess is a determined person. She’s determined to learn how to fight and not rely on police guard. She knows that Jim will come for her, and the next time she will be prepared. It’s either kill, or be killed. And she cannot leave her daughter in his hands, even though he seems to genuinely love their daughter.

Another main character is JT Dillon, the ex-marine Tess approaches to learn how to fight. J.T. Dillon was interesting. I liked the way he kept going in circles about the feelings for his family because it made sense. I totally expect that from people who have gone through those things. I also felt that he was the kind of character we see in real life more, compared to the others.

I also liked the focus on J.T.’s sister Marion and her mindset about the abuse she received as a child. She’s the woman who is a brilliant cop, and is better at the job than most men. We also see sexism through her experiences.

Overall

It’s a great book that blew me off on the thriller and mystery part. I didn’t like the romance part that was added in but it’s kind of negligible so it’s okay.

I definitely recommend it to readers who love the genre, and even those who don’t.

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BTS Burn The Stage experience

Annyeong everyone! I’m starting this blog post as I watch Melon Music Awards on another tab, where BTS has already won 3 awards. I think it’s safe to say that I’m now an ARMY, although I still don’t feel like I’m one because there’s so much about BTS that I don’t know.

I know this post will take me days to finish, and I’m still excited to write ALL THE THINGS. Also warning: this is going to be a long blog post. You might want to free yourself for a little bit. #sorrynotsorry

Burn The Stage is the documentary of BTS’s Wings tour, which took them all over the world in a year. It contains behind the scenes, random fun the boys have, their hardships and their wins, and also exclusive interviews. 

In all honesty, the experience was a wild ride. And only some of it was the actual movie.

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When my friends and I found out that India will be one of the countries to see Burn The Stage, we were STOKED. This was the first time Indian ARMYs got recognition. There were so many ARMYs who immediately started saving up money for the tickets, which we expected would be a little expensive at least.

The movie was acquired by INOX theatres and the booking was all online. For the movie, to be released on 15th November, the bookings was supposed to be on 4th November. And the worst part? The plan was to show only ONE screening of the movie in SELECT cities.

This was nerve-wracking because there are TONS of ARMYs and my friends and I planned on being on the website at all times that day to grab tickets ASAP.

But the movie was not listed online that day. For the next few days all ARMYs were anxiously checking the INOX website, slowly getting discouraged. Would we even get to see the movie?

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A lot of people started spamming INOX on twitter and the official BTS India Instagram page reached out to them as well.

Eventually we got a reply that the movie had still not gotten cleared from the Indian censor board. We were ENRAGED, guys. As it is, the Indian censor board doesn’t have a good reputation.

On November 15th 2018, all Indian ARMYs saw the rest of the world watch and react to the movie while we still didn’t know if we’d get to watch it. And all we could do was continue spamming INOX, but stopped that as well once they told the official Instagram page that they’ll update once they have any news.

Since everyone was bashing the censor board, they released a statement that they didn’t have any problems with the movie. The reason it was getting held up was because of insufficient documentation and they requested blurring of an alcohol label in ONE scene.

The movie finally got cleared, though. The tickets were released on 19th, first for Delhi. The second the news got out, everyone who was free went online checking for their cities.

I was home, thankfully, studying for an upcoming test when one of my friends called asking my confirmation to book the tickets. But by the time she got back to me, telling me to book with my card, the servers of the website were overloaded. My friends and I kept refreshing the website but after selecting the movie and the show, we got errors. I encountered at least three different types of errors.

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And just like that, within 10 minutes, the show sold out. We had 1 show in 1 mall on 25th, and it sold out. Needless to say, my friends and I were SO DISAPPOINTED.

We gave up but later we found out that ARMYs who kept refreshing the website for hours and kept checking found seats. Due to many people being online at the same time, servers crashed and free seats were marked blocked.

Hearing this, my friends and I went back online and kept refreshing. While we were doing that, I saw ANOTHER mall in the listing with one show there. I freaked out, my friend called me and told to book there IMMEDIATELY.

I tried and after refreshing a few times (because the servers got overloaded then as well), I finally saw the screen to select the seats. By then most of the seats were already booked. Since we were 4 people going together, I selected whatever 4 seats I saw together, which was the second bottom row, and clicked next. My heart was beating FAST. I kept hoping that it won’t cancel on me.

