2019 goals recap & 2020 resolutions | i am nominated for the sunshine blogger award again and can’t shut up about rocketman

a yearly overview.

Hello, friends!

This is the last post I have for my 2019 overview series. We’ve already talked about my most disappointing reads of the year, my favorite books and now it’s time to wrap up the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year and set new ones for 2020.

I feel like it would be fitting to also, while I do that, answer the questions that the lovely Charlotte set up for me after nominating me for The Sunshine Blogger Award. (By the way, thank you so much Charlotte for the nomination!)

2019 GOALS: i’ve actually accomplished something for once?

When I started setting up my goals for the year, I told myself I would go as easy as possible, because of how hard 2018 had been and I didn’t want to pressure myself into unattainable goals. And out of every item on the list, I managed to accomplish almost every single one! *cries*

  1. Read 40 books. ✔️ I actually read 68 books this year, so it was a total win.
  2. Read more books in different formats. ✔️ I ended up listening to 29 audiobooks this year, which means I listened to more books than I read them. I didn’t think I’d listen to this many audiobooks this year, but I’m glad it worked out this way! They’re really convenient and awesome and I truly fell in love. As for e-books/web comics, I definitely wish I’d read more, but I found out that I’m not as productive when reading digitally, because since I do not owe an e-reader, I end up reading on my phone, which can be very distracting.
  3. Stay away from negativity. ✔️ When I wrote this goal, I wanted to refrain from reading negative comments and looking for drama online and even if I wasn’t able to stay away from it *completely* (I am guilty of spending 40min on that Tati video dissing James Charles), it was an improvement from 2018, so I consider it a success.
  4. Keep around only people who put as much effort as you do. ✔️ I feel like if there was a lesson learned this 2019, was this. Since I graduated, I parted ways with a lot of my high school friends, but there were definitely a few I wanted to stay in touch with. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen with all of them, and I realized that it is okay to let go, especially when others do not put as much effort as I do.
  5. Stay true to who you are.✔️ If I’m being honest, I feel like this one was hard to do. There were definitely moments this year in which I found myself becoming a different type of person (more negative, passive-aggressive, always lowkey mean) but I’m glad I was able to notice it quickly and change my behavior.
  6. Spend less time on social media. ✖️ Honestly, I’m glad that my past self already knew this wasn’t going to happen. I definitely *tried*, though. I’d always say: oh, my screen time for this week was 5h? Okay, I’ll start trying to minimize that next week. Next week. Next week. And next week never came. Oh, well. Maybe next year.
  7. Write more! Journal more! Believe on my own writing!✖️✔️ I gave up on my WIP pretty quickly, but I have been journaling a lot more this year (and even shared some of my favorite entries), so I think this was partly successful, but it is one goal I want to carry on through 2020.

 

2019 HIGHLIGHTS: i’ve done other things apart from reading

Okay, not much, though. Reading has taken up a lot more space in my life this year, which I am so thankful for. Before we get to the other highlights, I’ll just quickly answer some reading questions but only with books I’ve read in 2019:

1. What book, if any, would you most love to see a prequel of?

22299763. sy475 I feel like it would be really nice to have a prequel on Crooked Kingdom. I’m sure most people are screaming right now READ THE GRISHA TRILOGY!!! but that’s not entirely what I mean. I think it would be nice to see characters from Ketterdam specifically and how that part of the world looked like before Kaz and the Dregs.

2. What’s your favourite lesser known, or talked about, book?

31822503Girls on the Verge is a book that, sadly, I haven’t heard many people talk about. Maybe because it is a slightly controversial topic (which shouldn’t be, by the way), but the book will follow our main character’s ride in order to get an abortion. It was really powerful, touching and also infuriating at times, and I really wish more people would read it.

3. Which fictional character do you most admire?

32620332. sy475 I think admiration is a really strong word, but I have to give it up for Evelyn Hugo. Even though I did not love this book as much as the rest of the bookish community, I did appreciate Evelyn Hugo a lot as character. She was a true badass, who made a lot of mistakes, but was still strong enough to stand up for them. I feel like she could go through everything.

4. What generally beloved character gets under your skin?

Can I answer Kaz Brekker AGAIN? Or maybe Eliza, from Eliza and Her Monsters, even though I feel bad for talking so many negative things about this book since I know it’s loved by so many here, lol.

Now, for other things I loved in 2019, that do not involve books for once.

5. What’s your favourite film that was released in 2019?

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There’s no other answer for this besides Rocketman. I spend the entire year obsessing over this movie, and I simply can not stop. This was so powerful and creative and beautiful and made me feel *all the things*. I’d never felt so instantly captivated by a movie in a long time, especially one in which I couldn’t relate to much.

Looking at Elton John’s life (this is Elton’s biopic, btw, in case you haven’t heard me or anyone else scream about it), I can’t say it’s particularly relatable. I’m not gay, I have never been involved with drugs or know anyone who has, I am not a musician. So, you could say there was technically nothing in this story for me, right? But this movie was so brilliant that I truly felt like I was going through every single thing, along with these characters, and I am SO glad I’ve watched it.

stranger things and other mysteries

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I only started watching Stranger Things this year, much later than most people, I know. But despise everything, I’m really glad I did. Not only because I found out a new fictional boyfriend (Jonathan Byers, thank you very much), but also because it helped me solidify teenage mysteries as my *favorite* genre of shows. (I’m pretty sure you can’t call this a genre. It’s more like a trope. Mystery but add teenagers as protagonists, lol). That’s why I also really enjoyed The Society, season 2 of Elite, season 2 of The End of the F***ing World, etc.

wallows. taylor swift too, but mostly wallows.

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When my Spotify Wrapped came around, I was definitely not surprised to see Wallows as one of my most played artists of the year. I only found out about the band halfway through 2019 and I’m so, so, so glad that I did. They’re such a great band, whose lyrics really mean a lot to me. It’s kinda funny, because when the members are talking about their song writing process, they always say they didn’t mean much with that line and just used it because they thought sounded good, but they always end up being so thought-provoking for me. I think it really is just an effortless thing for geniuses.

6. If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would it be and why?

Taylor Swift. Who also released a new album, which no one is surprised that I loved this much. I also got tickets to watch her next year, and I’m totally not freaking out about that.

(finally) 2020 GOALS: setting myself up for failure

7. What are you goals for 2020?

Well, friends, here they are:

  1. Read 50 books. This is probably the highest any of my Goodreads goals has ever been, so I’m probably setting myself up for failure here, but I’ll try anyway! I read almost 70 this year, so I should be able to do it, right? *crosses fingers*
  2. Learn how to drive. This is probably the scariest of all the goals in this list, if I’m being honest. The legal age to start driving in Brazil is 18, so I technically could’ve started lessons a year ago, but I’ve always been wayyyy too scared. However, I do know it is the responsible thing to do, so I’ll try no matter what.
  3. Believe in my dreams and work towards them. Honestly, I’ve never had long-term goals of things I wanted to achieve, or dreams to work towards. I think the only one was getting into university, which I did, but now I feel like it’s time to give bigger steps and truly believe that I am capable of doing the things I want to do, instead of just planning them.
  4. Find a blogging schedule. (What’s one piece of advice that you think all new bloggers should know?) Having a blogging schedule is hard. But so important. It can be very overwhelming to make sure you’re giving yourself enough time to read, blog, interact with others, and still have a life and other responsabilities. I really hope that in 2020 I find better balance to keep up with everything.
  5. Do not give up on writing. Or anything, for that matter. Fun fact about me: I always give up, whenever things get hard or overwhelming. If I could, I would’ve given up school a long time ago. I simply have the hardest time comitting to things, especially hobbies, such as blogging, writing, etc. But I’ll really, really try to finish everything I start in 2020. (Watch me fail that by week 2). I’ll never learn how to overcome obstacles if I give up at the first.

