Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Album Unboxing #2: "Hola Hola" - K.A.R.D + Storytime

What is up, everybody! Today I'm SUPER EXCITED to bring you all another album unboxing! I'm really loving that I'm able to do this on my blog now though I'm still unsure if anyone finds this entertaining so just roll with me here. As I've said before in my last album unboxing post, these won't be happening too often since it takes a while for albums overseas to get to my little Hobbit hole and this blog will remain bookish in all aspects. 

HOWEVER, I do have other interests besides books (*GASP* SHOCKING) and I really want to incorporate those interests into this blog and create more of a variety of topics. My blog is very special to me and I want to entertain people with my ramblings and whatnot, not just stick to one thing and one thing only. I'll be writing up a future post about why I've decided to make changes to my blog, what those changes are and topics I want to bring to The Bookworm Central so stay tuned for that if you want to know more.

Without further ado, let's get into the album unboxing! Plus, I have a cute little story that went along with obtaining this album . . . Read on.


First of all, CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT ALL THE PRETTY??? Like seriously, I was in awe when I pulled this album out of the packaging and saw all the beautiful holographic colors depending on how the light shone on the cover. Not only that, but it's whoa shiny.

I found it oddly satisfying it was to just hold the album in my hands. It's basically a book so I think you all know that feeling of holding a book that's the perfect size, weight, thickness, feel, etc. It's satisfying, right?

Okay now that I'm done being weird (FOR NOW) let me actually show you guys what all came with the album as it came with a decent amount of things. Not as much as my last album that I unboxed, but still, a good number and nothing that overwhelmed me. I like it when books or albums come with lots of stuff like postcards, bookmarks, stickers and so on but sometimes it makes my brain freak out like it's saying "WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL THE THINGS?"

Not only is it really holographic on the cover, but also on the back which only made me that much happier about it. I was really proud of myself when I took these pictures because the lighting was perfect and caught the colors so well and showed up way better on camera than colors usually do. 

As you can hopefully tell by the sunglasses in the corner, the album is a decent size which is great since a couple of albums I have are pretty big, almost bigger than a vinyl record even if you can imagine.

Anyhoo I'll stop talking already about how pretty the album is and move onto everything that came with the album itself so let's keep going.

First are the photo cards I received. In total, there were five, four of which are double sided and one having a playing card design which is pretty neat in my opinion. I usually keep these photo cards I have in the little plastic sleeves they usually come in in order to protect them from dust, dirt, etc. If anyone has any ideas on what I can do with these photo cards instead of just adding to the already big pile of them that I have, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I've thought about using them as just mini bookmarks but I would love any other ideas! 

Then, of course, is the album itself which has this really pretty tropical detailing on it which actually goes along quite well with the title of the album. One thing that I really love about this group's music is that it has a bit of a Latin Pop feel to it. I pretty much listen to only Kpop, Latin Pop, and maybe a little bit of country these days. Maybe it's just the changing of the season but I'm in a serious mood for just those three genres right now and nothing else.

And finally, the big kahuna (I just LOVE that word) which is the poster. And as usual, the poster was freaking HUGE. I almost couldn't fit it into the frame as I laid it on my table in front of the window in order to get good lighting but ended up having to move it to the floor just to get the whole thing in the frame. 

I expressed how weird I feel about posters many times before and I really want to get over that weirdness since I feel bad about having almost ten posters of my favorite artists just sitting in a box. I've thought about maybe hosting a giveaway for the posters instead so that other fans of the artists can put the posters to good use and give them a home on their bedroom walls but I'm not quite sure if I want to part with them.

It's a strange relationship. Anyhoo, I included the album for size comparison and I think this is one of the biggest posters I own now. 

Now that the unboxing is completed, there was a funny little event that took place while trying to get this album. When I first ordered it, it came quicker than I expected. It only took about nine days for it to ship to my house which was awesome and I was excited to open it as soon as possible. However, while the shipping status said it had been delivered successfully, it never showed up. A couple of days later, I got an email saying I needed to reschedule a redelivery as the first attempt failed. I rescheduled it no problem and the next day, I got another email saying my package was delivered.

Once again, happiness filled my heart and the excitement returned. Also once again, the packaged was nowhere to be found. About five days went by and with the package still not having turned up and checking the post office to see if they had it (they didn't 😔) I decided to request a refund. I ALWAYS feel bad having to do that since it's not the seller's fault for a package getting lost in the mail. The seller was so great though and gave me a refund THE SAME DAY I requested one and I gave them a great review in return on Amazon. 

I still wanted the album of course and decided to order the album from a different seller. It was going to take a little longer for it to get here but I didn't mind waiting two weeks, it'd be worth it. Surprisingly, the album came a week later, I opened it, took pictures (the ones above) and all was well in my little world 😁. THEN, a second package came a week after that and this happened:


At this point, I didn't know what to do. I thought about maybe somehow returning the first album to the seller since they were awesome and gave me a refund and everything but I didn't know how to do that. Then I thought about giving the album away to someone . . . then I remembered I'm the only one I know who listens to Kpop . . . THEN I thought it'd be fun to maybe host a giveaway for the second album. I still haven't decided quite yet so I'd love to know if any of you out there would be interested in the giveaway. 

