August ’19 Wrap Up: The One Where I Consume A Lot of Media, Added New Sections, Did the Most With Everything and Moved Countries (!!!)

So August has come and gone (like summer) and I am drowning in school work.

Fun times!

With the end of August, comes my August recap. And spoiler: it’s LONGGGG.

And I don’t know whether I should say sorry (because I cannot shut up OH MY GOD) or you’re welcome (because some people actually like my wrap ups?? What).

Also, for all you Friends fans out there: I’m changing my titles to include The One with/where like they do with Friends episode titles. You’re welcome.

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BOOKS I READ:

EMOJI KEY:

β˜€οΈ lead / major side characters of color
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lgbtq lead / major side characters
🌸 neurodiversity and trauma
♿️ disability
✨ New Release Challenge
πŸ’¨ Beat the Backlist
πŸ“š Back to the Classics
πŸ“– Library Love Challenge
🌍 #YARC2019
🎧 Audiobook Challenge 2019

In general, August was a pretty good reading month! I managed to read ten books, and I’m really proud of how it went because it was an incredibly stressful and busy month. However, most of them were either sneaky reads on the plane (thanks, 3 hour delay) or audiobooks (currently, I have not been able to read anything that isn’t audio because of school, which SUCKS).

I also completed my Goodreads challenge of 100 books! I’m really stunned at how quickly I completed this goal, but since I’ve done that, I’m trying to hit 150 books (which is SUCH a stretch, but you know what? I’m going to try.

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Hungry Hearts edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… // An interconnected YA anthology about food, culture and with diverse characters is a book that I was certain I was going to 5 star, and I’m so happy that I was right. More thoughts here.

The Diviners by Libba Bray β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† (4.5) // This is one of the best character driven series I’ve read, and I LOVED rereading this. The audiobook was absolutely phenomenal. More thoughts here.

Again, But Better by Christine Riccio β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜† (3.25) // Certainly an intriguing novel with a great study abroad aspect, but a novel that does not avoid common debut mistakes. More thoughts here.

Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune by Roselle Lim (3.75) β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† // A quiet, unique story about cooking, Chinese culture and tinged with a pinch of magic. More thoughts here.

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜† (1.5) // I think I found my least favourite book of the year, and I’m kind of disappointed. This series just keeps letting me down. More thoughts here.

Maid by Stephanie Land (no rating) // I don’t think I’m going to rate this, purely because this was non-fiction. However, this was an interesting read, but did get repetitive after a while. Thoughts to come in my next recent reads post!

Finale by Stephanie Garber β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜† (3.5) // I’m really glad I finished this series, honestly. This was a good conclusion, but I wanted MORE. Thoughts to come in my next recent reads post!

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† (3.5) // This was such a fun novel with the MOST wonderful family & an interesting enemies-to-lovers dynamic. Thoughts to come in my next recent reads post!

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† (3.75) // Thoughts to come in my next recent reads post!

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† // This was dark, gritty & had really fascinating, complex characters. And that end? Wow, I knew it was coming but it still hit hard. Thoughts to come in my next recent reads post!


READING STATISTICS:

Since I am highkey a stats nerd and have been recording my monthly reading stats in my reading bullet journal anyway, I’ve decided to add a little section for my reading statistics for the month! I find stats so interesting and I think this will provide further insight on what I read.

And honestly, I can’t be bothered to make pie graphs, so I’m just going to post the picture from my reading bujo (I know the bottom is not completed, but let’s just go with it).

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[Quick Access To My August 2019 Blog Posts HERE]

TOP POST OF THE MONTH:

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I suppose you all seem to like my wrap ups? Glad you do πŸ™‚

MY FAVOURITE POST OF THE MONTH:

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I know I use template headers, but I’m talking about my discussion post on why I don’t use Bookstagram. I had a lot of fun writing it, and a lot of you seem to relate to it, which is awesome!

OTHER POSTS OF THE MONTH:

Links Found Below!

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Since August was INSANELY busy for me (it’s September when I am writing this and I’m truly exhausted and drained), I was even worse than normal with commenting, both on other people’s posts and replying back to comments. I did find the time to read a bunch of posts though, and there were so many amazing posts that you all generated, and I just need to take some time to appreciate them!


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Honestly, life-wise, I think August has been both the most busy and interesting (in terms for you all, but when I say interesting, I mean chaotic) month this year, and maybe ever? I have literally been NON-STOP and it’s … a lot.

