My Non-Bookish Favorites of 2020 (part two) // music, k-dramas, and some questions for you

My mind won’t let me post anything else until I get this second part of my 2020 non-bookish favorites out of the way πŸ˜….

Here’s part one if you want more random entertainment recommendations!

But first, I have some questions for you!

are you the person on the left or right…? that’s for you to decide lol.

Can you tell me about how you find and read book blogs, or blogs in general? (Do you tend to blog-hop through people’s comments on posts or discover new blogs when bloggers link other’s posts? Do you keep up with the blogs you follow through WordPress, different apps like Blog Lovin’ or Feedly, rely on email subscriptions, etc. ?)

I would like to make a YouTube video along the lines of “How To Find Book Blogs to Read” as a sort of follow up to a couple (kinda cringe LOL) videos I’ve already made about blogging to help people who are curious about book blogging. However, I’m personally terrible at finding/reading book blogs that aren’t on WordPress because I’ve gotten use to the WordPress app over the years πŸ˜…, so I’d love to include your responses in the video (and maybe utilize some of them myself πŸ˜‚). I’ll be linking blog posts I can find on this topic as well, so feel free to let me know if you’ve made a post about this before!

Also, I’d love to know what some of your favorite book blogs are, so I can maybe include some recommendations in the video or a separate one in the future. If you’re okay with it, I might include screenshots/quote your response and would like to link back to your blog. Big thank you in advance if you’re able to help πŸ™‚!

okay, non-bookish favorites

youtube

Wait, another question πŸ˜…. I’m curious what you watch more, YouTube or traditionally-produced shows/movies on TV, Netflix, Hulu, etc.? I usually go back and forth between YouTube and things on Netflix, although I think I favor YouTube a bit more because it’s easier for me to find things I like versus when I flip through Netflix for…ever.

🌱 Soheefee

Soheefee is so underrated, it hurts.

If you like lifestyle-type content, you absolutely need to check out Sophie’s YouTube channel. Every one of her videos is pure cinematic art that overflows with her personality, and her exceptional self-taught editing skills and storytelling ability are a huge inspiration to me. (Seriously, check out her Euphoria transformation! Just a warning that there’s some quick, flashing lights in the beginning.)

🌱 Nathan Zed

Nathan Zed’s videos are always so well-produced and humorous, and last year he made a big comeback on YouTube!

🌱 Damon Dominique

Damon Dominique is another person that never fails to inspire me with his distinct brand. His curiosity about the world and spirit for life comes across in a natural, entertaining manner that makes watching his long, documentary-style videos such a treat.

music

I could finish maybe a dozen more books every year if I listened to audiobooks in the car instead of music πŸ˜…, but something about hearing a song from car speakers hits different. Plus, a bunch of my favorite artists like Kali Uchis, Logic, and Joji released albums or EPs last year!

🌱 these are some of my favorite songs from Fall and Winter!

I have to say that listening to classical music was high key one of the best things I started doing for myself last year.

Related: My little sister and I made a video, “a terrible tour of our spotify playlists“, if you want some more music recommendations πŸ˜‚. I also did a couple book recommendation videos based on my 2020 Spotify wrapped and shuffled spotify “Liked” playlist.

tv shows

🌱 Reply 1988

Reply 1988 is a hilarious and wholesome series about a tight-knit group of families living in a small neighborhood in Seoul. Set in 1988, the series explores the relationships between the neighbors as they navigate first loves, financial hardships, and family issues, all while South Korea is prepping to host the 1988 Summer Olympics and distinguishing itself on the global playing field. My only gripe with this series is that it gave me big-time second lead syndrome 😒.

🌱 One Spring Night

When jaded Lee Jeong-in meets kind pharmacist Yu Ji-Ho, she finds herself seriously contemplating her tenuous relationship with her long-term boyfriend who is pushing for marriage. This isn’t a drama I’d recommend for everyone since there is some emotional cheating, a separate storyline about domestic abuse, and conflicts that I personally thought were drawn-out. But if you’re interested in an emotional romance between two personalities with their fair share of personal baggage, definitely give this show a go!

🌱 Crash Landing on You

Do I even need to even explain what this series is about πŸ˜‚?

After a renowned, South Korean CEO is blown into North Korea by an abnormal tornado while paragliding, she’s thrust into a (quite literal) whirlwind romance with a North Korean Soldier who finds her and is roped into helping her return to the South. The absurdity of the plot is balanced by the seriousness of the conflict, humorous and down to earth characters, and a soul-stirring OST, making the hype surrounding this tear-jerking series necessary.

movies

🌱 Soul

Pixar’s Soul tells the story of an aspiring musician, Joe Gardner, who becomes trapped in a plane between life and death after he dies due to an unfortunate misstep right before his big break. To get back to Earth, Joe mentors a young soul who’s reluctant to begin their life as a human, and through the process, reflects on his life and what made it worth living. The incredible ray-tracing and vibrant colors in this animation blew me away, and although the pacing of the story felt too slow at times for me, I was moved by the simplicity in the powerful message Soul underlined.

