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Hello guys! So the first month of the year is already finished? Is time actually flying so fast or is it just me? The new year brought many new hopes and resolutions and I am glad that actually first month was pretty good for me in terms of reading and blogging 🙂 So without any further ado let’s move to my monthly wrap-up.
Yes, 8 books 😀 Well, technically it should be just 7 books because meet Zippy is a children’s book of just 30 pages so I shouldn’t count it. But still, 7 is a good coun, isn’t it? For me, it certainly is 😀 And guess what I enjoyed almost all of these 😀 I read a mix of backlist books and backlist ARCs and one is the release of 2018. So overall it is good!
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond was a unique story about a couple and a mysterious club called The Pact. It was quite entertaining and engrossing. The Sun Is Also A Star was my backlist book and I wanted to read it for quite a long time. I am glad I finally read it and enjoyed it pretty much. I am yet to write a review of this.
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do was a really hilarious read. It includes real but weird break-up stories.You should definitely read this for a fun read. Ahh, finally I read my first ever Agatha Christie and wow, what a read. I am in love with Poirot now 😛 The Mysterious Affair At Styles kept me hooked throughout the book. I was not able to figure out the murderer until end 😛 I will post its review soon.
Well, as I said Meet Zippy by Anitha Balachandran is a children book of just 30 pages. If you have a child between 3-10 years, then you should definitely consider this. I got this book from HarperCollins IN for organising a giveaway on Christmas. Another review book that I read was Kartikeya by Anuja Chandramouli. Well, I was quite excited when I got this book but I didn’t like it that much 🙁 I will probably post its review just on Goodreads.
I read a total of 4 NetGalley ARCs this month. Isn’t it great? 😛 Spin the Golden Bulb was definitely a gem of a book. I pretty much enjoyed this middle-grade book. 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank was also pretty much enjoyable and was totally opposite to what I expected. I’ll post the reviews of both the books soon 🙂
Book of the Month
Quote of the Month
“People just want to believe. Otherwise they would have to admit that life is just a random series of good and bad things that happen until one day you die.”
― Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star
Reviews Coming Up
I am so happy that I just bought one book..just one book this month 😀 but yes, I gathered many through NetGalley and Edelweiss 😛 Also, as I told in my last STS post, I’ll be posting STS post now on alternate Saturdays. My book haul in January:
- 2017 in a Nutshell and Setting resolutions for 2018
- Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017
- State of the ARC | January 2018
- Stacking the Shelves #14 | First book haul of 2018!
- DUMPLIN’ by Julie Murphy | Adorkable with a quirky romance!
- Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To
- How to Write an About Page That Really Matters!
- Stacking the Shelves #15
- Bullet Point Review | Breaking Up Is Hard To Do… But You Could’ve Done Better by Hilary Campbell
- My Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves
- An Interview with D.E. Night | Author of The Crowns of Croswald
- 5 Reasons to Read Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella
- Book Review | The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur | Brutal but Heartfelt!
- Ten Bookish Websites and Apps I Use
- Flipping Thoughts: On Audiobooks and why I struggle to listen to them
- Stacking the Shelves #16
- eARC Review | The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond | Bizarre but engrossing
- Five Famous Book Series I Won’t Be Reading Anytime Soon (or ever?)
Most Popular Post
I pretty much enjoyed writing this post and I am glad you all feel the same. I came across a new tool Libib while writing this and I am pretty much loving this website/app. I am yet to create my whole catalog over there but I am on my way 🙂
Instagram Fun (Popular posts)
This month, Instagram was a bit of sad corner for me. I didn’t post much. I guess I had no inspiration to click pictures 🙁 I have to definitely make my #bookstagram better this month, but I am looking for a good theme. If you have any idea in mind, do let me know 🙂
Reading Challenges status
So this is a new section I am adding today. I want to do better with my reading challenges this year. So let’s see how I did in the first month 🙂
- Goodreads Reading Challenge: 8/50
- Popsugar Reading Challenge: 4/50
- Indian Books Challenge: 2/12
- Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge: 4/26
- Beat the Backlist Challenge: 6/25
At least the stats look better, aren’t they? 😛
Reading and blogging schedule
I wanted to do better in terms of reading specific categories. I made a goal to include different categories in my reading, each month. I want to put a variety in my reading. So here is what I want to read each month and let’s see if I completed my target for this month or not.