  • China & Hong Kong Trip! I took a trip with my family to visit China, and Hong Kong (on the way), for two weeks. It was busy, swanky, interesting, and … wild. A quick storytime: I literally managed to escape half an hour before the first (or one of the first??) violent protest in Hong Kong at Times Square. It was a trip filled with a lot of delays (thanks, airports) and me running on not much sleep. If enough of you request it, I’d be totally down to write up a travel diaries post about it!
  • Social Outings & Farewells. I managed to say goodbye to a few friends before I left and spent some quality time with them, which was a lot of fun. And I miss them. A lot.
  • IGCSE Results!Β After labouring over IGCSEs for two years, I got my results mid-August, and they were … alright, I guess? I am incredibly proud of what I got in my weaker subjects, but not so much on my stronger subjects, which is a shame. And I don’t think I got the results I’m capable of getting, but then again, my old school barely supported me (which is lowkey tea for another day), so …
  • I pierced my ears!Β I posted this briefly on Twitter, but I finally pierced my ears. And it was terrifying because my biggest fear is needles (or needles/blades/guns etc. through body parts), but I’m so so happy that I did it, because honestly? I love how I looked in them.
  • I moved to Bangkok + Starting At A New School. Bangkok has such great food but ngl I do miss Singapore and the safety around it! But I LOVE the classes at my new school (also no maths WOOP) and I’m trying to find my people right now, lmao. I also started swimming again, which is not fun and not good.
  • Also, I broke my glasses. And promptly got new ones, which was a relief.
  • And I’ve screamed about this too many times, but I co-won the Small Book Blogger Award from the Third Book Blogging Annual Awards with the AMAZING Olivia @ Purely Olivia?Β I still cannot believe this is true. I think I’m dreaming. And also, crying. (THis is the last time I’m talking about it I SWEAR).

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MUSIC

Monthly Playlist:

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  1. White Ferrari by Frank Ocean – Blonde, 2016
  2. Nights by Frank Ocean – Blonde, 2016
  3. Novacane by Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra, 2011
  4. Scorpio Rising by Soccer Mommy – Clean, 2018
  5. Close to You by Frank Ocean – Blonde, 2016
  6. False God by Taylor Swift – Lover, 2019
  7. Take Me To Church by Hozier – Hozier, 2016
  8. Paper Rings by Taylor Swift – Lover, 2019
  9. Cruel Summer by Taylor Swift – Lover, 2019

MONTHLY FAVORITES

WHAT I WATCHED

Oh my god, you guys, I watched so many movies/TV things this month! Which was kind of surprising, because you know that I don’t watch that many movies/TV shows normally. I think it was because I was on the plane a lot/the hotel TV had it on, so.

And all the things I watched this month were SO good. If only my reading was this good.

Movies

Four Weddings and A Funeral β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… (4.75/5??)

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This was such a fun re-watch! I had re-watched Notting Hill in May, and I really wanted to revisit this other classic Hugh Grant film. So I decided to play it and watch it while I was packing for my China trip, and I had so much fun. I loved how awkward the main character was, the kinky humor (which, by the way, I love! And also, just the general humor that had me cracking up at 2 AM), the romance and the whole British-ness of it. I love so many things British, which seems only fitting since I’m a British international school now. And no, I don’t think I’ll be watching the new TV series of it. It’s the classic for me.

Crazy Rich Asians β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… (4.5)

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Still a favourite that resonated with me DEEPLY. Since I talked about it in my September 2018 Wrap Up, I’m not going to delve into it too much here. I loved how proudly Southeast Asian it was, the relatability of it, and the humor. Just another fun romp that I just had such a fun time with.

Mamma Mia 2 β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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I KNOW Mamma Mia is a classic, but I liked this one SO MUCH more. The juxtaposition was fantastic, the Donna timeline was SO GOOD, the songs were amazing, and the cast & humor? STILL perfection. This film is just one of those films that make you smile so much until it hurts. This is another rewatch, but again? Still loved it.

The Hate U Give β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

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And another 5 star film! I finally stopped procrastinating and watched this movie this month, and you guys – it was SO GOOD. I cried (and nearly cried) SO MANY times, and this is such an important film with such heart, so much to offer and with the most memorable characters, themes and world. So glad I got around to watching it and comes HIGHLY recommended from me.

