book review

Review: Seconds

8:00 AM

Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Publication Date: July 15, 2014
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Format: hardcover
Source: a friend :)
Pages: 323


Note: All spoilers will be highlighted with black and surrounded with these [ ].














Katie’s got it pretty good. She’s a talented young chef, she runs a successful restaurant, and she has big plans to open an even better one. Then, all at once, progress on the new location bogs down, her charming ex-boyfriend pops up, her fling with another chef goes sour, and her best waitress gets badly hurt. And just like that, Katie’s life goes from pretty good to not so much. What she needs is a second chance. Everybody deserves one, after all—but they don’t come easy. Luckily for Katie, a mysterious girl appears in the middle of the night with simple instructions for a do-it-yourself do-over:
 
1. Write your mistake
2. Ingest one mushroom
3. Go to sleep
4. Wake anew
 
And just like that, all the bad stuff never happened, and Katie is given another chance to get things right. She’s also got a dresser drawer full of magical mushrooms—and an irresistible urge to make her life not just good, but perfect. Too bad it’s against the rules. But Katie doesn’t care about the rules—and she’s about to discover the unintended consequences of the best intentions.


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Seconds was my first graphic novel so honestly I didn't know what to expect. I'd always thought it'd be cool to read something like it but I decided to go for it when my roommate gave this book to me for my birthday. :) 

As an artist, I have to talk about the art (the cartoons) at least a little bit. The art was soooo pretty. The colors were bold and bright. The drawing style was simple yet descriptive (and the characters were drawn so cute). Honestly, I'd love to be able to draw like Bryan Lee O'Malley. 

All the characters were so hilarious and real except for mister I'm-so-cool-cause-I-wear-a-leather-jacket aka the ex-boyfriend. The chef-in-training wore a snapback and hightops, which I approve of 100%. Katie wasn't the most cuddly or loving character (no matter how cuddly she looked) but she was hilariously real and blunt about everything. I loved her! [I REALLY REALLY wanted Andrew and Katie to end up together. My ship did not sail though. *le sobs*] I feel like O'Malley pretty much tackled all the common types of personalities that exist in the most hilarious way. 

The plot was incredible as well. At first it was just good-- cute and sarcastic. But talk about exceeding my expectations. As the story went on, it delved into more serious themes and twists. It's complicated mixture of light storytelling and darkness...I like it. The story also could've gotten repetitive with the new wishes happening every so often, but the author did a great job of showing what needed to be shown to grab the reader's attention (and move the plot) and omitting the unnecessary details. And can I talk about the whole tackling-concepts-of-time-and-space-and-where-am-I? [Seconds pretty much blew my mind with the whole my restaurant is a restaurant but then it's actually a tree but not really because the tree is also my dresser thing. Color me confused and in awe.
   
Although Katie is not like me at all (she does remind me of a friend though ;) ), the humor in the book and just some of the ways she dealt with things made me giggle so much because it was so ACCURATE. Just yes. I feel so understood right now.


I'm pretty sure the author is secretly also an awkward, socially anxious teenage girl who loves all the fandoms and memes. I connected on all the levels and it was great to experience that. :)

I'm trying a new format for my book reviews! It seems super convenient to be able to see the book information as you're seeing the cover. I dunno, what do you think? Also, do you like graphic novels? Are there any that I must absolutely read?

Disclaimer:  I was not reimbursed for this review in any way. All opinions or thoughts expressed are my own. 

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Design Project: Racial Stereotyping

11:59 AM

I am half Taiwanese and half American. I'm proud of both sides and embrace both cultures. This is kind of why I chose racial stereotyping as the theme for my newest school design project. I've never experienced extreme negative/positive stereotyping (thankfully). I actually grew up in a solely white family, far away from my Taiwanese side.

But there are still small things.

I think it happens WAY to much, sometimes unintentionally. And that's okay, I'm not blaming anyone. I just want to show people how wrong they are to make these assumptions.

So far I've talked about this on Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook, but now it's time to talk to you lovelies about it too. :)

My first question is:

What race do I look like (there is no wrong answer here. You can say one, multiple, or none)?




