Hello Darkness, My Old Friend | November/December 2017 Wrap-Up

I didn't forget to do a November wrap-up, but since I was so caught up in real life I didn't feel the desire to do one. So I'm basically combining November and December's wrap-ups to end the rest of the year.

In Real Life (IRL)

November was ok, I don't really remember much of what happened. But this December has been a lot of trying times, filled with anxiety, worried moments, and feeling like my world was crashing down. It was mostly due to me not making time and being accountable for my actions. In case some of you don't keep up with my personal Twitter account, I share a lot of my writing on different platforms. I have had the hardest month so far scheduling, writing, and posting on time for a certain website. Before, I blamed my hectic work schedule, not getting enough time during the week to write, my boss, the moon, the sun, the stars, anything you could have thought of, I blamed it on why I couldn't just sit and write!!

And for awhile, I even thought about quitting or taking a break, because I was just so frustrated on why I couldn't get anything done. Even if I sat home on my ass all day and just wrote, something else would get in the way and ruin my creativity. And I hated feeling out of control of my own work ethic. I still hate it. Even though it's a little better now, it definitely woke me up and made me change the way I work. Now, I just work on some things day by day, hour by hour, and if I don't finish by the end of the day, it's ok! There's always another day to keep at it and it'll get done eventually, one way or another. I know there are deadlines involved, but it's better to work on it even past the due date in order to finish. Because then it's done! There's not a lot of stress involved.

Hopefully for the rest of the month and the beginning of 2018, I can use that analogy to work on other things, outside of writing.

In more happier news, I got my first internship at Entangled Publishing!! At first, I wasn't sure to apply because I don't have a lot of experience in publishing (just because you have a book blog doesn't mean you know about publishing lol). But I talked to my parents about it, and they encouraged me to apply....and I got it!! So far, it's been great; my job is to read manuscripts by new authors and make brief reports on them. There's a Facebook group for new interns, and we all get along great, we're learning a lot, and our editors are really nice!

In other news, my new obsession has been the K-pop guy group, BTS!! I first noticed them on Twitter when my timeline was showing their American debut on the 2017 American Music Awards, and they were just so cute!

In case you don't know, they are a group of 7 young men from South Korea: 
Jin (진), born Kim Seok-jin, 
Suga (슈가), born Min Yoon-gi,
J-Hope (제이홉), born Jung Ho-seok
RM, born Kim Nam-joon
Jimin (지민) Park Ji-min
V (뷔) born Kim Tae-hyung
Jungkook (정국), born Jeon Jung-kook

They have been a band since 2013, their debut was June 13. And I had no idea that they were even a thing, if it weren't for my Twitter friends going OFF for these boys!! And they can dance!! A lot of my timeline during the AMAs were not here for them or into them like that, probably because we've had so many boy bands come and go through out the years. But the thing is with BTS and K-pop groups like them, they dance and entertain better than the US does, not going to lie!! We've had our N'SYNC, BSB, NKOTB, 98 Degrees, One Direction (whom I love!), The Wanted, Five Seconds of Summer, who were popular and loved in their own right, but not a lot of them danced. That's what I've missed from recent boy bands! And BTS know how to incorporate rap and hip-hop without it being offensive to black people, and I love it!!

Even though a lot of their music is in Korean and I don't speak the language myself, just the fact that I can vibe with them and still understand their meanings means more to me than if they were to do an English album. Plus, RM is fluent in English, and Jungkook knows some English, which is helpful.

(Left to Right: V, Jimin. Cuties! )

I still have a lot to catch up on when it comes to their music, but so far, V is my bias! His deep sexy voice is just my everything! Jimin is a cutie too, he may be a close second to being my bias wrecker!

Let me know in the comments if you're a member of the BTS ARMY!! Who's your bias? Which songs should I listen to first?

Weekly Memes

Book Blogger Hop - Here are all of my BBH posts from this month. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.


Top 5 Wednesday - I either forgot to do many of these Christmas themed prompts, or just didn't want to lol. But I did do one! 


Readathons and Reading Challenges

I don't know if this counts as a readathon, but I participated in Jaimie from The Broke and the Bookish's Secret Santa again. This was my second time participating, and it was a lot of fun! My person, Madalyn from Novel Ink Blog, got her gift and loved it, All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.

My gift was The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and I gagged on the inside!! I was so excited that I finally got a book that I've been dying to read. I'd also gotten candies, chocolates and treats: Tipson Black Tea, Simpson’s Classic British Travel Sweets, English Tea Shop green tea, Godiva white chocolate pearls, Ghiardelli chocolate squares, and Lindt hot chocolate! Talk about spoiled!!!

I didn't know who my Secret Santa was, and I still don't!. Thank you so much, whoever you are! 

I also participated in the 2018 Holiday Adventure-A-Thon, hosted and created by Jasmine from Novel Thoughts. I was on Team Holiday Penguin, and I read 1 book, and participated in 0 challenges. 

Book Reviews and Blog Tours

I participated in a blog tour for Xpresso Tours, promoting  EXPOSURE by Sylvie Parizeau.

I also participated in Xpresso Tours' cover reveal for Inger Iversen's Blackwater Savior: Mia and Spooky. I haven't even read the book, and I'm already excited for Inger because she's so sweet and so talented! :) 

How was your December and Christmas season? What presents did you get? Leave comments below!