To be honest, I’m not a fabulously huge fan of the graphic I made for this, so I’m still gonna be playing around with it. It’s probably gonna be changing every time I do this feature xD
Anyways, welcome to my first ever Page Dancer Weekly! I introduced it yesterday, with a post cheesily titled “Page Dancer Weekly: Prologue (New Feature!)”. In other words, it’s my own bimonthly wrap-up post that gives me an excuse to babble about everything that’s currently going on in my life. Expect these posts to be monstrously long because I’m pretty much jamming like five different posts into one.
This covers everything that happened between 7/18-8/1. As great as a monthly wrap-up is, I think I’d end up forgetting everything that I’d want to say. Weekly will be difficult to maintain with school starting up in 12 days so bimonthly works the best for me 🙂As your average Asian-American teen, I’m currently still on Summer Break. These last few weeks have been rather boring. I haven’t really done much except laze around at home, finishing summer homework, reading, blogging, and getting my “exercise” in the form of learning K-Pop dances and doing Blogilates videos (I started the Beginner’s Workout Calendar). It’s been pretty fun as I’ve learned three dances so far. For those interested, those would be AOA’s “Like a Cat“, Miss A’s “Only You“, and EXO’s “MAMA“. While I look pretty dang good doing the second dance, I learned that I can’t do sexy (which is what AOA’s dances usually are) and that I look like a complete potato trying to do EXO’s dance when I have zero experience in hip hop. I’m working towards it looking semi-decent though xD After those, I’m probably going to start learning Super Junior’s “Devil” and BTS’s “Boy in Luv” because the former is an easy break from EXO’s dance and the latter is a difficult dance that will definitely make me look dumb.
With that being said, last weekend, I went to go see the new Marvel movie, The Ant-Man with a friend, which was hilariously amazing. My standards for movies are usually quite high but when it comes to the world of superheroes, which I have literally no experience in, I can pretty much say that it satisfied me. The movie had Marvel’s trademark humor and action. It was hilarious and adorable. I WANT A PET JUMBO ANT NOW. I highly recommend it!
At home, along with lazing around, I’ve been doing a “challenge” of some sorts. Well it’s only a challenge for me. There’s currently something called the “no-poo movement” going on around the internet. It’s pretty much this idea that shampoos are “stripping the oils” from hair and forcing it to quickly become greasy. I’m not sure how much of that is complete BS but me, being the person that hates the scent of the shampoo in the shower (it makes me nauseous) and washing my hair in general (I don’t like waiting for it to dry), decided to try it. I can usually go anywhere from 3-6 days without my hair getting greasy but that was before I dyed it. While I was in China, I dyed my hair a lighter color and it completely messed up my hair habits. As in, I now had to wash it way more frequently. So now, I’m trying this experiment and while I hate the somewhat greasy scent of my hair, it’s not horrible. I can deal with it. I think I’m hitting about two weeks today, actually. Now I’m sorry for those that hate the appearance of greasy, nasty hair, but below are some pictures of how my hair looks.
I’d have more of the first week hair except I was extremely dumb and accidentally deleted the best angles and pictures. I didn’t press Cancel fast enough and they were erased -_- So instead of having nicer pics that would highlight the greasiness and changes, you guys get these awkward failed angles of the hair. I actually planned how I’d take the pics! So I’m pretty mad at myself because the comparisons are so bad.
Just know that week 1 look much nastier than week 2 did. Week 1 was very, very greasy. Now it’s more dull? It’s not as greasy but I don’t really like how it smells.
These results were achieved with the water-only method which I used because I’m notoriously lazy and because I think it’s rather unsafe for my hair if I use baking soda and vinegar on it all the time. They said something about how it doesn’t work with hard water (which is what I have in KY) but I don’t think I’m going to be continuing this experiment of mine for much longer so hopefully it won’t be a problem.
