Hello everyone! This month’s favourite’s is going to be a little bit more holistic than last month’s because everything I want to talk about it a bit bitty. Firstly, I apologise for only really doing these posts recently, but I am currently preparing for GCSE exams and finding it hard to concentrate on anything– including studying. So yeah, life isn’t very productive at the moment. ANOTHER APOLOGY: this post has a ridiculous amount of tags, but that’s because it covers so many different things and I like to tag so I can find any post where I mention something. Anyway, without further ado let’s continue!
P.S. Please stay until the end to help me out!
I started reading Perfume by Patrick Süskind towards the end of the month and I’m not very far into it yet- maybe only 30 or so pages, but I am enjoying it a lot when I do pick it up!
In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift: an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs.
But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the “ultimate perfume”—the scent of a beautiful young virgin.
Told with dazzling narrative brilliance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.
So yeah, this book is pretty far from the types of book I normally read, but I’ve been in the mood for some different types of books recently!
VROMANCE’s “Star” was released during the month and I really like it, but more than the song I absolutely love the music video! It has a beautiful contemporary dance in it which I am a total sucker for. (Turn on CC for English subs.)
I got my prom dress this month! Personally I think it looks better on me than in the picture because it’s longer on me (just touches the floor), but I don’t have a picture of me wearing it, so let’s just go with this one! It’s from Coast and I really love it… good thing too, since I’m pretty sure I tried on everything in the shop. My mum and I spent about six hours in town; I was really impressed with her patience as she pretty much hates shopping.
I still need to buy shoes and a bag, but it’s strangely and nicely relieving to have this sorted out. That way, prom can be something to look forward to instead of a stress.
My friends and I also are also planning to have a private after-party instead of going to a bigger one and just chilling in my friend’s garden and watching films, eating chocolate and possibly falling asleep! I’m quite looking forward to it.
Okay, so this isn’t the original TVXQ version of “Love In The Ice” (which I do own), but this is like a survival show type thing which I watched parts of and this was probably my favourite performance from the entire thing. A member from a group called A.C.E is in it (I love them) and he’s definitely my favourite (at 1:13), but basically this song is incredible. LISTEN TO THOSE VOCALS.
So Monstress Volume 1 by Majorie Lu (illustrated by Sana Takeda) is the first book I finished this year! It’s a graphic novel and I really enjoyed it. The art style was really my cup of tea, which is so important for me when it comes to graphic novels and the story was really interesting, if a little disturbing. To be completely honest, the side characters are my favourite, especially this really innocent, little one who is super brave who I can’t currently recall the name of.
Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.
Time for another music break, but this time the song makes the list for how damn catchy it is! VAV’s “She’s Mine” is the kind of song that just gets stuck in your head and results in you watching the MV about five billion times try to get it unstuck… which doesn’t really work very well.
Okay, so along with my very unproductive life recently has come burying my sorrows in some really excellent, hilarious TV. Shopping King Louie was definitely one of those and whilst it’s not the best TV show I’ve watched this month, it’s definitely the most cheerful one- definitely one to watch when you need to put a smile on your face! Also, sorry for the wordy summary, I got it off Wikipedia and I think they might have tried to translate it pretty much directly…
A romantic comedy about Louie, a rich heir who always spends money to buy everything that has a subtle beauty talking to his soul. One day he loses his memory and meets Bok-Shil, a pure and energetic woman from the countryside. She is at first astounded by his spending habits. In the process of teaching him to only buy bare necessities or inexpensive small kindnesses that lighten up one’s day, she also learns that bare necessities are not same for everyone as they depend on everyone’s own values that shape their life and thus their shopping patterns. Both have innate innocence which bring them to care for each other, leading to undeniable love.
You can watch this show with English (or other) subtitles here if you’re interested.
