February Monthly Wrap-Up // my twitter hiatus, university hunting & bettering myself

February was more of a hectic month than January, I think, but also a wonderful month overall. Wonderful because I did so many things to better improve myself mentally and physically, and I’ve been working really hard to strive for perfection in school. I’m overall excited to write this wrap-up!

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Books Read:

Social Misfits by Kelli Nicole // 2.5 Stars. Disappointing and cliche.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // 4.5 Stars. Loved Blue and Simon and their relationship was adorable.

Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab by Columbkill Noonan // 4.5 Stars. I surprisingly really enjoyed this one.

The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane // 3.5 Stars. It was good but could have been a lot better. Had a few issues with it.

I’m also more than halfway done with A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena and roughly 150 pages into Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. I’m enjoying them both a lot and I love how they both take place outside of the United States!

March TBR:

I’m getting close to catching up on the books sent to me for review. Roughly 2/3 of the books I’ve been reading recently are review copies so I’m doing good so far. Two of the books above I have already started, like I previously mentioned, and American Panda is a book y’all know I’ve been anticipating for forever and I was able to purchase it this month so I can’t not read it in March. The rest are for review!

TV Shows Reviewed:

Part-Time Idol // untalented k-pop trainees becoming idols & lots of G-Dragon love

Tags:

The Valentine’s Day Write Tag

Miscellaneous:

Down the TBR Hole #17

Down the TBR Hole #18

Most Popular Post:

The most popular post on the blog in February was *drum roll* Down the TBR Hole #17! This post got a surprising 50 likes on it – while #18 barely got any. I didn’t post any discussions or fun random posts this month so I guess it makes sense that a weekly meme got the most views/likes.

The Blog:

My stats went down this month due to me not posting as consistently as I usually do and the lack of discussions and random posts that people seem to love. But my stats were still surprisingly good considering this setback! I hit a record-breaking 1.8k last month and made it to 1.1k in February so I see that as a positive sign. Even when I’m not posting very consistently, people are still reading my blog.

I’m also now only 70 followers shy of 900 followers on the blog which is mind-boggling! Thank you to all of the new and old followers. I appreciate you so much.

I decided to take a Twitter hiatus a few weeks ago where I only visit Twitter maybe once or twice on the weekends and it’s felt so good! I’ve been able to focus on my schoolwork a lot more and just experience real life. Although I do miss interacting with my Twitter buddies and seeing how you’re all doing daily, doing this has bettered my own mental state and has kept me more focused than I’ve been in a while.

Personal Life:

February was the month where I finally started getting settled in my new place – going for runs around the neighborhood and in the nearby park every other day, getting into a daily routine – and now I’m moving again haha.

I’ll be moving mid-March so there probably won’t be constant posts (again) – just to let you know ahead of time. Thankfully the move shouldn’t be so hectic this time around since we’re just moving like five minutes away and 99.9% of our stuff is still packed.

Our new house is awesome though! We got a really good deal. My room has two closets – one for clothes and the other with ‘bookshelves’ so I’ll finally have somewhere to put my books! We also have a heated pool and spa, large backyard, and the layout is really nice. There’s also a lake nearby, a neighborhood tennis court, and it’s really close to an area with nice restaurants and such that we’ve found a liking to.

My mom and I have been going to the local Farmer’s Market, which is actually voted one of the best in the country, every Saturday. We took our two small dogs last Saturday so they had fun.

Last month I had three classes to finish, as well as Algebra and German. This month I finished those three classes and I’m more than halfway done with German. Unfortunately, I’ll have to get an Algebra tutor. This idea had me in a depressed state for a few days until I realized how much it’ll benefit me.

I’ve also been on the hunt for universities. It’s very likely that I’ll be enrolled and attending classes at a university next year so I’ve got to start researching. I found a few that could be good contenders, but by far my favorite is all the way in California across the country so – that might not happen (for the first few years, at least).

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i feel odd because of how excited i am

What I Watched:

I watched some of the Olympics – if you don’t know I love the Winter Olympics! Plus it was held in PyeongChang, South Korea – which means Korean culture and K-Pop!! Exo’s performance at the closing ceremony was mind-blowing and I’m so proud of them for getting chosen to represent their country like that.

