january wrap-up // i’m super productive!!

usually every wrap-up i begin with, “x month has passed by soo fast!” well that’s not the case now! january seemed forever to pass along, and i’m happy to start febuary! but i’ll admit the first month of 2018 wasn’t as bad as i thought it would be.

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  • i started watching supernatural, and riverdale – so i took a break from watching k-drama’s, and anime to focus on these popular american shows! and i have to say it’s going pretty well!!! i love the plot of supernatural, and riverdale is okay.
  • MY HUBBIES ARE GETTING ATTENTION INTERNATIONALLY !! – SOOO If you haven’t heard already BTS is gaining a lot of attention in the U.S, and i couldn’t be more prouder. i have been with them since debut, and when they almost disbanded because they were soo broke, and look at them now!! I HAVE MOST OF THEIR ALBUMS, so yeah you can say I am a major ARMY!
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if you haven’t checked them out, please do!!
  • my!! grades!! are!! fabulous – while blogging somewhat good content, but still managing to be in the top 1% in school is an AMAZING FEELING, GUYS I’M SO HAPPY!! asdfghjkl remember school is more important than blogging, so don’t be guilty if you leave for like 5 months to focus on studies!! tenor

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  • i reached 600 followers! – so somehow while i was on a long hiatus (from most of september to december) i fained 600 followers. the count is actually 630 something. and yay, i’m really happy!! welcome new frennns! i don’t know how i reached these many followers, but i’m so grateful
  • i “try” to give my blog a makeover (for the hundreth time) – buuuuuut it backfires, and i end up reverting back to my old design. i’m okay with the design i had since summer, but sometimes i look at other blogs, and then all of a sudden i feel like changing up mine.
  • i slowly emerge from my hiatus – like i said ever since school started, i haven’t really gave any thought/attention to my blog (there are comments from august still waiting for a reply. oops), but every since the beginning of this month, i have been slowly posting more, and more, and getting my stats back up. i still haven’t got my schedule set in stone, but honestly i need to work at my entirely slow pace.
  • TOP POSTS

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zodiac signs as bibliophiles

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top five authors i discovered in 2017  

books

i have read 8 books this month, which is suprising because ever since i got a new phone, i haven’t been reading much. but i still read a lot, and i’m happy because reading is LIIIIIFE!

  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – wooow. this book was so heavy, and sent me on an emotional rollacoaster. i loved this book, but it did have it’s downsides (like being extremely slow at times). i also loved the writing style it just sucked you right in | 3.5 -> 4 stars
  • Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes – cute, cute. this book was soo cute. first an accurate representation of PSTD. second, girl!! friendships!! are!! everything!!. third, the romance was sooo cute. i loved this book a lot, and really reccomend to anyone | 4.5 -> 4 STARS 
  • If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I love JLA book so much! so of course i was expecting another great book from her, but sadly no. i didn’t hate this book but i didn’t like it either. i just felt that the main character is just like EVERY OTHER MAIN CHARACTER from JLA books. | 3.5 -> 3 stars 
  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – THIS WAS SOOOO CUTE!! I loved the blossoming romance between the characters, and the drawings were wonderful. And another accurate representation of mental illness, wooow | 4 stars check out my aesthetic
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer –  I was super excited to read another Marissa Meyer book, but no it was kinda really annoying. check out my aesthetic! | 3 stars 
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – I hate to say this soo early in the year, but this might be the biggest let-down ever. Great representation, but everything else was horrible. Abusive, femal characters, horrible romance, and a weird plot. Definitely, check out my review for further explanation. | 2 stars 
  • Seven Days of You – Stupidest book ever. This was like watching those dumb reality shows on tv, where everything is fake, and pathetic. I was really hyped up when I found out the setting was in Japan. I was so ready for my anime-binging skills to come in, but the setting wasn’t even important. This could’ve been in New York, New Jersey, and NOTHING WOULD’VE CHANGED | 2 stars 
  • A Week of Mondays – At first I was really hatin this book, but then gradually I really, really, really liked it! My full review will be posted sometime this week or next week! |4 stars

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  • Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia – This is my current read, and it has an Indian rep! I didn’t here about this a lot, but the plot is pretty interesting.
  • Made You Up by Francesca Zappia – Yup, the same author who wrote Eliza and Her Monsters. I loved that book so much I couldn’t help myself when it came to this one.
  • Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – Heard a lot of things about this book from good to super bad, but I wanted to give this out a chance.

not that much planned for this month!

blogosphere

some my favorite posts from my favorite bloggers!