Secondly, what are some common racial stereotypes that you've heard of, thought yourself, or heard someone say?

Please comment your answers! I'd love to hear from you and I won't be offended by anything you say (well I might be slightly. no promises ;) ) as long as you are honest but polite.

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5 Things I've Learned from My First Apartment

6:16 PM

I almost thought I wouldn't be able to post today because I was originally going to put an Apartment Tour video on here and a few comments on apartment life and let that be that--however, I couldn't take my apartment video today like I hoped because it was cloudy and the lighting was super bad inside.

But as I was finishing uploading my latest K-pop reaction (which you can watch here), an idea popped into my head. So you WILL be getting a post today after all. :)

5 Things I've Learned from My First Apartment

This is the number one biggest difference between dorm-living and apartment-living: there is SO much more stuff to pack (and unpack. which you probably know if you've read my complaining tweets). You also have to get a bed, desk, and dresser AND other furniture for yourself some of which your school's dorms probably provided for you before.


Curtains are waaaaay to expensive. WHY SHOULD I PAY THIS MUCH FOR PIECES OF CLOTH TO COVER MY WINDOWS. They aren't even patterned! *outrage* You will go to three different stores and maybe double-back to some and you will figure out that maybe they aren't as crucial to the beauty of your apartment as you thought. Just a friendly suggestion. (I'm calm. I am.)



Food is the most important thing. You don't want to have to go back to town and grab food after you've already spent all day unpacking and organizing. Trust me. Have food to eat or snack on or something. And definitely something to drink. Keep yoself hydrated.



After a dorm room, the extra space and the lack of noise (for the most part) and the absence of the questionable smell that all dorms seems to have are beautiful things. I am not a fan of crowded spaces. I love cozy, open places to relax and do whatever I happen to be doing at the moment.

Also, I have a bathroom. One bathroom for only two people. I could cry. Don't ever under-appreciate a personal bathroom, guys.

The air smells like air. There's air circulation. There's no weird mash-up of smells like Chinese take-out, popcorn, and coconut shampoo. It's amazing.




There is extreme satisfaction when you get to put all your things into place and your apartment starts to look like an actual home. YOU made this. And "this" is quite adorable.

I share my apartment with a roommate, but she's the same roommate I had last year so it's pretty comfortable. We're both super chill and we communicated about apartment things over the summer so the apartment is pretty much how we both want it.

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My new apartment has already made my college experience ten times better already! Some people might really love the dorm life (and I'm glad I had the experience of living in a dorm) but I don't think it's something I would want to do long-term.

How's your summer school year going? Are you back at school already? Tell me all the random things. 

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The Rundown on My New Posting Schedule

4:00 PM

It's that time of the year again. School. (It's actually slightly terrifying that I'm a sophomore already.)


Last school year really messed up my blogging flow. I had been getting into a good rhythm (summer of 2014), but moving to a new college (2 hours away from home I might add) and taking new classes-- It was stressful. And when I’m stressed out about school, reading is the furthest thing from my mind. I’m a nerd like that.




But blogging is a huge part of my life. It has been for the past few years. And I don’t want to stop anytime soon. SO, here’s my new plan that I will try my hardest to stick to. It involves a few, small changes.

1. I will now be posting, at the minimum, once a week. Now, if I have time I will try to slip in another post in the middle of the week around… say Wednesday. But that’s not a given. What IS going to happen is that there will be a post on the blog every Sunday.

2. Many of these posts will be pre-written and scheduled. In the past I haven’t done very many scheduled posts, but during the school year I’m busy and it’s necessary. However, when I schedule posts I tend to forget about them a little bit so there’s a possibility I will forget to tweet about it or something like that.

3. I’m going to be doing more vlogs (etc.) which I will always post on the blog too. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time but I have to work up the guts to actually talk to a camera without feeling awkward. I’ll probably do a “Here’s my YouTube channel. Watch it.” post sometime later this month or next month.

4. There's probably going to be an increase in guest posts. (P.S. If you want to write a guest post for my blog, I'm totally cool with that. You can either email me or get in touch on Twitter.)