If you’ve reached the end of this massive post, let’s chat: What’s your favorite thing you did in 2020? Favorite movie/music artist you found out? And what are your resolutions for the new year? (Do you know how to drive and are you scared of learning too?) Let’s chat in the comments!

 

my one year blog anniversary!

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Hello, friends!

This is a really exciting post, because officially a year ago today, I was posting my first blog post on THE BOOKISH SKIES. It feels kinda surreal, because I don’t feel like I’ve been posting for this long at all. At the same time, I have a lot that I’m thankful and regretful for and so it truly feels like a while.

I wish I could host a more exciting one year anniversary post, but this is just going to be a lot of thoughts and rambles, so I apologize in advance.

THE BOOKISH SKIES is not my first blog, but it is the one I’m most confident in. A couple of you probably remember my Tumblr blog days, but it’s here where I feel the most comfortable and where I started to connect with most of you.

Here, I’ve surpassed 100 followers (unfortunately, the only stat recap you’ll see in this post, not only because I do not care that much about stats but also because I don’t know where to see this in WordPress lol), I’ve connected with people from all over the world, I’ve started a feature to talk about my own country, I’ve read over 50 books, completing my Goodreads goal for the first year without lowering it halfway through the year.

REWIND TO MY FIRST POST

I won’t link you to it, because it’s a bit embarrassing, but I talked about a few things there that have definitely changed.

  • I wasn’t happy with my layout. And while I’m still not 100% satisfied with it, I like my current layout a lot more than my old one. It fits my personal aesthetic a lot better, and I feel like I can be more creative with it. I’d still LOVE to be able to change the theme colors, but it doesn’t bother me as much anymore.
  • I’d just graduated from high school. Even though it’s been a full year, it truly feels like I just graduated. I think it’s because I’m still a kid at core and haven’t aged at all since 2015, which is a huge problem, considering I’ll soon be 20 and have no idea of adulthood whatsoever, lol.
  • I didn’t know I’d been accepted into my dream college. By the time I wrote that post, I had yet to complete the second step in my college entrance exams and I really didn’t know where I was going! It sounds exciting, but I was pretty anxious at the time and barely sleeping. I am so happy everything turned out great!
  • I’d read only 18 books. I spent the entire year of 2018 mostly watching movies and read only 18 books. And I am so, so proud of myself for saying that for 2019, I’ve actually read 60+ books. It’s a really good feeling, because reading is a huge passion of mine and I love the person I am when I am reading. During 2018, I felt so disconnected of myself and all my hobbies looked like burdens. It’s really good to be reconnected with my favorite thing in the world.

THE BEST PART OF THE LAST YEAR

  • I read more. I’m sorry to repeat myself, but this is definitely the best part about the past year. I’m so glad I’ve read so much. I am so glad I’ve listened to so much music. I’m so glad I can *tell* what has happened in each month, because I’m actually living and not just going through motions like I was throughout 2018. It’s a really, really good feeling.
  • I’ve met so many amazing people. I am so, so, so glad for all the people I met through book blogging. Y’all are the nicest community I have ever met. I specifically want to thank Marta, Sophie, Olivia, Marie and Caitlin, for all their thoughtful and nice comments who have made me smile and warmed my heart through rough patches. But not only them, truly. Every single one of you who take the time to read my posts and comment: I couldn’t be more thankful. I truly do not deserve y’all.
  • I’ve been inspired by so many bloggers. The best part about blogging to me is how much I learn from what you all have to say too. Annie, Lauren, Ngoc, Taasia are just a few of the bloggers I have met here that have either driven me to buy a new book, listen to a new song or just inspired me with their words and intelligent posts.

LOOKING FORWARD

I really hope to continue blogging for a long time. There’s a lot that I don’t know about the future – I feel like those years when you’re walking to adulthood are always so unpredictable, because there’s literally no stability to my life whatsoever lol -, but I really, really hope I can find more balance to continue blogging.

I really want to figure out a better schedule for the new year, so I can be more consistent in both posting and blog hopping. I don’t have a lot of goals besides that, tbh. Of course it will be nice to grow my following, but I am satisfied with what I have and am not aiming towards any number. I also don’t dream of getting ARCs or participating in book tours or anything like that. My only goal is to be a better blogger & reader, in the best of my ability.

For anyone that has read any of my posts in the past year: thank you so much. I am really happy with everything I’ve achieved and hope to continue growing with you guys! 💛

monthly wrap up: november, ’19

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Hello, friends!

School has essentially been kicking me in the ass, so I apologize for being so absent. As I predicted, the end of the semester has been incredibly busy, but I’ll try my best to do some blog hopping in the next week and finally catch up on all the posts I missed during November. I’m still terrible at actually coming up with a decent schedule, but oh well.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Shawn Mendes’ concert! The concert is actually happening today – or the day this post is going up -, so obviously I can’t tell you my impressions. But, I’m so excited! I’ve been into Shawn Mendes since Vine days and this is my first time watching him live. My sister and my mom are both going with me and I’m anticipating an amazing night. I’ll definitely let you guys know how it went later!
  • Gallavich is back. This is probably the only highlight in my incredibly busy month, but Gallavich is my favorite ship ever – Ian & Mickey, from Shameless US. They’ve been in a back and forth relationship since forever and since the actors had left the show, I had no more hope of ever seeing them in canon again. But they’re back for season 10 and I’m SO HAPPY. So far, the episodes have been hilarious, but I’m definitely expecting some angst. I don’t care, though. I missed them so much!

look at my beautiful babies *-*

BOOKS I READ

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First book completed in November was Our Wayward Fate, by Gloria Chao. Gloria Chao’s debut, American Panda, is one of my favorite reads of the year, so when I saw she was coming out with a book on late October, I knew I had to pick it up immediately. I did and it was… well, not what I expected. Even though I appreciate how this book discussed being a person of color in a predominantly white city, family secrets and Chinese folktales, I really, really, really hated the romance. It was so insta-love-y it made me cringe. They did not communicate enough to share such deep feelings for each other, in my opinion. I feel like the book tried to do so much, especially in regards to Ali’s development, but it didn’t have enough time for it, so it was incredibly rushed. I still think it’s a worthwhile read, because it had some great elements. I liked Ali as a protagonist, I love how realistic Gloria Chao’s writing style is, and the way the story mirrored “The Butterfly Lovers” was really interesting, but the romance was just a no for me.

