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2017 reading challenges

Hey everyone!

This year I was interested in a looot of reading challenges, so I thought… why not?

I’m going to join eleven different reading challenges, but opposed to previous years I won’t be basing my reading on them. So, at the end of the year, I’ll see if I did well and if I have to widen my reading zone! I hope to be able to make monthly updates, but I don’t promise anything!

Here are the challenges I’ve chosen:

POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
Every year, I look forward to the prompts of this fantastic reading challenge. It offers lots of idea on what to read next and in the Goodreads group you can find a lot of books recommendations! You don’t have to read a book for each category, but I like doing so. I don’t expect to complete it, but I’ll do my best!

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2017 Around the year in 52 books
Here is another prompt challenge! I like the idea of reading a book each week on average and I think it gives you lots of ideas to what to read next as well! Since I won’t be basing my reading on challenges I don’t know if I can complete all the topics, but I hope so!

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2017 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
For this challenge, I need to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet, for a total of 26 books! I’m very curious to see which spoonfuls I’ll complete and for which ones I’ll need to pick up a specific book!

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Retellings Reading Challenge 2017
I’m really excited to join this one, as I love retellings! I will aim to the easy level (1-4 retellings) but I will move up a level if I complete it ahead of time! I should write some thoughts on the books I read for this, so I really hope I’ll be able to make monthly wrap-ups or something like this (since full-length reviews aren’t my thing).

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2017 Dystopia Reading Challenge
Two years ago I was a big fan of dystopian novels, but last year I didn’t read many of them. For now, I will aim at the recruit level and move up a level if needed! I won’t be completing the Bingo because I have way too many prompts already with the Popsugar and the Around the year challenges.

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2017 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2017
Ah, romance books. Often I feel like a warm, bubbly romance novel would be exactly what I need. But I don’t read this genre really often and I lack good books in my bookcase (so, if you have recommendations, please tell me in the comments!). Once again, I aim at the first base (1-5 books) and I’ll aim higher if I can!

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2017 Victorian Reading Challenge
Here is another challenge I’m really looking forward. I love Victorian Era and Victorian Literature. I hope to read a good bunch of books. To complete this challenge, I need to read a minimum of 4 books. In addition, there are 32 prompts. Sadly, I don’t think I will be able to complete all of them, but some of them are really stimulating and I might just search specifically some titles to complete those ones.

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Back to the Classics 2017
The goal for this challenge is to read 12 different classics, one for each category. I really like classics, so I’m happy to have something that pushes me to read them! There are several interesting examples in the sign-up posts and I hope to be able to read the ones that inspire me the most.

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Banned/Challenged Books Reading Challenge
This is a topic I’m really interested into. As in the other challenge, I will aim at the lowest goal, which in this case is only a book, but I surely hope to be able to read more!

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Mental Illness Advocacy (MIA) Reading Challenge
This is another topic I’m really interested into. I really want to read more about it. The first level of the annual challenge, acquainted, is only of four books. In the sign-up page there’s a great list of recommendations that I totally plan to use.

Last, but non least, I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge at 52 books! A book each week is a good average and I absolutely want to complete it (and maybe read even more).

What do you think about those challenges? You can sign-up for any of them if you’re interested! Just click on the titles to be redirected to the sign-up pages. Happy reading! _apple__by_ebonred-d51uswt

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2016 Books Statistics Survey

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Hello everyone! Let’s see how my 2016 went in terms of reading!
In 2014 Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide and Andi from Andi’s ABC came up with their first annual Statistics Survey, inspired by Jamie of The Perpetual Page Turner. They brought it back once again in 2016 and I’m ready to do it now!