Lastly, Life of a Random is still a book blog. AND an art blog. AND a k-pop blog etc. etc. Because that’s my life, and that’s what this blog is about. :)) I know I've changed my focus a bit since I started blogging here. That said, just because I’ve been increasing posts on other things besides books (like art and k-pop) doesn’t mean I’m going to stop posting about books. Books are a huge part of my life too. And I’m going to be figuring out a way to give all the parts of my life equal places on this blog. :)

I really hope this new plan of attack works for me and I hope you like it too! What are some strategies you use to help keep up with blogging or reading during the school year? Also, are there any specific videos you’d like me to do? It can literally be anything: k-pop reaction, tag, book review, apartment tour. *wiggles eyebrows*

Ely

Guest Post: K-Drama 101

8:00 AM


(You can read her other post "K-Pop 101" here.)

Why hello there, my lovely little random friends. Tis I, the illustrious Ely who visited this blog many moons ago to educate you all about the wonders of kpop. Why, you might ask, is this strange and rather idiotic person back? Well, apparently Skylar liked my guest post skillz (or lack thereof), and she suggested I do a follow up post.
On what? (says you) Haven't we covered everything we can cover about boys wearing eyeliner and absurd amounts of hair-dye?
Ladies and zentlemen, let me introduce you to the joy known to man as...kdramas.
My father calls them Korean soaps. I call them delicious time-wasting morsels. Wikipedia calls them "televised dramas in the Korean language, made in South Korea, mostly in a miniseries format, with distinctive features that set it apart from regular Western television series or soap operas."
Wikipedia, you suck. Pack your bags and leave.
Basically, an average kdrama plot goes like this: dirt poor mid-twenties woman who probably lives on a roof apartment and somehow ends up homeless by at LEAST episode six runs around her daily life, working jobs she hates and dreaming of a better life, when she randomly runs into a chaebol (read here--korean richie) or at least mildly wealthy dude who somehow ends up in an awkward situation with her, thinks she's the help, or tells her that he would never fall in love with her (seriously dude. you're setting yourself up at this point. it's a kdrama. it's inevitable). In a nutshell, they hate each others guts and say so every other minute (despite making "kiss me" eyes at each other, also every other second). They get all the awkwardness over and part ways. However, they cannot stop thinking about each other. For the life of them, they cannot understand it. "Am I sick?" they ask themselves. "Do I need to see a doctor? Am I going insane?" (Skylar: The accuracy of this entire beautiful paragraph is perfection.)
Yes. You are lovesick, and no one but those as naive as you didn't see that coming.
After the dramatic meeting and hating of each other, they meet each other again, and it's just as awkward the second time around (only there's less "kiss me" eyes and more "date me" eyes.) They are forced together in such a way that they can't avoid their fate of falling in love with each other, endless wrist grabs, 


and very adorable babies. Unfortunately, one or the other of the two has a secret that they absolutely cannot tell their love interest, and of course the other one finds out. An ahjumma will be angered, and there will be potential water-tossing in a dramatic scene. 


There might be political intrigue (or if you're watching City Hunter, political intrigue and Lee Min Ho, which is a pretty win-win situation if I do say so myself). Someone might get amnesia, and another person will probably be murdered/cheated on/get pregnant.  However, in the end, they all find themselves in a happy place with aforementioned adorable babies and making "marry me" eyes at each other.  Yay for happy fluffy endings.


Usually.

Kdrama tropes have been pretty sparse lately. More and more shows are original and don't have the predicitibility veterans know and semi-love. This is a wonderful thing. Yeah, nothing's perfect, but a lot of the shows coming out these days are not cookie cutter. Not that I don't love Secret Garden, but trust me--Marriage, Not Dating is like a fresh cup of lemonade on a summer day with Han Groo making silly faces at me while I drink.
Yeah. I live in a strange world.
And so, I'd like to share with you my endless knowledge of all things korean drama (seriously...I have a PhD when it comes to kdramas. When you're chronically ill, you don't have anything else to do. Ask me how I taught myself Korean.) Without further ado, here are my recommended shows for a beginner kdrama lover.
*in no particular order*


1. Let's Eat
Let's Eat is about single food lovin' people living in Korea. Now, you may not know this, but in Korea, it's frowned upon to eat by yourself. #1 reason why me as an introvert would probably not survive in Korea. This show will make you salivate, so I recommend eating during/before/after/all of the above when watching it. Food, why you so delicious? Also, Doojoon from B2ST plays the main male lead, and he is by far my favourite idol actor. It's fluffy and cute and the ending made me all sorts of happy. The sequel? Not so much.


