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The Sunday Post // short updates

Hey y’all!

We’re onto the last week of the month of February already! How’s everyone holding up? I’m quite tired, to be honest. Mostly mentally and emotionally. One of my main problems is not getting in enough alone time every week to recharge.

All I want is some time to myself haha. But, as this post gets published I’m out with my book club and not alone so.. lol. Maybe next week. Hopefully.

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Reading Update

I was even more garbage at reading this week than last week. I’m going to reduce my Goodreads challenge for sure at the end of this month.

I read two romance books to pass time, and I’m listening to another one on audiobook right now. It’s mindless reading.

The Thing Around Your Neck is still going on as well, as I’m slowly reading it with a group of people on Instagram.

Another book I’m currently reading as an ebook is an ARC who’s review I have to post later this week. It’s quite good so keep an eye out for that review!

What did I watch last week?

I’m just bingeing episodes of Shark Tank on Netflix lol. I’ve seen the first 6 seasons and few of episodes of season 7, so I’m not missing anything as Netflix only has seasons 7, 8 and 9.

It’s so nice to watch it again. I used to love watching the show and it’s keeping me gripped. The show is actually really nice to watch and I learn a lot of things from it. It’s quite informative in the business point-of-view.

Updates on life!

I paid a visit to the doctor yesterday and I’ve been cleared for surgery. In case you’re a new reader or follower here, I have a neck swelling which is a bronchial cyst. I’ve had it for about a year. A few months back, I ended up in the ER ward due to a common cold which infected the cyst as well. The swelling kept increasing and became painful.

That was when we realized that I HAVE to get a surgery to remove the cyst. But my thyroid levels were too low to go for it.

Now my thyroid levels have increased a bit using meds. Not enough to be in normal range, but it should be okay for general anesthesia. My swelling is staying constant in size now, but it might increase again if I fall sick. And I fall sick very easily.

So we need to do the surgery ASAP. I have to figure out dates with my internship and when I can take off for the surgery. Probably won’t be very soon but sometime in the next few months!

Instagram?

I’ve been BARELY active on Instagram recently, and it’s because I just am not in the mood for using the app. I barely even open the app right now. My motivation for Instagram is coming in waves and… I may stop using it soon? Who knows.

But yeah I haven’t posted on my feed for two weeks and Instagram barely crosses my mind. I don’t open it to engage with others as well.


And that’s it for this week! I know this is way shorter than my usual updates but I don’t have much to say. This past week has been pretty uneventful.

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The Sunday Post // all the updates!

Hey y’all!

It’s been so long since I’ve posted a life update! I think it’s been about three weeks since my last Sunday post but I didn’t even realize it. The days are going by very fast because all my days are FILLED.

To be honest, I don’t know what exactly to update on but I shall just mention whatever I can think of.

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My classes started up again.

Yes, I’m still doing my internship. But college doesn’t revolve around us students with internships.

For the last semester, we have classes 3 days a week—Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Since I have internship Monday to Friday, I was (fortunately) given permission to skip classes for two days. Attendance on Saturdays is still required, though.

So from now on, I’m officially back on the six day week track.

Yesterday was my first day back in college and also for many of my friends. Most of us are doing internships so it was like a reunion after so long. It was so nice!

Everyone asked each other updates and caught up on lives. Since we’re a big group, we don’t text individually with everyone else. Most interactions and updates happen in groups so it was much needed.

We spent time like old times yesterday. My friend and I, who got into the same company, treated the rest of our friends in Taco Bell since we got our first stipend. And we played card games, which is a classic thing that we do.

So yeah, it was pretty fun.

Reading Update

I was off to a very good start at the beginning of this week. Especially since I got an audiobook subscription a while back.

But my reading just.. slowed down a lot. During the week I barely read. And Loveboat, Taipei which I was listening to as an audiobook was not very enjoyable. It put me off and I just stopped listening to it for a while.

In order to finish it, I picked it up as an ebook in the last few days and skimmed the rest of it. While the ending was good, I just did not have a good time reading it overall.

Other than that, I finished no other books. So yeah, I’m pretty sure I will be reducing my reading goal for the year.

Here’s the reading update on The Thing Around Your Neck:

TV Show & Movie update

I watched so many things recently!

Extraordinarily You

I watching this Kdrama a couple weeks back. Binged it during the weekend, actually. It was actually really nice. I liked the complexity of the concept and it’s very different than the stories I’ve seen around the same concept.

Sky Castle

Watched this Kdrama during the week a couple weeks back. It’s 20 episodes long and I was HOOKED the whole time. It’s a brilliant drama in the Dark Academia genre which talks about a ton of things. Complex characters, complex relationships and a very interesting story.

Miss Americana

Watched this on Netflix last weekend. I’ve been a real fan of Taylor Swift only in the last year or so, when she started speaking out on things and became more than a regular singer. This movie brought many things from her life to light. It was nice to watch and learn more about her as a person.

P.S. I Still Love You

This sequel to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was nice but… I didn’t like it all that much. It wasn’t special. There were a ton of cool plotlines from the book that were scrapped. In fact, almost everything other than the love triangle was scrapped. It made the movie seem to have less substance.

I’m excited to watch the third movie, though. It’s less about new romances and more about life and choices. It should be quite nice.

Spinning Out

I watched this series throughout the past week. It’s actually quite small, with only 10 half-hour episodes.

But it packed SO MUCH in those 5 hours. The show is too good, and I have no idea why Netflix cancelled it WITHIN A MONTH of releasing it. That’s such a disappointment.

It’s honestly one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

Random thoughts

I’ve been having small but really good conversations with people recently. Just talking about things and finding out various perspectives. It’s always interesting to see how different people view the same thing.

And I really like conversations where we talk about something in depth, ask each other questions on things and explain perspectives. It helps me understand other people better. I also sometimes learn new things.

So yeah. That’s been the random highlight of last week.


That’s about all I have to say. There have been a ton of small things happening but not interesting enough to share lol.

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The Sunday Post // first week in my internship!!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Oh my gosh it’s been SO LONG since I posted a life update. I want to spend my time and make this post long and detailed but honestly I have other things to do as well so I’ll try to keep it short.

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Internship update

Technically my internship started on 16th but this was my first FULL week. It was hectic, I’m not going to lie. It didn’t leave me with a lot of time at home because I come around 8pm.

But, I am quite enjoying it. I tried socializing in the beginning but reached my socializing limit pretty soon. I am talking to new people but haven’t made any concrete friendships. It’s great that I have a couple friends from my college with me so I’m not alone most of the time.

The workspace and environment is GREAT. It’s awesome and I’m loving it so far. I’m not unhappy to spend that many hours in the office.

Reading Update

My reading challenge for this year is 150 books, same as last year. But it may appear that I was too optimistic. I’m ALREADY FALLING BEHIND on my challenge.

On the other hand, though, I am reading much more quality books than I did last year. By quality, I mean books about heavy topics and interesting fiction instead of a ton of romance. I still like romance, and have read one romance book, but that’s not my first pick.

The books I’ve been reading are also longer, so that adds to me falling behind on my challenge.

Currently I’m reading Kafka on the Shore by Karuki Murakami. I started it a couple weeks back but I’m CRAWLING through it. It’s not as good as I expected it would be because of the hype. I’m not enjoying it very much.

The pace picked up only at around 40% but until that I was not gripped by it. The fact that I was reading for barely 15 minutes a day also added to me going through it slowly.

I finally made a big dent in the book last night and now have only 100 pages left. I can’t wait to finish it. I think I’ll go for a fluffy YA contemporary or a rom-com next. I require a pick-me-up read now.

TV Show Update

Last Saturday and Sunday saw me binge on a reality TV series on Netflix called The Circle. I’ll be honest, the show is actually pretty trashy and overly fake. But it’s so entertaining! And it’s good as a min-numbing show to binge.

