Even with it being a leap year and having that extra day, February still flew by super quick for me. I, honestly, didn’t really do much since the majority of my month comprised of studying for exams, taking them, and doing other academic related stuff. So this month’s Summing It Up will be pretty boring, just a simple recap on the blog posts I posted on Xingsings and my monthly favorites! 🙂
February Blog Posts*
*in publication order, not by favoritism
- Summer Says: The Cons to Requesting and Reviewing ARCs That No One Really Tells You [Discussion]
- The Coffee Book Tag [Award/Tag]
- Summing It Up: January 2016 [Wrap Up/Favorites]
- The Homeric Hymns [Book Review*] 3 Stars
- Almost Midnight [Book Review] 3.5 Stars
- The Book Courtship Tag [Award/Tag]
- A Little Life [Book Review] 5 Stars
- 3 Quotes Challenge [Award/Tag]
- A Gathering of Shadows [Book Review] 5 Stars
- The Blog Most Likely To… Tag [Award/Tag]
*I’ve decided to not cross post all of my reviews from my Goodreads anymore. Just because some of them are more school related and probably not as relevant to share on here.
I’m not sure if any you have noticed but for books that really have touched me on an emotional level I usually include a “Summer’s Playlist” in those reviews. For A Little Life, I included this track. I’ve been listening to it quite a lot since I love Florence + The Machine anyway. The lyrics are perfect for the book and I love the backing vocals echoing “St. Jude.” Hauntingly beautiful, I think.
It was really tough trying to find my favorite choreography this month… But I ended up choosing Ami and Akanen’s choreo to Deep Water to spotlight. They’re both Japanese guest choreographers for 1 Million Dance Studio and I loved all the choreo they created during their stay in Korea. Other strong contenders were Bongyoung Park’s Where Are Ü Now, Akanen’s Swallow Me Down, and Lia Kim’s Gold. I loved all the choreos with Akanen but I felt like the lyrics were to explicit to share on Xingsings, lol.
I’ve been loving this song so, so much. SHINee (and Beast) got me into K-pop in 2011 so even though I only really listen to Exo now I still love the former group a lot. My friend brought my attention to Taemin’s, one the the SHINee members, comeback and this is my favorite song on his album. I was going to add the music video but I decided to link the live performance instead. The fan chants are insane! I’m so glad he’s getting the support he deserves! He was one of the youngest K-pop idols to debut (years ago) and it’s amazing to see his transformation over the years. Also, Bruno Mars co-wrote this song!
I learned of this song from Kat at Life and Other Disasters’s Top Ten Tuesday post. And I’ve been listening to it nonstop since!
Reynah is one of my favorite Youtube pianists of all time. I absolutely love all her Exo covers and her SHINee cover montages are pretty epic as well. I don’t know how she does it but she always transcribes so quickly and very accurately! Exo’s Beautiful is one of my favorite songs and I’ve been revisiting this cover for some time now. Reynah released some sheet music for this piece so I just started to learn it yesterday since it’s relatively easy and I’ve been on my spring break!
That’s all! Hope you guys had a nice February! Like I said, my month was uneventful overall but I did find some incredible discoveries. 😀