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Summing It Up: January 2017

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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 –

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Summing It Up: December 2016

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Happy 2017, friends! 🎉 It seems that I’ve decided to start the year strong with three scheduled blog posts in a row, haha. Make sure to check out my 2017 Resolutions and Blogiversary post if you haven’t already and would like to.

So, the beginning of December was slightly stressful because final exams had me like:

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But I managed to survive. I did end up getting a couple of B’s/B+’s in 4 of the 9 courses I took, which is disappointing to a degree because it’s worse than how I normally do in school. But you know what? I’m totally happy with the results, because my GPA didn’t suffer too much and I have no plans on pursuing further education after I graduate pharmacy school. Plus, one of the B’s resulted from a ridiculous curve in pathophysiology (and pharmacology; it’s a combined course), so I should be very thankful. 🙏🏼

As for the second half of the month, it was quite restful and relaxing. I did stay busy with working at the family salon and running errands that I’d put off for the entire year in my free time but I also indulged in countless of frappucinos when I was out, finished an awesome drama called Nirvana in Fire (if you haven’t already read about how it gave me all the feels, click here), and spent time with my good friends and father.

And I’m still on winter break, which means I have some time to finish catching up with book reviews and blog hopping before I return to school. The spring semester begins less than a week on the 9th, however, and then I’ll be in hibernation again.

So that was my month in a nutshell. Now let’s get on with recapping the other parts of my December (plus pictures), shall we? 😉

December Blog Posts*

*in publication order

What a sad, sad month in the book blogging department. This is the first month since I’ve started to blog where I didn’t post a single review on here (or on my Goodreads). I’m in the process of drafting six but I haven’t had the will to finish them. Sigh. I’ll be better, I promise.

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Summing It Up: November 2016

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Hi friends! Yet another month has passed and it looks like we’re nearing the end of 2016. Gosh, where did this year go?

A few of the things I compounded in lab this semester. >.<

Overall, I’d say November was a pretty chill month since I had only three exams total. Compounding lab also reached an end. (Goodbye, long Tuesdays!) And the semester is fast approaching its final stretch. (Woot! Woot!) With that being said, I know I won’t be scheduling/posting anything on here (or my other social media accounts) after this post goes live. Finals will certainly be tough and I’m really going to have to study hard. I’ll also be occupied with submitting end-of-term assignments/papers (not really a big deal) and placing my preferences for summer rotations (kind of a huge deal) very soon.

Looks like a hectic schedule ahead. But look at all that washi tape representing winter break! :D

Looks like a hectic schedule ahead. But look at all that washi tape representing winter break. Ah, I seriously cannot wait! 😀

Sigh. The beginning half of December is going to look mighty busy and stressful, not going to lie. However, I’m looking forward to it! Because on the flip-side, winter break begins the second I’m finished taking the last exam. (Well, really, the moment when I know my grades. I don’t think I’ll rest at ease until then, haha.) Then I’ll get to enjoy my holiday! And finally be able to catch up on the comments and visit all the blogs I’ve missed in the last few months. (I already have a number of them bookmarked. This big blog hopping spree can’t come soon enough. I’ve missed interacting and chatting with everyone and meeting new bloggers, omg.) In addition, I look forward to indulging in all the things I love aside from blogging (e.g. Exo, frappuccinos, and Asian dramas).

November Blog Posts*

*in publication order

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Summing It Up: October 2016

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Happy November!

It’s that time again where I recap the events of the previous month. In terms of academics, it was uneventful and the usual. I did, however, participate in a number of volunteer events that proved to be super fun. (I’ve been a total bum and haven’t been involved with the community as much as I would have liked.) As for blogging, to my great surprise, I was actually productive and released a handful of posts! (I know… I can never take a real hiatus from blogging for long.) But this has only made me even more behind with replying to comments, unfortunately. The end of the school semester isn’t too far away. (In fact, I’m already bracing myself for weeks of nonstop studying in preparation of finals; I’m so dreading November.) So I really hope to catch up on all the comments in December at the latest! 🙂

And that in a brief nutshell is what I’ve been up to. Anyway, let’s get on with the more fun stuff and actual post, shall we?

October Blog Posts*

*in publication order

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Summing It Up: September 2016

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Hello, hello! Hurrah, Autumn is finally here! If you guys know me well then you’d understand my excitement. Fall is my favorite season because the weather is so nice where I live. Plus, all the seasonal drinks are back in cafés (and most of you probably know of my great addiction to frappuccinos by now).

September was a pretty intense month since I had my first round of major exams, but I’m happy to report that I survived! As predicted and conveyed in August’s Summing It Up, I didn’t prioritize a lot of my time to blogging. However, I’m happy to announce that I’m finally, finally out of the reading hangover/slump mess I was in for the past few months. I’m reading again (so I may feel inspired to post reviews more than I have been), and I’ll be participating in a few blog tours this month in October.

And…. I don’t know how I managed it but I also watched a ton of stuff, which I’ll share later after my favorites section below. 😄

September Blog Posts*

*in publication order

*I stopped cross posting my reviews from Goodreads because either they’re more school related or manga series that are still ongoing. I only want to publish reviews on Xingsings that I know I won’t make significant changes to and that are more relevant to you guys. So yeah. Haha, I hope that makes sense!

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Summing It Up: August 2016 + Pharmacy School Hiatus

Summing It Up_ August 2016

Hello! How have you all been? I know, I’ve totally been MIA as of late, and I confess that this absence has mostly been due to the fact that I started school! The fall semester actually began mid-August, but I had to go to a weeklong orientation prior to school officially starting since I’m technically a first year again. My classes are definitely a lot more rigorous and challenging in pharmacy school compared to undergrad, but I’m also really enjoying it; I can’t complain despite the stress.

