Let’s do this now! October and November Wrap-Up

October and November, huh? I would say both months were amazing. One month is dedicated to reading. The other dedicated to binge-ing all of the anime that I want to watch on a whim and listening to new music. October can be considered busy and fun, because I celebrated my birthday and culminated the first term of my internship. November on the other hand, felt like a month that just passed by because of all of the breaks. Let’s see how things actually went down:

Wrap-Up - Books

I read a total of 8 books in October, including the ones I read at work. It’s a good mix of manga, fantasy, and mystery. But sadly, I DNFed one of the books that I have been highly anticipating for this year.

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun Vol. 1 – 4 by Izumi Tsubaki

Each volume revolves around short but delightful comics. It’s still ridiculously funny and I was able to read some of the scenes that were cut from the anime. With the manga, I can’t help but imagine how it will go in the anime’s 2nd season. It definitely felt like a palette cleanser from all of the fantasy that I have been reading lately.

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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

I have been trying to finish this one since March. But I just couldn’t get the hang of it. Don’t get me wrong though. I loved the characters, yet it gives you this vibe where you don’t know where the story is headed. I really didn’t like feeling that way. Maybe one day, I will pick it up again. Until then, it will stay at 50%.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

I joined a blog tour organized by JM from Book Freak Revelations for this one. Overall I would say that it was cool to read about Bruce Wayne as a teenager, and the way Marie Lu described Gotham was eerily amazing.

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Let’s just say that I have a love-hate relationship with this book. Some aspects are off the charts, but the one that was supposed to carry the book left a bad aftertaste in my mouth. Full review [here].

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

I had high hopes for this one. But ultimately, I was let down by a lot of reasons. I mean, it is still good. The writing was easy on the eyes, and the plot more so. It’s a Breakfast Club x murder mystery, and I love mystery thrillers. Sadly, due to pacing and trigger warnings that are cosidered spoilers, I was turned off. I still finished it though. But I have read better thrillers.

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I read a total of 5 books in November, 3 of which I read at work. This one was probably caused by the amount of books that I read for October, but it was still better than the slump I was in last April – July.

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

I actually started this one last September, but it was on my e-reader. The writing really moved me, so I hesitated to read more until I got myself a physical copy. Short version of the story is that I finally had the chance to get it and it blew me away. I will be posting a review of this book on Stay Bookish soon because I swear you wouldn’t want to miss reading it.

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It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne

I really missed reading Holly Bourne’s books. The way they make me feel important is the best feeling ever. I did not expect to relate much to the main lead, but she came at a good time. Full review + playlist [here].

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Wrap-Up - Series

All of the series listed here were all binged in November. Now before you gasp, I just want to clarify that November here at our place had a lot of breaks. I just maximized my free time. Teehee.

Stranger Things Season 2

I started watching in October right on time for Halloween but I finished it in November. And yet, it still gave me the goosebumps! I would have to say that the Duffer brothers and everyone leveled up for the 2nd season because it was so darn good. Trust me: if you haven’t jumped on the Stranger Things bandwagon yet, you really should start thinking on hopping in because THIS SEASON IS TOO AWESOME TO MISS.

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Bungou Stray Dogs Season 2

And just when I thought that Stranger Things Season 2 will put me in a series slump, I chose to watch this one next. AND OH MY POOR HEART. This show has also stepped up from the awesomeness that is Season 1. I was sobbing for the first 4 episodes, and then I was on edge for the remaining 8. My heart. My soul. MORE PLEASE.

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Hitorijime My Hero

Pfft. Would you believe that this is my first BL anime? (Not counting Yuri!!! On Ice since it is under the sports anime bracket, but we have to acknowledge the canon lol) It was pretty fun for the first few episodes, but I wasn’t fully invested to go “gaga” over it. The opening song is super catchy though. It’s my new ringtone.

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Boku No Hero Academia

I finally finished the first season, yay! I can say that the show grows on you, and I find the dynamics unique and refreshing. And no, I don’t think it’s like One Punch Man. Both shows have their own personality. Onto Season 2!

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Sekaiichi Hatsukoi

There are tons of anime in my backlog but I opted to watch this instead. I don’t know why, maybe because after HMH I wanted to watch the one that set the standards. I liked it, but there was something off. Nonetheless, it gave me the feels. Yes, Junjou Romantica is on my to watch list. Noted.

