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!!!
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!
MY INCOHERENT POSTS OVER THE MONTH
🖤 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 babyyyyy ) 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.
🖤 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!! (And it wasn’t even the last ;))
🖤 By the time I had finished reading When God Was A Rabbit, 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 of THE CELLIST OF SARAJEVO 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//
🖤 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???
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 – Beware the SLUMP //Treating the most-feared READER’S disease//
🖤 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. 😉
🖤 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 Be 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.
ALL DOLLED UP Award
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!!
Just a token of appreciation. Hope you liked it.
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.)
🖤 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! )
🖤 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
🖤 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.
🖤 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.
🖤 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