Spring feels like it went to fast. I will say though watching the pretty flowers bloom has given me much life, even if it’s brought my hay fever with it. I may have also fallen down a hole of watching TXT content, hence I may now also be a MOA. Ooops?
Bookish Collision: I am planning to in the coming months to revive to the best of my ability the discord I co-own. If you like books and reading, you’re welcome to join using the invite link here.
Posts Around The Blogosphere
This is by no means every single post I hop to during the months but a small selection of some of my favourites, which you may enjoy reading too!
It’s no secret that I adored the Chinese Drama Falling Into Your Smile, if you’re looking for an in depth drama review highly recommend Sumedha @ The Wordy Habitat’s post!
If reviews aren’t your thing, Jayati @ Just A Coffee Addicted Bibliophile shares 8 reasons you need to watch Falling Into Your Smile!
Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books wrote a fabulous post How To Write SEO-Optimized Blog Posts: 8 Tips For Beginners as well as her other post 8 Hard Truths About Book Blogging (And Easy Tips To Keep On Loving It).
Kal @ Reader Voracious brought us a guide How To Use Post Tags Correctly | SEO Basics, which made me realise, I had been using tags wrong on my blog posts for years. (shout out to Kal for always putting together wonderful guides, I’m forever learning new things thanks to her posts!)
Soph @ Bookwyrming Thoughts wrote about Should You Blog Under a Pen Name? Absolutely adored this post, so many great points are made and you all should read it.
Tasya @ The Literary Huntress wrote about Asian American K-Pop Idols You Should Check Out, I knew a few of the Idols but there were several I didn’t know about.
Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendre Blake [Reread]
I skim read a lot of this, it was more of a refresher since I do think I’ll read the sequel at point. Enjoyed it, it was a nice read where I didn’t have to think too hard because I already knew the general gist of what was happening.
What’s Not To Love by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegmund-Broka
Ah this was such a cute, light read that I absolutely devoured. I loved the main characters, the enemies to lovers type of dynamic without it being toxic. Truly this author duo are becoming fast favourites.
Up All Night edited by Laura Silverman [anthology]
Really enjoyed Old Rifts and Snowdrifts by Kayla Whaley, the writing style and the characters were adorable. Appreciated the casualness of the disability rep as well. Will definitely keep on eye from more books from this author in the future! Con Nights, Parallel Hearts by Marieke Nijkamp was also a delight to read, the time loop aspect was super fun and I will also check out the authors other books.
Creature Capture by Laura Silverman and Under Our Masks by Julian Winters were also enjoyable for me. Other than that I liked most of the other stories, I did skip 3, I skim read for a bit then noped out because I wasn’t vibing. So I read 10/13 of the stories which isn’t too bad.
The ODDINARY album by Stray Kids released in March, safe to say I loved all the songs. My favourites would have to be Lonely St, Charmer and Waiting For Us though. (I do love Maniac as well but we’re talking songs that aren’t the title track.)
Soph may have finally yeeted me down a hole with Kingdom’s music, I’ve loved a few of their previous songs. Most notably Night Air the acoustic version, hits different. That being said their latest comeback, look I don’t know what they put into that album but it has no right hitting my as hard as it did. I adore Blinder and Ascension from their most recent album.
Dreamcatcher also had a comeback in April. Listening through the album I have to say Dami’s solo Beauty Full has my whole heart, the rock vibes are just so me. Starlight, Maison and Together are also solid favourites for me as well.
Wonderland by AleXa has been on loop so many times, specifically her performance on the American Song Competition. Her energy, the charisma I’ve listened to some of her other songs but I think I’m also finally falling more for her music now too.
TXT had a comeback and I think it finally kicked me into becoming a MOA. I was already at the edge, teetering dangerously because I have been listening to their songs since their debut. Just now I’ve been consuming other content by them….ooops? Good Boy Gone Bad is an absolute bop, I also really loved the Opening Sequence to their new album as well as Thursday’s Child Has Far To Go.
Tomboy by (G)-IDLE has been on loop quite a bit, the chorus is catchy as hell, their outfits in the music video are on point. I also really love the ‘lalalala’ part later in the song. Anyway, it’s a bop.
Love Dive by IVE is also a solid song. I am hooked on the way they sing narcissist it sounds nice to my ears ok. I haven’t listened to any of their other songs yet, I may do though in the future.
I’ll be sharing what I’ve watched in this section, from YouTube videos to any dramas to anime and more. I will include links to things where possible though!
I finished watching last few episodes of this drama over March and April. I stand by the fact Unforgettable Love’s plot needs some work since the flow of it doesn’t always make the most sense to me. I enjoyed this drama for the characters and their backstory, without the characters I probably would have just stopped watching. Definitely got irked at how it took 1 episode for them to break up but eh.