The show did have it’s meaningful moments, though. It’s based on social media so of course we talk about social media issues and things like catfishing and insecurities.

My favourite part of the show was this one contestant called Shubham. He’s Indian-American and the PUREST CUTEST person on the show. I loved him.

Book Club Meetup

Last Sunday, my Bangalore Bookstagram club met up and it was SO FUN. We went to a restaurant for lunch and chilled there for a long time. While I did go to two meetups last year (we have one every month), this meetup included many new people for me. We’ve spoken on the Whatsapp group but it was good to place faces to names and Instagram IDs.

All of us bonded very well and I made a ton of new friends and connections. The best part of the club is that we’re all brought together by books but we’re on totally different paths in life. There was quite a big age gap between the youngest and the oldest in attendance, and I was actually the second-youngest that day.

Book club peeps with our happy faces!

It was great to bond with people I wouldn’t have spoken to without this bringing us together. And it wasn’t awkward at all. We all had so much to talk about, especially on books.

After the lunch we hit a couple bookstores and I’m super happy to say that two people bought books on my recommendation. I can’t wait to see what they think about the books.

Friend’s birthday yesterday

After 5 long days of internship, I spent the whole day out yesterday as well.

One of my friends’ birthday was yesterday and since all of us hadn’t met in a long time, we decided to make a day out of it. The birthday friend invited all of us home and we had lunch there as well.

It was so nice, and I MISSED that. I missed hanging out with these guys so much and I don’t know how it’ll be if we aren’t able to meet for a long time.

The birthday friend is going to Canada around the end of this year, so this will be his last birthday here. That made the day a little emotional as well. It seems like we’re all heading towards different paths and I don’t want us to split so bad.

So yeah. I’m a little emotional now. But let’s move on.

Getting used to a 5 day week

All my life, I’ve had 6 day weeks. It was either school Monday to Saturday or college Monday to Saturday. All these years I made routines which involved only Sunday being off, and distributing small things throughout the weekday evenings.

But now, the timings are completely different. I get only nights Monday to Friday and whole days on Saturday and Sunday. For the first time ever, I’m experiencing an actual full weekend and I don’t know how to deal with this.

In fact, on Friday, I didn’t feel like the next day was going to be off. All week, I was ready to have a 6 day week. So, to have a Saturday suddenly off was weird.

As I’m not used to these timing, my blogging has fallen behind. In fact, I couldn’t blog all week. I’m just not used to having only the nights free, as opposed to evenings and nights. I don’t know if I’ll be able to blog in the coming week as well.

What I need to do ASAP is figure out a routine involving 5 full days and a full weekend off. I have to plan my blogging and hobbies around work hours instead of college hours. This has to be my first priority. Don’t know how long this will take, but I’ll probably update y’all on it soon.


And that’s all the updates I have for this week!

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The Sunday Post // 21st birthday, gifts & meetups

It’s the first Sunday of 2020! How are y’all doing?

I’m having the time of my life, just chilling and doing my own things. This past week has been quite eventful and I have much to tell y’all. Let’s get to it!

I turned 21!

My birthday was on 30th December, and it was quite uneventful since we were having exams. I spent most of the day studying. My college friends sent me tiny red velvet cupcakes and coffee through delivery service though, and that made my day!

FINALS ENDED

Our last exam was on 1st of January, and I am so glad it’s finally done. We all felt relieved as heck to be done after so long. Overall, the exams were quite okay. They weren’t bad, but they weren’t really good either. I’m just glad to be done with them.

BIRTHDAY GIFTS

circe by madeline miller

The first birthday gift I received was a paperback copy of Circe. My bookstagram group has a thing where we buy a book from the person’s wishlist and send it to them for their birthday. Due to good Amazon service, I received this one three days in advance, and was super happy.

As we only met on the exam day, my college friends gave me my gifts after the exam. And.. I was blown, y’all.

The first gift they got me was a TOMBOW DUAL BRUSH PEN SET in pastel colours. I had casually mentioned to a friend that this is so expensive and I wish I could get it. A lot of bullet journallers on Instagram and YouTube swear by it, and I wanted to try.

And these amazing friends got it for me!

six of crows collector's edition

One of my friends found my wishlist on this blog and suggested that they get me the Six of Crows collector’s edition! That book is an ABSOLUTE BEAUTY. When they handed it to me, I had 0 thoughts. I was just looking at the book, not believing that they got it for me.

It’s so pretty, I could cry.

1st Jan was a VERY GOOD START to the year because of these gift bombs from my friends. Also 17 of my friends contributed for this and… I feel popular??? Omg?

Secret Santa gifts

I participated in two Secret Santa pools in 2019. Technically, I received half of these gifts a couple weeks back but I’m going to just talk about everything here.

The first Secret Santa pool was with my Bangalore bookstagram club. I gifted my Secret Child/Angel/whatever-you-call-it a paperback copy of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. It’s one of the best books I read last year and I really wanted her to have it.

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

I received Frankly in Love by David Yoon as my gift! Honestly, if I had to buy a book, I probably wouldn’t have gotten this one myself. I’m very frugal in buying paperback/hardback books and only buy books that I’m sure I would love. Hence, this was on my wishlist as a “maybe” buy, and I’m so happy my Santa gifted me this one.

The other Secret Santa pool was with my college friends. We’re a huge group but only 9 of us participated since everyone else was too broke for it. I gifted my Secret Child a scrapbook with 2019 memories. It was basically all the highlights of 2019 in polaroids and comments written next to them. I’m quite proud of it and he really liked it, so that was win!

Coincidentally, my Secret Child was my Secret Santa as well. We basically gifted each other lol. He got me a pop socket for my phone, which I’ve been wanting FOREVER, but never found a good inexpensive one. The pop socket says “OK, BUT FIRST COFFEE” and that’s perfect for me. The other core gift was a BTS bag-tag. Jin is my bias from BTS, and my Santa got a bag-tag of Jin’s BT21 character RJ. It’s so cute and it went on my bag immediately.

the BTS bag-tag and phone pop socket.

Other than these two, I also got a personalized poster with all the things that make up my life—like BTS, Netflix, blog, my best friends etc. My Santa also gave me small snack items like coffee powder and biscuits.

Overall, I got a lot haha.

Hangouts with friends

Right as exams finished, I made plans with friends to go out and chill. Our exams finished on Wednesday, and I went out to a cafe on Thursday with friends. On Friday, I went to one of my best friends’ place and chilled with her there. We spoke about random things and I blogged a little. In fact, I handed her the reins to make the blog post header image for my 2019 lookback post.

There were two plans made for Saturday. My college friends had a wonderful day out planned, and my best friends wanted to have a day out as well. Since I can’t meet one of my best friends for a while as she’s going on vacation, I chose to hang out with them. We had a really good day. I wore a new outfit and felt good in it.

And that’s it for the week! I’m taking today off to blog and chill at home. Tomorrow I have plans again, and tentative plans for Tuesday are on. I’m basically filling up my days with everything I want to do before 16th because that’s when my internship starts.

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The Sunday Post // blogging, studying, REPEAT

Hey everyone!

It’s been quite a while since I did a Sunday post. While my last week hasn’t been full, I do have updates so let’s get onto it!

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FINALS UPDATE

My lab finals are over!!! I am done with ALL MY LABS IN COLLEGE. In Engineering. I. am. done. We don’t have any labs to take next semester, so I’m super glad. To be honest, the labs weren’t all that bad, but some labs were pretty difficult. Good to see it all done with.

While I’m done with my labs, theory is still left. Theory finals start tomorrow and while I’m nervous, I also want time to go by really quick and be done with them. The sad part is that my finals go on for a while. The last final is on the 1st of Jan. Yes, no holidays for Christmas and no scope for a New Year’s Eve celebration. Also no real celebration for my birthday. But, this is the last year we have to deal with this. After this year, no more exams during holidays and birthdays*. Woohoo!

