a very rambly life update & july TBR!

Hello, friends!

It’s been a hot minute, but I’m officially back! It’s winter break, so I’ll have much more time to connect and blog hop. I’m also incredibly thankful for all the lovely people that still remembered about me while I was M.I.A, it means a whoooole lot! 💛

I just did a monthly wrap up, but I still feel like talking about what I’ve been up to lately, since I didn’t get the chance to talk *enough* on my previous post, lol.


First of all: I SURVIVED LAST WEEK. It was kinda crazy, but I had this major presentation to prepare (I had to do a lot more, because group projects suck, especially when you are in a bad group, which was 10/10 my case) plus my best-friend’s surprise birthday party iN THE SAME DAY. I was so stressed out about both and had time to barely think. But, guess what? Everything worked out!

wowThe party was a success and he was super happy! He had absolutely no idea we were planning it, so mission accomplished, I guess? The theme was ‘La La Land‘ which is his favorite movie ever, and the high point was playing City of Stars while he first walked into the party and saw everyone, lol.  We are that over the top.

Also, I’m done with my first semester at university, and I don’t know how to feel. I am definitely grateful for the experience, but also having mixed feelings. Ultimately, I feel regretful that I haven’t talked to the people I wanted to talk to since the beginning of the year, and now friend groups are mostly formed, so I don’t know how to approach them without being awkward. But, I guess that’s life for introverts, hahah.


I didn’t read much in June, but I did watch some amazing things I want to talk to you guys about.

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(Trigger warnings: abusive relationship, graphic scenes of death and torture)

Friends: I *finally* watched an Original Netflix Show that doesn’t make me feel like piercing my eyes with a fork. It’s an ACHIEVEMENT!

I have given a lot of Netflix Originals a chance, but none captured my attention enough. However, The Society was extremely binge-worthy. I was procrastinating studying, as one does, and I watched pretty much the entire thing in one afternoon. It was great.

The ending didn’t wrap up the story the way I wanted to, but it leaves just enough to be answered in the following seasons. The cast definitely lacks on diversity, though I was happy to see a deaf character and the use of ASL throughout the show. Grizz is by far the best character in this show and probably the reason why I enjoyed it so much.

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Honestly, this show is ABSURD, but also so addicting? How?

I didn’t know The Good Doctor was inspired off of a K-drama, but once you start watching it, it becomes pretty obvious. The first few episodes give the same feel that a K-drama does: the very overdramatic dialogues, the flashbacks, the Angst… It was all there. However, I feel like halfway through the show was when they stopped following the original story and turning it into its own thing, and it was pretty clear too.

I still enjoyed watching it, and strongly agree with Freddie Highmore getting all the awards he can get for his performance in this one. I’ve read two articles from autistic people saying they were pleased with the representation, but I obviously can’t say much myself. However, I do wish they had been more emphatic throughout the show that autism is a spectrum disorder, therefore, everyone will experience it differently, and Shaun’s (the main character) is definitely authentic.

Again, though, this show is incredibly absurd. Most patients go to the hospital for a normal-ass thing just to find out they’re actually dying and have two months left to live. It’s insane, but entertaining too, lol.

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If you haven’t watched this yet, let me just warn you: BRING TISSUES. IT’S SAD.


I was sobbing for real and had to be really quiet because I didn’t want to disturb anyone. I’m crying now just thinking about it. Ugh. Really wish I wasn’t as attached as I am to animated characters.

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No one:

Not a single soul:

Me: Well, if that’s the case, I’m gonna rewatch SKAM.

I just love this show, ok? It’s problematic and flawed and definitely not the best thing ever, but it showed up in my life just at the exact moment I needed it the most, and I kinda want to go back to those feelings for a while.

(Also, I just really, really miss Even? And Chris? And Vilde too? Ugh).


My July TBR is just a little bit ambitious. (By a little bit I mean A LOT).

  • There’s Something About Sweetie, by Sandhya Menon. Have actually already read this one and loved it. Sandhya Menon, I’M SO THANKFUL.
  • The Unhoneymooners, by Christina Lauren. When I found out that this book was going to be a romance novel from one perspective only: 😁😁😁😁 vs. When I realized that all of the male characters were still going to be trash: 😠😠😠😠😠
  • Becoming, by Michelle Obama. I’m reading it, folks. The 19 hour long audio book. It’s happening.
  • Opposite of Always, by Justin A. Reynolds. Currently reading – the narrator is good, but I keep getting distracted as well? Ugh.
  • The Golden Compass, by Phillip Pullman. My best friend gifted me this book back in October for my birthday and I still haven’t read it. #worstbestfriendever
  • The Rose and the Dagger, by Renee Ahdieh. I’m only like three years late, but it’s fine. We’re good.
  • The Weight of Our Sky, by Hanna Alkaf. Started this one back in May and still haven’t finished it, so I need to fix this ASAP.

That’s all for this life update, friends! Now, please, share down in the comments: what have you been watching recently? And which books do you plan to read next? Let’s chat!

16 comentários sobre “a very rambly life update & july TBR!

