Saturday, December 31, 2016

My Most Played K-Pop Songs In 2016

I recently have been watching videos from JREKML  where they post reactions to k-pop videos and top favorites. JRE put up his top 16 k-pop songs of 2016, all of them new releases from 2016. I thought I'd piggyback off of his post and post my own top 10 songs of 2016. But mine doesn't include new releases because I got into k-pop hardcore so I'm still discovering new music.

Here's the most played k-pop on my spotify (in no particular order):

1. Red Velvet- Dumb Dumb 

2. Red Velvet- Happiness

3. Girls Generation (SNSD)- Lion Heart 

4. BlackPink- Whistle 

5. BlackPink- Boombayah 

6. Big Bang- Bang Bang Bang 

9. Akadong Musician- 200% 

10. Seventeen- Pretty U 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To For The First Half of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

TTT again! Today is: Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To For The First Half of 2017. I haven't kept up with the latest releases lately, but I've seen some of the buzz on some blogs and a few favorite authors have new releases in the upcoming new year.

1. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
2. RoseBlood by A.G. Howard
3. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
4. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
5. Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
6. Wires and Nerve Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer

** update based on request from a friend
7. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

That's all I've got. If you have any suggestions, please let me know! Happy reading ^_^

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Must Watch Christmas Movies for Our Family

So now that Jayse is old enough (2 years and too smart for his own good) to understand what happens in some movies, I've been looking more into Christmas movies for the holiday season especially since I have a whole week off with him (yay being a teacher!) to have fun, bake, do crafts, and watch movies. As I was looking for movies to watch with him, I realized that we have a long list of movies we watch as a family, ones that my sister and I watch religiously every year, and ones that I just watch with my husband. Just thought that I would share that list with all of you in case you were looking for something to watch this holiday season and to get more suggestions.

with Jayse/family movies:

Jack Frost (1979)
Polar Express (2004)
Frosty the Snowman (1969)
Merry Christmas Thomas (2011)
Thomas and Friends: Santa's Little Engines (2013)
Thomas and Friends: Holiday Express (2009)
(basically all Thomas holiday movies on Netflix)
Winnie the Pooh and Christmas Too (1991)
Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002)
The Year Without A Santa Claus (1974)
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (1964)
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1970)
Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983)
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999)
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)
Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas (1997)
Olive the Other Reindeer (1999)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
A Christmas Carol (2009)
The Snowman (1982)
Santa Buddies (2009)

Movies to force the husband to watch with me/to watch with my sister: 

Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
White Christmas (1954)
Babes in Toyland (1961)
Last Holiday (2006)
Auntie Mame (1958)
Holiday Inn (1942)
Call Me Claus (2001)

Movies for the adults and movies I'm not sure Jayse will sit through yet: 

Die Hard (1988)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Scrooged (1988)
Batman Returns (1992)
Jingle All the Way (1996)
Home Alone (1990)
Home Alone Lost In New York (1992)
The Santa Clause (1, 2, and 3) (1994, 2002, 2006)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Top Ten Characters We Would Cosplay

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Because of our religious beliefs, we do not celebrate Halloween. However, we do cosplay to comic con, anime con etc. Here are some characters I have dressed up as or will cosplay as in the future and I've included some that Jayse will cosplay as in the future because why not.

1) X-23- Wolverine's clone, soon to be introduced to movie-goers in the upcoming movie LOGAN, and my favorite character in the Marvel Universe.

2) Death- from Sandman by Neil Gaiman. I cannot wait to cosplay as her one day! 

3) Sailor Scouts from Sailor Moon- I've cosplayed as Sailor Jupiter (green) before but I would like to cosplay as Sailor Mars one day. 

4) Disney Princess- I would want to go simple and no wigs if I could so: Pocahontas, Jasmine, or Belle

5) Cana Alberona from the anime/manga Fairy Tail 

6) Zatanna Zatara- DC comics 

7) Moana- the new Disney princess debuting next year

Baby Jay Cosplay: One day my Jayse will go to anime con with us. Here are some options for him when that day comes.


