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Monday, October 2, 2017

Favorites | September 2017

So far, out of all the months in 2017, September is the one that feels like it ended in the blink of an eye the most. Maybe it was because I was scrambling to get a book ready at the same time I had to face a lot of challenges in my personal life. Haven't we all felt like that at one point or another?

Anyway, October has just started, and I thought it would be a good idea to look back on the things I enjoyed in September. Whether it's music or TV shows or books, you just might find something interesting in this post.

Let's get started.

Music

BTS released a new album in September called Love Yourself: Her, and I basically haven't stopped listening to it since. They explored a ton of new sounds in this album, but somehow still managed to sound like themselves. "Go Go" and "MIC Drop" are my favorite songs from the album. "Pied Piper" is also pretty close to my heart, mostly because the boys know the fans spend way too much time fangirling. Haha.

In case you were wondering, my bias is Min Yoongi a.k.a. Suga.

Books & Writing

I didn't get a lot of reading done September, because I was busy editing Making It Complicated. However, I did finish and learned so much from Romancing the Beats: Story Structure for Romance Novels by Gwen Hayes.

Most books I read about plot and story structure only tackle how a character can get from Point A to Point B by the end of the story. This book, however, talks about how to do it with two characters--your Main Character and Love Interest--and how to make sure their journeys are weaved together seamlessly, which almost always has to be the case when you're writing romance.

I highly recommend this book if you're in the mood to learn more about writing romance, especially novellas since the story structure discussed in this book is perfect for the format.

Movies & TV

Elementary has been on my radar for a while now, but I always turned up my nose at it, believing that Sherlock would be the superior show. I WAS WRONG. Sometimes, I make stupid choices, okay? I'm human. I'm sorry.

After watching several episodes of Elementary, I was surprised to discover that I liked it more than Sherlock for a variety of reasons. First of all, Elementary's version of Sherlock Holmes feels more human and vulnerable. I also love that John Watson was transformed into Joan Watson, a woman of color, in the show and that it has a more diverse cast in general.

Lifestyle & Fashion

I am not the most fashionable person around. In fact, my personal style is more focused on efficiency and comfort than on being trendy, so you will most likely see very few clothing recommendations in this section. Haha. You've been warned.

In September, my friend, Kate, wanted to buy a jacket, so I tagged along with her to Surplus. Suddenly, lo and behold, I laid eyes on this grandfather-ish cardigan and fell head over heels for it right away. Yes, it's as comfortable as it looks, and I'd wear it everyday if I could get away with it. Wearing it feels like you have a blanket wrapped around you. I kid you not.

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