May was a marvelously restful month for me. On the 1st I took the last exam of my P1 year and started my summer soon after that. The rest of the month I (re)read a lot of Dessen (my favorite YA realistic fiction/contemporary author if you haven’t caught on by now), met up with some longtime friends, and relaxed. This is my last week of freedom, however, since I’ll be starting my summer community pharmacy rotation this approaching Monday, June 5th. I’m both nervous and excited but mostly thrilled since I was very lucky to get the site I wanted with this cycle. I won’t be working long hours as I thought I would so this may mean I’ll be around the blogosphere in June.
Anyway, I have lots of (different and kind of strange) favorites this month so let’s move on!
– What I Read –
I’m quite impressed with this reading month despite there being only 4 titles read. I’ve been meaning to have a true Dessen summer (where I reread some of Dessen’s old releases and review them) for years now. Also, in case you missed my review or only read the bold parts of that one, I mentioned that I was extremely thankful and happy that I was granted access to an eARC of Once and for All. I consider this a pivotal milestone in my blogging career. :’)
– May Blog Posts –
- Summing It Up: April 2017 [Wrap Up/Favorites]
- The Truth About Forever [Book Review] 5 Stars
- Summer Says: How to Gain More Blog Traffic [Discussion]
- Just Listen [Book Review] 5 Stars
- What Happened to Goodbye [Book Review] 3.5 Stars
- Once and for All [Book Review] 3.5 Stars
I daresay May wasn’t that shabby of a blogging month for me since I posted several reviews (mostly for blog tours but still) and even released a discussion post. Speaking of that Summer Says post… I just wanted to quickly thank you guys for the response towards it! I have to admit that my corner of the blogosphere has been a little dead since I’ve stopped interacting like I used to and a lot of my original friends are no longer blogging, but I am so grateful for those that read that post. You all are awesome! T_T
– Favorites –
– Video Favorites –
I’m not really into girl groups and I’ve long since stopped keeping track with new K-pop groups (I still find it so weird that most of the members are now younger than me), but a group called Pristin caught my eye recently with this song, “Black Widow.” The song is very typical K-pop, but the choreo is pretty badass. And I always prefer it when girl groups try the darker concepts.)
This has been one of my favorite choreographies for months now but with each Summing It Up I kept forgetting to include it. So here it is! Yoojung and Koosung are so adorable together. (Okay, wow. I’m only realizing now that their names rhymes. Cute.)
I didn’t know I needed this subunit in my life until they debuted. Hyuna (formerly part of a disbanded group called 4Minute), E’Dawn, and Hui (both in Pentagon) all have amazing chemistry and strong stage presence. I guarantee that “365 Fresh” (as well as the other tracks on the 199X EP) are going to be my summer 2017 jam.
You guys know how I get with anime soundtracks… Anyway, A Silent Voice‘s really embodies what the story is. It’s soft, hopeful, and reflects Shoya and Shoko’s friendship perfectly.
Edit 6/2/17: The original video which had the entire soundtrack was taken down because of copyright… The replacement video I’m linking is just a cover of one of the songs. It’s still beautiful nonetheless.
I’ve always known that Nu’Est existed but never really got into them. After Produce 101 Season 2 I’ve grown to appreciate the members more. I wish that Pledis (their company) promoted them better. I mean they debuted the same year as Exo yet I’ve never come across them in shows or CFs. Anyhow, with that mini rant aside, some of the members being on this survival show got me to rediscover their last comeback title song called “Love Paint.” And right now it’s the most played song that I listened to this month.
Side note: Oh and with this “Love Paint” video as well as the Produce 101 show, I’ve become utterly obsessed with a cute smol bean named JR (real name: Kim Jong Hyun). (He’s the rapper with blue hair in the video above.) He’s just so kind and humble and goofy and hardworking and… the list goes on. T_T Of course, my top bias from K-pop will forever be Zhang Yi Xing but JR is becoming a strong contender. (I previously said that Kang Daniel was my favorite from Produce 101 Season 2… but you guys know how I am with these male Korean idols… It doesn’t take much for me to fangirl over these men, lol.)
Every time this piano version of “Pick Me” played in the background of an episode of Produce 101 Season 2 I would get teary eyed since this is the main theme that would appear during eliminations. It’s hard getting used to the fact that this is survival program meaning contestants will get eliminated. After learning the trainees’ backgrounds and their desperation to achieve their dreams of becoming idols, viewers like me get attached to them.
– What I’ve Been Watching –
As just mentioned, I’m currently watching Produce 101 Season 2 but I won’t be including it in this section since this is normally reserved for Asian dramas/films and anime.I was so invested in this anime when it first aired because romances with musical backstories are exactly my style. (Nana, anyone?) As I was waiting for the next episode to release I went ahead and picked up the manga. But, unfortunately, after realizing that I was going to have severe second lead syndrome and my preferred OTP wasn’t going to happen I decided to drop the show. Also, this anime is a great example of a story that is better left as a manga. The constant “LaLaLa” humming was crazy cringeworthy. By the fifth episode I couldn’t handle any more of it. What a beautiful film this was. :’) A Silent Voice is an incredible manga series so I knew that this was going to be a challenge to adapt-especially since there are seven volumes worth of material in total. But, overall, Kyoto Animation did a fantastic job with fitting most of the relevant parts into two hours. Though I did feel like the film could be a bit confusing for viewers that haven’t read the manga. Like most book into movie adaptations, readers of the series have more of glimpse on the main characters’ inner turmoil and will sympathize with them easier. For this one in particular, the bullying during the elementary years was presented to be much more severe in the manga than the film since the latter used only a time lapse. In addition readers of the manga will understand the motives and shortcomings in the supporting characters’ roles more than in the animation. Therefore I’m going to just give this a solid 8 for now. Despite the few reservations I had with A Silent Voice, the movie, for how it was adapted from manga to animation, I 10/10 would recommend this.
And that covers my May! I hope everyone had just as awesome a month as I did! What trends did you enjoy? Any cool movies/shows I should check out? Let me know how you’ve been! And, as always, thanks for tuning in and checking out this monthly recap/wrap up/favorites. 🙂