Mangathon September 2019

Hello! So, something a little new for the blog. I helped to create last year. I have stepped back and asked a dear friend to take my place for the last couple rounds. Now, I am back and ready to spend a week reading nothing but manga! Below is the template with the challenges that Amanda (acourtofbooksandlove) creates for the readathon.

I hope you join us! If you have any questions regarding the challenges, just leave a comment and I will get to it and hopefully be of some help!

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Chelsea & Taylor MEET Pentagon

Hi guys! I’m not sure if most of you know this, but I run a small youtube channel where I can gush about all things kpop. This past weekend Taylor and I went to Chicago to see Pentagon on their Prism World Tour and had Hi Touch. So of course I had to vlog it. Check out our experience below!

Stuck on Repeat 09.07.19

Making a post so far in advance can be a little tricky but since I am going to be away from my laptop for the entire weekend, I wanted to get as many of these posts up as I could! Plus it helps that work is pretty much dead for the holiday weekend. Anyways, here are five songs that I have had stuck on repeat for the last few days!

N.CUS – Super Luv

This is in my head solely because Chelsea did a reaction to their debut and we have been talking about them since! If you haven’t watched this video or listened to their debut EP Matchless Love, do yourself a favor and do so. Just keep in mind, the album is not on Apple Music, I found it on Spotify instead.

Astro – Always You

Astro is a group that I instantly fell in love with when I ventured out of the BTS sized hole I fell into earlier this year. Being one of Chelsea’s ULT groups, they were very high up on the list of other groups to listen to. I am so glad I did and since I made myself a playlist of all my favorites, I hear this song almost every day and it makes me so happy. I also like thinking about blue/green haired JinJin.

Pentagon – Lost Paradise

You know how I mentioned I was going to be away from my computer for a while this weekend. Pentagon is the reason why. Chelsea and I have tickets to see and MEET Pentagon on Friday. We are both so excited and cannot wait for Friday to come so we can camp out in line and see our boys.

CIX – Movie Star

This is yet another group I owe my devotion to because of Chelsea. I mean, I think 98% of my K-Pop groups have come to me through here so yeah. Anyways, this is a group that has to much potential and I cannot wait to see what they do in the future! These boys are just so talented.

EXO – Monster

This. Song. I just recently accepted that this is one of two songs tied for my favorite song by EXO. There is just something extra special about this song to me because it is the first time I noticed Chanyeol (the red head) and the my love for him is history. Anyways, EXO is a group I just recently ULT’d so they definitely mean a lot to me!

K- Drama Friday!

I am slowly coming to love when I get to sit down and talk about the Dramas I am working my way through watching. While I have at least 12 shows on my Plan to Watch list on MyDramaList.com, It always feels good to complete a show! Right now, I want to talk about what I just finished, what I am currently watching and the one I have next on my list!

Just Finished
He is Psychometric
Rating: 9/10
A boy who is able to read the secrets of those whose skin comes into contact with him (Park Jin Young from Got7), and a girl who does everything she can to hide her pain. In the drama, the boy and girl will meet and try to fix, heal, grow, and love from the small and big occurrences that happen in their lives.

Currently Watching
What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?
The series revolves around the narcissistic Lee Young Joon (Park Seo Joon), the vice president of a company run by his family. He is very self-absorbed and thinks highly of himself, so much that he barely acknowledges the people around him. Lee Young Joon has a capable and patient secretary in Kim Mi So (Park Min Young) who has remained by his side and worked diligently for 9 years without any romantic involvement. However, Mi So now want to set her life & focus on herself so when she decides to resign from her job, hilarious misunderstandings ensue. After 9 years of their strictly-workplace relationship, can it now develop in something more?

Next To Watch
The King’s Avatar
In the multiplayer online game Glory, Ye Xiu is well known as the textbook level expert and a top-tier player. Due to a series of circumstances he was forcefully expelled out of his professional team. After leaving the pro gaming scene he resides at an Internet Café employed as one of the managers. When Glory launches the tenth server he throws himself into the game once more. Equipped with ten years of gaming experience, memories of the past, and an incomplete self-made weapon. His journey back to the top begins.

Review: House of Salt and Sorrows

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Published: August 6, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte
Pages: 416
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
Rating: ★★★★★

“In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.
Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?
When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.”

Please ignore all the cat hair! I dust but with two cats, it almost does nothing.

A retelling of of Twelve Dancing Princesses, which is tale that I do not know but now I wish I did because this was amazing. It was so interesting and had so many twists and turns that I could not stop listening to the audiobook. There is a mythology that I wanted more information on. Everything about this, I loved. The characters are easy to love and also to hate.

There were twists and turns from the beginning when the book opens at a funeral for one of the 12 sisters. Our main character, Annaleigh is trying to piece together how her sister died. Possible murder, a suicide, an accident? There was a mystery element to the story as well that I did not really see coming. I just thought it was going to be a YA Ghost Story but no! It was so much more than that.