My mom and I got caught up with The Goldbergs and started a show called Fresh off the Boat. It’s about a Chinese family moving from Chinatown in DC to Orlando and it’s really funny – I recommend it. And seeing Asians represented on TV as a normal family living in America is a great thing to see.

Drama-wise I only watched Playful Kiss, a Korean drama based off of a manga. It reminded me a lot of Boys Over Flowers (cause then main dude primarily haha) mixed with Good Morning Call, so I really enjoyed it.

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What I Listened To:

I started branching out and listening to a lot more groups this month which I’m proud of myself doing but also it becomes quite a bit when you try to juggle all of the comebacks, members, songs, reality shows, etc. so I’ve been limiting my K-Pop exposure.

Here are some of the songs/music videos I’ve loved in February, some new releases and some old that I’ve just discovered:

A group I’ve found a liking to even though I’ve only heard a few of their songs – this new release is really catchy and I like the music video.

This month I fell in love with NCT 127 and NCT U – NCT Dream is okay, but they’re so young (my age, but still, I’m still practically a baby). Their upcoming comeback promises a more mature look and sound than their other work though so I’m pretty excited for it. I love NCT U’s two new releases ‘Boss’ and ‘Baby Don’t Stop’. Their dances are so well-choreographed and the songs are really catchy!

I loved the look and feel of this music video – the choreography and the way it was filmed to show the emotional turmoil each member is in and how they dealt with it was amazing. I also really love their video for ‘Just Right’ and the message of the song is one of the best I’ve seen in K-Pop.

Okay, last one, I promise! I also fell in love with VIXX this month – properly. Before I just listened to some of their music but I started watching some of their music videos too and they’re just as amazing. This one would have to be my favorite solely for the dance with the fans.

Also, one of my favorites – Jeong Sewoon – released part two of his first mini album and I loved it so much! It had more of a chill vibe than part one. I found myself listening to it on repeat. His voice and sound of his music is more mature for his age than you’d expect.

Two of my favorite groups are going on world tours this year and are having stops in the United States! It’s unlikely that I’ll be able to go to any of the concerts since none are being held in my state, but it’s still very exciting.

What’s Happening In March:

yes, i’m making this wrap-up even more unnecessarily long than i usually do

  • i’m moving!
  • i’ll (hopefully) finish 11th grade *fingers crossed*
  • i won’t be prepping for camp nanowrimo in april. i’m just really busy with school and everything and so i don’t want to be pressuring myself to write.
  • the love, simon movie is coming out!
  • four months until i’m an adult!
  • i will continue self-improvement and working hard
  • my blogging might be pushed to the side as a result, but i bet you’ll all understand

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How did your February go? Do anything interesting? Have any exciting plans for March? Let me know!

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51 thoughts on “February Monthly Wrap-Up // my twitter hiatus, university hunting & bettering myself

  1. Oh my, I relate to a lot of what you’ve said here. First off, I’m really sorry things haven’t been really great, but I’m glad you sorted some things out and are well on the way to sort others out. Congrats on your blog achievements! It’s a really good thing haha ❤
    I hope you get into one of the unis you want to get into! I'm hoping to get into a US college as well, but since I'm from Romania, that's a little bit more difficult for me- a lil question, though. How are you going to finish 11th grade in March and then go to uni next year? I'm a bit confused, are you graduating early? Either way, best of luck!
    I turn 18 in September, so haha, here's to being an adult soon!
    Oh my god, I squealed when I reached the K-stuff :)) I saw iKON and promptly lost my chill- Love Scenario is such a bop!! And I totally agree, EXO did amazing on their PyeongChang performance, I'm such a proud stan :') Oh my, I know all of the other bands you talked about and they're all so goooddd (when Boss came out I… died a little bit; also, if you haven't watched GOT7's latest comeback, with You Are and Teenage, you totally should!!)
    Great post! Here's to accomplishing your March goals ❤

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    • thebookprophet

      I do online school so I can finish school quicker! I don’t take summer off so I should be able to go to college next year sometime 🙂 I wish you the best of luck on getting accepted into a US university!! Happy (very very VERY early) birthday! Love Scenario – god i love it so much!!! Oh yeah, I have definitely watched GOT7’s latest comeback hehehe I’m a bit obsessed with them at the moment so I’ve been making my way through all of their stuff.

