2017 isn’t my year with books. I settled that fact with myself early on this year. I knew I was going to be busy for the first part of the year because I was gunning to finish my thesis study and to graduate from Uni. I set 50 books to read as my goal for this year, which was a total downgrade from my 100-book-goal from 2016. But then again, I was able to set my priorities straight, or was I?
I had no idea what was happening.
I have to admit that I was in a big slump for most of the year. The drive for blogging was just gone in an instant. The spark I had from reading books was fading away slowly. And then I decided to find a new hobby.
Watching Korean dramas isn’t really a new hobby for me. I’ve seen a lot of k-dramas before, but not as much as I was able to watch for this year. I even stay up late during weekends just to binge watch episodes. I religiously followed two shows every week, waiting for English-subbed episodes to drop just hours from the telecast in Korea.
It was alarming for me, how my passion and interest shifted drastically, from reading books to watching k-dramas.
But 2017 was the year I learned to let go and just let things flow freely. I dropped my blogging schedule, from posting twice a week to twice a month to none at all. However, I didn’t stop pushing myself to read, but without the extra pressure to publish a review for each book in this blog. I utilized Goodreads more, composing short reviews for books, just so I can still keep track of things. I still regularly talk to people on Twitter, and attend bookish events with my friends, so I wasn’t completely detached from the community.
It’s just that I wasn’t at my best this 2017. I was physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted for most of the year. From all the graduation shenanigans, to finding a job and actually trying to be stable for it. I still haven’t fully adjusted with my work, but I’m getting there.
So I write this letter as a thank you.
For your understanding, for even the smallest chats, for being there. I will try my best to find my blogging mojo and be back for 2018, so I hope you’ll stick around.
And with that, I’ll leave you with a quick run down of books, films/series, events I enjoyed for this year.
Top Books I Read For 2017
Locally Published Books:
- Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions by Six Delos Reyes
- Waiting in the Wings by Tara Frejas
- Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano
- Promdi Heart by Various Authors
- Chasing Mr. Prefect by Katt Briones
Internationally Published Books:
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
- They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
- Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
- I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
The 3rd Bookworms Unite PH was held last July at Tweedle Book Cafe. I also attended a bunch of #romanceclass events for this year!
Today’s highlights include meeting old friends and new people, all the kilig stuff and ~that scene~ —— Always happy to attend #romanceclass events because they never fail to get me put of my slump, whether it be reading or blogging in general. Also happy to see the community grow in a lot of aspects. I’m always proud to be a part of and will continue to support this community. 💕
I was able to meet Jennifer E. Smith and Jasmine Warga last November!
From all the 42 movies I watched this year, 30 of them are Asian movies. Mostly are Korean and Japanese movies. I also invested time to see Filipino indie movies for this year. If you want to see more for movies I enjoyed, check me out on Letterboxd. It’s like Goodreads but for movies!
Before I go babbling about Korean dramas, let me mention three Western series I enjoyed for this year: Sense8, Stranger Things, and Atypical. The first two are technically follow ups because their latest season were released this year. Atypical was a new one for me. It’s a heartfelt comedy that follows Sam, a teenager in the autism spectrum, and his quest for romance. I really enjoyed the depiction of family and friendship in the series, especially the relationship between Sam and his sister, Casey.
For Korean dramas, just in case you are curious (if not you can totally skip to the end), I’ve
watched finished 24 k-dramas. I’ve left a number of shows on pause, but I’m planning on slowly going back to watching them. For this year, I mostly watched backlist titles. From the 24 shows, only 9 of them were released this 2017, at least for the ones that I’ve actually finished.
Two dramas I followed religiously were Fight For My Way (slice of life comedy) and While You Were Sleeping (mix of legal drama, comedy, romance). The latter was my favorite 2017 drama. For backlist titles, I really enjoyed W: Two Worlds, Weighlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, and my all time favorite, Reply 1988/Answer Me 1988.
Reply 1988 tackled all kinds of relationships, from family, friendship, and romantic relationships. It featured complex characters that are easy to relate to. Every episode was worth the time I invested. Episodes are an hour and a half long, and the series has 20 episodes, but I enjoyed the whole thing.
I hope you enjoyed reading my 2017 rundown. I’ll see you all in 2018. Have a happy new year!
From me, to you…