After I entered my card details the first time, it didn’t go through and I was asked to do it again. I knew that if I tried again from the start, I won’t get tickets. But thankfully it only told me to enter my card details again.

At this point my hands were shaking so much. I could barely type. Right after I finished typing the card details, the card slipped from my hands but I did not care.

It took A WHOLE MINUTE to process the payment, during which I was worried as heck. But I finally got the confirmation and I stared at it for at least 30 seconds, checking if it’s real.

I GOT THE TICKETS! Right as I called my friend to let her know, my phone switched off. (It does that sometimes, just switches off when there’s too much going on in the phone.) I was thankful that it, at least, didn’t crash on me during booking.

I called her after I connected my phone to the charger (and retrieved my card from under the sofa) and told her, and even she took a couple seconds to register what I said. I was still shook from the experience of just booking the tickets. My heart was beating really fast as if I ran a kilometer but my brain was not registering much beyond “I got the tickets”.

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Good thing too because later I found out that the show I got tickets for sold out in two minutes. TWO.

My friends and I calmed down and went on to study. That night we found out that INOX kept adding shows all over the city. I think they were waiting to see the response before adding more shows.

They even added a show near our area, which would have been so much more convenient! We got tickets for an 8pm show in a mall which is over an hour away from us. Of course since they added more shows, the chaos of exchanging and buying tickets online between ARMYs ensued. And there was a lot of it.

We didn’t exchange though. We didn’t want to take the risk.

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Now that there were shows and enough tickets.. all the planning started. It’s the first time ever that there’s an official BTS thing happening in India and everyone wanted to make it special.

Everyone made whatsapp groups for all the malls. My friends and I found and joined the one for our mall as well. Only a fraction of all attenders found the whatsapp groups, but it was enough for us to plan things.

In a few days, we decided on the following:

  • Everyone would wear purple ribbons to signify that we’re ARMYs.
  • We would take videos and document our experience as part of a nation-wide GCF project.
  • The dress code was black and purple, if not BTS merch. (Not many stuck to that though)
  • Some people were selling posters and fanarts.
  • One person was selling postcards of BTS pictures, which we had to pick at random without looking. (I got two photos—one of Jin, who is my bias, and one of Jimin.)
  • One girl was making glittery purple heart pins for everyone who shazamed Waste It On Me.
  • My friends and I got some badges made with the BTS and ARMY logos and sold them. (I’m kinda proud of our badges, not gonna lie.)
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this is one of the badges we got.

Some ARMYs had also planned on flash mobs and dances (which we got permission for in prior) but it couldn’t work out due to state mourning of a sudden death that day.

We also sang Magic Shop, Two! Three! and Epiphany before going into the theatre.

Right before the movie we did the ARMY fanchant in the theatre, we tried an ARMY light wave and took videos.

All-in-all it was a big day.

Now, the actual movie?

Was B E A U T I F U L.

The movie went up and down in emotions, in waves. It was serious, nostalgic and somber and then it was joyful, funny and uplifting. And repeat.

The movie was narrated by 4 of the members (we think) and they compared parts of the wings tour to words such as “desert” and “oasis”. The comparisons were so fitting with the meaning of the words and the footage that followed.

The first half an hour I spent with my hand on my heart, not looking away from the screen. I can confirm that I teared up multiple times during the movie.

What I liked best about the movie was that it was real. We saw them having fun, cooking, getting awards and crying out of happiness. We also saw them get injured, practice hard and get bloody tired during a concert. It felt—was—unfiltered.

ARMYs know that the BTS members work HARD. They keep pushing themselves harder and harder, and it shows. The movie just showed more of the work and practice parts of it, which we’ve never seen before.

I didn’t want to blink throughout the movie in fear that I would miss something.

In fact, near to the end of the movie, I started worrying about it ending. I didn’t want it to end. And in that thought process, I missed the last line. The movie ended abruptly, just leaving us hanging, wanting more.

It was beautiful. I fell in love with them all over again.

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When I got home, which was at 11pm, I texted my best friend Hema and was telling her everything that happened. And I was still so into the movie that I was emotional. I couldn’t stop talking.

Hema said that she’s never seen me have such deep feelings, and it’s kind of true. I don’t usually feel much for anything other than books and characters that I’ve gotten attached to overtime. And I usually don’t text her when I’m feeling emotional about things. But, I couldn’t help it this time.