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      • Woah, that sounds so cool! Happy very very early birthday as well haha :’) And oh my, I have Love Scenario as my ringtone, I reached that level of stan…
        GOT7 are actually the second K-Pop band I got into! I’m still so freaking bitter that JYP didn’t advertise their comeback properly and it kinda…. flopped profit-wise but oh my, it was so heckin good it deserved much better :((

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        • thebookprophet

          Love Scenerio as a ringtone – that’d make me smile every time I got a call, which is like never xD Yeah I agree. It’s really unfortunate when something good doesn’t get the recognition it deserves because it wasn’t advertised enough :/

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  2. So happy you loved Simon!
    I watched the Japanese version of Playful Kiss, called Mischievous Kiss and loved it, so I’m hoping to watch the kdrama version soon 🙂
    NCT U is my discovery of February for sure ❤
    Good luck with your move and wishing you an awesome March!

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    • thebookprophet

      I heard there’s a Taiwanese version too hahaha. I was thinking of watching the Japanese version one day if I ever want to “rewatch”. YASSS NCT U are killing it this comeback!! Thank you ❤ Hope you have a great March as well!

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  3. I’m really glad to hear you had a lovely February, and yes for taking care of yourself and taking some twitter breaks. I’ve been trying to do that as well and it feels really good to step back every once in a while 🙂
    900 followers, this is so, so amazing – and so well-deserved, I’m so happy for you and I can’t wait for you to hit the 1 000 mark and more. You deserve all the followers in the world, your blog is so lovely ❤
    I can't wait to hear your thoughts on American Panda, I sooooooooooooo want to read that one, I can't wait 🙂
    I hope you'll have an amazing month! x

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    • thebookprophet

      Props to you for doing it as well! It’s a really difficult decision to make, but it’s for the better. Ahhh thank you so much!!! ❤ ❤ Eeek I can't wait to read it either! I've been waiting forever! Hope you have a great month as well

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  4. I’m glad that you had a good February! Mine has been a bit of a sad one, not because something sad actually happened, but I got wrapped up with exams and the academy in general.

    I’ve been a bit out of the blog and the socials too, and I’m trying to get back on track. Also I really need to respect my March’s goals. (my supposed diet is already staring at me).

    I’m skipping NaNo too! With the busy February I stopped to do even the research for my WIP and I don’t feel confortable to edit it without having the proper knowledge. Also it would a waste of time if I’d to re-write it again 😂

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    • thebookprophet

      Awe, I hope your March ends up being better for you ❤ Remember to treat yourself – do little things to improve your health, physically and mentally. I didn't even remember about NaNo until the other day and I just have way too much too do that writing would just get in the way of that. Good call, you'd probably be extra stressed if you ended up going through with it.

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  5. :O you have A Girl Like That!?!? I am so jealous and I will need to hear all of your thoughts.
    I am glad to hear that you got a good deal for your new house. It sounds really amazing, I mean … two closets!?!? Heated pool!!?!?!? Amaaaaaazing! I hope the move will go smoothly since you have less to pack, but I know it can still be stressful. Take care of yourself 🙂 ❤

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    • thebookprophet

      Yes! I won it in a Goodreads giveaway a few months back 😀 I’m nearing the finishing point so there should most-likely be a review up next week. Apparently a lot of pools aren’t heated here in Florida??? but it’s so necessary because the water can get surprisingly cold. When I saw the second closet i squealed a bit. Thank you so much ❤

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  6. Yaaaaas I’m so glad that you included music! I seriously need to get back into the loop with kpop. SIGH. I hope that you keep posting music in your wrap-up posts, and other posts too if you can! 😀

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  7. Febuary sounds like it was such a productive month for you! i’ve been moving alot more too, and i wish i could tag along at the thrift market I LIVE for thrifting. And girl 900 flowers? What’s your secret? lol I think last month it was like 500 right? I love coming to your blog though, you’re doing the perfect job at keeping it pretty.

