Top 5 favourite (and recommended) Korean variety shows

Hello bookish friends! You already know I love books, movie and anime, but did you know I also enjoy Korean variety shows? Sorry to the Kdrama fans out there, but I don’t like dramas.😂

Without further ado, here is my top 5 list of Korean variety shows!

 

  1. Running Man


    I never really got into Running man until the show became immensely popular. Although my secondary school friends were buzzing about this show, at that point in time I didn’t feel that it was interesting or that I needed to watch it.

    When I finally got around to watching it though, this show really got me through a tough time. On those days that I hated life and didn’t feel like smiling at all, Running man would always come through for me and make my day very much brighter and within a few minutes into the show, I would be grinning from ear to ear at the cast’s hilarious antics.

  2. Infinity Challenge

    I got into this show a few years AFTER Running man, so I missed a lot of this show and it’s actually already ended.


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    holds another special place in my heart as the cast is equally lovable and funny at the same time. They go through impossible challenges and they grow with the show, which made it really meaningful to watch.

  3. Battle Trip
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    Watching Battle Trip is the next best thing to travelling to the actual location itself. Every episode, they have Korean celebrities to plan out itineraries to the country intended and the celebrities will take you with them as they explore the country, food and culture!

    Having a great wanderlust but being broke and having strict parents, watching Battle Trip is probably the only way I can get to see the world in the comfort of my own home.

  4. Hyori’s bed and breakfast
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    Hyori’s bed and breakfast is a more unique variety show, it follows the famous pop star, Hyori and her life living in Jeju Island. It’s slow paced and relaxing as they tackle the problems and fun that comes with running a bed and breakfast with their pets.

    I love that this variety show is really relaxing and it teaches you to take life one day at a time. It’s also pretty funny and emotional.

  5. The return of superman

    The return of superman is a variety show that gets celebrity Korean dads to take care of their children for 2 days while their mums can get some time away. (Just look at these cutie pies)

    I absolutely love this show and majority of the kids inside the show! Too bad a lot of my favourites have left already, but it’s nice to see the fathers interact with their children and we as an audience can see the children grow as well.

Top 5 book boyfriends

Hello bookish friends, today I have a list of my top 5 book boyfriends! I generally don’t feel really attached to the fictional boys in books, but here are the 5 that are the exception that still stay on my mind although I’m not reading the book. These 5 guys are so drool-worthy (No, I’m not drooling, it’s just raining in the room.)

 

1.Daemon Black (Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout)

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I fell in love with the Lux series after reading the first book (and binge read the entire series after that) and I really liked Daemon’s character. He has the whole older brother and alpha male vibe going on and is really protective over Katy. After the first book, I immediately fell in love with his character!

 

2.The Darkling (Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo)

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Image credit: The Darkling by ni-ru

I think out of a lot of characters in the Grishaverse, the Darkling is one of the more famous ones! And I loved his antagonistic character! I was so sad that he didn’t get his redemption arc, but I would definitely love to see more of him! His ‘evilness’ and possessiveness is somehow charismatic!

 

3.Aaron Warner (Shatter me series by Tahereh Mafi)

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Image credit: Aaron Warner by talentedweird

It’s been a while since I’ve finished this series, but I still remember how Aaron started off as an antagonist before becoming the love interest. I totally loved his mysterious yet possessive vibe.

 

4.Kalen (The vanishing spark of dusk by Sara Baysinger)

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Image credit: Entangled Teen

Kalen has to be the most recent addition to the book boyfriends list! I absolutely loved his kind and his willingness to fight for equality in Sara Baysinger’s novel, The vanishing spark of dusk! I immediately fell for him (Might I say even earlier than the protagonist?) ever since I noticed the lengths he would go for her, just to keep her safe.

 

5.Kai (The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer)

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Image credit: @lostie815 on deviantart

Okay, Kai probably was my first book boyfriend since Cinder was the first book that brought me back into reading. And I really liked that he and Cinder are so cute together!

 

Here are my top 5 book boyfriends, do we share any of them or do you have more? Let me know in the comments down below!

 

Top 5 reverse harem anime

Why have a real life boyfriend (#singlelife) when you can have fictional handsome guys instead?

Hello bookish friends! Today I have my top 5 reverse harem anime to share with you! If you do not know, reverse harem is a genre in anime that refers to a girl surrounded by a group of guys (at least 3 or more!).

 

1.Kamigami no asobi (I think it translates into ‘The Gods have come to play’ or something along those lines)

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Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Reverse harem, Shoujo, Supernatural

Yui, our protagonist is instructed by Zeus, the headmaster of the school, to teach the young Gods about love to prevent the weakening of the bonds between the mortal and divine world.

This reverse harem anime has familiar Gods such as Loki, Apollon, Anubis and much more! A reverse harem and surrounded by mythology? Sign me up!

 

2.Kamisama hajimemashita (I became a God)

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Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Supernatural, Romance, Shoujo

When Nanami is evicted out of her home due to her dad’s increasing debts, a kind man takes her in and she is forced to take over his duties as a Deity. With a ton of new responsibilities and a hot but annoying familiar, what’s a girl got to do?

This anime was really cute and if you see how the protagonists were related, it really warms the heart! With a swoon-worthy romance, Kamisama Hajimemashita will leave you wanting to to follow Nanami and Tomoe forever.

 

3.Akatsuki no yona (Yona: The girl standing in the blush of dawn)

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Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo

On Princess Yona’s sixteenth birthday, she intends to tell her father of her feels towards her childhood friend Soo-Woon, but everything changed when she witnessed Soo-Won killing her father. Due to this betrayal, Yona feels with her loyal servant Hak as they gather allies to stop the impending war.