In addition to school, I’ve also been away because, well, I haven’t read anything. I’m still in a major reading slump (yes, it’s still from my The Wrath and the Dawn duology book hangover). And my Goodreads widget indicates that I am about 50 pages into Six of Crows and reading several engrossing manga (ReLife and Blue Spring Ride), which is a little outdated now seeing as I picked them up earlier in the month. They did help battle the slump then… However, I haven’t had time since returning to school to actually continuing these titles. In short, I’m not reading anything.

I’m finally facing a dilemma that I feared would happen: I can’t easily fit in reading and blogging into my schedule. I tried to compromise and only do it on the weekends… but with work and catching up with things I put off during the week (academic reading, lab work, volunteering, additional extracurriculars, etc), it was pretty impossible to designate as much of my time to reading and blogging as I used to when I was an undergrad student. In June’s Summing It Up post (and actually back in 2015 with the Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag), I anticipated that this would eventually occur during my entry of graduate/professional school… but it still feels quite sad that I’ve actually reached this point and realization.

But it’s not a goodbye really. Because knowing me, I don’t like to take true blogging hiatuses and I definitely can’t see myself completely giving up Xingsings just yet. 

I’m not sure what direction Xingsings will be taking in the future, but I want to convey my appreciation to everyone that has been along this amazing blogging journey thus far. All of you have always showed great warmth and support for me and my blog, and I’m so grateful for those moments and the friendships I have gained. Like mentioned, this isn’t a permanent departure from blogging, but I know I won’t be able to keep up with everyone as I’d like to. However, I hope that we will keep in touch in the future even if I’m not as active in the blogosphere. 😀

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Summing It Up: July 2016

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Hi, friends! July was a pretty fantastic month even though I had to work a lot in the beginning half. But, hey, work can sometimes be fun and I’m thankful to at least have a job. Because we all probably know by now that I spend way too much money on books and bookmarks to not have one. Aside from going to work and meeting up with a few of my friends, I had a pretty boring and uneventful July.

So let’s get right into what happened with the blog, shall we?

July Blog Posts*

*in publication order, not by favoritism

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Summing It Up: June 2016

Summing It Up_ June 2016

Hello, everyone! It’s really been a while. I hope you all are doing well!

A few weeks ago I added an “Update” widget on my blog’s sidebar that shared I was taking an unplanned hiatus due to my heavy work schedule. (A lot of the nail technicians were on vacation and some of them quit their jobs unexpectedly so I had to fill in, which meant I was essentially working full time for seven days a week.) So with everything happening so sudden, I didn’t do much blogging or get a chance to release a official hiatus, so I’m going to do that now.

I’ll be working a lot more than I planned this summer not only to help the family business because it’s currently understaffed but to save money for school since my leftover undergraduate scholarships only covers a part of my pharmacy school tuition. So I still won’t be around too much as I used to be. And while I was away (for 10-ish days, which may not seem like much) I liked the space between my posts. And I hope to continue posting less. I think it’ll be better this way especially since I know this fall semester is going to be tough. I think getting used to this new schedule with my blog will be beneficial and healthy for me anyway.

So I guess what I’m trying to say with this introduction is: I’m not really on a break from blogging. I’ll still be around, but count on a more unstable posting schedule from Xingsings here on out! I used to post about 2-3 posts a week. Now that may not be the case anymore. Sometimes it may be still twice a week or even once a week, whatever my work (and future school) schedule will allow! I will try to continue to visit everyone’s blogs but definitely not the frequency as I used to before. Hope that you all can understand and support me with this decision. ^.^

But anyway, onwards with the monthly recap and favorites post, huh? 🙂

June Blog Posts*

*in publication order, not by favoritism

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Summing It Up: May 2016

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Hi, friends! Last month was so, so lovely. My last final exam was the third of May and I got all my results for the semester by the fifth. After that, my summer holiday officially began. And I’ve literally been such a bum cleaning the house, exercising a little more, hanging out with friends I haven’t seen since the last summer, and eating yummy local food all over the state.

But anyway, come along with me to recap my May adventures with and outside Xingsings!

May Blog Posts*

*in publication order, not by favoritism

*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/or probably not as relevant to share on here.

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Summing It Up: April 2016

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Hello, friends! As most of you know, April was such a hectic month for me. I rarely take real breaks from the blogosphere but I just didn’t have enough time to devote my efforts to my blog or visit other blogs. I started studying for my finals the second week of April and school just dominated my life for a while. But it’s all over now, so I’m officially back! I’ll be catching up by replying to comments and blog hopping soon! Probably not today though since, after this post, I’m going out to eat with my friends to celebrate finals finally being over. 🙂

(And I want to say a quick thank you for those that wished me luck on my exams! Several of you even direct messaged on my other social media accounts, and I’m so touched. My exams went well. Thank you! T.T)

But how have you guys been? What were your Aprils like? I’m so happy to be back and able to catch up with what everyone’s been up to!

Anyway, onto a recap of what my month has been aside from academics… 😄

APRIL BLOG POSTS*

*in publication order, not by favoritism

*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.

Such a shame that I only posted three posts in April (technically two since one was just March’s Summing It Up), but I guess it’s all about priorities, lol. I was able to fit in some reading though-even if they were mostly for school. 😅

FAVORITES

Hehe, no surprise, this was certainly my favorite book of the month. Even though I only posted three posts on the blog, I was still reading a lot and this happened to be the golden read!

Even though I only posted three posts on the blog, I was still reading a lot and, no surprise, The Winner’s Kiss was certainly my favorite book of the month. I’ll be writing a review for that one sometime soon (hopefully)!

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