 

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I also finished A Very Large Expanse of Sea, by Tahereh Mafi this month and I’m so glad I did. It was in my 2019 TBR, so I barely made it before the end of the year, lol. This book was a lot. I read it in two days and it was a really intense experience, mostly because of the topics it dealt with. Shirin, our protagonist, is a Muslim teenager, living in a predominantly white city, a year after 9/11. It was for sure heartbreaking to see the type of shit she had to deal with regularly. But then she meets this boy, Ocean, and I was also feeling *all the feels* with their romance. If you don’t like romance, I wouldn’t recommend it, but if you do, you’ll have a really good time with it. While it bothered me a little bit that the characters knew so little about each other before they were confessing, I couldn’t deny the chemistry between them. Ocean was a really great character, even if not the most realistic teenage boy I’ve ever read about. (I was reading To All the Boys at the same time and I couldn’t help compare him to Peter Kavinsky, and I definitely feel like Peter was a better representation of what teenage boys actually sound like). It really didn’t matter that much, because I loved these characters nonetheless and felt really connected to them by the end of the journey.

 

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My re-read for the month was To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and how come this book is always amazing, no matter how many times I re-read it? It’s my third time reading it and I am always in love. I think what grips the most is how realistic I find it to be. I relate to Lara Jean so much as a character, albeit most people call her immature. I actually think she’s one of the most accurate representations of a 15-year-old I’ve ever read about. She makes mistakes, she changes her mind quickly, she’s still holding on to middle-school memories and she definitely doesn’t understand the meaning of *falling in love*, but that’s what you do when you’re a teenager. As I mentioned above, I also feel like Peter K. is such a great representation of a teenage boy. He’s annoying and says so many eye-rolling things, but I absolutely adore him nonetheless. I had to actually stop myself from reaching out to the rest of the trilogy and re-reading them immediately. This was amazing – as expected.

 

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Then, I picked up As Many Nows as I Can Get out of a total whim. I saw they had the audiobook available on Scribd, so I just got it. Even though I’ve finished the book already, I can’t really tell you what it is about. It’s written in a non-linear way, so you have a bunch of flashbacks and flashforwards, and centers around our two protagonists, Scarlett and David, and their whirlwind romance. I’d definitely check out an in-depth trigger warning list, but from the get go, it will follow drug use, addiction, teenage pregnancy and so many hard-hitting topics. This is not a book I’d recommend to everyone, but it was such an interesting read. I liked reading from a different perspective, as I feel like most protagonists I read about are all sort of introverts, bookworms or fandom-people, and Scarlett and David were both party animals and a bit reckless. But, still, I feel like I would’ve enjoyed this so much more if I just cared more for the characters. Scarlett was fine, even though she wasn’t the most realistic one ever. David, on the other hand, had little to no personality and I just couldn’t really feel for them or their relationship because of that.

 

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I also picked up the recent novella, The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee. This is a companion for The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and I picked it up as soon as it was released, because I love Monty too much and can’t get enough of him. This was hilarious – as expected from Monty Montague, but I didn’t like the way it ended. Being such a short novella, there’s not much to say without spoiling it, but it follows Monty and Percy and their road to ~intimacy~. Lol. I just wanted things to wrap up differently, but it was still adorable and I was gushing and laughing the entire time.

 

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I also finally read Radio Silence, by Alice Oseman. I feel like I’ve been meaning to read this since forever, and I’m so happy it finally happened. I related so much to our main character Frances, I felt like the book was written about me. I loved how she felt like she couldn’t be herself around her school friends, because that’s how I feel most of the time; I loved her friendship with Aled, because I myself also have a best friend who is a boy and who will forever just be my best friend and nothing more; I loved her relationship with her mom, as I’m super close to mine too. I also related a lot to Aled, when feeling out of place, not knowing how to express his feelings and using fiction to cope with his own reality. I really feel like everyone I know loves this book and I can totally see why. I got close to tears numerous times, because these characters were just going through *so much* and I wanted to hug them both so bad. Still, Alice Oseman addressed the privilege in their problems on page so well. Basically: this was everything I wanted and more. Thank you for everyone who screamed I should read this.

ON THE BLOG

I was a failure and didn’t blog almost at all in November. *SHAME*. I’ll be better about it, though, I swear. It’s just life was too much this month.

MONTHLY PLAYLIST

My playlist for November is one of my favorite ones I’ve done the whole year. There are a couple musicals, some of my favorite artists and other random songs I love. Also, I have to thank Sophie for recommending me Greyson Chance. I finally listened to his recent stuff and I’m obsessed. I had to literally stop myself from adding his entire album to my playlist, lol. If you have any more artists to recommend, please let me know in the comments! I love checking you guys’ recommendations!

LOOKING FORWARD

December is an exciting month, because I have very ambitious reading plans, which include reading around eight books. Lol. Wish me luck!

The end of the year season is not my favorite; I pretty much hate Christmas, New Years and all the traditions that come with it, but I am anticipating being officially done with classes and chilling at home most of the time.

 

How was your guys’ November? What books have you picked up recently that surprised you positively? Any other highlights for the month? Let’s chat in the comments!

some of my favorite journal entries

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Hello, friends!

This is going to be a very different post and definitely my most personal to this date. I know you guys are probably looking for bookish content, but life has been super messy and busy lately, so I wanted to just quickly sit down and write this post.

I was inspired to write this by Annie, from Zoelogist, whose posts I absolutely adore. She’s so smart and all her posts are really thought-provoking. Even though she has never written about her journal entries, I feel like this is the type of post she would’ve shared. I will never be as eloquent as she is, but still, I wanted to try.

I started journaling for real only recently. It was one of my 2019 resolutions to write more. At the beginning of the year, I had this journal to documment all the books and movies I read, but soon I realized it would be too time-consuming, since I was reading and watching so much.

I dropped it and only got back to journaling now. It is the most personal type of journaling I’ve ever done, and it’s been such a great journey. I feel like, before, I’d have these really deep thoughts and I’d dismiss them quickly, but now I actually sit with them for a while longer and try to put them into words.

I’m journaling in English, for obvious reasons, but also because I find that I think in English most of the time these days. My friends probably think I’m crazy.

But yeah, there you go, some of my favorite parts of the journal entries I’ve written so far (because sometimes I actually can be smart and write stuff I’m proud of):

“I feel like most of the time I’m just existing on my own private world and hoping desperately for someone to bust down the walls.”

“I’ll never have prom or homecoming or football games or school plays. I’m getting older by the minute and Halloween parties and school dances are all part of a dream inspired off of Disney shows and YA books that will never come true. And even though it’s been 10 months since I left high school, it feels like only now I can come to terms with it. It’s hard giving up on something you never had to begin with.”

“At what point do you go from a ‘I-think’ teenager to a ‘I-know’ adult?”

“Basically: being ace also sucks and we’re not even free to complain about it because ‘you’re not being beat up on the streets over it’.”

“Revisiting old journals, I realized this may be the first time I am writing about myself and not my idols or other celebrities. My autobiography will start at the age of 19.”

“I am the world’s most self-depreciating narcissist. In fact, I think there’s something inherently narcissistic about self hate”.