Gohan from Dragonball Z (or as a family cosplay: Goku, ChiChi, and Gohan)


Ninja Turtles 

Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates 

Friday, October 21, 2016

From the Library #8

It's been a while since I've done one of these posts. I've started getting books from the library again, so I thought I'd start this up again. For those who don't know, I used to do these posts once a month about books that I would get from the library because I couldn't get to review them all but I liked to share what I was reading with everyone. With my new resolution to read and blog more frequently, I thought I would start up these posts again. 

Blurbs and links are from

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.

When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.

Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinahs furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath. 

Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

“Aerity…” Her father paused as if the words he was forming pained him. “I must ask you to sacrifice the promise of love for the sake of our kingdom.”

She could only stare back, frozen.

When a strange beast terrorizes the kingdom of Lochlanach, fear stirs revolt. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity knows her duty to the kingdom but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger... until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. There’s no denying the unspoken lure between them... or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not the marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast—but the princess continues to surprise him, and the perilous secrets he’s buried begin to surface.

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, and a princess willing to risk all to save her kingdom.

Here's one that I'm on hold for:

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge 
When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

(This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

This Week The Trend...

It has been another hard week at work and it's only Wednesday. I should be modifying an exam but right now I'm just enjoying the silence before my husband, Jonathan, gets home from picking up Jayse. It feels so weird calling Jayse "Baby Jay" sometimes because my little baby is now a rambunctious toddler. He doesn't look like a baby anymore but he will always be Baby Jay to me.

Current song on repeat: This Week The Trend by Relient K

It always seems like just when things get better, everything snowballs out of control. While I'm still getting comfortable sharing my feelings in the blogosphere, I'm starting to realize that blogging makes me happy and reading, comic books, k-dramas, and Disney all make me happy too.

I guess I'm just reflecting and trying to find the good in all of the bad and the small bit of light to nurture in the darkness to make all the negativity fade away.

That's all for now. Back to binge watching Itazura Na Kiss: Love in Tokyo 2.

Top Ten Characters I'd Name A Pet After

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week is top ten characters I'd name a pet/child after. I did a top ten about names for a child before, so I thought this one I'd focus more on pets. Baby Jay loves animals and we want to get a dog when he's older. Right now my sister is living with us and she has a black-and-white cat named Arrow who looks a lot like Mr. Mistoffelees from the Broadway show CATS and Baby Jay ADORES him. 

Anyway, here's my list: 

Howl - after Howl from Howl's Moving Castle 

Calcifer- the fire demon from Howl's Moving Castle

JiJi - Kiki's black cat from the Ghibli movie Kiki's Delivery Service

Sirius/Padfoot - Sirius Black from Harry Potter 

Remus - Remus Lupin from Harry Potter 

Dinah - not as well known as the other characters on my list. Dinah is Alice's cat in Alice in Wonderland. I loved the idea of a pretty white cat having the name Dinah. 

Luna - the black cat from Sailor Moon and Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter (though I would also name a baby girl Luna). 

Artemis - the white cat from Sailor Moon 

That's all I can think of for now! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week is the books on my fall TBR list. I noticed that most of the books on my list are there because I loved some of the author's previous work and I just can't get enough. I don't know if I'll get to all of these this year, but I'll get to them eventually.

1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
2. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
3. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
4. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
5. The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
6. Beast by Brie Spangler
7. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
8. Sorrow's Knot by Erin Bow
9. Soundless by Richelle Mead

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Things I Learned About Vacationing With A Toddler

Hello all!

My husband, Baby Jay, and I went on a vacation to Lake George this summer and it was fantastic. I highly recommend it for city dwellers as a weekend getaway. We spent a whole week there and it was worth it. Didn't spend a lot either thanks to my penny pinching husband.

Anyway, this was our first family vacation with just us three. It was the experience you're probably thinking filled with the tantrums, nap times, and buying things to please the toddler. One night while sitting in the hotel room after Baby Jay finally fell asleep, we made a list of things that we learned on this trip. Of course I wrote them down to share with all of you.