This, hands down has to be one of my favourite anime of all time! We get to see Yona’s character arc as she grows from a weak princess into a kick-ass heroine! Also, all the characters are really lovely and this anime was really serious and yet very comedic!

 

4.Dance with devils

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Genres: Supernatural, Romance, Shoujo

Ritsuka is a second year high schooler and one day the balance of the world is disrupted when she meets devils.

This anime was really cute and they also have a movie for it! The romance was pretty good in this one!

 

5.Arcana Famiglia

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Genres: Action, reverse harem, romance, shoujo

On Regalo, a team of supernaturally powered mafia people take care of the people. They form contracts with tarot cards and each of them posses a different ability. Mondo, the leader announces his resignation and the team will fight to see who is worthy to take his place, but the winner will also win Felicità’s hand in marriage. Angered by her father’s words, Felicità decides to take part as well to battle for her freedom.

This anime combines tarot cards with a strong heroine, totally sign me up for it! I absolutely enjoyed this anime thoroughly but wished that there would be more romance.

Have you watched any of these anime? What are some of your favourite reverse harem anime or novels? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 3 anime that made me ugly cry

Hello bookish friends, today I will have to share with you the top 3 anime that made me ugly cry and bawl. So strap in, get comfy and grab a box of tissues, or maybe 3 boxes as you enjoy these anime!

 

1.Orange

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Genres: Drama, Romance, School, Sci-Fi, shoujo

When Naho receives a mysterious letter written by herself from 10 years in the future, she finds out that a new transfer student named Kakeru will join them. Naho from the future expresses her deepest regret through the letter and informs for Naho to watch out for Kakeru as in the future, Kakeru will no longer be with them.

This anime will tug at your heartstrings and also make you more aware to take care of the others around you. Inspiring and heartwarming, this anime will leave you hoping and searching for friends that would do the same for you.

 

2.Shigatsu wa Kimi no uso (Your lie in April)

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Genres: Drama, Music, Romance, School, Shounen

Prodigy pianist Kousei undergoes a downward spiral after his mother’s death and avoids the piano. When suddenly he meets the beautiful violinist, Kaori, who inspires him to play music again. The anime follows Kousei’s journey of healing and self discovery to find his sound once more.

For fans of music and romances, this anime is definitely for you! This anime will inspire you to continue to chase your dreams but seriously, prepare tissues!

 

3.Tsuki ga kirei (The moon is beautiful)

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Genres: Romance, School, Shoujo

Kotarou and Akane become seniors and are classmates for the first time, this anime talks about how them and their friends all mature and change as they move on with their lives.

This anime was really sweet and heartwarming and will surely tug at your heartstrings!

 

Have you watched any of these anime? Let me know in the comments below about any book/movie/TV show or anime that made you bawl!

Top 5 animes from my childhood

Hello bookish friends, today I have something different again! I’ll be sharing my top 5 anime that I’ve watched since my childhood and when I was introduced into the awesome world of anime.

 

1.Tokyo mew mew (Mew Mew Power)

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Genres: Romance, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Magic, Shoujo, Supernatural

When Ichigo gets zapped by a ray that infuses her DNA with the endangered Iriomote wildcat, she suddenly discovers that she has an increase in agility and with the help of four other girls, they attempt to save the Earth from the alien Deep Blue.

This anime was from so long ago, but it was definitely good! I absolutely loved the character Lettuce (yes, the characters are named after food).

 

2.Inuyasha (Inu Yasha)

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Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Magic, Shounen (targetted towards teenage boys), Romance

When Kagome is dragged into a well and wakes up in feudal Japan, she discovers that a powerful jewel resides within her. She must team up with a half demon, a perverted monk and a female demon slayer to prevent the jewel falling into the wrong hands.

This anime was a adventure packed ride and I absolutely loved Sango! I clearly remember that this was the first anime that I had watched and I stayed up WAY past my bedtime to enjoy episodes of this series! Until now it still has a special place in my heart.

 

3.Yumeiro patisserie (Dream coloured patisserie)

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Genres: Romance, Shoujo, School

Ichigo is a clumsy girl who enjoys desserts of all kinds. When she meets Henri, a patisserie who sees her talent, he advises her to transfer to the St. Marie Academy to become a patisserie and with the help of 3 other ‘sweet princes’ she embarks to become a great patisserie.

This was one of the first few reverse harem anime that I loved! I was definitely very hungry while watching this anime due to the amount of desserts, but the romance and storyline of this anime was really inspiring for the 15 year old me who was still chasing my dreams.

 

4.Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch

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Genres: Romance, Comedy, Adventure, Magic, Shoujo

Lucia, the mermaid princess of the North Pacific sea saves a boy and gives him her pearl. Lucia has to get her pearl back with the power of music and her friends, they save the mermaid kingdoms from evil forces.

This anime was like watching the Little Mermaid all over again, this definitely has a big space in my heart, and I LOVED the mysterious Rina. Combined with swoon-worthy romance and catchy songs, this anime is sure to win over your hearts.

 

5.Neo Angelique abyss

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Genres: Romance, Comedy, Fantasy, Shoujo

When the Thanatos attacks Angelique’s school, two purifiers; Rayne and Nyx show up to fight it. Angelique’s power awakens and she is the ‘Queen’s egg’, the only female purifier in their land of Arcadia.

I think this anime was the one that opened me up to the reverse harem world and I absolutely loved Rayne. The magical elements in this anime will leave you wanting to join their world as well!

 

Have you guys watched any of these anime? Let me know in the comments below and share with me your favourite anime/book/TV show or movie from your childhood!