Sleepless In Seattle β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… (4.75)

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Another cult classic that I finally got around to watching! This one does get a bit of a mixed rep, but I loved it SO MUCH. The film was just so beautifully made, the actors so good, the characters wonderful and it just truly enraptured me. Admittedly, the female main character did creep me out a little purely because she showed some stalker-ish behaviour and treated another male character pretty badly, and the son was a little manipulative? But this film is GORGEOUS and BEAUTIFUL and such a great movie of escapism with a beautiful fairy tale feel.

TV:

Friends (Season 8) β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† (4.5)

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I still love Friends SO MUCH. This was another solid season, with great character dynamics, hilarity and is just so fun. I honestly don’t know what to say about Friends that I haven’t already said, but right now, this is probably my second favourite TV show of all time (after Brooklyn 99, of course). But seriously, if you haven’t watched it, you really need to. SO. GOOD.


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  • Figure out what to do about blogging in August. βŒβœ” I managed to schedule enough posts for when I was away in China, but I ended up having to take a little semi-hiatus of sorts right after, since I was packing to move, so.
  • Buy and gather all supplies needed for the move. βœ” If I didn’t do this, I’d be kind of screwed, so.
  • Revamp my closet. βŒβœ” I mean, sort of? This one is kind of hard to decide on, but I think I managed to get some clothes.
  • Pack up! βœ” Again, another goal, I had to complete.
  • Farewells. βœ” I talked about this in my life updates section, but yes, I managed to say goodbye to and spend some quality time with some of my friends! (Not all of them, but it’s okay).

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  • Keep up with homework.Β  I’ve barely started the second week of school and I already have SO MUCH homework. And my main aim in September is to keep up with it at a healthy level, and get help for that if I need to, because I put a lot of stress on myself quickly.
  • Find my people.Β  I’m going to be at my new school for two years, so I really need to find my people and some real solid friends, lmao. Love that for me!
  • Figure out what to do about blogging in September. βŒβœ” With all the work (and all the things!) I’m doing in September, I need to figure out how I can balance blogging and life and reading without dying of exhaustion.
  • Read 12 books!Β βŒβœ” I know I just said all of that about not stressing and what not, but I REALLY want to hit 150 books this year if I can. Which means reading an average of 12-13 books a month, which, like. Phew. Is a lot. But worst comes to worse we can cram with audiobooks in November and December!
  • But also chill out a little, lmao. βŒβœ” I just keep contradicting myself, but I need to take some time and breathe a little and not die. Because this isn’t where it gets worse yet. Maybe go out with some new friends? Take a night (or two off)?

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  • Honestly, at this point, I don’t know what’s ahead of me other than me drowning in school work and just trying to balance things in general? Which is … fun.
  • Like, A Level work is A LOT. I’m loving my classes, but still – the homework just keeps coming and getting worse.
  • I’m also going to be doing a lot of uni visits! Columbia, Princeton, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, and Duke are coming to Bangkok tomorrow, and I’m going, and Brown and Penn are coming on the 22nd, which means A LOT of travelling. In Bangkok traffic. Which … yeah. Is a Lot. But I’m also very excited!!

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How was August for you? What was your favorite book that you read this month, and how was your reading month? Any other favourites? Bloggers, what were some of your favorite posts this month? Feel free to share them here! Did you set goals last month, and how did you do on them?

I would love to know.

I hope August is wonderful for you all!

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22 thoughts on “August ’19 Wrap Up: The One Where I Consume A Lot of Media, Added New Sections, Did the Most With Everything and Moved Countries (!!!)

  1. Congrats on hitting your challenge! Definitely go for 150. YOU CAN DO IT.

    I still need to get to The Female of the Species. I love McGinnis’ other books and I don’t know why I haven’t picked that one up yet.

    I’m so glad you got around to watching THUG. It’s incredible, isn’t it?!

    Good luck with your goals ❀

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    1. Thank you so much, Amber! School has become A LOT right now – so currently I’m not sure how realistic this is. But hopefully I can achieve it 😊 I really hope you get to and like the female of the species & I’m so glad to hear you liked McGinnis’s other books! I really want to give them a go now! THUG is so so incredible and I’m really happy you loved it too! Thank you for your kind words πŸ’–

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  2. TAASIA YOU’RE A BEAST!!! CONGRATS ON READING 100 BOOKS *WHOOOOOOO* and winning the book blogger award?? AHHHH πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
    I watched THUG over the summer too and I was freaking BAWLING. I think it was just so nicely put together with the same strong messages as the book. I really wish that it got more love & attention. ❀️ I’m sending you all the best thoughts as you start at a new school, but you’re a wondeerful and amazing person. I know you’ll do great. I hope you have a fantastic September!!

