Monthly Wrap-Up | October 2021

Would you look at that? Another month that flew by. And now we are into the month that I was dreading the most all year. Well, not all year, since July, because next month are my board exams (Boards are like the super important exams in India, and they are held for Grade 10 and 12, annually. However, this year, they are going to be held twice- once for first term and once for second term, thanks to COVID. The pandemic wasn’t enough, we needed to have two sets of exam as well. Boo.) , and I am pretty sure I am gonna fail. At least by my standards. I am literally not prepared for Chemistry at all. I am so freaking scared. And you’ll be like don’t worry you have a month. I am like, THERE’S JUST A MONTH, SHI-

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Me 24×7 these days

Talking about October, it was a pretty hectic month, and all I did was freak out and study for my exams. Buuut, one super exciting, happy, but sad thing that happened this month was Navratri! Navratri is this 9 day Indian festival in which we pray to Goddess Durga, but the best thing of all is…. We get to do Garba! Garba is a Gujarati dance form, and I simply love doing it! Normally out of the 9 days, I get to go for at least 4-5, but this year because of Boards, I got to go only once :(. And that was probably the last time I got to garba with all my friends, since next year all of us will probably be in different countries. So, all of us did a lot of garba, and clicked a lot of pictures, and had a lot of fun! I, for one, danced for two hours straight! It was so so so fun, and this is the thing I’ll probably miss the most when I go to college next year. Let’s hope there’s garba in whichever college I go, albeit it won’t be the same as school. But you take what you get. *Wipes tears* I also danced in my society, but it wasn’t with my friends, and it wasn’t as fun either.

Okay, enough about garba and navratri, there’s another pretty exciting thing that happened- I got my first ever book tour! And just one day after that, I got two more! And then a couple more a few days later! I am so freaking excited!!!! You’ll hear more about that later.

Except that I had my science practicals, and I got a glimpse of how the first 15 days of December are gonna be- I literally couldn’t sleep that night, I was so anxious. And it wasn’t as though I hadn’t prepared!

Enough about everything, let’s just get to the thing I love most these days- Blogging (tied with reading perhaps)

Blogging wise, it was a pretty good month. I blogged A LOT. And well, Human Book Club has been a huge success, and honestly thank you for trusting me, all of you. It’s honestly means so much to me, that you trust me enough to literally bare your soul in those little things. Just, thank you.

Book Reviews:

I read nine books this month, which isn’t so good, but isn’t so bad either, as compared to how the last few months have been *flashback to reading slump* *shudders*. But, to be honest, the books I read were extremely good, except a couple, so well, yeah I am happy!

I also tried reading multiple books at once! As you may or may not know I got a bunch of paperbacks in a haul, recently. So, i have been reading one of them, and one ebook. And what’s more, on the insistence of a good friend, I even tried an audiobook! So, currently, I’ve been reading like three books at once, and while it may or may not be a big deal for some people, for me this is productivity MAX. Oh, and I totally haven’t ignored the fact that I should be reading less, now that my exams are coming, I am completely aware that my exams are approaching, and I am totally not in blissful oblivion.

I reviewed a few of them, and the others were for book tours (MY FIRST EVER. Brain- You mentioned that. Me- Shut up.), and that post will be out soon, so you’ll have to wait for that! I may have also gotten over excited and signed up for a bunch of tours, so, erm, bear with all the book tour posts.

  1. Loveless by Alice Oseman
  2. If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberly and Austin Siegemeund Broka
  3. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  4. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Agatha Christie
  5. Get You the Moon by Hasnita Singh
  6. Sway with Me by Syed M. Masood.
  7. The Year I Stopped Trying by Katie Heaney
  8. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (A literal ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ read!)
  9. The Art of Running Away by Sabrina Kleckner

Movie Reviews:

I didn’t watch or review any movie this month, because as I mentioned, it was pretty hectic.

Song Reviews:

I reviewed just the one song this month- Love Back. My playlist for this month included songs like Mikrokosmos, My Universe, Let Somebody Go, Golden and Falling by Harry Styles, Never Not by Lauv, Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato, Stay by Justin Bieber and Kid LAROI among others.

Book Tags and Awards:

  1. The Consistent Blogger Award
  2. Tudor Queens Book Tag
  3. The Cookie Lover Award

Discussion Posts:

I did just the one discussion post this month, but it’s one of my favourites: Things Bookworms Are Tired of Hearing

Blogger Interviews and Guest Posts:

  1. Blogger Interview with Hasini
  2. Guest Post with Saumya
  3. Blogger Interview with Dhriti
  4. Blogger Interview with Diamond
  5. Blogger Interview with Naemi
  6. Blogger Interview with Rayna
  7. Blogger Interview with Pannaga
  8. Blogger Interview with Esha
  9. Blogger Interview with Sep
  10. Blogger Interview with Kori

HUMAN BOOK CLUB

So, this month, I introduced a new feature on the blog. It’s my most favourite feature of my blog, and I would love it if you could check the introduction post here. You can contribute to this feature by sharing an anecdote, trait or problem you have, here. You identity will of course be anonymous. Here are this month’s posts for this:

  1. Why Can’t I Empathize?
  2. I am queer, so I live my life in fear
  3. Insecurities
  4. Weight Issues

Other bookish stuff

I reacted to a few bookish memes this month. Check the post out here!

I also did a bookish quiz which told me which classic romcom moment I was.

