March in the life | personal wrap up

As always, I’m making a separate monthly wrap up to discuss the movies and TV shows I watched, the music I listened to, and the things that happened to me in the past month.

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So, March… It was quite the interesting month!

I started the month off by getting two wisdom teeth extracted, which wasn’t very fun if I’m being honest. I didn’t read or do much in the 10 days following the extraction, which is why I ended up watching so many TV shows last month. Be warned, the next section of this wrap up will be long!

In more exciting news, I got a new job! I started on the 18th, and I’m really happy about it. I was definitely nervous on my first day, but it’s been such a good experience so far. Obviously, it’s time-consuming, and I expect I won’t be watching many shows or reading many books in the coming weeks. That’s okay though. I watched plenty in March…

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The only movie I managed to watch in March was Arrival, but it was definitely a hit. It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a movie so thoroughly, and it truly took me by surprise. I know people had been screaming about it for years, but I somehow thought it wasn’t one for me. How wrong was I? It was brilliant. A new favorite for sure!

I also watched the entirety of Coffee Prince, which is arguably one of the most famous Korean dramas ever. It has the girl-disguises-as-boy trope we all happen to love, but it’s a tad deeper than most shows that revolve around the topic. I loved this show far more than I expected to -see, there’s a trend here- especially since it’s now about 12 years old. Either way, you can read my full thoughts on the show in my review, here.

I also (finally) started watching La Casa de Papel. This show has been on my Netflix to-watch list for absolute ages! I’ve seen 7 episodes so far, and I’m hooked. Once I start watching, I can’t seem to stop. It’s so intense, and I’m invested in all the characters already. I’ve been putting off continuing the show, because I haven’t had much time the past few weeks, and know that once I start watching, I’ll end up glued to the screen for hours.

 

I also watched Romance is a Bonus Book in March, a Korean drama I’ve quickly fallen in love with. I already knew Lee Jong-suk was one of the most beautiful men ever, but I truly enjoyed his acting in this show. I also loved Lee Na-young in this drama, as she portrayed such a refreshing and fun woman. Truly, Kang Dan-yi is a woman I’d like to be friends with. Thanks to Netflix and the enormous backlist of Asian dramas I want to watch, I haven’t watched a show where I had to wait a week for an episode in ages. I saw this one on Netflix though, and couldn’t resist. All too quickly, I had caught up with the show and had to wait for 2 new episodes every Tuesday. You best believe I binged those ones as soon as I possibly could.

I also watched the Flemish show called De Luizenmoeder, which is an adaptation of the Dutch show of the same name. If you translate the title literally, it makes The Lice Mother. It follows the mothers of a group of elementary school children, and the staff at the school. It’s absolutely hilarious, and I binged it in one weekend. I did watch the Flemish version instead of the original Dutch one, because I am Belgian (and Flemish) so it’s far more relatable for me.

Inbetween all that, I watched season 3 of SKAM France. You may know that I’m a huge fan of the original SKAM, a Norwegian TV show about the lives of a group of teenagers from the same school. I haven’t really been interested in watching the remakes, because I already know the story and think no one can really top the original actors. HOWEVER, I fell into the French remake somehow, and watched the entirety of season 3 – Elliot and Lucas’ story. I love it. They’re the first ones to come close to the original Isak and Even. Sometimes, I can’t even tell who I prefer more. I think they’re incredible actors, especially Axel Auriant – who portrays Lucas/Isak.

Lastly, I watched the entire third season of Queer Eye. Who is surprised? NOT ME. Once again, I love this show. The new season is no exception on that rule. It’s fantastic.

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Ready for the music section? Let’s go!

The Jonas Brothers – Sucker
Who is surprised? NOT ME. You know I’ve been listening to this song on repeat since March 1st, and I’m not apologizing for it. It’s absolutely fantastic. I think it leans more towards the music Joe’s been making with DNCE – and I love it. Can we also talk about the MV? It’s so beautiful, silly, and fun, and I’m so happy all their significant others are in it.

