Summing It Up: September 2017

Gosh is this belated… But better late than never, right?

Life in September was the usual in that it was hectic, busy, and stressful, but I’ve decided to not bore you guys with the details because it’ll be just repetitive at this point. I feel as if I always begin my monthly wrap ups saying my life is crazy, and I feel bad doing this because I’m sure you’re all living just as busy lives. Anyway, if you do want to see what I’ve been up to with all the specifics, do consider following me on my Instagram account. I’m rather active on that platform these days and I enjoy updating my Instagram stories a lot. (You’ll even get to hear and see me flail over buying new books. It’s embarrassing but I thought I’d advertise it anyway, hah.)

Anyhow, I do sincerely hope and wish that you guys are all still doing well and hanging in there in your daily lives. #don’tgiveup #youCANdoit

(I think I’m feeling especially emotional while typing this up because a fellow grad student at my school recently died from suicide this month in October. I don’t want to talk about this either because I feel like it’ll bring down the mood of this post even more. But please, everyone, remember to take care of yourself! You’re not alone. Seek help if you need it. I’m always here to talk. Shoot an email or send me a direct message on Instagram.)

– What I Read –

A few months ago, when school first started back up I remember complaining about reading 1 book… but now I’m starting to realize that completing 1 book a month might be a miracle. The rigor of this year’s classes has definitely increased (PCT (pharmacotherapy) is so killer) and I guess I’m resigned to the fact that I’m going to have to read less during this period of my life. It is sad but it could be worse? XD

And it’s unfortunate that the one book I did end up finishing last month… I was not a fan. You can read my thoughts in my Goodreads pre-review or unedited review or whatever it’s called, but yeah,  Believe in a Thing Called Love did not work for me, sadly. (And I really want to love it; I mean, you all know how much of a crazed Asian drama watcher I am.)

– September Blog Posts –

I’m not sure why I’m still keeping this section if I’m only going to post once a month, but oh well. Maybe I’ll feel more motivated to publish some book review drafts if I do continue, haha. Who knows?

– Favorites –

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZjrfsEH1I7/?taken-by=readxings

This might not be exciting to a lot of you… but it is for me! I got a new phone. I’ve debated getting one for some time now because I cracked the screen of my last one. It was my fault since I didn’t have a case on it. I’m usually more careful and I’ve never had to use cases with my past phones before… so I was careless. Anyway, I did get one for my most recent one though!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BaASDpYnUxZ/

I purchased my second ever book subscription box! This time it was from a company called FairyLoot and I was extremely impressed with my first box from them. The items were definitely all usable and high quality. It is a little pricey because the company is based in the UK and I live in the US, but considering how much it is compared to Illumicrate, it’s much cheaper. (I know this because I wanted to buy Illumicrate’s Grisha box, but, alas, that one was too expensive even for my spendthrift self.)  I also went ahead and ordered an one time October box but I’m actually considering becoming a permanent subscriber. I probably won’t though because I prefer knowing what books come in these boxes and that defeats the purpose of them, lol.

Okay, this is going to be a strange favorite to share but this Instagram account has been giving me life. Pooky is an incredibly sweet cat; the owner’s daily updates has literally been brightening my days.

– Video Favorites –

This has easily become one of my absolute favorite MV in K-pop history. It’s utterly beautiful and spectacular and… just… amazing. I’ve literally watched it at least once every day since I’ve discovered it. (To my regret, belatedly. But at least I found it!) Anyway, I am unapologetically OBSESSED. I’ve also never really liked Jimin that much but I kind of fell in love with him with this video. #biaswrecker

I was sort of floored when I listened to this song as well. “Like This” suits my current music style the most. I was also surprised to learn that Hui, the leader of the group, composed and produced this song… and then another member choreographed the dance. This group sure is talented for being technically a rookie band, having just debuted last year. And, yes, two of the members of this group were in Triple H and they composed Produce 101’s “Never,” a song I really loved while watching the survival show.

“Power” is a fun song (and MV!) but ultimately I’m not a massive fan. I like “Sweet Lies,” another track in Exo’s newest album, way more. Definitely R&B but exactly the stuff I love.

