Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

Cloudless blue sky & cherry blossom 🌸
Spring is here, as beautiful as ever
Enjoying the glimpses of it during rare walks
Most of the time smiling at it through the window
Thank you Spring 😌

Take care & stay safe Beanies

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    I’m so jealous of them right now! Would love to be allowed to go outside, missing running so much

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YT suggestion earlier this week
Bringing back memories, it was like a little spring breeze indoors 🤗
much appreciated during those times 🙂

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    It will be almost one year now since Gu Wei Yi stoke my heart 😭😭 and rocked my spring.

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Drama recommendation : Someday or one day – 想見你

@13infamyss thank you so much for the recommendation 😘
and also other Beanies who posted about it too 😊 .
It’s now my turn to recommend it 😄 (I know I’m super late).

Back when it was airing, I was tempted by many Beanies to live-watch this drama. However, schedule wasn’t compatible with watching what seemed to be a very good drama from the posts (+ needed to think a bit with time travel involved / making theories which isn’t my cup of tea in drama watching 😅).

So with things going lately, working at home makes way for a few more drama time 😅.
I’ve watched this drama over the past 2 weeks and was blown away by it 🤩!
It handles time travel so well and tells not only a moving romantic story but life stories (self-acceptance, friendship).
Also slow binge-watching it was so nice, I followed the story, then saw things explained little by little, some ideas confirmed without having to wait a whole week in between 😬.

Also leaving AvenueX’s review for a thorough review
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qU0xlClxUA

The opening song is wonderful and addicting and was a pleasure to hear on a daily basis starting an ep 🥰
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Km_NObPF5E

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    Loved this drama! And AvenueX’s revue is amazing, it added insight to all my post-watch feels…
    Every time a Beanie talks about this drama, I feel happy that more people are enjoying it too

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      Same Fly Colours! I get extremely happy that what I went through with this drama was pretty much the same as beanies who have seen it! Stressed, confused, heartbroken, ecstatic for another twist as another episode rolled out and how it was so satisfying till the end. I still have not stopped thinking about this drama. 😔 Everytime a beanie talks about it, I am back to its dramaverse missing all the five characters who gave me so much feels for months.

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        Same here! Thank you for posting the gifs that made me go and watch this!(*finger hearts) Let’s keep on spreading the word, this drama deserves love

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    The time travel in this was done brilliantly. It was probably the first time travel show for me which didn’t leave any loose ends.

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      most time travel dramas start well but end with some ” loose ends” like you said, I was so happy seeing how well they wrap it up <3 and how everything was connected and interdependent 🙂

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      It will never be the same for me for sure if I see yet another time travelling drama. I’ll keep thinking about Someday or One Day and can’t help but have a biased mind and compare and contrast that drama to this. 😣

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    I’m still on ep 5, but yes the time travel is done so well. I am amazed how they are pulling thing off. So good. I’m also amazed with how the actors pulled off different personalities when they travel. I can tell who is who each time.

    Currently, I’m in love with Wang Quan Zhang. He was just too good. Earlier I keep telling the female lead to let go, but later on I understood why she couldn’t. He was just too good.

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      Hwaiting drawde!!! Hope you’ll enjoy the ride as much as we did!! 😬😬😬

      And yes great casting! I couldn’t have asked for better actors. Can you believe Greg Hsu was almost not cast in this drama because he was pretty much a nobody before this drama? He didn’t have a good resume on him (no lead drama whatsoever). He was the writers’ and director’s first choice, but they were worried he wouldn’t bring in the ratings they wanted. It took them afterall 3 years to craft the plotline, so they would of course expect a great result. When Alice Ke agreed to do this drama, that’s when they became more confident to offer Greg his first ever lead role! Alice Ke is a bigger actress in Taiwan; she’s won best actress for her performance in Marry Me or Not. I am so so grateful that they stood by their choice to keep Greg which opened a whole lot of opportunities for him as an actor! 🤧🤧🤧

      Anyways happy watching!

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      he’s such a nice character/nice guy , no wonder she can’t let go T_T !

      You’re in for a treat, keep enjoying your drama watching 😀 . Like you said, I loved the actors’ work we could see which character they played right away and this ain’t easy to play.