🌱 Four Sisters and A Wedding

When their baby brother announces that he’s having a last minute wedding to a girl they don’t approve of, four sisters reunite to create a scheme to stop the wedding from happening. However, their plan quickly goes awry as it inadvertently brings to light secrets and built-up grudges they’ve buried from each other. Featuring a cast of notable Filipina actresses who successfully embody their roles, Four Sisters and a Wedding is an amusing and touching movie about the unpredictable circumstances and life struggles that can deter us from loving our family unconditionally. This is a re-watch for me, and I’m glad that I revisited it now that my siblings and I are older and have accumulated our own (oftentimes petty) grievances about each other πŸ˜….

The Philippines has been dealing with the aftermath of a series of supertyphoons that struck the country late last year. If you can, you can help by donating to The Philippines Red Cross, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), and The Philippines Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

life, brooo

A summary of the second half of my 2020!


Thanks for reading this far! What are some of your favorites from last year? How’s your 2021 going so far? Let me know πŸ™‚.
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17 thoughts on “My Non-Bookish Favorites of 2020 (part two) // music, k-dramas, and some questions for you

  1. I keep up with blogs using wordpress reader and that’s it, so I’ve definitely gotten use to the app now as well. But back in, early blogging days for me, like 2019, I used the comments on other people’s post to find people and twitter (but I don’t have twitter anymore). I feel like pinterest can be a potentially good way to find blogs especially if you are looking for a certain list of books.

    Some of my favourite blogs are Vera and Sabrina @ Wordy and Whimsical, Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea, Lais @ The Bookish Skies, Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner, Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books, Caro @ BookCheshire Books, Aditi @ One in A Million, Ruby @ Ruby Rae Reads, Dezzy @ The Thoughtful Voice, Fadwa @ Word Wonders, Margaret @ Weird Zeal, you and lots more (I’m probably missing loads out, its so hard to make a list off the top of my head haha).

    I’ll definitely check your YouTube recommendations out, I feel like there so many types of videos I don’t check out. Soheefee sounds super cool.
    Haha I always think I would read more if I didn’t listen to music too !!
    I really loved your TV shows and films recommendations as I haven’t watched any of them so I will need to change that. They all sounds like they will have things that I love in them. I remember watching the trailer for Soul and thinking it is going to be one of those movies with a powerful message. Four Sisters and A Wedding sounds really good as well.
    I hope 2021 includes lots of new favourites for you πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you so much for answering the question, Sophie!! We share a lot of the same favorite bloggers πŸ˜„! Ooo, Pinterest does seem like a method. I don’t use it for books/blogging, but I have seen more people incorporating that little “pin this post” thingy in their posts haha.

      I hope you like Soheefee!! And for real hahaha, I always tell myself I’ll listen to audiobooks in the car and then I succumb to music πŸ˜‚. I hope you like the shows and films too if you check them out! Thank you, Sophie – and you too πŸ’›!

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  2. Hmm that’s an interesting question and one that I never thought about! Initially, it was checking out blogs from the comment sections, but I also discovered many blogs through bookstagram, booktube, and recommendations on wordpress and bloglovin πŸ˜€

    I also used youtube and spotify a lot last year! I got into k-pop and there are just so many contents on youtube so that’s where I spent most of my time πŸ˜€ I LOVE Reply 1988, I think it’s the best k-drama ever but it’s true about the second-lead syndrome 😭 I need to finish Crash Landing on You!

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    1. Thanks for answering the question, Tasya! I’ve used all of those methods at some point too haha πŸ˜„.
      Ooo what k-pop groups are you into if you don’t mind me asking? And there /is/ so much k-pop content haha fan edits are golden πŸ˜‚. And yeah!! Reply 1988 is almost perfect honestly, except for that ending ☠️. I hope you like how Crash Landing ends haha

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  3. omg i’m glad you watched crash landing on you it’s so good and undoubtedly the best kdrama i’ve ever watched despite the very unrealistic plot!! ahh, the impossible romance just tugs at my heartstring so much i’ve never been a huge fan of star-crossed lovers, but it was so well done in cloy. and is that nct i see in your playlist πŸ‘πŸ‘ that makes me happy bc i became a fan of them in late 2020

    as for how i find blogs, i usually find them through the people who comment on my blog, haha. i don’t seek out blogs to follow anymore bc my time is limited, so i only find new people to follow while commenting back :”)

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    1. Me too! I almost didn’t watch it cause all of the hype made me feel like I already had πŸ˜‚. They really did do the impossible romance so well – it felt like it could be possible πŸ₯². And yeah, NCT!! I’m glad you got into them haha! Do you have a ~bias~? LOL I don’t get to ask that a lot

      Thank you for answering, Caitlin! And that makes sense for you! It sounds much more efficient πŸ˜‚

