how should i describe my january? well, it was a start, literally. a brand new year, marking a brand new creative journey. to summarize the said journey, i read three books and watched three films. wishing a better february for all of us! for now, here’s how last month went:
this year, my goal is 30 books. bought a lot of kindle editions lately, affordable prices, so i’m really hoping i will reach my goal before december.
CROOKED KINGDOM (SIX OF CROWS #2) BY LEIGH BARDUGO
started this one on the last week of december, but finished it on the first week of january. like i expected, i loved this book with all my being. leigh bardugo is an author you should watch out for. and i don’t know if this an unpopular opinion or not, but i highly recommend that you should read the shadow and bone trilogy first before the six of crows duology. that nostalgic feeling you’ll feel when you get reunited with characters from the trilogy to this duology is super worth it! see my reveiw
synopsis: Welcome to the world of the Grisha.
Kaz Brekker and his crew of deadly outcasts have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives.
Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties.
A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets – a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
PLAYING WITH FIRE BY APRIL HENRY
oh, this one was an unexpected favorite! like, for real! i highly recommend this book about survival and bravery. although, i have to warn you, some parts of this book might be triggering (death of a family member, fire-related accidents, etc.). see my review
synopsis: Natalia is not the kind of girl who takes risks. Six years ago, she barely survived the house fire that killed her baby brother. Now she is cautious and always plays it safe. For months, her co-worker Wyatt has begged her to come hiking with him, and Natalia finally agrees.
But when a wildfire breaks out, blocking the trail back, a perfect sunny day quickly morphs into a nightmare. With no cell service, few supplies, and no clear way out of the burning forest, a group of strangers will have to become allies if they’re going to survive. Hiking in the dark, they must reach the only way out―a foot bridge over a deep canyon―before the fire catches them.
MISTER BRIDESMAID BY IVY OLIVER
i was looking for a tropey book to read and found this on kindle. this book is the first one in the Mister Romance story collection by Ivy Oliver. just an average romantic story. not that unforgettable, but i still enjoyed.
synopsis: I haven’t seen him in six years… now we’re married.
When my best friend asked me to serve as her Man of Honor, of course I said yes. A trip to Vegas for the week before her wedding and then on to the Florida Keys for the nuptials was an added bonus. The icing on the cake was her brother, Colt.
I didn’t expect anything to happen. He’s almost ten years older, aloof, mysterious, and devastatingly handsome. All the time I spent fantasizing about his powerful muscles, piercing eyes, hungry mouth, and grasping hands leave me tongue-tied and stammering every time I see him. I can’t hold a conversation with him without picturing my hands running down his taut stomach to that perfect muscular V to grab at his belt buckle.
Then one night the music was pulsing, the beat was pounding, and the next thing I know I’m in bed with my dream crush for a wild night of consequence-free pleasure… Almost. There’s just that little problem of a drunken ceremony at an all-night wedding chapel just off the Strip and what happens after we say “I do”…
MY HERO ACADEMIA SEASON 1
i actually watched seasons 1 to 3 of this anime, but that was years ago and my brain forgot most of what happened. thus, a re-watch is a must! nothing changed, i still loved it! although the ‘power of friendship’ is a recurring theme in anime, i’m never tired of it.
the show is about a boy, who wants to attend the most prestigious superhero school in the country, even though he has no superpowers.
WISH YOU: YOUR MELODY FROM MY HEART
so South Korea’s getting into the BL universe and i love that! to all BL lovers: we are winning! the story revolves around two guys, both adept in the art of music. it’s about their journey, as they navigate through life, while battling their own demons.
the plot was quiet simple, yet the characters made the whole movie extraordinary. i could tell the people behind this film did their very best. i’m looking forward for more South Korean BLs, so i hope they will give us the greatest!
FATE: THE WINX SAGA
surprisingly, i finished this show in one night. and you know what kept me going? the charms of danny griffin. as for the show itself, a watered-down version of the animated series. the special effects? it looked like they ran out of budget. bloom’s transformation? meh, didn’t feel anything as i watched.
i have to admit, there were parts that intrigued me. the ending was kind of a cliffhanger, and i love cliffhangers. will i watch the second season, if ever renewed by Netflix? yes.
earlier this year, i created a playlist on Spotify called 2021 discoveries. to elaborate, it’s a collection of songs that i heard for the first time this year. for the month of january, here are my first listens:
JANUARY 2021 SONGS
► kokoronashi by majiko
► wish for you by kang in soo, lee sang
► life goes on by bts
► date ur fada by ebony
► the cure by lady gaga
► silhouette by kana-boon
► i’m legit by nicki minaj, ciara