February Wrap-Up || March TBR (2017)

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February was a month of huge — huge — life changes for me, none of which I really expected to happen this soon, and writing this post was thankfully cathartic for that very reason. Come to think of it, this post, actually, might also be the first time I got a biiiit more personal on this (rather public) blog, but hey! Let’s roll with it, shall we? 😉

Some of you, I think, knew that I had gone back home to Indonesia to celebrate Chinese New Year with my family at the end of January. What was supposed to be a fun, chill break turned into a superbly stressful few weeks — weeks that eventually culminated into my decision to move back to Indonesia for good.

I’ve sporadically mentioned it on this blog and perhaps to some of you guys, personally, that I have a somewhat difficult relationship with my parents. The biggest reason for this, mostly, is because they would very much like for me to be back in Indonesia, whereas for the past six to seven years I’ve kind of made a life for myself 5,000 kilometres away in Melbourne. It was as if my life was split into two halves, both equally important to me, and it became impossible to see a direction I could go while still making sure that I stayed true to myself and chose life as I wanted to.

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There’s a bit too much text so here’s a picture, just to illustrate the distance. I know, it’s actually not *that* far. 😂

For the longest time, I thought ‘choosing what I want’ meant staying away. I’d tell myself I’ll think about it soon, except that I kept putting it off and ‘soon’ never really came.  What I underestimated at the time, though, is how difficult it is for me to be away from my family. I come from a big family — I’ve got more than ten sets of uncles and aunts, more than forty cousins — and I’m literally the only one who’s ever thought about permanently moving overseas. I didn’t think that I minded it that much, but each time I’m back, I’m reminded of what I’ve sacrificed to live far from them. Even with what I’ve gained, I’m also reminded of what I’ve lost.

Choosing to move back to Indonesia meant the end of several things for me: my relationship, my job, life as I know it here… but it also meant the end of the limbo that I’ve been in for the past two years, not knowing when to return or even to return at all. It’s sad, of course — this is where I really grew up, after all, and I love this city to bits and pieces — but I also can’t deny that right now what’s more prevalent is relief as well as anticipation for what’s to come next.  🙏

Anyway! In the midst of all this chaos, reading and blogging have both taken a bit of a backseat to all the logistical, administrative stuff (i.e. packing, moving out), and I assume they will still take a backseat for the next couple of weeks or so. In about seven days I’ll be flying off to Indonesia for good, so here’s a glimpse into my mental state at the moment:

  • I’ve got a crazy number of shoes! 👠👡👢 I didn’t even realise how many pairs I’ve purchased over the years (think 30+) and how many I actually wear (i.e. 3-4 pairs). Apparently I have five pairs of black boots and three pairs of brown boots. I mean, what the hell did I need that many boots for?!
  • I’m going to miss my winter clothes so damn much. 🍂☃️ Jakarta’s hot all year round, and though I might be traveling to Russia/Eastern Europe mid-year, my boots and coats and scarves will always be my favourite fashion items.
  • I hope my books don’t get damaged in the transit. 📚 I’m still not sure how I’m going to bring everything back, but other than my clothes (har har), my books are some of my most prized possessions.
  • At least food is way, way cheaper in Jakarta. 🍲 Two-dollar meals, anyone?

Blog Posts

I actually didn’t post all that much in February, so here’s a list of some of my favourite posts:

Around the Blogosphere

Keeping in trend with my lack of posts, I also didn’t actually blog-hop all that much this month… but here’s some stuff from other bloggers that I think are worth reading:

Most Anticipated Reads

Very loose TBR because I’m still not sure what’s going to happen in March, but here are three books I’m looking forward to starting… eventually. 😂

One of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus

one-of-us-is-lying-karen-m-mcmanusOn Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

I have an ARC for this title and can’t wait to get into it! I like suspense/thrillers, especially in book form. 👌

Pretty Face – Lucy Parker

pretty-face-lucy-parkerIt’s not actress Lily Lamprey’s fault that she’s all curves and has the kind of voice that can fog up a camera lens. She wants to prove where her real talents lie—and that’s not on a casting couch, thank you. When she hears esteemed director Luc Savage is renovating a legendary West End theater for a lofty new production, she knows it could be her chance—if only Luc wasn’t so dictatorial, so bad-tempered and so incredibly sexy.

Luc Savage has respect, integrity and experience. He also has it bad for Lily. He’d be willing to dismiss it as a midlife crisis, but this exasperating, irresistible woman is actually a very talented actress. Unfortunately, their romance is not only raising questions about Lily’s suddenly rising career, it’s threatening Luc’s professional reputation. The course of true love never did run smooth. But if they’re not careful, it could bring down the curtain on both their careers…

I read Parker’s debut in January and absolutely loved how witty and smart her characters are! Reviews for this one have mostly been good, so I’ve faith this will be entertaining. 😇

Valentine – Jodi McAlister

valentine-jodi-mcalisterFour teenagers – all born on the same Valentine’s Day – begin to disappear. As the bodies mount up, Pearl Linford has to work out what in the supernatural hell is going on, before it happens to her.