For the first time ever I’ve seen so many people who love something dearly gather in one place and do things selflessly. Legit, all the ARMYs were so kind and nice. Everyone wanted to do things for BTS and other ARMYs. Everyone was laughing and smiling, and talking about BTS and how BTS matters to them.

Some ARMYs stood at the entrace of the 8pm show theatre and gave out these tiny photos of BTS with the date and time written below. Bless their souls. That small thing made us all so damn happy.

the small picture they gave.

And during the movie, everyone was pin drop silent. I’ve heard of other places where ARMYs kept screaming at random moments and disturbing others but that didn’t happen for us. We made sure to tell everyone to keep quiet. We were all united and despite me only talking to my friends and not really socializing, I felt like I was still with everyone. And I’ve not been a fan for as long as most of them.

Here are some texts that I sent Hema. I’m just copying and pasting them here because they exactly show how I was feeling then.

[11:47 PM, 11/25/2018] Sumedha: I can’t.
[11:47 PM, 11/25/2018] Sumedha: It’s so unbelievable.
[11:47 PM, 11/25/2018] Sumedha: And BTS are so pure man.
[11:48 PM, 11/25/2018] Sumedha: They kept talking about pushing harder than they can almost bear because one day they can’t do this even if they want to.
[11:48 PM, 11/25/2018] Sumedha: They spoke about how much energy the ARMY gave them.
[11:48 PM, 11/25/2018] Sumedha: That in concerts etc just seeing ARMY’s eyes light up, seeing them, was enough to give them energy.
[11:49 PM, 11/25/2018] Sumedha: They spoke about how they’re all very unique but through the years grew together.
[11:49 PM, 11/25/2018] Hem: Omg
[11:49 PM, 11/25/2018] Sumedha: They’re not themselves anymore.

And then after that I still had so much to say so I gave up typing and just sent her a voice recording. I was already emotional and TALKING about them got me to cry in the recording. I legit could not speak without sniffing and my voice wavering.

The movie was THAT GOOD. It was so emotional. Even now I’m becoming emotional just thinking about it. I’m very close to tearing up again.

They spoke about how they’re not just them as individuals anymore. They’re now part of BTS, and each of them are an integral part of BTS.

We are Kim Nam-joon, Kim Seok-jin, Kim Tae-hyung, Jung Ho-seok, Jeon Jung-kook, Park Jimin and Min Yoon-gi. These names feel awkward. We are now RM, Jin, V, J-Hope, Jungkook, Jimin and Suga.

-Suga, Burn The Stage.
(I’m not exactly sure but the lines were something like this.)

RM spoke about how they still find joy in being with each other, even though they do it all the time. 

There are so many feels running through me right now, just by remembering the movie. I’m currently listening to Spring Day because it’s perfect for such moods. It’s also a beautiful song.

(side note: as I’m writing this part it’s December 4th, Jin’s birthday, and Jin just came live. It’s so funny oh my lord, they took Jin’s profile picture to the next level, more than ARMY. BTS and ARMY are all crackheads.)

My friends’ thoughts

I think I’ve spoken enough now. I can keep going on but I better stop now.

I asked my friends to write a little bit about the movie and the experience so I can add it here, just so you know that it’s not just me who is this emotional.

Sabby said:

This movie was so inspirational, motivational, and beautiful. It really showed a whole other side of BTS, what pure beings they are that made me love them even more and I’m so so so proud to be an army. I laughed, cried, oohed and awwed along with everyone in the theater and it was such an experience. And meeting the finally found fam(ARMYs) gave me a whole new level of happiness. We are a fam only coz of BTS.
BTS is not just a kpop group. Basically they are THE kpop group. No one has done it like them. They’ve helped and connected with so many people including myself and they are perfectly imperfect. They’re just as beautiful on stage as they are off-stage. I wish I could watch the movie again, it was worth the struggle :”) Never thought I would be so connected with 7 people I’ve never met before. I love them with all my heart and they deserve all the love in this world💜😭

Swetha said:

Burn the stage… this movie was wow, seeing the boys on the big screen was a totally different experience, I loved the narration, it really hits you right in the feels, especially when yoongi says “sometimes we see ourselves in the crowd there with y’all”. I mean how beautiful is that. The movie was an emotional roller coaster, like one minute you’ll be thinking “bts is working to death are they really happy?” and feel sad and the next minute its all of them jumping and pushing each other into a pool😂 but the best part about this movie was that it showed how strong BTS is as a group and how much bts genuinely cares for army. We are inseparable.

another bts picture because why not.
Source: btsspain.es

Overall, the movie was amazing. The meetup other ARMYs just made the experience even better. It was one of the best days of the year, for me.