1. Take a stroller.
My husband fought me while packing up the car. Why do we have to bring that? He is walking everywhere now. It won't fit in the trunk. Jay you're a big boy right? You don't need that. He ended up packing it into the very spacious trunk anyway just to make me happy. In the end, everywhere we went he said: "Wait, take the stroller".

2. Keep the bathroom door closed.
I cannot tell you how many times it was too quiet and we found my son getting into trouble in the bathroom.

3. Bring a few extra toys/books.
This is kind of a given. Books for bedtime, toys for the car ride or to play in the hotel room while you're figuring out what to do that day.

4. Take a tablet or electronic device or a favorite DVD
This may be your only chance for some quiet time or again, a distraction while you're figuring out what to do that day.

5. Pack two or three outfits for every day.
I changed the baby's clothes 2-3x a day. This was because of potty accidents, spilled something on his shirt, we were going somewhere and he needed to wear something nicer, the evenings were cool and the afternoons were crazy hot. Yea. I didn't realize I was changing his clothes so much until hubby said something.

6. You will go to bed early.
Not just because of toddler bed time. You will be genuinely tired.

7. Get double beds, or a crib if the hotel offers one.
I wanted the crib our hotel offered but we had double beds so we decided to make that work and ask for the crib later. Double beds were amazing. I got to sleep alone while Jay cuddled with daddy and then my husband got to sleep alone while the baby cuddled with me. We alternated like that all week and it worked for us. Definitely call on ahead before you take the portable crib/playpen to see if the hotel offers one for the room.

8. Travel booster seat for restaurants.
Not every restaurant, diner, or whatever offers a high chair and that made eating out a mission. I really wish we had thought of bringing a booster that straps baby to the chair.

9. Plan one big adventure per day.
We planned one big outing for each

That's all for now. I look forward to reading about all of your traveling adventures for inspiration for our next vacation.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

K-Drama Review: The Heirs

Title: Heirs
genre: romance
original run: October 9- December 12, 2013
network: SBS
number of episodes: 20
my rating: 4 stars

synopsis from
A worthy successor to the international hit Boys Over Flowers, Heirs follows a group of privileged, elite high school students as they are groomed to take over their families' business empires. These wealthy students seem to have everything under control–except their love lives. Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho) is heir to the Empire Group sent to study abroad in the U.S. In reality it's a form of exile, as his elder half-brother back home (Choi Jin Hyuk) schemes to take over the family business. While in the States, Kim Tan bumps into Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye), who's arrived from Korea in search of her older sister. He feels himself falling for her, never realizing that she's the daughter of his family's housekeeper. When his fiancĂ©e Rachel Yoo (Kim Ji Won) arrives to bring him back to Korea, his heart is torn between love and duty. Meanwhile, Rachel's half-brother Choi Young Do (Kim Woo Bin) develops his own crush on Eun Sang. Who said being a rich, beautiful high school student was easy?

What I liked:
Park Shin Hye- I only added this drama to my "Must Watch" list because of her. I like her acting very much.

Kim Woo Bin- Loved him in this drama. Idk why, but he's always been kind of eh for me, but he shined in Heirs.

The romantic scenes. I wish there were more. The chemistry between Park Shin Hye and Lee Min Ho was great. Also Kim Woo Bin had good chemistry with Park Shin Hye. Overall, great main cast, but we knew that already.

Eun Sang's mom. OMGSH she was great. I loved her relationship with Kim Tan's mom and how it grew as the drama progressed. She was essential to the way the plot line moved forward. Thank goodness for her.

What I didn't like:

The ending. What was with that ending?! It took me a while to realize that the drama was in it's final few minutes and I was so disappointed.

The American actors. No just no. It was so bad. There are no other words to describe the acting except that it was seriously just bad. So so bad.

The teen angst. Um... yeah. I found myself skipping a lot of the talking and I still understood what was happening with the plot.

