My May 2017 Earworms AKA An Unintended MOMOL Playlist

It’s the last day of May and I thought I’d share my monthly playlists from now on!

This one has 26 songs in it and is mostly composed of new releases from artists I already follow (San Cisco, Harry Styles, Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran) and new discoveries (Wolfie: I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO WOLFIE FOREVER AND EVER, DEFINITELY A NEW FAVE).


I didn’t plan it but the general vibe of this playlist seems to be a MOMOL/make out one. I only realized it last Saturday when my friend Sarah was at my apartment and she was taking a bath while I was cooking and this mix was playing. I suddenly felt awkward having someone listening to the mix with me because it felt like there was a ~mood~ I was perpetuating??? HAHAHA Putting Wolfie in there definitely skewed the playlist in that direction because THAT VIBE!!!!! But then again, any playlist with The Weeknd on it feels like it’s for make out sessions, right? Hahaha!

Of course there are exceptions such as 7 Things and Malibu by Miley Cyrus (ended up revisiting some of my faves from hers after the release of Malibu) and the Kendrick Lamar tracks, although I can even argue that the Kendrick Lamar ones definitely fit with the mood. Haha!

Hope you enjoy this one!

P.S. Since I wasn’t able to share my playlists for the other months, I’m gonna include them here now too! Continue reading →


Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Spoiler alert: I didn’t love this as much as everyone did so there’s that. I love the message, I really do. I just realized that this is not the poetry style I gravitate to. No, that’s wrong, I kind of gravitate to it because it’s everywhere? But it’s not what makes this heart sing and/or curl up in a ball.

Milk and Honey

Title: Milk and Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Date of Publication: October 6, 2015

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I had high hopes for this but did I read a completely different book than everyone else?

Don’t get me wrong. Rupi and I have the same politics and beliefs based on her poems. I’d still say that this collection is powerful and must be read, even if only for the messages. Its messages would garner 5 stars because all women need to hear it and know it and live it. And men too so we can squash the patriarchy. I highlighted a lot of poems and lines and a lot struck me because these are truths that everyone needs to see/hear/read. To be woke.

But as for poetry, I find it lacking. It is honest and relatable, which I guess make good poems too. But I want my poems not only to be raw feelings that pack punches or send messages. I want my poems to hide something from me, so I would have to shovel what it buries underneath it. I want it to be heavier and meatier than what you see at first glance. I want it to make me realize something I didn’t know or have known all along but refuse to see. I guess i just want more.

Also, maybe I’ve read too much poetry collections recently similar to this style? I guess I can see how those I’ve read before could be derivatives of Rupi Kaur or maybe some other poet I haven’t read and it’s kinda unfair to rate them higher than where they’re derived from but it is what it is.

[redacted] + Small Ghost by Trista Mateer

Today, I’m gonna post hopefully short word vomits on two of Trista Mateer’s poetry collections. I’ve been finding it hard to read fiction recently so I’ve been reading poetry collections, short story anthologies, and essay collections. And I’ve been finding it hard to review anything at all so please go easy on me.

Title: [redacted]
Author: Trista Mateer
Date of Publication: February 18, 2017

Taking National Poetry Month’s poem-a-day challenge one step further, for her fourth collection, Trista Mateer has not only compiled a chapbook of her 2016 ‘30 for 30’ poems, but she has also chosen to include nearly everything else written in the month of April. This comes in the form of handwritten notes and poetry fragments, iPhone note poetry, tweets, Craigslist ads, and more. This mix of poetry and prose spans a single month and covers topics such as heartbreak, gender, sexuality, and forgiveness.

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This was my first time to read Trista Mateer and was obviously not the last since I read another one of her poetry collections. Hahaha. This was quite short too, I’m finding that most poetry collections are, apparently. (I’m kinda used to omnibus editions.) It was a quick read and here are my top three favorite lines out of all the poetry and prose in here.

“I love you, I love you; let me do it for a little while longer.”
“because this month I prioritized booze over food and I still feel like it was worth it.”