- A backlist book: ✓
- A NetGalley ARC: ✓
- One Agatha Christie: ✓
- One nonfiction: ✓
- One review copy: ✓
- A classic: ✕
Seems good huh? I am sad that my classic goal was not completed 🙁 But in my defense, the book that I picked was a little boring so I left it after just reading 2 chapters. But I hope to pick it up someday soon.
On the blogging front, I decided to maintain a schedule, and I am happy that I actually followed it 🙂 Let me tell here again, what’s my schedule for each day of the week:
Monday: Book review
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Thursday: Monthly wrap-up / Blogging 101 / Author Interview / Discussion (Flipping Thoughts) / Book tags
Friday: Quotes Friday (once a month)
Saturday: Stacking the Shelves / Book Review / State of the ARC (once a month)
Sunday: Sunday Travels (once a month)
On the Big Screen
How to Get Away With Murder – Season 4 is back with the latest episodes and wow, what a comeback. I finished The End of the F***ing World Season 1 and it was great. This show is something different and unique.
I am not able to watch the latest episodes of Jane the Virgin because it is not yet on Netflix India 🙁 Damn Netflix!
I watched just one movie this month- Padmaavat – and wow, what a movie it was. It is an example of a brilliant direction and cinematography. There is a huge protest going on in India to ban the release of this movie in certain states which is just so unfortunate, considering the movie is that good 🙁
Around the Blogosphere
I am introducing this new section in my wrap-up posts from this month because I want to support some fellow bloggers and actually want you to read those awesome posts 🙂 This month the number is quite low because I didn’t mark them from beginning, but from next month I’ll keep a better track of them 🙂 try to go and read these amazing posts:
- Marie @ Drizzle & hurricane Books did a fantastic post on blog hopping and why you should do it. She also posted a wonderful review of Girl Against the Universe with a giveaway and guess what, I won that giveaway 😀 Thanks Marie!
- Evelina @ Avalinah’s books is doing a great job with her #Newbloggers 101 series. She posted how you should write a proper review policy, a guest post by Shruti @ This is Lit.
- Shruti @ This is Lit posted a feel good post about the authors who responded positively to negative reviews. Also, she wrote a perfect satire on male authors who can’t write female characters. You should seriously read this. Have I told you how hilarious Shruti is? 😛
- One of my goals is to read books from all the countries, and I found a perfect blog called Tale Away. if you are looking for recommendations from all over the world you should definitely check this out.
- Fanna @ Fannatalitywhy the book bloggers should be respected did a wonderful post on.
- Gayathri @ Elgee Writes explains 5 ways to make readers love your blog.
In Real Life / Other Things
** My parents were here for almost the whole month and it was amazing. Basically, they were here to help us with setting the new home. but they basically spoiled me 😛 I became too lazy and now I am missing my mom too much 😀
** For the first time ever, I went to a Jungle safari and it was amazing. I saw tigers and lions without cage moving in front of me (well I was seated in a Jeep 😛 ). That sight was amazing.
** I am doing too bad in my job 🙁 This work is really tough.
** We also went to Bengaluru’s flower show which takes place every year for 10 days on occasion of Republic day and Independence day.
** I am still failing to write the reviews as soon as I finish reading a book 😛
Things I’m Looking Forward to Next Month
** We have a friend’s wedding this month. I am quite excited to see a new city. And going to a wedding is always a good option for exploring a new city, right? 😛
** I am hoping to keep my reviews inline with my reading speed.
** Hoping to maintain the reading schedule similar to this month.
** Hoping to write those Quotes Friday and Sunday Travels post.
** I am thinking of starting a new post series where I would like to show the different book editions in each post. I hope to start this series this month.
** My wedding anniversary is this month. It has been 3 years since my marriage 🙂
That’s it for me! I hope you enjoyed reading my monthly update. I would like to hear from you too.
How was your month? What was new in YOUR life this month?
What was your best read?
Any other thing you want to share?
You can pick any categories from above and can tell me your interpretations. Also, if you do a monthly wrap-up, leave me your link in comments and I’ll check it out 🙂