Beanie level: Noble idiot

They don’t make dramas like ‘Do you like Brahms?’ anymore…no wonder we’re smitten❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️
Joon young and Song ah are full of heart❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️
I smile with them; I cry with them❤️️

10
0

#30daybookchallenge

I am skipping #11(a book I hated) and #12(a book I love but hate at the same time) because I haven’t yet encountered books that I hate. I have disliked some; been bored by some; and, disappointed by some. But, I have never hated my books.

#13. My favourite writer(s)
• Jeffrey Archer – I grew up on his novels. My father loves Kane and Abel and I grew up wanting to be his Prodigal daughter: his joy, sorrow and pride ❤️️
• J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter, duh ❤️️
• Kalki – He is a giant in the world of Tamil fiction. His historical fiction novels have inspired us Tamil people, old and young alike, to understand and celebrate our rich history and culture ❤️️ A true immortal.
• Arundhati Roy – I aspire to write like her ❤️️‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ made me look at my country’s dark places and understand its harsh truths. It still gave me hope, still made me believe, in the inherent goodness that resides in our people.
• Agatha Christie – I like her character-driven crime novels more than other writers’ action/enigma types. Plus, female role-model ❤️️
• Patrick Rothfuss – Name of the Wind. After years and years of reading books, I finally found him (thanks to @vardinihaeyo). Never have I ever read such gripping material since J.K.Rowling. Read the first few lines of the prologue ❤️️ and you’ll never look back.

P.S.: The book cover I’ve shared for Kalki is from his most famous work: Ponniyin Selvan (5 part series). It translates to River Cauvery’s Son and tells the story of one of the greatest empires of Tamil history and its greatest king: Raja Raja Chola of the Chola Empire. He is believed to have been saved by the Cauvery Goddess herself when he fell into the river as a small boy and almost drowned. Interestingly though, the story’s hero isn’t the titular character but a soldier/buddy of the Crown Prince.
It’s highly unfair to call this work as simply a novel; it’s a saga of epic proportions ❤️️





7
2

    Was so thrilled to see Ponniyin Selvan here!!! I want to read them again. It’s been more than 10 years since I read it first. But some parts are still so fresh in my memory.

    2
    1

#30daybookchallenge

#10. A book that reminds me of home
The Little White Rabbit and other stories by Enid Blyton
This was my first ever book that my parents got me when I was around 4.5 years old. Its tattered and the front cover is missing but, I still have it. I still remember some of the amazing stories this book holds. This started it all and it will always remind me of bygone days and the simplicity of home. After nearly 24 years, I have discovered that it was written by Enid Blyton. Life is incredibly beautiful, at times ❤️️

3
2

    Enid Blyton!!!!!!!! .. and apparently americans don’t know about her (guess she never became a big name there…)

    all her books are childhood haven… five find outers, famous five.. so many others..

    the world of absolute white and mildly grey

    1
    1

#30daybookchallenge

#9. A book I thought I wouldn’t like but ended up loving
I have three books here.
• To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – This is a classic and for that reason alone, I thought I would hate it. But, it blew my mind and has redefined the meaning of classics for me.

• American Gods by Neil Gaiman – I didn’t like his Anansi Boys and so, I was reluctant to read this. But, it just sucked me into its mythology and I believed everything that happened inside that world. In fact, I still do. Definitely read this people!

• The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery – My brother bought this saying he liked philosophy. Naturally, I got curious about this new genre and gave it a read. I didn’t expect to come out of it a convert. I became a fan of its dry, morbid humour that I didn’t even know existed 1 book ago. If you are looking for something very different from our usual fantasy fare, try this.



7
5

    American Gods was my official introduction to Neil Gaiman. I especially loved how he interweaved Norse and African mythology into his story telling. That was my favorite part. I’m always a fan of a good fantasy book because I’m at awe of how a writer can create such a detailed and glorious world. But my feelings towards the book is… While I enjoyed the journey, I found the end somewhat anticlimactic. I liked how Odin stayed true to his character (I mean, his motive for starting the war) but the way the actual war ended.. it felt anticlimactic.
    How was Anansi Boys? I’ve been wanting to try it because I’m currently into ‘African mythology’ themed books. It’s a world that I haven’t explored much of (even though I’m African 🙈) outside the scary stories that I was told as a kid. I didn’t learn about Anansi till Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and he’s a god originating from my country 🤦🏾‍♀️.

