Monthly Wrap-up | January 2018

Monthly wrap-up January 2018

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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 πŸ™‚ So without any further ado let’s move to my monthly wrap-up.

Damn its feel good



January Reads


Books Read
The Marriage Pact by Michelle RichmondThe Sun is Also A Star by Nicola YoonBreaking Up Is Hard To Do by Hilary CampbellThe Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)Meet Zippy by Anitha BalachandranKartikeya by Anuja ChandramouliSpin the Golden Light Bulb4 Kids Walk Into A Bank by Matthew Rosenberg

Yes, 8 books πŸ˜€ 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 πŸ˜€ And guess what I enjoyed almost all of these πŸ˜€ 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 πŸ˜› The Mysterious Affair At Styles kept me hooked throughout the book. I was not able to figure out the murderer until end πŸ˜› 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 πŸ™ I will probably post its review just on Goodreads.

I read a total of 4 NetGalley ARCs this month. Isn’t it great? πŸ˜› 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 πŸ™‚


Book of the Month

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)



Quote of the Month

β€œPeople 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

The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola YoonThe Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot #1)Spin the Golden Light Bulb4 Kids Walk Into A Bank by Matthew Rosenberg



Books collected

I am so happy that I just bought one book..just one book this month πŸ˜€ but yes, I gathered many through NetGalley and Edelweiss πŸ˜› Also, as I told in my last STS post, I’ll be posting STS post now on alternate Saturdays. My book haul in January:



January Posts



Most Popular Post

Ten Bookish Websites and Apps I Use

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 πŸ™‚



Instagram Fun (Popular posts)

Follow me on Instagram to see more of my images from this month.
Also, you can follow my personal account β€” @simant.verma β€” to see some images, especially my personal and travel pics!


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 πŸ™ 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 πŸ™‚



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 πŸ™‚

  • 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? πŸ˜›



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: βœ“
  • A NetGalley ARC: βœ“
  • One Agatha Christie: βœ“
  • One nonfiction: βœ“
  • One review copy: βœ“
  • A classic: βœ•


Seems good huh? I am sad that my classic goal was not completed πŸ™ 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 πŸ™‚ 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)

I failed to post Quotes Friday and Sunday Travels post, but hopefully, I’ll make some time to write those two extra posts this month πŸ™‚

I am happy



On the Big Screen


Tv Series

How to Get Away With Murder – Season 4 is back with the latest episodes and wow, what a comeback. I finishedΒ 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 πŸ™ 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 πŸ™



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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ try to go and read these amazing posts:



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 πŸ˜› I became too lazy and now I am missing my mom too much πŸ˜€

** 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 πŸ˜› ). That sight was amazing.

** I am doing too bad in my job πŸ™ 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 πŸ˜›

** I did my first ever buddy read with lovely Evelina πŸ™‚ We read Dumplin’ and we both pretty much enjoyed it. Read her review here.



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? πŸ˜›

** 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 πŸ™‚



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Let's Chat

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 πŸ™‚


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  1. Alex

    Congrats on reading your first Agatha Christie! I read my first in December last year and I’m so excited to read more of her work. Out of interest, which classic did you try?

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  2. Fanna

    I can’t wait for your review of The Sun is also a Star because I’ve been looking to read it for quite a while now and maybe your review would urge me to push it up my TBR, haha. You’re such an inspiration with so many thoughtful and helpful posts your could up up last month, it’s amazing! Looking forward to everything that’ll be happening on your blog this month. Parents’ visit must’ve been so much fun and aww, I can totally relate–Moms make everything super easy when they’re with us and when they leave it’s just ugh, so much work LOL.

    I hadn’t known about Banglore’s Flower show but this is something I’ll be looking forward to when I visit the city this month!!! <3 <3 A friend's wedding? In a new city? YES, it seems like a perfect opportunity to get some travelling done, haha πŸ˜€ Enjoy! And of course, have fun on your wedding anniversary, too. I still haven't watched Padmaavat because it isn't released in Rajasthan because of the useless political stupidity *huge eye roll* but am sure Deepika would be slaying in it so really can't wait to watch that when I visit Banglore in a few days!!! <3

    Thanks for linking up my post, and for the amazing ones you've added to that list! Good luck for Feb, Simant πŸ˜€
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      Thanks Fanna 😊 I really pushed myself to read the Sun is Also a star last month because it was on my shelf for like forever 🀣 And I do enjoyed it. But some people might disagree with me because it has the classic trope of love at first sight 😜 So if you are not into such things so may be I won’t be able to convince you πŸ™ˆ But I pretty much enjoyed it as I like reading cute contemporaries πŸ˜€
      Yeah I am missing my Mom 😝 Life is so much easier when parents are around πŸ˜‚
      Yeah do visit the flower show when you come to Bengaluru. It is not that great, but is good for one time visit.
      I am so sad about this stupid Padmaavat debate πŸ™„ I don’t understand why people do all this stupidity when there is actually nothing to make a controversy in the movie. Deepika was okay for me, but it was Ranveer Singh who stole the show. He has slayed both Deepika and Shahid 😜 He has Done outstanding role of Khilji.