If you’ve read this far: do you journal? If not, did you keep a diary when you were younger? Do you like looking back on it or it’s too cringe-y? What did you write about? Let’s chat in the comments!

 

monthly wrap up: october, ’19

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Hello, friends!

October lasted for forever, I feel like. And I also can not believe is already November. As the end of the semester approaches, I anticipate I won’t be able to blog much this month, but I’ll work my hardest to be on top of everything.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • I turned nineteen! It was my birthday this month, but unfortunately, I spent most of the day sick and I didn’t do much, except for having lunch with my parents and watching Bridget Jones at night. It took me a couple weeks to fight the cold completely, but I got the chance to celebrate it properly with some other friends later on in the month. I also got some cool birthday presents: a Titanic t-shirt, some laptop stickers and the book Just Kids, by Patti Smith.
  • I watched a bunch of gymnastics. Earlier in the month, there was a World Championship in Sttutgart, Germany and as a huge fan of gymnastics, I watched the whole thing. From my bed, of course, but still. Even though my couple of favorite gymnasts didn’t get any medals, I was still super happy to watch and cheer for them. I’ve never done gymnasts or anything, but for some reason, I’m obsessed with the sport and love following as many competitions as I can. This one was really fun, albeit predictable, since the Russians are so good, lol.
  • I bought tickets and I’ll be watching Taylor Swift next year! I still can’t believe I’m writing these words. I legit never thought this day would come and had already made peace with the fact Taylor wouldn’t be ever stepping foot in South America. But she announced the Lover Tour will in fact come to Brazil and I finally have the chance to watch my #1 favorite artist live! I didn’t get the best seats, sadly, and definitely spent more money than I should’ve, but it’s still a dream come true. The concert won’t be for another six months, but I’m thrilled nonetheless.

BOOKS I READ

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I was supposed to read this around my birthday on October 5th, because the title was just super fitting, but I accidentally devoured this in a day. This was possibly one of the best reading experiences I’ve had this year and I can not wait to buy a physical copy so that I can re-read it forever. I loved absolutely everything about it. Starting with the characters, Morgan and Eric are both so lovely and go through so much. Morgan is obviously struggling with her gender and sexuality and Eric with his family and abusive father. The friendship they have, though, is so pure and amazing and felt like a true breath of fresh air amongst the hardships they were facing. The way the book is written also allows you to watch them grow up and become their own people and change and evolve in some of the most beautiful but heartbreaking ways I’ve ever read about. I just want everyone to read this. The audiobook was great and features an interview with the author at the end that made me think a lot. I specifically loved how they mentioned how problematic it can be to carry on “cancel culture” we see online to our day to day life and how it is worth fighting for a better life amongst our communities. What I’m trying to say is: please read this. Thank you.

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This was probably my most anticipated release of 2019 and I’m so disappointed I can barely talk about it. I finished this before Rainbow Rowell released there’s a next book coming out, but I still feel this one lacks a lot. Maybe, reading the whole trilogy, I’ll feel better about this and I’ll definitely consider re-reading it upon the release of the third one, but honestly, it’s like Baz and Simon didn’t have one conversation for more than two lines that wasn’t interrupted. They didn’t work any of the issues they had at the beginning of the book and it feels like a potential development wasted. The representation of the vampires made me annoyed AF too. I feel like nothing much about the magic system in this book makes a whole lot of sense and could’ve been build up better. I also wanted more closure for Simon as a character, and I expected that as soon as they said they would be going to America, but literally nothing happened. Basically: this book could’ve been everything but nothing happened, and I’m mad.

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I listened to the audiobook for Emergency Contact, which, by the way, I really do not recommend. The narrator for Sam was really bad and spoke with this monotone, low voice tone that made almost impossible for me to hear him, even with earphones on. It also didn’t help that I couldn’t be less interested in the actual content of the book. Although I appreciated how it discussed mental health, with really important descriptions of anxiety and panic attacks, as well as how it gave us insight on the artistic process both of the characters (Penny as a writer and Sam as a film-maker) are going through, I really disliked this book. There’s so much girl hate. Just so much. It’s 2019, for God’s sake. I am also really done with YA characters complaining about the great parents they have, or acting like special snowflakes because they are sooooo different and awkward. Surprisingly, I actually appreciated the writing style and it gave me almost Rainbow Rowell vibes sometimes, but I still feel like we couldn’t have chosen more unlikeable protagonists to follow, as both are judgemental and annoying AF.

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Apart from Wayward Son, Jackpot was my second most anticipated release of the year, and at least this one really did meet all of my expectations. I absolutely adore Nic Stone as an author and her writing style is so captivating. This book was a lot of fun, despise discussing such hard themes. That’s probably what I adore so much about her books: the fact that she can write these really witty and funny dialogues and amazing, three-dimensional characters, but also address themes such as racism, poverty and privilege really well. Zan was such a great character (and I couldn’t help but picture him as Riverdale’s Archie the entire time, lol) and so was Rico. The family dynamics here were also so pure and made me feel everything. Basically: Nic Stone is a queen and I think you all need to read all of her books.

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My re-read for the month was The Dream Thieves, by Maggie Stiefvater. This is my favorite installment in The Raven Cycle series and I obviously wanted to prioritize a book I love for my birthday month. I decided to listen to the audiobook, since I’m already so familiarized with the story, but I really hated it. The narrator did such a weird voice for Kavinsky and he sounded more like a funny Disney sidekick than an actual villain. He also kept pronouncing ‘Niall’ Lynch as ‘Neil’ Lynch and that triggered me a lot. I still enjoyed the book enough, though I didn’t love it like I thought I would. I guess I’m really just realizing now the amount of problems in The Raven Cycle series I hadn’t noticed before. Like, the insta-love or Blue never being able to truly stand up for herself. How Gansey treats Ronan like a child he has to discipline instead of an actual friend. The fact the word ‘gay’ only showed up with a negative connotation, like when Kavinsky was trying to offend someone. I still really adore the characters and reading about Joseph Kavinsky always makes me weirdly happy, but this was probably my one disappointing re-read of the year.

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As a birthday present, I got a copy of Patti Smith’s Just Kids. If I’m being honest, I didn’t know anything about Patti Smith before reading this book, but I thought it would be a good way to learn more. I’m really interested in the period between the 60s and the 70s and this book was a true immersion. Patti Smith lived more in twenty years than probably many people lived in their lifetimes. From living in the streets of New York with nothing but a passion towards reading to a groundbreaking punk artist, the book digs deep in her early 20s and the hardships she had to go through and also her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe. I didn’t know much about him either, but their relationship was so interesting to read about. They were both really unique individuals, that found each other no matter the circumstances and I loved the photos we got to see in the book as well. I think this is just one of those books that throws you into rabbit holes of wanting to learn more about not only them, but also the people they interacted with, idolized, and both. However, I’d have enjoyed this a lot more if it had focused more on Patti than on Robert, because I truly just did not care that much about him as an artist or as a person.

ON THE BLOG

MONTHLY PLAYLIST

As October is my birthday month, I really wanted to include a lot of songs I love, even though some are oldies here (like We Don’t Talk Anymore, by Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez). There’s definitely a ton of K-POP, but most importantly, musicals too! I went back to listen again to the soundtrack of Dear Evan Hansen and I’m so glad I did.

