Looks like I’m squeezing this in in the last hour of January. XD I really have to do better with these wrap ups. (Although, it does reassure me a little bit that I’ve already started drafting January’s recap, so hopefully I won’t publish that one as late as I did with this.)
Anyways, for December, I’m going to have to admit I was extremely burned out, stressed, and bummed. It may not seem like it because I try to conceal it with my internet persona, but I’m honestly a natural worrier and quite a pessimist. This semester has been challenging. Overall, I did well academically but I had to work really hard, and, subsequently, I started having really bad bouts of insomnia. But I am glad that I managed to survive, and it does feel nice to say that I’m (now a little over) halfway through the didactic curriculum of pharmacy school. There is only three semesters left of classes and an additional year after that for P4 rotations. Somehow time feels as if it’s moving both slow and fast. Slow because I’m looking forward to graduating (even though it still a long two years away) and fast because… well time is moving fast. (Like, how is it already February?)
However, I did also have a restful second half of December when I was on my winter break. (We had three weeks off this year, which is one week shorter than in the past. The undergrad students at my university still had a full month, and I might feel slighted by this even now actually, haha.) But, unfortunately, during the holiday season I also learned of devastating news. If you follow me on my Instagram, you probably already know that I was really affected by SHINee‘s Jonghyun‘s passing last month. Though not formally diagnosed, I feel like I have been depressed at some points in my life. And if not depression, they were moments where I’ve felt lost, sad, unhappy, or all of the above. Music has always been an important, integral part of my everyday life (whether it be playing the piano or listening to music), and both Linkin Park and SHINee were bands that have helped heal me during times when I was insecure and/or dark. I guess what I’m trying to say is that it was hard losing both Chester and Jonghyun, both wonderful artists, to a silent killer in 2017. It’s difficult to accept the reality that they’re gone forever.
Anyway, I don’t want to start this recap too somber from me being stressed with school and then Jonghyun, etc, so I also want to mention that I’ve definitely have been feeling a lot better and I don’t want anyone to worry about me.
– What I Read –
December was a rather good reading month, I think. I started the month with beginning a new manga series called The Water Dragon’s Bride. I’ve only read up to the most recent chapter, which is 17, and I think it’s a bit cliché but still okay so far. I’ve set it as 3 or 3.5 stars on Goodreads, but I’m going to reserve my full thoughts for now. Then I read The Cruel Prince, which I loved and raved about a ton on my Instagram the end of last month and early this month in January. And, lastly, Horimiya was the one I picked up at whim and I was so glad that I did since it’s utterly fantastic. There’s a perfect balance between comedy and romance. I may have belly laughed out loud so many times while reading it. It is also currently an ongoing series and I’ve read up to chapter 85. Without a doubt, it’s become a new all time favorite manga that I’ll be following closely with each chapter/volume release.
– December Blog Posts –
– Favorites –
To my dismay, I have not finished writing my review for The Cruel Prince yet but I really couldn’t rave about this book any more! I wouldn’t say it’s the best YA fantasy out there, but it definitely kept my attention through and through. I mean, I read it in exactly one day; it was that engaging. I also love the characters, especially the heroine, Jude. Jude’s refreshing in that she’s not entirely likable yet her actions are understandable and acceptable.
You best believe I’m still going strong with my Hobonichi after spending so much on stickers and washi last year. XD
In December, I found yet another super cute munchkin on Instagram named Komaru and have been obsessed with her. I’m honestly both a cat and dog person, but lately I’ve really enjoyed exploring the cats of Instagram, haha. They’re so cute! (But, really. Can someone just send me a munchkin my way already?)
– Video Favorites –
Of all of Exo’s Christmas releases, this has definitely become my favorite title track to date. It’s sweet and sad and lovely all at the same time, and embodies winter perfectly in my opinion. For those that saw my Instagram story where I reacted to the song/MV for the first time, I was so shocked that this had rock ballad elements. I actually think the guitar and drums made it so much better (not that I didn’t like it before). My one and only complaint is not having Lay there with them. Needless to say, I bought the full album and “Been Through” is another song I really liked from it.
Maybe it was because of the mood I was in in December but this song feels so melancholy that I cried the first time I listened to it. Yixing has always been underrated as a singer and I’m really glad that he’s been able to shine in the spotlight as a solo artist. Although, I do miss him promoting with Exo. I hope he and the boys reunite soon!
I didn’t love this song my first listen. But after hearing the bridge, which is so beautiful, a second time it became one of my favorites for this holiday season.
I don’t know how I missed this when it first released but I was replaying this song and choreo so many times in December.
This is another old song that I had on repeat because I loved it as soon as I discovered it.
– What I’ve Been Watching –The only show that I watched in December was The Romance of the Condor Heroes. Overall, it was okay. I think my favorite adapation of the saga will always be the 2008 version of The Legend of the Condor Heroes with Hu Ge and Ariel Lin, honestly. I just like the arc of the latter more. With that being said though, I did think the story and the romance were this drama’s strengths. The actors had awesome chemistry and were very believable; I actually found out later that the main actor/actress couple dated and married in real life after filming this series together. Anyway, this one wasn’t bad but it exactly a must see unless you like the Condor trilogy.
And so that was December! After rereading what I typed for this post, I realized how misleading my recap was. I wouldn’t say I had a bad month really. :’) Anyhow, thanks so much for tuning in, as always, and I’ll see you next month.
Oh! And I still need to reply to comments/pick a giveaway winner for my last blog post. I will certainly be getting that done by this weekend!