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    Kuuuuuudo!!! 😭😭😭😭 You have finally seen it! I’m glad you enjoyed as much as we did. My interest in the drama dipped around Episode 5-7 because I did not understand where the drama was leading and I did not know what it wanted make me feel. By Episode 8, that’s when it answered the biggest question in the story and I was back to enjoying and loving the drama, perhaps more. I had to go back and rewatch what I thought were not so interesting in Episode 5-7, and I had appreciated it better. I finally understood what the drama wanted to tell me. Someday or One Day indeed! 😭😭😭

    The ending was, as beanies who had seen it before I watched the English subbed, reasonable, the logic made sense, the best possible outcome. 😭 I couldn’t have asked for a better ending. It was so so satisfying. As you have mentioned, more than the epic love story of the time travelling lovers, the friendship, self-acceptance, self-love and finding your self-worth were the centre of it all.

    Hope you did not miss the extra scene! Which I thought was such a great closure for our time travelling lovers who had selflessly sacrificed their chance to be physically together for all the people they loved and cared about 🤧 Again, someday or one day indeed!

    https://youtu.be/tZYiqicuH7s

    About the opening song, yes I did not skip the opening and ending song at all. I took my time and watched this drama slowly. Once I got to Episode 8, the clips shown on both opening and ending song suddenly all made sense! I love love love the execution of this drama from the plotline, OST credits, the choice of the songs (the lyrics hit you to the core). Everything about it was thoroughly well thought and executed! You’ll be back to me someday, one day!

    Also if you haven’t seen this yet – the OST singers, Shi Shi and 831, collaborated and performed a medley of Someday or One Day and Miss You 3000. It was so so so good. I still get goosebumps to this day listening to their medley.

    https://youtu.be/KkFoklBQ8RQ

    😘😘😘😘

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      I had the advantage that I started that drama knowing it was a good one. I had trust at its max at ep1 and loved it right away. I understood the story, its consequences on the characters as I watched, my watching pace was almost perfect for my brain to figure out/accept things as they showed.

      When all the things happened at the end, I was like “now give me the connection, give me the little girl scene” 😀 !!! Then I screamed at the end , when we saw them on the scooter but he was still in his school uniform, knowing they’ll meet again one day for sure <3.
      The drama broke my heart many times, I swooned many times and laughed too but I cried only once : Mo Jun Jie 's death : like this was too much T_T . I was even more happy when past got changed and that he was the one at the hospital after the car accident (and not the assault anymore).

      I never skipped the opening song (I do have one complaint , it's too high, I struggle to sing along x) , my neighbours might know that song now x) ) but I did skip the ending song from time to time ^^'. Both gave clues and became clear as ep went by <3

      Omo omo omo that extra scene, thank you so much for sharing 😘😘😘 , happy birthday 13infamyss 😉 !
      The medley is nice too but opening is just my fav' x)

      I only drop by on DB on weekends, I'll try to check your wall for other drama reco' (maybe I'll start (in a long time ^^') skate into love if your review are good till the end ^^. That'll probably be a binge watch , it's so easier for me than live-watch lately ^^').

      Hoping you're fine with all that crisis going on, take care and stay safe <3

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        Skate into Love is my new crack!!! I love that it is fluffy rom com. We need it in times like this when the real world is stressful and a scary place to live in right now.

        I am starting episode 16 now and it’s pure pure pure crack. 🤣🤣🤣 I love my new OTP. Hope you’ll find time to check it out too. It’s on YT. It comes out everyday so I say everyday is Bing Bing day!

        https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLTB73Ibi_X3HWLY2PjqEX-cJUcGF-YBqp

        You stay safe and healthy too Kudo! Both physically and mentally! 😘 Happy Birthday to you too!

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          thanks for the link 😀 , I’ve bookmarked it. I’ve just watched the opening, seems like a simple/stupid/funny youth drama, like you said this is needed in current times 🙂 .

          I’m fine, I have the chance to work from home during that crisis (so brain is kept busy in a good way ^^) then I can buy food easily if needed ^^ and my usual hobbies are mostly indoors so I’m balancing between reading/puzzle/drama very nice so far 🙂 . I’m missing my long walks though 🙁 and won’t be able to contemplate cherry blossom this year but I’ll do that properly next year ^^’.

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            *stupid in a good way 😉

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            Lol Kudo it is stupid funny yes. Hahahhahaha. I love my Master Tang and Bing Bing. So much. You’ll know who they are once you’ve started it. Huehhehe.

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        Mo Jun Jie’s death broke me. I’m glad that the past is changed. Huang Yu Xuan not only saved Li Zi Wei, Mo Jun Jie and Chen Yun Ru’s lives, she saved Mo Jun Jie’s grandma too! So glad to know in the extra scene that she is still alive and kicking!!!

        And I was emotionally drained when I met Wang Quan Sheng at the beginning of Episode 8. 😭😭😭

        When all the things happened at the end, I was like “now give me the connection, give me the little girl scene” 😀 !!! Then I screamed at the end , when we saw them on the scooter but he was still in his school uniform, knowing they’ll meet again one day for sure <3.