I want to listen to a lot more musicals, so you can definitely expect some on my November playlist!

LOOKING FORWARD

If I’m being honest, I’m not looking forward to November at all. It will be a packed month and I have so much going on at college. I apologize in advance for my lack of blog hopping and posting, but it’s the end of the semester and I have several projects and things to work on. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

Let me know what you guys are excited about in the month of November and what did you do this October!

 

what i’ve been watching recently #1

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Hello, friends!

Today’s post will be slightly different from my bookish discussions. Instead, I wanted to talk to you about some of the TV shows I’ve watched in the past three months and my thoughts on them.

I don’t know how often I’ll write these posts, but I realized I also have a passion to write about shows as much as books, so hopefully you won’t mind. I don’t watch a ton, so I think these posts will be really spaced out, but hopefully, you all won’t mind talking to me about others than books.

Onto what I watched:

WAYNE (S1)

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TW: graphic violence, scenes of torture, abusive parents 

Wayne is a show on YouTube Premium and shares the same vibes as NETFLIX’s The End of the F***ing World. In this 10-episode show, we follow our two main characters, Wayne and Del, who are teenagers from a rough neighborhood in Boston and are taking a roadtrip to Florida to retrieve Wayne’s father’s car.

For a YouTube show, I was definitely surprised by the acting. A lot of people may find the Boston accent weird and out of place, but I think being a foreigner and already used to accents, made it so there was no effect for me. The first episode was not the best and I considered not continuing the show, but I’m glad I did, because it gets a lot better and the plot makes a lot more sense by the second episode.

I will say, though, I only cared for Wayne and Del. The show has parallel storylines of other characters who are going after the two and taking the same trip, but I didn’t care that much and found myself skipping those scenes because I truly was not interested in anyone else. Wayne and Del were great, though, and made me feel all the things.

Even if you didn’t enjoy The End of the F***ing World, but was intrigued by the concept, I’d recommend this one, because the circumstances in which the characters were in definitely made their behavior more realistic. Just be aware because it is a lot more graphically violent. I still enjoyed it a lot and am hopeful that we’ll still get a S2 somewhere.

ON MY BLOCK (S1~S2)

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TW: gang life, gun use

Following our four main characters in a Black-Hispanic neighborhood of Los Angeles, ruled by gangs, On My Block is a really sweet and hilarious Original NETFLIX. I was so surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this, despise not being a huge fan of comedy.

What’s so great about this show is that it’s relatable. At least for me, being a fellow Latina. There are literally no white characters in this show, which is a given. Jamal and Ruby are absolutely hilarious protagonists, while Cesar and Monse carry the more romantic and dramatic layer of the show incredibly.

Is the acting good? No. Probably a 6/10. But it still made me so happy, just by following these characters wherever. The family dynamics are also either really pure or really complicated and I was obviously loving both.

Even though this show is mostly funny, it also discusses gangs and violent neighborhoods really well. I just appreciate a lot how diverse and comical it is and it’s definitely one I’d recommend if you’re looking for an easy show to follow.

ELITE (S2)

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TW: drug use, internalized homophobia, incest, anxiety/panic attacks

Elite is another Original NETFLIX and by far my favorite. It centers around this prestigious boarding school in Spain, and its dynamic changes after three scholarship students enroll. The first season covers the murder of a main character, and this second season the disappearance of one of them.

I talk about this show a lot on my blog, but please know that it is not for everyone. This is an adult show for a lot of reasons and sensitive audiences should definitely check out a more in depth list of content warnings. I also think it’s because teenagers can romanticize some of the behaviors in this show, which is definitely a problem, because absolutely every single character here sucks. (Except for Omar. We stan an unproblematic king).

I said before, but I’ll say it again: it’s okay that the characters are awful and flawed. You don’t have to excuse them out of their actions in order to like them. It’s okay to acknowledge your favorite character is problematic.

This show is problematic. Here I am, acknowledging that no matter how much I love Elite and that I’ve literally watched this season twice now, this show has tons of issues. It shows underage sex for a mature audience. The cast lacks a lot on diversity. The Muslim representation is full of problems.

But, still, I love the heck out of this and I simply can not wait for S3 already.

THE POLITICIAN (S1)

TW: cancer, suicide, suicidal thoughts

The Politician is a recent Original NETFLIX that I devoured in pretty much one day. Directed by Ryan Murphy and starring Ben Platt, the show is a satire on US politics, set in a prestigious school in St. Barbara and following the elections for student body president. (Aren’t the actors too old to be playing teenagers though, you may ask. Yes, friend. They totally are).

This show is *a lot*. It’s probably the most expensive thing NETFLIX has ever produced. From the settings to the outfits, everything is extravagant and expensive. It is also incredibly smart and I loved the dialogues – all the characters have to speak around 12 words per sentence, which I’m so here for.

I was still bothered by some things. A suicide happens in the first episode of the show and is barely acknowledged. There are no actual discussions of what led to it, why that character felt like it was their only choice, and it’s simply an event that happens and everyone moves on quickly. I think, always, whenever representing suicide, you have to be responsible about it and I don’t think it was handled well at all.

I also think they were trying to push a “musical-storyline” because, well, it’s Ryan Murphy and Ben Platt, I should’ve seen it coming, but it didn’t make any sense and I pretty much skipped all scenes when someone started singing, because it truly did not add anything to the plot whatsoever.

With that being said, I still think it’s a fairly entertaining show. I appreciated the diversity too and especially how none of the characters are actually labeled for their sexuality, because, you know, not everyone needs to be comfortable with labels and sexuality can be a fluid thing. I predict S2 is going to be badass.

Let’s talk: what have you watched recently? Did you watch any of the shows I mentioned? And what’s your favorite Original NETFLIX?

a trip to my home country: birthdays & celebrations

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Happy birthday to me, I guess!

Today’s post will be a shorter one, but hopefully, I’ll be able to explain to you all about some traditions when celebrating your birthday in Brazil. Obviously, this is a really personal day, so everyone can have different things for their birthdays, but those are just some common things people do.

ONE. FESTAS

Festas = parties. And birthday parties are obviously a must.

In Brazil, a lot of parties are thrown at people’s houses, but if you want something fancier, you’d typically rent a bigger location. These places where you can host parties at are called “buffets”. A lot of kids throw birthday parties there, because there are arcades and other entertaining things to do. Plus, there will always be a dance floor with some early 2000s playlist going on.

Renting a location is really expensive, though, so I’ve only had two of my birthday parties being thrown at “buffets”. (I don’t know why we call it buffet, btw. It’s really weird). All my other birthday parties as a kid were thrown at home, and that’s still how it’s typically done.

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can we take a second to appreciate this buffet decoration of my 7th birthday party when i wanted a barbie and the 12 dancing princesses theme? and just this amazing picture in general, taken in a digital camera from the early 2000s? Ugh. the Aesthetic.

Another thing it always happens is that, whenever you go to a party in a buffet, there’s always some favors at the end. As a kid, I remember always coming back home from a party with a new small toy or some candy!

