February Wrap Up & March TBR (2020) // Rainy days might not be a favorite of mine after this week…

MONTHLY wrap up

2 out of 12, how are we doing so far?

Let’s not talk about global events on the news because the news cycle has been pretty dreary lately. Personally, February has been an okay month most of the time- except for THAT crazy period at the end of the month (will be explained below). But hey, at least I got more reading time and bonded with new friends!

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  1. CEMETERY BOYS by Aiden Thomas {eARC} 🌈 // ✰✰✰✰✰
  2. THE FRIEND SCHEME by Cale Dietrich {eARC} 🌈 // ✰✰✰.5
  3. THE DIE OF DEATH by Kenneth B. Anderson {eARC} // ✰✰✰✰.5
  4. THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US by Tricia Levenseller {eARC} // ✰✰✰✰.75 (I round it up to 5 but tbh there is a liiiiitle part of the story that I found unsatisfying)

February has been a great reading month; it’s definitely an improvement from January! My favorite read this month was CEMETERY BOYS, followed by THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US. THE DIE OF DEATH actually came pretty close, I highly recommend this series as it gives me that warm, familiar feeling like HP or PJO despite being set in literal hell πŸ˜‚ THE FRIEND SCHEME has potentials, but it just pales compared to other books I read this month.

All links will redirect you to the titles goodreads’ page.

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  1. THE DEEP by Alma Katsu {eARC} // The summary sounds deliciously creepy and I’m super excited to read this one! πŸ‘»
  2. THE WICKED KING by Holly Black // Been on my TBR since January, I promise I’ll read it this month!
  3. THE UNSPOKEN NAME by A.K. Larkwood {eARC} 🌈 // Heard nothing but amazing things about this one! Been a while since I read f/f romance, especially in fantasy.

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I pretty much fell into a routine in February. This means I woke up at 6 every weekdays, cook for lunch, go to lab, have lunch, go home, cook for dinner and breakfast the next day, watch/read, sleep. And while it feels nice to settle into a routine, I also started to feel bored already. I’m currently looking for things to spice up my day, like language classes, but they all start and finishes so late! So yeah, I’ve been looking up some seminars, gatherings, and even planning for some solo trips to explore the city!

Thesis has been going on full swing this month. I went to lab everyday and while I never felt 100% comfortable in any lab, I actually really enjoyed the work, the project, and the people. It feels really nice. And while I’ve encountered some small bumps along the way, the people in my lab are super helpful and always happy to help! It makes me really happy and make everything felt less stressful as I know I am supported by a lot of kindhearted and smart people.

And now for the end of the month craziness- Jakarta flood.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jakarta is very vulnerable to floods. And we have this kind of once-every-5-years terrible flood. Even during the previous governor’s term, we still had flood albeit with faster response from the government. This year’s was really bad though. Remember the January 1st flood that got me stuck in the traffic and got really scary because the water level was rising rapidly and was really high? Well it happened again this week, not once, but TWICE.

On Sunday, we had this really bad rain from 1 AM-4 AM. This usually is not a problem as we had heavy rain before, sometimes even during the day. But on Sunday morning, I woke up to a blackout and when I checked outside, the water was already around knee deep. Luckily it was a sunny day so the water level decreases throughout the day, albeit slowly. The problem was, we had no electricity which also meant no water, and there were around 20 people in the place I’m living in. So at night, me and a couple of my juniors decided to book a hotel room for the night to wait out the flood. It was still calf-to-ankle deep when we left (around 7 or 8 pm) and apparently the flood water started being pumped out around that time too 🀷 But anyways on Monday morning the flood was already gone and the electricity already turned back on, but we were advised to not return until later as the water level in the nearby river was still high.

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Sunday’s flood
Tuesday’s flood

We return on Monday evening and at night, it started to rain again. Lo and behold, we woke up at 7 AM to water level already reaching much higher than the flood on Sunday (around hips already) and as it was raining until noon, it kept rising until then. The water level was around adult stomach-high and it was a cloudy day. We ended up getting evacuated by the university’s boat to university as it was on a higher ground and it also had a backup power. A canteen owner who lived nearby also came and help provide lunch for everyone.

However, as I am unsure the canteen owner would stay the night, nor the power will last until the following day, I decided to go home. The problem was, the flood also affected access to highway- one of the tollgate was actually halfway submerged in the flood. So I had to ride a boat to the main road of the complex, walked through the flood to the main road, cross the crowded street, walk to a nearby apartment complex which has higher ground, and hail a car from there 🀦

I admit that it was a pretty crazy day on Tuesday because the flood was just bad. And yet I also got to experienced bonding and a lot of people’s kindness. For example, with all the electronics off, the student in my place all gather together, talked, and sing along. And since we shared a hotel room, we talked during the night. On Tuesday at 2 pm, when the canteen owner was going home, some teacher then decided to walk through the flood and bought some food to be cooked and distributed to students and locals evacuated to the campus. And throughout the day, some teachers and male students walk through the flood, pushing/rowing the boat to evacuate more students and locals.

Was it a stressful experience? Oh sure it was. But I’m also that I got the time to experience it as tbh, it was (kinda) fun with friends and we witnessed so many kindness from random strangers.

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How was February for you?

tasya


19 thoughts on “February Wrap Up & March TBR (2020) // Rainy days might not be a favorite of mine after this week…

  1. Your reading looks good!
    The flooding sounds a bit scary (at least for someone who has never experienced it..)!
    Hopefully march will be better!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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  2. Sweetie! Thank you SO much for highlighting my post! It makes me happy that you liked & OMG, super excited because you’re going to read The Wicked King and The Unspoken Name, both are INCREDIBLE readings, I hope you enjoy them and have an incredible March ❀️❀️
    I’m so sorry you’re going through the floods, I hope you and your loved ones are safe

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  3. Oh jeez, those floods sound stressful! They’re probably not what you were looking for at all when you wanted to spice up your daily routine 😬. It’s nice that you were able to bond with your community and friends through the experience though πŸ™‚. How long does the monsoon season usually last in Jakarta? I hope you have a safe and pleasant March, Tasya!

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    1. Hmm it usually last for half to 1 month, during the change of season from summer to rainy (and vice versa). However since the season change has been out of the order lately, so does the monsoon that’s why a lot of people were caught by surprise this year 😬

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  4. i’m so glad you loved cemetary boys!! it’s one of my most anticipated reads of the year and I’m so so ready to pick it up after it comes out! i’m also excited for the shadows between us because i heard that it’s a slytherin/slytherin romance and that sounds deliciously entertainingggg

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  5. Oh my goodness, I’m glad that you are safe and okay after the flooding. It’s good to hear that you have been enjoying your lab work though! I have heard a lot of praise for the Cemetery Boys so I’m glad that you liked that book as well. I’ve had it on my TBR for a while, and I’m hoping that maybe I can get to it over my spring break (coming very soon ahhh)! I hope you have a lovely March!

    claire @ clairefy

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  6. Oooooh, Cemetery Boys! Glad to see you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ I requested the book at my local library. Very excited to finally read it! I would love to read The Unspoken Name eventually. The flooding sounds scary but I’m relieved that you’re safe. I hope March turns out wonderfully for you!

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  7. I’m so glad to see that you enjoyed The Shadows Between Us because I have been seeing some pretty negative reviews and it was one of my most anticipated books of the year! I’m hoping it will be a hit for me as well.
    I hope you get to (and enjoy) The Wicked King this month too.
    I hope you find some activities to get into to cure your boredom – exploring the city sounds like a lot of fun!
    I am super glad that you are okay after that flooding – sounds hectic and scary!

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