The lyrics in this one never fails to have me laughing so hard.  But it is so Lay. Needless to say, I have been listening to this and “I Need U” a lot because, of course, I have to support Yixing as one of his Xingmis. “I am a sheep. Oh. That China sheep.” XD

My song from an OST was from The Eternal Love, a drama I enjoyed immensely! Like most tracks from OSTs, I think it sounds better if you saw the show and know what scenes it was played in, but it’s still a nice song to listen even if you haven’t watched the series. 😛

Self explanatory since I said I’m really into R&B at the moment.

I don’t watch 1 Million choreos as that much anymore, but I really enjoyed this one!

I know this was technically a choreo for an ad but I’m going to share it because this song was stuck in my head for the longest. And I mean… one word: LIA! She is such a queen, omg.

– What I’ve Been Watching –

It’s going to seem like I watched a lot but I serious didn’t… since most were films and not shows. Not to mention I skimmed and dropped most of them; it wasn’t a good month, Asian drama wise. But I have started to lay off on the films/dramas in October (I’m currently watching only one) because I don’t even have time for them anymore. XD

Closest Love to Heaven4/10 [Skim Completed]

Cute but not totally remarkable. This movie had me feeling mostly underwhelmed for one that was supposed to make me cry. I feel like I’ve watched better romances where a character had a terminal illness. So this one lacked an emotional pull for me.

Eternal Love, The8/10 [Completed]

The only good drama I watched in September was this one. I decided to watch it at whim and, gosh, I’m so glad that I did because this is such a gem! It’s not a serious historical fiction drama; it’s made obvious from the start that a lot of the historical elements are made up and not true to fact. I think the cast was made up of rookie actors and actresses but I did recognize the lead male from Princess Agents. He and the female lead had fantastic chemistry. But comedy was this drama’s strength. I was laughing so hard most of the time. And the soundtrack is surprisingly nice for a low production series! I found myself replaying this entire OST through and through many times last month.

It’s Not Easy Being King2/10 [Dropped]

I am vastly disappointed in this one. This one had a Freaky Friday plot where the two main leads switched bodies, but there was literally no plot beyond that. Also, this is kind of strange confession, but I can’t seem to enjoy movies/dramas where the cast is mostly younger than me. I understand that kings back then could have been 13 years old… but watching an 18 year old actor in this kind of role still was weird to me. Anyway, I am vastly disappointed with where this one went. (However, you know what, I did like one thing. The little modern day couple skits at the end of each episode were tastefully done and fun to watch.)

King’s Woman, The5/10 [Completed]

To be honest, I was expecting more from this one. It was a pity that the entire cast were full of unlikable characters that stayed unlikable to the end. (I prefer watching dramas where antihero characters become redeemable, you see.) Bin Bin was great as his first lead role but the king’s character himself was just.. smh.  I also found the lead female very wishy washy and inconsistent. She contradicted herself a lot and selfish. And the plot… a lot of it was pure drama and no politics, which is such a shame because it could have been a great political drama with the amount of money that was put into producing this. Despite this longwinded rant, there were quite a few swoonworthy moments between Bin Bin and Dilraba that had me squealing but I’m not sure if those 4-5 scenes are worth sitting through such a painful storyline. (Painful as in painfully bad.)

Lost Love in Times4/10 [Dropped]

Meh. I’ve totally lost interest in this one because the plot is really dragging and going nowhere. Also, there’s been another turn of events and it looks like the central theme is changing once again. This has already happened once when the lead female turned time. >.> (Gosh, I really sound like such a grouch this month with this segment of the post. But it can’t be helped; I really can’t waste my time on dramas that aren’t good, you know?)

Once Upon a Time5.5/10 [Completed]

This is the remake of the popular and successful 3 Lives, 3 Worlds, 10 Miles of Peach Blossoms (also known as Eternal Love), a show I personally loved a ton. I think it’s fascinating to watch the differences in the storyline and characters between the two very different adaptions, but as much as I find Yang Yang and Liu Yi Fei to make a GORGEOUS couple, I still prefer the long drama series. Simply, no one can beat Mark Chao and Yang Mi’s version of Ye Hua and Bai Qian. They were such an emotional pair that had convincing chemistry for actors that already had spouses. Ultimately, I didn’t enjoy this movie as much as the series. However, the CGI and costumes of the film version where breathtaking and pretty to look at. It was obvious that a lot of money was invested in making this movie. Also, before I forget, I want to mention that watching the film might be confusing for some viewers (especially those that didn’t see the TV series first) seeing as film literally begins in the middle of the story of the drama; I’m not sure why the director and writers decided to start the film there but there was a leap of time was missing, meaning a lot of details were omitted as well.