TWO. THE FOOD

It’s a shame that birthday parties all over the world aren’t like the ones in Brazil, because the food is *the absolute best part*. Obviously, each party is different, so people can have whatever food they want, but the traditional caterer include:

 

 

  • BOLINHA DE QUEIJO. The literal translation for this is “cheese ball“, so I think you can expect it being delicious AF. It’s simply a deep fried mini cheese ball and it’s likely you’ll eat more than you want when at a birthday.
  • COXINHA. Though this is a really popular Brazilian snack that people eat at any circumstance tbh, coxinhas are really popular at parties. It’s a deep fried dough with chicken inside and crazy delicious.
  • BRIGADEIRO. This is another “snack” that can be had at any time and is not specific to parties, but it’s also not a party without brigadeiro. It is a dessert, technically, and typically served alongside with the birthday cake. I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s the best thing ever.
  • BEIJINHO. Similar to brigadeiro, but instead of chocolate, it’s actually condensed milk and coconut sprinkled on top. This one you’ll only see at birthday parties.

Another weird thing is that there’s this tradition where the first slice of the birthday cake should be given to the one most special to you.

THREE. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONG

I was thinking about recently how the birthday song is sort of universal? Like, it has the same melody, no matter whether it is English, Korean, Russian or Portuguese! This is how it sounds when we sing Happy Birthday in Portuguese, btw:

At the end of the song, we also have to scream:

É pique, é pique
É pique, é pique, é pique
É hora, é hora
É hora, é hora, é hora
Ra-tim-bum!

And then the person’s name repeatedly. Again, another one of those things that don’t really have an explanation, but it’s probably because, unlike the English version, we do not fit the name of the person within the song (like you’d say: “Happy birthday, dear Lais”), so they probably added that so we could chant the person’s name too.

FOUR. PERSONAL TRADITIONS

Okay, so I’ve kinda went through everything that happens during a typical celebration in Brazil, but that’s not what most people do to celebrate their birthdays, especially once you turn a certain age.

What people typically do is going to a restaurant, with friends and family, eating some good food and doing the things they like the most for their birthdays.

That’s what I do too. For the past three years, I’ve created this sort of tradition during my birthday: my family and I go to my favorite restaurant and then eat Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for desert. I then like going to a bookstore where I can get some favorite books as birthday gifts.

Apart from that, I don’t like doing a lot on my birthday. But I think it’s interesting I have a tradition and I wanted to share.

Now, let me know in the comments: what does the birthday song sound like on your country? And do you have any personal traditions for your special day? Let me know in the comments!

 

monthly wrap up: september, ’19

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Hello, friends!

Today, I’ll be wrapping up the month of September and looking ahead at October. The weather is getting warmer and warmer around here, which has put me in a summer mood the past month. Sadly, it’s not summer yet, but I’ve been enjoying the vibe.

October is also my birthday month, so I’m looking forward to it, despise knowing the chaos that comes with the end of a semester.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WhatsApp Image 2019-09-16 at 20.13.47I watched PENTAGON live! PENTAGON is a really great, but also very underrated K-POP group and it was an *experience* watching them live. It was incredibly hot that day, with literally no clouds to make the sun more relenting. The line took forever, but at least me and my sister had the chance to see two of the members out of the blue, when a staff opened the door to the street and we got to see them inside! It was really surreal and I had no reaction at the time, but I think it was for the best, cause I didn’t want to cause a scene with the rest of the fans waiting in line too. The show was really great – hot, but really great and I’m happy I had the opportunity to watch them live once, even if my favorite member couldn’t make to the concert because of an injury.
  • Captura de Tela 2019-09-27 às 11.54.34And I also went to an out-door cinema for the first time. I had the greatest time ever watching Rocketman in an outdoor cinema. It is one of my favorite movies of all times and even though it was my third time watching it, it flooded me with feelings just as much as the first time around. It was also such a nice perspective watching the movie, while also being able to look out into the city – the buildings, the airplanes, the cars zooming by. I had a blast, even if I wasn’t 100% comfortable with my company (you know when your friend just decides to invite other people last minute and you’re like????). The weather was not ideal, but at least it didn’t rain and I brought a blanket so I was fine for the most part. I just loved it so much!
  • Season 2 of Elite is out. Elite is probably my favorite original NETFLIX of all times and I loved Season 2 more than Season 1. I’ve literally watched it twice now. It’s definitely a show with its problems, and if you have watched it, let me know your thoughts in the comments. It’s one of those shows that most people watch and romanticize the heck out of the characters, even though it is installed multiple times that they’re *all* problematic and *all* make questionable choices so it annoys me that people try to excuse the characters out of their actions without recognizing that it is their grey-ness that makes them so relatable and important.

ON THE BLOG

I failed blogging miserably this month, but in my defense, my computer broke twice on me and I can not draft posts on my phone. I ended up not writing any posts for my ‘A Trip to my Home Country‘ feature this month, but I still have a lot of posts planned I hope to share in the following months!

BOOKS I READ

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My re-read for the month was the complete edition of Orange, by Ichigo Takano. This is my favorite manga ever and having read volume 6 last month, I was desperate to pick it back up and refresh my memory. This is a really heartbreaking but beautiful story, that brought me to tears multiple times while reading it. I don’t get emotional easily, but this story is so soft & yet so real. Orange tackles themes such as depression and suicide, while still being a lovely romance, with an A+ friend group that I wish I had for myself. All the characters are so full of personality and I love each and everyone of them. This is probably the one manga I’d recommend for everyone to start with, if they’re not familiar with the format.

 

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Don’t Date Rosa Santos was a really fluffy YA contemporary, perfect for the summertime. Even though it’s still technically spring, I was in the ideal mood for a summer read and was happy to pick this one up. I was particularly excited about all the Latinx references, being Latina myself. I related a lot to some aspects; even though mostly was centered around Cuba, where the main character’s family is from, I still saw a lot of my own culture on the food. By the way, this book has numerous talks on food. Warning: don’t eat when hungry. Especially if you’re weak for dulce de leche, like I am. The family relationships were by far my favorite aspect of the story. Rosa has a complicated relationship with her mom and is much closer to her abuela, so the dynamic felt really realisitc and angsty. I do wish the book had gone deeper in discussing the lives of Cuban-Americans in the US and the different points of views towards their own country. I also was not a fan of the romance at all, as I felt like it was pretty insta-lovey and Alex was a real one-dimensional character, compared to Rosa.

 

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I also listened to the audiobook for Girls on the Verge, which is a 2019 release that I feel like deserves more buzz. In this book, we follow our main character Camille, a teenager from Texas, who’s driving through the state in order to get an abortion. It’s a really intense ride, which she does with her two best friends, and we get to see all the shit that women have to go through in order to have control over their bodies. This was really impactful in a lot of ways, because Camille has to face some infuriating circumstances, and it’s heartbreaking to know that these are real. In Brazil, where I live, abortion is not allowed in any of our 26 states, with exceptions in cases of rape, life-risk for the mother and anencephaly. During the past 10 years, more than 1000 women died due to illegal abortion procedures. If anything, reading this book made me feel even more heartbroken for the women in Brazil, that have to go through routes such as black markets or clinics with poor infrastructure and submit their bodies through awful side effects because they don’t have a safe way to do it. If you want to read something short, but that truly holds a punch, please pick this book up.

