March Monthly Wrap-up

It’s true when they say time flies because this month absolutely breezed by and before I knew it April has dawned. It’s time to wrap up with March and recap all that happened as well as let you know what all I’ve planned for April. I’ll also be giving you my life update and there’s a short surprise in the end, so stay tuned!

I read quite a few good books this month and while some stole my heart others left me rather disappointed. But we’re not here to talk about negative things! My top three books of this month were-

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5/5

I simply cannot stop gushing over this adorable book! You can read my review on it here.

 

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4/5

This was another beautiful book following a teenage Indian-Muslim’s life and touching upon deep topics like Islamophobia

 

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4/5

I finished this one only a couple of days ago and it simply left me reeling. Don’t hesitate to pick up this book at all!

 

Besides reading, I also ended up reformatting my blog’s outlook and making a Bookstagram account, that I’m currently struggling to keep up with. Instagram is a wonderful platform but as a person with zero photography skills it’s a constant struggle to maintain it. So please tell me how you feel about my blog’s new look and go check out my Bookstagram account here!

I had just wrapped up with my final exams in the first week of March so the rest of the weeks were a bliss as I allowed myself to curl up in a corner with my huge pile of books, but unfortunately it didn’t last long when I got some heartbreaking news. Love, Simon- the movie adaptation of my favorite book, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda- won’t be released in India until 1 JUNE.

ARE YOU KIDDING?!

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In the meantime I signed up for what seems like a million book tours and review arcs and even got accepted for some so you’re in for loads of reviews the coming month! Not to mention that for the first time an author contacted me through my blog for a book review, something that I felt super proud of! The last two months have been slow and frustrating in terms of stats but now it finally feels like my blog is picking up some speed.

In terms of other non-bookish stuff I finally decided to pick up my rusty guitar and go for some classes which are turning great, apart for the fact that my fingers might get mutilated in the process! And that also means I have less and less time on my hands and thanks to the amount of sleep I’m getting it won’t be long before I turn into a zombie…

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But, I have a lot to look forward for next month! Since April is my birthday month I finally got my sister to order me a book box from Booklings Crate which includes a copy of Children of Blood and Bone which I’ve been DYING to get my hands on!

Also, birthdays means tons of books!

I’m really looking forward to some of the book releases of April!

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AND SOMEHOW THEY ALL COME OUT ON APRIL 24

Wow, these books are really plotting my death!

So click on their pictures and go add them on your Goodreads list if you haven’t because I’m not going to die alone.

There’s a lot of good stuff coming up on my blog this April including a discussion on whether we should savor the good books or just gobble them up and a super exciting guest post about the myths of the blogging community. I can’t wait to see all your reactions!

And now we finally come to the surprise!

Dun dun dun….

If you follow me on twitter and/or instagram(which you totally should) then you might remember that I had recently posted a poll regarding the inclusion of some of my writings in my posts. I was swarmed by a huge positive response from everyone that left me giddy with happiness. So… I’m quite nervous about this but I’m going to include one of my poems in this post. This is slightly different from the stuff I usually write but constructive criticism is highly appreciated and welcome!

 

 

An Abundance of Canvas

~inspired by fat shaming & eating disorders~

 

Fingers brush across the smooth,

Soft and silky canvas pale,

In abundance, over time accrue,

Wide eyes and fixated stares entail.

 

Sharp, protruding nails grip,

Pulling and squeezing the drooping mass,

Staining it with pink chagrin,

Poking into the mounds to harass.

 

Standing in front of the glass,

Her eyes pour over every inch in disdain.

Hanging pouches like repulsive carcass,

Shaping her body, marking its reign.

 

Her hands clutch at it in despair,

Too much skin, present everywhere,

Peeking and bulging through all she wears,

Centre of all, mockery and shame to bear.

 

Inhale, itโ€™s gone, the fantasies persist,

Exhale, the ugly reality returns.

No denying the labels that exist,

She lets the unshed tears in her throat burn.

 

The metallic point runs its course,

Her canvas blossoms bright red.

It immerse the tears, a masterpiece emerges,

Spread over every inch, the canvas never ends.

And as the color flows through every pore,

She finally accepts her fate to dissipate.

 

 

I’m really questioning the choice of merging my light and fun filled blog with this dark poem so this might get deleted? I don’t really know.

And I’m actually participating in NaPoWriMo- National Poetry Month which begins next month, you can find more information on my Instagram stories and Twitter feed. Go check their official site out here!

 

With that we come to the end of this post! Let me know how your reading progress was this month and which all books you’re looking forward to this April? And what are your thoughts on the poem? Let me know in the comments below!

 

19 thoughts on “March Monthly Wrap-up

  1. I really liked reading The Kite Runner and Iโ€™m glad you enjoyed it too. And wow, I love your poem! I like dark poems and this one is definitely good.

    I get what you say about combining dark poems with your light blog. I write funny posts but my poems can be a little nihilistic. I just might start posting them on my tumblr account. If you donโ€™t want to combine the two, you can always think of a different medium. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. It’s great that you had a good month, also your blog looks really good and minimalist, I really like it! I haven’t heard of the Savior’s Champion before, so thank you!

    P/S: the link for the savior’s champion goes to the ash princess!

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    • Thank you Dania! I’ve heard of Saviour’s Champion because the author posts really helpful writing videos on her youtube channel, you should go check them out ๐Ÿ™‚

      Whoops, I had better check that out, thanks โค

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  3. The Kite Runner is a beautiful book ๐Ÿ’• My March has been alright and fun, reading-wise.

    It’s incredibly brave of you to post a personal poem! I think you should continue to do so ๐Ÿ˜Š advanced happy birthday ๐ŸŽ‚

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  4. !! All the books you read this month are on my TBR! I also love that you included your poem ๐Ÿ™‚ I know it’s not easy to put something personal because it involves being vulnerable, but your poem touches on such an important topic โค

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  5. I loved getting to read your poem!! And good luck with doing the NaPoWriMo!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I think it’s awesome when there are months devoted to writing and storytelling. ๐Ÿ˜ Also Upside is one of my favourites tooo I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and SO pumped for Leah!

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  6. Wow! That was such a beautiful poem! Also am I the last person on Earth who cannot write poems.
    Upside of Unrequited was such a cute book. I am planning on reading the Kite Runner ’cause everybody speaks of it.
    And I was supposed to start my guitar lessons today but I guess it got postponed but once it starts our hands would probably be twinning! (did anyone get what I just said?)

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    • Thank you! ๐Ÿ’— Don’t worry, I wasn’t so great earlier. Practice makes you perfect.
      Read it! You won’t regret it plus it will give you a good perspective.
      Oooh yaaay! Guitar twinsies ๐Ÿ˜

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