ONEUS – Valkyrie
I finally watched ONEUS’ debut song, Valkyrie, and consequently fell in love with it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to this song in March. It’s an embarrassing amount, for sure.

Jus2 – Focus on Me
GOT7’s music has always been hit or miss for me, but this sub-unit blew me away. I don’t know what I was expecting from a Yugyeom-Jaebum song, but it wasn’t this. It might be my favorite song of them so far? It’s so chill, yet demands your attention. The choreography is amazing, and can we talk about the editing in this video? Damn. I love the smoothness of this song, though, and can listen to it again and again.

MAMAMOO – gogobebe
It’s official, MAMAMOO is my favorite girl group. I love all their music. They’re such incredibly talented women, and I am filled with endless admiration. It’s silly, fun, and catchy.

Stray Kids – MIROH
Listen, Stray Kids is one of my absolute favorite groups. They’ve never had a comeback I didn’t like/love, and Miroh is no exception. I have to admit that I had to listen to it twice when it was first released, because the song is so overwhelming that I didn’t absorb anything on the first listen. Now, it’s been on repeat ever since its release. The entire album is filled with amazing songs though.

BTS – Persona (Comeback Trailer)
I usually don’t fall in love with BTS’ comeback trailers – don’t kill me. However, RM is absolutely fantastic in persona, and I’ve had so much fun diving into the lyrics. I wish this was on Spotify already so I could add it to my playlist.


That’s everything for March! Have you watched any of these shows, or listened to any of these songs? If you have any recommendations for me, I’d love to hear it!

March wrap up | everything I read last month

While I didn’t read as much in March as I did in January and February, I still had a pretty good reading month – aside from that one book, but we’ll talk about it later. As always, I’m sharing the books I managed to finish this month, and what I thought about them.

Fullmetal Alchemist Vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa – ★★★★.₅ – loved it
As you may know, I’ve been trying to read more graphic novels and manga in the past few months because I truly feel like I’m missing out on some great stories. Last year, I bought a secondhand copy of the first Fullmetal Alchemist volume. I figured it would be a great place to start, because it’s so famous. I absolutely loved it. Actually, I immediately bought volumes 2-7 on better world books… I want to continue the manga first before checking out the anime, because I want to story to surprise me in book-format – if that made sense.

Alchemy: the mystical power to alter the natural world; something between magic, art and science. When two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, dabbled in this power to grant their dearest wish, one of them lost an arm and a leg…and the other became nothing but a soul locked into a body of living steel. Now Edward is an agent of the government, a slave of the military-alchemical complex, using his unique powers to obey orders…even to kill.

Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick – ★★★★.₅ – loved it
I always feel weird rating nonfiction books. Does anyone else have that issue? Anyway, this is another book I picked up used, and it seemed like an intriguing read. The author, Barbara Demick, is a journalist who made news reports on North Korea for years. For this book, she interviewed 6 North Korean citizens (defectors) and follows their lives over a period of 15 years. This was published in 2009, so before Kim Jong-un became the Supreme Leader. She followed people from the same city, so she could get a clearer view on their lives from a number of different perspectives. It’s such an interesting read! Especially because she addresses that a lot of today’s defectors would return to North Korea if the government fell. They’d want to go back and help their fellow country men assimilate and get back on their feet.

In this landmark addition to the literature of totalitarianism, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years–a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il (the father of Kim Jong-un), and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population.

The Wicked King (Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black – ★★★★.₅ – loved it
I’ve recently revised my rating of The Cruel Prince. I originally rated it 3.5 stars but rounded it up to 4 on Goodreads. Looking back on it, that was a tad too generous. I had quite some issues with the pacing of the first book, because nothing really happened for the first 80%. I had no such issues with The Wicked King. I love political stories, strategy, and power struggles. This book was right up my alley, and I loved it so much. I can’t wait to read the third book! I’m glad I decided to give the sequel a try, even though I didn’t love the first one.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren – ★★★.₅ or ★★★★
Yes, I’m using an ‘or’ in my rating. I feel so conflicted right now, I don’t know how I feel about this book. For the first 75% of this novel, I was sure it would end up being a 5-star read. I simply loved it! It was adorable, funny, and sweet – and I do love me a soft boy. I was afraid at first that Hazel would become that quirky girl who is just so special, but it really didn’t feel like that. She just seemed genuine and 100% herself the entire time. But the last 25% of this book RUINED it for me. What was that? Why did you have to add one of my most hated tropes? It was NOT necessary at all.