*can you tell that I’m waiting for college to end?

BLOGMAS UPDATE

Y’all. I do not remember Blogmas being this hard. The last time I did it was also when I had finals in college, but I remember it as this easy breezy thing! I guess we can attribute it being harder now to the fact that I spend a lot more time on every blog post than I used to.

The one thing that has kept me going is planning. I am making sure I plan out my next blogging steps every single day. This has helped me blog two posts on some days, allowing me to take off on other days.

In the last few days, I’ve been super charged on blogging and planning to schedule blog posts in advance so that my final on 19th doesn’t get affected. The subject on that day is pretty hard* and I struggle with it. Need to give it all my attention, so I cannot worry about blogging.

So my routine has become blogging and studying, with breaks in the middle for reading and Netflix.

*only half the students passed last year. whelp.

On another note, is it just me or is there lesser interactivity during blogmas this time? I remember in 2017, and even 2018, the hype and talk about blogmas was SO MUCH. Bloggers were constantly blog-hopping and commenting and making new friends. While I didn’t participate last year, I still went around checking out a lot of blogs. That cheer and interaction seems to be missing this time.

One of the reasons blogmas is helpful for bloggers is because it brings in a lot of traction and gives more exposure to blogs. It’s an event where, if you participate, your blog will certainly grow and you’ll get more views during the event. But this time, I’m noticing lesser traction than even on other months. And I know it’s not just my blog because I’ve been noticing a lack of comments on other blogs as well when I blog-hop.

So yeah, that’s saddening to see.

WHAT I READ

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters. This book was on my radar before it’s release because it sounds so good, and it had some hype amongst the romance readers. I was not disappointed AT ALL. This book is super cute, has a very new plotline which I haven’t seen before, and it gave me all the good feels.

I reread Rock Solid by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde because I was in the mood for a feel-good book but without any suspense because I needed to get back to studying. Exam times are usually when I reread books because I’m guaranteed to love them and since I know how they end, I’m not compelled to say “just one more chapter” instead of studying.

Other than the Goodreads Reading challenge, I also do the A-Z Reading Challenge every year. This year I was SO CLOSE without consciously trying, with 24 out of 26 letters done. The left over letters were Q and Y, and I thought I’d quickly finish them up so I can complete this challenge for the first time EVER.

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a short story which I already had on a recommendation, but didn’t read yet even though I’ve had it for a long time. Since it’s short and fits the prompt, I finally read it. It was a very interesting and insightful read.

The last book I read was Queen of Nothing by Holly Black. I was planning on reading this anyway but I read it earlier to finish the challenge. Since I read it very fast, I didn’t have time to analyze things as I read. I thought I liked it when I finished the book, but once I started discussing with a friend and actually thought about it, my opinions changed.

While the plot was good, I hated the ending and the book felt quite rushed. My friend and I agree that it could have been done much better because The Wicked King had set up everything perfectly. This book was a let-down after The Wicked King.

WHAT I WATCHED

Meal times are when I actually spend time watching Netflix. So thrice a day I open Netflix to watch one episode every time. Since it’s exam time and I need to NOT have a binge-able show*, I needed a show which didn’t have continuity.

Enter Tiny House Nation. Interiors-based show sounded like a good option, plus I love aesthetics. I started it a couple weeks back and it’s REALLY GOOD. Without realizing, I finished it a couple days back and I was SO SAD. It’s too good a show and I wish it had many more episodes.

After Tiny House Nation, I needed another such show to watch. I considered going back to Queer Eye, which I stopped in season 2. But the episode that I started with was intense and I need no emotions. The intensity reminded me that almost every episode of Queer Eye made me cry before, and hence I stopped it again.

On a friend’s insistence, I started Sugar Rush yesterday. It’s good, but the episodes feel very draggy and too long, even though they’re the same duration as Tiny House Nation episodes. It’s just not as captivating. I’ll give it a few more chances and then see if I should find a new show.

*I’m a huge binge-watcher and won’t leave until I finish the show if it has continuity.


And that’s it for my updates this week!

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I’m back from my hiatus!

At least, I hope I am. I can’t tell for sure yet.

It’s been exactly two weeks since my last blog post, and I had promised to blog more in that post. Ha. What a joke.

So, what’s been happening? Why am I just disappearing into the void without a peep on Instagram or Twitter as well? It’s because of my health. Two days after my last post, on 29th October, I was rushed to the emergency ward for breathlessness. I couldn’t breathe unless I was lying on my back. Even if I managed the breathlessness for a while, my head started hurting BAD every time I lifted it.

My swelling had increased in the night to the point that it was pushing on my throat, causing the breathing problems. It was also so heavy that it was pulling at my head when I sit up, causing headaches.

We rushed to the hospital where we consulted the ENT doctor before, but after reaching there we found that ALL DOCTORS WERE OFF. What hospital gives a public holiday???? I had to be admitted due to my breathing, and once I was started on antibiotics I couldn’t keep ANY food in me. That sucked too. I was puking everything up within an hour.

I have so much more to say about that 3 day hospital stay, but I’ve complained about it to my friends enough and I’ll spare y’all the details. It was a BAD experience, though.

Fast forward two weeks to today. I’ve been to two other hospitals, and consulted a few other speacialist doctors. We decided that I need to get a surgery ASAP, and it will be under general anesthesia. But for that, my thyroid levels need to be in range. Now, that’s a problem again. Although I don’t have hyperthyroid anymore (new discovery!! my T4 level is back to normal!!), my thyroid stimulating hormone level is still VERY LOW. No doctor is able to figure out why, and I’ve just been taking tests and more tests for it. I just want to get the surgery done at this point. Sigh.

I also have a lot of work to do for college, barring studying. I haven’t attended classes in two weeks, haven’t done any assignments and haven’t worked on my projects. I’m so behind on everything, and I need to get a LOT of work done before I go in for my surgery (which will probably be in a week?).

To be honest, I could have at least done assignments, but one thing was stopping me. When I was in the hospital, they gave me antibiotics through an IV line at my right hand. The large number of injections and the continuous drips caused the back of my right hand to swell up badly. We changed the IV canula to my left hand, but it was pretty late. I couldn’t bend my fingers or grip anything. It took until YESTERDAY for me to make a loose fist. I tried writing yesterday and I barely got through 200 words before my hand was strained. I couldn’t grip the pen properly. And we do all our assignments by hand (yes, I know, what a stupid rule).

I will attempt to write again today. I also have to work on my projects because deadlines are approaching fast, and I have nothing done. And neither have my teammates done anything, don’t ask me why though. I was under the impression that they would do something but apparently not. This is why I hate working in teams 🙂 And this is the one semester I need my teams in place.

So. That was the update on the physical health front. What about my mental health? Well, I’m hanging in there. Barely, but I’m surviving. I’ve been spending all my free time either watching something. I don’t know why, but I haven’t been able to read much. I haven’t felt like reading either. I’m in a huge reading slump, and I don’t know if I’m even close to getting out of it.

The one thing I’m really unable to do right now, is recharge mentally. I grew up with a lot of time to myself, and an abundance of “space”. Both my parents worked and I would be alone at home for long periods of time. As I grew up, I got used to and I started relying on that alone time. I need time to myself to recharge, without anyone around me to comment or make conversation with. I need time where I don’t have to keep up a positive pretense. And mostly, I require the time to cry if needed. A good cry helps a lot.

But lately, I’ve not had one second to myself. My mum has retired from her job, which means she’s home all the time. She’s even let go of her social activities to take care of me. And while I really appreciate it, the lack of space is getting to me. My mum’s overprotective of me. Even if I itch my leg in front of her, she asks me what happened, what’s wrong. And I also don’t want to burden her with my sadness through all this, because she worries enough herself. I can’t get her more down, so I’ve been the more positive person. And it’s taxing me. I’m at the last straw and I just… want some time alone so I can properly cry or read a book or ANYTHING. But alone.