 

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I also finished Love from A to Z this month, even though I wasn’t totally planing on it. I enjoyed a lot of aspects about this book. The writing was amazing and I like how a journal was incorporated into each character’s perspective. This one is also set almost entirely in Doha, Qatar, which was a really unique setting for me and I was pleasantly surprised. Our two main characters are Muslim, and I appreciated a lot learning more about the religion. With that being said, there are still some things that bothered me. I feel like Zayneb’s character was almost “excused” out of all of her actions – and I don’t mean when she’s being mean to islamophobes because those can just choke anyway, but when she was mean to her friends and family too. I think it was just never acknowledged how her “explosive” behavior could be harmful to those around her too. There’s also this one scene where she’s talking to the three Emma’s (yes, there are three Emma’s in this book; clearly, you’re not getting any good names out of this one) and they’re talking about how they do not believe in fighting violence with more violence and Zayneb finishes her narration saying: “they’re ignorant, but still nice”. Just because they do not agree with you, they’re ignorants? Hm. Interesting. There’s still a lot about this book that it is good and I’ll hopefully be able to flesh out my thoughts better when I write my review.

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And, lastly, the book I am *still* reading, which is The Secret History, by Donna Tartt. This book is quite long and the font is super tiny, so I decided to break it down into 22 pages a day, but that means I’ll only be finishing it by the 30th. Still, I am far enough into the book to share some of my thoughts, but I’ll spare my final rating until I am done. Despise the slow start, I really enjoyed the writing style and the way each character is described. I feel like authors such as Maggie Stiefvater must’ve certainly enjoyed their fair share of Donna Tartt, because the smooth way the characters’ personalities are shown to the reader was really similar as to what I’ve read in The Raven Cycle, for example. I feel like, despise being a slow read, it is just what the story needs, in order to create a build up that keeps the reader coming back for more. In all, though, I feel like this book could’ve been more diverse and perhaps not use so many homophobic slurs, because that made me really uncomfortable.

MONTHLY PLAYLIST

The title for this playlist was from a quote from Rocketman. Can you tell yet I’m obsessed with this movie? It’s a quote from John Reid, and it goes: “Where there was darkness, now there’s you, Elton” and even though John’s character sucks, this quote was one of the most beautiful & romantic things I’ve ever heard. This playlist is all over the place – RBD, Clairo, Taylor Swift and even some Justin Timberlake. Enjoy!

LOOKING FORWARD

October is my birthday month, and even though it’s not a date I anticipate, I’m excited for the birthday presents I’ll hopefully be getting. (The two books that my mom will buy for me). My sister’s birthday is also in October, which means I’ll be having two great dinners this month, lol. Jackpot, by Nic Stone also comes out in October and I’m SO. READY.

What about you? What were the highlights of your September and what are you looking forward to in October? Also: when is your birthday and what do you like to do to celebrate? Do you have any traditions? Let me know!

monthly wrap up: august, ’19

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Hello, friends!

August – the longest month of the year – is over. Finally! I have a lot I’m anticipating on September, so I felt like the month dragged even more. But September is almost here and I feel like celebrating already! But first, let’s wrap up August.

I will not be including mini reviews for the books I read, since I plan on sharing more about it on my Sunday’s post, as a wrap up for the N.E.W.Ts readathon in general. But I can already tell you it was a good reading month!

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. School is back. So far, the month has been okay, but I’m definitely not looking forward to the upcoming increase of responsibility. I think it’s important to keep a positive mindset towards school and college (and this series by Annie definitely called me out on that and reminded me how education is a privilege I should be thankful for), but I just wish I could be a kid forever sometimes. These are thoughts I keep to myself, though, because most of my friends are struggling to get into college and pass their entrance exams, so I feel ungrateful to share sometimes. Plus, I don’t feel close enough to my college friends to talk to them about it, so it’s a bit of a lonely feeling. I’m just trying to take one day at a time and hope I survive this next semester.
  2. Lover, by Taylor Swift is finally out. This was the only thing keeping me together this August, for real. I didn’t really follow the release of reputation last year, but I’m glad I was here for Lover! This new album is amazing and I don’t know why I’m impressed, since Taylor has never once disappointed me with her albums. Even though I do not love the singles, the rest of the tracks are brilliant. Paper Rings & False God are my favorites, but this entire album is so smart and will make you feel everything!
  3. I completed my Goodreads goal! I don’t know how impressive that is, because my Goodreads goal was for 40 books, but that was a big number for me at the beginning of the year, especially considering I only read 18 books during 2018. I am really happy to have completed it, as it’s probably the first year ever that I completed my goal without lowering it halfway through the year. I still plan on reading at the same pace by the end of the year, but I will not try to accomplish any higher goal, as I’m completely satisfied with what I’ve done so far.

ON THE BLOG

MONTHLY PLAYLIST

One of my favorite KPOP groups is EXO and one of their members released a solo this month and I’m obsessed with all the songs. Having watched Stranger Things this July, I also added a few songs from the soundtrack. I kinda wanted to add more, but I also didn’t want it to be an overwhelming Stranger Things playlist. But, dang, that soundtrack is amazing!

LOOKING FORWARD

There are a lot of exciting things happening this September. First, the release of Wayward Son, my most anticipated release of the year. I re-read Carry On this past month and I’m SO READY to be back with these characters. I’ve already preordered my copy and spent more money than I should. Season 2 of Elite is also coming out a week from now! It is my favorite Original Netflix and this next season looks amazing. Later this month, I’ll also be attending the concert of one of my favorite K-POP groups: PENTAGON and I’m super excited!

What are you most looking forward to in September? And what did you like the most about August? If you’ve listened to Lover, what’s your favorite track/lyric? Let me know in the comments!

to all my favorite bloggers,

spreading positivity.

Hello, friends!

Hope you don’t mind the different post for today. But I’ve been feeling a lot of things lately and I felt like this would be a great post to express all of that.

I was actually talking to Olivia the other day about random acts of kindness. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I can do to make other people’s days brighter and to remind the ones around me that the world can still be a good place. And I realized that blogging is actually where I feel that myself. Seeing people interact and share love towards other creators always makes my heart warm and I realized I’d never done this before.

Recently, the 2019 Book Blogger Awards got a lot of people talking about their favorite fellow bloggers, but I was super busy at the time so I didn’t get around to write my own nominations post.

To top all of that, I also went on Twitter the other day, which I hardly ever do. Twitter is my least favorite social media, if I’m being honest, and even though I have a fan account to gush about K-POP, I’ve been more and more absent there with time. I feel like it’s just a place where I’m constantly reminded of negativity and people always seem to be trying to make drama out of absolutely everything.