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  • Number of books read…
    • Under 250 pages (not including novellas): 8, counting Goosebumps. If they don’t count, only one.
    • Between 400-449 pages: 3
    • Between 450-499 pages: 2
    • Over 500 pages: 12
    • Over 1000 pages: 0
  • Number of…
    • Audiobooks: 0 (don’t usually read audiobooks)
    • Re-reads: 7
    • DNFs (did not finish): 0 (yay)
  • Number of books rated…
    • Five Stars: 22
    • One/Two Stars: 2 two stars
  • Number of authors met in 2016: 0
  • Number of book events attended in 2016: 0 (actually I don’t know about any book event near my town)
  • Number of books you read in one day: I don’t know actually. I binge-read a lot of Goosebumps this year since I had them on my Kindle. Excluding them, since the other books were pretty big, I’d say 1 for sure (I did it for my readathons), maybe two.
  • Number of books that made you cry: Usually I don’t cry while reading, but if I’m not mistaken 2 or 3 books got me teary-eyed.
  • Number of 2017 books you have on pre-order: 0 (I don’t usually preorder tumblr_inline_mto5g32IQF1qid2nw)

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  • Book read furthest away from home (vacation reads?): Uhh, Anne of Green Gables. I was in vacation near Switzerland.
  • Book that took you the longest to read: Well… Gone with the Wind? I guess. Since I stopped midway to join the Make Me Read it Readathon and I picked it up again like three months later…
  • Book that you personally connected with the most: None on a personal level.
  • Book that made you love the villain: I re-read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and in that book there’s a great part about Tom Riddle which I think it helps understanding him a bit more.
  • Book you said you’d come back to but still haven’t picked up again: In 2015 I didn’t finish Madame Bovary because there were some pages missing. I wanted to find those pages and pick up the book again but I still haven’t done so.
  • Book you read waaaay before it’s publication date: None, I think.
  • Book you read on your birthday: None I think, since I was busy with my friends all day! I think I was reading one of Anne of Green Gables novels at that time.
  • Book with a character who shares your name: None, but I share a nick-name with Melinda from Gone with the Wind (Melly)!
  • Book you weren’t entirely truthful about when rating (Fluff up any ratings? Rated even though you didn’t finish?): Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I think, since I gave it 5 stars only because it’s a Harry Potter book. It obviously isn’t on the same level of the other books in the saga.
  • Book you read in 2016 but already want to re-read: None at the moment, but I might re-read something if I pick the sequel too late.
  • Book you borrowed from a friend a long time ago and still have: None I think, I usually give back books right away, because I hate it when other people don’t return my books.
  • Book you wish you could go back and read for the first time again: Any of the Harry Potter books I re-read this year.
  • Most books read by one author this year: R.L. Stine, but I don’t know exactly how many, 9 at least.

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  • Happiest & saddest: Happiest – Anne of Windy Poplars; Saddest – Gone with the Wind (I didn’t read anything really happy or sad this year, everything is so… sadly hopeful?)
  • Longest & shortest…
  • Best & worst…
  • First & last…
    • Reads of 2016: First – Roots; Last – Un Nuovo Regno
    • Books on your bookcase (1st book on the top left and last book on the bottom right): I don’t have a bookcase right now
  • Most disappointing & biggest pleasant surprise: Disappointing – The Grove; Pleasant surprise – Roots
  • Fandom you joined & one you abandoned: None?
  • Series you picked up & series you quit: I picked up Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children and I’m not going to quit anything!
  • Most lenient & harshest ratings: Lenient – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; Harshest – Allegiant
  • Most hyped & furthest under the radar that you read: Most hyped – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! Furthest under the radar – quite a lot actually!

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  • Book you read that is red: Il mio angelo segreto
  • Starts with X, Y, or Z: None
  • Book you hugged when you finished it: I can’t remember, but I definitely did that!
  • Book you wanted to throw across a room: Insurgent and Allegiant.
  • Food you craved while/after reading a certain book: Nothing in particular
  • Book that became an instant go-to recommendation: Kafka on the Shore
  • Furthest out of your comfort zone: None, I decided to stay in my comfort zone the whole year.
  • Read on a recommendation (that you may not have picked up yourself): Roots, recommended by my mother
  • Forced yourself to finish: The Grove (thankfully it was short!)
  • Series or author’s works you binged (whether all at once or throughout the year): R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps; I was in need of something easy to read

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The Christmas Song Book Tag

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!

