Weekly TBR & PTW #2 | Week 14

Posted April 2, 2018 by Vildea in Dramas, Korean, TBR Pile, To Be Watched / 0 Comments

The Weekly TBR (To-Be-Read) is a weekly feature where I talk about the books I’m hoping to read that week. It’s not a strict must-read, but something to hold me at least a little bit accountable as well as a guide for me to fall back on when I’m not sure what to read.

Sometimes, like today, I will also include other forms of media in this feature. That could be media like gaming, tv shows or movies. Today, I also want to talk a little about a couple of Korean tv shows (or dramas) that I PTW (Plan-To-Watch) this week as well.

Since I’m participating in the O.W.L. Exams – Magical Readathon this month, I haven’t added too many books in addition to the ones from that TBR so I don’t overload myself. The books featured this week are mostly books that I have already started.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what I’m planning on reading this week!

I know there’s been a couple of week since I last did this (3 to be accurate) the short version is; I was sick and my work got intense. Anyhow, things should get better from here on out, at least to my knowledge!

I also wanted to try writing this feature slightly differently this time around. The first difference is the intro above which hopefully explains what this is pretty concisely. The second is the inclusion of other media in this feature as well, this time I’m going to be talking about some Korean dramas. The third and last difference is that rather than posting the plots for each book (which I typically do) I’m going to do it slightly differently. Instead I’ll be posting the pictures of the books I’m reading, but I’ll link you to GoodReads to see the plot and instead talk about why I want to read it. Which at least to me sounds more interesting, but let me know what you think and I’ll take it into consideration!

Like I mentioned above I am participating in a Readathon this month (Dewey’s 24-hour readathon is also happening this month which I plan on doing) so some of the books I’m talking about I’ve already posted about in the readathon TBR post (that post actually has the plot of each novel too!). Because of that I haven’t added too many new books in addition just to avoid overwhelming myself. Some of these I hope to finish this week, others I might just make some progress on.

O.W.L. Readathon Books

First of, I’ll start by talking a little about what books from my O.W.L. TBR I want to focus on this week. I did choose 11 books, so I might put something down to read something else, but as of right now these are the books that have my attention at the moment:

Let’s start off with the one that I’ve already begun reading (I’m about 18 pages into it so far and really liking it!), which is Jade City by Fonda Lee. The book is set in a world were Jade enhances the natural strength and speed of those that are able to use it, but when a drug that allows anyone to use Jade it starts a full-out war between the clans. I’m not very far into it yet, but I have enjoyed what I’ve read a lot so far and I really love the gangster-feel that the book has. The world, from the very little I’ve seen so far, looks like it’s really rich and well created and I can’t wait to explore more of the streets of Janloon and the people who live there.

The other book I hope to read this week for the readathon is Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson which I picked up at the bookstore after feeling sorry for myself after a visit to the dentist. If I’m honest I came across Steelheart in the bookstore not long after I’d finished The Rithmatist (which is excellent) and wanted to see what else Sanderson had written. It jumped out at me then, but I wanted to start with the Mistborn series so I didn’t get it. However I’ve decided that since this is calling my name louder at the moment, I’m just going to go ahead and begin with this.

In Steelheart some people were given powers after a burst in the sky. These people are known as Epics, but these Epics are not superheroes that protect us. Epics want to rule and in order to do so, they will crush the will of humans and remove their will to fight. However a group known as The Reckoners study them, find their weaknesses and assassinate them. David wants to join them, he wants Steelheart, the Epic who killed his father, dead.

Books I Want To Continue/Finish

This week I decided to not add anything new, beyond the O.W.L. books above and instead focus on finishing some books that I have already started:

I’m about 60% through with Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and I’m really enjoying it so far I’ve been hesitant to pick it up, in part because of the hype and in part because I’m really tired of waiting for the next book in a series. So seeing how Obsidio was just released, this seemed like the perfect time to start! I have books written in an epistolary style before, but I enjoyed the Sci-Fi take on it and how they used during more dramatic and urgent scenes. I think I’ll get through this pretty soon so you might see the next books in the series appearing on a TBR pretty soon.

I got Emergency Contact because it was being toted around Booktube over and over (i.e. sponsored videos) and it sounded interesting enough that I thought I might as well try it. It’s not a bad book, but it’s not mind-blowing either. I’m about half-way through this so I should be able to finish it up pretty soon. I don’t hare it, but, so far not overwhelmed with excitement either but we’ll see what happens.

Korean Dramas I’m Currently Watching

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about what I’m watching so I’m excited that I get to share a little again. I’m not going to post any big plots here either, but will try to include at least something as well as a link to where you can read more about them. So! What have I been watching recently?

School 2017

Ra Eun Ho is a cheerful student who is one of the low-rank students in her school. She has a talent for drawing webtoons and dreams of dating the college boy she has a crush on. One day, while trying to find inspiration for her comics, she somehow is caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets marked as a delinquent student. This is only the start of her troubles. (My Drama List)

So School 2017 is technically part of a eries known as the “School” series. However you really don’t need to watch the other ones to enjoy this. The series works more like a framework for where the story is set, but the characters don’t repeat and there’s no crossing over in that sense. The element that does repeat itself is that the action is set in a school and follow the lives of the pupils and teachers at said school and their struggles.