2. Reply 1997 (Answer Me 1997)
Seo In Guk and Jung Eun Ji all the way, baby!! This was one of the first more modern shows I ever watched, and I love it a lot. The acting is superb, the plot is spectacular (high schoolers grow up and apart, struggling with miscommunications and secrets, all the while you as the watcher know they end up back together--but who's with who?), and who wouldn't love the ridiculous goat sound effect. 


Trust me on this one. It's a winner. There is also a follow-up show, and unlike Let's 2, it doesn't suck. Yay!!!!


3. You're Beautiful
(Skylar: This was my first kdrama!!)

BE WARNED: drama tropes GALORE. This is an oldie but a goodie. After Secret Garden, this was the first kdrama I ever watched. It set me on a path of Heartstrings, Love Rain, Mary Stayed Out All Night...basically anything that had Jang Geun Seuk in it (yes, I know Heartstrings has the other two leads in it, but whatevs. They're frickin' adorbs so shhh.) Seriously. The man kills it. And baby Park Shin Hye is priceless and cringeworthy at the same time. And HongKi. *melts into a puddle* Basically, before I turn into a fangirling mess, this is an idol drama (meaning, pretty much all the stars are idol actors), and it's about a girl who has to pose as her twin brother for a while. Sounds simple, right? Well, problem is, her brother's in a band, and she's a nun.

*happy dance* A concentrated happy dance.
Also, I laughed for like a million years when I found out Jang Geun Seuk was in a drama called Pretty Man. DIED.

4. Personal Taste
Also an older show, but it's a little more on the different side. There's this dude (coincidentally played by Lee Min Ho, but that has nothing to do this show being good, nothing at all....) who really really wants to get inside this house (he's an architect, if I remember correctly.) Problem is, pretty much no one's allowed in. That is, until he finds out that the girl who lives there while her father's away  is looking for a roomie. Fantastic, he thinks, and gets all ready to move in with her when...he finds out she thinks he is gay. This leads to a whole bunch of hijinks, and romance ensues. I love this show because Korean people have not appreciated/addressed homosexuality in their media in the past, and it touches on this difficult issue in their culture. Now, it's cheesy and awkward and has its own issues, but it also has its own merits, and I give kudos to the authors. And kudos to the casting crew because Lee Min Ho.


5. Flower Boy Next Door
Fluffy, adorable, social anxiety, Park Shin Hye...what else can you ask for? This is a cutesy short drama (at least...I remember going through it quickly...) that you will almost instantly fall in love with--mostly because of how much you can relate to the characters. If you have struggled with social anxiety, you know how "the woman" feels (seriously...she's a writer, and that's how she refers to herself). 



She's basically a hermit, and she only ever goes out when absolutely necessary. And she has a crush on the guy whose apartment is across from hers...and she totally stalks him. Until dude's brother shows up and forces her out of her shell and into the real, scary world. VERY good drama, and it's lovely to see Park Shin Hye develop as an actor before she screws everything up in Heirs (thought I will admit she redeemed herself with Pinocchio.) I can't remember the actor who plays the main male lead, but he is a laugh. 4D as heck.