It’s been a while! I pretty much gave up on frequent updates and I was just thinking about posting something once in a while when Angie tagged me! Thank you so so much, I think this is the first time someone tags me? I’m not 100% sure because I didn’t get any notifications, luckily I’m following her Blogmas/Blogcember!

Well, time to switch Christmas mode on! To check out Angie’s answers, click here~

1. You’re a Mean One Mr.Grinch : Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love
This might be a bit weird, but I’d say Tom Riddle. We were able to know so much about him during the 6th book that I feel some kind of bond with him. Well, maybe saying he is a character I LOVE is a bit too much, but I think he is the only legit villain I don’t simply hate.

2. All I Want for Christmas is You : Which book do you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?
I would be happy with anything, really. But I don’t think I will receive any book at all tumblr_m7gk4gyuEK1r86b3d I would be super happy if I get Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard because I want to read it so badly! I would also be happy with a Murakami novel, because I really like his style of writing and I would love to read more from him!

3. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer : Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.
This is a tough question. I can’t come up with a name right away. Uhm… Maybe Tris (Divergent) would fit. Born into Abnegation, she chose Dauntless and she faced a lot of obstacles due to it. She had to learn to believe in herself and acknowledge her strengths to be able to fit in the faction she chose.

4. Santa Claus is Coming to Town : a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list?
b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?
Actually, I have quite a number of names for the naughty list 8D But at the top of the list there would be for sure Professor Umbridge, and I don’t think I have to explain myself! As for the nice list, I think fairy tales and children classics main characters cannot be beaten! If I have to say a name, I’d go with Beth March (Little Women). She’s such a nice and caring girl!

5. Frosty the Snowman : Which book just melts your heart?
Pollyanna. She’s such a sweet girl, you can’t help but love her. This novel was able to teach me a lot and made me feel so happy and grateful about my life.

6. Feliz Navidad : Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.
I live in Italy, so almost every book I read is set in a country different from my own. I’m going to stick to the Christmas theme and say A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, which is set in England.

7. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year : Which holiday themed book do you use to spread Christmas joy?
I haven’t read much set during Christmas, so I’ll go with Little Women. I think this novel might teach people to be selfless and grateful and might remind everyone of the importance of family. Maybe it may help you living a different, more valuable Christmas.

8. Sleigh Ride : Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with? (Doesn’t have to be a love interest)
Hermione Granger! I would love to spend the holidays with her! We would chat for hours, sing and spend the time reading on the sofa, with a hot chocolate and a warm blanket!

9. Baby it’s Cold Outside : Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?
I would never actually do that obviously, because I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself, but I wouldn’t feel any regret sacrificing The Grove by John Rector.

10. Do you hear what I hear : Which book do you think everyone should read?
Maybe it’s a bit obvious coming by myself, but… The Harry Potter series! I’ll never be tired of recommending it to everyone!

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Make Me Read it Readathon Recap

Well, better late than never! It seems that everytime I join a readathon I enter in a blogging slump right after it XD In this recap, I’m going to talk about how I spent the days and I will insert some reactions to what I was reading, so there might be some light spoilers. Be aware!

The Make Me Read it Readathon was hosted by Ely at Tea And Titles and Val at The Innocent Smiley; it lasted one week, from July 9th to July 16th. For further info, check their websites or my intro post!

The books I wanted to read were:

  1. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
  2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  3. Paper Towns by John Green
  4. Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
  5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  6. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I managed to finish four of them, while the fifth one is still on my “currently reading” shelf. I slowed down half-way through the readathon and even though I’m really liking The Night Circus I’m not reading it steadily.