Even if you’re not a BTS fan, I definitely suggest watching the movie because it’s just a documentary which is beautiful. It’s not specifically targeted at ARMYs. It’s worth a watch, ARMY or not.

If you’ve stayed so long and read this bloody long post, kudos to you. And thank you.

Have you seen Burn The Stage? Are you a fan of BTS?

Life Update // rambles rambles my schedule is in shambles

Hey everyone! It’s been forever since I’ve done a life update post, especially since I started doing “The Sunday Post” where I just talked about the past week’s events.

Warning: this post will probably be highly unstructured and is simply like a sit down talk. I’m really in the mood for something casual right now, and don’t feel like drafting it and revising it etc., so yeah.

First, what’s up with my blogging schedule?

I was keeping to my blogging schedule of posting blog posts three times a week for quite a long time. Probably months.

And then fifth semester of college hit me like a truck.

I kid you not, I have no clue what I did this semester and I have no idea why my time management SUCKED SO BAD. I didn’t even really use my bullet journal this time.

I’m so behind on my actual planning that I haven’t even set up my December set up yet. And my setup consists of two spreads only! The carefully curated schedule that I had which managed college, blogging and Instagram crumbled after a mere month into 5th sem.

Now I also really want to rant about this semester

To be honest, 5th sem started off wonky. I was doing an internship which overlapped the first 10 days of college. Hence I missed the first 10 days of classes in August, which immediately put me behind in basics of the subjects.

Then started the chaos of mini projects. I will tell you this, this semester has given so much BT. We did a mini project last semester and the problem statement was our choice. We had to do the same this time as well so all of us tried to pick good ones, especially since we needed to log in at least 20 days of work.

I went a little bit ambitious and took a project that uses Machine Learning. I took it because I started an online course on ML so I figured I can learn and apply it immediately.

And then. We got the news that we had to pick ANOTHER project. By this point we lost our shit.

Turns out the second mini project is actually required by the university as part of syllabus, and we weren’t explained to properly, so all of us boycotted and didn’t choose projects for it.

Only after we realized that it’s the one that’s important did we register with our problem statements and took it seriously. Of course, it also meant that a lot of people did not give a shit about the other mini project then.

It’s hard enough managing assignments, classes, extra-curriculars along with one mini project. We wouldn’t get any sleep if we did two.

But guESS WHAT. I ended up doing both. Which is why my schedule went into shambles.

Side note: this post is taking way too long to write because I’m on discord with my friends jamming to music and this is so nice (: 

Okay yeah so, back to the point, I WAS STRESSED ALL SEMESTER. I have no clue how I managed all my subjects plus everything but I did. Which is why my blogging and Instagram slipped, blogging more than Instagram.

This hectic schedule pushed me to finally go themeless on my Instagram and I have to say, I’m having fun with it. I’m posting pictures taken outside, playing around with filters and scenes etc., so at least that’s a good turn.

My reading took a big hit as well so that’s sad. I got into a book slump which honestly didn’t make me upset because I didn’t have time to read/try to read? Yeah well anyway I had to lower my reading challenge of the year to 125 from 150 because I didn’t think I’d make it. 

But on the good side..

This semester went pretty well too!

In terms of me socializing I was MUCH BETTER. I went to a book fair with two people whom I don’t really talk to in real life, I got along better with new people in group settings AND I managed to stay for over 24 hours in an event without losing my shit.

It doesn’t mean that I was completely fine in all settings, but I was better. And that’s good.

I also went to Burn The Stage and managed to not be overwhelmed by all the ARMYs there who had gathered to do events pre-screening.

While I don’t feel that I accomplished much overall in this semester, I did do small things every single week. Enough to make me feel busy. It’s never been this way before so this busy feeling is new, and I welcome it up to a point. If I didn’t feel like going to any more outings, I had no qualms about declining even though I might sound rude so that’s worked out well. I made sure to take breaks when I felt way too overloaded with work as well.

I took so many mental health days, it shows how my semester was this time.

