THE WITHERING WELL// September Wrap-Up

Honestly, I was not sure I’d still be able to pull book-blogging off after a YEAR long break but HEY, IT SEEMS I HAVE! CONFETTI ALL AROUND!!!

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My blog during this month was like a newborn child and I needed to make sure I was attentive enough, nurturing enough because coming back from a hiatus can be a NIGHTMARE ESPECIALLY if you have been in a reading slump during your break, which was definitely the case for me.

But anyway, since the month has come to an end and I am still behind my computer typing away a wrap-up post is a success in and of itself!

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MY INCOHERENT POSTS OVER THE MONTH

 

//REVIEWS//

πŸ–€ I started by reviewing one of THE BEST books I have read the whole year. Frederick Backman was a stranger to me before AMAZON (my babyyyyyΒ  ) suggested me US AGAINST YOU. And I am SOO FUCKING GLAD that it did because..my, oh my..I FELL IN LOVE with the residents of Beartown – their bravery, their stubbornness, their ability to love unconditionally – it was all just too much! And that line :

We’ll stand tall if you stand tall.

πŸ–€ It seems like when my books saw me swooning over Us Against You and crying by the end, they started plotting to see which one can break my little heart even more and a series of events led me to pick out WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT from a dusty corner of my bookshelf. And I FELL IN LOVE A SECOND TIME!!Β  (And it wasn’t even the last ;))

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πŸ–€ By the time I had finished reading When God Was A Rabbit,Β I was hooked on the sweet solace of quiet tears and an even quieter sadness. And as though reading my mind, my JARVIS-like brainy bookshelf prompted me in the direction ofΒ  THE CELLIST OF SARAJEVOΒ Β and words are NOT ENOUGH to describe how STRONGLY I feel about this gem of a book by Steven Galloway who is now MY FAVORITE AUTHOR!! (Look, I am a fickle human being okay? I tend to fall in love 30 times a day. SO WHAT? Like YOU are any better, huh! *judging you*)

//A READER’S LIFE//

πŸ–€ Having to take a break from blogging was bad enough and then came along that dreaded READING SLUMP. WHY DID GOD HAVE TO PLAGUE ME WITH THIS TOO???

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But since I had to deal with this horrible affliction, it was only fitting that I give you my tips on how to overcome it. And you can read all about it and benefit from my post titled –Β Beware the SLUMP //Treating the most-feared READER’SΒ disease//

πŸ–€ I also talked about some of the weird habits I have developed ever since I started reading. And hey I warn you that some of them are QUITE weird and hella extreme but hey, to quote Oscar Wilde,

Moderation is fatal. Nothing succeeds like excess. πŸ˜‰

 

//DISCUSSIONS//

πŸ–€ Lastly, having read a sort of a heated debate about whether it is better to read challenging novels or entertaining ones, I decided to do a post about it by the title – Challenging or Entertaining – Which Ones Should You BeΒ Reading?

I came to the conclusion that you cannot just decide which ones are ‘‘better’‘ as easily. There are many factors that come into play while choosing a book to read and that choice is really quite personal. That being said, I still do believe that a healthy combination of both should be a general aim while trying to expand your horizons.

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Beautiful blogs NEED to be appreciated.

A LOT of effort goes into making a website look aesthetically pleasing. And I created this award to make sure that these bloggers know that their effort has not gone unnoticed. Now, I usually do a separate post about it but from this month on, I am going to include it in my monthly wrap-ups.

So, I thought HARD & TRUE about this month’s award and THE ONLY ANSWER THAT CAME TO MIND WAS our very own, super talented MARIE and her cute-as-a-button blog DRIZZLE AND HURRICANE BOOKS ❀

I mean HAVE YOU LOOKED AT THE FUCKING AESTHETIC OF HER BLOG??? Downright G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S. So here you are hon, THE ULTIMATE APPRECIATION for your blog’s NEVER-ENDING BEAUTY!!

THE NEW YOUJust a token of appreciation. Hope you liked it.

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AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE

(Since I didn’t have the time to make a separate post about my favorite posts in the second half of the month, I am just going to include them in here.)

πŸ–€ Lashaan from Bookidote is here to teach you THE ART OF ABANDONING BOOKS and you better listen to him because most of us readers absolutely SUCK at DNFing. Thus we end up wasting a whole lot of time in reading even the books that belong more in a garbage can than our precious little hands! (Kidding..I could NEVER do that! )

πŸ–€ Having completed 5 YEARS OF BLOGGING, Marie talks about what to expect when you embark on this thrilling journey. She is here to spill the truth so go and read her absolutely fantastic post titled – 8 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BOOK-BLOGGING

πŸ–€ Our favorite – The Orangutan Librarian – goes about her business, writing the most AMAZING posts. EVERY TIME. And her recent one – IN DEFENCE OF CLASSICS, AGAIN – is no different. I FUCKING LOVE IT. So go and check it out.

πŸ–€ Kelly from A Book In The Wall brings you probably one of the most important posts you will read this year. HOW TO TAKE OFF THOSE GOD-AWFUL STICKERS FROM YOUR BOOKS.

πŸ–€ If I had known about her website sooner, I’d have done an even better job at coming back from my break. But since now I know about it, YOU SHOULD READ Elizabeth from Redgal Musings’ awesome post titled – HOW TO CREATIVELY END A HIATUS WELL

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JANE EYRE LAID BARE by Charlotte Bronte & Eve Sinclair

SUITE FRANCAISE by Irène Némirovsky

THE BIRTH OF VENUSΒ by Sarah Dunant

THE LITTLE FRIEND by Donna Tart

JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte

THE SLAP by Christos Tsiolkas

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Phew…It was QUITE A MONTH, HUH!! Still, I enjoyed September. I always do.

AND WHAT ABOUT YOUUU???