6. Healer
Okay, says you, we've had cute, how about some action? I can do even better--action and cute. Healer sounds like a medical show, but it's not--it's about a night courier, a man who does jobs on the down low and is a total boss. He has these super glasses that I'm super jealous of, and I'd also really love a hacker ahjumma, if you don't mind. I was a little weirded out at first, because it reminded me so much of City Hunter (and then I found out the girl from City Hunter also plays the main lead of Healer...and was even more weirded out), but I grew to love Healer in it's own merit. The plot is like puzzle pieces fitting together, and I love love all the characters and their individual personalities and stories, and even the political side wasn't too boring for me. Now, if you ask me to choose me between City Hunter and Healer...I might blow up (seriously. If you haven't caught on to me mentioning it like every other sentence, you should watch City Hunter. It's awesome. And it has Lee Min Ho in it.)


7. You Who Came From the Stars
(AKA My Love From Another Star)
An alien in Korea who is approaching his earthly expiration date falls in love with a snobbish and very spazzy actress, completely by accident. Yeah. Don't be scared off by the weirdness--this show is all cutes and hugs and laughs and it had me on my seat waiting for the next episode when it came out. Oh, it's all cute except for the serial killer. He's cute--but also pretty creepy. This show was all the rage, and there was going to be an American remake (and I also laughed for like a million years at that) but I think it got cancelled. There are some things you just can't translate.





8. King of High School Savvy
I'm actually watching this show right now. Seo In Guk has been a favourite actor since Reply 1997, and he was what brought me to this drama. Came for the adorbs, stayed for the originality. Of course, we have the "stand in" trope--Seo In Guk's character, a high school hockey player, has to pretend to be his business man older brother while he is AWOL. And then he accidentally falls in love with his secretary. That's not very out of the ordinary, but the way the show flows is beautiful to watch. I really can't wait to see how it ends. *crosses fingers for a happy ending*


9. Modern Farmer
Oh. My. Gosh. Do not watch this show first. Or do. Whatever you want. But this kdrama is as crazy and off the wall as can be. Lee Hongki, who has a voice from heaven and an adorable face to match, is a singer trying to get famous--though he'd actually just settle for a label to call his own. 


However, money is a little tight, and he makes just enough mistakes to get on the wrong side of the law. He ends up in the country-side, on the land his grandmother left him, and it becomes his goal to make money...being a modern farmer. And the story isn't just about Hongki's character. It's got storylines about his bandmates, his friends, the other farmers...I just can't get enough of it. And you will too, once you hear Lee Hongki sing. Just be prepared for insanity, hijinks, and a terrifying and hilarious beard at the end of the show.

10. Secret Garden
This show is precious to me, because it was the first show I ever watched, and plus Ha Ji Won and Hyun Bin are forever OTP. It was made in 2010, so it's a little on the cheesy side, with crazy track suits, dramatic wrist grabs, and communication issues. The plot drags on toward the end, but the ending is so precious that you can't but help forgive the dragginess. And the tropes. Oh the tropes. Oh--also, they magically switch bodies. Don't ask. It works. And it's hilarious. My sister and I watch this show when we're bored and need something mindlessly hilarious to watch. It's kinda like a comfort food.




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And there you have it! If you're interested in hearing more about kdramas (or even more about kpop), you can check out my  blog or email me @ emptycornerofmymind[at]gmail[dot]com, and I'm sure Skylar would LOVE to share her favorites and such. Let us know if you watch one of these and enjoy it!
Peace out, y'all!
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So, basically, yes to everything Ely wrote (and you obviously read some of my comments in bold within the post). Not only is she an expert in Korean-related stuffs, but she also talks about writing and everyday life on her blog. So, make sure to check it out! Also, you definitely need to get in touch with me if you want some k-drama recommendations. :)) If everybody is interested, I might even do a part-two-type post about k-dramas with my favorites. Let me know in the comments!


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One Lovely Blogger Award

4:25 PM


Rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog. 
2. List the rules and display the award. 
3. Add 7 facts about yourself. 
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers (or however many you like) and let them know on their blogs!
5. Display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you (but don't feel obligated, I'm not about that life).

Thank you sooo much Gabs (from My Full Bookshelf Reviews) for giving me this award. I am a horrible person because I actually got this nomination in March. I know, I know.