“remember / sometimes the pain is just pain / the hurt is not poetic / the side effects of mental illness are never romantic”

As usual, the poems/lines I loved the most were about mental health. Not surprising since it’s so hard to find the words to say what you’re feeling and thinking to other people. So reading something that can express those thoughts more eloquently and coherently is such a gift. While I still prefer my poetry to not be words of raw emotions/angst/hurt formatted prettily on a page, I liked this collection. It was smart and had me chuckling too, especially at the line “Delta Lost My Luggage And Still Treated Me Better Than You Did” from her A Series of Poems about Airports. And I just can really relate to prioritizing booze/karaoke/”my vices” over things that are important. #stillnotadultingproperly

Small Ghost
Title: Small Ghost
Author: Trista Mateer
Date of Publication: May 3, 2016

Small Ghost is a brief collection of poetry by Trista Mateer, featuring a narrative about depression and anxiety, with a central focus on coping mechanisms. It approaches the exhausting reality of mental illness with blunt emotional honesty, self depreciating humor, and cute illustrations.

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Got this one for free too so might as well read it right after I read one of hers and liked it enough. Here are two of my favorite lines:

“it’s strange all the things you forget about when you can’t find the scars to prove they happened anymore”

“how many calories does anxiety burn”

Small Ghost is a collection focused on depression and anxiety and it takes on the narrative of a ghost. I liked the illustrations that went with the poems and I could relate to them all. In fact, I think the illustrations elevated my reading experience because the visuals really delivered the emotions portrayed by the poetry. I found myself laughing-crying at how many calories does anxiety burn because IF ONLY ANXIETY CAN BE CONSIDERED WORKOUT. Sadly, by the time I read this one, I think I’ve read too many poems with similar themes and styles to actually appreciate them more. I would say though that Trista Mateer writes smart, witty, and very relatable poetry. I’d willingly read her other poetry collections too. (But maybe only when I can get them for free on Amazon? #cheapskate)

Premiere Watch: My Secret Romance (Episode 1 Recap)

Sung Hoon with a cat, I can’t deal

Heya! I’m trying my hand on this recapping biz again. Sorry if this is weeks late though. Hope you’d still appreciate it and fangirl with me. Also, if I get lazy as I get through this post, it just might turn into an opinion-cap and not a detailed recap. We’ll see. Here goes!

(All of the gifs courtesy of my dear friend Charlie!)

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Stacking the Shelves (66)

Forgive my absence. January to April book mail / book haul!

For Review

(ARC) Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer
(ARC) Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
(ARC) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
(ARC) Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli and David Wiesner
(ARC) The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil
(ARC) Liberty: The Spy Who (Kind of) Liked Me by Andrea Portes
(ARC) Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
(ARC) Everything All at Once by Katrina Leno
The Stinky Street Stories by Alex Ratt and Jules Faber
(ARC) Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans
(ARC) Hear the Wolves by Victoria Scott
(ARC) Stealing Our Way Home by Cecilia Galante

Thank you to HarperCollins International, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Kids, Hardie Grant Egmont, Pan Macmillan Australia, and Scholastic Philippines for all the review copies!



I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe
The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Boring Girls by Sara Taylor
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
*signed* Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Them or Us by David Moody
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman
The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe
Nightstruck by Jenna Black
Trust Me by Romily Bernard
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlos Rovelli
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Lucky Harbor Collection 2 by Jill Shalvis
Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas 
*signed* Learning to Fall by Mina V. Esguerra
*signed* Don’t Tell My Mother by Brigitte Bautista
*signed* Midnights in Bali by Carla de Guzman
*signed* Bucket List to Love by C.P. Santi
*signed* Rules of Non-Attraction by Andrea Soto-Pionilla
*signed* Crushingly Close by Stella Torres
*signed* Prep & Prejudice by Miren B. Flores
*signed* If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman
*signed* Iris After the Incident by Mina V. Esguerra
*signed* The Last Time I’ll Write About You by Dawn Lanuza (my review)
*signed* Songs to Make You Stay by Jay E. Tria
 *signed* Sounds Like Summer by Six de los Reyes (my review)
*signed* What About Today by Dawn Lanuza
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Three Day Summer by Sarvenez Tash


The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis
*Thanks, Lyra!*