Monthly Wrap-Up | June 2022

And just like that, we are officially into the seventh month of the year. The first half of the year is over. Yay?

Well, for those of you who love my monthly wrap-up rants, the second half of the month wasn’t quite eventful, and so, the rant is going to be significantly shorter. But you’re welcome to read this post here, which was just a life update!

The second half of the month included a little bit studying, writing two college essays (Once I’m done with the admission process, I’ll be sharing both of them on here, because personally I was kinda proud of writing them! And who knows, maybe I’ll take random topics and start writing on them, because I enjoyed writing the essays!). I also had my first interview, which was slightly stressful, and here’s to hoping I get in!

I also met up with a few of my friends, and I have plans to meet up with a few more in July. Here’s to hoping it’s all fun!

And, biggest achievement of the month- I started working out! According to my BMI, I am overweight, and one day I was like, I was a fit person until two years ago, I can become a perfectly fit person again, and dammit, I will. So, I have tried to cut down on junk (Just ate one half of a giant slice of pizza between 15 to 30 June and one packet of maggi, and a few biscuits. yay!) and I have started exercising quite a bit. I try to put in this mega huge workout once a week, it burns like 800 calories, and I do dance parties twice a week, and normal workouts the rest of the week. Dance party workouts are fun. There’s this YouTuber called madfit who does really cool dance parties, and there are also dance routines for just a single song, so I often end up dancing for one song after my normal workout. I suck at making up dance moves, so these dance parties are perfect for me. I also enjoy working out with Jo @growwithjo, as her workouts are really good. But yes, this month was full of sore muscles and me whining while working out and me sweating like crazy thanks to coolest summer ever.

Also, if you too like dance party workouts, and use some YT channel for workouts, do recommend the channel(s) to me, I’d love that!

Besides that, nothing very eventful happened.

As for food of the month, it’s not exactly a new recipe, it’s just a recipe with a twist.

So, I love boiled sweet corn, and I add Chaat Masala, Chilli Powder, Lemon juice and Butter to it. But I tried adding a bit of slightly toasted bread to it as well, and oh my god. It. Tastes. So. Good. I add pieces of bread that is on the edge of the loaf, like the topmost and bottommost slice of the bread, as I rarely like to eat it anyway, and it tastes so good😭😭. You should definitely try it!

Well that ended up being long anyway. Anyway, let’s get into the wrap-up!

Books I read:

I actually read a lot of books this month as I ended up reading multiple audiobooks. I have linked to my reviews!

  1. As If On Cue by Marisa Kanter: ⭐⭐⭐.5
  2. Adorkable by Cookie O’ Gorman: ⭐⭐
  3. #TheRealCinderella by Yesenia Vargas: ⭐⭐⭐.5
  4. #HatethatBoy by Yesenia Vargas: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  5. #GoodGirlBadBoy by Yesenia Vargas: ⭐⭐⭐
  6. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han: ⭐ (I loathed this book and the series- I do not see why it is so loved, it sucks, there I said it. Belly is effing dumb and just UGH)
  7. It’s Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han: ⭐⭐ (This book gets a smidge better, but Belly is still dumb ugh again)
  8. We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han: ⭐ (This was somehow worse than the first book. Belly, literally in the entire book is basically cheating on Jeremiah by still loving Conrad, yet she’s like oh boo hoo Jere cheated on me. I hated everything about it. Also imagine what Belly will tell her children when asked about her love story- oh, I almost married your uncle but then realised I loved your father. That’s gross.)
  9. Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler: ⭐⭐⭐.25
  10. It’s All in How You Fall by Sarah Hennings: ⭐⭐⭐
  11. Zyla and Kai by Kristina Forest: ⭐⭐⭐.5
  12. Never Coming Home by Kate Williams: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  13. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (I loved this book, best read of 2022, thank you so much Naemi for recommending it to me!)
  14. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Let’s just say there’s a reason I don’t read historical fiction very often. Books like these which are heartwrenchingly beautiful are the reason)

The first 8 books were audiobooks. Thank you to the inventor of audiobooks for inventing them, because my reading life would be dead without them. And thank you to Nehal for influencing me to read them.