This drama scored 4 out of 5 for me because I felt like it moved kind of slow and had a lot of teen angst for me. The lifestyles of the rich and all of their problems with how to keep their money. I definitely recommend this drama to fans of Boys Over Flowers for sure.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: RoseBlood

 "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's "can't-wait-to-read" is:

title: RoseBlood
author: A.G. Howard
book birthday: January 10, 2017 (just in time for my birthday!!!)

blurb from goodreads:
In this modern day spinoff of Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

A. G. Howard brings the romantic storytelling that Splintered fans adore to France—and an entirely new world filled with lavish romance and intrigue—in a retelling inspired by a story that has captivated generations. Fans of both the Phantom of the Opera musical and novel, as well as YA retellings such as Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, will devour RoseBlood.

Can I just say how much I can't wait for this book ^_^ It's the perfect combination of A.G. Howard's storytelling PLUS one of my most favorite stories EVER The Phantom of the Opera!!! AND it comes out the same week as my birthday! AHHH! I can't wait!

Thursday, July 14, 2016


As most of you know... I am not tech savvy. Blogging has opened up a whole new world of computer technology to me that I never would have gotten into before. My husband is even left dumbfounded at the things I know ^_^

That being said, I still suck at adding gadgets and stuff. BUT I finally figured out how to make a facebook page AND add it onto blogger! So stop by my facebook page everyone ^_^ It's easier for me to update fb than my blog because I'm still figuring out the blog on the phone thing.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Top Ten Facts About Me

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

TTT again. Today is 10 random facts about me

1. I am currently working on the exams to become fully certified. Long story short, I completed all of the exams before I had Baby Jay. After Baby Jay was born and I went back to work, I was informed that all of the exams had changed and I had to retake everything. I'm almost done though. Please excuse the lack of posts until then.

2. I work with a D75 school in the Bronx. For those of you who don't know what that is, it's a school for kids with severe disabilities. The program I work for has a partnership with a general education high school in which kids with severe autism and other disabilities can take classes with general ed students and get a high school diploma. Some go on to college and some go to trade schools. I love working there. There are hard days, of course, but the good out weighs the bad.

3. I was reading YA fiction way before I became a teacher, though right now being a teacher motivates me to read YA. I like keeping up with what my students are reading and recommending them new titles.

4. The most read books on my shelf are: Blood and Chocolate, East, and The Night Circus.

5. I have converted to e-books. I only buy books I can't live without. I never thought that I'd be an e-book person but sometimes if it's not on my phone, I don't read it.

6. I absolutely LOVE k-dramas and k-pop. I got into it when I had Baby Jay and I wasn't reading as much. 

7. My family likes to go to anime conventions. When I was pregnant, I couldn't find a cosplay costume, so I wore this:

8. I was an art major in high school and I minored in it in college. I don't have much time to paint these days, but I draw with Baby Jay almost every day.

9. I prefer a stand alone novel over a series.

10. Baby Jay and I will be taking our first trip to a Barnes and Noble together this week ^_^

Thursday, June 02, 2016

K-Drama Review: Wild Chives and Soy Bean Soup: 12 Year Reunion

Title: Wild Chives and Soy Bean Soup: 12 Year Reunion
genre: romance
original run: March - June 2014
network: JTBC
number of episodes: 26
my rating: 3.5 stars

synopsis from
If someone were to do a scientific study, there probably were a lot of over-exuberant celebrations of South Korea’s 2002 World Cup win. High school sweethearts Jang Gook (Lee So Yeon) and Yoo Joon Soo (Namgoong Min) were two of them. After their mischievous night, Gook gets pregnant and the two try to marry but ultimately are forced to break up due to strong opposition from both families. Gook ends up moving to the United States and changes her name to Jang Dal Rae. Joon Soo goes from being the son of a wealthy family to becoming the breadwinner for his family as they live paycheck-to-paycheck. When Dal Rae and Joon Soo meet up again 12 years later and get hopelessly entangled in each other’s lives, what will become of the former high school couple? “Wild Chives and Soy Bean Soup: 12 Years Reunion” is a 2014 South Korean drama series directed by Kim Do Hyung.

