April 2018 Week 3 Wrap Up

 

Ah, April is flying by, and so it is time for another weekly wrap-up. For week 3 of this month, I did have a hard time being productive because of some medical issues. Nevertheless, I did manage to finish a few things this week.

wrap up of Books I have Read

As I am working on this post, I am done with two books: Gone by Michael Grant is the first one. This series is one of my favorites, even though the author says things I do not agree with. Still, the characters are fun and the story is really fast-paced without feeling rushed.
It’s a 4.5-star rating for me.

 

 

Next, I am also done with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. It was a difficult read because it did have really unchallenged problematic ideas on mental illness and recovery from traumatic experiences. But, besides that, there’s something uncomfortable about this reading experience. I have read thrillers before, but this book doesn’t provide any answers (even though I am nearing the 3/4 of the way through mark).  I give it a 2-star rating. (I am sorry, fans of the books, but I am unhauling the two books I have from this trilogy. Just not for me).

wrap Up of Movies/ Series I Have Seen

I have gone through some intense times this week and relied on films to cope with things. So, I watched some of my owned films.

Love, Rosie is one of my favorites as it shows a love story between best friends who keep missing opportunities to confess their feelings for each other. Lily Collins makes me happy, and Sam Claflin is endearing.

Me, and Earl, and the Dying Girl is up there in terms of stories that I adore. The book was gross but kind of funny and yet the film is way funnier and heartwarming. If anything, you should watch it for the drugs scene.

Netflix show I have been watching is Parks and Rec . I am now on season 3! In fact, I find myself looking forward to watching the show, which is an accomplishment. Besides, it is nice to see a character close to my nervous and ambitious self (Leslie Knope).

I also watched the very strange Dude movie on Netflix, and it made me confused yet touched? I like the actors and there were moments of brilliance and wisdom in there.  (Oh, and I did watch it on 4/20).

That’s my week in a nutshell. How was your week?

 

 

 

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April 2018 Week 2 Wrap Up

 

 

I have noticed that a lot of people do weekly wrap-ups. Naturally, a week 2 of April 2018 draws to a close, I am trying this feature out on my blog. In this post, I will summarize my highlights of the week.

reading plans

Initially, I had planned to read about seven books this week. For whatever reason, it’s very hard for me to disconnect and just focus on reading. However, I have been making a more active stance on incorporating reading days (or even half-days). I am entirely in support of scheduling things in because, if it were up to me, I could just stare at my computer or the walls all day.

Here is what I read this week. More detailed reviews to come!

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Werewolves, love, and plenty of poetry or song-writing. I keep worrying that Stiefvater will hurt one of my babies. Hence my slow progress with this book. I am excited to read the next ones.

Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
Tyson stole my heart this time. This is kind of a strange experience because last time I read these books, I disliked Tyson. I missed Grover. Percy continues to be awesome. Always trust a cyclops.* (satisfying the Of Wonderland book club’s challenge for the month).

The Field Guide by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
I was savoring this book. Mallory is my hero. Jared and Simon are an interesting duo. It’s still unclear whether they complement one another in terms of skills or not. They definitely balance each other out with their temperament. * (satisfying the Of Wonderland challenge for the month)

Movie

When We First Met was my main new movie for the week. I did like it. It was fluffy and cute, a feel-good movie. Many of Alexandra Daddario’s films are kind of out of my comfort zone, so I don’t get to watch them. Not this one. It was lovely.

“Candid!”

It highlights the misleading nature of first impressions, the inevitability of fate and destiny when it comes to certain relationships, and the fragility of a series of life events. A domino-effect type of consequence comes to life in this film after the main character makes changes in how he addresses the girl he fancies.

Maybe I’ll write a review, but I don’t know if I have much to say.

Music

Frank Ocean’s “Chanel” is the song I have replayed most today. Oh, and King Princess’ 1950.

Your turn:

How was your week? Any favorites?

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May Week 1 Wrap Up

Welcome to my May Week 1 wrap up post. I have been having some ups and downs this past week, but I have definitely accomplished a lot. Let’s start breaking down the week.