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    1. LMAO I TRIED πŸ˜‚ Also ilysm and am just over here crying from your kind words 😭❀ Seriously, you’re just the sweetest 🀧 Omg I would’ve just cried the whole film if I wasn’t watching it in a public setting, which was completely on me.

      And also, the comments at the new school … you’re just so sweet and ily?? So much?? ❀❀ I hope you have an amazing September, Tiffany ❀

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  3. I definitely wish you all the best luck at your new school! I hope things will calm down a bit & that you’ll manage to find some time to relax even when things are busy πŸ₯° I’m happy to hear you managed to read so much in August and congrats on completing your Goodreads challenge! πŸŽ‰ I was doing the NEWT Readathon in August and it was lots of fun, but also a bit intense, so I’m planning a more flexible TBR for September πŸ™‚ [Plus: I love reading your wrapups πŸ’•]

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    1. Thank you so much, Caro! I’m definitely trying to do that right now by taking Friday nights (or at the least, most of the night). I’m glad that you enjoyed the NEWT readathon – I’ve always wanted to join but I never had time! Best of luck on your September TBR and I hope you enjoy it! And I’m so happy you like my wrap ups, it means a lot to me 😭

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  4. Taasia, your wrap-ups are AMAZING. i love reading them so much, and I can’t pinpoint the reason :”) Maybe it’s because of your blogging voice? Or how organized you are? Lmao, I have no idea. I just love them, and I know that a lot of people do too!

    how do you read so much whilst being so busy? I’m ??? Congrats on hitting 100 books though! you’ve made me 29398x more excited to read Hungry Hearts. And ohhh, the end of The Female of the Species. Yeah i remember that.

    CONGRATS ON WINNING BEST SMALL BOOK BLOGGER AGAIN. you deserve it so much ahhhhhhhhh. also, thank you so much for linking my August archive here? I’m so so happy that a goddess liked not one, not two, but a whole month’s worth of my posts? I’m seriously so honored 😭😭 I hope you’re having fun at your new school! I know that you’ll find friends in no time ;))

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    1. Ahhh Caitlin! Seriously, you’re just too kind πŸ˜­πŸ’– I truly can’t with all of these kind words omgg 🀧❀

      Honestly, my main saviour is audiobooks! I don’t know what I’d do without them. I can’t wait for you to read Hungry Hearts! And oof, the end of Female of the Species? CAITLIN IT STILL HURTS.

      Thank you again and congrats for NEW BLOGGER!! So so so happy for you πŸ’–πŸ’– Your August posts were so amazing omg and I’m sorry I didn’t comment on them! But yeah, I loved every single one of them. So much. And Caitlin, you’re seriously too sweet! I’m defo getting there, it’s a slow and steady process though! Ilyy πŸ’–

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  5. I hate that I still need to watch The Hate U Give but idk, I just love the book and I want it to be the same which I don’t know if it will be?? Crazy Rich Asians the book and film were both fab! And Friends is incredible so I absolutely love your new titles!! Brooklyn 99 I still have to get to but I love what I’ve seen so far! I’ve watched episode 1 of season 1 but somehow loads from various seasons too oops, because I just watch the reruns when they’re on??
    I also love the long wrap-up! Wrap-ups always are my favourite posts to read and write so the longer the better??
    I started A-levels as well this week and it’s so nice to drop some of the subjects I did at GCSE (maths & science looking at you ;). I haven’t had too much homework as have only been in a couple days but I’m excited/apprehensive to really get started!
    Hope you have a fab September!

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    1. Honestly, Emme, I think you’ll love the Hate U Give! I had the same initial fears as you and I ended up loving it! So so happy you love CRA as well because they’re both soooo good omg. Ahahah super proud of my Friends titles and glad to see another Friends fan in the house (pivot, pivot anybody?) EMME YOU HAVE TO FINISH BROOKLYN 99 OMG. PLEASE. IT’S TOO GOOD. I’M BEGGING YOU.