Wild Chives and Soy Bean Soup popped up in my Netflix 'because you watched...' section under the title of 12 Year Reunion. I LOVE k-dramas with  childhood romance that rekindles in adulthood so I could not pass this up. I looked it up first to see it's original title and I came across some info that the show was originally supposed to be 50 episodes but it was cancelled. Good thing I read that first because if not I would have been even more devastated about the ending.

What I liked:

Yoon So-Hee and Lee Won-Geun: I LOVED these two! They had great chemistry and were amazing as the younger Jang Gook and Yu Joon-Soo. I can understand why the show is so popular despite the ending and it is definitely because of these two and their wonderful performance in the first 14 episodes. I will be looking up both actors to see what other dramas they're in.

The way Jang Gook and Yu Joon-Soo met again as adults: I thought it was so good. So unexpected and funny. The first couple episodes of them as adults was great.


What I didn't like:

When the series broke off into the two lovers all grown up, there were a lot of new story lines started that were never finished because the series was cancelled. I think it took too long for the stories to build up and people got bored. I know I got bored at some point.

Just when it was getting good it ended:
WHY just WHY. I know why but still. It's so disappointing. I really wanted to see what would have happened if Yu Joon-Soo found out that Joo Da-Hae was the cause of Jang Gook's miscarriage. I was just waiting for that to happen and it never came. Even when Da-Hae and Jang Gook had their moment when they confronted each other was dull. Also,what would have happened if Joon-Soo's mom found out what Jang Gook was craving during the pregnancy. There are just so many unanswered questions.

The ending was cute though, the way they looked at their phones when their moms called and didn't answer.

Overall, like so many other viewers, I just wanted more. It ended too soon. I give 5 stars to the first half with the young lovers and to the first 3 episodes of them as adults. After that it went kind of downhill.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ten Books I Plan to Read On The Beach

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
TTT again! This week is top beach reads. I normally take books of short stories, comfort books or comic book anthologies on vacation. Books of short stories are easier for me and like a comfy blanket. I can read a story while taking a break between pool time and going out to dinner, or read a story before bed, or even during Baby Jay's nap time. Yeah, short stories on vacation work for me. I also bring comfort books or books that have been sitting on my shelf that I haven't gotten to yet.
Here's what I plan on taking with me on different vacations this summer (if nothing else captures my attention between now and the end of June)...
Short Stories: 
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
Unnatural Creatures edited by Neil Gaiman
Stories: All New Tales edited by Neil Gaiman 
Steampunk! edited by Kelly Link 

Others on my bookshelf: 

Sorrow's Knot by Erin Bow
Gilt by Katherine Longshore
Misfit by Jon Skovron
Lullaby For Polish Girls by Dagmara Dominczyk

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

As stated by my school principal: "Birth mothers, foster mothers, fathers who play both roles, aunts, uncles, grandparents, step parents, brothers, sisters, good friends... all REAL mothers."

Happy Mother's Day to you all. I hope the day brings you many blessings and is a wonderful reminder of how much you have blessed so many others.   

Saturday, May 07, 2016

K-Drama Review: My Love From the Star

title: my love from the star aka my love from another star
genre: romance, science fiction, comedy
original run: december 2013 - february 2014
network: SBS
number of episodes: 21
my rating: 5 stars

synopsis from
Can an alien understand a modern Korean woman? Do Min Joon (Kim Soo Hyun) is an alien in the form of a perfect human specimen who arrived on Earth 400 years ago during the Chosun Dynasty. While living among the inferior human species, Min Joon has always been cynical toward his human neighbors. But in modern-day Korea, Min Joon meets top actress Cheon Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun) and falls in love with her. Can the cross-species couple possibly have a future together? “My Love From the Stars” is a 2013 South Korean drama series directed by Jang Tae Yoo.

 OMGSH I cannot get enough of this drama! I was hesitant to watch it. I mean I've heard all the reviews were great, it's won awards, but I'm so iffy with the science fiction/fantasy genre in k-dramas. They are usually hit or miss and for most of the ones I've seen it's been miss. But a co-worker and long time friend recommended My Love From the Star to me and said that I HAVE to watch it. I caved and I'm so glad I did.

