Happy Saturday, guys! 🌷
Today, I’m here with a slightly different kind of post than you are used to seeing on my blog.
I’m a very … private person, and I’ve mostly been talking about books here so far (which is a given, since this is primarily a book blog, where I share my love of books with you), but since university started this week for me—I already talked about it a little bit in my August wrap-up—and as I’m going to be focusing a lot more on other things in my life—which doesn’t solely revolve around books even if it may seem that way sometimes—so is my blog.
I’m still going to mostly scream about books, though, don’t worry!
Not only here on my blog, but also … on Twitter?? Because
I finally joined Twitter (@sprnklsofdreams)!! Let’s be friends!! 💗
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that this blog post is going to be about me, sharing more about my life outside of books with you all. And if you enjoy these kinds of posts (which I hope you do!!), I’d love to write more “bookish chats with Lily” posts in the future. ☺️
I’ve finally had the time to work a bit more on my blog, and you can now find my rating system here! A lot of you have been wondering why I give books such low ratings, and I know that three star ratings have been confusing to you as well, and have come across as “negative” in the past, which isn’t the case at all! 🙂
I also received my first ever physical review copy of a book, and I am so incredibly thankful, because a) I’m an international blogger (which, I think, really says it all), but moreover, I b) have only been blogging for about four months, and didn’t expect it at all?? I hardly ever buy books, because I’ve been saving, and now spend, most of my money on everything related to uni, so it really means A LOT to me. :’)
Oh, and to update you on how I’m faring in regards to the O.W.L.s read-a-thon I joined this month—I’ve finished seven books so far, plus one non-O.W.L.s-related one that I’ve been screaming about for a year now, Sadie (❤️).
Many of you wanted to know a bit more about my London trip last month, so here are a few pictures!
I had a really nice time there, even though the sun and the heat were unrelenting, and sometimes quite exhausting traveling companions. I really enjoyed just strolling through the streets, and feeling like a local there—though I visited sights too, of course, like the London Eye, which is really pretty!
One of my absolute highlights of the trip was the visit I paid to Chinatown; it was such a nostalgic experience for me to walk through the streets, drinking bubble tea from Coco (the Taiwanese bubble tea shop I used to go to all the time when I was in Taiwan), and eating at restaurants with actual traditional Asian dishes.
If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I visited Waterstones and commemorated my London trip by taking book home with me—which I now realize, putting it like this, sounds like I just took it, but no, I actually bought it!—as is my tradition when travelling; you can see a picture I took of it here!
I stayed up very late to watch To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and it warmed my heart, and actually made me tear up multiple times. It was so, so wonderful to see an Asian girl in a movie, and moreover, as the protagonist—not a sidekick, or a stereotype designed to provide comedic relief, but the actual main character whom the story revolves around.
I can’t put into words exactly how much it means to me, but I’m sure all my Asian friends here will understand, and relate. I’m so incredibly happy for all the teenage girls all over the world who are able to see themselves represented in this way, and to have the experience I never had as a teen. :”)
(I still haven’t watched Crazy Rich Asians, but I’m planning on doing so very soon!)
I’ve rambled on for long enough in this post already, but I there’s one thing I absolutely have to mention, before wrapping up this post … Brooklyn Nine-Nine received an additional order of five episodes for its next season!! AHHH.
[picture me flailing in excitement here]
How has your September been so far?
Have you watched To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and did you like it?
Do you enjoy these kinds of rambly blog posts?
(How long will it take for me to know what I’m doing on Twitter?)