Bookish Chats With Lily #2 // Sprinkles of Dreams

(Bookish) Chats with Lily // Two Can Keep a Secret (Me, and all of You Guys)

Hello, all of you wonderful human beings!! 🌷

I’m a bit shaky, and my fingers are trembling as I type these words, because I just received an email I never, ever, in my wildest dreams* would have expected to receive, and I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed—in the best way possible.

Excited GIF // Sprinkles of Dreams*is this a Taylor Swift reference? You decide.

But let me start from the beginning.

The first few days of October, and the end of September, have been an incredibly nerve-wracking, and anxiety-riddled time for me. So many things happened, both in real life, and my bookish life, and I am both nervous and exhilarated to fill you in on what’s been going on.

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If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me tweet about my first practical uni exam this semester. I was incredibly anxious for days prior to it, and had a minor anxiety attack right before the exam, but thankfully, everything went well.

Thank you so, so much for all the well wishes!! 💗

Words can’t express how much they meant to me—I read a lot of them before the exam, and they really helped so much in calming me. I passed with a 100%, and I couldn’t be happier. I truly feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart!

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I’m joining my first (two) official book tours, one of them for Empress of All Seasons!! I’m beyond grateful and so honored to have been chosen to participate in this blog tour. I’ve been so excited to read this book ever since I first heard of it, seeing as 1) it’s an Asian (!!!) Fantasy, and 2) the plot sounds fantastic?? Also, NetGalley’s restrictions for international readers and bloggers make it really hard for me to get even a digital ARC, so being able to do this blog tour is such an amazing opportunity all around.

A huge thank you to Rafael and Carmel! You guys are the BEST.

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I had the honor of being interviewed by the lovely Noura for her blogger feature, and  you can find it here! Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Noura! 💕

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Now, the news you’ve all been waiting for, ever since you read the title of my blog post (I presume, but, you know, I could be wrong); I received the most exciting news in the form of an email only today, saying that … I’ll be receiving my first physical ARCs soon(-ish?). From a publisher in the US.

Excited Screaming GIF Friends // Sprinkles of Dreams

I have no words. I am ALL of these wonderful people, including Phoebe.

A million thanks to Evelina, who’s been so encouraging, and really pushed me to try my luck. :’)

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Yes, I sacrificed sleep, reading, and study time to watch TV shows. And regretted it sorely, afterwards.

The Good Place GIF // Sprinkles of Dreams

(Everything was Not Fine.)

  • Remember when I said I may have possibly come to love Brooklyn Nine-Nine more than Friends? Well, I retract that statement. Friends still has too big a portion of my heart.
  • The Good Place is back! I really enjoyed the new episode, but moreover, I love the actress who plays Tahini, Jameela Jamil, and you should listen to this interview/podcast, because it’s just … incredible, and oh-so inspiring.
  • I binge-watched Dynasty with Kat, Marie, and Marta, and it was so much fun! And it was so great to see such strong, and self-assured women on screen. Also, we were all living for the Drama.

blue-watercolor-wash-texture-5letschat!-2How has your October been so far?
Any plans for the weekend?
What are some TV shows you love? 💗

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xx, Lily

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70 thoughts on “(Bookish) Chats with Lily // Two Can Keep a Secret (Me, and all of You Guys)”

  1. LILYLILYLILY! I am so proud of and happy for you!💓First of all, CONGRATS on the physical ARC, that is so amazing, and I’m just so excited you get this opportunity because you deserve it so, so much. Secondly, CONGRATS ON YOUR EXAM SCORE! Ahh, that is so wonderful, and I hope you celebrated it with a Friends marathon or maybe some ice cream. 😉

    Also, THE TAYLOR REFERENCE IN THIS POST…I loved it. XD And now I am singing Wildest Dreams.

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    1. OLIVIA, THANK YOU SO MUCH. 💗💗

      This really means a lot to me – and I did!! Friends was watched & ice cream was enjoyed. 😊 How have you been? I feel like we haven’t talked in ages, we’ve both been so busy. 🙇🏻‍♀️

      Ahhh are you a Taylor Swift fan??

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      1. YOU’RE SO WELCOME.

        Aw, that makes me so happy to hear! Friends and ice cream are just the best. 😉 I’m doing well, I have a four day weekend this week which is giving me some time to catch up on blogging stuff and just not be doing homework, so today is especially good. How are you?

        YES! Oh my goodness, are you 113% Swiftie like me?! *screams*

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        1. Ahh yay, I hope you get to relax enjoy not having to wake up too early!! 💛

          I’m a bit anxious about the next upcoming exams, and classes, but all right! 🙂

          I used to be!! (Nice reference @ 113% 😏) But sadly, I didn’t like her last album all that much … Do you have a favorite era? 💓

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          1. Thank you!

            Oh, I hope all your upcoming exams go really well! I’m glad to hear you’re doing well besides that though. 🙂

            Haha! I still loved her new album, but I did like her ones in the past a bit more. I can’t decide what my favorite era is?! It’s either her Red era or her Speak Now one…but I love all her songs so I can hardly pick one.🙈What about you?

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            1. Thank you so much, I hope the same for you, Olivia! ❤

              Ahh same, it's really hard. I think for me it's either the Red or 1989 era – I really like Speak Now as well, though (the fairytale vibes!), and Fearless is the album that first made me fall in love with her, so … 🙈

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    1. AHHH YES, I’m actually planning on re-watching it, just for all the plot twists, and to notice more of the details. And Gilmore Girls is actually one of my favorite TV shows!! Did you watch the revival?