Day 1
Right at midnight, I started Scarlet. During the day I had not much time since I had a birthday party in the evening and I had to prepare everything for it. However, when I came back home I read in bed until I finished the book. I was shipping Scarlet and Wolf so badly. And I was glad we got to read about Cinder too, I was worried they would be stand-alone alike, so each one with different plots and characters linked by some common circumstances. So, I was glad the author decided to carry forward both storylines.

Day 2
The next day, I started Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I was a bit anxious because Scarlet was great and I didn’t want to have a disappointment with this one. Luckily after a few page I was completely hooked with it. I spent almost all day reading, but I also baked some cookies for my sister.

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They are cute, aren’t they?

Day 3
I started Paper Towns. I was really scared about this book because I feared something really depressing might happen. It was the first book I read by John Green and I liked it enough. I was worried about the possible plot twists and… I didn’t feel reeeeally satisfied in the end, but I’m glad it didn’t end worse.

Day 4
I had to go out for some business. I had my kindle with me and I wanted to read while on the train but… surprise! I couldn’t open Allegiant for some mysterious reasons and since I had not internet I couldn’t do anything about it. I read a pair of pages of The Night Circus, but then I stopped because I was still upset. I really did want to follow the right order. I returned home at night, so in the end I didn’t read at all.

Day 5
Finally I could start Allegiant. I think this is the book I liked the least. I had a big spoiler on the ending a while ago and I already knew what was going to happen. Moreover, I just didn’t like what was going on. In Insurgent, Tris was an idiot and then, in Allegiant, Tris becomes clever and Four a complete idiot. Looking from a series perspective, I don’t find it particularly well done either. Like… five riots in less than a year? Seriously? And three of them in a single book (the Allegiant one, the Nita one and the Tris one)?. I feel it’s too much. I really liked Divergent back in the day, but the next installments weren’t that great.

Day 6/7:
I finished Allegiant and started The Night Circus. I started reading slowly because reading some amazing books all at once made me feel overwhelmed. I started doing other things other than reading, like surfing the internet or watching anime. I haven’t finished The Night Circus yet. By now I’m really liking what I’m reading, even though everything is still a mystery. I plan on finishing it as soon as possible!

Well, this was how my readathon went. I think I prefer shorter readathons, like 24 or 48 hours long, but it was a good experience nonetheless. Did you join this readathon? How was it? Please let me know in the comments!

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Make Me Read it Readathon – Poll results!

Hello everyone!

In about an hour it will be 12 a.m. in my timezone and the readathon will start for me! This readathon is hosted by Ely at Tea And Titles and Val at The Innocent Smiley, for further info you can check my previous post here!

I’m really, really excited! Obviously, I won’t be reading all day long for a week, but I want to have reading as one of my priorities this week. Let’s say, instead of watching a movie, I’d choose to read and so on.

So, without further ado, here is my reading list for the week! I don’t think I can read all of them, but we’ll see.

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  1. Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
  2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  3. Paper Towns by John Green
  4. Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
  5. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  6. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I’m looking forward to reading all these amazing books! I’m going to update on Twitter (@emilissa15) and I hope to be able to write a wrap-up post in the end!

I hope you all will have a good reading week!

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Make Me Read it Readathon!

Hello everyone!

I’m typing this post in a rush because I just found out about this readathon and I want to have time to set up everything! Basically, I was thinking I wanted to join a readathon again because my first experience was great! And luckily here it is!

This readathon is hosted by Ely at Tea And Titles and Val at The Innocent Smiley; it lasts one week, from July 9th to July 16th, and.. well, I’ll just copy-past from their post to explain how it works!