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Free: Eternal Summer

The 1st season was great. The 2nd season was SO EMOTIONAL. There were too many tear-jerking moments and heavy topics for this season that I cannot deal with my own emotions. I wish that I watched it earlier, but then it also applies to my current situation. The Iwatobi and Samezuka boys got me. Darn it.

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Wrap-Up - Movies

Oh November, you really are full of wonders. I think two movies are impressive, with all of the anime in the mix.

Justice League

Yes, I am a DC fangirl. When the league was assembled, I was already blown away. Though yes, it is still a bit messy and all over the place sometimes, Justice League was lighter in all aspects. When Superman smiled, I may or may not have shouted, “YES! THAT’S SUPERMAN!” I was lucky enough to have not been thrown out of the cinema. Yes, more movies from DC please. They’re improving, and with all of the criticism, I know it will only go up from there.

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Saint Young Men

The premise is simple. Jesus and Buddha are sharing a room together while they spend their vacation in Japan. Hilarious and ridiculous, it’s a good movie to watch if you just to sit back and enjoy the simplicity of seeing these two religious figures.

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Wrap-Up - Music

A fancy mix of Japanese music and November releases, it has definitely been a good year for new music. But I managed to find some earlier released songs to comfort my soul. Some of it has even helped me sleep. Here are some of my favorite songs from each album / artist (but trust me, every album is so good).

Ore Shoku Sukai – RADWIMPS 2 発展途上 (Hatten Tojo) ; Developing

4645 – RADWIMPS 3 無人島に持っていき忘れた一枚 (Mujintou ni Motte Ikiwasureta Ichimai) ; The CD I Forgot To Take To The Deserted Island

Iron Bible – RADWIMPS  Xと○と罪と (X to o to Tsumi to)

O&O – RADWIMPS 人間開花 (Ningen Kaika) ; Human Bloom

No Peace – Sam Smith feat. YEBBA (The Thrill of It All)

Getaway Car – Taylor Swift (reputation)

Super Far – LANY (LANY)

Kaze Ga Fuku Machi – Luck Life (Bungou Stray Dogs Season 2 ED)

Heart Signal – Wataru Hatano (Hitorijime My Hero OP)

Beautiful Trauma – P!nk (Beautiful Trauma)

Flaws – Vancouver Sleep Clinic (Winter EP)

Surrender – Walk The Moon (What If Nothing) <- featured in the Love, Simon trailer just fyi

Wrap-Up - Other

  • I survived the first term of my internship! I still have hours to render for my second term, but all is well. Also, still in the same company.
  • I created an account on myanimelist.net to keep track of the anime that I have been watching. If you want to add me, I’m @UltmtFangirl.
  • I posted about what it feels like when I talk less about my other fandoms, and brief drama on going on a hiatus (which we all need if we’re burned out, btw)

Pfft. If I wrapped this up at the end of December, it would have been longer. Anyways, December is a time to highlight the best of the best for this year, right? So… how was your October and November? Any fun stuff we can scream about? Are you going to see Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi on opening weekend? What are your thoughts on the Love, Simon trailer? Have you made reading plans for 2018 yet?

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January Wrap-Up + February TBR

 

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Goodbye January, hello February! As much as I hate to say it, but January is already over. I mean come on! Why did you have to come by so fast? I don’t want to take my final exams yet! You were a good month, January. I was so productive, even without a new year’s resolution. But darn, I actually smell a hiatus in February. Even though I am only practically on the verge of my 2nd year, I already have my thesis. And I am already panicking. 😦

Nonetheless, January gave me a lot of books to read during my spare time and it was delightful just to stare at them. But, I am not proud of the things that I have done with a certain books.



Books In The Freezer aka February TBR

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The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

I believe my e-book sickness has been cured thanks to this book. I just cannot put this book down. Literally, my phone needs to be charged 24/7 just for this one. I am too lucky to be granted an ARC by NetGalley! ❤

The Academy: Alignment by David Davis and Andra St. Ivanyi

Definitely one of the books that I hope can satisfy my craving for fantasy.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

This is the first read of the Fanboy Book Club! I am so excited to finally discuss it with people!