I doubt it’ll happen, though. Mum’s not leaving me alone unless she has to, and since we’re back to living with my dad, he’s at home a majority of the time as well. He’s of no help to me or has no concern of me, but he’s home which means I still can’t do whatever I want. I usually have to retreat to the bedroom when he’s home, so that makes me feel even more trapped.

Fun times, eh?

Through the last few harrowing weeks, the one thing I’ve been able to count on is support from my friends. Y’all. I cannot even elaborate on HOW HELPFUL my amazing friends have been. They’re always there with emotional and physical support, always ready to help when I ask, and they’re keeping up to date with my tests and everything. I’ve called upon them several times now, because it’s hard to manage running around in hospitals with just my mum. I was no use physically and mentally, and my mum couldn’t do everything alone. My friends stepped in to help and that made so much difference.

Anyway! On to other things.

I’m trying my best to get back into reading. I remembered only yesterday that I have a blog tour coming up this week and I HAVEN’T EVEN READ THE BOOK YET! Welp. I need to finish it ASAP and write a review for the tour. I’m definitely doing that, so you’ll definitely see me soon.

The hectic two weeks with a bad right hand also meant that I couldn’t bullet journal. My bujo is frozen in time at 27th October. I haven’t been able to set up for November, and I’m unsure if I even will at this point. I’m so not up to spending energy on one more thing, and won’t unless I HAVE to.

On the blogging front, I do have ideas but I don’t have the energy to spend on blog posts. It took me two days of mental preparation to write this blog post. Trust me, I’m tired already. I still haven’t gone back to my normal self who doesn’t need naps every day and can run around all day. So, will I be blogging thrice a week like I was doing last month? I don’t know. My stats are taking a huge hit due to the lack of posts, but it’s not a priority right now. I’ll need to work back to it after my finals, because my finals will start right after I’ve recovered from surgery. It’s going to be a hectic two months.

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The Sunday Post // rambles in shambles

It’s been a wild three weeks, y’all. And by wild I just mean hectic.

I actually took a couple weeks off blogging spontaneously. I didn’t feel like posting and my motivation to blog was at a low. I also had many things happening in real life so I didn’t find much time.

In fact, I’ve been so busy that I haven’t used my bullet journal other than to update trackers once every few days. My dailies stopped after 10th of the month or something.

I am currently sick. Last night saw me with a high fever. I honestly don’t know why I’m trying to blog with an incoming headache but this is apparently how we’re doing things. Apologies for no structured content and possibly sentences that don’t make sense. I might also rant because I’ve been in a ranty mood the last few days.

My health has been really bad in the past week. My doctor and I worked really hard to bring down the swelling on the side of my throat (I’ve spoken about this a lot in my previous life updates or sunday posts). In fact, for a month or so it was barely seen. We just had to work a little harder, and I had to stick to the medicines and it would have gone within a month.

But.

It has increased again, to the highest it ever was before. (At least my new haircut helps in hiding it. Small silver lining.) This happened because I got a really bad throat infection, which affected that area since it is also on my throat. In ONE week, it has increased and become a hard mass again and I’m tired of this body. I’m tired. I have three more pressing health matters, one of which requires me to intentionally reduce my immunity and this SUCKS.

And the reason why I got throat infection and fever, you ask? My mum and I shifted house and moved in with dad. I don’t think I mentioned that we lived separately? Who knows. But yeah, we’ve lived apart for over a year and mum and I decided to give dad another chance and moved in with him. Bad decision.

We shifted last Sunday and in the one week I’ve been here, my body has taken so much. I’ve gotten throat infection thrice, fever twice, and my swelling started increasing like no tomorrow on Monday. This can be attributed to the fact that this house is very cold and my dad only has granite furniture which means I’m always cold, but it’s also because he has 0 consideration for my health and things are shitty.

Anyway. Moving on.

Even though my mum and I moved out of our old home, we still have it until the end of this month. As a last hurrah, I called over two groups of friends from college to chill and hangout there.

The first group, consisting of the people I used to hang out with most back in first year of college, came on Friday. I was disappointed that half of them bailed out last minute, and few of them didn’t even bother letting me know until I called them to ask where they are. And the people who did come were late, which left me to spend 3 hours in that house alone with disappointment. Fun.

Out of the 13 people who had to come, only 6 showed up. I had a good time after they arrived, though. The friends who showed up were damn sweet and considerate about my health. We had fun. It was nice.

The second group, which is the one that I primarily hang out with now, came on Saturday. My current group is actually damn huge. I didn’t realize until I started inviting everyone and made a group chat. There were totally 16 people invited, and 15 showed up! That’s a huge win, especially considering the previous day.

These friends even showed up on time, and let me know where they are and if they’ll be late. I was not disappointed for even a minute. I had a LOT of fun yesterday. We took up the whole living room floor (which I covered up with a mat and three different blankets because it was cold). For the first time, so many of my friends were at my place, and it felt glorious. We ordered food for lunch and played games. It was really fun.

For the last hour before everyone left, we spent time discussing and planning for a trip that we want to go on next week. My mum allowed me for the trip a few weeks back when I had asked, but my health was much better then. Now if I fall sick, it’ll be really bad, so I’m not sure if it’s wise for me to go on the trip. I really want to, though. It’ll take at least three months for the swelling to go down halfway, and a year for it be healed (assuming everything goes okay). I can’t halt my life because of it. I’ve also never been on a trip with my friends, and my mum has never taken me on vacation trips all my life because we kept visiting family. (Let’s not talk about dad)

So yeah, I REALLY want to go. I have to be very careful about my health, especially while travelling because it’s monsoon season and my immunity is bad.

Shifting to this house has also put me quite a distance away from the park where I used to exercise. There’s no other park around as well. The problem is that if it starts raining, I can’t come back very fast. And Bangalore rains are known for spontaneously pouring. Hence, my daily exercise is taking a hit.

Oh I also found out that I lost a bit of weight! My jeans have become pull-on jeans now lol. I’m not sure if I should be happy that I lost weight (I’m a liiitle on the heavy side, but in range for my height), or if I should be worried. Worried because I have hyperthyroid, and weight loss is a symptom of the disease. People with hyperthyroid lose weight a LOT. This is also the first time I’m losing weight after almost 2 years. I was constant before. I don’t know what to think. It also could be because of my gluten free diet and exercise but *shrug*.

Sudden change of topic, but the song I’m currently listening to while blogging is TOO GOOD. I think I may have shared it in one of my songs spotlights but I’m just loving it soo much right now? It’s the exact vibe I need right now.

I think I don’t have anything else to say today. I know for sure that I had a LOT to talk about, but I’m tired right now and I just want to cry to Malibu Nights 🙂

I’ll see y’all soon.

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How have you been for the last few weeks? Update me in the comments! I’d love to know what you’ve been upto.

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The Sunday Post // cheat days and good books

Happy Sunday everyone!

I hope you’ve been having a great day so far. I’m spending my Sunday trying to study for my tests tomorrow. The first test tomorrow is on Advanced Computer Architecture which has tons of complicated diagrams and while I have photographic memory, there are just too many diagrams to keep track of perfectly.

I’m taking a short break from studying to write this post. My week has been pretty uneventful but there are a few things I can update you on.

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WHAT I DID

I tried out VSCO editing again! I actually tried it once a couple years back but I just couldn’t figure it out, and it wasn’t working with my style. I also mainly took VSCO for Instagram, and my style was VERY DIFFERENT back then.

I was seeing random videos on YouTube and saw this one on VSCO girls. I did not know that that’s a term and I still don’t know what it means, but the video’s pictures got me wanting to try VSCO again.

