My Half-Yearly Bookish Statistics

I’m honestly unsure of how time functions these days but I sure am glad to say that half of this shitty year has passed by. This calls for a celebration, you know whatever we can manage on Zoom.   Anyway… I’m not a huge maths or statistic fan but I love graphs and charts especially […]

JUNE MONTHLY WRAP UP

Hi everyone! I’ve been a very lazy person so this wrap-up post is kind of delayed but oh well. Better late than never! LOTS of stuff happened last month! June is Pride month, as you all know, hence one of my favorite months. It doesn’t hurt that I didn’t have to go to school for […]

May Monthly Wrap Up

I SWEAR ON BOOKS THIS MONTH JUST BEGAN It was just last week that I promised myself May is a new start and I’m going to post less but quality posts. But then time just flew by and wow it’s the 30th before I realise.   Whoops. It hasn’t gone past me that I’ve literally […]

April Wrap Up

April was crazy jam-packed with lots of interesting stuff. It was my birthday month so there were many new books, bookmarks, blog tours and Dewey’s 24hr Readathon! So let’s not waste any time and get straight to it!

I read a total of 7 books this month, which accounts for a humongous amount keeping in mind all the other things that had been going on. Here are some of my favourites!

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5/5

This was an amazing book and I was literally drunk on this one, I just couldn’t put it down! This is a must read for everyone, especially all the artists out there

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4/5

I’ve been drooling over this book ever since I read it! You can find my full review here

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5/5

I have no words for this book, it simply left me numb. Such a magical and powerful book, I finished it in mere hours and am already halfway through it’s sequel. This is one series that is definitely worth all the hype!

On my birthday I received some really gorgeous gifts including-

  • a journal that is so aesthetically pretty that it might blind your eyes woow
  • accompanied by cute bookmarks that seem to be telling me to stop reading like a lunatic but ahahahaha that’s never going to happen
  • THE CUTEST POCKET SIZED EDITION OF THE ALCHEMIST BY PAULO COEHLO WHICH IS NO BIGGER THAN MY HAND. DO YOU SEE THE KIND OF POWER I HAVE? I CAN CARRY IT EVERYWHERE
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins which I have a long history with but have basically never read. I will not let it out of my sight this time!
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie that my mom has repeatedly been telling me to read and now I finally own it!

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I also received a giveaway copy of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda movie tie in edition and eeep it looks gorgeous next to my original Simon version! Do I use ‘gorgeous’ too much? I can’t help it, it’s a gorgeous word.

The only downside of all this is the fact that I’m running out of space in my makeshift bookshelf which is basically two shelves in my study table. Even Hercules can’t fit one more book in there!

Looks like I need to find a new home for my babies…

Not to mention I am expecting an April book box from Booklings Crate anyday now which means even less shelf space.

But does that stop me from dreaming about getting my hands on the upcoming releases?

NOPE!

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Click on this picture to go check it out on Goodreads if you haven’t heard of it before because this is a MUST READ! I mean do you not see the title? Do you not see that this screams fangirl? It’s releasing on May 1st, which is technically today but hushh let’s pretend that I didn’t mess up with this post.

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Is there anybody who isn’t excited for this one? You sure are living under a rock if you don’t know about this beauty! Releasing May 22 which seems so far away 😥

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I’m screaming because I hadn’t realised this was releasing in May- SO CLOSE. 29 May, be on the look out!

Me: So many shiny books to look forward to!

My pocket: I’M EMPTY ALREADY

On to the topic of Dewey’s 24 hour readathon, I wasn’t able to get in as much reading as last time due to unexpected circumstances. I was really grumpy for a while because I had been waiting for this day since a long time but then I realized what really mattered were the fun interactions with all the participants and the fact that despite my hectic schedule, I carved out time for myself to read. And I got hooked onto A Court of Thorns and Roses series so it’s a win-win!

Also, some of you might also have noticed that I was posting much more vigorously this month as I had been trying out a new format. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been working out and has left me all the more stressed. I’ll be going back to one post per week with the occasional tags and reviews popping up whenever I feel like it.

I just don’t want blogging to become another chore or end up going on a hiatus, I love this book blogging community! Lately I haven’t found the time to go blog hopping at all and I have plenty of blog posts opened in google, waiting for me to get to them. Does Google have a limit on the number of tabs you can keep open? I might end up finding out this way…

So yeah, hopefully this will give me more time to visit more lovely blogs 😀

Emphasis on hopefully because school has been a struggle lately.

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That’s a wrap! How was this month for you guys? Super productive? Boring? Crazy fun? Tell me all about it! And what book release are you looking forward to the most for this month? Don’t forget to comment below 🙂

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, it’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!