ARC Review — Spellbound by Allie Therin

This review is so long overdue.

It took me 3 months to get myself to sit down and write this review. I’d read this book back in July, but then camp happened and I went [no thoughts head empty] for a few months. But it’s here now!

One overdue review down… several more to go. I made The Rookie Mistake and requested too many ARCs. I feel so guilty not reading and reviewing them, though, so this is my first attempt to tackle it 😔

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Book Haul #3 — October 2019

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ah shit here we go again meme

Yes, I bought more books.

In my defense, there was a book fair! Not like this is a valid excuse, because this post includes books I’d bought before said book fair. I’m the worst at not buying books, apparently.

Making haul posts and exposing myself is fun, so here we are! These are all the books I’ve purchased since my April haul, minus manga because I don’t remember how many volumes I’ve collected since.

Many of these books don’t have official editions in English, so I include their original titles to make it easier to search them in case you’re curious. The English titles for these books are either taken from Amazon or translated by me, so take them with a grain of salt.

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Monthly Wrap-up — September 2019 (feat. The Return of TBR)

me this time last year: I only read seven books this month I’m such a failure 😣
me now: am I?? a fucking joke???? to you???????

In other words, I didn’t really read books in September. I didn’t feel like picking up anything, so I didn’t. (It means I completely failed whatever reading challenge I decided to partake haha.) At the same time, my love for anime and manga returned at full force, and I spent most of my free time watching anime, reading manga, retweeting fanart, crying over 2D characters, and writing fic that will never see the light of day. (If you follow me on Twitter you probably know this already because I never! shut up!! I’m so sorry.)

I also don’t have a lot of free time anymore—school has started and second year of university is more demanding than I expected—and it’s something I still struggle to get used to. I decided to cope with my new busy schedule by… hyperfixating on 2D characters. Cool. I’ve returned to exactly where I was before starting this blog. Very cool.

I wasn’t very active on my blog either, so if I haven’t replied to your comments yet, I’m super sorry! I will catch up on comments as soon as possible 😭

ANYWAY. In terms of entertainment, September was a pretty good month. I didn’t know how frustrated I had been at not being able to find anything interesting until then. It felt like a fire had been rekindled inside me. What a relief, because otherwise September would have been another shitty month.

Also, I just realized that manga covers make amazing featured images 😳 (OR I’m just too deep in this hole to think straight anymore.)

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Blog Tour Review — Crier’s War by Nina Varela: A Solid Debut That Delivers Its Promises (feat. INTL Giveaway!)

Hello friends! It’s my stop for the Crier’s War Blog Tour today, and I’m so excited to share my full thoughts on my most anticipated release of 2019!

The tour is hosted by the lovely Karina @ Afire Pages, in partnership with HarperCollins International. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this amazing tour! 💖 (Also, since this is my first ever blog tour, my excitement is unbelievable right now! Yeeeeee!!)

Like the title has suggested, there’s an INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY going on at the moment! It ends on October 23, so don’t miss it! Read on to find the link to the giveaway ✨

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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!


  • 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—


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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