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. Their loss. Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air. Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman – ★★ – really didn’t like it
Listen, I only made it through this book because a) Armie Hammer narrates the audiobook and his voice is fantastic, b) I shared the worst moments with some of my lovely friends so I didn’t have to suffer alone, and c) I felt challenged by this book and didn’t want to let it win by DNFing it. I watched this movie in 2017 and absolutely adored it. I HATED THIS BOOK. IT’S THE FUCKING WORST THING I HAVE READ IN A WHILE. I honestly felt violated while reading this. My brain needed to be submerged in bleach to erase the stain of it on my soul. Here’s my review of this novel, so your brain can feel like it need disinfecting too.

Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them.

I Hear the Sunspot Volume 1 by Yuki Fumino – ★★★★★ – a new favorite
I needed to cleanse my soul after finishing the book we shall never mention again, and I Hear the Sunspot seemed like the perfect manga to do so. I read this on MangaRock, which is an app where fans translate manga from the original Japanese. A lot of manga never get translated, so that’s nice. I did find out after finishing this that the first three volumes were recently translated into English and I’ve already bought them all. This was the most wholesome thing I’ve read in a while. It’s the cutest thing. I will scream about this manga forever, until everyone has read it. (Yes, I’m serious. I really will.) Here’s my review of the first three volumes! I manage to explain why I love it in more detail, and don’t give away any spoilers – don’t worry.

Because of a hearing disability, Kohei is often misunderstood and has trouble integrating into life on campus, so he learns to keep his distance. That is until he meets the outspoken and cheerful Taichi. He tells Kohei that his hearing loss is not his fault. Taichi’s words cut through Kohei’s usual defense mechanisms and open his heart. More than friends, less than lovers, their relationship changes Kohei forever. 

Bye Bye Liberty Volume 1 by Ayuko Hatta – ★★★.₅ – liked it
Bye Bye Liberty was another random MangaRock pick that I ended up liking. It’s a fun manga that follows a girl who has never had a crush nor been in love, and an immensely popular boy. It’s cute and funny, but it’s nothing I haven’t seen before. I also didn’t like how she went from ‘never have had a crush’ to ‘I might be in love with this person’ so soon. This could have been a chance to write about a demiromantic character, and it feels like a missed opportunity somewhat. I’ll probably continue the manga some day, but I’m not in a rush.

I Hear the Sunspot: Theory of Happiness by Yuki Fumino – ★★★★★ – a new favorite
I was in a rush to continue this manga, though, and ended up reading it immediately after my purchased volumes came in the mail. I devoured this series, and am so in love with it. Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve written a review on the first three volumes that are published in English, which you can find here.

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I Hear the Sunspot: Limit 1 by Yuki Fumino – ★★★★.₅ – loved it
I didn’t love this as much as the previous two volumes mainly because I think it’s too short. The Japanese chapters that have been published in ‘Limit’ are far more than the ones in here, which is why I assume it’s called Limit 1. I don’t see why they were split up though. I continued reading the rest of the Limit volumes on MangaRock, and can I just say that a) I’m truly in love with this manga, and b) WHAT IS THAT ENDING? YOU CAN’T DO THAT TO ME.


That’s everything I managed to read in March! I barely read anything in the last two weeks of the month, but I think I had a pretty good month nonetheless. Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What did you read in the past month? I’d highly recommend reading I Hear the Sunspot – and avoiding CMBYN.

