Bye, bye, 2018 (Part 3: Books!)

Hello, there. Welcome to the actually interesting part of my 2018 recaps! 🙂

As you know I did not have much time for blogging this past year *cough* I was not organized enough *cough* so… whenever I could read books, or watch movies or TV shows I did not post about them. I thought I could share them with you 🙂

This is the one and only post about my favorite books of 2018!


If you follow me on social media (which is probable, if you are reading this) you’ll know I struggled to finish my Goodreads Reading Challenge this year. I set a goal of 25 books, which is one fourth of my goal when I was in high school. To be honest, I do not have much time for books ever since I started Pharmacy school, and it saddens me. This is why I tried my best to find small bits of time here and there. I’m proud, even if some people will think I should not be. *shrugs*

I’m choosing 5 books this year. This is definitely not going to be easy, but here we go.

(5) A Very Large Expanse of Sea, by Tahereh Mafi

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Reading this, I knew we were getting a glimpse into the author’s life. And it honestly hurt to see how stereotypes can shape someone’s experience. Reading about Shirin’s anger with the world, and how she did not want to let anyone in? It made me sad, and it definitely made me reflect on how you never really know what a person is thinking or feeling, no matter how they react visibly.

I had already read Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series (and I’m up to date with it) so I knew she would not disappoint me. I’m glad she wrote this amazing book.

(4) Radio Silence, by Alice Oseman

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I first found of about this book because I was looking for ace representation. Then I started reading Heartstopper, and read Solitaire and every single Alice Oseman book and I knew I had to give this a chance. I loved that Frances and Aled are friends, not “friends”, if you get me. They are not set to have a romantic relationship, but that doesn’t substract from the depth of the story.

(3) Kingdom of Ash, by Sarah J. Maas

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I waited so long for this book, it’s not even funny. (Not more than people following Aelin’s story since the Livejournal days. but still). If I’m honest, I read this book just before a Pharmacotherapy exam, and, at this day, I have no idea how I passed it. But moving on, it was an amazing book, it gave me most of the things I wanted from it (and excruciating pain, we can’t forget that). I really want to reread the series at some point of my life, and remember how my life was at this point. Aelin’s journey helped me through a LOT during these years, and I shall always be grateful. ❤

(2) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I did not understand the hype around this book, then I read it. This is one of those you just can’t. Stop. Reading. Evelyn’s story enthralled me and never let go. Please, everyone. If by any chance you have not read this, feel doubtful, or do not understand the hype, join us. You will become Evelyn Hugo’s #1 stan. 🙂

(1) An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, by Hank Green

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Look, everyone. I’m as surprised as you are. I still can’t stop thinking about this book. When I first picked it up, I had no idea of what it was about. I will admit I only started it because Hank Green had written it, and I am a fan. But I was pleasantly surprised. He gave us a glimpse into the thoughts of a public figure. The public thinks one way, but the truth is that her image has been manipulated by April, and the people around her. And isn’t this what is real? We all, not only celebrities, have this mask, this image we like to project, and April showed us what’s real. She owned to her mistakes: she accepted she screwed up, and gave you a heads up of what would happen. I was surprised to see that there would be a sequel (according to Goodreads), because I could have accepted this ending. Although I can’t wait to see how the story will continue!


Anyhow, people. I want to wish you a happy new year, and that 2019 brings you the happiness you desire, and the goals you want to achieve. ❤

Bye, bye, 2018 (Part 2: TV Shows!)

Hi, everyone! I decided to post recaps back to back, because if I didn’t the posts would be waaaaay too long

Still- Part 2 of my bye bye 2018 series will be about my favorite TV Shows I watched this year.  (Mainly K-dramas, of course! One of them is ongoing and you should watch it ASAP!)


 

Korean Dramas (Because they deserve their own heading)

While You Were Sleeping

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This one came out last year, but I watched it on 2018 because… well… electricity came back last January. This drama was so beautiful, and its soundtrack was perfect. It’s about a woman who can see the future in her dreams… and a man who can see her in his. It’s VERY confusing at first, I’m warning you! But the story was amazing, and all loose ends were tied at the end. I loved it so much, and I hope you do it too ❤

Thirty But Seventeen

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Even thinking about this one makes me emotional. It is about a woman who falls into a coma when she’s 17 and wakes up as a 30 year old woman. She lost 13 years of her life, and has no idea where her family or friends are. She finds this family, and this man who has certain traumas of his own, and they help each other. I plan on rewatching soon! It was amazing and beautiful and perfect and I’m crying ❤