What I liked:

Jun Ji Hyun: I have read in some reviews that they didn't like her and she took away from the wonderful Kim Soo Hyun's moments BUT I loved her. I know her from the live action Blood: The Last Vampire so I'm biased and kinda loved her already. I thought she played the character of Cheon Song Yi very well. Cheon Song Yi was supposed to be spoiled, petty, and childish because of how she grew up and the big star she was. She also has a good heart deep down which we see when everything is stripped away. I thought her character had a lot of emotion and was a great match with Do Min Joo.

Kim Soo Hyun: I fell in love with him after seeing Dream High like many others out there. My Love From the Star let Kim Soo Hyun show a different side. He is a great actor, there is nothing to dislike here. I am definitely looking into other dramas he's in to see his acting.

the comedy: There were definitely some moments that were laugh-out-loud. Though the second half of this drama was on the heavy side, there were still moments to make you smile.

What I didn't like:

Jae Kyung: I understand why he was necessary to the plot line. But his side story about his brothers and him being so power hungry it seemed a bit much and I found myself skipping a little. In general, he is an all around villain and considering the science fiction theme, there wasn't much to complain about him.

How many times was this girl (Cheon Song Yi) going to be in the hospital? I mean come on, it seems like over exaggerating the damsel in distress thing.

Lastly, the fact that Do Min Joo only has 3 months left on earth was good and bad. It was good because it kept me on the edge of my seat like even if they solve all of the other problems there's still this for love to conquer. It was bad because the ending felt rushed like after they solved all of the other problems they only had one or two episodes to deal with this last one.

Overall, 5 stars across the board. My Love From the Star is such a great story with great acting and laughs. The science fiction thing isn't something I would continue to watch after this one but it's nice to have come across one science fiction drama where the alien thing works, for me at least.

The Beat Goes On...

Blogging has been an outlet for me to express myself. Lately I haven't been able to do that because I haven't been reading books. I had originally wanted this to be a book blog only thing but as my life changes, I find myself not having enough time for reading or I'm distracted and tired and don't want to read as much. It's hard with a full time job, husband, a toddler, grad school... sigh.... yeah... So moving forward, I have decided to make this an everything blog. The type A in me is like NOOOOO but I can't juggle multiple blogs and I want this. It makes me happy.

And so dear world, be on the look out for mommy venting, k-drama reviews, book reviews and other maybe random ramblings.

K-Drama Review: Flower Boy Ramyun Shop

title: flower boy ramyun shop
genre: romance comedy 
original run: october 2011- december 2011
network: tvN
number of episodes: 16
my rating: 2 stars

synopsis from
Teaching is considered to be the noblest profession. The greatest wish of Yang Eun Bi (Lee Chung Ah) is to attain the respect, prestige and job security of becoming a high school teacher. As she studies diligently to prepare for the teacher certification exam, she keeps running into Cha Chi Soo (Jung Il Woo), the only son of the owner of the largest food conglomerate in Korea. But Eun Bi can’t quite make out his identity, as she mistakes Chi Soo at first for an employee of the food company, then a student at her university, and then for a student at the high school where she will be a student teacher. Then they both end up working at a ramen shop owned by the lazy Choi Kang Hyuk (Lee Ki Woo). Can Eun Bi and Chi Soo’s multiple run-ins be just chance encounters or is there a larger force at play to bring the two together? “Flower Boy Ramyun Shop,” also known as “Flower Boy Ramen Shop” or “Cool Guys Hot Ramen,” is a 2011 South Korean drama series directed by Jung Jung Hwa.

I'm sorry to all of the lovers of this drama out there. I just didn't feel this one. I know that it's a popular one and I've read a lot of reviews that love the tension between Cha Chi Soo and Yang Eun Bi, but I didn't like it. I watched it mainly because I'm trying to watch all of the Flower Boy dramas before Hwarang: The Beginning comes out this summer. So here are my likes and dislikes about Flower Boy Ramyun Shop. 

What I like:
What made me watch this drama in my quest to watch all Flower Boy dramas is that Yang Eun Bi was studying to be a teacher which so happens to be what I'm doing. Yang Eun Bi was a likeable character. Her little monologues were hilarious.