7 Facts About Me:

1. I have bad knees. Not even kidding, especially my right knee. I can't even run too much because both knee caps have a tendency to slip out of place and then back into place. It's super gross, I know. It's also super painful. Not fun. (I injured my right knee really bad the first week of college and had to limp around with a swollen knee.)

2. I have a snapback obsession. Of course it's healthy.

It's beautiful.

3. I'm an artist, but I don't like doing art all the time. I need breaks too.

4. I cook because I like to eat. Priorities, guys.


5. Sometimes, my eyes change colors.

6. I used to be a HUGE One Direction fan who wrote fanfiction. No links shall be allowed here. My past is too dark.


7. I have the metabolism of a horse or teenage guy when I exercise/move around regularly (like walking to classes at school). It's a blessing and a curse. Because I do mean I'm hungry legit ALL. THE. TIME.


I nominate:


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Artist Spotlight: Natacha

8:00 AM


Artist Spotlight is a brand-new feature that I'm going to be doing on here every once in a while that spotlights an artist (probably one that is relatively new or undiscovered) and shows off their amazing art work. Whenever possible, I will attach links to the websites where these artists display their art skills. Make sure to check them out and show them some love!


Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from? Do you like chocolate (The right answer is yes)?

YES, dark chocolate for me! Haha, on a more serious term, I was born in Montreal, grew up in Costa Rica, and currently study in the UK.

What kind of art do you do?

Currently I'm studying Graphic Design, but I'm a huge doodler-- can't have a pen without my hand itching to draw. I really like painting with oils or doing some print making if I have some free time.

How long have you been doing it? Have you always done the same kind?

I'm halfway through my second year in a Graphic Design degree. I took up oil painting and print making in high school, but I've been drawing and doodling ever since I can remember.

What's your favorite type of arting (in your field) to do?

I'm a huge bookworm, so my favorite type of arting in my field is book design. I'm always trying to think up of ways I'd design the covers for the books I read. A designer I look up to a lot is Chip Kidd, I think the way he interprets a book's essence in the cover is brilliant.

When you just started, was there anything really tough or frustrating about learning how to do certain things?

Definitely. Everything new you start will be tough and hard work, I think it's all about practice and perseverance to get it right. And loads of attention to detail. 

What do you do to brainstorm ideas? 

I'm a fan of mind maps for brainstorming. I tend to write down the theme on a blank sheet of paper and take 30 seconds to write as many thoughts that come to mind -the stranger, the better!

(Skylar: That's a great idea! I need to try that sometime.)

Here's one of Natacha's works (which is amazing by the way, Natacha):




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I hope you liked reading a little bit about someone else who's pursuing a graphic art degree. :)) I know I had fun getting to know Natacha. We met on Goodreads over a mutual love of books and art! Which is cool. Super cool. 

If you want to find out more about Natacha or see more of her art, you can check out the links below:


   

On a side note, what do you guys think of the new "intro" graphics I've been adding to my latest posts? Would you like to see more of them? Also, my K-Pop concert recap (BTS) video is finally up which you should totally check out. :)

August

August TBR

12:36 PM

It's time for a new TBR post! Crossing my fingers that I can read all, or at least most, of the books I choose. Also, just a quick note about future blogging. With school starting up again soon, I've been trying to think up a posting schedule that will help me keep blogging steadily without taking a big amount of time up. For the time being, I think I've settled on one post per week but more if I can handle it. When it gets closer to school starting again I'll update you all on which day you should expect posts and all that jazz. :)

This month's TBR pile is:




The Potter's Lady by Judith Miller
The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Compulsion by Martina Boone
**A Mystery Read**


The idea of including a "mystery read" just came to me as I was typing this post up. Basically, I want you to give me book recommendations and I'll pick a book to read from them. The only restrictions will be 1) the book must be YA [unless I ask for some specific type of recommendation] and 2) I can "disqualify" certain genres from being entered into the mystery reads. For example, one month I can say, "I'm kind of tired of dystopian" (or any other genre). Then, no dystopians may be suggested for the mystery read. I kind of like this idea because diversity. :) 

What's on your TBR? Have you fallen in love with a certain genre lately or are you a free-floater (It's completely okay if you're a free-floater. Free-floaters are cool)?