Read Books Pile

It is not exactly a pile if there is only two or three books in it, right? I did read faster than before, because I have managed to dedicate more time to reading.

A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab

I love this trilogy so much, and it didn’t take me long to finish this one. It’s a giant book, but a lot of intense things happen, and I loved it. The stakes are definitely high in this book. But, if you love Kell, Lila, Rhy, and Alucard, you’re in for a fun ride. And an emotional time, too.

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Listen. I don’t like the main ship in these books, which affected my enjoyment of it. I like Nikolai a lot, and I had an emotional time reading this book because of what happens to him. To me, I believe that Alina deserves better than an ordinary life. I wanted to see her rise to power and to become the Sun Summoner. To have her just give up all of this feels like cheating.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

I read most of this book when I was feeling too sad to do much. It is still fun to be reading

Music Pile 

“So Good At Being in Trouble” by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Goals

This first week of May, an event was held online. It was called the Do-a-Thon, where participants lived mindfully and tried to use time to accomplish goals. I did pretty well! I read every day, and cleaned up my closet and reorganized clothes. I did some yoga twice a week.

Overall, it was a wonderful event and I learned a lot about myself. I hope the event happens again! In the meantime, I will be trying to live more mindfully daily.

Your Turn

How was your week? Did you accomplish brilliant things? Share in the comments so I can celebrate with you!

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April Weekly Wrap Up 3

Here we go with another April Weekly Wrap Up. This past week, I managed to read one 600 page book. Allow me to state how great of an accomplishment this is for me. But, really, it’s not that awesome, if we are being honest with each other.

I am trying to keep doing things, even though my mental health is somewhat turbulent. It’s something I have to be conscious of, more than before, since medications had to be tweaked. Hey, at least I sleep now. I’ll take it.

Books I Have Read

This week is part of Tome Topple. So, I am dedicating my time to read some of my longer books. I managed to finish book 1 of Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. While I did enjoy it a lot, I will say that some parts in the beginning dragged. And, in the ending, there was way too much happening. I am not even sure I comprehend everything that went down, because it was a series of punches in the stomach.

Nevertheless, I am starting the next one, since my Twitter poll results suggested I do so. (Actually, I just checked and it’s still split 50/50).

I may rely on family members to break the tie, then.

Media I Have Watched

This week, I have been watching a few movies. But, mostly Rogue One. I did not like this movie the first time I saw it because I found it very dark. However, after much thought, I ended up really invested in this story. I adore the cast, and the story just makes me think of bravery and its relationship with glory. (To be more precise, there is no correlation, to me).

Jams I Have Listened To 

My favorite discovery this week was “We Move Like The Ocean” by Bad Suns. Anything with Bad Suns and you’ll find me rather invested.

 

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April Weekly Wrap Up 1

Ah, another weekly wrap up. This one is the first one for April. I am starting to realize that I am not reading that much. Compared to other bloggers, my reading isn’t enough. It is hard to accept that I’m somehow slower at this.

But, to be fair, the books I was reading were so difficult for me. Mostly, they were taxing emotionally. They were not light fluffy reads. Certainly, they didn’t feel that way.

For this week, I started working on week 1 on Read Your Book Shelf a Thon (RYBSAT). The readathon involves picking a spot on your bookshelf and then reading onward.

How did I do, you ask?

Keep reading.

RYBSAT (Part 1) Read Books

The Winner’s Crime 

Oh my goodness, this book made me want to cry. I am okay with characters having mixed feelings about their allegiances. Totally fine. But, not communicating this struggle with themselves is frustrating. Another frustrating thing is that there was no pain-free communication between the two main characters.

Constant aching.

Oh, and Jess, Ronan made me want to cry even more, because I like them. I don’t know why I do, but I do. Maybe it’s because I can tell that Kestrel loves them a lot.

One more book to go. I am curious but also in agony.

I hate the Emperor and his son. There’s a puppy in this book, but we don’t get to see her enough.

At least she peed on Kestrel. Someone had to do it.