The comedy: There were some great laugh-out-loud moments in this drama. Thank goodness because most of the writing was boring.

Choi Kang Hyuk: OMGSH this man. I was seriously rooting for him in his relationship with Eun Bi and in the show in general. He was my favorite character, I loved everything about him.

What I didn't like:
Cha Chi Soo: Why? Just why? I did not like his character at all. If that is what the writers wanted to accomplish then they did it. I could not stand him, he was so full of himself and I don't understand what Yang Eun Bi saw in him.

Yoon So-Yi: She was the girlfriend of Kim Ba-Wool and then Cha Chi Soo then Kim Ba-Wool again... Just annoying. Her character was never fully developed and her relationship with Kim Ba-Wool was just a buzzing side story to kill some time during the episode.

Kang Dong-Joo: I do not understand her purpose. In the first few episodes, yea I get it. Eun Bi needed a female friend around her age even though Dong-Joo was younger than her. But it's the same as with Yoon So-Yi, Kang Dong-Joo's relationship with the Coach was another side story to take up time and keep her in the episode for when Eun Bi needed to vent or get away.

The romance: I was hardcore rooting for Choi Kang Hyuk. I am so disappointed in Yang Eun Bi. Cha Chi Soo was so childish (maybe because HE WAS A CHILD in high school even though he was 19). It was admirable the relationship that Kang Hyuk and Chi Soo developed but seriously, this was one love triangle that I loathed watching. 

Overall, I did not enjoy the series. I feel like it was a waste of time. The writing was bad, the story was boring, the minor characters' stories were annoying. The acting was good though, I will give this show that much. I went and looked up the actors to see what other dramas they have appeared in. Apologies to the k-drama fandom that love this drama. It just wasn't for me.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Review: The Golden Braid

title: the golden braid
author: melanie dickerson
rating:  3 stars

blurb from goodreads:
The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man around. And her skills as an artist rival those of any artist she’s met. But for a woman in medieval times, the one skill she most desires is the hardest one to obtain: the ability to read.

After yet another young man asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides they need to move once again, but this time to a larger city. Rapunzel’s heart soars—surely there she can fulfill her dream. But Mother won’t let her close to a man. She claims that no man can be trusted.

After being rescued by a knight on the road to the city, and in turn rescuing him farther down the road, Rapunzel’s opportunity arrives at last. This knight, Sir Gerek, agrees to educate Rapunzel in order to pay back his debt. She just has to put up with his arrogant nature and single-minded focus on riches and prestige.

But this Rapunzel story is unlike any other and the mystery that she uncovers will change everything—except her happily ever after.

Okay, so this book wasn't that bad.  It did read as if it were like the Disney movie Tangled with Rapunzel kicking butt and the mother being so caring. It was also unique that Rapunzel's mom traveled with her from town to town. Also the cultural aspect of Medieval Europe was a great setting and explained Rapunzel's longing for getting married very well. I liked the romance between Rapunzel and Sir Gerek and how it got started with teaching her how to read.

Here is what I didn't like. The book dragged for some parts and I found myself skimming for dialogue to move the story forward. Also, I borrowed this ebook not knowing that it was Christian fiction and reading it I couldn't even tell. But then BAM! It was like a sermon in the middle of the book. I have nothing against Christian fiction, my mom reads Christian fiction and there are some beautifully written novels that are from that genre. But my goodness there was a lot of Bible verses and talk about God and it just felt so out of place. I think if I went into this with a different mindset like if I wasn't looking for a new fairytale retelling to read with a kick-butt heroine, I would have given this a higher rating. Also, if I knew what genre this fell into before I read it, I probably would have given it a higher rating. 

In the end, for what it is, the novel was a good one. It's not a book for everyone and if religious references bother you, do not go for this book. 

my top bookworm delights

This was a Top Ten Tuesday topic from last week or a couple weeks ago. I love this topic and can't wait for the next TTT freebie so here's my list.