I went ahead and carefully opened the photo cards to see if there was a difference and there was.

The first set of photo cards is bigger than the first ones I got, as well as one of them had a different image of the group on either side. Other than that, the album is the same and also comes with a poster. Yay.

So that's officially it for this album unboxing. I don't know when the next one will be, maybe some time at the end of this month (?) so if you actually liked this unboxing, stay tuned for more in the future.

Lastly, I'm excited about some new posts I have coming up within the next few weeks as they're ones I've been wanting to write but was too afraid to post since it wasn't as "bookish" as my other posts. I really hope you guys look forward to some new topics coming your way and I want to thank you from the bottom of my coffee-loving heart for reading. Until next time, my lovely readers.

Read on, bookworms! See you in the next chapter!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

August Book Haul & Wrap-Up!

Hello, everybody! I hope you all had an awesome August. This month has been crazy busy for me personally but I somehow managed to post here more than ONCE this month! GET OUT THE CONFETTI CANNONS!! Anyhoo, I'm hard at work today putting together a few blog posts for this little blog of mine and for Of Wonderland which I co-blog at so hopefully everything goes smoothly and I'm able to schedule a handful of posts for both sites so wish me luck!

This month I was able to limit my book buying which I'm very happy about as I barely read anything this month, hence why my wrap up is very very tiny and even though I did much worse on my music buying (a lot of things came out in August OKAY!!) I'm still happy with the amount that I've obtained. 

As a side note before I get this wrap-up and book haul started, I do have a few posts from this month that I would like to refer you guys to in case you're interested in seeing my previous endeavors so here you go! Let's hope my posts become more regualar WITHOUT a week or two seperating each, am I right?

Now onto the book haul and wrap-up. Enjoy! Stay tuned for another album unboxing post coming within the next few days. Read on, bookworms!




The Cabin by Natasha Preston - Thrift Store - $0.25
Side Effects by Jen Calonita - Dollar Tree - $1

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Avalanche by FLETCHER - Google Play - $1.29
Whatta Man by I.O.I - Google Play - $1.29
Planez by Katelyn Tarver - Google Play - $1.29
Running Guns by Alyssa Reid - Google Play - $0.99
Reggaeton Lento (Bailemos) by CNCO - Google Play - $1.29
Hey DJ by CNCO ft. Yandel - Google Play - $0.99


Verse #2 by JJ Project - Amazon - $24.99
The Most Beautiful Moments In Life Pt. 2 by BTS - Amazon - $22.99
Mansion by NF - Mardel - $5
Therapy Session by NF - Mardel - $5
Primera Cita by CNCO - Amazon - $8.99
Hola Hola by K.A.R.D - Amazon - $27.50


QOTD: What was your favorite read of the month?

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Dollar Store Book Haul!

Hello, everybody! I hope you're all having a fantastic weekend so far. Mine has been rather sleep-deprived but whatever, that's why naps were invented. Anyhoo, I recently did a little book shopping in a bit of an unconventional store: The Dollar Store.

I've discovered that every now and then, the Dollar Store can be the greatest bookstore, other times, not so much. Most recently, however, I was able to find some pretty good books for an awesome price obviously, especially since some of the books I found were ones I've been wanting to read for forever. I actually even went back a second time to pick up a couple of other books I thought about buying on my first visit but decided not to for some odd reason. 

Anyhoo, enjoy my dollar store book haul!

So one of the first books I grabbed was The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise. I remember wanting to read this book a few years ago but when I stumbled upon it at the dollar store, I was reminded of it. I had no idea what it was about anymore but after reading the synopsis of the book, I actually still really wanted to read it as it sounded like it might be super funny and cute. No idea when I'll pick it up but I'm hoping it'll be soon.
The second book I picked up is one that I've been searching for for almost A YEAR but I could not for the life of me remember what it was called or who it was by. It was frustrating only remembering what the cover looked like and what it was about. Side Effects is about a girl with depression who starts having "musical hallucinations" as a side effect of a new medication she's been prescribed. Some moments of her life she imagines as music videos or Broadway productions. You have no idea how happy I was when I FINALLY found this one!
The next two I picked up were a little random but I'd seen them before at other bookstores and I did want to read them, though I never actually bought them. Obviously, when I saw them at the dollar store, I couldn't pass up the deal. Love and Leftovers sounded like it could be a deeper kind of contemporary while Don't Call Me Baby sounded like it could be pretty funny and awkward. I'm excited to read both of them, especially since Love and Leftovers is written in verse.
And lastly, I was able to find Afterworlds which I was SO HYPED about! I've been wanting to read this book ever since it was released but never got around to buying a copy of the book. I kept putting off buying the book after seeing it all the time in bookstores, waiting until I had "time" to read it. Then I released I never have time for reading but I somehow read every day. So, I bought it.