The clichés and tropes weren’t really for me, again the characters and the actors really came through with making me stick with this. I think I stopped at ep 20 and was so close to just not watching the last 4 episodes. I’m glad I did, it was a nice ending even if parts were confusing at times. Again, I was here for the vibes and I did like the friendship between the two female main characters.
Instead of finishing one of my outstanding dramas or anime’s, which would have been the smart logical thing to do. I started a new drama, Happiness which comes in at 12 episodes and focuses on an outbreak of a virus that basically causes the infected to eventually become more like zombies. I started it because the main female lead looked strong and badass, it didn’t disappoint. I wasn’t sure what I was getting with the romance, it’s soft and all in their actions towards each other rather than showy words or gestures. I loved their chemistry and the kid in the drama also stole my heart. She was so sweet.
Towards the latter half of the drama I really felt like slapping several other characters with a wet fish. My only problem with this drama is the ending was rather rushed, still thoroughly enjoyed watching it but they could have done with maybe an extra episode to fully finish everything off. Rather than rush through it all.
Made a tiny bit more progress on the rewatch of this drama with Jayati and Ruby. Simply I have no words to explain the pure love and appreciation I have for this drama. Being able to shriek with these two whilst watching the episodes live at the same time, has been a total joy. It’s definitely making the rewatch experience that much better.
Falling Into Your Smile is 31 episodes in total, we’re currently on episode 5, it’s an eSports drama that highlights friendships, relationships and tackles the toxicity you find within fandom spaces. It’s honestly a masterpiece and I am biased but I truly haven’t found another drama where I love all the characters, where there’s great chemistry and a captivating plot line.
Spring felt like it was playing a game of hide and seek with Winter in the early months. My allergies also came out to play which was not fun. Hayfever is a time and I don’t appreciate the high pollen count, that being said Spring overall wasn’t too bad of a time.
The highlights of this month were the ODDINARY Album coming out and I got Ayato on Genshin Impact. The month was mostly a blur of me struggling to get motivated and feeling very tired.
Generally April was a month filled with seeing some friends, hanging out on co-op with other friends and generally just trying to catch up with people who I haven’t seen in a while because of work. The photo on the right is what I had when I met up with two friends, the hot chocolate was amazing and the aero mint rocky road was nice…a bit rich but I loved it.
My ODDINARY albums also arrived towards the end of the month so I’ll share what I got from the albums. There were some duplicates, so I’ll possibly end up buying some others. Not sure yet if I will collect any of the things from the ODDINARY era. We’ll have to see.
Blue album: Changbin postcard, Changbin ID card, Han photocard, Lee Know photocard, Hyunjin + Han and Hyunjin + I.N blue edged photocards, Seungmin + Han and Hyunjin + Seungmin black edged photocards.
Black album: Hyunjin postcard, I.N ID card, 2 Hyunjin photocards and the same edged photocards as in the blue album.
Red album: Changbin postcard, Lee Know ID Card, Changbin photocard, Felix photocard, Changbin + Hyunjin and Chan +I.N red edged photocards, Changbin + I.N and Hyunjin + Lee Know black edged photocards.
Soph happened this month. I got yeeted into Kingdom and AleXa, as well as listening to Dreamcatcher’s new album. I got another 5 star in Genshin, Ayato’s weapon. (wheeee I am so happy the game was nice and gave me his weapon. Honestly if it gave me another 5 star bow I may cry because I don’t use bow characters.)
My kpop related purchases came in this month! I may or may not have developed a love for collecting photocards and postcards for some of my favs. Is it another expensive hobby? Yes. However, it gives me much joy and I think I may look into getting a binder of some sort to store everything. Until then though, I’ll just display some of it on my shelves and the rest in the albums.
I reorganised my kpop shelves as well this month. I am in love with how they look, although there’s currently more stuff in it than in this photo. My skz collection is sharing ateez’s shelf space. It’s all good haha.
Again I really do not like the month of May, it’s usually my worst month in the year and I have no idea why. Either my mental health absolutely spirals or it just feels like a bleh month. This time it was a mix of my mental health nose diving and then I got COVID. I am ok, my symptoms were a sore throat, cough, some nausea on the first day and a headache and felling very tired. I am negative now and so far have been fine, hoping it stays that way. So yeah May wasn’t the best for my mental health at all. It’s ok – we have June – a new start is approaching.
How are we approaching the half way point of 2022? I hope your spring went well, what books/shows have you been consuming? Any new songs/artists that you’ve been loving recently? 💜