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July Recap

11:00 AM

This month was kind of crazy because of all the school things and the big road trip, thus there weren't as many posts this month and I didn't read as many books.


Many good things happened though! I got to see BTS in Chicago. I passed my CLEP exam. I got tanner. ;) And now I'm going to recap July with you.


As always there are many songs that I fell in love with this month. It's music. It's gonna happen.


This is such a funky, rockin' summer song. And, of course, Big Bang is as crazy and fun as usual. (*cough* T.O.P are you on drugs *cough*)


Seventeen just debuted this year in May. THERE ARE SO MANY. I am awful at remembering names. How do I file away 13 names in my brain? (I actually have by now. I was sucked in so fast oh my gosh.) I love this song. Especially the rapping. 


So, I don't know how pre-debut this is (a lot, looking at Hansol's face) but, guys, this is pre-debut. Yes, it's Seventeen again. I have no regrets. It's also not all of their members. But they rock this cover of Big Bang's song so much.


This song is really electronic but I just... I don't know...it's so beautiful and kind of sad sounding. Then there's the cool beat. There's a cool dance for it too, but that's kind of out of the question for me. :D


After I came back from Chicago, I completely got back into BTS music. Not even gonna lie. This song is the most beautiful (hehe, get it?) thing ever. They have angel voices. And Jimin is conqueror of the sad-puppy face.

I only got to read two books from my July TBR pile:

 

Here, There and Elsewhen by Charles Fontenay.   This one didn't really hit it off with me. It's one of those legit, old sci-fi books and there were so many scientific words that were confusing, and the characters were kind of ruthless for no reason. Eh.

 

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella.  I've heard some opinions that this book didn't focus on Audrey and social anxiety enough, but I LOVED it. I could relate so much, not only to the main character but to her brother too. Social anxiety + gaming? Perfection.

Aaaand I read something that was not on my TBR...


Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley.  I got this ages ago from my college roomie and never had time to read it during the school year. It was my first graphic novel experience and it was awesome! The art was so cute and gorgeous at the same time (and it has such a good new-book smell) and the story was really funny and well-written. Stay away from mushrooms. A review on the blog shall be written at some point.

It was a good month of blog posts around the blogosphere.

Jamie from The Perpetual Page-Turner talked about getting into podcasts and gave some cool recommendations. This is something I really need to get into because I'm so busy during school time and it'd be fun to have things to listen to on my way to class.

Cait from Paper Fury wrote a beautifully simple tutorial on how to make black and white pictures with color accents. I needed this in my life.

Justin's Book Blog gave the 101 on all things ARCs and how to enter the terrifying world of reading and reviewing hardcore. I wish I could have read this a year ago when I was first getting into reviewing ARCs. It's so helpful! I'm probably going to re-read it.

Since I redid my blog design a little while ago, the programming I did to take the automatic white "frame" Blogger puts around photos and GIFs got messed up and the frames were back. Last time I fixed it, it was a total headache. I had to do all sorts of crazy html things. BUT, I found this awesome, super simple (I like simple) tutorial on how to take the frames off. SO. EASY.

Amber from The Mile-Long Bookshelf wrote a great post on how she deals with anxiety, complete with a list of tips (and you know I love lists).



You remember that K-pop group that contributed two songs to July's playlist? Yup, this is them again. They dragged me into their fandom SO. FAST. Like, how you do that. Basically, they are all awesome and beautiful. And only three of them are older than me. They write all their own songs and make all their own choreography, which I am in awe of. One of them is mixed (race) like me! Anywho, they're just awesome as heck so you should go check them out.


This cutie is my bias. His name's Hoshi and he's the genius that makes all their choreo. He's younger than me too. This is legit the fist time I've biased someone whom I'm a noona to. It feels weird. NO REGRETS. 




I need to watch The Heirs so bad right now.

That's it for this month! You can read about when I went to Chicago and got to go to the BTS concert and meet Sophia, one of my blogger friends. How did your July reading go? Did you do anything fun/vacationy this month?  

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