Hi and welcome to my March wrap up!
My March was… well, quite different from January and February readingwise. For the first two months of the year I was on a reading roll. I read an amazing amount of books in those months. But in March, it all came to a standstill and the reading slump hit hard! No particular reason, I just haven’t felt like reading at all. I also put myself on a book-buying ban for the whole month of March, so I could catch up on my TBR and the books already on my shelf. So… THAT WENT WELL.
If not reading, what have I been doing with my free time? Well, I’ve mostly been binge-watching Japanese drama series and anime. Yep. I am curious to see what April will bring. I do hope to get back to reading because I do miss it, but I just don’t want to force myself.
So anyway, here’s my complete March wrap up.
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
Um, hello, this was AMAZING! This may have been one of the best series finales I’ve ever read. So satisfying. I love this world and I love these characters and my review is basically one big gush-fest. If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend it!
Rating: 5 stars | Check out my full review here.
Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer
I did it! I read my very first graphic novel! Wires and Nerve is set in the world of the Lunar Chronicles and follows Iko, the lovable android who longs to be human. I loved this novel, especially because I loved reconnecting with all the characters I had already fallen in love with.
Rating: 4 stars | Check out my full review here.
The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan
Well, since I was in a bit of a reading slump, I thought maybe a new adult novel would help. It didn’t. I did not like The Room Mate. I could not connect to the characters or the romance, the plot was cliché and forgettable. I did finish it in a day, but then promptly forgot about anything that happened because I just did. not. care.
Rating: 2 stars
Top Ten Tuesday
- 28 March2017: Ten Authors I’d Love To Meet
- 21 March 2017: Ten Feel-Good YA Contemporaries To Read In One Sitting
- 14 March 2017: Ten Books On My Spring TBR
- 7 March 2017: Get Hooked From The First Sentence – Favorite Opening Lines
- The Sunshine Blogger Award (read)
Well, my playlist was actually really all over the place in March. Here’s my full playlist:
First of all, there was of course the new album by Ed Sheeran, Divide. This has been on repeat pretty much every day since its release and I can’t express my happiness with it enough. Other than Castle On The Hill and Shape Of You, my favorites include: Perfect, What Do I Know, Supermarket Flowers and Save Myself.
I also discovered a band called Marianas Trench (thanks again for the amazing rec, Lauren!) and I have fallen in love with their sound! I’m still listening to them daily and discovering new songs I like all the time, but my favorite so far is their Ever After album, especially Ever After, Fallout and Stutter.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may know I have recently become obsessed with Death Note. I watched the anime, am saving up for the mangas, watched the movies and watched the TV show. So what better next step than the DEATH NOTE MUSICAL? Yes, that’s right, there is actually a musical. There is a Japanese and a Korean version and the Japanese version can be found with English subs on Youtube. Though the Japanese musical is really good and visually really close to the original, I have a slight preference for the Korean version because the vocals are just THROUGH THE ROOF AMAZING. There’s no English musical yet, but there are a few English demo songs out already and OMG, guys! They are cheesy as hell and the lyrics are a little cringe-worthy, but for me it’s so bad that it’s good and I LOVE it! They are not on Spotify, but I’ll link you to a few of the songs on Youtube:
English demo songs:
- Stalemate (L, Light, Misa)
- Playing His Game (L, Light)
- Where Is The Justice (Light)
- I’ll Only Love You More (Misa)
And, because they sound amazing, some of the Korean versions:
- Hurricane (Light) (His voice is amazing!)
- The Game Begins (L)
- Playing His Game (L, Light) (With a different singer for Light)
And because I listened to these Korean songs, I also discovered Kim Jun-Su, who played L in the Korean Death Note Musical and is also known as Junsu or Xia. And I fell in love with him and his songs and mostly this song in particular:
Jageun biccirado eodumi samkijneun moshae. ||
Even if it’s a small light, the darkness can’t swallow it.
I can’t stop watching this music video. It’s been on repeat daily since I discovered it. It got to me at the perfect point in my life and I’m just super motivated by the message of bouncing back stronger than before after a difficult period in your life. I love the music, I love his voice, I love the visual of the video and I LOVE the dancing. I can’t help but love a guy who can dance like he does. I may also be tempted to learn the whole dance myself because the dance practice is online as well and I am IN AWE.
So Xia got me checking out some more K-pop and I’m quite liking what I found so far. It’s high-energy and danceable. I’ve put all of my discoveries so far in the playlist below, but be warned it’s like 50% Xia… Of course there is soo much and I’d still like to discover more, so if you happen to have any recs for me, feel free to let me know!
High school student Ryuji Takasu looks mean even though he is a nice guy. He meets Taiga Aisaka, a girl who overcompensates for her small stature. Both are romantically interested in a close friend of the other’s and so reluctantly agree to help one another.
This was such a fun, cute and unexpectedly heart-warming anime, dealing with family issues, friendship and featuring a romance that is super adorable and so enjoyable to see slowly develop.