Look at the books you own, either physical, e-book or ones you’ve borrowed from the library and pick out a few you really want to read, or feel like you should read. It’s up to you how many you pick, personally I’d pick a few more than you expect to be able to read in a week. Example: if you think you’ll only read two, pick out five books or if you think you can read seven, pick out ten.
Make a list of these books on your blog, or make a video, or a Goodreads shelf or post a picture on Instagram—whatever is easiest for you. Then get friends, other bloggers/booktubers etc. to vote on which books you HAVE to read.
When the readathon comes along, you read the books in the order of most votes. For example, if one book gets 10 votes—you read that first, then the one that got 7 and so on. If there’s a tie, then it’s your preference. The goal is to read as many as possible.

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And now I need YOUR help! I picked 7 book – yeah, I know I can’t do it – and you can vote which one I shoul read in the poll below! Please, help me choose! tumblr_inline_mpl4o4sFS61qz4rgp

*Note: I’m currently re-reading Gone with the Wind but since it’s a massive book I don’t think I’ll finish it by the 9th, so I included it in the poll. I will put it aside for a while if any book receives more votes than it!

**I’m sorry, it seems embed doesn’t work >_< I hope it’s okay anyways!

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Spring 2016 Wrap-up!

Trying to restart with this monthly feature. Since I didn’t keep track of things I did in the last couple of months, I was thinking of waiting July for the next wrap-up. But then I realized that, since my last wrap-up was in March, a general Spring Wrap-up would be perfect! So here I am tumblr_m8fn9dLQWy1r7nk4k

~Books~
Since March I’ve read a total of 12 books.


1Q84 Book 3 by Murakami Haruki 5/5 stars
I started this saga last year but it took a while for me to get into it. However, the third book is so fascinating, much more than the first two books, because all starts to make sense. I love those kind of conclusive books, which also make me appreciate more the beginning of the story.

Misery by Stephen King 5/5 stars
This book was recommended to me by my mother. I should totally ask her for suggestions more. Last year she suggested me to read Roots, which I loved, and Misery was not less. This was the first book I’ve ever read by Stephen King even though I’ve wanted to read his works for a long time. I really like his style of writing and the story was totally fascinating.

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Harry Potter #3 #4, #5, #6, #7 by J.K. Rowling 5/5 stars all of them
I finished re-reading the series. This month I also re-watched all the movies. I LOVE Harry Potter, so I was basically playing safe. Two of them (#4 and #5) were also the books I managed to read during the Dewey’s 24 hours readathon. I was supposed to write a wrap-up post about that but in the end I didn’t. However I kept my Twitter updated, so it was an half-success I think?

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Il mio angelo segreto & Un amore di angelo by Federica Bosco both 4/5 stars
I also finished this italian series. The first book in the series made my cry hard and now I don’t remember if I broke in tears again but it’s likely. The story was good, but unfortunately I can’t say the same for the writing style. The thing that bothered me the most was the lack of punctuation. Ugh.

Overbite by Meg Cabot 4/5 stars
It seems this was the seasons of series conclusion. I read the first book of this duology last year. I like reading vampire novels (there was a period of my life where I was autobuying everything that had vampires in it – and no, this wasn’t because of Twilight, but I read Twilight because of this), so I was pretty happy with these books. Overbite was a good book overall, but I think I liked it less than the first one. And I was a bit disappointed with the ending. I mean, it’s good, but I would have preferred a different one.

The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine 4/5 stars
I think you know it by now. I still like Goosebumps. I grew up with them and the bond I have with this series is beyond the fact that those book are meant to be for children. As for this book, I saw the TV version before I read the story. I thought it was good and so I decided to give the book a try. I only hope I had read all those books when I was younger. I’m sure they would have been all masterpieces for my younger self. Apart from aliens stories. I don’t like aliens.