1. A Barnes and Noble gift card. I just got one in the mail from my mom for Mother's Day ^_^ so excited to spend it.

2. Getting approved for books via netgalley and edelweiss.

3. Library apps for mobile devices. Since I am now a mom-on-the-go, library apps like Overdrive are helping me to keep up with my reading goals.

4. Reading with my Baby Jay. It has become a thing before bed to read with him and I am loving it. he also will sit and flip through the books I buy for him for a while and he has his favorites. I am looking forward to taking him to library story time and the children section in larger Barnes and Noble stores.

5. Journals. To make lists and keep track of current reads, or add title to my TBR list.

6. Bookshelves, bookends, creative book storage. I'm still waiting for mine....

7. A newly organized bookshelf/case. After I organize my books to fit in my new books I just stand back and smile.

8. When I'm listening to music on the subway and reading a book and the most perfect song comes on that goes with the scene I'm reading.

9. Hearing someone quote from a book I've read and geeking out with them over the reference.

10. The peace that comes with walking into a bookstore. Feels like home.

11. When my husband says: "We can stop at the bookstore" and pulls into the B&N parking lot.

12. Strand @ Central Park on a warm sunny day. Most of you know about the infamous Strand bookstore here in New York City. In the spring/summer, they have a set up outside of Central Park. Lucky for me a friend of mine works there so I'm looking forward double to visiting this summer.

And of course there are the obvious delights such as the thrill of starting a new book or the awe of taking off the dust jacket on a hard cover book and the inside is beautiful.

top ten childhood characters I'd like to revisit

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

TTT again. This week's topic: top ten childhood characters I'd like to revisit. Not all of these are from childhood. I got into YA in my later high school/early college days. So this list is mostly composed of those books.

1. Vivian and Gabriel from Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. This is the first book that really got me into paranormal/fantasy YA novels. It's the first one that I picked up from the school library and read on my own so it means a lot to me. I really want to know what happens to these two and the wolf pack after everything.

2. Lauren from Bloom by Elizabeth Scott. Kinda curious to see what her college years would look like.

3. Jade from The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti. What happens with Jade and Sebastian after? It's killing me!

4. Scarlet and Rose from Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce. This is my favorite in Pearce's fairytale retellings series. I want to see what happens with the sisters later on.

5. Anna from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins *SPOILER ALERT* If you read Isla and the Happily Ever After, you know what happens with Anna. I want to see what happens after that ^_^

6. Lucy and Owen from the Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith. This one is more current but I want to see how/if this long distance relationship works!

7. Leo and Bree from The Long Night of Leo and Bree by Ellen Wittlinger. This book is just nuts but it's so interesting. The characters have a brief encounter and I want to see what would happen the next day... or week... or do they ever meet again....

There are more but these are all I can think of off the top of my head for now.
Can't wait to see what everyone else picked ^_^

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Books Into Movies 2016

There are a lot of movies coming out this year that are from books. Recently an article went around on my facebook newsfeed about different books-into-movies that are coming out this year. A few of them are: The BFG, Allegiant, A Monster Calls, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and Fantasic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Here is the article: 14 books you need to read before the movies come out in 2016

And here is a list of books-into-movies that are coming out in 2016.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Poster
Batman VS Superman Dawn of Justice: March 25
The Jungle Book (2016) Poster
The Jungle Book: April 15

Tarzan of the Apes in color.jpg
The Legend of Tarzan: July 1

Captain America: Civil War (2016) Poster
Captain America: Civil War: May 5

X-Men: Apocalypse PosterX-Men Age of Apocalypse Omnibus HC 2nd Edition #1-1ST
X-Men Apocalypse: May 27

Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) Poster
Alice Through the Looking Glass: May 27
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows Poster
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows: June 3

Suicide Squad: August 26

Pete's Dragon (2016) Poster
Pete's Dragon: August 12

Let It Snow: December 9

Doctor Strange: November 4

The BFG (2016) Poster
The BFG: July 1

A Monster Calls: October 14
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life Poster
Middle School the Worst Years of My Life: October 7

Me Before You Poster
Me Before You: June 3

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Poster
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: November 18

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Poster
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children: September 30