February wrap up | everything I read last month

Another month has come and gone, and I’m ready to discuss everything I managed to read with you. I participated in the ReaD&Dathon during the first two weeks of February, which is a readathon inspired by D&D – which I’ve never played before. You can read more about the readathon and what I planned on reading in my TBR post here.

The Outsider by Stephen King – ★★★★ – really liked it
I am pleasantly surprised by my first Stephen King read in over a decade. Prior to picking this book up, I’d only ever read The Eyes of the Dragon, which is one of his fantasy novels. I saw The Outsider, one of his 2018 releases, at my local library and decided to give it a try. I’m happy to say that I really enjoyed the reading experience! I do think this book contains spoilers for the Bill Hodgins/Mr. Mercedes series, which I haven’t read but plan on picking up. I do think the second half of the book was more intriguing and captivating than the first half, but I would still highly recommend this book.

When an eleven-year-old boy is found murdered in a town park, reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town’s popular Little League coach, Terry Maitland, as the culprit. DNA evidence and fingerprints confirm the crime was committed by this well-loved family man. Horrified by the brutal killing, Detective Ralph Anderson, whose own son was once coached by Maitland, orders the suspect to be arrested in a public spectacle. But Maitland has an alibi. And further research confirms he was indeed out of town that day. 

Bound (Book of the Ancestor #2.5) by Mark Lawrence – ★★★★★ – a new favorite
I don’t really know how much I can say about this since it’s a) a follow-up to the second book in a series, and b) a 60-page novella. I honestly can’t wait for the release of the third book, because I want to be back in this world with these characters as soon as possible. I do have a ship, and there are two acceptable ways for it to end. If neither of those happen, I’m suing Mark Lawrence.

Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe – ★★★★★ – a new favorite
Inge recommended this to me when I was seriously struggling with body image issues last month. I’m so grateful to her, because I really needed this book. While I do follow Megan’s Instagram, I hadn’t picked up her book yet. I listened to the audiobook which the author narrates herself. I honestly can’t recommend this book enough. Even if not everything in it applies to you, I promise you’ll still get so much out of it. I’ve never had an eating disorder like Megan did, so I couldn’t fully relate to that part. But everything she mentions is so important.

We’ve been convinced that happiness is something that only comes once we hit that goal weight, get those washboard abs, shrink ourselves down and change every part of ourselves. We believe that our bodies are the problem, but the truth is that our bodies are not the problem. How we’ve been taught to see them is the problem… it’s time for us all to stop believing the lies, and take our power back.

The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking – ★★★★ – really liked it
I received this book as a gift from Inge, and I’m so grateful for it. It’s a wonderful read on what you could do to increase the level of happiness in your life. I do think that a lot of the solutions are only for people who can afford them – both in time and money – but it’s a wonderful read nonetheless. I really liked the focus it had on going back to sharing between neighbors and friends.

In this captivating book, he takes us on a treasure hunt to unlock the doors to inner fulfilment. From how we spend our precious time, to how we relate to our neighbours and cook dinner, he gathers evidence, stories and tips from the very happiest corners of the planet. This is the ultimate guide to how we can all find a little more lykke in our lives.

Fence Vol. 1, 2, and 3 by C.S. Pacat – ★★★★.₅ – loved it
I picked this up randomly because it was available on Scribd, and my subscription was about to end. I read the first volume of the series, and then read the single issues. The bind-up of volume three isn’t available yet, but all the single issues in the bind-up are. I absolutely adore this series! I can’t wait for the next issues and volumes, and I definitely want to buy physical copies of the series. I need news on the next one now!

Nicholas Cox is determined to prove himself in the world of competitive fencing, and earn his place alongside fencing legends like the dad he never knew, but things get more complicated when he’s up against his golden-boy half-brother, as well as sullen fencing prodigy, Seiji Katayama.

