Monthly Wrap-Up: It’s the Year of Self-Care (Also of GREAT MOVIES)

Hello everyone!

I hope y’all had a great February. It was my birthday month, and I turned 19 (am I officially not Young Adult? Wow). It’s a weird time because I’m supposed to be an adult, but I also have no idea what I’m doing half the time and need guidance. Very weird dynamic.


So for my birthday, which was also the day Black Panther came out, a friend and I went to see it together. (Technically it was during opening night but we were too excited.) It was absolutely AMAZING. By far, one of the best that Marvel has to offer. It only took – what – 10 years for the Marvel cinematic universe to get to a POC main superhero and cast? Nice. :’D

A couple weeks ago, I watched Love Simon<with the wonderful ladies at YATL and it was a blast! I couldn’t stop smiling after the advanced screening and it was just soooo wholesome and pure and inspiring. The acting was top-notch and it featured the kind of high school drama that I could totally buy. Two thumbs up for this movie!

Sometimes I have to remind myself (or get reminded) about being selfish. I’m too much of a people-pleaser, I feel like. This became a big deal with a friend of mine who was way more invested in my life than I would ever be in theirs. In the end, I chose the action that would best preserve our healths. Life is too short to be hung up on relationships and decisions, and I hope they find their path successfully, just as I am trying to establish mine. Hopefully in a way where our paths don’t intersect.

As most of my friends have been saying: It’s 2018. The year we focus on us. The year of self-care and self-love. And I am trying to live that statement to the best of my abilities.

Wrapping up in a more positive note, I’ve been oddly thriving at school (superbly balancing my time! I usually get 5 hours of sleep though, so I’m still working on it). I’m excited for many more releases coming out over the summer, and can’t wait for spring break this upcoming month!


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I just realized that all the books I reviewed in February on the blog were by POC authors. SCORE!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Amazing Taiwanese #ownvoices rep about a teenage girl in college who’s stuck between two worlds: a traditional Taiwanese family and an American upbringing. My first five star read of the year. 😀

A stunning sequel and conclusion to the Wintersong duology. I went in expecting a different book from its predecessor and enjoyed it much more. There’s #ownvoices bipolar disorder rep and an amalgam of great representation.

SO much fun but also super light. Think: Mission Impossible x Heist Society. Very implausible premise but loosen up your logic a bit and enjoy this one!

The romance and friendships were disappointing, but I adoreddd the main character Emika (who is Chinese-American!) and the video game elements that Lu brings.

On Happy Indulgence

Ink, Iron, And Glass Review: Travel To A World With Scriptology, Mechanists, and Alchemy Heart of Iron Review: Can’t Get Enough of Heartwarming Space Operas

This one was a fun, light-hearted historical fantasy that takes place in Renaissance Italy. There are really cool steampunk powers (like scriptology) and an overall vintage vibe.

A space opera that caught my heart! There are two cute ships (m/m, f/m), and an amazingggg plot set in space. Lots of feels were felt while reading, and I can’t wait for the sequel!

Other Posts

Books Read

33158532 35133826 35393431 Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon (The Embraced, #3)

Blood Veil (Mission, #2) Hello Stranger (The Ravenels, #4) Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1)


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I feel like I still managed to read a decent amount this month, but they’re mostly quicker romantic or contemporary reads. I’m in a sort of slump – I’ll feel excited about a book, but then have to put it down after getting 50 or so pages into it. (I’m technically currently reading sooo many SFF’s.) I think the amount of schoolwork I constantly think about makes it hard for me to get totally engaged in a book recently. Hopefully that ends when spring break draws near and exams are over!

The few books that are DNF’d just weren’t for me. Two romances I was meh about and a YA contemporary that by all accounts is good, just not my style.

How was your February? Any great reads that you have a burning need to shout out? Here’s to an amazing March!


17 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up: It’s the Year of Self-Care (Also of GREAT MOVIES)

  1. Ahhh happy late birthday!!! I can’t remember if I wished you a happy birthday on your birthday or not haha. AHHH BLACK PANTHER AND LOVE SIMON – i want to see those sooo bad!!!

  2. Happy belated birthday!! ❤
    I am so happy you got to see Love, Simon already – I have to wait late June to be able to see it here, unfortunately, but I can't WAIT. So glad you loved it! 😀
    we are so alike – I often have to remind myself that I should be more selfish, I'm very much a people's pleaser too, but sometimes… well, we can't go on like this and it's important to focus on ourselves just as well. I'm so proud of you for taking that step! ❤
    I hope you will have a lovely March! x

  3. I was in kind of a slumpish mood as well!! I would pick up a book I’m excited about but thenit would take me forever to finish because reading doesn’t seem appealing when I’m not actually actively reading, it was…weird. But hopefully I’m past that now. Fingers crossed!

  4. I am soooo excited to read Heart of Iron (when I am done with my backlisted books) and I am really happy to hear that you liked it!!!
    Also, I really like that this year is the year of self-care! Hope we all get to stick to that motto ❤ have a lovely March!!

  5. Yay, I’m so glad to see you continuing your wrap ups! Love SImon was so good and we still need to watch Black Panther omg. I’m so proud that you made the right decision when it came to toxic friendships, ain’t nobody got time for that.

  6. Happy birthday!! I haven’t had the chance to see Black Panther yet, but I’m hoping to watch it soon (along with Love, Simon when it’s out). I am also really excited to read American Panda. I’ve heard so many positive things about it, but my library hasn’t received a copy of it yet. And yay for self care! This month in school has been quite busy for me, but I’m hoping things will start winding down at the end of March.

  7. Happy belated birthday! Don’t worry, at 23 I still don’t know how to navigate adulthood haha. I’m itching to go see Black Panther and hopefully, once the snow clears up I can finally go see it.
    I definitely need to remind myself to be selfish sometimes. I spend way too much time making sure that everyone else is happy and leave little time to do the same for myself. It’s frustrating, but hopefully, I can take a step back this year and focus more on me and what I want in life.
    I love the sound of American Panda. I’ve been in such a horrid reading slump that I’ve hardly been reading at all, but hopefully, I can break it in soon.
    Have a lovely March. 😀

  8. You had a good reading month and Belated Happy Birthday! I’m pretty excited for Love, Simon and I’m so glad you loved it! I’m hoping to pick up Wintersong and Warcross this month.
    I hope you have a wonderful March and Happy Reading! 🙂

  9. I read american Panda this month too! I did struggle with it a bit, but I loved the character of Mei and her relationship with her mum. I really want to see black panter soon–maybe this week? I’m not sure I’m really busy and need an update on a ~financial situation~ thing ugh. But I’m super impressed that you’ve been juggling university and blogging so well. And it’s great that you’re focusing on yourself too ,you deserve it.

  10. OMG belated happy birthday, Aila!!! ❤ I'm 18 and also have no friggin' idea what to do with my life. D: So jealous because I haven't watched Black Panther or Love, Simon yet. T_T But I totally understand the friend thing. Sometimes it's just better for both of you to let go and to move on. It's for the best, and hopefully it'll make your 2018 better. (Also I still have no idea how you read so much!?)

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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