Self-Care Friday (Week 3)

This past week was the one after my birthday and it was all right. I finished a kdrama and a couple of books. Go me! I also ended up listening to some non-kpop music, which was a change. Some of it was Korean, but I did listen to a Mandopop singer from Taiwan. This weekend should be fun, too.

What I’ve been reading:

  • Read Harder:
    • Read a fantasy novel: Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Completed
    • Volumes 6, 7, and 8 of What Did You Eat Yesterday? by Fumi Yoshinaga
    • Blood Strikes (Kate Daniels series) by Ilona Andrews
  • Reading:
    • Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
    • The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (audio book)
    • Chapelwood: the Borden dispatches by Cherie Priest

What I’m watching:

I finished Squad 38, which I should write a review for. It was really good, much better than I expected it to be, actually.

  • Voice (Korean drama)
  • Kaitou Tantei Yamaneko (Japanese drama)
  • South Pacific (musical)
  • Get Out (movie)

What I’m listening to:

  • DEAN

A very good friend of mine, N, finally got me to listen to him, because he’s one of her favorite artists. I resisted, as I am wont to do, but eventually gave in and man, I’m glad I did. His music is really good. You can find it basically everywhere. Please give it a listen.

  • Jinsil (진길)
  • 孫盛希
  • K.A.R.D
  • B.I.G

Self-Care Friday (Week 1)

Since the election, and then especially since the inauguration, I’ve read a bunch of articles, tweets, and tumblr posts about the importance of self-care. As someone who tends to get obsessed with things (think: kpop, sports), the constant news cycle has really taken it’s toll. It turns out that I’m not the only person who is suffering from this — especially since every day it seems like some new horror has been thrown upon the United States.

If you google “self-care election” you find a slew of articles, including this Wired article, published 2 days after the election. They all discuss how important it is to take time to make sure we’re okay even as we worry about the US and all it’s (my/our) people. This is something that I’ve tried to do myself and it’s hard. So hard, in fact, that I’ve made use of one of my daily tasks on Habitica as a way to reminding myself to stop and take care of me.

I’m going to try to spend a few minutes, each Friday, talking about some of the stuff I’ve done, even if it’s just what I’m reading and what music I’ve been listening to. I hope this helps people remember that you can fight for what’s right but also try to enjoy life a little, too. You’re (I’m) no good to anyone if you’re (I’m) stuck in that low point. Don’t give up the panic and the fear and the protesting and donation of time and money. But take a moment or two to breathe.

Here’s what I’ve been doing this week.

I finished my first book for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge:

Read a travel memoir: The Places In Between by Rory Stewart

I finished a book outside of the challenge:

  • Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels series)

I’m reading these books:

  • The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (audio book)
  • A Midsummer’s Equation by Keigo Higashino (Detective Galileo)

What I’m watching:

  • Exiled (movie)
  • Voice (Korean drama)
  • Squad 38 (Korean drama)
  • Kaitou Tantei Yamaneko (Japanese drama)
  • I Am Not Your Negro (documentary)
  • John Wick Ch. 2 (film)

Music I’ve been listening to:

  • BTOB – New Men
  • Seventeen – Going Seventeen
  • CLC – Crystyle
  • Fiestar
  • Block B
  • Taemin

04/30: This week I’m …


  • Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP
  • Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire

Listening to:

  • Winner
  • Yoga Lin
  • Niel
  • B1A4
  • X-Files Files
  • Giant Bombcast


  • Hawaii Five-0
  • My Love From Another Star (completed)
  • Bridal Mask
  • Ex Machina
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

04/23: This week I’m …


  • Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP

Listening to:


  • My Love From Another Star
  • Midsomer Murders
  • Hawaii Five-0
  • NBA playoffs

04/16: This week I’m ….


  • Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP
  • Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier

Listening to:


  • Hawaii Five-0
  • Seonam Girls High School Investigators
  • Person of Interest

04/09: This week I’m ….


  • PrudencePrudence by Gail Carrier
  • Someone To Watch Over Me by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
  • Cataloging the World: Paul Otlet and the Birth of the Information Age by Alex Wright

Listening to:

  • Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett
  • Winner
  • Crucial Star
  • Idle Thumbs


  • Hawaii Five-0
  • Seonam Girls High School Investigators
  • Furious 7

I’m really enjoying Prudence, which is a spin off of Carriger’s Soulless series, a favorite of mine that mixes fantasy of manners, werewolves, vampires and romance to great effect. In the listening to section, Winner is a kpop group under YG and a new slightly(?) guilty pleasure of mine. Crucial Star is a Korean rapper who I’ve mentioned liking here before. And Idle Thumbs is a video game podcast that I adore.

As for those TV shows and the movie? Well … I’ll be reviewing all three of them at some point. I’m almost done with season three of Hawaii Five-0 and when I finish season four, I’ll talk about the whole show, which I am enjoying to an unreasonable degree. Seonam Girls is a fantastic Korean TV show that I just haven’t had time to finish. It’s 14 episodes and I believe I’m halfway through.

Check back next Thursday for more about what I’m currently reading, listening to and watching!