    2
    1

      Heyyy…do tell me if you find interesting mythological stories:) I also loved how he brought together so many Gods from different philosophies. It was too good.
      Anansi boys was not so intricate in its mythology and I didn’t connect with it so much. Maybe someone who liked it could review it better, I suppose.

      0
      0

    My own personal copy of “…Mockingbird” is that one 😍😍😍

    2
    1

    Really liked those 3 too! 💚💚💚

    1
    0

#30daybookchallenge

#8. Most overrated book
Ok, don’t hate me for saying this but I think Pride and Prejudice is overrated. I don’t really like the hero. I wanted to love it so much. But, I couldn’t, no matter how hard I tried.

2
2

Reposting this because I lost the images while editing the post.
#30daybookchallenge
I know I’m incredibly late to this. Forgive me! @starrynight I’m doing it finally!! Here we go:

#1. Best book I read last year
‘It ends with us” by Colleen Hoover. This was romantic, swoon-worthy, heart-breaking, introspective, thoughtful, and healing. It will stay with me for a long, long time.
If you haven’t read this amazing book, please read this. It’ll change your life as it has changed mine. It has given me my mantra for life: “Be that girl, Lily. Be brave.” ❤️️

P.S. I’ve also included my favourite snippet from the book. Happy reading, beanies!

4
1

#30daybookchallenge
#5. A book that makes me happy
This was hard. But, I think Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone makes me happy. It opens with an optimistic title, ‘The Boy Who Lived’. It’s all the firsts: Harry discovering he’s a wizard, making friends, having a nemesis, playing quidditch, the trio on their first adventure, Hermoine being a bad-ass at puzzles, Ron being a chess wizard, and Harry facing his fears bravely. Last but not the least, Dumbledore awarding points to Neville because “it takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” Writing this makes me happy 😊

Also, this book I read last year, “we are all made of molecules” by Susin Nielsen was heart-warming.

#6. A book that makes me sad
Two books actually.
• ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Paul Kalanithi – A brilliant man whose autobiography gets cut short by his passing away. It’s never about death but about celebrating life in all its messy glory. I needed some time after I finished the last paragraph of this book which is also my most favourite part of it. I needed the silence, as will you when you read it, to take it all in, to shed a few tears in awe of this brave man and wish that I could have met him once or that I could atleast visit his grave to pay my respects. An exceptional read!

• ‘The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini – I cannot explain this book with words. There is a depth to emotions in this book that a writer rarely achieves. For example, pure, selfless love has never been better expressed: “For you, a thousand times over”. Heart-breaking but worth it!

#7 A book that makes me laugh
‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ by Gail Honeyman made me laugh. The book, by no means, is a comedy. It tackles the concept of belonging in a nuanced manner but parts of it made me laugh out loud. The central character is winsome and the ending is a proper happy ending. This one was a quirky one, you guys. Read it if you have a chance.





10
0

#30daybookchallenge

#3. My favourite series
Like millions of others, I also love the Harry Potter series. Also, as a child, before the HP series became popular, I adored Enid Blyton’s books, like the Famous Five series and the Secret Seven series❤️️ I remember me and two other girls trying to create badges and have meetings😂 It failed spectacularly because we were not living in Enid Blyton’s books (sadly) and thus, had no fun crimes to solve*sob*.

#4. Favourite book of my favourite series
I understand this is not a popular choice but my favourite book from the Harry Potter series is the 2nd one: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets❤️️❤️️❤️️This was the first book of the series that I read and owned (it was a gift❤️️) and I loved the plot and the heroism. Also, it has remained my most favourite all this time because it contains my most favourite quote of all time: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore.




