Reading Update, or, the Lackthereof

So, as I’m sure you’ve all realized I haven’t been active on this blog this month, just as I was barely in January. My classes have just started and I’m trying to focus on them. I have fewer than last semester but since this is my last semester and all… 

And guess what, I’m still reading Tower of Dawn… I mean, I love it, but I just don’t want it to be over since the next TOG book only comes out in October… But in other news (and another reason for not reading) is that I’ve been writing! I’d like to say it was a lot, but it wasn’t but I’m getting back into it and it’s exciting and I’m liking it. It’s really weird but I’ve never been able to read anything very engaging when I’m writing (I guess I just can’t devote myself emotionally or mentally to both, and that would probably be bad for my eyes too…). 

*In truth, I haven’t really been feeling very positive about this blog… It just feels like a chore or burden sometimes and that’s not what it’s supposed to feel like.  I’m not sure what’s going to happen to it in the future, but for now, I can say that I’m not super enthusiastic about it. Maybe I’ll post, maybe I won’t. We’ll see.*


January 2018 Wrap Up!

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I had so much fun this month and I definitely feel rested. I have about two weeks until the next semester starts and I’m just looking forward to watching more movies, reading more books and just enjoying life in general. At the same time, I managed to finish my driving lessons (or I will next week when I have my final two classes). So hopefully, I’ll pass my exam!

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Some Thoughts: Spice and Wolf Light Novel Series

Spice & Wolf by Isuna Hasekura

This review has been quite difficult to write, in all honesty, so I’ve turned into something that is more of a rant. There will be some minor spoilers.

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My 2017 Favorites!

 Favorite Books Read in 2017:

This list was hard to put together but here they are, my favorite books of 2017 (in chronological order): 


 Now, beyond the books, I’ve watched lots of lovely movies this year and so this was a pretty hard list to make.

I’m putting these in chronological order because other than a vague top 5, it’s really hard for me to choose the best ones because I enjoyed them or rated them this or that way for different reasons.  (I mostly rate them based on much I enjoyed them, though).


Favorite Movies Watched in 2017 (for the first time):


  • Rogue One – A Star Wars Story
  • Hidden Figures
  • A Silent Voice
  • Your Name 
  • Wonder Woman
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Blackfish
  • Secretariat
  • Spiderman: Homecoming
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Black Swan
  • Dofus: Book I Julith
  • IT
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Empire Strikes Back
  • Porco Rosso
  • Thor: Ragnarok 
  • Atomic Blonde
  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Gifted


Books of 2017 & a Happy New Year!

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(*I might make another post with a wrap up regarding my personal goals and other goals not book related). 

read 57 out of my goal of 50 which is not bad but I haven’t really made a considerable dent in my tbr list as I hoped I would. Still, I’m proud of myself! I’m aiming for a larger goal in 2018 to try to really push myself! I read a ton of lovely books in 2017 and I’m hoping to read some more in 2018! **(Also I bought 50 books in 2017. That’s right, way too many.

I like how my blog progressed this past year but I’m hoping to become more active and regular with my posts for 2018. I didn’t gain many followers or had that many views but honestly, I don’t care. It’d be nice if there were more but I’m not disappointed or annoyed or anything, I’m just happy blogging. Some notable posts of 2017 were: 

  1. Review: Truthwitch
  2. Review: Heartless
  3. Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin
  4. Thoughts On: Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets book & movie
  5. Review: Dark Matter
  6. Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  7. Reading Ebooks: Pros, Cons & Personal Preferences
  8. Review: Turtles All The Way Down
  9. Review: A Darker Shade of Magic
  10. Review: The Wrath and The Dawn

Here are some stats: My average rating for this year was 4.3, which must mean it was a great year! 




First of all, Happy New Year! Secondly, I hope everyone read lots of wonderful books too and if you didn’t then here’s to reading them in 2018!


Six Disappointing Reads of 2017 [Blogmas]

(To me, the last two weeks of December are Christmas, right until New Year’s Eve. So I’m going to keep doing these prompts because they’re cool as heck). 

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To be honest, there weren’t that many books this year that I found disappointing. In fact, I’ve never given so many 4-5 star ratings before in my life. I guess I’ve gotten to a stage in my life when I just know what I’m going to like and what I’m not going to like. 

