Hi friends! Wow, WELCOME BACK to Wishing Upon a Star!! Eleanor is back in the groove of regular posting!! Cue the confetti!!
As you probably know, I took a hiatus from blogging in March so I could prioritize other pressing projects that were going on: my piano exam and my two writing projects, which were my long term book project and a short poetry piece I wrote for a book contest! I also tried to take better care of myself in March, because I’ve been so tired lately, with everything that’s going on. I’m just trying to get more sleep :p
Also…we have been blessed with not one but TWO Shadow and Bone trailers, dropped at the end of February and March. I …am in AWE. Complete, utter awe. It is an AMAZING time to be a Grishaverse fan, my friends, because come April 23 (I’m really just counting down the days now—20!!!!!!!!!) Netflix will have the Shadow and Bone TV series!! 8 episodes!! The show will combine the Grisha Trilogy (with Alina Starkov, the Darkling, and Mal) and the Six of Crows Duology (with Kaz, Inej, Jesper, Nina, Matthias, and Wylan). I know some people thought they should have just adapted the duology, as it was more well received than the trilogy, but I think it’ll be really exciting to see how they will combine the two!! The cast look PERFECT together, and those VISUALS. Plus, with Ms. Leigh’s stamp of approval on the show, I have great trust in it 😊
My cousin and I are going to watch the show together over FaceTime too, so that will definitely be one of the highlights of quarantine. 😌 I’m also saving these strawberry waffle-like cookies for the BINGING AESTHETIC. (Love you cuz 💞)
So that was my quick life update and the intro of this post! Today, I’ll talk about what I read, what I watched, what music I listened to, and of course share some of my favorite posts from YOU, all from the past three months! Let’s dive in!
So far, I’ve read around 25 books this year, but to be fair, 2 were picture books and 3 were parts of a larger poetry collection. However, I’ve really enjoyed all the books I’ve read! I read a lot of Middle Grade these past three months, including Clues to the Universe, Tilly and the Bookwanderers, Red, White, and Whole, Many Points of Me, and Sugar and Spite.
Fun fact: During my time off, I received TWO ARCs in the span of one week!! Sugar and Spite is one of them, and The Infinity Courts is the other. I’m just in shock I was able to get them, but it’s really thanks to the blog tour teams TBR and Beyond Tours and Turn the Pages. I’m incredibly grateful to them 😊
Clues to the Universe: I absolutely ADORED this one, and I really want to reread it soon. Ro and Benji were such compelling characters, and the plot wasn’t predictable at all. I loved how so many heartwarming moments were balanced with the heavier, sadder parts as well. 4.6/5 stars!
Tilly and the Bookwanderers: Such a cozy read—the type of book you’d want to snuggle up with in bed, blankets over your head, accompanied by the whisper of pages and aroma of sweet candles! I loved the atmosphere of Pages & Co., and the characters felt very developed. Plus, I did NOT see that plot twist coming 🙈 4.2/5 stars!
Red, White, and Whole: Stunningly told in moving verse, I was able to finish this book in one sitting, and it’s one of the few books that made me cry. The relationship between Reha and Amma was so beautiful and bittersweet. I only wished it was longer, but I’m being unreasonable. 4.4/5 stars!
Many Points of Me: This actually reminded me a little of Clues to the Universe! But while Ro tries to heal through building her rocket, Georgia tries to heal through the asterism paintings. I think I enjoyed Georgia and Theo’s relationship best, it was a really well developed and complex dynamic. 4.4/5 stars!
Sugar and Spite: I don’t want to say too much about this one right now, as I will be on an upcoming blog tour for it, so keep an eye out for that! But I will say that Jolina and Claudine were wonderfully created characters and I adored how Filipino culture was woven into the story. 4.5/5 stars!
Side note: Forgive my decimal ratings, I’m so choosy, I know 🙈
I was able to watch some incredible movies with my family these past few months! Particular favorites include Soul, Hidden Figures, On Pointe, Leap, and the Bourne series (particularly Bourne Ultimatum).
Soul: The animation was incredible, the themes were poignant and very relevant, I adored how Joe used piano to get in the zone, and 22 was adorable.
Hidden Figures: A touching film based on the real story of the African-American women who were a part of one of NASA’s greatest endeavors. I loved how persevering Katherine Johnson was, how Dorothy Vaughan took matters into her own hands, and Mary Jackson’s unwavering confidence.
On Pointe: A behind the scenes look of the students at the School of American Ballet, at the younger students’ preparation for the Nutcracker and the older students’ training for New York City Ballet. I found myself pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this series, and it was inspiring to see the dancers’ passion and dedication. Even though I’m not a ballerina, I am a pianist, and I think that no matter which art you choose to pursue, having passion and dedication for it will help you through the tough times.
Leap: This was a fantastic sports biopic, starring the amazing actress Gong Li as volleyball star Lang Ping. I was hooked from start to finish, and seeing so many Chinese women persevering through incredibly tough training brought me a sense of pride.
Bourne Ultimatum: This was that one Bourne film where I actually understood everything that was going on! The plot made so much sense, and of course Matt Damon was amazing at playing Bourne. The ending was also so symbolic and the perfect way to tie up the storyline.
Okay…I’m going to make a confession.
These past few months, I’ve basically listened to Taylor Swift exclusively.
I’m not really sorry? But I know I need to listen to more artists 😅
BUT I’M GOING TO FANGIRL ABOUT HER NOW AND YOU CAN’T STOP ME.
Taylor Swift won Album of the Year for the THIRD time at the Grammys, being the first ever woman to do so, and only the fourth artist, joining the ranks of Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder!!!! And each time she’s won, it’s been for different genres—country, pop, and alternative/indie!!!! TALK ABOUT TALENT.
I mean…every era, every album, every song…I never get tired of listening to her. She has a song for pretty much any mood, okay? Her lyrics, her vocals, everything…I just can’t get over it!!
Plus, every time I try out a song by her that I haven’t before, with very low expectations, that song will basically end up on repeat for the next week. HER POWER.
Right now, Call It What You Want, New Romantics, I Did Something Bad, 22, Red, Mine, Delicate, tolerate it, and happiness have been playing on repeat for me, but I’m constantly finding more of her songs to enjoy (she has 9 albums and she’s re-recording most of them okay?!).
Posts from You!
All you lovely bloggers put out such incredible content consistently, and if I named all the posts I’ve enjoyed seeing from you, we’d be here for hours. But I hope that you can find some new posts to enjoy from this list, and go show these bloggers some support!
A big thank you to Abby for providing resources to Stop Asian Hate as well as 20 upcoming YA releases by Asian authors. It’s been so shocking and heartbreaking to learn about what’s been happening across the country. Let’s take the time to find ways to support the Asian community.