Celebrated Eid! – This year was a strange Eid because we usually split our time – the first half of the day staying at my grandma’s house (dad’s side) and seeing all my relatives from his side before going up to London to see my other grandma and aunts (and my many, many cousins – I currently have eleven cousins, with another one due soon and I recently found out another one of my aunt’s pregnant again so YAY more cute babies to come!) But this year we didn’t go to London which was really sad because I haven’t seen them at all this year. 🙁
- The first month of no college! – I finished college back in late June. And BOY was it stressful. It made July such a strange month because I wasn’t following my college timetable and it left me with so much free time. I also tried to look for a job but, sadly, received no response to the many places I applied to.
- Attempted to sort out my writing – This blog was originally created back in 2013 as a place to write my own original stuff. But since restarting this blog in 2015, I realised there was a lack of original writing. And since I know I definitely want to write a book in future, I’m just not sure what? So this month, I went through everything I had that resembled a decent story. And began plotting. (I hope to start writing more posts about my writing process) I realised that I had written basic plotlines to four different stories. (The one I have my eye on was based on a childhood game I played when I was little with my cousins which were about a group of female pirates that travelled the world going on adventures with mythical creatures)
I read 12 books this month! Here’s some of them:
- the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace – I never wrote a review for this one (not sure why) but I really liked this one and I really want to read more poetry!
- Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings – While I didn’t have high expectations for this first part, I was kind of expecting something better from an experienced book blogger and published author. But it has the potential to be better.
- Machinations by Hayley Stone – Again, no review for this one. But I swear I thought I had written one for this. Terminator-like plot. An okay read overall.
- Wonder Women by Sam Maggs – “An important book that highlight women’s achievement throughout history. [.. .] It was great to find material that not only doesn’t push them aside but highlight their greatness and place in history.”
- Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall – I read this as a part of a blog tour. The review should be up later in August.
- A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart – Super adorable and amazing!
- Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick – Actual trainwreck of a book. I’ve never despised a book more.
- Twelve things no one tells you about book blogging – Fadwa at Book Wonders is celebrating her blog’s six month birthday! And she lists what she discovered during her time as a book blogger. I loved this post! There was so much I didn’t expect to encounter when I first started this blog for review purposes a year and a half ago and Fadwa’s post was so funny and so on point about many blogging things!
- Urban Fantasy 101 – It’s A Heteronormative World Out There – An interesting post about heteronormativity in fantasy. The examples, both positive and negative, were extremely useful for me, as I do have plans for a fantasy novel. (I say plans when really its a couple of lines in my notebook)