I also had MULTIPLE DAYS where I spent around 10 hours on my laptop, doing my projects, and it put a lot of strain on my eyes. Even with glasses to help with the strain, my eyes, which are already weak as it is, turned completely red for two days after the work.

This is going to be my life later if I get into a programming job, which I’m hoping for, so might as well get used to it. Sigh.

My sleep schedule doesn’t exist anymore

Like, seriously.

I used to have a problem with sleeping in the afternoon until last year. If I slept in the afternoon, I got a headache, so I never did.

But last sem I started sleeping in the afternoons, only very few times, and I needed it so much then that I didn’t get a headache later.

This semester, I’ve been sleeping in the afternoons SO MUCH. Naps are my life right now.

My sleep schedule is: I sleep when I want to.

I have huge dark circles now. They’re ever present. I need to learn to do make up but I’m also scared to try because I have a lot of skin allergies and who knows what will set off a bad reaction. #sadlife

It’s not only me who’s got their sleep schedule messed up though. All my friends have no such thing called sleep schedule anymore. Right now three others and I are listening to music and recommending GREAT songs to each other on Discord, and one of them has a final tomorrow. But this feels so good so he hasn’t slept yet lol, and it’s 12:45am. We’re just listening to music, sometimes talking and sometimes not.

One of the friends, who has the exam tomorrow, said that things like this will be what he’ll miss once we leave college. And I agree. Another told that we can still do this but realistically, all of us will be busy and will mostly not be able to do this. Not only that, we might also not be in the mood for the same music. In fact this is the first time we’re doing this.

Right now we’re in sync and this is GREAT. I don’t mind staying up all night and listening to music like this, blogging or reading a book with it. Things like this make me grateful that I found really good friends. I was so worried when I joined college, about whether I’d get friends I’ll get along with well. And in first year, I didn’t. I kept drifting between friends and groups. I had lost expectations to find good friends to stick with but in third sem, I made a few and then I made a few more.

yay nice picture of my friends and I

Right now, I’m in a really good place where I actually text first and seek out conversation with them. And I feel lucky for this every day because I know what it’s like to not have friends and feel alone.

I have a feeling quite a few of the songs we’re listening to will make it into my “songs on repeat” post at end of this month. We’re listening to SO MANY GREAT SONGS. And I love that they’re loving the songs I’m recommending. It’s a great feeling when others love the things you recommend whether it’s books, movies, songs or anything else.

Speaking of me recommending..

I’ve got TWO people who don’t really read books to read this semester! One of them asked for a recommendation and I lent her Girl Against The Universe by Paula Stokes and she really liked it! I’ve given her The Hating Game by Sally Thorne now, which is one of my favourites of this year. Hopefully she finishes reading it soon before I find time to sell back books.

The other person is a friend I’m more close to than the previous person. She has borrowed a book from me before but she’s too busy in her life and doesn’t find the time to read. She gave the book back without reading a word. This was MONTHS back.

Recently, now that I’ve gotten into BTS as well, we’ve had many conversations about fans, influence, stardom etc. And for the first time it went really deep and we spoke for HOURS recently. Funnily enough it happened when we skipped the last of our labs because no one felt like attending.

So we were talking and I was drawing parallels between ARMYs and the fans of “The Arc” in the book I Was Born For This by Alice Osman. I had read the book when she and another friend first got into BTS and were totally obsessed with them, and I wasn’t. So I was telling her about all the similarities and she wanted to hear more so I ended up telling her the summary of the book.

She liked it so much that she asked me for the book because she wants to read it, and she’s hooked. She’s been loving the book so far and she’s less than 1/4th in because of her busy life. But I’ve seen a few of her annotations (and she has MANY) where she just marks things similar in real life with BTS and ARMY. I’m so proud seeing her reading a book finally.

oh hey it’s me in my natural habitat.

Okay I think I’ll stop here.

It’s 1:13am, all of us are still on Discord and the songs have gone into ones with more chorus and raw emotion instead of the hard and fast beats that we started with. We might transition into sad and nostalgic songs if we don’t stop soon lol.

I’ve written 1.7k words wow. Too long. Better stop.

What’s new in your life? Are you stressing out or having fun with friends? Let me know in the comments!

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Songs on Repeat // November ’18 edition

Happy December everyone! I didn’t get a lot of blogging done in November but I did listen to a lot of songs. I admit, almost of them are Korean. Now that I’ve discovered them and started to love them, I’m just venturing more into that world. 