11
0

#30daybookchallenge

#2. A book that I have read more than 3 times
I have two books here.
• Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – It’s the perfect ending for this amazing series. I have lost count of how many times I’ve read this. Always ❤️️
• Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale – my guilty pleasure. The arrogant hero who falls from his metaphorical throne and the kind heroine who cannot turn away from his cries for help (historical romance fiction). The kind of love that’s all-consuming ❤️️


5
0

#30daybookchallenge
I know I’m incredibly late to this. Forgive me! @starrynight I’m doing it finally!! Here we go:

#1. Best book I read last year
‘It ends with us” by Colleen Hoover. This was romantic, swoon-worthy, heart-breaking, introspective, thoughtful, and healing. It will stay with me for a long, long time.
If you haven’t read this amazing book, please read this. It’ll change your life as it has changed mine. It has given me my mantra for life: “Be that girl, Lily. Be brave.” ❤️️

P.S. I’ve also included my favourite snippet from the book. Happy reading, beanies!

5
8

    I was sobbing after reading this book. Colleen Hoover is very hit or miss for me, but this was really great.

    1
    0

    I read this book after @yyishere (I think it was YY?) recommended it on her fanwall! I knew nothing whatsoever about it and absolutely loved it. Not knowing what was coming probably made this book so much better for me

    1
    3

      Yess good note..thank you:) It was a surprise for me too and I loved it. I have been trying to edit the post but it’s not letting me. Maybe I’ve to delete and post it again. thank you ❤️️

      0
      1

        Oh, I don’t mean you gave a spoiler – what you wrote was nothing more than what any Amazon description would tell you. I just meant that sometimes going in completely blind (all I knew was the title & writer!) can be really rewarding.

        1
        0

      It was absolutely hardbreaking. I re-read it the other day and almost cried all over again. Colleen Hoover’s “Ugly Love” is my other favourite book.

      1
      1

      Is there a 30 day book challenge going on? I didn’t even know that.

      1
      1

Changed my cover photo❤️️ I cried, I smiled and most of all, I learnt that it’s okay to not be okay❤️️

14
0

#itsokaytonotbeokay
I HATE, HATE, HAAAAATE Gang-tae now!! 😡😡😡 I wanted to punch him!! He must earn my forgiveness in the future eps. I know Moon-young is gonna forgive him because she loves him too much. Guhhhhhh!!!! But, if he keeps this up, she shouldn’t take him back. He needs to earn her back. She deserves far, far more. Moon-young is my QUEEN❤️️

On a vastly separate note, how amazing is Kim Soo Hyun!!! I love him❤️️…but, I still hate him as Gang-tae😤

Attached below are some happy pictures to soothe my heart!

5
0

Ahhhhhh….what a lovely show❤️️❤️️❤️️ Farewell, Dinnermate!

12
0

#dinnermate
I teared up watching Jae-hyuk cry his heart out after meeting his father. He was scary, dangerous and made a series of disturbingly bad choices. But, I can’t help feeling for him. Most of it is because of Lee Ji-hoon. I must say, I didn’t like this character initially because it clashed too much with my love for his Woo-won in Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung. But, we are at the end and I can confidently say that my love and respect for Lee Ji-hoon has increased multiple levels. He imbued his character with regrets and realisations that helped him become not-too-cartoonish and not a complete villain. I like dramas and characters like these where noone is completely bad and we all need help, understanding and love to keep us sane.
Lee Ji-hoon, you are amazing ❤️️

11
4

    You’re not alone in your admiration.
    I’m a forever fan from this moment. JH was one of the worst characters ever, and he made him human, vulnerable, someone you would pity because his suffering was so buried inside and so palpable at the same time.
    I’m looking forward his new project. He’s won a leading role.

    1
    1

      Yea, he became one with the role. So great!
      Leading role…yayyyy💃💃💃 He deserves it!

      0
      0

    Ohh..the description is similar to how I feel with Han Sun Hwa’s character in Backstreet Rookie. But I think half of it is because of the way the character is written. She seems like a typical 2nd female lead but the drama explores her thought process, and viewers are allowed to see her inner turmoil. She makes bad choices but it all makes sense for her character. I hope the drama doesn’t mess her character up, currently she feels real and human.

