Half off 2015 has passed already and I don't even know what I did with my life for 6 whole months. I don't even know what happened ever since 2012 to be honest. So to avoid feeling like my life is flying by without me knowing, I decided to join in on the monthly recap posts that summarize your life for the month. I guess I like remembering the little things that happen in my life but not to the point that I have an urge to write in a journal (although my artsy fartsy side would love more than anything to have a decorative diary). A monthly recap sounds like the perfect balance!
This month, I shamefully(??) did everything BUT read. Okay, I did read a few books because books are just who I am, but not as many as I usually do. Guess why:
(a) The month of Ramadan + Pakistani culture = 38917813971 dinner parties and newly recruited assistant chef Ju
(b) Kpop bands & TV shows took over my life
(c) My sleep schedule is so messed up that I sleep at 7 AM and wake up at 8 PM
(d) All of the above
The answer is obviously "(e) that last one". This month has mostly been busy because of Ramadan and the many dinner parties that occur after fasting. My relatives pretty much live in my house now so that means that there are mattresses everYWHERE and the shampoo is always finished before I even step into the shower. My multifandom nerds only made my life more chaotic by introducing me to all kinds of things from the internet and now I am all kinds of trash. But it's the "good" kind of trash that our Shadowhunters TV Alec Lightwood believes in:
Books I've Read
2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (★ ★ ★ ★ ✩)
3. Captive Prince: Volume One by C.S. Pacat (★ ★ ★ ★ ✩)
And out of the three, I have to say that Captive Prince was my favorite. While it's in the Adult genre, and it's not like anything I usually read, the characters were all so devious, scheming and enticing.
Other Madness I've Discovered
I binge-watched all 3 seasons of Netflix's Orange Is The New Black and it was glorious. Racism is real, sexism is real, classicism is real. This is TV done brutally honestly but in the funniest possible way. It knows when to take issues seriously and when to lighten up and the writing is A++ quality. Also, for the first time ever, the main character of a show could disappear and almost nobody would care at all because the other characters have so much more depth than Piper will ever have, so that's unique.
Apart from that, I've also been watching Sense8, another Netflix original, and I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT'S GOING ON but I care so much about the characters that it doesn't matter. I know, I don't get it either. That show is more about the emotion of the journey rather than a coherent destination if you ask me. Also: incredible and authentic diversity.
Cinema-wise, I finally saw Pitch Perfect 2 properly (the first one was noticeably better) as well as The Riot Club (centered around literally only one insane dinner party), Jurassic World (CHRIS PRATT basically), and a whacky anime movie, Summer Wars (family was such a huge factor and it was heart-warming). My friend is trying to get me into 80's movies but I'm reluctant on the whole thing to be honest. I watched The Breakfast Club and I did not enjoy it. It was excruciatingly boring to me and I couldn't relate to a thing. I know it's famous because a lot of people feel nostalgic while watching it but for me it was really irrelevant. So I tried watching The Blade Runner, because maybe sci-fi was my 80's jam, and it was amazingly atmospheric and beautifully shot but the romance sickened me with how forceful it was. I couldn't delete the gross, over-powering make-out scene from my brain.
And then there's the Kpop scene. I fell into kpop hell once back in 2012 and now I'm back and it's all due to the new 13-member band, Seventeen. It started when I constantly saw memes of Hansol (stage name: "Vernon"), their main rapper, on my twitter timeline and although I hate it when people say it, he really does look like a prettier young Leonardo DiCaprio. I don't know how I went from googling Hansol to watching Seventeen's debut concert, interviews, reality shows like "17 Project" and all their dance practice videos but yeah. I didn't slip into the diamond life. I lethally NOSEDIVED into the diamond life. You only have to watch this music video to understand why:
For anyone who's curious, my bias is Mingyu because his rapping does things to me and he was born on the EXACT same day as me: 6 April 1997!! After having my life ruined by Seventeen, I got obsessed with 4minute, Ailee, BTS and I've already been in love with EXO, SHINee and B.A.P for a while now but those are stories for other days.
I really need to get back into my reading groove this month so if you have any recommendations, don't hesitate to throw them at me. And do you recognize any of the shows/movies/bands above? Don't forget to tell me what you guys have been up to this month!