        Yes I loved it. They might not have an epic love story in the new timeline but they’ll create new memories, a new love story to tell and this time around no one’s body is being sacrificed for their love 😭😭😭 It’s win win situation.

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          “no one’s body is being sacrificed for their love” exactly that was the bitter taste of their love if things didn’t change, now the current time line allows them to be together as who they are <3

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take care and stay safe Beanies
leaving one of my fav’ song
Kudo

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their no.1 fan 🙂 , still so loyal <3

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Trans-Siberian Pathfinders ep04
Nobody waves back to them, so Sang Yeob screams HELLO

True friends leave the scene 🤣🤣

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Trans-Siberian Pathfinders ep03
🤣🤣

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a book / an audiobook / a variety show in between
free time flies lately in a good way 🙂
low DB activity is a consequence 😅 , bye~

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thank you @msrabbit for bringing back the memories of
Yong Jiu Grocery Store
I’m enjoying the opening theme with a hot beverage after a working day, nice~
Hoping others will watch this little gem <3

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    Thank you, Kudo for being one of the beanies who introduced me to this little gem! I am glad I watched it and I’d recommend it too. 🙂

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Go Go Squid Ep20-41(END)
Had lots of fun watching this show during commute time 🙂
Time to say goodbye to CTF players, little squid & Han Shanyang 🙁

many gifs in comments 😉

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was in a mood for aurora before 😴
jjaljayo~

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I live alone ep343
Watching this show every weekend is a nice routine 🤗

relating to when seeing how others live on their own 😅

getting shocked when seeing how others live on their own 😯

and Kian84 is such a free spirit, my fav\’ , never disappoints 🤣🤣
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVsZTGegF_E

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Beanies 😃,

I’m looking for books recommendations 🤓

(long story short : I used to read a lot till adult life began, it’s been a decade I’ve been on a reading slump 🙁. However, I’m currently enjoying The Night Circus, after seeing it on @azzo1 ’s favorite things list)

In comments you’ll find what I used to read before (so mainly child/young adult book before reading slump striked). I’ve added some dramas I like, since my taste have changed and I think I’d appreciate trying varied literary genres.

Many many thanks in advance 😘,
Kudo

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    I never kept track of what I read, so only writing the ones I remember :

    🔹 Detective novel (that’s to satisfy my scientist / organization lover side)
    ▪️ The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (read many of her books, Hercule Poirot is one of my favorite characters ever)
    ▪️ Many of the Sherlock Holmes books by Arthur Conan Doyle
    ▪️ Read of a few of the Black Widowers novels by Isaac Asimov

    🔹 Spy novel
    ▪️ Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz

    🔹 Science fiction
    ▪️ The Foundation series and the Robots series by Isaac Asimov (maybe the author I have the most respect for)
    ▪️ Hyperion Cantos series by Dan Simmons
    ▪️ Dune by Frank Herbert (still need to go back to the serie ^^’)

    🔹 Fantasy novel
    ▪️ Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
    ▪️ Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
    ▪️ The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
    ▪️ Eragon series by Christopher Paolini
    ▪️ His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

    🔹 Books that I enjoyed despite the reading slump
    ▪️ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
    ▪️ The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (I tried to read The Three Musketeers but couldn’t deal with the main lead behavior towards women, just no)

    🔹 As for dramas (and maybe it’ll be the same for books), lately I’m liking slice of life ones (Misaeng, Dear My Friends, Yong Jiu Grocery Store) and ensemble ones with some revenge background and a distinctive universe (Nirvana in Fire, Story of Yanxi Palace) .

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      LOVED seeing mentions of Isaac Asimov and Agatha Christie! Do give Double Star by Robert Heinlein a try.

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      Detective novels:
      Dana Stabenow has two series set in Alaska that I enjoy. Best to begin with the Kate Shugak books, and the first is A Cold Day for Murder. If you like this one, keep going with the rest, and I promise Breakup is one of the funniest mysteries I’ve read, and it’s such a good characterization of the insanity that winter can bring us too.

      Anja de Jager’s series set in Amsterdam is also excellent, and you can start with A Cold Death in Amsterdam. I love a good complicated and strong female detective, and these deliver.

      (I’m sensing a trend here. LOL)

      Nevada Barr’s mysteries are set in US National Parks, and are super interesting insight into the park service, the parks themselves, and also good mysteries. The one where they find the bodies in Lake Superior? *shiver

      Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series is also fun. Start with the Eyre Affair, it’s hysterical, and is also a reminder to all of us who ever wished we could meet the characters in our favorite novels, that that might be more complicated than we considered.