The School of Good and Evil  

As I am writing this review, I still have a little bit to go in this book. And, I cannot handle how difficult this book is. The School of Good and Evil has been a rough experience. I don’t know if I don’t like middle grade. Or, perhaps this book was just troubling for me. The vilifying of a beautiful girl bothers me. I usually root for the Slytherin antagonists. But, this book kept repeatedly reducing women to love-driven fools.

And, heaven forbid for there be any queer relationships. The whole time, I am saying, “Leave the boys and be together. You two can be a good team.”

But, no, we have to make one of the girls inadequate for being beautiful. No girl can be smart and pretty. Cannot compute.

Stupidly, I may read the next one, too. Because I have it, and I want to know what will happen next. Sophie deserves better. Also, VILLAINS deserve better. Kids are smart enough to know that being an antagonist doesn’t mean you are: a) ugly, b) mean, c) aggressive/violent.

Yes, I am sighing.

Screens

Finally, I got to watch The Edge of Seventeen. It was a thought-provoking movie. Its exploration of maturity, identity, (mis) communication, and relationships was powerful.

My favorite moment from it was this, “I think some deranged part of me likes thinking I am the only one with real problems.”

I cringed at the make out scene with Nick, but that is because of my own issues (probably?).

Definitely a movie I’m glad to have around to rewatch when perspective is lacking. I often need to sort out my priorities.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

After months of resisting, I gathered the courage to pick up the DVD for this movie. I have very mixed feelings about JK Rowling, and I don’t really follow her new additions to the Harry Potter canon. So, I am hesitant to hear what she has to say about this movie.

I enjoyed this film. It was cute, nostalgic, and sweet. I’m not sure why it has to be a five film series. It could’ve been a nice cute standalone.

Upon researching it some more, I do think learning more about Credence would be swell, because I connected with him a lot. But, I strongly identified with the Niffler.

And Queenie.

We need lots of Queenie, Tina, and Jacob.

Plus Newt, who reminds me of Merlin’s sweetness. I love them. I really, really do.

Moving on.

Tunes

“Rising, Rising,” Crywolf (Bassnectar remix)

Goals

I have been able to read a little bit every day. My writing has been lacking. And, I consistently resist exercising. Actually, it’s not really resistance. Instead, it is poor time management skills.

Truly, I need to get my act together. Hoping next week will be better.

 

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March Weekly Wrap Up 4

It feels like I’m counting March’s weekly wrap ups wrong, because there is no way we’re on number 4. How many weeks are in March, anyway? Excuse my terrible math.

#FemPowerathon Books

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (Finished!)

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab (nope)

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (currently reading)

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (nope)

Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (nope)

Last minute addition: Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkowski (currently reading!)

Well, that wasn’t so great

I know this was not a successful week in terms of reading or accomplishing my goals. But, I’m starting to pick things back up some more, so I’ll be more productive onward.

But…

I am learning more French and Spanish, and I’m studying the grammar aspects of the languages. It is time consuming, but challenging without overwhelming me too much.

In terms of exercise, I have not been that successful. Perhaps my goals have been aimed too high, and I may need to simplify them a bit.

The nice thing is that I have been meditating more than I used to. My sleep has also started to get much better. I’m well rested, thank my lucky stars for that!

Your Turn:

How was your week? Are you ready for April?

 

 

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Weekly Wrap Up: March Week 3

This is my weekly wrap up:March week 3.

I was participating in a readathon this week, but I mostly kept to myself. No talk

Book that were on my TBR

Blue Lily, Lily Blue  by Maggie Stiefvater

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making  Catherynne M. Valente

A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab

The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa  (DNF) and so I picked up Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo 

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkowski

My goals are even simpler this week: 
  • Walk/exercise every day

I got sick this week with demon flu. But, I have picked up some great productivity tips from Mollie.  I am starting to handle my time better. 

  • Write every day

Hahah. No. Still needs work. 

  • Read every day

Yep! 

  • Try to be more active within the book community

My anxiety sometimes spikes up when I talk to people, so this is going to take some time. But, I am definitely trying to do this. 

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March Weekly Wrap Up 2

This week’s wrap up is hard to write, I’ll admit it now. If you haven’t noticed on Twitter, my sleep has been so off lately.