Since I was still completely not sure on how to use the app, I turned to Pinterest for “editing recipes”, which are basically some specific settings to get a kind of edit. I even made a board with all the recipes I like which use the free filters. I tried out a LOT of edits, even asking my friends for random pictures and editing them. After a few days of trials, I can day that I’ve now grasped how to use it and I’ve figured out what I like.

While VSCO is good, I don’t think VSCO is for my current Instagram theme. I do want to try out a whole theme with the app, but not just yet. I’ll probably attempt it once I get a new phone with a better camera. My current cam is… not great.

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One of the pictures that I edited when trying out VSCO.

My best friends were craving pizza last night and begged me to take a cheat day from my gluten free diet to have pizza with them. It’s been a long time since I last had food with gluten, and my best friends and I only have pizza with each other (it’s kind of like a tradition), so I broke my diet for the night. I did have lesser pizza than them and had rice as my dinner, but it’s still a break from my diet. I don’t regret it at all.

WHAT I READ

I read three books this week. It was a pretty good week, considering I was still blogging, going to college everyday, and playing League of Legends.

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The first book I read last week was Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. Not gonna lie, I was IMPRESSED. The world building, the characters, the circumstances and the relationships—all of them were great. At some points the book did feel a little slow sometimes but that’s okay.

I rated the book 4/5 stars and not a total 5 because the ending was disappointing. Anticipation was built up right from the start for the ending and it just fell flat. I’ll write a review for this book pretty soon, so watch out for that.

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My second read of the week was Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. I actually started this book MONTHS back in a bookstore+cafe. I kept wanting to go back and read it entirely in the hardback copy, which was beautiful, but I couldn’t find the time to go. I finally caved and read the ebook this week.

This book… has it’s pluses and minuses. I wasn’t very impressed by it, but I did like parts of it. I enjoyed the story concept and every individual character. The whole concept of this series is that a ragtag bunch of kids are put together in a squad and circumstances require them to become heroes together. The squad is the thing that I’m most conflicted about. I like that they start to form friendships and get along but I also felt like the camaraderie was forced in dialogue. I’ll explain more when I write a complete review on this book.

My last read of the week, which I finished last night, was Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan. I was introduced to this book by Kat @ Reading After Ten. Her review of the book intrigued me. While I got the book a while back, I didn’t it pick it up until this week because Kat mentioned that it is a hard read. I wanted to be in the right frame of mind to read it.

Now that I’ve finished the book, I agree with Kat. This book is a hard read, but it is totally worth it. Our female lead Iris goes through a LOT in this book and all of it is shown in raw truth, not sugar-coated at all. Kennedy Ryan interviewed multiple women who have survived through domestic abuse and has done them justice by showing the hard truths. I say read the book, if not for the romance, for Iris’s journey.

I will definitely be writing a review on this book as well. I have to.


I read faster that I can review, and it’s definitely going to be a problem with the books I read this week. I’ll do my best to review these ASAP.

And that’s all I have to say this week. I will see you in my next post. Have a great week!

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The Sunday Post // exercises and League of Legends

It’s Sunday again!

It’s also almost over, for me. I meant to blog yesterday or this morning but I just didn’t feel like. Instead I spent my time doing other things, which I’ll talk about below!

The Sunday Post is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer where we update everyone about our last week.

what I did

I lost my exercising routine at the beginning of this month. I didn’t go for a whole week! It took me a couple days to get back into the groove but I’ve been working on it last week and I’m back to my exercise routine. I’m also exercising just a little harder everyday to make up for my cheat week.

Maintaining a healthy exercise routine is the one thing that I easily lose. I tried for years but I never tried hard enough. After finding out that my health is in a bad state this year, which lead to me cutting off 70% of the foods I eat and taking meds, I was finally determined to keep fit. As of now, I’ve been exercising almost daily for 7 months and I still find it hard to get back into the routine after just a few days of break.

The other notable thing from last week is that I went out with two of my closest friends from college. We had a day off on Tuesday due to a festival and spontaneously decided to meet up in a random cafe. It was really nice to just hang out and talk for a while. Having college six days a week zaps out the energy from all of us that we don’t try to meet up outside and chill. But it was much needed.

The week ended with tests which I had yesterday. I had tests for two subjects, one went really bad and the other went pretty good. Fingers crossed the ones I have this week go well!

what I played

This is a completely new section because I usually DON’T play anything. A lot of my friends in college are gamers and I’ve been hearing gaming talk for two years now. It was mostly about Dota, though. I tried Dota once but gave up after only a couple bot games. I just wasn’t interested. I think the amount of talk on Dota going on around me all day put me off the game. Contradictory, but true.

Recently, my friends have shifted from Dota to League of Legends. I decided to try it as well. A couple things together got me interested in trying. 1) I found out that my bias from BTS also plays League of Legends and likes it, and 2) the MUSIC IS AWESOME. I’ve heard quite a few songs from the game’s long list of soundtracks and it’s so cool. While watching the music videos, I became interested in the characters as well.

So yeah, I started playing League of Legends in the last week. I haven’t played it much, but I think I’m warming up to it. After the couple games, I took 5 days to muster up the enthusiasm to play again. When I did, I played alone with strangers online, without my friends teaching me things over Discord, and it was so much better! I could concentrate and truly give a shot. Since then, I’ve played a lot of games and I’m starting to get the hang of it.

what I read

It’s high time I tried to read more non-fiction books and improve my knowledge. I started reading Educated by Tara Westover, a memoir so it’s easier to get into non-fiction. I’m not liking it a lot and it’s pretty slow, so I’m crawling through it. But I’m determined to finish it.

I’m also reading The Silva Mind Control Method by José Silva, which my friend lent me saying that I would really take to it and benefit from it. This book will take me months to truly finish because it instructs on using your mind to improve your life. The author recommends reading the book first and then trying every chapter’s methods one by one, so that’s what I’m doing.

Since I just cannot read only non-fiction without losing my mind, I’ve been reading a few short romance books in between. While looking for books to read, I found out that several authors joined and wrote a book each set in Aurora Rose Reynolds’s Until series’ world, so of course I HAD to try some of them. These books have the same vibes and also have cameos of characters from the Until series.

I read Until Mani by Rochelle Paige which was actually really nice! I quite liked it. Then Until I Make You Mine by Jenika Snow, which I did NOT like. I tried a couple more books as well but I stopped reading them only a few chapters in because they were NOT GOOD. Not sure if I’ll try anymore.

what I watched

I didn’t watch anything during the week. I simply did not have the enthusiasm to watch. I didn’t open Netflix at all.

But I did start something this afternoon! I started watching Love Alarm on Netflix. It’s a Kdrama starring Kim So-hyun (whom I’ve seen in a few other Kdramas and whom I really like). I was initially hesitant to watch it because 1) it has a love triangle, which I hate, and 2) I just wasn’t interested in the story line. But I felt like starting something new and decided, why not. It’s short.

What about Regin and Queer Eye, which I was watching earlier, you ask? Well, looks like I get bored with shows if they’re too long. I miss the shortness of Kdramas. I can binge them in a day or two and be done. I will watch Queer Eye and Reign, but later. Hopefully soon.


How was your week? What did you do? Did you read anything or watch anything?

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The Sunday Post // Kdrama binges and busy schedules

Hey everyone!

It’s been SO LONG since I last posted a Sunday Post. I feel like I’ve got so much to say but also I don’t know how to even write it all anymore. It’s weird being back.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer to update our followers about our last week—be it about books, life or anything else.

Okay let’s start with..

My Internship

I got an internship in January through a friend of mine from school. It’s at a start-up called Open My Book. It’s a mobile-based lending library where we rent out books to people! We’re now on Google Play Store so you should definitely check it out.