UPCOMING POSTS 

  • A Week of Mondays Review
  • Self-Care tips
  • How to write negative reviews
  • how to spot problematic book

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so that was it for my month, how was yours?? I haven’t been around the blogosphere as much as I wanted to be, hence the small posts :), but i plan on getting to know some new blogs this month!! How many book did you read, and that was your most favorite one? I need new recs for books, and tv shows! !

 

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24 thoughts on “january wrap-up // i’m super productive!!

  1. Aghhh, you must read Warcross! Just read Aimee’s review and she is spot on, the book is amazing and wonderful, and can somebody please just buy me a plane ticket to Tokyo already?! I read 5 books this month and by far my favorite was Crooked Kingdom. I also read The Cruel Prince and would definitely recommend! Where do I even begin with how I feel about Riverdale… The first season was okay and I will admit highly addicting, even though I strongly dislike most of the characters coughs* ARCHIE *coughs . I’ve watched about half of the second season and so far so many weird and awkward things have happened that I just kind of quit watching it.

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    1. I knoooow, i need to read Warcross ASAP!! It takes place in Japan???? Sign my otaku ass up! YASSS CROOKED KINGDOM was such a stunning way to end the duo-logy, and i’m soo glad you liked it. that book deserves a lot of love! Awww, you dropped riverdale?? I also heard a lot of weird stuff about season 2, as well.

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  2. aaah Balie I’m so proud of you for being in the top 1%!!! that’s AMAZINGGG. 💖 omg Starfish,,, THAT BOOK MEANS THE ABSOLUTE. WORLD. TO ME. I definitely missed the problems with the abuse rep when I read it (and I need to edit my review about that), but as an anxious Asian, that book ??? captured everything ??? perfectly ??? I’m sobbing, I love it so much. 😭😭 hope you have an amazing February, and I’m so glad you enjoyed my post! 💝

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    1. How can I not enjoy when it’s tHE MANGO QUEEN WE’RE TALKING ABOUT, HELLO!! yeah i read the review that you linked too, but idk it’s just that i heard so many good things as well??? so it’s like I HAVE to read it just too see. Thank you so much, May! and i hope you have a wonderful February as well!! 😀 ❤

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  3. I’m so glad to see other bloggers say that January felt so long – usually months fly by (WHAT HAPPENED TO 2017) but January?? What even
    Congrats on reaching 600 followers and getting top grades! That’s amazing and definitely something to feel proud of

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  4. OH MY GOD I SAW THE GIF THE BTS GIF YAYAYAYYYYYY i barely know any people online who like kpop YAYYYYYYYYYYY
    I really want to watch SPN but i don’t have time… ;-;
    And i’ve wanted to read some of the books you read so i’m glad you posted your opinions.

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    1. yaaaaay! i was secretly waiting for someone to mention BTS, and i’m so glad you finally did!! l know it’s so hard to find kpop fans online (btw who is your bias, and do you listen to any other groups??) Awww, i know how it feels not being able do stuff for your enjoyment because you have no time. but when you do please find time to watch SPN, i literally finished season 1 in two days, and i soooo recommend it!! Thank you so much ❤

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      1. So my bias is Yoongi but their all my fluffy babies 😛 😛 It’s hard to pick yanno?
        I listen to BlackPink and EXO mainly but there’s some isolated songs from other groups.
        Absolutely! All the memes have already persuaded me, it’s just a matter of time.