      Fantasy:
      Ursula LeGuin: I mean, she’s just great.

      Octavia Butler: So is she.

      Zen Cho’s The Sorcerer and the Crown is fantasy, but it’s also a pretty good critique of colonialism with a strong feminist vein running through. Not something you find in a lot of traditional fantasy.

      (oh hey, there’s a trend in this list too)

      Have you read Elizabeth Gaskell? If you like Pride and Prejudice her North and South will likely be right up your alley. But do also check out her other novels. She is an often overlooked peer of Charles Dickens and the Brontes.

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        Have you read the Horatio Hornblower books? Gosh, I never ever ever want to be a sailor, much less a sailor in the 18th century British Navy, but I adore this series. Learning about the minutiae of life on board ship, and the ins and outs of Navy life was fascinating. Bonus, C.S. Forester is great storyteller, so while the sailors might be bored out of their skulls when their ship is becalmed, I was not.

        If you haven’t seen the series done in the late 90s, I highly recommend it also.

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        I second the recommendation for the Thursday Next series. One of the most clever and hilarious series I’ve ever read.

        I’ll also throw in a rec for anything by Diana Wynn Jones, though my absolute favorite is Howl’s Moving Castle, followed by the Chrestomancibooks, which can be read in any order, though my favorites are Charmed Life and The Lives of Christopher Chant.

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          thank you very much, SnarkyJellyfish, for those reco’ 😀

          I’ve seen the Ghibli movie of Howl’s Moving Castle and I love it, rewatch it from time to time (even if there’ll always be things I don’t understand hehe ^^’) . I know there’s a book from which it was adapted and that the movie didn’t follow exactly the original story. I’ve always been curious about it but never read it. Maybe it’s time for me to check this book 🙂

          I’ve checked on my local library site, they’ve got Howl’s moving castle and the 5 books of Chrestomanci . Adding them to my to-read list 😀
          (not that lucky for Jasper Fforde though, will find a way when I reach it on my to-read list ^^’)
          Thanks again 🙂

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      OMG! I’d just re-read Agatha Christie’s whole collection again. 😛 [Poirot is also my favorite detective]

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      Detective novels:
      -Rockton series by Kelley Armstrong (it’s set in a fictional secret city in Yukon with no access to modern crime-solving-related tools.)

      Fantasy novels:
      -Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
      -Tamir Triad by Lynn Flewelling
      (Both has magic and magician “school system”, and it’s quite an experience to read these two series right after Harry Potter.)

      I’m not sure you’ll enjoy these but novelupdates has a lot of good translation for Chinese novels (the original source of epic dramas like Nirvana in Fire, and many other that’s not being adapted to drama format).
      Gu Fan Bu Zi Shang is one of my favorite (it’s adapted into drama General and I)
      For slice of life, I recommend My Mister Ostrich (it deals with disability, and the story followed the leads from their childhood to adulthood)

      Hope these help.

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    hoping my local library will have most of your reco’

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    I enjoy a lot of different genres at different times, depending on my mood, I’m going to try to put some I enjoyed the most:

    1- All of Jane Austen novels, just go read all of them – start with Persuasion maybe!

    2- All Cecelia Ahern books – I’m a huge fan of her and I absolutely love how she doesn’t seem to run out of ideas but my favorite of her books would be:
    If You Could See Me Now – Romance/Psycological fiction.
    A Place Called Here – Fiction.
    Thanks for the Memories – Romance/Fiction.
    How to Fall in Love – Romance.
    The Book of Tomorrow – Fiction.

    3-The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O’Donnell – Historical fiction/Mystery.

    4- All the Lights We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – Historical fiction.

    5- The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes – Historical fiction/ Romance.

    6- Small Great Things by Judy Picoult – Contemprary/ Legal story (Not an easy read, deals with racism in such a brutally honest way).

    7- Leaving Time by Judi Picoult – Mystery/fiction.

    8- What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty – Domestic fiction (such a fun read, I couldn’t get enough of this book).

    9- Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden – Historical Fantasy/ fiction (Book 1 and 2 are just absolutely brilliant, book 3 dragged a little but the ending was still worth the read).

    You see I’m mostly into historical fiction 😂 I’m forgetting a lot, I need to go through my collection tomorrow and see what else I can recommend, can’t do now it’s 2am, too lazy to get out of my bed (just don’t ask me why I’m still up 🙈)

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      We know why you’re still up 🤭

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      I absolutely adore your no. 8 – What Alice Forget by Liane Moriarty. I read most of her books and Alice is one of my favourite.

