Life Diaries and Reading Wrap Up – Sep 2021

To start with, I’d like to take a moment to to note that its nearly half of October already and for some reason I decided to write my September wrap up now. Better late than never, they say, right? I was going through my notes for September and I realised I did a lot of one thing in September – celebrate my birthday and do nothing else! LOL..A woman has to enjoy too I guess.

Oh how little I wrote though 😦

Reading

My reading didnt really improve in September in term of the quantity of books I read. But I did read two really amazing books.

  • Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas (⭐️⭐️⭐️) – I had really high expectations from this particular book in the series especially because one of my really close reader friends had spoken highly of it, and I guess that’s where I went wrong. I was annoyed by Chaol and Aelin’s characters for some reason and I couldnt get the chemistry between Aelin and Rowan either. The saving grace however in this book were Manon, Abraxos, Lysandra, Elide, Dorian and even Kaltain! I’ll be reading the next book for these characters for sure 🙂
  • Klara and The Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) – Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2021, this book was a gem. This was my second read by Kazuo Ishiguro and I’ve noticed that it takes time and patience to get into his books, because the writing is slow paced. But the content and concept of his stories and his clever allegories are simply brilliant!
  • Death Black Edition Vol 5 by Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba (⭐️⭐️⭐️) – Well, I’m a fan of the illustrations in the book and the overall concept. But I am still annoyed by the outright sexism that continues in the books. I wonder if Light is going to become a villain by the end of the series though..hmm
  • Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) – The master of satire has done it again with this book. I decided to read all of Vonnegut’s backlists since I loved Slaughterhouse Five so much. This is my third book by him and his writing is still hilarious and dark and disturbing. The theme in this book is, that the biggest nemesis human beings have, is our own big brains. So what if evolution reversed and we became water creatures with flippers instead and just lived in the moment?

Writing

My writing has been suffering a lot since I’ve joined this new project at work – which means it has been almost two months and I’ve still not been able to figure out a sustainable writing schedule to go along with this project. There is the issue of time and then there is the issue of my aching fingers and wrists, from all that typing at work. It’s mid October and I still haven’t been able to figure out my writing. Maybe I could buy a notebook and do some plotting instead and call that writing and write on weekends when I actually have some time? Hmm, food for thought..

Socials, Life, Travel and Other Updates

  • Well, as you already know, September was my birthday month, so there was a lot of birthday celebration throughout the month 🙂 I’m so grateful for all my family and friends for making me feel so loved and special throughout the month! I received so many books and presents, cut multiple cakes, went on two weekend gateways with my friends – it was simply a superb birthday month! I couldn’t have asked for anything more 🙂
  • I got a new bookish tattoo and I love it!!!!
  • I planned my first used book sale on Instagram to try and make space for more books on my bookshelf 😀 At first I wasn’t sure if there would be any takers at all, but I was pleasantly surprised to find so many new homes for my books. It was a very interesting learning experience and although I had to take out extra time in my days to plan the packaging and shipping for the books, I thought it was an effort well spent 🙂
  • For the Belongg event of the month, my friend and I decided to host a discussion on ‘The Importance of Independent Bookstores on Promoting Literacy and Diversity’, on Clubhouse. Although the subject was a really interesting one, we didn’t have any audience sadly. Its just how any marketing or social media platforms work I guess. You need to be using the platforms and have some followers before you get any audience for a discussion. So we might end up repeating the same event for October as well 🙂
  • My exercise suffered in September – but I attribute that to a mix of spending time outside celebrating my birthday and socialising mostly..heheh. I walked more than I did last month but my overall Km count reduced. I did cycle a few extra days too 🙂

Shows/Movies and Music Review for September

I didnt watch a lot of shows since I was so busy traveling and working and trying to keep up with the exercising. I did start watching ‘Use for my Talent’. Its another Chinese contemporary romance that features a character with strong OCD and the different kinds of love between couples. I liked it and would recommend it if you want to watch something funny and cute. But I couldnt finish it, since after about halfway through the show, the content didnt hold my interest as much.

I also watched two Disney movies with my daughter – Raya and the last Dragon and Luca. While both movies were great, my favorite was Luca. It was funny and heartwarming and is a movie that teaches children to embrace your otherness and the value of friendship. I recommend this one 🙂

On the music front, I re-discovered some old favorites and discovered a few new one hit wonder kind of international artists whose songs I found really funny or songs that had amazing beats you could dance to. Looking at my updated ‘Liked Songs’ playlist, I realized, music can transcend communities and languages. You just have to feel the beat. Any song can become a favorite song, if its music somehow manages to touch your heart and makes you smile or dance 😉 🙂 Also, it doesn’t show in this picture, but I am absolutely in love with the latest BTS-Coldplay collab – My Universe. Gives me goosebumps and makes my toes bop every time I listen to that song 🙂

And that’s a wrap for September 🙂 How was your September? What did you read, or watch or listen to? Do drop in your recommendations in the comments section 🙂

6 thoughts on “Life Diaries and Reading Wrap Up – Sep 2021

  1. That’s the problem with TOG series. If you go in not expecting much, you enjoy it a lot. But if you have high expectations, it turns out to disappoint. I keep hearing about Clara and the Sun. I should give it a try. And, for writers suffering from wrist and aching fingers, they use dictation.
    Word has it, along with other apps and programs.
    Anyway, I sent you an email a while back, I wondered if you got it? If not, I can resend it.
    Happy belated birthday!

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    1. Yeah that’s the thing.. maybe I’ll like the next book in the series more because my expectations are low lol..

      Another of my writer friends also suggested to use dictation but I found it difficult to get used to 🙂 Maybe time for another try I guess.

      Thank you for the birthday wishes! I did receive your email and had intended to reply but have been busy with a couple of things and completely forgot to reply. I’ll reply within this week 🙂

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      1. I usually skip reading blurbs and other people’s reviews for books I intend to read so their thoughts don’t influence mine. Of course, if it’s a book I never heard about, or something I’mm not planning to read right away, I don’t mind reading what other’s thought of it.
        I’m a member of a group where other writers talk about what worked and what didn’t, along with tips and useful programs and stuff you can do to help yourself – from writing to publishing and marketing. If you’re on fb, I can send you an invite.
        And no worries about the email – take your time – I just wanted to make sure you got it.
        Have a nice week!

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      2. Oh that would be great – to be a part of another writing group🙂 I’m always looking for tips and inspiration to write – whichever way I can find it☺️

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