His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1) by Naomi Novik – ★★★★ – really liked it
I’ve been meaning to read this book for years, and I finally did so thanks to the #readdathon. This is a fantastical historical fiction novel set during the Napoleonic Wars, but with DRAGONS! I love dragons, and I loved Temeraire in this novel. I can’t wait to read more of Temeraire and Laurence’s adventures. I do think that the war aspect was a tad confusing at times because you’re just thrown into the Napoleonic wars without any explanation.

Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature.

Shadow and Bone (Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo – ★★★.₅ – liked it
One of my monthly reading prompts was to reread a favorite book, which is perfect since I’d been meaning to reread this series for a while to prepare for the release of King of Scars. I first read this in 2013 and gave it 5 stars then. Upon reread, I lowered it to 3.5. I still enjoyed the book, but it’s definitely nowhere near some of my favorite fantasy novels. There’s a little too much focus on the romance, and a little too little focus on the worldbuilding.

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

The Princess Trap (Dirty British Romance #1) by Talia Hibbert – ★★★★.₅ – loved it
In January, I read my first Talia Hibbert book and fell in love with her writing. I had The Princess Trap on my Kindle as well, and couldn’t wait to read it. I absolutely adored this one as well, and know for sure I’ll be buying more of her books this year. If you want to start reading (smutty) adult romance, or you want to read more of the genre, I can’t recommend this author enough.

Prince Ruben of Helgmøre is his family’s greatest scandal, but the defiant royal won’t change for anyone. He always takes what he wants, and his current obsession is Cherry Neita. The feisty beauty has no idea she’s being seduced by royalty—until they’re caught together in a compromising position. Oops. All Cherry wanted was a night or two with the hottest man she’d ever seen. Turns out, that man is actually a prince, and now he needs her to play princess. Well, princess-to-be. The deal seems straightforward enough: one year as Ruben’s fake fiancée, and he’ll make all her problems disappear.

A River in Darkness by Majasi Ishikawa – ★★★★.₅ – loved it
I’ve had this memoir on my Kindle for a few months and finally decided to read it while on vacation. To be honest, this was not really a holiday type of read… It’s a brutally honest look into the author’s life in North Korea from the age of 13 onward, and his eventual escape back to Japan. This was so difficult to read at times, because it’s hard for me to grasp that this is still happening in the world.

The harrowing true story of one man’s life in—and subsequent escape from—North Korea, one of the world’s most brutal totalitarian regimes.

Come Drink With Me by Michelle Kan – ★★★★ – really liked it
I picked this novella up because CW at The Quiet Pond recommended it on Twitter, and made it sound absolutely amazing. All I can say is that I wish I had an entire novel with these characters. It’s such a cute and wonderful story.

A Dragon, a Phoenix, and an Opera House. Bonds that transcend time, loyalties that defy hardship, and the magic of the places we call Home. An Aromantic Chinese Fairytale.

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker – ★★★★ – really liked it
This was such an interesting read. It’s a retelling of the Iliad (well, sort of) from the perspective of Briseis, who was captured after her city was conquered and turned into Achilles’ slave. I like that this book gave a voice to a woman, because we never seem to talk about the women who became slaves to the murderers of their families. However, I think the book missed some chances when it only gave Briseis a voice, and added the perspective of Achilles in the second half. It seemed like we were taking away her voice again.

The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, which continues to wage bloody war over a stolen woman: Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman watches and waits for the war’s outcome: Briseis. She was queen of one of Troy’s neighboring kingdoms until Achilles, Greece’s greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. Briseis becomes Achilles’s concubine, a prize of battle, and must adjust quickly in order to survive a radically different life, as one of the many conquered women who serve the Greek army. 

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Noteworthy by Riley Redgate – ★★★★.₅ – loved it
After finishing The Silence of the Girls, I felt like I needed a more lighthearted read. Noteworthy seemed like the perfect fit! It truly was. I ended up falling in love with this book. It’s going to be on the list of contemporaries I will keep recommending forever! It was a perfect girl-disguising-as-boy book, with PoC and LGBT+ characters (both main and side), and didn’t shy away from discussing the way the main character was pretending to be a boy but didn’t identify as trans and how she felt guilty about taking that from a community she didn’t belong to. Anyway, THIS WAS GREAT.