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Review: Flame In The Mist

Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh

[ Goodreads]: Mariko has always known that being a woman means she’s not in control of her own fate. But Mariko is the daughter of a prominent samurai and a cunning alchemist in her own right, and she refuses to be ignored. When she is ambushed by a group of bandits known as the Black Clan en route to a political marriage to Minamoto Raiden – the emperor’s son – Mariko realises she has two choices: she can wait to be rescued… or she can take matters into her own hands, hunt down the clan and find the person who wants her dead. Disguising herself as a peasant boy, Mariko infiltrates the Black Clan’s hideout and befriends their leader, the rebel ronin Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, Okami. Ranmaru and Okami warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. But as Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets that will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

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Top 10 Books You Would Love To Find Under The Christmas Tree [Blogmas]

I’ve been super inactive lately (mainly because I haven’t even touched my computer since last Saturday). But I’m going to try to make up for it in these last few days of December. So here’s my Top 10 Books You’d Love To Find Under Your Christmas Tree  (prompt by Swetlana @ The Caffeinated Bookworm that only includes books that have been published before 2018). (I have a few more I want to read but I’m sticking with the top ten books I want to read.)

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Mid-December Update: winter holidays, book haul & hobbies

First of all, I’d like to say MERRY CHRISTMAS, my friends. (Today was officially my last day of classes!) This is one of the first times I’ve ever felt this exhausted and stressed around Christmas and I won’t lie. I Am. Excited. This year I’m probably just going to spend Christmas with my mom and grandma instead of with everyone else in the family but I’m not super disappointed, to be honest. I love my family but they’re all exhausting. (My favorite part of Christmas is the confectioneries). 

Quick Semester Summary

This semester I just had too many things going on all the time. I’ve never planned so much! (I’ve definitely improved my organization skills, though.)  It was stupid to take six classes but I needed the credits. (Next semester though, I should only take five). But hey, I had fantastic grades and some of the stuff I learned this semester is going to be really helpful in the future, and some of it was even interesting. So, no regrets. 

An Unexpected Book Haul

(I literally just thought of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey after writing this title). So about two days ago, I had two tests (on the same day), one of which didn’t go as well as I wished it had (entirely my fault because I basically didn’t study at all, so it really didn’t go as bad as it could have had). Generally, when I have bad days, I feel like spending money. Whether it’s chicken nuggets, a notebook or a book, it just makes me feel better. (Treat Yo Self Friends). (By ‘spending money’, I didn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money, by the way.) 

And so, I ordered four books…. even though I was supposed to be on a book ban…. until February. No. Regrets. 

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I’m dying to continue The Raven Cycle after reading the first two books in less than a week. It’s just so good (as I’ve mentioned many, many times in the last few weeks. Not Sorry). 

For those of you who don’t know, I only started reading the HP book December last year. I don’t think that I would’ve enjoyed them as much when I was younger, nor would I have been able to appreciate it the same way.  It’s really hard to choose between all the lovely covers, though. I bought Philosopher’s Stone (of this cover series) in the summer last year for the sole fact that it was pretty cheap. There are these other covers though, that are black and white in the front cover and colorful on the spine (hardcovers btw) and I just love them but I really want to get the rest of these covers. Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire are especially beautiful. 

Winter Holidays & My Many Hobbies

I’m  really hoping to get back into a bunch of stuff I love these holidays. Like, journalling, writing, painting, reading, watching anime…(maybe do some blogging)… This semester (and November and December especially) was exhausting and I just didn’t want to do any of these. I’m not setting any goals for myself though (other than to finish my driving lessons – which I’m not looking forward to. I want to get my license but I just don’t like the lessons that much.). I’m just going to do whatever I want whenever I want and not think about the time I wasted doing this or that. I’m just going to fully enjoy my holidays. 


As I mentioned earlier today is officially my last day of classes but technically (since I don’t have class today) it was yesterday. And it was fantastic. My last test went great, I delivered my final hellish assignment and I went to see the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and it was glorious. I loved it so much I might go see again. 

And I just want to wish some good luck to everyone who still has finals and assignments and whatnot and also wish everyone some truly Happy Holidays!

Here’s a random picture of a beautiful beach in Ericeira, Portugal, because it’s just too beautiful.