The last thing that I think is worth mentioning is that I went to my first author signing on Wednesday! Ernest Cline actually came to my town and did a signing. I was expecting a lot smaller turnout because I didn’t realize that he was so popular in my town. Then again, that’s also because the readers were all adults. I think I was the only person that was my age that was there. I also don’t get what’s so special about author signings now that I’ve been to one. I think it might be because I’m definitely not the biggest Cline fan. It made the two hour wait totally not worth it. What made it worse was the fact that I got my copy via Blogging for Books and not from our local Joseph Beth. As a result, I didn’t actually get a line ticket and had to wait until the very end to get my copy signed. I liked the experience but I can’t say that I would go to another signing unless I really really liked the author.
From here you can learn that I was so awkward. Like jeezus Kelly what is that smile??? He also proceeded to spell my last name wrong because the lady giving out the post-it notes made the e in my last name look like a u. It’s okay. I’ll just be Kelly Chun instead XD
I mean he did fix it though! I told him and he was so confused by how it could possibly look like an e. I’m with him though.
WHAT LOVELIES I’VE OBTAINED
- From the library
- From Half-Price Books
- From the publisher
Not all books I hauled are pictured!
BOOKS FINISHED FROM 7/18-8/1 AND THE TENTATIVE RATINGS
- The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (★★★★1/2) | LOVED THIS. I don’t think I’ll be doing individual reviews for this series but I might do a series overview. Not sure what I’m feeling yet.
- The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (★★★) | I didn’t really like the way the series ended. It felt as if Mara didn’t care at all? I dunno. Daniel, her brother, is my favorite character though.
- The Unbound by Victoria Schwab (★★★) | I’m a little disappointed by this. I love Schwab and her writing but this series just isn’t clicking with me. I liked the first book but this second one? I don’t know…. Review to come.
- Warm-up by V.E. Schwab (★★★★) | I liked this little prequel to Vicious! It’s pretty short and you can read it free online!
- Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita (★★) | VERY SAD. I’M SUPER SAD. I love a good sleepaway camp contemporary but this one was a little too much drama for me. I think it was cute but I was expecting more and it just didn’t live up to it.
- The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler (★★★★) | I read this because it was the featured full read on Pulseit! Loved it! I reviewed it but it’s not gonna be going up for a few weeks.
- Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood (★★★1/2) | Thanks to NOVL for this ARC. Review will be going up soon!
- Superman and the Legion of Superheroes by Geoff Jones (★★★★) | I don’t know how to review comic books but I liked it haha.
- Armada by Ernest Cline
- Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
- Another Day by David Levithan
- Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
I’ve been participating in a couple of book challenges. I’m doing the PopSugar challenge but I haven’t been keeping up with it so I probably won’t update that one until the next Page Dancer Weekly. I’ve also been doing the Bookish Bingo board hosted by Bekka at Pretty Deadly Blog and Story Sprites hosted by Great Imaginations.
So far, this is the progress I’ve made.
I was originally just going to keep track of it by using my Goodreads account but I quickly realized that I always forget to shelve books on there. So this is gonna be how I do it instead.
Speaking of Goodreads, my current progress on that is 97/100 books although I admit that it’s because I literally read 20 volumes of manga.
STUFF YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED ON THE BLOG
- 7/20: Monday | I reviewed The Geography of You and Me and explained why I didn’t like it that much.
- 7/21: Tuesday | I listed diverse books that I wanted to read and have read and would recommend.
- 7/24: Friday | I reviewed the finale of the Penryn and the End of Day’s series, End of Days, and talked about why I think it was a strong finale but not the best in the series.
- 7/26: Sunday | I reviewed my first Patrick Ness book, More Than This, which was really confusing but also very good.
- 7/28: Tuesday | I didn’t quite make it to ten but I listed some of my favorite book-loving characters.
- 7/31: Friday | I announced the start of my new wrap-up feature, the first of which you are reading now!
And that’s the end of my first Page Dancer Weekly! I kind of like writing these wrap ups even if they’re really long (this one is 1800+ words god). It’s like soothing y’know? I don’t know if I’m insane for liking these because they take a long time to put together but might end up with the least traffic. Let me know if there’s anything you think I could tweak with this feature!