      I am glad you enjoyed my posts. I hope I can continue to do the same in Feb too.
      Have a great Feb to you too ❀️

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  3. Greg Hill

    The Marriage Pact is one I think I want to read- the synopsis sounds really good and maybe a little creepy or suspenseful! And I love that vintage Agatha Christie cover! The End of the F***ing World is one I want to check out on netflix.

    Your new post series sounds fun. I always love cover posts! And happy anniversary! Have a super weekend…
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      Yeah you should definitely read The Marriage Pact. It was quite interesting concept 😊
      That vintage cover is from the new Facsimile editions that Harpercollins recently released. They are pretty, aren’t they?

      Ohh please watch that show. It is slow but interesting πŸ˜ƒ
      Thanks you. I hope that people like that new idea 😊

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      Yeah you should read The Sun is Also A Star. It’s a good one 😊 ai hope you enjoy it.
      Right? I have been felling like I blogged continuously? I need some relaxation. But I guess that’s not the option 😜
      Have a fantastic Feb to you too 😊

  4. Kristina

    Oh wow, 8 !! Good job, I managed to finish one .. ahahah ! Yet to read my first Agatha Christie, although I know my godmother adore her and collect all of her books – so I have a “double book” of Murder at the vicarage & They do it with mirrors sitting on my shelf .. AND you girl just made me put “Breaking up is hard to do” on my want to read πŸ˜‰

    I also love this quote. ❀

    Going good on your goals, and happy (early?) Wedding anniversary to both of you !
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    Thanks Kristina. No worries if you even finished one book. Sometimes it is okay to just relax 😊
    Aww I wish I had someone in my family who like to read but 😜 Atleast now you don’t have to buy another copy of Christie to start reading her!
    I am glad you put that book on your list. It is hilarious πŸ˜†

    Thank you so much.. Anniversary is on 21st but still, it’s good to have early wishes 😜

  6. Olivia-Savannah

    What a lovely wrap up. 8 books is totally a brilliant number (I’m totally counting the kids book) and I am impressed you managed to read so much while having your parents visit. Having parents around is the best, they truly do spoil you πŸ˜€ It doesn’t matter too much that you weren’t too present on instagram – it is hard to be everywhere at once! And you aced the whole reading goals thing, maybe only missing one but that isn’t too bad. Yay for buddy reads! I love those ^.^ Hope February is a good month for you and things look up for you with your job. x
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      Thanks you Olivia for the lovely comment 😊 Yeah reading and blogging wise January was good. But now in this month, I am not able to read more? I don’t know why but it seems like I read too much and now I need some relaxing 😝
      Also my job is being too hard.. I am barely making myself to post.. hopefully I can continue this 😊
      Oh yes parents always spoil you 😝

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      Haha.. I posted as much as you I guess 😝 And well reading was good.. but this month is going so slow.. I have just finished a single book in this month.
      Thank you for the wishes 😊
      Oh yes, everything totally counts 🀣

  7. Caro @ bookcheshirecat

    I love the first GIF that you used πŸ˜€
    Now that I have a bit of free time, I really want to watch The End of the F***ing World on Netflix, preferably binge-watch πŸ˜€
    I’m really glad that you have quite a few things to look forward to next month! πŸ™‚

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  8. suckerforcoffe

    For me January was a difficult month, I had so much going on in real life and it left me drained and mentally exhausted. Amidst all that, I read 5 books but this was possible because I did the 24in48 readathon. I love the new segment and the the post in general.

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      Thank you so much 😊
      I can understand the real life problems interfering reading and other things in general. 2017 end was similar to me. But I hope everything is better now 😊
      And 5 books is not bad.. in fact it is my normal count for a month πŸ˜€
      Thank you. I am glad you liked the new segment 😊

  9. Literary Feline

    My January seems to have flown by too. I can’t believe we are almost to the middle of February. Last year this time of year just dragged for me . . . It sounds like you had a good month in reading. I look forward to your review of The Sun is Also a Star.

    I am glad you had a nice visit with your parents. The jungle safari sounds like so much fun! I hope things at work improve for you. I know my husband has similar feelings about his new position right now. πŸ™

    I hope you have a great time at the wedding–and happy upcoming anniversary to you! Have a great week, Sim!
    Literary Feline recently posted…Weekly Mews: A Quiet Weekend & My February TBR WinnerMy Profile

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      January indeed was a fast month πŸ˜ƒ I was about to post my review for The Sun Is Also A Star on Monday (tomorrow) but I cane in wedding and just left in incomplete πŸ™ˆ May be on Saturday I would publish that.
      The Jungle Safari was great.. for the first time ever I saw a white Tiger πŸ˜€
      Things at work are fine now.. I completed my first task finally 😝
      Thanks for the wishes ❀️

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