The Grove by John Rector 2/5 stars
This was a bit of a disappointment. I picked this book up at the book shop because of the beautiful cover (you can see it above) and the blurb. I didn’t even give a peek at the inside. Maybe I should have done so, because apart from the cover it was an absolute mess. The font was too big for the page, so the margins were really tiny and ugly. Even crooked. But this wouldn’t have been important if the story was amazing. Well, it was completely different from what I was expecting. Idk. Maybe it would have been good if it were written differently. Because the idea is nice, even if it wasn’t what I was searching for. But it didn’t hook me like, let’s say, Misery. It was confusing, rushed and weird. However, I did read some positive reviews of it, so maybe you would be able to appreciate it even though I didn’t.

Currently (re)reading: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

~Anime~
I’m pretty slow at completing anime. I start a lot of them but then I stop watching them half-way through. In the end I usually complete all of them, but it takes a long time.

Date a Live

I started this anime only because of the character design. I didn’t know what to expect and at first I was like WHAT? But then I got a bit into it. It evolved pretty quickly to a harem / slice of life kind of anime, with some action here and there. I was getting hyped up near the last episodes but unfortunately the ending wasn’t really good. I think – I hope – this is because there is also a second series, so maybe the real ending is there. I think I will give it a try even though the first series was not amazing. Seriously, the ending disappointment had caused this anime to drop two ranks (from 8/10 to 6/10).

Currently watching: Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (9/12 eps seen)
Mayoiga (3/12 eps seen)

~TV series and Dramas~
A big result for a slow-watcher like me.


House M.D. – Season 8
Okay, I finished this months ago. I was crying desperately in the end and I’m still bitter there isn’t hope for a season 9. But I enjoyed watching this series so much! I love House ♡


Princess Prosecutor
So, in May I had my Korean exam and I felt like I needed a miracle to pass it. So I spent the days before the exam watching a lot of K-drama, hoping to learn some vocabulary and exercise my comprehension skill. And it worked! But back on this drama. This is one of my absolute favorite drama. I’m in love with Park Shi Hoo and I picked this show only for him. And it was so beautiful!! I can’t explain how I was feeling while watching it. I was on an emotional roller coaster the whole time.


Oh My Venus
Second for-learning-purposes drama. This was pretty good too! I really liked it and I got attached to the characters. Unfortunately I don’t really like the main actress visually speaking and since she was supposed to be extremely beautiful it was a bit of a let-down for me. I mean, she’s pretty, but I prefer the fat “ugly” version over the skinny one. Another thing I didn’t like was the development of the love story. I thought it was a bit out of the blue, but enjoyable and relatable nevertheless.
Honorable mentions: the secretary was totally the best character of the show XDD


She was Pretty
Last for-learning-purposes drama. It was really good, funny blah blah. BUT. [MILD KIND-OF-SPOILER ALERT] My Kim Shin Hyuk *cries desperately* everything was totally unfair!!! He was so lovable and funny and caring and cute and…WHY? The other guy was a d*** basically for half the show, switching personality as soon as he was with who she believed to be Kim Hye Jin. And then towards the end he magically became the kindest and clumsiest man of the world! Like, seriously? I even thought that he had multiple personalities. [END OF SPOILER] Besides my little rant, Koh Joon Hee (Min Ha Ri in the show) is one of the most beautiful actress I’ve ever seen. tumblr_inline_mg0q008a5v1qdlkyg

Currently watching: The Heirs (3/20 eps seen)

~Top Ten H!P Idols~

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~Currently into~
Bullet journaling!
I started my first bullet journal in June. I love it! I’m not an artistic kind of person, so I thought it would be hard for me to keep up with a system where you have to design everything, but it isn’t like that at all! I really enjoy spending my time organizing my bujo! I’m still searching for the layout that works the best for me, so I think I will experiment a bit during the next weeks. However I like changing, so it doesn’t bother me at all! I think that prevent it from becoming boring 😛 I should totally upload some pic of it when I have more pages to show.

Knitting
I’ve started knitting like… six days ago. My grandmother helped me start and now I’m just practicing. My goal is making a warm scarf for the winter by myself – I have plenty of time to practice until then! And then… we’ll see!

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