      Thank you so, so much, Rhi, that’s so sweet of you!! 🤗💓

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        1. I feel the same way, it missed some of that spark, and didn’t have the same feel to it as the original series – I was actually disappointed, to be honest. And the ending was so … random? I really didn’t know what to think. 😅

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  2. Ahhh Lily ❤ BIG CONGRATS on so many wonderful things–your exam, your blog tours, your interview, and of course YOUR PHYSICAL ARC!!! Are you allowed to tell us which book it is? 😉 I also recently started The Good Place with my friend, and it's really good. I've been considering starting Dynasty now because I loved Gossip Girl, and I think it's the same creators? so hopefully I'll really enjoy it 🙂

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    1. Ahh Tiff! 💕 Thank you so, so much! I’ll definitely let you know which books they are when they arrive, I’m not sure if I should announce it officially just yet. 🙊

      Yes!! I’ve been meaning to re-watch it, I’m so glad you like it, too! I really adore all the characters, do you have a favorite? And I’ve only watched a few episodes of Dynasty so far, but I think if you enjoy Gossip Girl, you’ll like it as well. 🙂

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment, it made me smile! I hope school and everything else is going amazingly for you! 🌷

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  3. Oh my gosh Lily, congratulations on getting approved for physical ARCs!! I already said this on Twitter, but I’m very happy for you; you deserve this so much, honestly. 💗 And amazing job on getting 100% on your exam!! I knew you could do it!! I’m so proud of you hehe. 😊💖

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    1. Aw, thanks so much, Dezzy! You’re so sweet sdnfjdnfjs. 💓

      I honestly still can’t believe it, in the back of my mind, I’m waiting for another email to arrive, saying that they didn’t realize I was an intl blogger, and they can’t send me the books after all. 🙈💖

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  4. WOw, this is such AMAZING NEWS! *throws confetti everywhere* My eyes teared up when I read about the physical ARCs. That’s just…wow. ALSO, the world is one small place because I’m also doing that Empress of All Seasons tour!!!! Send me your thoughts once you start reading it because I AM SO EXCITED TO GET STARTED. That book is literally my most anticipated read for this year so YAY. It’s also my first book tour as well 🙂 Okay, anyways, I loved this post and thank you for being a little ray of sunshine in this blogging world 🙂

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH KAT! You’re way too kind!! 😭💖

      Yaay, that’s so exciting! I haven’t checked who all the bloggers are yet, but I’ll have to do that soon. I was actually approved for it a few days after I got the official invite for an ARC, but from the UK publisher, and now I have “two” pending requests for one book on Netgalley, haha. RIP my Feedback Ratio. And ahh definitely! I hope we both love it!!

      Ahh I’m so glad you did, and thank you so much for your kind words!! 🌸

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  5. Congratulations Lily, this is so exciting for the blog tour and the physical ARC – though I have to admit I can’t really be surprised by that, you have a wonderful blog and are such an incredible blogger, it was about time this happened and you deserve all the opportunities and will certainly get more of them later on ❤
    I'm so happy you watched Dynasty with us, we had such a great time, I love the drama ahah ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank you so, so, so much, Marie, this really means the whole world to me, coming from you!! 💖💞💓 I honestly still can’t believe it, I’m waiting for them to tell me it was all a mistake, and they didn’t realize that I’m an intl blogger. 🙈

      I had so much fun!! When I get the chance to continue with the series, I’ll definitely message you guys, haha. ❤️

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      1. Ahah what are you kidding, they will send you the books and then more and more and more, because you’re just that awesome 😉
        YES PLEASE DO, I need to know EVERYTHING, all of your thoughts about that show haha 😀

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  6. i still can’t believe you got a 100%. i mean obviously i CAN believe it, because you’re a genius, but also i CAN’T believe it because oh my god that’s incredible. congrats dude, you truly earned it!!

    ALSO CONGRATS ON THE BLOG TOURS AND THE PHYSICAL ARC!!!!! ugh yes free books love it amazing. everything is coming up you and i am THRILLED about it, considering you are likely the greatest living human being.

    also also: yay the good place. that show is so amazing. but more importantly and especially, YOU ARE AMAZING! i hope the rest of your october is not as stressful as the beginning but also just as filled with exciting happenings.

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  7. iiiih !!! Congrats for that physical arc and book tours !! I’ve did my first book tour last month – hopefully you’ll enjoy the experience. And of course, yay for your best results xx We tend to overly stress out sometimes doesn’t we ?specially when you get a really good grade afterward.

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    1. Thank you so much, Caro!! 💖

      I’ll definitely let you all know, when they arrive! I’m still waiting to be let down, and trying not to get my hopes up, haha. 🙈

      It’s so good! I’m currently re-watching it, and I love it even more than the first time—I hope you enjoy it, too! 😊

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  8. I am so glad you had time to join us in our little mini binge of Dynasty. I hope we can maybe continue that sometime soon 🙂 Also, so glad you love the Good Place and Jameela as much as I do ❤ she's one of the greatest role models out there!

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    1. It’s such a great show! 😊 Do you have a favorite character?

      I’m only a newbie blogger (of about five months) myself, and this was my first time requesting a physical ARC, so I’d definitely say go for it, if there’s a book you really want to read! I never thought I’d get accepted, but this really showed me that being bold can pay off. ☺️💗

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