Anyway, I’ve been really enjoying my internship. It’s a little time-consuming, with me doing something or meeting people from the team around thrice a week, but it’s rewarding. I’m learning things and I’m getting advice so it’s pretty cool.

It’s also really filled up my schedule. I’m quite busy nowadays, what with internship, this blog, my Instagram handles, twitter etc. along with college. But I like it! For the first time, I’m this busy doing productive things while also enjoying with friends, so it’s really nice.

My Reading

Hah more like my non-existent reading.

I get into a book slump every year at least once where I just don’t end up reading. This year it came pretty early. It’s all because I got a Netflix subscription and I’m bingeing on Kdramas like crazy.

Goodreads says I’m still somehow 2 books ahead on schedule for 150 books this year so.. I got time!

I also started reading On The Come Up by Angie Thomas yesterday at the bookstore while I was killing time before a meeting. I bought it because I trust Angie Thomas and I already like the book 32 pages in. Let’s hope it brings me out of my reading slump!

Kdrama updates

Yeah so I’VE GOT A LOT.

I watched My ID Is Gangnam Beauty, which I hadn’t planned on watching because I felt it’s controversial and doesn’t send the right message. Quite a few people told me to try it because they liked it so I did, and I actually liked it! It talks about a lot of issues such as body image, plastic surgery and the stigma that comes with it, pretty people privilege, beauty on the inside etc. I totally recommend it if you can handle the above topics.

I also watched The Girl Who Sees Scents. My mum was the one who showed me the trailer, actually! It came on her feed on Facebook and she called me over because I’m into Kdramas. It turned out to be quite good! I loved the beginning but I was disappointed in the last few episodes. The climaxes and reveals could have been executed in a much better way, in my opinion. I have mixed feelings about this drama.

I Am Not A Robot was the last drama that I completed. I finished it a couple days back. I absolutely loved it. While it has plot holes and some unbelievable things—more about human perception than the technology, I still really liked it. I loved the main characters and the plot was quite good. I recommend it if you want a funny and new drama to watch. It’s currently trending on Netflix.

Romance Is A Bonus Book is the ongoing drama that I’m watching. The drama’s last episode will be releasing tonight, in my time. I’m absolutely loving it because Lee Jong-suk is brilliant in it. He’s charming, adorable, and really attractive. I love his character in the drama. I also like the plot, which isn’t all that special, but it brings out feelings in me. At some parts the drama was quite slow but it’s not bad. I love that it’s mostly based in a book publishing company.

Mandarin drama

Netflix recommended Accidentally In Love and I thought it’s a Kdrama so I gave it a go. Turned out that it’s in Mandarin. The story looked pretty nice, though, so I continued watching.

It was really good until a little over halfway through the show. The last few episodes got really draggy. Overall, it wasn’t that great. The one thing I had a hard time with was connecting their speaking tone to the emotion that they’re trying to convey. The cast always spoke fast and, frequently, in high tones no matter what the situation was. I found it weird that they spoke the same way even when the emotions are different.

It was something new that I tried and it was okay. I probably won’t see another Mandarin show any time soon.


I think that’s all I’ve got to say this week? Honestly there must be more but my mind is full of the things I have to do today so I’ll end this post here.

How was your week? Any highlights? Tell me in the comments!

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The Sunday Post // I’m sick right before finals wow

Happy Sunday everyone! It’s been exactly two weeks since my last blog post and I have no excuses. I just did not have the mood to blog. I guess I was in a slump but I didn’t really try to blog as well so who knows.

My finals start on the 27th and I had study holidays or, as I like to call them, partial vacation. I took complete advantage and just chilled all of the days. I went out a lot, slept a LOT, and just relaxed.

I did try to start studying on 20th but that didn’t work out. I finally did start studying on the 21st but gUESS WHAT. I fell sick that evening.

I took a nap for about an hour because I had a headache and I woke up with a cold and throat infection along with the headache.

I went to the doctor yesterday and got some meds. I’m taking them but as usual my body isn’t good with immune things or healing things so I’m still pretty sick.

I’m tired and sleepy and my head is muddy and I do NOT want to study. I did try to study yesterday but I did barely anything. I didn’t even try today.

I really hope I can study properly tomorrow because as per schedule, I have to start tomorrow for the final on 27th. Until now I’ve been doing a little prep for further subjects. Key word little which means VERY little.

Moving on..

Goodreads challenge update

In the beginning of the year I had set my challenge to 150 books, which was lesser than 2017’s 200. I was optimistic.

Around September I was feeling less optimistic. 5th semester had put a LOT of my schedule and I couldn’t think of much more than classes, assignments, projects, and my online course. I fell behind on blogging as well.

So I reduced my goal to 125. I reached that goal easily since I was already up to 120 books when I changed my goal. After that I was reading whenever I got the time.

Now I’m actually up to 150 books! I’m not changing it back, though. Meh.

Highlights from the past two weeks

  • I went out 4 days in one week!

And I mean PROPER outings. This is huge for me when all I want to do is stay at home and hole up with my books.

I went out with my friends for dinner once, which was super fun. The second was a bookstore visit after which my best friend and I tried out a new restaurant.

Third was to decorate a friend’s room for her birthday and it worked out SUPER well! The decor looked awesome when we were done. I also stayed over at her place that night. We gave her another surprise around 2am when we took her up to the terrace and had her set off a flying lantern! That was really nice.

Fourth was that same day when a bunch of friends and I went out to a new place for lunch to celebrate two of their birthdays.

All were really good days and I’m so glad I didn’t decline any of them.

  • I got out of my reading slump!

For a while, my reading slump was really bad. I was trying to finish up my projects and report and study for my lab finals that I just didn’t have the time to read. It became a slump later because I didn’t want to read even when I had the time.

I got over it, though! All credits go to the BRILLIANT Queen Of Air And Darkness by Cassandra Clare. To anyone who hasn’t read The Dark Artifices trilogy, I definitely recommend it.

I’ve also been on a romance kick since then for some reason.

  • I finally listened to songs by Billie Eilish.

I’ve been hearing only good things about her music but I never actually sought out her music. I was binge watching videos by the React channel and came across a react to Billie’s songs and that was what finally made me to check out her songs.

I’m currently playing Lovely by Billie Eilish and Khalid on repeat because it’s just too damn good.

Okay that’s all I’ve got.

I’m considering this post good enough considering I just got back after a slump. I know I won’t get time to blog during finals but I will be back after that. Miss me, and wish me luck!

What are some highlights of your week? Do you have any plans for Christmas? Tell me in the comments!

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The Sunday Post // book fair!

Happy Sunday everyone! It is the last day of my long weekend and I’m sad. I don’t want holidays to be over.

I had holidays from Thursday and my plan was to sleep and do my projects during these four days. But I ended up making last minute plans for every day?! Who am I. I’m meeting people, I’m going out, I’m not holed up at home. It’s weird.

But I did manage to blog on both Thursday and Friday! So this will make three posts this week, for the first time this month.

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My tests are done!

I spoke about tests that I really need to study for in last week’s Sunday Post. I had them Monday through Wednesday with two tests a day. Since I was so done with the tests, I skipped the last one and started my long weekend early. Heh.

I can say that the other 5 tests went pretty well, so that’s good!

McD and chill

I met up with four of my close friends from high school. We’re actually a group of six and one person was missing. Ever since college started, it’s been very hard to get all six of us in one place at one time. It’s happened only twice in over two years.

So we had lots of fun! We just ate some burgers and fries and spoke a lot. We also showed each other people we stalk on Instagram, complained about our struggles in college etc. It was a really nice evening.

Bangalore Book Festival

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Picture of me taking a picture of all the books.

I found out on Tuesday that there’s a week-long Book Fest/Book Fair in my city and I really wanted to go. A friend of mine got passes and I tagged along with him and his friend on Thursday.