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    • thebookprophet

      Awe thanks! It’s actually a Farmer’s Market, but thrift markets are awesome as well 😀 Hahaha – *whispers* i’m really a wizard and have cast a spell on everyone to follow my blog.

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  8. I love VIXX. I do listen to a ton of Monsta X and have a huge soft spot for GOT7 too, but VIXX have such amazing dance moves. Plus, I think the themes are cool. My fave songs by them are Voodoo doll, Hyde, and… shoot the one where they are vampires… I can’t remember the name.
    Have you tried listening to Block B, BAP, or Girls Day?

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    • thebookprophet

      VIXX is sooo underrated!!! Their music always sounds so unique and I love their dance moves and their concepts are always so insanely cool! It’s unlike any other group I’ve seen. I’m not sure which one they’re vampires in haha – still a newbie. I’m a fan of Block B and BAP actually! I don’t really listen to girl groups so I haven’t listened to any Girls Day.

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      • They are so underrated! They need more wins! Okay, looked it up and they are vampires in On & On. That is the one my friend used to introduce me to them.

        You should totally try some girl groups! They need love ^_^ Girls Day, 2NE1, BlackPink, Secret (Poison & Shy Boy are my faves plus Shy Boy has BAP cameos), and f(x) are some really good ones.

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        • thebookprophet

          I know I should give more girls groups a try, but I just… don’t like the sound of their music? Blackpink I like – mainly just Playing With Fire ~ but I will try to give girl groups more of a chance.

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  9. Yeah, I’m so happy that you enjoyed Simon Vs! I’m hoping to read A Girl Like That sometime this year, especially since I’ve onky heard good things about it! 😄

    Ah, I’m glad everything with the move is going well! My family entertained the idea of moving when I was in elementary school but that ended up never happening. 😂 And I feel you about getting a tutor! I was so against it when I needed one for Geometry in freshman year, but it really helped and improved my grades!

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    • thebookprophet

      A Girl Like That is really good so far – not 100% sure about the plot or what will end up happening/be unveiled by the end but it’s kept my attention throughout which is what’s important. Haha my family seems to always be moving. It’s something I’ve gotten used to. Yeah, I was against it at first because I’ve never needed a tutor before but since i’ll be applying to colleges and such soon I’ll need top grades so a tutor will be the best option.

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  10. It sounds like great things are happening for you! That’s so awesome!

    I think taking a break from Twitter ever once in awhile is a very good thing. It can be an unhealthy environment for sure!

    I can not wait to see what you think about Pachinko! I really curious about that one.

    Happy March!

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    • thebookprophet

      Yeah, after last year I’m happy that this year has been moderately good so far. I have felt so much better since taking my break from Twitter – it can be really unhealthy! Pachinko is SO GOOD!!!

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  11. I‘m happy to hear that your February went so well! I‘ve also been feeling a lot better mentally these past few weeks compared to last month! Congratulations on almost reaching 900 followers, I‘m sure you‘ll get there in no time! 🙂

    I honestly admire you for being able to take a Twitter break haha I‘m way too addicted and I HAVE to check it every day. I wish I wasn‘t so obsessed because I really should be focusing on studying right now :‘)

    And wait whaaaat, you got two closets in your room????? Wow I am not jealous AT ALL (yes I am) 😂

    I hope you enjoy all the books you plan to read in March, especially American Panda ahhh I‘m so excited for it and I can‘t wait to hear what you think ❤️

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    • thebookprophet

      That’s good that you’ve been mentally feeling better! Good for you 😀 Awe, you’re too sweet! It was very hard for me at first too – the first step I did was delete the app from my phone and only visit on my computer at the end of the week after I’m done with school – I’ve even forgotten to do that a few times! Yes!! I chose it as my room because of the bookshelves in the second closet since I don’t have a bookshelf at the moment hehe 🙂 Ahh I’m so excited for American Panda too!! Hope you’re March is wonderful ❤

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