Happy February, everyone!
I guess it’s been pretty evident with all the comments being left unanswered (again) and my sporadic activity in the blogosphere that I’ve returned to school for the spring semester! I don’t know how but I managed to remain on a reading roll even with my hectic schedule. I read 5 books (which is a lot for me!) and published 9 blog posts in January-with many of them being book reviews. Like where did this ridiculous (but good) streak come from? :’)
Anyway, there’s much to share from January so let’s move on, shall we?
– What I Read –
That is correct! I decided to add a whole new section to these monthly features. I do consider Xingsings to be mainly a book blog… so I have no idea why I didn’t share the books I read in a month in the past. Anyhow, I’m going to starting do this for future Summing It Up posts. And I got this original gif idea from the amazing Miguel at The Quirky Reader after noticing this post of his mid last year; he’s truly a master at making graphics! Anyway, I was waiting for my first monthly rewind of the year to give this a try.
– January Blog Posts –
- Happy New Year + Looking Back at 2016 + 2017 Resolutions [Miscellaneous]
- 2 Years + Blogiversary/Birthday Giveaway [Miscellaneous]
- Summing It Up: December 2016 [Wrap Up/Favorites]
- Blue Spring Ride [Manga Review] 3.5 Stars
- Bookshelf Tour [Miscellaneous]
- When Breath Becomes Air [Book Review] 5 Stars
- Between Shades of Gray [Book Review] 5 Stars
- Book Haul: November + December 2016 [Book Haul]
- Ever the Hunted [Book Review] 2.5 Stars
– January Events –
So January was a special month (despite the distressing events that took place in the U.S. and across the world).
This was not kept a secret, but my blog is now two years old. I’m honestly mind blown. Has it really been that long already? Regardless, yay for Xingsings 2nd blogiversary!
🔹Home – Gabrielle Aplin🔹 I think aside from my profile picture and Instagram story, I haven't shared my face on this account. So what is the reason behind posting this Summer-in-her-natural-state (#bookhugger status) photo? 🤔 Well, despite the fact that I look like I’m 12 here, I turn 21 today! 🙋🏻🎂🥂⭐️ I woke up to many birthday wishes, THANK YOU. 💙 And thank you to those that sent me unexpected cards/gifts as well. I am truly blessed with the loving, caring family & friends (in real life + on the internet) that I have in my life. 💕 In lieu of today’s celebration (bc I can’t cut a slice of cake for each of you virtually 🍰), I’m going to do the #meetthebookstagrammer tag. Thanks to these lovely ladies! 😘💙 @ireeadthereforeiam @ourbookworlds @stateofiction @_thebookharpy 1) Where in the world are you from? Southern US! 2) When did you start your bookstagram account? 6/26/15. 3) Would you rather be an author or a publisher? Definitely publisher; I’m no writer. 4) Do you prefer standalones or series? I get attached to fictional characters easily, so series. Plus, fantasy is my fav genre and those tend to pan well with multiple #books. 5) Which author has been your biggest inspiration? J.K. Rowling bc HP is truly a magical series; it’s converted many nonreaders to #bookworms, including me. 6) Where in the world do you wish to travel? Ireland & Vietnam. 7) Cats or dogs? Both bc I adore both. However, I wouldn't be surprised if I became a cat lady in the future. 8) What's your fav movie? My favs (plural) are Beauty and the Beast, Howl’s Moving Castle, & Pride and Prejudice. #somanycartoons #stillakid 9) What's your biggest fear? This is so selfish, but I don’t want to witness the death of the people that I love. So, being the lone survivor or last to die. 10) If you're stuck on an island, which 3 books would you wanna be stuck with? Any 3 titles featured in this post; they’re all my all time favs! Lastly, I know this is cheating, but I tag everyone to do this tag! 💛 #bookstagram #bookblogger #bookmodeling (hah, I tried.) #prideandprejudice #harrypotter #halfthesky #theglasscastle #thetruthaboutforever #alittlelife
I also turned 21! (Thank you for all the birthday wishes, by the way. 💙) So I can drink legally now. I didn’t drink or go to a bar, but knowing me that was not unexpected. Instead, I hung out with my dad and rewatched Beauty and the Beast, my favorite original Disney animation. #foreverakid (Confession: I still haven’t tried a sip of anything alcoholic yet.)
On top of those two happy events, there were two new year celebrations for me. The first is pretty obvious, the second being Tết or the Vietnamese/Lunar New Year. It feels strange that the latter fell in January. >.< But I’m not going to complain about getting to eat yummy Viet food early.
For the start of 2017, I also reorganized my bookshelf from a quasi rainbow back to the genre/series/authors set up. I love it! I missed having the books in a series together, and this is way more practical when trying to find a title. Plus, there’s still a mini color coordinated section as you see with the photo on the right.
Not a big deal, but with all the new changes I felt inspired to finally update my profile picture for my personal Facebook account (my previous one was actually from 2015), my Twitter, and even my Instagram. But the last one is different-I used an app that transformed me into an animated character, LOL. Anyway, the photo isn’t the best quality by any means, but it truly reflects my current physical appearance and personality perfectly. 😄
As mentioned earlier, I went back to school. And it’s been so manic-especially since I’ve also been looking for a second job as a pharmacy intern. I’ve applied to Walgreens but I don’t know how likely it is I’ll get a position if it’s an online app that many can fill out. But I really hope to get a job somewhere before the summer!
And for those curious about a P1’s spring semester, here’s a quick glance at my schedule. I have 2 classes less than last semester, but it truly feels like there’s more work since most of the courses (4!) are beginning to emphasize the importance of teamwork, good communication, and interprofessional relationships by making the students work together. And, of course, we’re finally getting down and dirty with all the drugs as well. (Before we were only expected to know the general categories (e.g. CNS, cardiovascular, etc) and brand/generic names.) This semester counseling points and therapeutic categories (e.g. ACE inhibitor, dihydro calcium channel blocker, etc) are required to be memorized, too.
Anyway, it’s been tough. So that’s why I’ve been MIA and (somewhat) inactive. Comments will have to continue to be left temporarily unanswered for now, unfortunately. I promise, I will get back to them when I can. I know that you all also lead very busy lives as well, therefore I hope that you can understand! 😀
– Favorites –
– Video Favorites –
How did I miss this spectacular band for so long? I vaguely remember having a DAY6 song in my iTunes library on repeat (after some research that track was “First Time“) but I wasn’t a fan until I heard this song. It kind of reminds me of an anime opening? It must be the rock elements. And I love that they compose and write their own music!
I’m certain that I listened to this a limitless amount of times. 😉 Korean Hip Hop and R&B were genres I got really into in 2016, so it’s not a surprise I liked this song so much. Plus, all the units of NCT always delivers comebacks nothing short of brilliant. Their vocals, dancing, and visuals are fab.
And can I just say I love the beat from “Baby Don’t Like It” another track also off of the new NCT 127 album?
Best instrumental of the month goes to a newly discovered artist called In Love With a Ghost! Such beautiful and soothing arrangements!
I AM SO NOT OKAY THAT THEY COLLABED AGAIN? Gah, they look so sweet. And, Bongyoung, I thought you promised you wouldn’t touch May J Lee?? 😉
The formatting did change some and I added a “What I Read” segment. However, did you notice something else different? That was missing? That’s right, I didn’t include a “What I’ve Been Watching” section… because I haven’t been watching anything, haha. That shows just how busy I’ve been. 😉 I hope that you guys liked it nonetheless though. Thanks for tuning, as always. Wishing you all a lovely February! 💙