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  4. SO it’s been a while since I actively seeked new blogs, since I’m cruelly lacking time to already keep up with the ones I love 😭 That being said, I have some ideas of how you can find new blogs, so here goes!
    – I tend to scroll down comments after I have commented on a blog post I enjoyed and blog hop from there!
    – Twitter can be a good place sometimes to find new bloggers, sometimes they tweet about their blog posts and I just click there and… then i’m back on that comment loop again ahah.
    – We hosted the book blogger awards with may @ forever and everly last year and there are sooooo many bloggers there so this might be helpful? There’s the winners post on my blog: https://drizzleandhurricanebooks.com/2020/09/06/2020-book-blogger-awards-winners/ and in it you’ll find a spreadsheet with, like, 450 book bloggers: https://bit.ly/2020BBANominees so this might help, too? πŸ™ˆ
    As for keeping up with other blogs… I used to have them all in my wordpress reader, but sometimes it’s unpractical and I can’t scroll down ages either because it’s quickly overwhelming. πŸ™ˆ So right now, I have in my Notion pages a special page dedicated to blog hopping. It’s just a list of blogs I want to keep up with regularly, my favorites, and I go there when I want to check them out a little bit! When I have more time, I go outside of that favorites list and find new blogs in the ways I said before.
    WOW. I ranted a LOT I’m so sorry πŸ™ˆ hope this helps a little bit!!

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    1. This was so helpful!! Thank you so much for taking the time to type this all out, Marie! I’m so glad you mentioned book blogger awards – that’s such a great way to find blogs! And a Notion page for your favorites sounds really cool 😯. I just started using Notion, so I might have to try that out haha. Thank you again, Marie πŸ˜„β€οΈ!

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  5. i’m new to the blog world!! i found all the blogs i follow by googling “book bloggers” and then i think i read one of your fav blogger posts and followed a few people? i would love to find more bloggers, but it’s tricky to navigate the site at first! i keep up with wordpress reader! i think if i followed bloggers on ig i’d also keep up that way but i can’t say i follow many bookstagrammers who also run blogs.

    also — damon dominique aaah i love his channel !! i love that sphere of content, just expats living their best lives lmao

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    1. That’s so awesome that you were able to find some people from that post! WordPress reader is definitely the easiest way to keep up with bloggers if you’re using WordPress already haha.

      And yeah – they’re so cool haha! That sphere of the content is the best to live vicariously through LOL πŸ˜‚

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  6. I’m the one on the left getting spooked by Patrick Stewart!

    I am new to the book blogging community. I’ve been quite the user of Goodreads these last few months, I just felt like I needed something more. I checked YouTube, found your channel, and now got to your blog! You made me take the leap to make my own book blog, and I just posted my first blog post yesterday! ARGH!!! *excited squeals* But because of this, I really can’t recommend any book bloggers, other than you! But I can recommend Eezekat on TikTok, he also has a YouTube channel under the same name, and he’s absolutely wonderful.

    I shift a lot between YouTube and mainstream produced shows and movies. Just finished WandaVision on Disney+…I don’t want to comment more on that. I miss the days where season 8 hadn’t ruined the entirety of the GoT TV-series. On the other end, with YouTube, I love how flexible it is for us. How we can find these extremely niche channels and just binge-watch people discussing books, people painting Warhammer 40K minis, and there’s just so much content!

    I will be keeping an eye on your blog and your YT channel, and take some notes on how to blog. Thank you!

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    1. LOL sorry to scare you πŸ˜‚.

      This makes me so happy!! Welcome to book blogging! And thank you for making your way over here from my channel! That’s no problem if you have no recs for now hahaha – I’ll be sure to check out Eezekat.

      And I get that! YouTube is so great for watching exactly what you want when you want to, but I don’t think it could ever replace mainstream produced shows and movies. (Oh no… I know you don’t want to comment more, but was WandaVision bad 😬? I was thinking of watching it hahaha.)

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and best of luck with your blog πŸ™‚!

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      1. You should be sorry! I got VERY spooked! xD

        If you follow along in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I highly recommend you watching it. It’s not bad, it’s just one thing about one character that broke my heart, and I’m still processing it xD but I guess that just means that they’re doing good story writing? 😬

        You’re welcome, and thank you!

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  7. hiii! i just discovered your blog and it’s just super cool, i love the fonts and aesthetics! also omg wow you take such good pictures, my shaky hands could never. ahh also crash landing on you!!!! i’ve seen a few episodes, i really need to catch up with it, but it’s just super awesome from what i’ve heard πŸ˜€ also i love your YT channel so much, i binge-watched all the vlogs πŸ˜€

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    1. Hii!! Thank you so much!! Hahaha Crash Landing is so worth the hype – you should definitely finish it! And I’m sure you can take good pictures πŸ˜‚. My hands are really shaky too honestly hahaha. I really appreciate you checking out this blog and my channel πŸ₯Ί!!

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