One day, Naho Takamiya receives a letter written to herself from ten years in the future. As Naho reads on, the letter recites the exact events of the day, including the transfer of a new student into her class named Kakeru Naruse. The Naho from ten years later repeatedly states that she has many regrets, and she wants to fix these by making sure the Naho from the past can make the right decisions, especially regarding Kakeru. What’s more shocking is that she discovers that ten years later, Kakeru will no longer be with them. Future Naho asks her to watch over him closely.
I was actually expecting a bit of a fluffy romance story, but Orange turned out to be so much more. The story really goes deep and discusses what it means to be there for someone, how to let other people in and dealing with regrets. The ending made me cry so hard.
At a high school entrance ceremony, high school student Kotoko Aihara, who isn’t that smart, notices gorgeous genius Naoki Irie and falls in love with him immediately. However, when she finally works up the courage to confess her love, he coldly turns her down. After that, disaster strikes again and Kotoko and her dad’s house gets completely destroyed. In desperate need of a place to live, they are contacted by the former best friend of Kotoko’s dad and are offered to come live with his family. When Kotoko moves to her new temporary house, she is surprised to learn that Naoki Irie lives there as well.
After Orange, I wanted something funny and fluffy to watch while turning my thoughts off. Mischievous Kiss was exactly that. It felt a bit like a slapstick comedy at times, with exaggerated expressions and situations full of second-hand embarassment. I did have some issues getting to like the character of Naoki, who is really cold, but he grew on me throughout the series and I ended up loving it
Good Morning Call
Nao rents her dream apartment, but things are not what they seem when she finds out she has been the victim of a scam and will have to share the apartment with high school heart throb Uehara.
Though this has a kind of similar premise to Mischievous Kiss, I actually liked this one just a tad more. Good Morning Call felt just a bit more realistic, more heart-warming and more relatable. Though I love all characters, I felt like especially the secondary cast really shined. Issei and Daichi are adorable, Marina is the most amazing best friend and Abe is hilarious. Looking forward to the second season!
I’ve also been keeping up with the last few episodes of The 100, The Flash and Arrow.
I FINALLY got to watch this, and it was just as good as I expected it to be! Just as good as Finding Nemo, if not maybe even just a bit better?
Wow, this was dark and gritty. And amazing. So well done. I won’t spoil anything, but just know that Laura is amazing and I need her to team up with Eleven from Stranger things and rule the world.
This is the movie adaptation of the anime I also watched this month and it was incredibly well done. Everything I said for the anime holds for the movie as well. I may have cried just a bit harder at the movie’s end though.
Aoi lives in an apartment by herself. Shusei, a very popular student, moves in next to Aoi’s apartment. Due to a mistake, Aoi makes the sprinkler go off in his room and so, until his room is fixed, he stays with Aoi.
I know, the premise sounds familiar doesn’t it? I think I had a thing for the ‘boy-and-girl-living-together’ trope this month. I also chose this movie because it features Kento Yamazaki, who played L in the Death Note drama (I know, I know, I’m obsessed). He also played in Orange, by the way. But unfortunately this movie did not really live up to my expectations. I didn’t understand the characters’ motivations and didn’t feel the romance. Though I must say that the subs for this were really bad, which means I had to get the story based on a few words and context, so I did not understand everything which could be the reason for this.
Beauty and the Beast
Saw this one in the cinema and I must say that I really enjoyed it. I loved how it has all the magic from the original, but manages to go into a bit more depth and has a few little extras. I liked all performances, but especially that of Luke Evans as Gaston – he seemed like a perfect fit for the role and really brought Gaston to life.
- I continued my job hunt with no luck so far. There was an interview I had big hopes for, but in the end I didn’t get it because I lack experience in online marketing. In my previous jobs I dealt with all types of marketing, from classic advertising to direct mail, from PR to events, and so on. Just not online marketing. And that is what is causing me the most trouble finding a new job in marketing, because they all require some experience in online marketing. I took classes and studied up on it so I’m not completely new to it, but how are you supposed to get the experience without someone taking a chance on you? It’s quite frustrating. I decided to try and get a few official certificates in April and hopefully that’ll help me get further. If not, maybe it’s time for me to look for a job outside of marketing.
- Spring is here! We had the first few days of actual spring weather here in Belgium and it was quite refreshing. I hate winter time because it’s cold and dark and just overall depressing, so I always feel brand new when spring finally begins.
- I got to go to a Bruno Mars concert with my friends and it was a lot of fun. We were seated pretty much on the left side of the stage, so we had a great view. And Bruno definitely turned it into a party. The man can sing AND move <3 I also love his band, they really are the cherry on top of the show.
- Because of my new-found love of anime and Japanese drama, I’ve been considering trying to study Japanese. I’ve heard it’s incredibly difficult though (especially the kanji), so it’s also really intimidating me. Anyone has any experience with learning this language? Any tips to share with me?