It’s the start of Jordan Sun’s junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she’s an Alto 2, which—in the musical theatre world—is sort of like being a vulture in the wild: She has a spot in the ecosystem, but nobody’s falling over themselves to express their appreciation. So it’s no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight. But then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshiped . . . revered . . . all male.


I’m so happy with the past 2 reading months! 2019 has been a great reading year for me so far, both in terms of quantity and quality. I’ve read so much, and happened to love almost everything as well. I hope that trend continues throughout the rest of the year! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What did you read in February?

March Wrap Up

Hi everyone! It’s been a while, I know. I haven’t had the motivation or will to blog lately. And while there have been many things I’ve wanted to talk about, almost none of them were book related. Why? I haven’t been reading, to be honest. I read 1 book in March, and that’s only because I read 90% of it in February. 

I’ve been thinking of letting my blog transition to include more other things too -my personal life, music, TV, movies, anything I want to talk about really- but then I wonder how many of you would actually care about stuff like that. I mean, I assume the majority of you are here to read my book-related thoughts, right? Let me know! Anyway, let’s get into the wrap up. 

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Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown // 5 stars // This is the only book I managed to read in March! I read the majority of it in February though. This was so good. Honestly, one of the best finales I’ve read in a while. I know that there are additional books in the series now, but this was originally meant to be the conclusion of the trilogy -which is why I’m calling it a finale. Pierce Brown is a genius. 

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Annihilation // I watched it! I know some people said it’s best to read all three books first because the movie contains more than just the first one but I didn’t want to wait. I wanted to watch it. This movie was SO GOOD! Honestly, much better than I expected it to be. I wasn’t quite sure how they would translate the book to the screen, because the book was already so weird. But they captured it perfectly. The visual effects of this movie are out of this world, and it makes me quite sad I couldn’t watch it in cinemas. I think the big screen would’ve done this more justice than our TV. I have to admit that for the last 15-20 minutes of this film, all that was going through my head was: “What the hell? What I am watching? Am I hallucinating? Is this real?” Worth it, though. 

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I also just started watching Because this is my first life. I’ve only watch 1.5 episodes so far (yes, I had to stop watching in the middle because I was too tired to concentrate on the subtitles), but I’m really enjoying it! 

I’ve also watched about 8 episodes of Idol Producer, which is a Chinese talent show (sort of) where 100 (or 101? can’t remember) trainees from different entertainment companies compete for 9 spots in a new music group. They get different challenges every week in dance, vocals and rap while trying to endear the public to them and their talent so people will vote. I quite enjoyed the episodes I watched and started to get attached to quite a few of them. Even though I did start watching for Zhang Yixing at first. If you’ve watched the Korean show Produce 101, it’s extremely similar to that but Chinese.

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NCT U – Boss

I fell in love with NCT this month. Especially NCT U to be honest. I think Boss might be the first NCT song I’ve listened to and I’m into it. (especially Taeyong)

NCT U – Baby Don’t Stop

After Boss came Baby Don’t Stop. And wow… If I didn’t already love Taeyong before, I fell for him now. And TEN! YES! Not only is he so talented (I love his voice in this song, and he’s an incredible dancer) but he also seems like the nicest person ever. 

MONSTA X – Jealousy

Monsta X is back and I couldn’t be happier. I think they are one of my absolute favorite groups. In fact, I.M may be a strong contender for my ultimate bias. And can we talk about the fact that their MV has subtitles in like 40 languages?? And about that ‘why are you talking about Shownu’ line that Wonho sings??

BLØF – Zoutelande

Living in Belgium or in The Netherlands means that you can’t escape this song at the moment. I never listen to the radio, and even I am bombarded with it. I’ve grown quite attached to it, to be honest. I feel like it’s quite calming. And I also find it quite funny that this song about Zoutelande has suddenly created a lot of tourists for this place!