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        I honestly picked it up because I wanted a breezy, mindless read, Liane Moriarty’s Three Wishes was something like that for me, but I fell in love with her characters so hard in this book, became too invested, screamed and squealed too hard at the end 😂🤦🏻‍♀️

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      Jodi Picoult is one of my fave writer. My Sister’s Keeper is an absolute favorite (and the movie really disappoint me). But the one that made me cry again and again is Nineteen Minutes (it’s about bullying and school shooting).

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        She always deals with such heavy topics, I find her books extremely hard to read, very thought-provoking, I only go for her books when I’m in the mood for that.. Small Great Things was so so good though, if you’ve not read it yet, please do, you’d love it!

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    Her Body and Other Parties, a short stories collection by Carmen Maria Machado got me out of my reading slump last year and is one of my favorites. The stories are female-centric and each has a strange magical realism twist that is fascinating. Her writing is just beautiful~
    Recently, I’m really into Haruki Murakami’s novels. I just finished A Wild Sheep Chase, which I think is a great introduction to his work.
    The Vegetarian by Han Kang is devastating. It’s short, but it will hurt a bit.
    Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher is a hilarious and short read. It’s structured like a series of recommendation letters written by a self-deprecating English Professor, and you get glimpses of his life and struggles.
    The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K Jemisin – which I still need to finish, but wow, does it hurt to read but in a good way. Beautifully written and wildly imaginative. Def give it a shot if you haven’t!

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    @midnight @egads @gadis @azzo1 @strawberry
    thank you all very very much for taking time to write those reco’ 🥰. I’ll need a few years to check them all 😅, but having a huge pile of reco’ from which I can pick any book is quite a nice feeling~ 🤩. Now how to deal with a long to-watch list for dramas AND a long to-read list 😅 (and that 3000 pieces jigsaw puzzle which needs lots of time 😅🙄🙄) .

    Egads : I’ve seen the North and South serie then read the book few years ago, loved it a lot <3

    Gadis : I heard of Chinese novels, maybe I should give it a try (I'll just have to get over my reluctance to read in English 😅, hoping I won't miss too many details)

    Azzo : you got me intrigued with "(such a fun read, I couldn’t get enough of this book)." , might give a try to "What Alice Forgot" very soon . I won't say no to more reco' 😀 , but go to sleep 😋

    Strawberry : my local library doesn't have "Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher 🙁 , but it has The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K Jemisin, will give it a try one day 🙂

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      I’m going to put off recommending more since you have your hands full for now just this one book Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman – Psychological fiction, this one you have to read!

      Also, I did sleep, it’s the next day now 😂

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        good news Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is available at my local library 😀
        I just read the synopsis and felt attacked 🙄 (except for vodka since my child tastes aren’t compatible with any alcohol )
        “She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy”

        thanks Azzo 😀

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          I read it in 2018, back then I was going through such a hard time and it spoke to me and kind of hit deep, but also it’s about healing, the courage of wanting to take a step towards healing, it’s hilarious yet heartbreaking at the same time, very inspiring too!

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“There was no miracle”
but I’ve got a theme song to listen to, every year, on my Hopeless Valentine,
so that’s fine 🙂

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Monday was so long, it tired me so much that :

I thought/wished/felt Tuesday was Thursday
I thought/wished/felt Wednesday was Thursday
I thought/wished/felt Thursday was Friday

So on this Thursday\’s night, tomorrow is finally Friday,
one more day to go *sigh* ,but for now let me rest

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Thinking of all those years
All this time their music has been a solace for me
“Doctor of music” is just right 💝

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Rewatched the teaser tonight
I realized I missed something this morning
Jo Jung Seok AND Jung Kyung Ho wear glasses
I’m weak 😍, so weak 😍


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    Every time I see a pic of this drama I think this can’t be true, I must be dreaming. I rarely, read that as nearly never, let my expectations rise. But this time it is too difficult.

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      I feel you, with that cast and staff, expectations are so high
      *please drama be good*

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        And Jo Jung Seok dancing, and JKH for existing and YYS fpr smiling ahhh (prays that it please lives up to the expectations, don’t be another Arthadal – same situation of good combo of cast, pd and writer).

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    The attack of double glasses. How dare they!! *almost hyperventilating from all the handsomeness*

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One day, some weeks ago :
Taking an evening walk on the way back home
All the park\’s lamps light up and surprise me
Magic. Heart fluttering.
Love at first sight

Today :
Taking an evening walk on the way back home
All the park\’s lamps light up and surprise me
Magic. Heart fluttering.
Love at first sight (for the second time)

Till our next fortunate encounter,
Love at first sight, February

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