      Ahh thank you so much, you’re seriously too sweet πŸ’˜ I’m just so touched rn omg 😭 I’m hoping you’re loving A Levels, and it really is so great to drop some subjects. It’s a lot of work, but for me it’s just so interesting! Hope you have the most wonderful September πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  6. This is such a wonderful wrap up, Taasia!!! I ADORE your wrap ups, so I can see why so many others love them too! πŸ˜‰ I’m glad we felt the same about Finale, but it really is a shame it wasn’t more! I loved all the Chinese culture in Natalie Tan, when I read it a few months ago! Congrats on reaching your goal of 100 (!!!) books! That’s amazing!! I really hope you’ll be able to read 150! I’m sure you can do it! ❀ I'm so happy that you're enjoying Bangkok so far, and oh my word, I'm so glad you were safe from the riots that broke out in Hong Kong! And ahhhh, congrats on the ear piercing too!! I just got my second piercing earlier this year, and I love it!

    Wishing you the best of luck with your school!! ❀

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    1. Aww Kelly!! You’re seriously too kind to me 😭❀ I really enjoyed our Finale buddy read and it’s a shame we both didn’t like it more! The Chinese culture was just so great and made me really happy, ahh! Hoping for 150, but idk how realistic it is now, haha! Bangkok is going well so far (I’d say) and also, you’re just the sweetest human being and ily ❀ Yay for your second piercing!! And thank you so so much ❀

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  7. Ahh, I relate so much to having a chaotic August and also now being drowned with schoolwork?? I hope you have a super amazing September.πŸ’–
    I’M SO HAPPY BECAUSE WE LOVE SO MANY OF THE SAME MOVIES. Sleepless in Seattle is one of my faves, even though yeah, I definitely always feel bad for the other guy, but it is a rom-com, after all. Friends is the best show ever!! I love how you’re modeling your post titles after it, that’s so cute.
    Congratulations again on the book blogging award, you deserve it so much!!
    I love Lover so much, eep. I have been listening to specifically False God so much these past couple of days and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite songs on the album- I can’t get over the line, “Staring out the window like I’m not your favorite town, I’m New York City.” So!! good!!
    Thank you so much for mentioning my post, I’m so happy you enjoyed it.✨I hope you have a wonderful September, can accomplish your goals, and good luck with your new school and everything that goes along with that!! I hope it all goes really well. *hugs*

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    1. Aww, Olivia!! You’re actually the sweetest! I hope school is treating you okay πŸ’– YES TO LOVING THE SAME MOVIES – are we lowkey movie twins? I think so, haha! Yess to Sleepless in Seattle – I do feel bad for Walter but also, it’s so magical and beautiful I LOVE IT. We love Friends and this house, and aw haha, you’re so lovely πŸ’• Thank you for your kind words, seriously!! You deserve it so much too πŸ’– Ahhh Lover!! False God!!! Yes. I feel like not many people like it a lot which sucks 😦 Your post was so good I LOVED IT! Again, you’re honestly the sweetest, loveliest human and an absolute gem!! Sending back all the hugs πŸ’˜

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  8. taasia, it’s great to hear from you again! i am happy to hear everything went well with your move and new school. and also CONGRATS ON YOUR BOOK BLOGGER AWARD!!!!!#(!(!)!)! i am legit so happy for you; your blog is amazing and a huge inspiration for me and you deserve it sososo much!
    i am sorry you disliked the vanishing stair so much. i still have to read this one, but i’m putting it off, so i can read it closer to the release of the 3rd one. i liked truly, devious a lot so maybe i’ll have better luck with it? but i do feel like it’s one of those series in which all the answers will only be given in the last few pages of the last book.
    the unhoneymooners was definitely one of the best from the romance i’ve read this year. even though i didn’t love it or was mindblown, it was truly binge-worthy and i appreciated the family dynamic a lot.
    i’d love to read your travel diaries from china & hong kong! and i’m sorry to hear you were so close to getting caught up on the violent protest. at least you guys are all safe, but it must’ve been pretty scary!
    and piercing your ears is so exciting! i also only did mine this year, thought most people i know have their ears pierced since they’re babies. i did too, but since i haven’t used earrings since i was two, i had to re-pierce them and i love it now! earrings are really cool accessories too. i am terrified of needles too, but it was surprisingly okay and i barely felt anything!
    and the fact false god & paper rings are both on your favorites of the month too! these are my two favorite tracks from lover; they’re quite different but i can’t stop playing them.
    mamma mia 2 is AMAZING. i don’t know whether i like this one or the first one the best, but i do know lily james is the most stunning woman ever! she looks so beautiful as donna and was able to capture the essence of the character perfectly.
    i also cried so much with the thug movie. it’s so beautiful and hard-hitting and the cast is AMAZING! i was so happy they got the family dynamic right, as it was my favorite aspect of the book.
    wishing you luck on your goals for next month! and the uni visits look REALLY exciting!!!! hope you have an amazing september, taasia! (and sorry for the longest comment ever)