So as I shared the other day, I hope to make your timelines a little bit better and brighter, and hopefully, through this post, also make a fellow blogger smile and feel better. 😌


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There’s no other way to start this post but acknowledging Marie, the true queen of this community. Even before I moved to WordPress, when I was still blogging on Tumblr, Marie was already extremely friendly and always left the most thoughtful comments. She inspired me to share more about my own country in my blog and has made some of the best features ever to share the positivity in the international book blogging community. She does an amazing work at blogging, answering comments, checking out other people’s blogs and has always made me feel welcomed and good about my content. I am so thankful she exists and for all the pep talk she’s given me over the years.

✨  Favorite post: Book blogging with anxiety

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Emily is another blogger I’ve been following since forever and she’s just always been the kindest. Even though recently I haven’t had time to blog hop like I once did, she still leaves the best comments and I’m so thankful for that. I’ve been following her for so long, it almost feels like I was able to watch her growth and her content become better day after day. Recently, she reviewed some backlist titles in her blog, such as Twilight and The Hunger Games, and I loved seeing these books from a 2019 perspective. She also shares writing content that is extremely relatable and I wish I could be as eloquent as she is most of the time.

✨  Favorite post: Why I Don’t Want to Get Published

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Sophie truly deserves the title of friendliest book blogger, because she is. From day one, she’s been the kindest & most supportive person and has always left the most thoughtful comments in every single one of my posts. Truly, I don’t know how she does it all, but I’m so thankful for her. She shares a lot about books and I find her reviews so entertaining, but the posts I love the most by her are the movie talks! I’m not the biggest movie watcher, but I always love to discuss it with people and I was so happy to see this new feature on her blog. Her aesthetic is also on point and I love how simple and beautiful her new layout is.

✨  Favorite post: Best Romantic Comedies Ever and her review on Aristotle & Dante

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Honestly, El is another one of those extremely friendly bloggers that always stops by to check out my posts and I’m so thankful. Even when, earlier in July, my life was pretty much falling apart and I was so busy I could barely keep up with everything, they were always there, making me feel like I was still being heard and that my content was still relevant. Also, they’ve recommended some amazing songs and artists that I still listen to and I’m legit super grateful for that as well, lol. Their content is so positive and up-beat and never fail to put a smile on my face, especially with rambly intros, that are actually my favorites!

✨  Favorite post: 10 Reasons The Book ‘Five Feet Apart’ is Better Than The Movie

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When Lauren first commented in one my posts, I remember just feeling so so so great about myself for the rest of the day. She’s always been the nicest person, always leaving incredibly thoughtful comments, with so much heart and content. She’s complimented my writing once and I legit died, because I find her posts so amazing. She’s eloquent and gracious and I want to read everything she posts. Her monthly wrap-ups are always so nice and her reviews inspire me so much. I also can not recommend enough her post on ‘Why You Should Read Aristotle and Dante This Summer’, because even though I love every single positive review I can find of this book, this one particularly resonated with me, as I feel like Lauren was able to express everything I’ve always wanted to talk about this book but had never found the words to, which just shows how incredibly smart her content is.

✨  Favorite post: Why You Should Read Aristotle and Dante This Summer

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Okay, but in all seriousness, every single time I talk or even read one of Olivia’s posts, I instantly smile. Her content is so positive and even when she’s ranting, she’s adorable, lol. She was one of my biggest inspirations for my top 5 posts, because I love whenever she shares her fangirl rambles about favorite characters & tropes. Also, her mini reviews are so fun to read! I feel like whenever I’m reading my own, I just feel like they’re so not interesting and no one probably even reads them, but her mini reviews are entertaining and on point, while still being full of emotions? I don’t know how she does it, truly. To top that, she’s a Taylor Swift & Harry Potter fan and I could read her talking about both for hours without getting tired.

✨  Favorite post: 5 Fictional Friend Groups I Adore & The Wonderstruck Book Tag

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The fact Zoie is only seventeen is something I’m not able to wrap my mind around. She’s so mature and intelligent and her content is a reflection of her love for travel and words. All of her posts are extremely entertaining to read, not only because she has an amazing aesthetic and formating layout that I wish I could master, but because she really has a beautiful way of expressing herself. Zoie also inspires me to seek for more content in foreign languages, whether that be music – thank you so much for all the Norwegian artists recommendations, by the way! -, shows or movies. Her support on my feature ‘A Trip to my Home Country’ means more to me than I can put into words and I hope to grow up to be like Zoie one day, truly.

✨  Favorite post: Leaving a Legacy of You in Books

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Even though I haven’t been following Caitlin for the longest time, I feel like her growth has been noticeable. Her content has improved so much and she’s definitely become more comfortable in sharing her thoughts, even if controversial. It just shows how honest her posts are and how mature she is as well. Basically: book blogging has showed me that teenagers can truly change the world, because there are so many amazing high-schoolers showing how deep, meaningful and intelligent their words can be and I couldn’t be happier to have found a community that inspires me this much. I hope to see Caitlin growing more and more throughout the years, because she truly deserves as much appreciation as she can get on her fantastic content.

✨  Favorite post: Are We Really Friends – or Do You Just Want Me To Comment on your Blog?

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Speaking of amazing and inspiring teenagers on the blogging community, I have to mention Annie. As soon as I found out about her blog, I knew she was going to be one of my favorite bloggers. Her content is mostly life-style related, which I love to read just as much as I love to gush about books. She shares a lot of deep thoughts in her posts, which again, truly make me feel proud to be a teenager and shows that we have much more to offer than adults give us credit for. She also inspired me to try out black out poems and though I haven’t felt comfortable to share mine yet (mostly because they’re probably all grammatically incorrect – the perks of being bilingual i guesss lol), I’ve had a lot of fun doing it and I probably would’ve never tried it if she hadn’t shared.

✨  Favorite post: I try my hand at black out poems

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I’ve said this before, but I stand by the fact that Taasia is a wizard. Whenever she shares her monthly wrap-ups, I am impressed by how much she got to read, even though she has a super busy life with school. She’s just an incredibly smart person and also fantastic at time management, lol. I adore reading her monthly wrap ups and TBRs and I also find her mini reviews a ton of fun. She also inspired me to track down my books regarding the diversity aspects and even though I haven’t done it on my blog, I do have a separate note on my phone where I track the books I read that have specific reps and I can not wait to see the final results by the end of the year. Her content is amazing, she’s friendly and suuuuuper nice and overall a joy to this community.

✨  Favorite post: My Favorite Book of the Year, Wherein I Cried At Least Six Separate Times

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I do not remember exactly how I stumbled upon Ngọc, but I am so glad to have found their blog. I really enjoy reading their posts – I don’t know how to explain it, but they have such an easy going way with words and every single post by them is entertaining, even when they’re talking about anime characters I don’t know, lol. Also: their blog aesthetic is stunning and so colorful and beautiful? I am loving this new layout a lot. They also talk a lot about movies and even though is clear Ngọc has a much more sophisticated movie taste than I do, I still adore reading their thoughts.

✨ Favorite post: 5 Messy Characters That I Love


This isn’t the last post I hope to bring in this feature. I still have plenty of bloggers to talk about, but this post is close to 2k words at this point, so I thought it would be better to stop for now and hopefully share more positivity in a near future.

I also ask you guys to leave down below some of your favorite bloggers, so I can check them out and spread more love. Thank you!