Don’t Cry by SEVENTEEN

First up is this really nice song by SEVENTEEN. A friend of mine made me watch the dance practice video (which is really nice) and this popped up in my YouTube recommendations. I listened to it and I can’t seem to go back to the original version. I love the acoustics.

Shine by Pentagon

missemmareadsalot posted a story on Instagram about being obsessed with this choreography and I checked it out immediately, only to become obsessed myself. I love that song is kinda funny and the coordination of the group is brilliant.

I didn’t like the song immediately but after watching the video a bunch of times, the song grew on me. I also made many of my friends watch this video and they loved it as well. One of them said that the first steps look like bharatnatyam (an Indian dance style) and I can’t un-see it now XD

Runaway by Pentagon

While I liked Shine, I didn’t purposefully look for more songs but Runaway played on auto play one day and I was HOOKED. This sounds more like their style. I don’t like the dance practice video that much though. My favourite part of the song is Yuto’s rap which comes near the end. And it’s only about 30 seconds, which is sad because I WANT MORE. I do agree it’s not easy getting a bigger part with 12 other members in the group.

Right after I got into Pentagon I found out that E’Dawn, one of the members whom I like because he raps well, left. This was due to some personal issues but oh well.

everythinggoes by RM (BTS)

I cannot believe that I forgot to mention songs from RM’s mixtape “mono” in the last songs on repeat. But I did carry the love for the playlist well into this month. My favourite has to be everythinggoes because.. I just love the vibe.

seoul by RM (BTS)

Another favourite from the mixtape is seoul which is SO NICE. I love every single song from the mixtape but these two stand on top of the rest for me.

Crystal Snow by BTS

The last song, and one that I’m still obsessed with, is Crystal Snow by BTS. The vocal and rap line KILLED IT in this song. It’s in Japanese and all 4 of the vocal line sound like angels. I especially love that Jin got a big part in this song, and he sang beautifully. (Jin is my bias)

What songs did you listen to on repeat last month?

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The Heirs // Kdrama review

Hey everyone! I feel like I’m blogging after so long. I did not blog for about two weeks recently and I just could not get myself to do it. I guess I was in a blogging slump. And when I got back, this new block editor was on WordPress? I quite like it but it’s also hindering in some ways. I’m still figuring things out on how to use it.

Anyway! Welcome to another Kdrama review! I watched this AGES ago but I’ve been crawling through these reviews so this is pretty late.

I had heard a lot about this drama but wasn’t really interested in watching it. Finally a friend of mine watched it and loved it so much that she made me watch it too.

What is the drama about?

We mainly follow three characters—Cha Eun-sang, Kim Tan and Choi Young-do, three high school students at Jejuk High School which is a wealthy school for “the heirs” or the rich kids.

Che Eun-sang is the daughter of the maid who works at Kim Tan’s home, and she got in through a scholarship because of her grades.

We see a love triangle involving the main three characters, struggles of Eun-sang being a poor kid amongst rich and spoilt brats and associated dynamics. A major part of the show is also about the lives of “the heirs” and how their lives are not as flowery and easy as it may seem.

My thoughts on the drama

the main focus

  • I honestly do not know how I lasted through 20 episodes.
  • Divz, my friend, liked it but I found the show average right from the start. I also don’t understand why the show is widely loved, other than having a good main cast.
  • The main actors were really good. Park Shin-hye, Lee Min-ho and Kim Woo-bin took over their roles very well.
  • I’m very partial to Kim Woo-bin’s character, Choi Young-do. I had major second-lead syndrome during this drama.
  • OR maybe I just did NOT like Kim Tan and Cha Eun-sang.
  • I contemplated discontinuing the show but Divz told that it gets better. And it did, but only in Choi Young-do.
  • Honestly, if Tan and Eun-sang disappeared half through the show, I wouldn’t have cared.
  • The one thing I kinda liked was the portrayal about how if you want the throne, you should give up something for it. That’s true, a person cannot have everything. This was very realistic.

The one who wants to wear the crown, must bear the weight.

