The Identity Crisis Book Tag

I have an identity crisis like every other week, so it’s only fitting that I do this tag.

I saw this tag on Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea and Amber @ The Literary Phoenix‘s blogs, and thought it was super fun. I also haven’t done any tags in awhile, so here I am!

This tag was created by Loretta @ The Laughing Listener!

Rules:

  • Take all the quizzes down below and record your answers somehow. I decided to just copy the text from each quiz and paste it into my post, but screenshots work too!
  • NO CHEATING. You get one shot to take each quiz my friends. I’m watching you. ∗Suspicious squinty eyes∗
  • Use this post to give credit to the creator or tag her on Twitter @LaughnListener so she can see everyone’s answers!
  • Tag some friends to spread the fun!

Before we get to my answers, I want to quickly say that I haven’t read many of these series. Keke Palmer’s “Sorry to this man” meme kept playing in my head the whole time because I really don’t know who the hell some of these characters are 😭

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5 Romance Tropes That I Adore // Exposing Myself as a Hopeless Romantic

Hello friends! I know I’ve been absent from the blogosphere lately. School has started and it’s sucking off all of my energy. Also, if you follow me on Twitter, you can see that I’m currently obsessed with Kimetsu no Yaiba (please watch it 🥺) and it’s all I care about. I’m even writing… something…. about these characters. My writings may never see the light of day, but it’s actually nice to write! Even if I have a mini breakdown every 200 words. It’s chill.

Anyway, I’d had the idea for this post stacked away in my draft since forever. I didn’t know what to include back then, so I kind of forgot about it until I read The Pursuit of… by Courtney Milan and fell in love. The novella features some romance tropes that make me go, “Yes, this is it. This is my shit.” So, yeah, here we are!

(This post is basically an excuse to talk about anime ships please bear with me here. Also there are a lot of question marks and emojis because I can’t word.)

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Monthly Wrap-up — July & August 2019

Apparently your blog post won’t write itself while you’re not looking, shocked and confused.

I’d written most of this post and wanted it to go up last week! But then I started Kimetsu no Yaiba and the new school year started and WordPress refused to let me do anything, so… here I am, posting my wrap-up a week late.

Well, better late than never!

ANYWAY. I didn’t read much in both July and August. Life got in the way, and even when it didn’t, I just didn’t feel like reading. I’m super behind on ARCs and readathon—one I joined knowing full well I might fail—so it kind of sucks. I have resorted to reading manga and ignoring everything else for now.

I also didn’t blog much?? But, if you haven’t noticed, I REVAMPED MY BLOG!!! Thanks to Kat’s super helpful blog design posts, ReadWithNgọc now has an entire new design! The color scheme is based on the avatar I made using ummmmandy‘s Picrew image maker. This is the most “me” my blog has been so far, so I hope it will stay like this for awhile.

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5 eBooks I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Physical Library

If you didn’t know, I mostly read ebooks. There are a lot of reasons why, but the biggest reason is: they’re cheaper than physical books. As an international reader, I can’t afford to buy physical copies of every book I want to read, because, well—

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The shipping cost is outrageous. BookDepository offers free shipping, but their books are also more expensive that sometimes it cancels out the benefit of free shipping. It’s a sad world we’re living in.

I don’t mind reading ebooks! In fact, I love them. Giving ebooks a chance is the best decision I’ve ever made for my reading. BUT, I love some books so much that I need to have a physical copy. I’m going to talk about them today!

Today’s post is my take on Top Ten Tuesday‘s Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library prompt. This feature is hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl!

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TBR — Readathon of the Soul

What is this? Is Ngọc writing another TBR even though they’ve hardly ever read anything from their previous lists?

Buuuut listen! This is a BTS-themed readathon! BTS are my ultimate K-Pop boys and they mean so so much to me. So when I saw the announcement of on Twitter, I just knew I would be joining. It’s calling for my soul and I literally can’t not do it. (Even when my brain very unhelpfully reminds me that I have 437 ARCs I need to read soon and school starts next month, haha! It’s okay, I’ll just include some ARCs in my TBR because I’m brilliant that way.)