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To be honest, I don’t know what March has meant for my personal life. I’ve had some really good days, and I got to see some of my uni friends again after quite a while. Those things definitely made me happy. But I have to be honest and say that I’ve been struggling a lot lately. I feel like it’s something I can’t quite talk about yet, but suffice it to say that I’ve been sad often. That’s why I haven’t read much, or watched any shows or movies. 


That was March for me! How was your month?
Did you read, watch or listen to anything fun? Let me know!

Weekly Wrap Up | March n° 3

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater // ★★★★★ // I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. I’d been meaning to read more Maggie Stiefvater books, and this seemed like a great place to start. It was epic. I was a tad confused at first about the water horses, but grew to absolutely love the story and characters!

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan // ★★★★.5 // I finally read this! I really, really enjoyed it too. I like the diversity added, and I loved Sam as a character. She was such a bad ass. I know next to nothing about Norse mythology, so I learned a lot from this! I do want to do some research separately though. Anyway, great start to the series.

Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown // ★★★★★ // Wow. I finally read this. Man, it was epic. This thing is so violent though, that it makes a rebellion seem a lot more realistic? I liked Darrow as a character too, especially because he wasn’t truly likeable. That made him feel so much more real, and like someone who has lost as much as he has. I’ll definitely be continuing the trilogy! This actually reminded me of Das Experiment, the movie they made about the Stanford prison experiment in the 70s. 

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I watched Star Wars episode IV: A New Hope for the first time ever. I actually enjoyed it, which I didn’t expect!! I’m hoping to watch the next one today or maybe in the coming week? 

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On Saturday, I went to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Concert! If you don’t know what that is, they play the movie but enact the music out live. It’s performed by an orchestra and a choir, and they play the music from the movie live.

I’m hoping to be able to move to my own apartment in May. It’s not 100% sure yet, but I have high hopes!


So that was my week! How was yours? Did you read, watch or do anything fun?

Weekly Wrap Up | March n° 2

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The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms #2) by Cinda Williams Chima // Read in translation: Koningin in Ballingschap // ★★★★★ // I really wanted to continue this series, but I only had a copy of the first book. I’m trying not to buy so much, so instead I took a look in my local library. Turns out they have the series, translated in to Dutch. I was curious whether I’d still enjoy them, and I really did. I loved it! I’ll definitely be getting the next books from the library too. Maybe one day I’ll buy English copies to match the first one I have, but for now I’m quite happy reading the translations.

Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop // ★★★★★ // My most anticipated book of the year. I read it in one day because I just couldn’t stop reading. I barely did anything else that day (outside of my work day obviously). I adored it. I can’t believe Meg’s story is finished now…

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli // ★★★★★ // Another one of my most anticipated books of the year! And another one that didn’t disappoint. Another one I read in one day. I nearly cried because of how much I loved Molly. 

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows by Ava Lavender // ★★★★ // I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages. I did enjoy it, but man, it’s so SAD!

The Girls by Emma Cline // ★★.5 // What a disappointment. I’m glad I got this from the library instead of buying it. It’s a story about a 14-year-old girl who gets involved with The Girls, and a cult. It’s boring. It’s so weirdly focused on sex that it made me uncomfortable. It’s literally on almost every page, and this girl is barely 14?

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I bought myself a new monitor, big enough to make blogging very easy -and to watch movies on.

I’m full of hope. I saw a beautiful apartment, and I’m hoping to be able to rent it. Fingers crossed, I guess we’ll find out this week.

The weather this week has been kind of beautiful? Especially this weekend. It’s sunny, but still chilly. The perfect first days of spring.


That was my week! I didn’t talk about watching anything, because I didn’t. I was too busy reading. How was your week?

Library Haul | March 2017

One of my goals for this year was to use the library more. I now have two library cards (one in the town I live, one in the city I work) so I think a monthly library haul is going to be a thing this year. Here’s what I currently have out from the library! I did film this last week, so I’ve read some of the books since then.