Wrapping up June 2018 {a month of frustrations and a broken laptop}

Another month finished means another monthly synopsis to be written and posted. I’m sorry. I don’t make the rules, honey. But slight sassiness aside, I recently shared my midyear breakdown (spoiler alert: in more ways than one!) on my blog, and while I have already thoroughly discussed my 2018 so far in terms of events that transpired and books I’ve read, I still have a ton of bookish and non-bookish things to talk about!

For starters, I opted against mentioning what I’ve reviewed and what I’ve posted within the month of June. Had I done otherwise, my already lengthy midyear breakdown would have been a lot more tedious to read. I was also unable to really discuss my plans for the next couple of months. But fear not, loyal readers I am endlessly thankful for! This monthly synopsis should tackle all those bits and blahs.

So let’s get started, yes?

While May ended on a relatively positive note, June was an incredibly frustrating month for a number of reasons. One of them being the fact that my laptop broke (and is still currently broken), and I still don’t have the finances to pay for its repairs (note: the world is cruel and unjust). I had hoped to remedy this by taking on freelance writing jobs, and although I was able to secure a supposedly stable writing gig a week ago, I was unceremoniously kicked out of the job just yesterday due to inarguably questionable reasons. I’m not one to state the obvious but: it sucks. Having said that, however, you can easily help me raise my laptop repair funds by donating to my ko-fi account. That’s $3 per cup of coffee for you, and a huge saving grace for me! And if you do decide to buy me a coffee, my heart thanks you!

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2018 Midyear Breakdown [spoiler alert: in more ways than one]

June marks the middle of the year, reminding all of us that we are already halfway finished with 2018. Wow. Maybe it’s just me but time seems to move along noticeably more quickly now than ever before. Quite frankly, it’s freaking me out — but let’s not dwell on that right now. Instead, let’s talk about some highlights and low-lights (Is low-lights a thing? Can we make it a thing?) of 2018 both in terms of life events and books I’ve read!


{ breakdown in terms of life events }

As of 2017, ya girl started keeping a planner and managed to, you know, actually use it for an entire year. My first attempt at planner-keeping was embarrassingly mediocre and awfully inconsistent.

For 2018, however, I was really determined to get myself back on track, which includes becoming more organized and staying consistent. I dedicated the first days of 2018 to working on my planner, ensuring that it was designed and structured in such a way that I won’t get tired of (or feel unmotivated to) use it on a daily basis. As a testament to my commitment to planning and keeping a planner, I even used the ridiculously cute Pokemon stickers I’ve been saving for months!

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Wrapping up April 2018 {where I ramble about #romanceclass & Infinity War}

With April being the second to the last month of my semester, things were a little crazy for the most part – but also tons of fun! As per usual, it was a month of academic requirements and deadlines, which, for the sake of not boring any of you, I won’t delve into in detail. Let’s just proceed to some of the highlights, yes? Yes!

Nothing made my day quite like returning to my dorm and discovering book mail, which, to my utmost pleasant surprise, happened a lot last April. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to take decent photos of all of them, so for now, let’s settle for a handful of half-assed shots, yes? (But I swear to all of you, I will make time to do a bookish photoshoot for all the books I’ve acquired so far this 2018!)


I received a gorgeous UK paperback of The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan from the lovely Val @ The Innocent Smiley because I won her giveaway on Twitter. I was overjoyed when she contacted me because this has been one of my most anticipated 2018 releases, and I can’t wait to finally read it!

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Wrapping up March 2018 {a month of midterms & deadlines!}

Hello there! We are halfway through Holy Week — which also means that I am halfway through with my mini-vacation. But then again, it isn’t much of a vacation since all I’ve been doing is working (be it for my college requirements or for beta reading). Still, a week back in my hometown, homecooked meals, hot showers, and my wonderful bed? I call that a win.

In my monthly synopsis for February 2018, I mentioned that I’d make March a month for Marvel films, but like all revolutionary plans, the universe decided to take a giant dump on my hopes and dreams. Although I immediately recognized that March was going to be a busy month for me, I was still embarrassingly unprepared for the onslaught of deadlines. In other words, I was unable to succeed in my Marvel movie marathon. But I did get the chance to watch a Filipino film!

In celebration of Women’s March, UP Diliman’s Cine Adarna held a month-long screening of various feminist films and films centered on women. I was able to watch Lorna, a 2014 Cinema One Originals film. It’s a midlife comedy-drama about a 60-year-old woman rebounds from one love interest to another. Needless to say, I totally loved it! If the official movie trailer isn’t enough to pique your interest, I don’t know what will.

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Wrapping up February 2018 {and making March a month of Marvel films!}

Hello! Let me briefly chatter about my personal life, yes? My monthly synopsis for January 2018 ended with anticipation towards the blog tours I’ve been organizing (one down, one more to go!) and plans on squeezing in more blogging time in February. The latter did not quite pan out well because I failed to foresee just how busy February would be for me. What with the increase in academic workload and my grandmother coming to visit from Texas (her most recent visit aside, it’s been nearly a decade since she last came home to the Philippines!).

If I’m being honest, I’ve been struggling with finding (and sustaining) motivation with college again – a nightmare of a feeling that I had hoped to never reencounter after my years in Chemical Engineering. But I guess sometimes, even when you really love what you’re doing, it’s still unavoidable. And I do, by the way. Really love what I’m doing, that is. Communication Research has filled me with a sense of renewed purpose and a more active drive to improve myself; however, the thing about Communication Research is that my three researches are done in groups, and quite frankly, I really dislike some of the people I’m working with. I don’t want to turn this blog post into a rant, but to cut the long story short, these people deliberately refuse to carry their weight in the workload, which prompts me to work harder in order to compensate and eventually results in more frequent burnouts on my part. Or put more simply: it just sucks.

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Wrapping up January 2018 {and what to expect this coming month}

Hello there! First wrap-up post of 2018 — so there’s this little self-created pressure in the back of my skull screaming at me to ensure that this post is decently written. Let’s see how that’ll work out because really, I’m just typing sentences as they come to my mind.

My January has been a pretty eventful one. Or at least, eventful enough that I’m far too lazy to actually narrate what went on with my life. But despite this, a part of me still clings on to this mindset that I could have done more, or perhaps, better. Come to think of it, I think it’s really just inherently human to crave for a bit more of everything, including one’s sense of productivity and accomplishment. But I’m babbling.

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That Bookshelf Bitch turns two??? Um. [+ an anniversary giveaway!]

The title sort of gives the content of this post away, doesn’t it? But I’ll state the obvious anyway: I’ve been blogging for two — yes, fam, two — whole years!

Well, if we’re going to be really technical about it, my blogging anniversary really falls on the 17th of December. However, despite my first semester officially ending on the 15th, I still didn’t have the time nor the energy to get back to blogging right away. My first semester as a BA Communication Research major had been (I’m using ‘had’ because it’s over) a lot tougher than I anticipated. I think I may have mentioned this in an earlier post. But hey, again, my semester is over and right now, I’m just waiting for my grades to be released (spoiler: so far so good!).

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