100th Love with You, The – 6/10 [Completed]

This film had a creative plot that I liked… at first. By the end I found it to be less memorable and not as good as the strong beginning. However, the music was sweet and I do relate/understand the characters. Overall, The 100th Love with You was pretty so-so.

Policeman and Me4/10 [Skim Completed]

I wasn’t impressed with this one. I felt like things moved on too quickly. How can there be a proposal within the first ten minutes? Like, no. I’m going to need some more convincing than that, especially if the couple meets for the first time at the start of the film. Also, I’m surprised that I’m typing this but Kazuya Kamenashi and the lead actress’s character had zero chemistry. Perhaps because their romantic storyline was rushed? Anyway, I say surprised because this is nearly never the case with Kazuya and his roles. He’s always so charismatic and the opposing romantic partner roles usually matches him well.

ReLife4.5/10 [Skim Completed]

This was also a huge letdown for me. I really liked the anime. (In fact, I remember binge watching it in, like, one day because I was that intrigued.) And this is the only manga I’m currently actively keeping up with because it’s so fun and adorable and swoonworthy. The live action adaptation didn’t quite keep do the anime/webtoon justice. It didn’t give me the same level of excitement. The cast just didn’t match what I had imagined and the storyline was too altered for me to be pleased.


And that’s a wrap for September! I know I’ve been gone forever (1.5 months, which is a record for me), but thanks so much for tuning in and reading what I’ve been up to. As always, I hope you all have a great rest of the weekend. 🙂

6 thoughts on “Summing It Up: September 2017

  1. S. Martin Shelton says:

    Good evening:
    Many thanks for writing and posting this interesting blog. Much enjoy reading about your adventures, progress in Pharmacy School, and the synopses of the books you’v read. I spotted your comment that you have interest in narratives whose setting is the Far East.
    I’m a retired US Navy Captain with extensive experience in the Pacific Rim. Nowadays, I’m writing historical, adventure novels whose mis en scene is, on the whole, the Orient. For example, “Ming Yellow,” “Shanghai Express,” “St. Catherine’s Crown”–in work is “The USS Panay Incident” (in Nanking)
    Should you have interest, I would suggest that you visit my web site (sheltoncomm.com) and peruse the synopses of these books.It would be my pleasure to send you a print copy of your choice.

    Thanks for your attention
    S. Martin Shelton
    Captain, USNR (ret.)

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  2. leathehatless says:

    Wow, you do seem busy but at least there are always shows to enjoy. Think that it’s better to enjoy reading without it feeling like another burden in your daily life. Better reading days will come.

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  3. Marie says:

    I’m always so, so happy to hear from you on this blog, and I love to read your little monthly wrap-ups. I’m following you on Instagram and all of your stories are always fun and entertaining as well, no need to worry about that 🙂
    It seems like life has been really busy – I hope you are enjoying your classes, even if they’re a bit hectic at times ; and I do hope that your next read will be better. If you can’t read that much, I hope you’ll manage to read great books, at least, ahah 🙂
    Sending you tons of love, and wishing you a lovely October, Summer! xxx

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  4. Raven @ Dreamy Addictions says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed Invictus more than I did! I really can’t wait to know what the author has in store for us next. It seems like you had dropped lots of dramas. I recently finished watching a korean drama named Chicago Typewriter. It’s really good. You should give it a shot! I never get enough of LIA’s dance moves! She’s definitely the QUEEN!
    Anyways, I hope you have a wonderful month and happy reading! 🙂

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  5. Poulami @ Daydreaming Books says:

    I LOVE you for mentioning Serendipity! ❤ I love you anyways! ❤ It’s a bummer though your tv shows and movies didn’t live up to your expectations, I have been watching K-Dramas like crazy and it’s pretty alerting! And I do hope you manage to get more time to read but don’t forget to take care of your health too!

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