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      2. *gasp*yOU ARE A YOONGI BIAS TOO??? i,,, i’m so freaking happy because yEAH WE CAN FANGIRL ABOUT BOOKS ANNND BTS!! Have you played Superstar BTS? it’s such an addicting game, lol. I also am an EXO-L. Exo is my ultimate group, but BTS is really close to destroying me. OH and did you know they’re coming out with a Japanese album around April or March called Face Yourself. I AM NOT READY FOR THIS!!

        (i just realized how long this is, i’m sorry, i just get super passionate about kpop, lol)

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      3. OH MY GOD YOU ARE like i know SO MANY JUNGKOOK BIASES IRL but YAYYYYYY
        I GOT A WIN WIN IN BALIE LOOK YOU GUYS *displays Balie*
        no actually I’ve never heard of it? description please?
        OMG I DIDN’T I’M SO EXCITED NOW
        (yeah no don’t worry we’re fangirls, i understand

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      4. I KNOOOOOW RIGHT!!! 50% of kpop friends have biases with Jungkook, and i’m like “yeah sure the golden maknae is cool, BUT HAVE YOU SEEN YOONGI’S GUMMY SMILE!!!” *flailing hands*

        Superstar BTS is like a game where you have to tap out the beats to a bts song, and there is weekly rankings, and stuff, and it’s soooooo addicting!! but it’s not available in the U.S (rip), so you have to download it by typing in superstar bts apk, and it will show you directions.

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      5. I know he’s so squishyyyyyyyy (not really but like) and his raps are AWESOME like spring day ughhhhhh

        ohh that’s cool… i think i’d be pretty good at it 😉

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  5. YAY FOR GOOD GRADES!!! *throws confetti* *cuts you a slice of cake* I recently took college entrance exams, and results for one college showed that I’m in the top 2% of exam takers for my course! WOOT. AND CONGRATS ON 600 FOLLOWERS! Each and every one is absolutely well-deserved. ❤

    ALSOOOO SUPER EXCITED THAT YOU GOT MADE YOU UP!!! One of my favorite mental health books with a super cute romance also. I can't wait to read Eliza and Her Monsters for myself!!!

    (Thank you for sharing my post! *tackle hugs*)

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. *gobbles up cake because cake is life* YAAAAAY!! having good grades is like the best thing in the world, congrats on beinG THE TOP 2% WOOOOW!! Thank you so much Aimee, and how could i now mention your post?? Your blog is so amazing, and you need to read Eliza and Her Monsters ASAP! ❤ 😀

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  6. happy februaryy!!
    i actually did read two posts this month and i don’t know why i didn’t comment, but your review of when dimple met rishi was definitely a refreshing take on a very popular and hyped book. i just bought in on e-book and i’ll be reading it for the next few weeks, but i’m sure to keep my eyes open for all the problems you pointed out. and also, the signs as bibliophiles was such a fun post to read!
    so glad your grades are amazing! tell me the secret! i’m trying to keep up my grades, but as a senior, i’m struggling a lot already 😦
    also, let me know what did you think of enter title here. i read the book because of the indian representation, but i actually think it ended up being a bit problematic, even though it’s an own-voices book. the main character is definitely unlikable, but the writing is interesting. i have a lot of mixed thoughts on this novel, so i hope your review can enlighten me!
    hope you have an amazing month! xx

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    1. please don’t stress about your grades!! your mental health is far more important!!! i think what really helped me was joining a studyblr community on tumblr, and just really motivated me, and kept me productive. i also have a post about how to stay productive here ( https://novelersblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/how-to-stop-procrastination-for-bloggers-and-students/).

      And i just finished reading Enter Title Here, and woah i hated Reshma Kapoor so freaking much. i’m at a shock of how twisted, and insane she is. I think i might do a mini-review soon. Thanks for your comment!!!

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  7. This is a January wrap up and I am writing a comment in March. OMG this is so weird but I had to write a comment since….BTS!! OMG BTS YAS!! (What am I even saying)

    Also I really want to read Eliza and Her Monsters. Ah…..I am going to cry!!

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