  • The show’s main focus was on the rich families, particularly “the heirs”, and it got     E X H A U S T I N G. All most of them did was bully the poorer kids and people. It depicts real life but was extremely boring as the main plot.
  • There was so much useless drama.

the romance

  • The show is a HUGE cliche, with the rich guy + poor girl romance. In high school.
  • Both Tan and Eun-sang were kinda spineless where it mattered for a large part of the show. I hated that.
  • I HATED the “I like you but oh I’m poor and I’m not supposed to be with you” consistent monologue of Eun-sang. It was exhausting to watch.
  • On the other hand, Kim Tan did not care about her situation or worries and just wants to date her. Could he get more cliched?

I like you so you should date me.

I KID YOU NOT, THAT WAS LITERALLY WHAT HE SAID.
  • Wow, no consideration of her feelings whatsoever. If I was Eun-sang, I’d put it into mild harassment category. But then she was in like with him too so.. he can do no wrong.
  • I’m sure there were good parts in the romance but I couldn’t get in on the train.

the love triangle

  • I hate love triangles anywhere and I especially hated it in this drama. I legit shipped Kim Tan and Cha Eun-sang just because I thought Choi Young-do was too pure and deserved better, even though that would mean him getting his heart broken.
  • The territorial contest between Tan and Young-do over Eun-sang was annoying. Tan wanted her to himself but also disregarded her position and pride, could not gather the courage to tell his parents that he liked her and Y E T, he said he deserves her more than Young-do. Boy, at least Young-do does what he says and has a backbone.
the main three

relationships

  • I would have loved the show more if the main focus was Tan and Young-do’s complicated relationship. They were best friends turned sworn enemies who ended up falling for the same girl. It was also way more than that, which we saw as the show went on.
  • I loved finding out their past, why they fought, and just all the feels and everything related to their frenemies dynamic. More friendship focus, please. I couldn’t care less about the romance here.
  • Oh and! I can’t believe I forgot about this until now.
  • Kim Tam’s biological mother and Eun-sang’s mother where a WHOLE NEW LEVEL. They were one of the best parts of the show. They start out as mistress and maid but their relationship progresses to unlikely friendship and I was ALL FOR IT.
  • It also gave us some funny parts so that was nice.
Tan's mother and Eun-sang's mother after a pillow fight.
They even had PILLOW FIGHTS lol.
  • I liked the “gang” that Young-do along with a few others were and the subtle show of progression—from how they used to be to how they are and also speculations of the future. We saw them together and individually, with their struggles and achievements and dreams.

miscellaneous

  • The one thing I truly enjoyed seeing was the infrastructure of their school. I mean, LOOK AT IT.

The Characters

Cha Eun-sang, played by Park Shin-hye, studied a lot, had two part-time jobs and worked hard at everything she does. But I didn’t find her to have an actual personality, besides being weak and slightly stubborn. She was just a “damsel in distress”. I also didn’t find her having a dream. She just worked hard for now, with no thoughts of what she wants to become.

Kim Tan
Source: The Problematic of the Unproblematic

Kim Tan, acted by Lee Min-ho, struggles with being a bastard son and cares a lot about his biological mother who can’t be his mum in public. He does not care about the inheritance he has a chance to receive, but spends lavishly and takes money for granted.

Tan also does not have a dream. He doesn’t care about the future. He does not even try in school, bagging the last position in his batch which is an achievement in itself considering most of the students are dumb, rich and spoilt kids.

His character was a contradiction. I did not understand how the writers meant him to be. He was confident and then weak, speaks strong and doesn’t act on his words. He cares about many things and wants change but does not actively go for it. Tan is stubborn, wanting what he wants but also not having the guts to fight for it.

Cha Eun-sang
Source: Dramabeans

Choi Young-do, acted by Kim Woo-bin, had depth, character growth and progression. He’s had abuse at home, is reckless and a bully in school. He actually tries to become a person worthy of Eun-sang!!! Good role model right here guys. I loved seeing him throughout the drama

The only character with true depth was Choi Young-do. That’s all. Everyone else was meh.

Choi Young-do

Rachel Yoo was the most shallow character. I disliked her so much that I ended up disliking the actress Kim Ji-won as well which was A SHAME. I only liked the actress later when I saw her in Descendants of the Sun. This character was so annoying.

She’s spoilt and is a petty bully.