  1. YAY for surviving the semester, so happy and proud of you and yay for being on a break now!! <3
    You've got some exciting reads planned out, I can't wait to hear what you think of The Golden Compass (one of my favorite books ever), as well as The Rose and the Dagger (well…. same, haha). Happy reading, Lais! <3

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    • Thank you so much, Marie!!! I’m most excited for the break, of course, hahah.
      The Golden Compass is my best friend’s favorite book too, that’s why he gifted it to me. I’m very intrigued now, and hopefully I’ll enjoy it as much as you guys do!
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Marie! 😊

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  2. So happy to see you back, my friend! Congratulations on surviving your semester, that’s amazing and I’m so glad you’re on break now and can relax.💛
    I haven’t seen any of the shows you mentioned, but they sound good! I’m currently watching Queer Eye and I love it. Ahh, I want to see Toy Story 4 because the other movies were my childhood, but I also don’t want to cry?! Why, why do they have to make animated movies sad. (i.e., Toy Story 3 and Up.)
    YAY, so happy you’re reading Becoming! It is a very large book but very worth it. I hope you’re enjoying it! I want to read Opposite of Always too.
    This was a great life update, and I love reading these! Wishing you the best rest of July.


  3. Yay – first year complete! Don’t worry about not talking to everyone at the beginning of university. I had two main friend groups: the ones I met in first year, and the ones I met in second year. One of my best friends ever I actually met in third year, but we didn’t know each other well until fourth year…so you can form your friendships throughout!

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    • Ahhh, this makes me feel a lot better, truly! I’ve always been the type of person to believe that you should stick with your first-year friend group, because I’m way too loyal to change afterwards, but I can have more than one friend group and that’s fine too! I think you’re completely right and your comment definitely soothed some of my worries, hahah.
      Thank you so much for stopping by! 😊


  4. Well done for surviving last week!! I hate it when it is a group project and you have a bad group– it’s the worse, you have to do all the work and I’m always feeling uncomfortable in said group. I’m glad it’s over for you!! The surprise party sounds amazing especially as it was themed after his favourite movie– that’s so cool!! I love it!!
    Congratulations on finishing your first semester– I would be the same and would be terrible at making friends but my sister made friends later on when she was uni so I hope that makes you feel better!!
    I haven’t watch Toy Story 4 yet– I’m not ready for all the emotions!! I can’t believe how emotional Toy Story gets!!
    Good luck for your July TBR and on the 19 hour audio book for Becoming — it is a very long audiobook!! Happy Reading!! <3

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    • Ugh, yes. Unfortunately, this group was formed at the beginning of the year, so we didn’t know each other that much and therefore didn’t know what to expect of the group project. But I do think the bad experiences happen for a reason and next time, I’ll definitely think twice before joining any group.
      That’s true! I do know I can still make friends with these people in the future, and I’ll definitely make an effort to do so.
      That’s right??? When I watched Toy Story 3, I just remember thinking “well it doesn’t get sadder than that” and I made peace with the fact I’d never be able to rewatch that movie without crying my eyes out. So Toy Story 4 really took me by surprise!
      Thank you sooooo much! I’ll need it, hahah. And thank you so much for the lovely comment! 💛

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  5. I took the opposite of always out of the library so I just need to get round to it now! (Also, is it just me or does anyone else want to call it ‘the opposite of always’ instead of just ‘opposite of always’ because opposite of always just sounds incomplete to me – it needs its ‘the’!) 😂

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  6. Lais!! I’m so happy to see you back and that you’ve survived your freshman year of college (just kidding but that is amazing haha)! This was such a great post as always, and it always makes me feel so cozy inside when I read your life updates/wrap-ups. by the way, I finished The Weight of Our Sky a month ago and it’s soooo good! I really hope you get to finishing it soon! Also, I watched the first season of The Good Doctor, and I honestly never got a kdrama vibe from it but maybe that’s just “has never watched a tv show in her life” me. Also, I’ve heard amaaazing things about Skam but I am so bad at watching TV shows ahhh!

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    • To be honest, I’m happy and impressed myself! It was a lot more challenging than I expected, but I did it!
      Ahhh, thank you, you’re so kind!
      I’ve made a decent progress on The Weight of Our Sky and I’m really enjoying it. It’s a lot heavier than I anticipated, but incredibly important too.
      I think it’s just because I haven’t watched k-dramas in a while, so perhaps their style have changed a lot and I’m comparing to the old ones? I do need to get back on my K-drama game!
      I understand that completely! I’ve also been away from shows for the entirety of 2018 because I didn’t have the motivation to keep up with an entire season. But I binge-watched SKAM and that’s probably why it holds such a special place in my heart now. 😍
      Thank you so so sooooo much for your lovely comment! 💛


  7. High five for surviving the semester!! I can totally relate to always get into bad groups, I end up taking the initiative and doing most of the work :/ It’s awful! But hey – it’s done! What are you studying, by the way? :)
    That party sounds lovely!!
    I’ve just finished “From Twinkle, With Love” and it’s not what I was expecting, so I can’t wait to read “There’s something about sweetie” – so happy to hear you loved it!
    Enjoy your holidays <3

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    • Ugh, I hate group projects! And I totally relate! I have a leader-like personality, so I can’t help but try to get ahead of everything, but sometimes it can be really frustrating. I’m studying Media Education!
      I have not read From Twinkle, With Love yet because the premise didn’t not truly captivate me, but I loved There’s Something About Sweetie and am truly looking forward to whatever Sandhya Menon releases next.
      Thank you so much, Marta! Wishing you a phenomenal July as well! 💛

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