I also tried to make that thing where you list all the books you’ve read that month for the first time!

Movies, TV shows and YouTube I watched:

Honestly, I didn’t watch anything in particular this month? I wanted to watch Lightyear but I didn’t really get the time :((

Oh no, wait, I did watch this series called Rocket Boys which is a Hindi (although it does have a lot of English convos) web series based on two scientists Homi Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai and I don’t really know what I think of it.

And I also started Suite Life on deck, and honestly, it’s kinda stupid? I still watch it whenever I am eating food alone though, lol.

I watched loads of 1D edits though, and I don’t even know why, because I am not a stan! I like some of their music sure, but a stan, is like peak! I haven’t even watched as many Why Don’t We edits as 1D edits. I am convinced Zayn and Harry were in a relationship though, or were at least very close friends. It is impossible that Zayn and Harry didn’t talk in the band as Zayn said in an interview after leaving the band. I know it sounds like I am a stan, but I swear I am not! I don’t know any of their birthdays or anything, I just enjoy watching and reading all thing boy bands haha.

(Edit: I wrote that on 21st June. After watching countless live performances, interviews and Zarry edits, I am now a 1D stan. I cannot help it, I love boy bands. And Zayn Malik and Harry Styles were dating. Anyone who doesn’t believe me, please check out Aarin Durham’s channel. I don’t know about now, but they were. Also, 1D Reunion must happen or else my boy band obsessed heart will break into tiny pieces. Also, I love Niall and I love Louis Tomlinson’s voice)

ALSO, STRANGER THINGS SEASON 4 VOLUME II OUT TOMORROW!!!

Songs I hear this month:

Okay, my playlist this month is full of Red (TV), because I finally heard the entire thing! I still don’t know all the songs, but I’ve heard them at least once, so that’s an accomplishment. And Harry’s House is so nice too! I loved Late Night Talking and Love of My Life!

There’s also this playlist a YouTuber called Nena Shelby made, which is really nice and sad, and perfect for the saudade in all of us!

The last few days of the month brought an obsession with 1D *screams ZARRY4EVA*, so here’s the playlist with 1D music and music from the boys’ solo careers as well.

My Favourite Blog Posts of the Month:

Well, there were just two I particularly loved- 7 Book Tropes/Genres I can’t Get Enough of and Advantages of Reading Audiobooks. I didn’t really post a lot of original content this month but that’s something I hope to improve in the coming month.

My Favourite Posts Froms Around the Blogosphere:

Like last month, I didn’t really blog hop a lot this month, but these are my favourite posts!

  1. Line @First Line Reader did a post titled ‘Do I Like Books Recommended For My Zodiac Sign?‘ and that post has so much effort, and I simply loved reading it! I might try the idea myself!
  2. Veronika @Wordy and Whimsical did a post discussing her least favourite tropes!
  3. Cherelle @A Bolt Out of the Book discussed heroism and villainy, and I enjoyed reading her views!
  4. Mint @Mint Loves Books did quite a few interesting discussions this month but my favourite to read was called ‘Being a Fast Reader doesn’t make you a ‘Bad’ Reader’.

Goals for July:

  1. Have fun.
  2. Work
  3. Workout
  4. Write good posts
  5. Blog hop

Overall, June was not a bad month, even though I had to get some things done, and I didn’t. But I was happier this month as compared to all other months of 2022, so yay!

Let me know in the comments down below how your June was! What are your plans for July?

35 thoughts on “Monthly Wrap-Up | June 2022

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  1. Ayy man !!! all the best for college. I mean that’s big. Will always look forward to read your college experiences via blogs until we don’t experience it ourselves ……… and welcome to the world of 1D…….
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    also is “running up the hill” being number 1 on your playlist a result of Stranger Things?