I’ve watched about 7 episodes of this so far, so I have 9 left before I’m finished with this one. I’ve been enjoying it a lot so far as an easy relaxing drama to sit back and enjoy without too much worry. I have watched School 2015 before and liked that, but not as much as I hve enjoyed this one so far. I hope to watch School 2013 someday as well since it looks really good too!

Strongest Deliveryman

Choi Kang Soo is a deliveryman. In spite of his humble beginnings, Choi Kang Soo is fearless and gives it all in everything he does. Lee Dan Ah is another delivery

worker. She hates her current socioeconomic status so much that she, like many young people, calls her country “Hell Joseon.” Lee Dan Ah is so focused on making 

 

money and changing her life that she has no time for men. But when she comes across the charming Choi Kang Soo, her attitude is due to be moved.

Together, Choi Kang Soo and Lee Dan Ah have a budding competition and romance in their quest for glory. And, for them, glory means being like rich folk Lee Jin Yoon and Oh Jin Gyu. They compete to conquer life but, as our two delivery workers soon learn, being the strongest does not guarantee success. (My Drama List)

So the reason why I started this drama was actually to watch the romance between the second leads. Although I have watched Go Kyung Pyo before (in fact another one of his dramas is coming up below) and know I like him, I wasn’t 100% sold on the plot overall. That said I have watched 3 episode sos far and I have loved every minute. So I’m definitely around for the whole show now and can’t wait to see what happens with everyone, not just the second leads!

It doesn’t hurt that I’ve watched Chae Soo Bin in a couple of dramas before and enjoyed her performance a lot before either. Overall this drama is a lot of fun, very interesting and intriguing and so far I really recommend it!

Korean Dramas I’m Re-Watching

I try not to pick up too many new dramas at once, which often results in me picking up some dramas that I’ve watched before to re-watch. This time I have re-watched both dramas below at least once. So, let’s go!

Flower Boy Next Door

This is a drama about a girl, Go Dok Mi who is a shut-in Miss Lonelyhearts type, who spends her days spying on the man living in next building. She is caught spying by her other neighbor, Enrique Geum. Meanwhile, Oh Jin Rok is the man who notices her from long ago, and knows everything about her and will fall in love with her.
Go Dok Mi is a ′city Rapunzel′ whonever ventures outdoors, yet has her own set of charms that makes men go weak. Oh Jin Rok is a scruffy manhwa artist. Enrique Geum is a genius creative director, who is good-looking, stylish and bohemian and can′t get enough of soccer. He will form a love line with Go Dok Mi.
(Source: KoreanDrama.org) via My Drama List).

Flower Boy Next door is one of the first dramas I watched (the first one is actually below) when i first began watching Korean dramas. It’s also the first time I watched Park Shin Hye in anything as well and her character in this one is pretty different from a lot of the ones she has played before. The drama itself is very funny, while dealing with some heavier issues it never forgets that it’s a comedy so you will laugh a lot while watching this. The characters are relate-able, if a little bit over the top (purposefully) and you’ll root for every single one of them.

I wanted something fun, quick and familiar to watch and I haven’t re-watched this one too recently so I decided to go ahead and watch it. I’d forgotten how much I love the music, Enrique and the panda jokes and I suspect I’ll fly through this re-watch!

 

Healer

Seo Jung Hoo is so-called “errand boy”. For a relevant price he may complete any task, only if it’s not connected with murder. Under Healer’s mask he had run foul of some organizations that now strive to catch him, however no one knows who he really is. He can count on older woman’s help, genius hacker responsible for the technical part of their job. One of his tasks is closely connected to one girl, Chae Yeong Shin, second rate tabloid reporter. She starts to have an interest about Healer when he tries to get close to her, which results in the discovery of their common past. (My Drama List)

Alright so this is the first drama I ever watched. And I don’t have a big enough vocabulary to explain to you just how much I adore this show. It’s utterly amazing. It has action, romance, comedy, corruption, a past coming back to haunt you, political intrigue, it shows you the importance of a free news media and it is just utterly amazing.

The soundtrack is also really good and works so well with the action, the suspense and the romance. As far as first-time dramas go, this one did not disappoint although it did make for a VERY tough act to follow for anything else. If you’ve ever looked at Korean dramas and gone “I think I’d like to try one, but I don’t know which one/where to start” Healer is a very good option since it has a little bit of everything for you and you really don’t need to know much about Korea or it’s society to understand it. It’s a pretty good intro in fact.

Because I love it so much I’m going to end this post by leaving you with the trailer for Healer below so you can watch and judge for yourself what you think. It’s available to watch at Viki and Dramafever as far as I know, possibly elsewhere as well. I hope you’ve had a good weekend and I’ll be back son with another post, but until then: WATCH HEALER

 

 

 

 

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