Rachel Yoo
Source: Korean Drama Fashion

Now, my two fav supporting characters. Lee Bo-na (Krystal Jung) and Yoon Chan-young(Kang Min-hyuk) were SO ADORABLE. Each were really nice on their own and also as a couple. Good people ❤

They DEALT WITH THEIR UPPER/MIDDLE CLASS DIFFERENCES in a healthy manner and stayed in a relationship together throughout the drama. At least we had one positive representation.

Source: Amino Apps

Kim Won, played by Choi Jin-hyuk, was meant to be important but I couldn’t care less about him. He is Kim Tan’s elder brother and he was also kinda spineless like Tan when it came to his romance. In fact, their romance stories went almost the same, only with different choices in the end.

Kim Won also had a lot of problem with Kim Tan, and I still don’t really know why. Logically, he shouldn’t hate Tan but he did. It’s one of the bigger minor plots. I didn’t think that it was carried out well.

Kim Won
Source: JESH’s corner

Lee Hyo-shin, played by Kang Ha-neul, is the one character who deserved more screen time and plot than he got. He was the calm and collected senior that the other students looked up to. I liked him.

He was also relatable because he had a dream of being a film-maker and his family pressured him into law, following their footsteps. We saw the struggle of choosing between his dream and his family + the lifestyle he’s grown up in. I would have rather seen plotlines like this than the romance where both of them are idiots.

Lee Hyo-shin
Source: Asia Reviewer Maniac

Overall

I didn’t like the show. It had a few good parts but not enough for me.

I wouldn’t recommend it. The drama IS pretty popular and widely-liked so maybe it’s just me and you’d like it? Who knows.

Have you seen this drama? What do you think of the themes it portrays?

The Singles Game || all about the journey

Title: The Singles Game
Author: Lauren Weisberger
Genre: Chick Lit
Category: Adult
Series info: Standalone
Goodreads

Synopsis:

New from the author of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA: it’s a match made in hell.

When Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Silver makes a pact with the devil, infamously brutal tennis coach Todd Feltner, she finds herself catapulted into a world of stylists, private parties and secret dates with Hollywood royalty.

Under Todd it’s no more good-girl attitude: he wants warrior princess Charlie all the way. After all, no-one ever won by being nice.

Celebrity mags and gossip blogs go wild for Charlie, chasing scandal as she jets around the globe. But as the warrior princess’s star rises, both on and off the court, it comes at a high price. Is the real Charlie Silver still inside?

Sweeping from Wimbledon to the Caribbean, from LA to mega yachts in the Med, The Singles Game is a brilliantly entertaining romp through a world where the stakes are high – and no-one plays by the rules.

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I picked this book up in a book fair only because it’s by the author who wrote The Devil Wears Prada. I haven’t read the book but I really liked the movie so I thought I’d give this a try.

The Plot

The book follows Charlotte “Charlie” Silver, a singles tennis player, who injures herself and gets back into the game.

When it becomes apparent that her current coach cannot get her further than number 26 in ranking, she makes a pact with the devil of the tennis games to coach her. Todd Feltner wants to completely revamp her image from the “good girl” it has always been to “warrior princess”.

Soon Charlie gets caught up in the fame, and the success in her rankings, that she starts to forget her roots.

This book is the journey of a tennis player who, in the ambition to win a Grand Slam, starts to slowly lose herself.

My thoughts on the book

I did not know what to expect from this book because the blurb was pretty vague, not telling us what the book is really about. But I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that the book is about the journey of Charlie Silver. It’s not romance, it’s just follows the most important time of Charlie’s life.

Charlie was a good main character. She is sweet, caring and is not cut-throat at all, at least as far as others know. She’s still bothered by her mother’s death and loves the sport to bits. Her dream is to win Grand Slam and she can push herself to any limits for it.

The book was most interesting when Charlie was undergoing an image change. I loved her new self in the beginning. She was confident, strong, determined and would not stop at anything to achieve her dreams.

What I did not like as much was the very quick wrap-up at the end. After so much detail and deliberation, the step-by-step following of Charlie’s life, the book ended suddenly with a LOT of changes mentioned in only one chapter.

I really wanted to know how the book ended for Charlie and we got just a chapter that was suddenly after a huge time-jump when a lot of things happened. After getting attached to Charlie, that was not good for me.

overall

It’s a light-hearted chick lit book, perfect for reading when you want a good story but also not have too much feels because of it. It will be good as a vacation book or something to read on a lazy Sunday.

My rating: 3.5/5

What kind of books do you like more—character centered or plot centered?