Am I getting better or what! I went with one person I mostly spoke to only online and another person I never spoke to. I’m not so introverted anymore yayy XD Look at me bragging about going out with new people. It’s a rare thing guys.

Anyway the book fair was really nice. We found a lot of second-hand book stores selling books for less prices. The three of us got 21 books in total!

We were so happy and full of accomplishment at buying so many books. We took pictures of all the books to post on Instagram.

 

I got 9 books for myself. I got:

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  1. The Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark. I really wanted more MHC books so I looked for them in every stall and ended up getting two.
  2. Stillwatch by Marie Higgins Clark.
  3. That Girl From Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson. I think the best and worst part of the book fair was me looking at all the new books and new authors. New books and authors for me to discover but also very few books that I recognized. Hence I got random new books that sounded nice and few which I’ve heard of/wanted.
  4. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. The second I saw the book and the cover, I remembered that I have it on my TBR in Goodreads and picked it up. It sounds really nice as well so I’m looking forward to read it.
  5. They Both Die In The End by Adam Silvera. I have been looking for this book for a long time but it’s always out of my budget when I find it. For the first time it was being sold at a lesser price so I got it immediately. I really like the edition I got as well.
  6. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. I love Kinsella’s books. This one is my favourite of them all and I’ve been wanting a paperback copy. I wanted a different edition specifically but I’ve given up that it will be available in India so when I saw this one, I just bought it.
  7. The Lie by C.L. Taylor. Another author I’ve never heard of before. The synopsis sounded nice so I bought it.
  8. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’d probably know that this book is one of my all-time favourites. I’ve only ever owned an ebook of this but seeing that it came at a great price, I bought it. I finally have a physical copy!
  9. Thanks For The Memories by Cecelia Ahern. I quite like this author’s work, my favourite being Where The Rainbows End which was later renamed Love, Rosie after the movie adaptation. The synopsis sounded nice, and the edition is pretty, so I bought it.

And those are the nine books that I bought! This is my biggest book haul so far.

I finally got my bus pass

So we have this yearly student bus pass thing. The system is pretty screwed up so it took a long time for the cards to be available. I finally went yesterday and got mine. The process included walking around blindly for an hour without proper directions because no one told properly where to go, then standing in the wrong line for half an hour. I had a sense of accomplishment when I finally got the pass.

This week’s to-do list

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I think that’s it for this week! I didn’t read much and I didn’t watch anything new. Oh speaking of watching I actually was watching V’s live* while writing this post. I had the left half screen as a browser with the live and right half with this draft open. Multitasking without 100% efficiency but I did both of these things in lesser time together than I would have taken if I had done them separately.

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  • Finish mini project bookrecs at least upto 90%. I actually have to submit it this week, as per my guide, but I have wayyyy too much to do. I planned on almost finishing it this weekend but I had only minimal progress.
  • Finish DBMS mini project completely. This holds more priority to me than the other project.

Huh. Nothing else comes to mind. Oh well, that’s good in a way. I can focus on the two tasks I have.

I’ll see y’all next week with another Sunday Post! Have a great week!

How was your week? Did you go out or meet friends? Tell me in the comments!

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The Sunday Post // what am I doing.

Happy Sunday y’all! It’s the day to sleep in, rest, read and have tea. Or if you’re not like me, it’s the day to go out and have adventures.

Now, if you ask me the question in the title of this post, I wouldn’t know what to tell you. It’s been a long week of work and procrastination. I haven’t found a balance.

Posting three times a week on the blog feels too much now. I have way too many things to be doing. I’ve decided today to just go with the flow. No set schedule. Just blog when I can, but hopefully at least once a week.

Last week’s to-do list

  1. Take care of self. I did kinda manage this! I’m almost all good.
  2. Finish databases and front end for both mini projects! I managed to do this JUST IN TIME. I actually did front end of project #2 on the way and at college the day of submission. It was CLOSE.
  3. Learn Django! I did do it! Yass!
  4. 2 hours of online course. Ha. Right after Wednesday and submitting my projects I stopped doing anything productive. Four days straight of intense work got me tired.
  5. Study for tests! I did a bit. Little bit. Definitely not enough.

I decreased my reading goal of the year

My original goal was 150 books. But last week when I was in the pit of my slump, plus I didn’t even have time to blog, I decided that my goal isn’t a priority.

I reduced my goal to 125 books, which was easy to reach since I only needed to finish one more book to reach that XD

Reading updates

I actually have reading updates for y’all this week! And proper ones!

I managed to get totally back into reading with Josh and Hazel’s Guide To Not Dating by Christina Lauren. I should have known that Christina Lauren can easily bring me out of my slump. It was really nice.

About 15 pages into the book, I found out that the male lead’s Korean name is Im Jimin and.. I can’t get away from BTS wherever I go. They’re everywhere.

I also read two other books by Christina Lauren. Sweet Filthy Boy and Dark Wild Night, books 1 and 3 of Wild Seasons series. I didn’t read book 2 lol. Not interested in it’s female lead.

I should have reduced my reading goal sooner. My reading picked up immediately after I reduced it. Smh.

I’m currently reading Wildcard by Marie Lu. I gave in to the temptation and stopped waiting to go to the bookstore for the paperback. I’ll just buy that as well later. I’m reading the book slowly to savour it.

In another case of I can’t get away from BTS, Marie Lu LITERALLY mentioned BTS. Park Jimin of South Korea. Not a character we see, but a blatant mention. My friends literally started laughing when I told this to them.

Impromptu sleepover!

My best friend surprised me yesterday evening by just dropping in. It takes quite some time to go back to her college so she decided to sleep over. A friend of mine from college also stayed over so we could study late in the night.

There was another friend with us as well, who left at around 10pm. The four of us ended up playing games, having dinner while joking and laughing, and talking Harry Potter. It was really fun yesterday.

We ended up falling asleep after doing only two topics but we did wake up early and finish the rest of the subject.

I decided to take a break and properly get energized before starting to study for tomorrow’s tests. I have Management & Entrepreneurship and Computer Networks. I haven’t started yet.

I actually sat down to study ME but then I remembered that the blog will go without another post this week, so here I am quickly writing something.

Since I really need to go study now..

I’m ending the post here. I apologize for this post which is just paragraphs without breaks. I might come back during a study break and add pictures. Have a great week!

How was your week? Did you have a sleepover too?

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The Sunday Post // what a busy week

Hi everyone! Hope y’all had a good week!

I had a VERY busy week. I’m currently writing this post on Friday night because I KNOW that I will not get even a second to blog after now. I even considered not posting this Sunday but decided to post a short one.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Hackathon updates

I mentioned last week about a 24 hour Hackathon “HACK-IT-ON 2.0” that we’re hosting at our college campus this weekend and it has taken over my days. I have done nothing else productive. I gave up on updating my bullet journal and just downloaded a trusty tasks app that I turn to whenever I need.

I haven’t progressed in my online course or two projects. I don’t even know where I found the time to blog. I posted less on Instagram.

I’m super excited for the event but I’m also lowkey looking forward to finish it so I can rest again and maybe watch/read something.

Reading updates

I read like 20 pages during the little bit of time in college when I had time between Hackathon things. I read Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake and I’m finally kinda getting into it!

I’m about half-way through and while it’s not picked up yet, it’s not as boring as the beginning of the book.

Smol rant

I honestly have nothing else to talk about. I’ve been so damn busy oof.

You know I actually considered getting a Netflix subscription. I was going to share with three other people but backed out almost at the last minute because looking at the way my days are going, I won’t use Netflix and it wouldn’t be worth the money I’m paying.

It’ll be something I use just because I paid for it and I’ll also get too distracted from my work i.e. online course and projects.

Honestly the only reason my workspace isn’t very messy is because I work on the floor and have to clean up every time I’m done.