I discussed books on my TBR and books I bought recently!

Other random stuff

WE HIT 800 FOLLOWERS PEOPLE!

Poetry I wrote this month

Check the poems I wrote this month here.

Posts I enjoyed around the blogosphere:

  1. Phoenix @Books With Wings did a post on 5 reasons she’s grateful for blogging, and I honestly agree with all her points!
  2. Nihaarika @Clouded Galaxy Reads did a post on book recommendations based on her name, and she included some very amazing books!
  3. Poorwa @Poorwa’s Blog did a post on things in life that make her happy to spread awareness of Mental Health Awareness Week.
  4. Jess @Jessticulates did a really really awesome post where she listed ten Taylor Swift songs she envisioned as books. I simply loved this post, and it was A-MA-ZING. Also, it’s technically a post from September but I couldn’t not mention it!
  5. Sophie @Me & Ink did a post wherein she listed her romance TBR and categorized the books as per their respective tropes. All romance lovers, head to this post to add more books to your TBR!
  6. Rachel @The Bookworm’s Paradise did a post on how reviewing books has changed her reading pattern and shares a look into her reviewing process. I enjoyed the post and found it relatable!
  7. Naemi @A Book Owl’s Corner wrote a bunch of amazing haikus to announce her hiatus– I just thought it was an amazing way to announce hiatus, so well I am sharing the post!
  8. April @Booked Till Midnight did a post on Books as Weird Things she’s been told in drive thrus and it was simply hilarious!

Blogs I discovered this month:

Since most of my posts this month were scheduled in September, I ended up blog hopping a lot this month! So, I ended up discovering many new blogs as well!

  1. Journey Into Books
  2. By: Pranjali Jain (She posts sporadically, but her content is amazing!!)
  3. Elf’s Shelf
  4. Alli the Book Giraffe
  5. Diary of a Dreamer
  6. Genie in a Novel
  7. Sorry, I’m Booked
  8. Kay’s Book Nook
  9. dinipandareads
  10. Confessions of a YA Reader

Aaah, I can’t believe we are moving on to November already! I am super excited for Diwali- the Indian festival of lights, though!

And that’s it for this month! Most of my posts for this month were scheduled, and that’s gonna apply for November and some part of December as well, so I might not be able to reply comments quickly or blog hop in these two months 😦 Sorry for that. I hope you have a great November and let me know how your October was in the comments!

P.S.-1 Although, or perhaps since I scheduled posts for November, there are a bit too many- there are literally days when I have had to schedule two posts, so well, bear with me, they aren’t all bad. And besides, there are posts I literally have to do- blog tours, Human Book Club posts, blogger interviews, and of course, it cannot be a book blog if I do not post some bookish posts. Phew, November’s a full month, blogging wise!

P.S.-2 Well, kudos to you if you’ve read the entire wrap-up, I mean, I have rambled a lot. A LOT.

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  1. Wow you have so much excitement in your life. 😁 As far as your exams go, try and not worry to hard. You said you have been studying so it sounds like you are doing what you need to to pass. So take a deep breath and try to be easier on yourself. Oh and a book tour? Wow now that sure is something to be proud of. 😁

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  2. WHAAAT YOU’RE IN GRADE 12??? You know our batch was lucky enough to have our exams canceled coz of covid? 😉
    All thr very very best for your boards! I hope you pass them with flying colours. I’m sure you’ll do just great. Good luck!
    Wow, it was really nice to know about the tradition of Garba. I’m always interested to know how Navratri is celebrated in different states. It’s wildly different everywhere. Thanks a lot for the mention! I’m glad I found you too.
    Again; all thr best for your boards!

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    1. Yes sadly I am, and I am so envious of that fact! I didn’t know you were just an year older me!
      Ah, well, I don’t know, but thanks all the same!
      Yes, the entire festival and the different ways it’s celebrated just sound amazing!
      Thanks again Sam!

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  3. I can understand the pressure of boards very well. Good to know that you had fun in navratri, I’ve never done garba but it seems so much fun. All the best for your exams.
    And yes, thanks for mentioning my post! Glad you liked it!

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  4. Ahhh, good luck on your boards!!! I seriously envy you for actually scheduling posts for the entire month! I write posts literally one minute before publishing them and I need to schedule some but I am lazy what can I say? 😅

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  5. Good luck with your boards! I’m sure you’ll do great, even in chemistry! And Garba sounds so fun! I always love when you teach us clueless Europeans more about Indian traditions in your posts 😁
    Also, I’m glad you liked the (albeit awful) haikus 😊 I can’t wait to properly be back though – only three more days!! (Though I don’t know whether to panic or be immensely relieved about that… 😂)

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  6. At intense as October must have been with all your studying, I’m glad you got to enjoy yourself during Navratri– the festival sounds amazing. And you still managed to read 9 books, that’s so amazing. My reading has turned quite slow in recent months. Out of your list, I’ve only read Loveless. I do enjoy Oseman’s works though.
    I’ve been listening to a bit of Harry Styles recently too, Falling is always amazing. I really like ‘woman’, ‘two ghosts’ and ‘from the dining table’ too!!
    Congrats on 800 followers, that’s amazing !! 💕💕
    Thank you sooo much for sharing my post, your support is so kind and I really, really appreciate it !! Hope November is going well for you !! 💕 Best of luck with your boards/hope they went okay (sorry I’m late to this post!)

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