This month I went to a concert for the first time in forever. I took the train to London with a friend to see a band called The Rose and it was really, really good. I thoroughly enjoyed myself! The Rose are a Korean band (as in they play their own instruments) with a music style heavily influenced by British soft-rock/pop-rock. I will admit though, standing in the cold waiting to go in was really, really hard.
Malinda Kathleen Reese’s “Last First Love” is another song that made it here because of how often it got stuck in my head this month!
Chief Kim is definitely the best TV show I’ve watched so far this year and ties with Strong Woman Do Bong Soon for my favourite K-Drama ever! This is a sort of comedy-type show, which I usually don’t like but really worked for me in this case. There’s virtually no romance (only in side characters) and it’s about financial corruption and all of kinds of stuff like that. Bottom line is: it’s amazing and I need someone to talk to about it, so please watch it! (You can do so here.)
Can corporate politics turn a bad person into a good person?
Kim Sung Ryong is a skilled accountant who works for gangsters. He makes his way into a company called TQ Group as a middle manager in the accounting department with the intention of embezzling money from the company so that he can retire to his beloved Denmark.
Prosecutor-turned-corporate hired gun Seo Yool brings Sung Ryong into the company because he assumes that Sung Ryong would be easy to control and will look the other way with all the financial corruption going on in the company under the direction of Chairman Park Hyun Do.
As Sung Ryong tries to work with assistant director, Yoon Ha Kyung, and the rest of the hard-working staff in the accounting department, he somehow ends up foiling the company’s many attempts to bulldoze over the rights of its employees.
Sung Ryong’s mindset begins to change about what exactly he came to TQ Group to do. Whose side will he decide to be on?
So if I talked about all of my favourite songs that I discovered this month we would be here literally forever, so here’s a collage of the one’s I’m not talking about at length. If you’ve noticed, which you probably haven’t, I have a widget in the footer of this site titled “Currently Listening To” and that’s where I put all of my current favourite music. If you hover over the pics above, you’ll be able to see which song off the album I liked the most!
Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet is the third (and final?) book in The Kingmaker Chronicles which I started reading last year. It’s a NA Fantasy and really just a lot of fun!
(summary for Book 1: A Promise of Fire)
Kingmaker. Soothsayer. Warrior. Mage. Kingdoms would rise and fall for her . . . if she is ever found
In the icy North, where magic is might, an all-powerful elite ruthlessly guided by a glacial Queen have grown to dominate the world. Now rebellion is stirring in the rough, magic-poor South, where for the first time in memory a warlord has succeeded in uniting the tribal nations.
Stuck in the middle is Cat – circus performer and soothsayer – safely hidden behind heavy make-up, bright colours and the harmless illusion of the circus. Until someone suspects she’s more than she seems . . .
Captured by the Southern warlord Griffin, Cat’s careful camouflage is wearing thin. For how long can – or should – she conceal the true extent of her power? Faced with dragons, homicidal mages, rival Gods and the traitorous longings of her own heart, she must decide: is it time to claim her destiny and fight?
EXO’s “Universe” wasn’t released in February, but although I do like some EXO songs, I don’t listen to them a lot so this song had gone by unnoticed seeing as it was released during the really busy holiday season, but this is actually now my favourite of their songs. I’m a sucker for really soft, honey-vocals and slower, sweeter songs like this so it’s just my style!
That’s it for this month! Hopefully I will be able to post at least once during the month… Fingers crossed!
Happy living, reading, listening, watching and whatever else you happen to be doing this month! Love, Keira x.
OKAY, HELP KEIRA TIME! I’m in a bit of a dilemma as to what my “featured images” should look like. You may (or may not, seeing as I haven’t posted in forever) seen that the featured image for this post is very different to my other posts. Now, the one here is more relevant (explicitly) and tells you more about what the post is going to be about, but the previous style was more aesthetically pleasing. Which do you think I should go for or do you have an idea as to how I could find a middle ground?
- The one in this post:
- The old ones:
I would really appreciate you taking a tiny bit of your time to help me out as this is proving quite the dilemma! Thanks again, Keira x.