This Week In… is a weekly feature where I talk about what I’m currently reading, watching, listening, playing and so forth. Some weeks I might do a lot, others I might not do much at all.
The first week of This Week In… will probably focus primarily on TV and Korean dramas, hopefully I’ll be able to get some reading in as well, but we’ll see.
Anyway, let’s get started!
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I’ve also found a table I like for the living room so I’ll be getting that as well. Then I just have to sort out my pots and pans, get my lighting put up and get my curtains set and I’m ready to go.[/tab] [tab]
Discovery of Romance
Nam Ha Jin works as a plastic surgeon and he is a warm-hearted type of fellow. He has been in a relationship with Yeo Reum for 3 years and they love each other. Then, suddenly, her ex-boyfriend Kang Tae Ha appears in front of her and begs for forgiveness. – from MDL
Thumping Spike 2
‘Heart Thumping Spike 2’ will tell the story of the nerdy, bookish Han Da Woon and pro ‘genius’ volleyball player Dong Hae Sung, and how the love slowly develops between the two. – from MDL
I watched the first season of Thumping Spike and I quite enjoyed it. It’s a simple, short kind of drama with a bit of romance thrown in. It’s one of those things that I watch when other shows get too serious or when I just want to watch something quick and easy. Thumping Spike 2 is not a direct continuation of season 1, but it carries on with the same theme and with new main leads.
Shopping King Louis
A life of privilege can be a lonely one. Kang Ji Seong is the only chaebol heir to his grandmother’s conglomerate after his parents died in a tragic accident when he was a child. Raised by his overprotective grandmother, he lived as “Louie” in France, sheltered from life with no real friends. Louie tries to fill his emotional void by traveling all over the world and spending money without any care as to what he is buying. When Louie returns to Korea to the bustling city of Seoul, he gets into an accident and loses his memory, leaving him with no knowledge of who he is or where he lives! But Louis meets Go Bok Shil, a sweet young woman who came to the city from a rural town to try to make something of herself, and she takes him into her home. Cha Joong Won, a department director for Louis’s grandmother, sees the young heir as a threat to his career while also falling for Bok Shil. Can Bok Shil help Louie return to his rightful place in life? – from MDL
I actually started Shopping King Louis earlier, but didn’t have time to finish it so I’m starting it over as I really want to watch it and have heard great things about it. I’m really looking forward to watching it and I’ve heard the chemistry between the leads is pretty great!
Lair of Dreams (the Diviners 2) by Libba Bray
The longing of dreams draws the dead, and this city holds many dreams.
After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. With her uncanny ability to read people’s secrets, she’s become a media darling, earning the title “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” Everyone’s in love with the city’s newest It Girl…everyone except the other Diviners.
Piano-playing Henry DuBois and Chinatown resident Ling Chan are two Diviners struggling to keep their powers a secret—for they can walk in dreams. And while Evie is living the high life, victims of a mysterious sleeping sickness are turning up across New York City.
As Henry searches for a lost love and Ling strives to succeed in a world that shuns her, a malevolent force infects their dreams. And at the edges of it all lurks a man in a stovepipe hat who has plans that extend farther than anyone can guess…As the sickness spreads, can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld to save the city?
In this heart-stopping sequel to The Diviners, Printz Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Libba Bray takes readers deeper into the mystical underbelly of New York City.
I read The Diviners last year and have been meaning to get to the sequel, but life happened. However this week I plan on reading it and seeing what adventures Evie will get herself into this time!
The Tattooed Heart (Messenger of Fear 2) by Michael Grant
Mara has already witnessed more evil as the Messenger’s apprentice than most people do in their lifetime, but the games continue.
The Messenger leads Mara to the funeral of a Muslim boy named Aimal, who died standing up for his people, and then to an abandoned store, where they discover Graciella, a girl battling addiction. The all-knowing Messenger recognizes that they are victims of heinous crimes. Mara and Messenger will find the wicked—those who act out of selfishness and greed, and others who become violent because of prejudice and hate.
But Mara and Messenger pay a price too. For every person who is offered justice, they will wear a tattoo that symbolizes the heart of the crime. And as Mara delves deeper into her harsh reality, she is suprirsed to realize that part of her is drawn to the sometimes compassionate Messenger. In spite of all the terror she and Messenger inflict, Mara will discover that caring in this world is the hardest part of all.
The second book in New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant’s Messenger of Fear series, The Tattooed Heart combines fantasy with real-world horror stories to create a satisfying conclusion.
I read Messenger of Fear last year as well and have been meaning to pick up the sequel since I loved the first book. I love mos of Michael Grants books, though they can get pretty dark, grim and gritty at times so it’s probably good that I’m watching pretty lighthearted dramas or this could get pretty sad.
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