The images that Erin paints through our main character, Annaleigh are stunning and creepy at the same time. Normally, I am not a huge fan of books that are driven by atmosphere but this one was so different. It is a beautiful web of atmosphere and mythology and family all woven together. The other characters in the book all play wonderful parts in the story of Annaleigh and her mission to end the curse that surrounds her sisters. Her father is a sturdy figure for his daughters while the stepmother to the girls seems a little off, not being from the island. Her older sister Camile is the oldest and the heir to the Highmoore Estate is level headed and seems older than her years having to take up the alter of heir.

House of Salt and Sorrows is a book that I did not expect to love as much as I do. I thought it was going to be another story about a family of the ocean trying to solve the murder of the sister but it was so much more. If you love an atmospheric book, characters to make you love and other characters to dislike. The ghost story that is woven in with the other pieces of plot really made me walk around my hotel feeling a little creeped out and worried what I would see around the corner. This is a perfect fall read because of that.

Tag Tuesday: Nope Book Tag

I saw this tag on Hardback Hoarder’s Youtube channel and figured this would be a good tag to start off Tag Tuesday with! I am only going to be doing half of this tag using the books that I have read so far this year. It is a long tag and I have only read 37 books this year. Anyways, let’s get to the Nope Book Tag.

Number One
NOPE. Ending: A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage, or simply because the ending was crappy.
Winter by Marissa Meyer is easily one of the books that I feel had a really crappy ending. It was just so sudden and kind of dumb…

Number Two
NOPE. Protagonist: A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.
Adina from You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone. Ugh, I hated her so much and I can’t even really explain why without giving any spoilers.

Number Three
NOPE. Series: A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it, or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and I don’t think I have given up on it so much as I do not feel the need to currently continue. While I love the books and the stories, it feels a little drawn out and overhyped to me. So after finishing Queen of Shadows earlier this year, I have no plans to finish the remaining three books. I have also since unhauled the majority of the series.

Number Four
NOPE. Protagonist action/decision: A character decision that made you shake your head NOPE
Catherine from Two Dark Reigns. All of her choices. Nope.

Number Five
NOPE. Trope: A trope that makes you go NOPE.
The whole “I saved the damsel now she owes me her life” trope. Damsel by Eleana K. Arnold as a whole is a NOPE.

Number Six
NOPE. Book: A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE.
See above.

Number Seven
NOPE. Villain: A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction
Levana Blackburn. I cannot stand her and I have no sympathy for her in any way, shape, or form. I hated the spoiled little, entitled brat before I read Fairest but it only got worse after I read her novella.


What Is Taylor Reading?

Another week is beginning and while this is going to be a busy week (Chelsea and I are going to see Pentagon!), I am going to try to finish an audiobook and a physical book. Hopefully by the end of the week I can start another of both. So first, I am going to share my audiobook and my physical read. Then I will do into the audiobook and the physical book for the end of the week!

Currently Reading
Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
By: Victoria Aveyard

Plan to Start
Austenland (Austenland #1)
By Shannon Hale

Where She Went (If I Stay #2)
By: Gale Forman

Carry On (Simon Snow #1)
By: Rainbow Rowell

Chelsea’s August Wrap Up

So with the start of another month comes the end of another reading month, and I have to say I did some pretty good reading this past month. I ended up reading 15 things, granted not all of them were on my TBR but I still finished them all. I also have TEN books on my currently reading shelf so hopefully you will see those at the end of this month’s wrap up. But for now, here is what I finished.

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Say I Love You Volume 6 – ★✩
Say I Love You Volume 7 – 
Say I Love You Volume 8 – ★✩
The Goodbye Summer by Sarah Van Name – ✩✩✩
Wilder Girls by Rory Power – ★✩

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Maybe This Time by Kasie West – ★✩
Say I Love You Volume 9 –
Birthday by Meredith Russo –
Say I Love You Volume 10 – ★✩
Mera Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige – ★✩

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By the Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead by Julie Anne Peters – ✩✩
Kimi Ni Todoke volume 1 – ★✩
Kimi Ni Todoke volume 2 –
Kimi Ni Todoke volume 3 –
Kimi Ni Todoke volume 4 –

Taylor’s September 2019 TBR

It is that time again! Another monthly TBR and this month since Chelsea and I have a couple trips coming up, I’m hoping the shorter books and the buddy read we have planned will help make up for the days away from my books. So, let us dive into the books I want to read this month, starting with Random Dance Play-athon!

Random Dance Play-athon TBR

Challenge Number One
EXO – Love Shot
Read a book about a character post breakup

Challenge Number Two
CLC – Me
Read a book with a beautiful cover

Challenge Number Three
Day6 – I Need Somebody
Read a book with mental health rep

Challenge Number Four
NCT Dream – Boom
Read a summery book

Challenge Number Five
Red Velvet – Power Up
Read a book about following dreams

Challenge Number Six
Monsta X – Underwater
Read a book involving heart break

Challenge Number Seven
Twice – Heart Shaker
Read a book about falling in love

Challenge Number Eight
Pentagon – Sha La La
Read a book involving travel

Dragons and Tea Book Club
Goodreads

Other Books to Read