Readathon of the Soul is organized by the lovely Noura @ The Perks of Being Noura. It runs from August 20 to September 20, and includes 7 prompts based on Map of the Soul : Persona‘s tracklist. You can check out the original tweet below for more information!

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I’m Back?!

If you’ve just realized the reason why your WordPress feed was so neat these past few weeks was because of the absent of my rambles, you still have time to unfollow this blog before I unleash even more nonsense onto you.

But if you’re staying, here’s a recap on where I was while this blog was on a hiatus and what I’ve been up to lately!

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5 Messy Characters That I Love

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Characters Freebie, which means I can talk about whatever I want as long as it deals with characters.

It took me a while to come up with a topic that I like. I’ve already had a post listing 20+ of my favorite characters, so that’s one idea gone. I had other ideas, but I couldn’t find all five (5) characters to include. It’s like I don’t even read.

Then I realized some of my favorite characters are… not very likable. Some are straight up infuriating and disliked by either the people from their universe or the readers. Or both.

So why don’t I talk about them?

I want to note that these characters are not endearingly flawed. They actually kind of suck. They have their reason, but it doesn’t excuse their behaviors and they’re still a whole damn mess and that’s why I love them.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl!

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Monthly Wrap-up — June 2019

I’m not exactly enthusiastic about this wrap-up.

June was… bad. My mental health plummeted and I felt so burned out. I should have expected this, because this is how June has always been to me. But I’d been so excited for this year’s Pride month that I thought maybe I would finally enjoy June for once. Oh well.

I didn’t read much, and there were no 4.5 or 5-star reads. This is the first month in 2019 that this has happened, which says something about June because I give out these ratings like flyers (especially to graphic novels and manga considering how easily pleased I am by them). I was seriously considering skipping June wrap-up altogether, but then I remembered I had 20 film entries in June. Twenty. I had sixteen (16) entries in the first five months combined. I discovered a new favorite director and several new favorite films, so I figured I should talk about them.

Good news, July has been treating much better! However, I’m going on a summer camp for 4 weeks soon, so I’m going to disappear from here for a hot minute. Consider this a mini-hiatus announcement, yeah?

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7 LGBT Movies I Watched for Pride Month 2019

Pride month is over, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to stop yelling about LGBT media!

Earlier in June, I posted a watchlist with 16 diverse LGBT movies I wanted to watch for Pride month. I ended up watching only 3 from the list, and 7 (plus 1 drama) in total. I could’ve done better, but it doesn’t have to be June to watch LGBT movies, so I’m okay with this.

I definitely need to watch more sapphic movies, though!

Notes:

  • 🌟 = full star
  • 💫 = half star
  • Reviews/Logs of these movies can be found on my Letterboxd!
  • Background photo used in my featured image is created by freepik.com
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Review — Predatory by Brooklyn Ray

Predatory is the fourth installment in the Port Lewis Witches series. It follows Donovan as he and his circlemates deal with the consequences of Liam’s action. This novella is set right after the event of Undertow, so this review will contain some spoilers for the previous novellas. There will be no spoilers from Predatory, though!

Predatory is one of my most anticipated releases in June, and it’s not just because I was dying for more Tyler content, thank you very much. What went down in Undertow got me so on edge. What do you mean Liam is a fae? What exactly does the Queen of Water want? I need answers! Donovan and Tyler’s relationship has a few of my favorite romance tropes as well. If there’s anything I like more than friends-to-lovers, it’s a person with commitment issues (Tyler) trying to be with the one and only person they care about (Donovan) without having to define the relationship. I’d read the first chapter on Brooklyn Ray’s Patreon several times, and it’s really good. Needless to say, my expectation for this release was very high.

And my expectation was met!

I loved Predatory! It’s not the best installment—Unbroken sets a pretty high bar for me—but it’s definitely my favorite novella from the series so far. It’s angsty, dramatic, and so so soft and emotional. I do have some mixed feelings about it, though. I will explain what I mean below.

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