The Beauty Inside

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I watched this one because I loved the movie so much. I’m warning you, it only shares a minimal part of the movie’s plot. In case you don’t know, The Beauty Inside is about a woman who changes her appearance for a week, once a month. She meets this man who can’t recognize anyone’s face. It was a bit lighter than the movie, but if I’m honest, I liked that. Of course it had it’s dramatic moments (every kdrama does) but everything from its soundtrack to its plot was feel-good and I’m hoping you enjoy it. 🙂

Memories of the Alhambra

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This one, it’s ongoing people. It’s on Netflix. And as soon as they announced it (Hyun Bin + Park Shin Hye + Spain) I was in. I couldn’t wait, and once it came out I was hooked. Explaining the plot is… difficult. A CEO travels to Granada looking for an augmented reality game’s creator… but it is so much more than that. But trust me, although it is confusing as hell, it’s worth it. (or… I hope so. :D) Every single week you are left with more questions than answers, but it is so satisfying when you find out one more piece of information! Anyhow, I believe everyone should at least give it a chance.

Other, not Korean TV shows I watched this year 🙂

The Good Place

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I have already gushed about this TV show here, and it’s still as amazing as I first started it. I’m hoping they can keep their streak, because I’m in love with every single one of the main characters, and their development. (Especially Michael… but well… it’s because of Ted Danson :3)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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I’m SO GLAD it was saved by NBC! Look, I never thought I would enjoy a show about a police station but they did it. I am so invested on these characters. I want to know what will happen with Captain Holt, Boyle, Rosa, Gina, Terry and my OTP: Peraltiago. ❤ They deserve THE WORLD. And I’m so glad NBC is giving them the promotion they deserve.


Honorary Mentions:

  1. Lucifer: I’m so glad Netflix saved it! It’s actually a show I enjoy watching, and THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IS AMAZING!
  2. My Hero Academia: I already mentioned it, I believe. But this anime gave me LIFE. And I can’t believe I have to wait until October for next season.
  3. Sword Art Online: Alicization: Listen- I know people hate SAO. BUT THIS SEASON IS AMAZING. If you haven’t, please give this season a chance. ❤

Bye, bye, 2018. (Part 1: Life!)

Hello, my dearies! It’s me, and I’m back one last time (this year). 

I just realized I did not post anything on New Year’s Eve last year -understandable, I still had no electricity –therefore, no WiFi — and I was basically wallowing and watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. (Fun, right? Actually I loved it!)

I do not know exactly what I’ll be doing, although… who am I kidding? I’ll be crying watching the reputation Stadium Tour on Netflix. (And remembering those happy times :D)

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So, let’s start with a recap of what happened this year, shall we?

I. Actually. Started. Driving.

I needed a push (a $10 5-minute Uber ride, to be exact. Don’t. Ask.) to take my car to uni and become more independent. Watching To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before also helped, if I’m honest. Lara Jean described my issues with driving perfectly, and if she could get over them, drive to her prince charming and get the happy ending she deserved, then I could, too, for crying out loud! except for the prince charming part I’m still single as heck

photo_2018-12-28_18-45-12So, I started driving. And of course I’ve had the classic road rage, the frustrations with driving daily. But I still love the freedom it has given me. I can finally go places without needing eternal help (except for my laziness sometimes… and the fact that I dislike driving at night) I wouldn’t ever go back.

This semester was HELL. And I survived.

When people told me the first semester of my P2 year would be awful I kind of thought they were exaggerating. Honestly? I am proud of myself for surviving and sticking through the end. I’m proud of my classmates who all passed Microbiology (aka the worst of the worst!) 2 exams a week since October is something I did not think I could handle until now.

I finally got my immunization certification.

If I’m scared of anything, it is to have to stick a needle to someone else. My coordination is non-existent. Somehow, though, I learned how to do this without hurting someone else. Huh.

The reputation Stadium Tour.

I mentioned this on an earlier blog post, but of course I had to mention it again. It was a life changing experience to get to travel and see my favorite artist. I shall never forget it, and now that there will be a Netflix event, I will be able to watch my favorite parts over and over again. Is this what happiness feels like?

Home Updates

Still working on it –hoping next year’s the year we actually move in. Selfish reasons aside, I want my family to rest already 😦 Some obstacles still need to be overcome, though. Wish us luck!

Goals

To finally reach the 50% PharmD milestone this summer. To eat healthier. To stop eating junk food. To be more organized. Wish me luck, I guess 🙂


How was YOUR year? Did you get to achieve some of your goals? Do you have any goals for 2019? 

PS: Part 2: TV Shows and Part 3: Books are coming up!