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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!

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#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.





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#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.




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#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 ❤️️


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#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!

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

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    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

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      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 ❤️️

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        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.

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      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.

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

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

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#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!

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

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#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 ❤️️

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    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.

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

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    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.

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      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!

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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 😊

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#itsokaytonotbeokay

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

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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❤️️

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    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.

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

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

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    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.

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#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 ??

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

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

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    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…

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

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

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#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))!!!!!

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    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!

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#hospitalplaylist
All evening, I have been reading hospital playlist posts and liking each and every one of them. All the comments too. God, how I adore this show❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️

I have always liked Jo Jung-seok but Ik-jun is simply on another level. I have never shipped anyone as hard as I ship Ik-jun and Song-hwa together. They are just love (along with U-ju, of course)❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️

On a separate note, I might become a serious fan of Yoo Yoon-seok. I am out of words to describe his portrayal and I am all aboard the Winter Garden ship❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️

So, all in all, an evening well-spent😁😁😁

Pictured below: Ik-jun gazing fondly at Song-hwa and U-ju sleeping together❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️❤️️

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#I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day musings:

I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day was such a cozy watch. I watched it only during the late-night hours or when noone was around to distract me in the mornings, because I needed the silence to savor it. I am so glad I watched this gem of a drama. I kept delaying watching the finale because I didn’t want to let go of it. But the finale was a fitting bookend to these characters. I know their lives continue in that little mountain-town and everyone is doing their best to live their lives with love and gratitude.

Eun-seob is my most favourite character so far this year. I know he wasn’t proactive but his quite nature and profound thoughtfulness and his amazing blog posts made him feel like a friend and I felt so protective of his happiness (almost like Jang-woo). Park Min-young was, as always, stellar here. The silent melancholy suited her and made Hae-won a layered character.

But I was most surprised by the Jang woo- Eun sil couple. They got all the usual k-drama romance moments like the slipping scene, the confession, the wrist-grab kiss and it was wonderful. Jang-woo could have easily slipped into a normal secondary character but he never let me waver in my affection for him. All the book-club members were great.

I know much has been said but I must repeat this. The sibling relationship between Hwi and Eun-seob was one for the books and the sister bond between Myung-joo and Myung-yeo made me wish I had a sister. The sibling relationships were meaningfully crafted, and they added nuance and depth to the drama. And, speaking of Myung-yeo, the actress did a fantabulous job. I liked how they retained the mystery with her by not giving away details about her departure. Nicely done!

And, finally, this post would be incomplete without mentioning the fantastic central romance. I went into this expecting a normal romance. I have come out the other end a believer. Seo Kang-joon not only delivered a mind-blowing performance as Eun-seob, but also made me celebrate the romance. I had no doubts with Park Min-young but I didn’t know that these two would end up being so marvellous together. You have to see it to believe it!

I have no more words left. Beanies, if you haven’t watched this and you are in the mood for a slow, beautiful and poignant romance, where the town is itself a character in the story, do watch this. It is worth every ounce of your time. Every hour heals you, bit by bit, like a good cry or a good therapy session or a deep conversation with a friend over tea.

I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day, you warmed my soul (with the cups of coffee made by Eun-seob). I will miss you and I shall remember you fondly for a long, long time ❤️️ ❤️️ ❤️️ ❤️️ ❤️️

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#MusicMarch No.31
‘Let it go’ by Demi Lovato for Frozen.
I love this version of the song. There is something powerful about the darkness vs. light theme of this song and video. Demi Lovato does a great job of portraying the pain and the relief that comes with letting go.

That, I think, is why I am sharing this today. We have come to the end of March and are beginning the fresh chapter of April tomorrow. So, I hope you are able to let go of all worthless burdens (be it things or feelings or beings) and wake up to a lovely day with the smell of liberating and endless possibilities in the air❤️️
Thanks for Music March everyone! Happy April to you all❤️️

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#MusicMarch No.30
Time for a classic! Frankie Valli’s ‘Can’t take my eyes off you’ sung by ❤️️Heath Ledger❤️️ from Ten Things I Hate About You❤️️

It is one of my all-time favourite movies and I keep re-watching it when I need warmth and comfort. The world of story-telling lost one of its gems when Heath Ledger passed away. I wasn’t the greatest fan but I still miss him. I wanted to see more of this romantic Heath Ledger but it was not to be. His Joker remains the best to this day and I just wish he had lived to see this.

But, moving on from all this sadness, this song and video never fails to bring a smile to my lips and cheer to my heart❤️️ I hope it brightens your day too⭐️ Enjoy!

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    I love this movie and I’m always hooked to it if ever find it while zapping.
    ” this song and video never fails to bring a smile to my lips and cheer to my heart”… perfect definition!

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    One of my all time favorite movies too! I still have my VHS copy of this movie.

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    Thank you for sharing this. So sad that he is no longer with us.

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    I loved this movie so much. It’s a shame that i was introduced Heath Ledger’s work only after he died

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#MusicMarch No. 29
‘City of Stars’ from La La Land❤️️

City of Stars is an enchanting piece of music that grinds up a whole gamut of emotions inside me. It gives one the feeling of levitating in the sky, at the same time grounding you with its raw melancholy.
You feel whatever the protagonist feels: hope, fear, despair, happiness, shock. The movie makes you think. What are we really after or what are our dreams? Is it the career we want, the position in life we desire, or simply love from someone else? Is it possible to obtain all the three? What are our limits? What sacrifices do we make to be who we are; to get to where we are? Is it worth it? All of us ponder these questions from time to time but which one of us gets it right? Only time will tell.

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