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  2. ahhhh i’m so glad june was so good for you!!! AND HOPING THAT JULY IS TOO!!

    also ndshbvghdghv all your the summer i turned pretty rants ARE PERFECTION OKAY?!! i’m living for them at this point 😭😭 i read home field advantage this month too AND IT WAS SLIGHTLY DISAPPOINTING???

    also, riddhi, THE HAIR PHOTOS?????? 😭

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    1. Thanks Anoushka!!
      Hope your June was great too!

      Thank you so much, lol!
      It was, it was, but not a bad book, per see!

      Ah, I’ll upload them in a while!

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  3. Wow, Riddhi, I’m in awe of you for that workout regime of yours – I am literally the laziest person ever and won’t voluntarily exercise at all unless something involves swimming! 🤣 I guess it’s a good thing my bike is my main mode of transportation…

    And, let me tell you, I thoroughly enjoyed those The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy rants! 😁😂 I mean, personally, I don’t remember the books making me feel much of anything at all – I just thought they were bland and had no content except for a ridiculous love triangle – but somehow, your rants are so satisfying 😇 (I will, however, admit that I watched the Amazon Prime adaptation had a blast – even though it’s pretty faithful to the book 🙈 I guess my love for watching trashy TV when I’m stressed is showing 🤣🤣🤣)

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    1. Ahhhhh, and I just realized I got so distracted by those The Summer I Turned Pretty rants that I forgot to comment about the most exciting thing in this post! **shame shame** BECAUSE OH MY GOD, YOU LOVED ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS!!! 🥰🥰🥰 I mean, I would have been surprised if you didn’t, since that book is awesomeness in book form, but still 🤗 I’M SO HAPPY YOU LOVED IT!!! (And yes, my recommendation skills are awesome 😇😁)

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      1. I was literally reading your comment, and I was like – HOW DID NAEMI NOT NOTICE? and yess, thanks so much for recommending! I recommended it to a friend, and it got her out of a reading slump too!

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    2. Yess, you don’t need workouts, you seem pretty fit!

      Hehehe, thanks- I have been a lot of compliments about them! Exactly, it was so weird! Ahh, it’s been getting a lot of love so maybe I’ll check it out sometime too!

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      1. Trust me, that’s just because you haven’t seen my absolute lack of stamina in action 😂

        And yeah, I don’t know what it is, but I really think it works way better as a show!

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  4. Thank you very much for sharing my post! 🥰 It WAS a lot of work so I’m really glad you liked it and would love to see your take on it.

    I’m also glad to see that you liked Eliza and her Monsters so much. It’s among my favorites too.

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  5. Hi Riddhi!! Ah school is kicking my butt, but it’s nice to come back to the blogosphere for a bit! So happy to hear you had quite a productive June — all the very best for your admissions! And congrats on starting to work out!! I lack a bit of motivation to do so, but the dance parties sound really fun, will definitely check them out!
    Glad to see you’ve found two five star reads as well, I can agree that Ruta Sepetys’ books are heartbreakingly beautiful!

    Thank you for sharing my post, and wishing you an incredible July! 💓😚

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  6. Thanks for featuring my post! It’s so nice to meet another 1D fan! I am forever waiting for a reunion. But the longer I wait, the more I can save for how expensive tickets will inevitably be, so I guess that’s okay?

    I was fortunate enough to be able to watch 1D live in concert twice, and then Harry and Louis once each. All of those concerts were absolutely amazing.

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    1. Of course- your posts this month were amazing!
      Yesss, manifesting a reunion asap!
      Oh, that’s so cool! None of the boys have come to India yet, so I’ll have to wait a while to watch them…

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  7. BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY AND ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS YESSS, I love both of them so so much and will never get over the emotional turmoil ruta sepetys caused me 😭😭 loved this!

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