And, I was either sleeping too much or too little. So, I’ll cut to the chase and say it: I finished only one book this week.

In my defense, The Lies of Locke Lamora was the longest book I have read in a while (670 pages), and it felt long, too. I just didn’t like it at all. Poor Annemieke, she had to deal with me being grumpy about this book.

But, the lesson I was reminded of: people have varying tastes in things. And, it doesn’t make the thing less valuable if you don’t like it. In other words, I understand that Locke Lamora has merit. It’s just not my thing right now.

Onto my goals:
  1. Exercise more within the week

Not really. I have been focused on another goal on here instead.

2. Continue to work on novel

Kind of accomplished this one. I have found an easier way for me to work, but I haven’t been able to balance my time better.

3. Read and post multiple times a week

I have been reading just fine. It’s just that I was focused on finishing Locke Lamora, so I can read other things. I posted a couple of times on here, but not like I imagined. Need to work on it some more.

4.Sleep more. I am running on 3 hours of sleep. Lately, I haven’t been able to sleep at all, and it’s really affecting my energy levels and mood.

YES. I got this down. I started on a new medication by Wednesday night. Still, I am now trying to figure out how to get things done with the time I am awake. 

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March Weekly Wrap Up 1

Another week, gone. As we enjoy this lovely weekend, I am sharing how I did for the past week in terms of reading and goals. Let’s begin.

 

Last Week’s TBR

Winner’s Curse–by Marie Rutkwoski

Wrath and the Dawn–by Renee Ahdieh

Blue Lily, Lily Blue—by Maggie Stiefvater   (started). 

A Gathering of Shadows–by VE Schwab (started) 

 Goals:

Exercise every day
I have been exercising multiple times within the week. However, because my sleep is so off, I haven’t been able to do maintain a steady exercising schedule. Will keep on working on it, obviously. I see my psychiatrist this week, so maybe she can help me with sleep. 

Write creatively (Poetry and novel-writing daily)

Yes! I have been doing this every day, but I don’t write that much, because I start panicking about word count very quickly. So, I have been writing 500 words a day. It’s not a lot, but it’s better than nothing. Still, I will be keeping this goal. 

Journal throughout the week (every other day?)

Nope. Not even close. 

Post more reviews on here and on Goodreads

I posted two reviews this past week. But, not on Goodreads. I’m hoping to post one every day of the week, which is terrifying. Post something every day. We shall see. 

Your Turn

How was your week? Did it go well? Did you accomplish your goals? Share in the comments!

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WWU: Feb Weekly Wrap Up

Here is my week 3  of February, all wrapped up. I am kind of loving these wrap ups. I hope you are enjoying them, too. They are a nice way to keep me motivated.

Here is my TBR for the last week of February.

TBR

 

 

I participated in a readathon called Because Dragons. Here are the books that were on my TBR for the week.

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore  (Review)

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (I am literally sighing. I want to read it. Hopefully in March, I will).

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

Eon by Alison Goodman  (Nope! That book is huge and I was intimidated)

 

GOALS:

-Get halfway through my novel

(I will work on it in March. Maybe won’t get to the halfway point yet, but I definitely feel more determined to put in the work for my novel). 

Start exercising daily (walks maybe?)

(I kind of started walking exercises. Not every day. But, multiple times per week.) 

Photography

Read and journal every day

(Yes to the reading. No, to the journal and meditation practice. Time management needs some tweaking.) 

-Integrate creative writing into the blog/Twitter

(Nope. I have a lot of anxiety about my worth as a person, and so I worry a lot about occupying space in the world as a writer. I feel like my voice is good enough, not clever enough, not unique enough, and it shows. I will write more, though. Maybe then, I can develop some courage). 

Overall: Goodbye, February

I was more active in this month than I have been in years. My focus was better, and I was able to study some languages on my own. I felt good about myself, for a little bit. Then, I started to falter. The trick for me is to find the strength in me, and only me, to carry on when faced with criticism and negative opinions.

I’m looking forward to the next month: one week at a time. Keep an eye out for my readathons’ TBRs. I have a few things lined up.

 

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Welcome to my May Week 1 wrap up post. I have been having some ups