Tip: try working on the floor. Do your assignments, send emails, blog while sitting Indian style on the floor. This works best for me, probably because for anything I need to get up and I’m too lazy for that. I decide to finish and then get up for whatever.

To-do list for next week

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  1. Set up bullet journal for October. No way can I do it before. I’m even planning on bunking a full day of classes on Monday because I’ll be damn tired.
  2. 4 hours of online course. I really need someone to keep me accountable. Comment down below if you want to volunteer.
  3. Complete database for mini project #1. I started it, just need to do some more. Maybe an hour of work.
  4. Watch 4 tutorial videos for Django. I need to learn this as well for one of my mini projects and I haven’t even started it.
  5. Be organized. Please don’t be a mess, self.

 

Okay that’s it for today! I need to go and work on my script. I’m MCing for the event as well and my stage fright will be a nightmare unless I prepare well.

How was your week? Did you read/watch anything? Let me know below!

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The Sunday Post // tests + Sierra Burgess

It’s already been another week?! I feel like I wrote last week’s Sunday post just a couple days back. Just like this week, the next two years will go by and before I know it I’ll be out of college. Scary just thinking about going into the real adulting world.

The Sunday Post is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

As I write this, it’s Saturday evening and I’ve just got back from college. You will be seeing this only Sunday afternoon but I’m writing it in advance because I don’t need any more excuses to procrastinate studying.

I’m blogging while playing my playlist on shuffle and trying to chill for the first time since last Sunday.

Updates from last sunday

I went out with a friend and I had a really good time! We went to a small book fair and then went to a mall where we sat talking over burgers and Fanta Floats for a LONG time. It was a good day, although it did tire me out and I didn’t get to studying that day. Worth it, though.

I also bought a book from the book fair called The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger. The only reason I actually ended up buying it is because the author wrote The Devil Wears Prada, which I really like.

Follow up on last week’s to-do list

I don’t do to-do lists in my bullet journal because it never worked for me. Surprisingly, though, the to-do list I’ve been posting here last two Sundays is actually on my mind throughout the week! Maybe because I only talk about the most important things or maybe posting online is keeping me responsible.

  1. Don’t watch any Kdramas or read any books!! Although I did end up reading a book early in the week because I reallllly felt like it, I’m still marking this green. I didn’t watch or read anything else, which has actually freed up a LOT of my time to study.
  2. Blog for Friday in advance. I blogged for Friday on Tuesday itself along with that day’s post!
  3. Two hours of online course minimum. So much for doing my course no matter what. Since I missed a LOT of classes, I needed to study a lot and catch up to write my tests well.
  4. Study!!!!! I did haha.

Section 377 in India has been repealed!

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Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code states that homosexual sex between two consenting adults is a crime. India has a long history of hating on queer people and not welcoming them.

In 2009, the section was repealed but in 2013 it was brought back. I was oblivious to all this.

But a couple days back, the Supreme Court panel of five judges unanimously voted to repeal Section 377 and I CAN’T BE HAPPIER.

The internet BLEW UP with the news and there was celebration everywhere. Twitter had multiple hashtags about it that trended. The news kept showing people going around giving sweets and celebrating and honestly, what a good day.

I’m so thankful for this step forward. And in the center of it all, the judges are the people to thank. Not only did they take this decision, they also gave such good statements which should be quotes.

“LGBT community has the same rights as other members of society. Criminalising carnal sex is irrational, arbitrary.” CJI Dipak Misra

Gay marriage is not legal, though. I’m sure the next step is to pursue it but there has already been opposition to the idea by the Govt, which I read in the news. It’s a work-in-progress. I hope for the best.

4/6 tests done!

My tests started Friday and I have two a day. And since my weekdays run until Saturday, I had two days of two tests.

I’m actually glad that we have two tests a day because they get over really fast. It’s four days of binge-studying and done. It’s a good schedule. During finals when my exams stretches over several days, I hate it.

I have two more tests on Monday and I’m done, yay!

Reading updates

I read only one book this week as I said above and that is Accidental Tryst by Natasha Boyd. I read through it pretty quickly. I quite liked it in the beginning but the last quarter just did not do it for me.

It was a little messy the way it ended and I also didn’t like the last sequence of events.

3/5 stars.

What I watched

I actually haven’t watched yet but I’m about to watch Sierra Burgess Is A Loser now! I have a day to study for my next two tests so I’m allowing myself to enjoying for a little bit.

I have my cup of tea and some biscuits, all ready. I’ll come back once the movie’s over and complete this post so until then, see ya!

two hours later

Y’all.. I didn’t like it..

I didn’t like the movie. Less than halfway through I found myself fast-forwarding. I.. I did not expect this.

I just really expected to like it, you know? I even spoke about it to my friends, I was so excited to watch it!

  • Starting with the small things, sometimes the music choices were way off for the scenes.
  • We did not even get to see Sierra and Jamey connect.
  • I loved Sierra’s confidence on not caring about her looks and while, deep down, I know that it’s still high school and that it will affect her, I did not like the way it came out.
  • The unlikely friendship between Veronica and Sierra was my most anticipated thing because I wanted friendship and.. I don’t know. It just was not it. The movie was not it.
  • It’s transphobic. A friend replied saying that in reply to my Instagram story, about watching the movie, as well. It’s… no. No.
  • It’s also fatphobic and lesbophobic.
  • This tweet thread by clockworkreads says it all.

  • I’m just sitting here making faces of frustration because I don’t know how to say what I didn’t like because overall I just didn’t.
  • It felt like just another story about a fat girl in high school. I did not see anything new and unique and nice.
  • Also I did not relate at all. I was the fat one too but I did not relate at all. Is that how American high school is? Just snide comments and outward insults without any underhand things? Because from what I remember, the small things hurt more than being outwardly insulted.
  • The best friend relationship Sierra had with Dan was not nice. I mean, throughout the movie everything that happened, I didn’t like it. But right from the start I didn’t like Dan because he kept pushing Sierra and sometimes didn’t consider her feelings. But then on the other hand (spoiler ahead, will type it in white so if you want to see it, select the text) she did kinda forget about him because of a boy and because a new friend and that is SAD. He was with her the whole time! And she didn’t even think about it. Felt like just another teenage movie that I do not get.
  • I hated the peak point. You know, the part of every story where things go wrong and the MC is sad and realizes how stupid she’s been and stuff. Very awkwardly done. Did not like it.

Side note: The song Sunflower by Shannon Purser is pretty good. I don’t like the lyrics because I’m done with the plot line but her voice is really good and I like the tone. Will definitely have any other song by her on repeat. Not this one though.

Conclusion: I did not like it. Some people did, though. So if you want to watch it, go for it, I guess?

I hit 900 followers on Instagram

Moving on to better topics! I hit another milestone on my Instagram account! I know that Instagram follower count will keep fluctuating and changing, so right after this the number might go down. (Is it bots that cause this problem or is it actually people who follow unfollow several times because I’ve been facing this for a long time and so have many others.)

I’m so close to 1k! Woohoo!

Speaking of, follow me on Instagram!

Next week’s to-do list

Okay last thing. I need to end this post so I can get to studying because my mum has been telling me to get off the laptop and study for the past hour.

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  • Do well on the last two tests! Get studying ASAP.
  • Design review. Gotta show the design plan for my mini project to my guide on Monday.
  • DBMS project review. Better start get working on this project and review the plans with my guide.
  • Four hours of online course. Need to catch up!
  • Write another Kdrama review. I have tons of Kdramas left to be reviewed! So much backlog oof.

And I think that’s enough for a week? I’m making faces just looking at this list.

(Okay my mum’s making pulao again and it smells SO GOOD I WANT TO EAT IT NOW. Thank goodness it’ll be dinner time soon.)

How was your week? Anything monumental happen? Tell me in the comments!