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    1. Thank you so much, Lais! You’re just the sweetest human and I am undeserving of your kindness πŸ˜­πŸ’– People like you are just one of the reasons I keep blogging πŸ’• I really hope you like The Vanishing Stair and I hope it works for you! I’m not sure I’ll read the Hand in the Wall yet, but we shall see! Right now I don’t think I care that much, unfortunately 😦 I’m so glad you liked the Unhoneymooners! It was a great read πŸ™‚ The HK protests were insane and I’m so glad we made it! I’m really hoping I can make travel diaries soon, it was a really cool trip. I totally feel you on your point about pierced ears, and yay for piercing yours! I’m so happy I pierced mine and I’m glad you’re loving them! And also, needles are so frightening and it did go pretty well though! It was kinda like my ears were being stapled πŸ˜‚ those two tracks are so good ahhhh and i found more favourite after relistens. Mamma Mia 2 is the Bomb and YESSS Lily James is STUNNING. She is the perfect Donna and I stan them both so hard. THUG is great and like, yes to everything you said. Thank you so much, Lais, and I did really like all the uni visits! I hope you’re having the amazing September you deserve! And I love your comments, they’re just so thoughtful, so dw! πŸ’˜

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  9. CONGRATS ON FINISHING YOUR GOODREADS CHALLENGE THATS AMAZING YOURE A READING MACHINE πŸ₯³πŸ‘βœ¨βœ¨
    okay GUESS who got their copy of hungry hearts and is SUPER excited to read it after your glowing review??? i’m so hesitant to read the diviners even though i’ve only heard good things about it bc im a coward when it comes to scary stuff and also bc the series is sooo long but i seriously need to prioritize it
    your bujo stats??? too cute for words.
    ahhhh moving is so terrifying but also so exciting!! i hope youre having a great time and settling in and learning all the fun stuff that comes with moving to a new place. you had such a packed month and i hope september is going amazing and being kind to you πŸ’–

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    1. SAYS THE BIGGEST READING MACHINE OF ALL! also ily πŸ’–

      I’m very very very happy that you have (and as of now, loved?) Hungry Hearts because it deserves ALL the love, period. May PLEASE read the Diviners you’re gonna love it and the characters so much. Also, PLEASE audiobook it. Please.

      You are too cute for words and also the sweetest human and I just πŸ˜­πŸ’– I hope your September was the September you deserve and that your October is even better!

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  10. I think I watched The Hate U Give in my first school holidays this year, with a friend? Definitely worth it and overdue, it’s such a good movie (except KJ Apa but that’s tea for another day lmao, you’d think us NZ people would be supportive of him). Looks like you had a great month!

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  11. Aaaaah I agree with you on Mamma Mia 2! I loved the first one, but the second one I loved so much more *swoons* also I adore ABBA so both films make me swoon as I’m transported back to when I was a kid and dancing around to ABBA songs at my grandparents hehe.

    I still need to read The Hate U Give (I started it then erm stopped cause of a slump) but I plan to read it before 2020 rolls over me and then hopefully I’ll watch the film at some point. I’d love to see travel diaries from you for Hong Kong and China if you have the time Taasia! And good luck with your new school and finding your people, sending you all the love and calming vibes for what I’m sure is gonna be another chaotic month for you ❀

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    1. YESSSS about Mamma Mia 2! I would die for Lily James and I love her so, so much. These movies made me love ABBA and goodness do I love that kind of music!

      I can’t wait for you to read (and hopefully love!) the Hate U Give! I really want to do travel diaries at some point, but I just need to make time. Thank you so much for your kind words – they’re so appreciated and so needed πŸ’— I hope you’re having the most amazing October, Clo! πŸ’–

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