How was your September? Any complaints?Β 
What books are on YOUR TBR? What was your favorite read this month?

TELL MEE ALLL ABOUT IT! ❀

30 thoughts on “THE WITHERING WELL// September Wrap-Up

    1. Oh, hon, believe me…I was a mess too! I was supposed to come back in March! But after a single post, I never made it to the next one! It took A LOT of determination to make a comeback. I am telling you, hiatuses are a bitch! And a word of advice – if you ever think about taking one, MAKE SURE THAT YOU SCHEDULE SOME POSTS + THAT YOU DON’T GO OFF THE HABIT OF WRITING REGULARLY! Because had I at least stayed in touch with it all, it’d have been MUCH EASIER! ❀️❀️

      Awww..YOUU TOOOOO!! HAVE A MOST AMAZING AND WONDERFUL OCTOBER full of great reads, fun cosplay, loads of gifts (I don’t know, EVEN IF JUST FOR RANDOM REASONS 😘) πŸ˜πŸ˜β€οΈβ€οΈπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸ₯³πŸ˜ŠπŸ₯³πŸ₯³

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    1. And now I LOOOVEEE HIM TOOO!! 😍😍😍❀️ I am going to read all the others too! I have heard especially good things about A Man Called Ove so I think I going to go with that!

      And THATS SOOO GOOOD! Challenging content gives us something substantial to ponder over and thus is quite important! ❀️

      THANK YOUUUUUU, Carol! ❀️❀️😍😍

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      1. Oh? Nobody warned me about that?! 🀣 They all kept saying that Ove is a β€œdear, old”!! Well, I will be mentally prepared now so THANK YOUUUU!! 😍😍❀️❀️

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      2. An adaptation too??!!! *gasps* I am usually wary of those so please tell me if it’s good??? OTHERWISE I WILL BE SCARRED FOR LIFE, HAHAH!! πŸ˜‰

        BUT…BUT…BUT…I am DEFINITELY going to check out the Tom Hanks one when it releases!! ❀

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    1. AWWWW…THANK YOU SOO SOO MUCH, Melanie!! WELCOME TO MY HUMBLE BLOGG!!! I hope you like what I read (and it seems you do so YAYYYY FOR MEEE!! ❀ ❀ <3)

      HAVE AN AMAZING OCTOBER!!! ❀

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    1. Thank YOUI!! 😍😍❀️

      OH THE SLUMP! ITS THE WORST!! *shudders at the memory* I hope you got out of it alright because really, I treat the reading slump as a dreaded illness!!🀣🀣 Hope you like the post! ❀️❀️

      HAPPY OCTOBER, Nicki!! 😍😍😍❀️❀️❀️

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    1. Hahahha…the key word here being β€œaccidentally” 🀣🀣😜😜 I am soo glad there is someone who can relate to this though! 🀣🀣😍❀️

      IT IS A GEM OF A BOOK AND YOU SHOULD READ IT! 😍😍❀️❀️❀️❀️

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    1. I have been meaning to read something by Rowell for AGES now! And I have heard SOO MANY GREAT THINGS ABOUT WAYWARD SON!! 😍😍😍❀️❀️ Maybe I will pick it up this time!!

      You are most welcome, Elizabeth! You are post was AMAZING 😍😍❀️, as is you blog! 😍😍❀️❀️❀️

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    1. You are most welcome, Kelly! I loved that post! IT WAS SUPER USEFUL! And not to mention the obvious but YOUR BLOG IS AWESOME!! 😍😍❀️

      Yeah! Her blog is super cuutee!! πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸŽ‰

      YOU TOO HAVE A FANTABULOUS OCTOBER, Kelly! ❀️😍❀️❀️

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  1. Oh wow, look at you thriving after taking a YEAR off of blogging! Welcome back! I think if I set mine aside for that long, chances are I wouldn’t return. I hope you are refreshed, but you seem to be thriving!

    Marie’s blog is one of my faves, and I am so happy to see hers getting the award! I hope you have an amazing October and that the slump gtfo

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    1. Hahahha! Believe me, hon, it was sooo fucking difficult mustering up the energy and will to make a come back. Made a couple of failed attempts last year but nothing seemed to stick. And it WAS because of the reading slump! THAT SHIT IS THE WORST! AAHHHHHHH 😱😱😱😱😱

      But yeah, now that I am back, it feels great and I am finally getting the hang of it again! So THANK YOUU! 😍😍❀️

      And yep, her blog rocks. ❀️❀️

      WISHING YOU A MOST AMAZING OCTOBER TOO, Kal! I LOVE YOUR BLOG! ❀️❀️πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽΆπŸŽΆπŸŽΆπŸŽΆπŸŽΆβ˜”οΈβ˜”οΈβ˜”οΈ

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      1. Reading slumps are the literal worst! I have been in one for most of 2019, and it sucks. What’s worse is I /am/ reading, but for the most part it feels like I am just going through the motions with the books, if that makes sense? It is really hard to create content when you feel meh about your main hobby!

        And aaawww thank you so much! Happy October and reading, Rain!

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  2. I am super glad to hear about your return to the blogosphere and how much joy it seems to bring to you nowadays. I haven’t yet known that infamous reader’s disease but I do hope I won’t ever know it though hahah Thank you as well for the shoutout!! I really appreciate that a lot, Rain! ❀

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    1. YESSSS! ITS GREAT TO BE BACKK! 😍😍😍 YAYYYYYY!! πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ I missed ALL THE WONDERFUL ABD SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE HERE more than anything else! 😍😍

      Oh, I do hope so, Lashaan! THAT FUCKING READING SLUMP IS …BLEERRGHHHH!! 😱😱😱😱

      Well, after such an awesome post, WHAT ELSE DID YOU EXPECT!? πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š

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