It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

I’m actually halfway through this baby already. I have been wanting read it before I got into book blogging but it was only available at Fully Booked so I never got the chance to request for it. And now I have it, I’m just gobbling it up. I am in love with Craig and all of his imperfections.



Books I Read

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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I know a lot of you guys love this series so much. But I don’t think my reading experience with this book was healthy and very… primeval in the sense. It’s not that I didn’t like it because I was infatuated with the writing style. It’s just that the characters were really frustrating me. Except for Kenji and James. Because they make the sense happen.

Slippery Things by Lane Baker

Rating:

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Read my full review here

It was a refreshing read, but it lacked certain qualities that did not hook me up that much. I loved the family aspect and genuity of the heroine though.

Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

Rating:

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Okay, I’ll just let it out. This book deals with certain that I cannot fathom with. The book made me realize some things, but it also hooked me up so bad that Jeff started to go to my head and let me be. I don’t regret knowing about the book for so long and but never reading the blurb properly. Jeff had a really nice voice for a character, which proves my point on why I’ve always loved male leads. Also, sneak peek. This book deals with LGBT topics. Although, I don’t really advise younger readers to read it. While I was reading, I had to double-check if I was 18. Luckily, I am. 😀



Book Haul

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Book Reviews

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Slippery Things by Lane Baker


 Well that’s a wrap everyone! I’m just here crossing my fingers and I am praying so hard because I really want to read and ace my finals all at the same time. Hope you had a lovely January 😀

Brb

November Wrap-Up and December TBR

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It was a pretty good reading month, that I can tell you. Yet a month has it’s own ups and downs. I will start with the downs first.

  1. I quit NaNoWriMo.
  2. Problems. A lot. And if my Pocket Letter buddy is reading this, I hope she understands.
  3. In relation to #2, no gigantic haul too.

But of course, I know I will jump right back in the game in December. It may be the holidays, but that won’t stop me from doing anything. I wrote a lot of drafts and I plan to post them one by one during the holiday break. Plus I finally got a break. I got the best schedule for my 2nd term in uni. One more term till the thesis kicks in.

On the bright side, here are some of the good news.

  1. Despite quiting NaNoWriMo, I am still pushing through with my story. Project “Coding For Brains” is still in the works.
  2. My Pocket Letter buddy is in for a loot. I just need to find a way to send it.
  3. My giveaway winner will receive the best box ever, because it’s late.
  4. Since we planned to get back on our feet this December, *cross fingers on that huge haul*

Now for my wrap-up.

Books In The Freezer

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I only have three books on my TBR because I want to start small. Despite sharing how it feels like to be a neurotic reader, I broke my book reading record. Also, I am pretty confident I can finish those books in December despite having my midterms yet again ^^. I can’t wait till I finish Carry On because I cannot put it down. I will be buddy reading Shadow and Bone with Maan from  Pigeon Reads and Trisha from The Bookgasm. Also, Crown of Midnight will be a buddy read with MC at Blame It On The Books . Go say hi to them. They are all such wonderful people. ♡

Books I Read

The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne

Rating: 4.5 stars

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Rating: 4.5 stars

Mondomanila by Norman Wilwayco

Rating: 5 stars

Fateful Turns (#StrangeLit)

Rating: 5 to 2.5 stars (depending on the story)

See? It was a good reading month for me. I would have had given each of these books 5 stars. They were all so good. I want to keep gnawing on books. I just want to read and read. Although to be fair, Mondomanila was ridiculous and I had to consider if I wanted to pour holy water on my eyes. I still have to post my full review for Illuminae, because apparently some of the words on the review are deemed unappropriate. That was a side effect from Mondomanila. Blame that book.

Book Haul

I was a good bookworm for the latter part of November, immediately reading the books that I bought. *winks* No haul though. It’s all over my Instagram feed. Lol. I will probably just do another one in January.

Book Reviews

I reviewed:

The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne

Fateful Turns (#Strangelit)

Also, my Fangirl Corners are now scheduled every Sundays. Do you want to be featured in it? Just comment below. Cheers to the remaining month of the year.

Aye, what more can I say? Better than my October wrap-up, am I right?

Brb