Finn Blacklin is the boy with whom Pearl shares a birthday, the boy she has known all her life and disliked every second of it, the boy her subconscious has a totally annoying crush on. Finn is also the Valentine: a Seelie fairy changeling swapped for a human boy at birth. The Unseelie have come to kill the Valentine – except they don’t know who it is. And now both the Seelie and the Unseelie think Pearl is the Valentine, and if they find out she isn’t, she’ll disappear too.

I was sent an ARC for this book but never got around to reading it! I think it’s by an Australian author and is pretty underrated, so hopefully I’d like it so I could recommend it to you guys.


Thanks for reading, you guys! 💕 Now tell me:

  • How did your February go?
  • Have you had to move far away from home, and how did you deal with that? How did you deal with coming back? If you haven’t. how do you think you’d react?
  • What are you currently reading?
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88 thoughts on “February Wrap-Up || March TBR (2017)

  1. I can really relate to this- moving to U.S. was difficult for me as well. Like you, I have an insanely large family and innumerable cousins 😂 They can be insufferable at times but I miss them every day and I can understand the dilemma of deciding where to move permanently. It’s a hard decision to make and I’ll probably be in the same situation myself someday soon. Best of luck to you! Have a safe flight (both you and your books lol).

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    • I’m so glad I’m not the only one, but I’m sorry that you might be in the same situation! It’s just not at all a good place to be in, and I hope you’ll have an easier time making that decision than I did. ❤

      Thank you so much – I'm super worried that my books will all get bent out of shape. 😂

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  2. I feel for you! I myself moved across the pacific ocean feom Asia to the US. It is really a big change but somehow I managed to adjust in the long run. Good luck girl and I hope you got to keep all your shoes!

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  3. Oh wow! So me saying that I hope your march would be more “laid-back” was kind of an understatement 😂 that’s such a huge decision- I hope it works out for the best! I understand where you’re coming from, I also live 6 hours away from my family (granted it’s only by bus and not by plane) and it’s been really hard not seeing them. Hope you have a safe and non-stressful move! 💖

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  4. I missed the memo that you were moving home to Indonesia! From this post, it sounds like you are happy to move home? By my calculation, you have not left YET, so the only piece of advice I can give you is bubble wrap for your books. Good luck!

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    • It was very sudden for me too! Definitely didn’t expect to make this decision so soon, but that’s just how it happened, haha. I think for me it’s more of a mixed feelings type of thing rather than complete happiness, but while it’s not easy to go through, it does feel like the right decision at the moment so that’s what I’m hanging onto. Thank you! 💕

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  5. I practically live in my winter clothes year round with all the rain we get so I probably would melt under all that heat haha. In all seriousness I can definitely understand why blogging took a back seat with everything else going on.

    It must have been a huge choice to make and it’s weird cause I feel like i’m in this state of limbo right now. I live at home and I love my family to bits but living in such a rural area means that there’s not a lot of opportunities available career wise. I’ve also been feeling super restless as of late and have this desire to see more of the world. I’ve thought about applying for jobs abroad but I’m an over thinker and the entire process of moving to a new country is daunting, especially when you have no idea what you want to do. It doesn’t help that I know my dad would never accept the move because he worries so much and that would be additional stress on not just me but on the entire family and even if we do but heads I do ultimately want his support.

    Good luck with the move. I hope March is a bit calmer for you and that you settle back in alright. ❤

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    • It really was quite a difficult choice to make, and one that I’ve thought about SO. MANY. TIMES. over the past few years… but I think now I’m glad I’m no longer in that state of indecision and can actually put my all towards the choice that I’ve made.

      Anyway, I’m sorry to hear that your dad would worry – my parents are chronic worriers as well and their lack of support does, unfortunately, make it hard for me to “go forth my own way” (so to speak) when I know the choices I make affect them as well (even though it’s “my life” and all that). I’d actually recommend moving at least once, if you can and want to – there’s really nothing quite like it, and I learned and grew so much from the experience.

      Thanks, Lois, and thanks for sharing your story! I hope that one day you’ll figure it out and that when the time comes it’ll be an easy decision. 💕

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  6. I’ve always lived with my dad, even when I started college. It was more for financial reasons and because it made no sense to live in an expensive dorm when the commute from school and home was so close. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I am so proud of you for making that tough decision, Reg! Also, I’m also hoping that your books will make a safe trip to Indonesia.

    Compared to you, February wasn’t that special for me. I’m currently reading a bunch of books but one of them being A Conjuring of Light so thanks for including the book look post for that one. 😉

    Anyway, I’m always wishing you the best! Again, good luck with everything now that you’ve arrived. I’m super happy for you. 🙂

    Summer

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    • Tbh if I had gone to uni anywhere near my parents’ house, I’d definitely have lived with them as well – like you said, it just makes sense financially (and culturally, in my case).

      Thank you, Summer! It was quite a hard decision to make since now I have to start fresh, but I’m sure it’ll be OK in the end, and I don’t think I regret anything. And thanks, my books definitely did make the trip although I had to leave some overseas… 😅

      ACOL was amaaazing, I hope you like it! And thank you for the well wishes – I really appreciate it. 💗

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