    1
    1

      I haven’t watched it yet. I stayed away mostly because of the negative reviews. But, show seems to be getting better. Maybe, I’ll binge it later!

      0
      0

Hey beanies! I have a question on Le Coup de Foudre.
In episode 9(I’ve only watched till here), Wuyi teaches Guanchao to play basketball. She fondly remembers him saying he won\’t let her get hurt when she was crying in front of Big Bear. Did it happen in any of the past episodes or is it only a memory? I don’t remember seeing the break-up happen. I am confused now. Did I miss it? Please help!
Thankuu in advance 😊

1
5

#itsokaytonotbeokay

This❤️️
From smiling at each other to smiling together❤️️ Sarang❤️️

24
2

#itsokaytonotbeokay

Has anyone ever seen such a radiant, full-body and soul-unburdening smile like this❤️️
Everything else diminishes in his blinding light of a smile❤️️ Kim Soo-hyun is killing it as Gang-tae❤️️I have no other words. He is unburdening my soul too❤️️ So precious…Thank you❤️️

Animated GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY

26
5

    He really is shining in this role. His acting is phenomenal. When he smiled, his face showed that he unleashed himself of his restraint. He just looked like a young kid going on a picnic. So happy and radiant.

    8
    1

      Exactly! he looked just that young kid from their flashback…Such great casting!

      3
      0

    Yes his smile is so radient!!!!!!!

    4
    0

    He’s just too good! I dont know how he does it. You know when you watch a drama and you still call the actors by their names? When they are so good that I forget they are just acting, I just call them by their character’s name. He’s Gang-tae. Just Gang-tae.

    2
    1

#thegooddetective

I liked Jang Seung-jo in Boyfriend. I loved him in Chocolate (obviously) ❤️️ I am merrily delighting in this enigmatic detective character of his. In multiple scenes, he stays at the back of the group, at a distance, slightly separate, but he acts as the observer of the entire scene. It gives him perspective, it would seem. Whatever it is, this drama has potential and it’s a pleasure to screenshot his scenes ❤️️

Can we get recaps @db-staff, pretty please ??

6
6

    I’m glad to see him get a leading role. He’s been good in everything I’ve seen him in.

    3
    1

      Yeah, me too 🙂 He is great here! I hope this drama does well…fingers crossed🤞

      0
      0

    Why do I get a feeling that he’s the one orchestrating this whole thing? He seems to be loaded – he could’ve paid all those people to do what he wanted. I just don’t know his motive…

    1
    1

    His roles in Money Flower and Familiar Wife were much better.

    0
    1

Jo Jung-seok brightens up any day! His singing gives life to me *listening to Aloha on a loop* ❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️
#hospitalplaylist

13
0

#hospitalplaylist
My heart is full and warm. Like the OST said, this drama was like a memorable sunset, a beautiful painting, and a sky full of twinkling stars to me. I was depressed these last few days and it was getting worse and this saved me today. Thank you ❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️

Only one ship sailed and I had heart eyes the whole time😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍I did not care if it was realistic or not…Yoo Yoon-seok is hot and he has eyes that pour out love❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️ I am tempted to watch Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim because of him… I don’t wanna watch Reply 94 because I want to avoid the ultimate heartbreak. The whole cast played off each other so well and it is heartening to hear they have become real-life friends too!!

Okay, now on to my greatest loves of all time…The Song hwa- Ik jun couple is my OTP and even if it doesn’t happen ever, I will forever be grateful for the pairing potential and for the most amazing revelation that has been Jeon Mi-do😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍Her acting is great, and she made Song-hwa into everyone’s girl crush. That woman knows what she wants and what she needs and is an overall girl boss. That does not take away the humanness from her character nor does she let her become cartoonish. So so marvellous ❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️

And then there’s Jo Jung-seok’s Ik-jun!❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️

Ok, bye ((grinning like a fool))!!!!!

10
1

    In a horrendous year, we are forever grateful that Hospital Playlist comes along to bright up our day during the most difficult time. Thank you thank you!

    1
    0