I also went back a couple of days later to grab two more copies of Afterworlds and Side Effects for my two best friends since one of my friends loves ANYTHING about Broadway and my other friend and I pretty much like the same sci-fi/fantasy novels and after telling them about the books, they both wanted to read one or the other. It's pretty awesome having bookish friends.

So that's about it for my little book haul! I love finding books and other things for a great price and I love a good deal. I really hope you all enjoyed this post and please stay tuned (IF YOU'RE INTERESTED) as I have a new album unboxing coming up within the next few days as well as my monthly book haul. Read on, bookworms! See you in the next chapter!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Album Unboxing #1: "Verse #2" - JJProject

Hello, everybody! I'm super excited to introduce a new "segment" to this little blog of mine that I'm personally hoping some of you enjoy: album unboxings. I love music and am very passionate about it. I love pretty much every genre of music, in any language, any artist, I just LOVE music so much! My phone has become more of a glorified MP3 player since I now have so many songs in my library, it's not even funny. 

I also love buying albums and vinyls and have found that some of them are incredibly fun to open, particularly Kpop albums. Yes, I'm still in the deep dark abyss of Kpop and am NOWHERE NEAR climbing out of it. At this point, I'm simply in too deep. Anyhoo, I often wish that more albums of different genres were as fun to open as Kpop albums since they come with much more than just the album itself. I've seen a handful of American albums come in special packages that came with merch such as shirts, postcards, stickers, etc. but not that many. For now, I'll be doing mostly Kpop album unboxings until I can find other albums that I personally think will be fun to open on this blog. I hope you all enjoy so let's get on with the fun!


If you're still here and actually interested in this album unboxing, I THANK YOU.

WARNING: Excessive fangirl may be ahead.

Anyhoo, I actually pre-ordered this lovely little album a few weeks ago, (before the album cover, song list, or any preview had been released #dedicated) and I'm so HAPPY with what I received! Apparently, there are two versions of this album, the "Tomorrow" version which is what I received and the "Today" version. Funny story is that I actually thought this was a different album I ordered so I was super extra surprised to have pulled this one out of the package. The album also came with a lot more stuff included than what I was expected and compared to other albums I've ordered in the past, it was like Christmas.

There were a couple of little fold out bits on either side of the album (which confused me for a second because like fifteen things fell out of those little fold outs) and I was shook. Anyhoo, it also came with a little photo card thing of one of the members and in the back was the actual album itself. I'm a 90's kid so having CDs out the wazoo makes me happier than a kid in a candy store. Literally not kidding.
So those fifteen things that fell out upon opening the album up and flipping through the booklet, I received a set of mini-photo cards (two packs actually but I accidentally deleted a picture of the other two) and a couple of them were double sided. I literally have a two-inch stack of these photo cards I've received from other albums in the past because I HAVE NO IDEA what to do with them. I've thought about using them as bookmarks but would that be weird? I'm all about shouting your fangirlism from the rooftops but when it comes to bands, I'm very hesitant. I don't want people thinking I'm some crazy fangirl (even though I AM  . . .) When I fangirl over books, music, etc. I go HARD.
The next thing the album came with was this really cool Photo Essay thing which is a booklet full of photography from the set of the music video for the album's single "Tomorrow, Today" which I thought was really neat since I've never received anything like that before. The photography was so beautiful and I especially loved all the scenic pictures of the country side and the nature.

There were also little captions to all the pictures (which I have no idea what they say since I don't know Korean) BUT the pictures are pretty so I'm satisfied. For now. Until it drives me crazy not knowing what the heck the captions say but thank goodness for Google Translate, right?
Last but not least, THE POSTER. I actually got two posters this time round which made me pretty darn happy. The first one is freaking HUGE as you can see as I used the photo essay booklet for size comparison.

I have a few other posters from other albums just stored safely away in a decorative box since I'm actually not a fan of hanging posters on my wall. It makes me feel a little like a creeper having people's pictures up on my wall, is that weird? I know plenty of people who hang posters up with no shame and I seriously ENVY THEM. I barely have two mini-posters hanging on my wall and one of them is only the silhouettes of the band members whereas the other has the band members facing AWAY from the camera and you can't see their faces. Am I the only one with this issue? Yes? Okay then . . .

And the last poster is much much smaller than the last though still a decent size, a little bigger than a sheet of printer-size paper. It's actually my personal favorite poster I own and I left this one tucked into the album booklet to keep safe.

Though I did take a picture of this one on my phone, just for, you know, no reason . . .

So I hope I entertained at least ONE PERSON with this little album unboxing. I hope to do more in the future but don't worry, these won't happen often as it does take a while for albums like these to make it all the way to my little house. But there will be more, so please enjoy and stay tuned! I love all genres of music and I would LOVE to know what YOUR favorite genres are. If you feel like doing so, please let me know in the comments and maybe recommend some albums to me? I would SERIOUSLY LOVE that! Okay, see you guys in the next chapter!