September Wrap-Up!

Hello Bookish People! September is over and it’s time for a wrap-up! As I mentioned before that I had my exams going on in September. Even though I was continuously studying, during breaks I would pick up a book and read. Because of that consistency, I ended up reading 8 books which have been the highest number of books read during this year! Consistency makes everything work! Detailed reviews will be out separately for all the books soon 🙂

Let’s get into the wrap-up>>

The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This was on my anticipated list and I was so excited to read this book. That excitement went downhill when I reached the end. I had very high expectations since I had given the previous books 5 stars, so the ending did not meet my anticipations.

Kafka On The Shore by Murakami

I loved this book. It is a beautifully written story, woven with magical and realistic elements with a dash of Japan’s history.

Layla by Colleen Hoover

I loved verity and I wanted to read another paranormal romance by coho. In the end, I was like, “what did I just read?” So thrilling and interesting with a banger of an ending!

Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Such heartwarming and meaningful stories will stick with me forever. They were so impactful with such a beautiful message at the end… I will never forget these stories ❤

Birthday Girl by Murakami

Murakami’s words are a mystery, yet his writing style is so beautiful and comforting. Birthday Girl is a very short story with a meaningful meaning. I couldn’t understand what happens in the end at first, but then I realized after reading it again!

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

This was very raw and heartbreaking. I didn’t have any knowledge about Jennette McCurdy, but when I started reading this book, I couldn’t believe that she had to go through such abuse. Although I would say that coming to the After part, it became a bit slow. But other than that, this book is worth the read.

The Maid by Nita Prose

 I do like the story but the main character gets me every time. Molly the maid is very innocent and sometimes she does not understand things, which kind of bugged me at times. Overall a solid read.

Sputnik Sweetheart by Murakami

This was so mysterious and confusing in a good way. At times I couldn’t make out what is reality and what is not while reading, which was very unique. Really enjoyed it!

I hope you enjoyed reading this wrap-up. Looking forward to a good reading month in October! How many books did you read in September? Let me know in the comments! 😀
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.

Where Have I Been?

Hello bookish people! It’s been more than a month since I posted anything. I am so sorry for being away from the blogosphere for so long. I wanted to be honest with you and share where I have been for a long time…

Reading.

In June, I read 6 books, of which one was a re-read. In July, I read 1 book, the book of the month of my book club. I have started two to three books but haven’t finished them yet. I try to remove time to read, so I have been reading but not like I used to. My mindset towards reading has also changed in a lot of ways. These days I read books that will help me develop and nourish myself, and then fiction is also there.

Writing.

During my long hiatus, I went through phases of writing. At first, I thought that I am in writer’s block because of no time. Then I started thinking that maybe I lost the charm of writing. For a long time, I felt sad because writing has always helped me bring up my true self. But today, as I am writing this post, I feel so whole pouring down my thoughts, and all this time it was my mind that made me think that way.

Life In General.

For the past month, I had been preparing for my tests and did not have time to write or read anything. I am afraid to say that this circle will be going on for 6 months more. I really missed blogging because it is something that keeps me sane and makes me happy. Other than studies, going out after the pandemic hit differently. In the pandemic, there was zero interaction, but now interacting with so many people in person at once has been hard to cope with. I was struggling with that, but now I am trying to get back into the routine that I had pre-pandemic.

Blog Posting Schedule.

As I mentioned about having less time before, instead of posting five posts a week I will be reducing it to three posts a week. I will try my very best to be consistent and present here. I decided that other than studies I must continue writing and reading because I enjoy it!

I hope you all understand, I missed you all a lot and now I will be here at Rab’s Bookish Planet 😀
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.

Writers Block.

Hello, my writers and readers! Today I wanted to talk about a phase that all writers go through at some point in their lives. I have been in writing slumps several times. Recently, I did not post anything for 2-3 weeks because I did not feel like writing for some time.

What Is Writers Block?

For my non-writers out there, it is basically when you don’t feel like writing anything or you are unable to think of what to write. It is very natural because as writers, our minds are continuously building up ideas for writing. Sometimes we need a break from that cycle, so we end up falling into writer’s block. There are many other reasons, for instance, not being a proper mindset or chasing perfection can lead to a writing slump.

How To Overcome It?

Don’t Force Yourself!

Many people force themself to write even when they don’t feel like it. This can extend your writing slump even more. Instead, just engage in another activity for a while and then come back to it.

Change The Place.

Normally writers have a fixed place where they sit and write. You can change some things around your workspace or go to a different place like a cafe and write! It helps give a fresh mindset.

Do Raw Writing.

Pick up any piece of paper or open up a word doc and just write what is going through your mind at that moment. You don’t have to write related to your book or blog, just write the emotions or thoughts going through your mind. This has helped me open up my mind!

I really missed you all and after a two-week break, I am back with a fresh mind and new content ideas! Don’t be stressed if you fall into a writing slump, you may never know what ideas you can get after your slump is over! Let things go naturally and go with the flow ❤
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.

Are Readers Patient?

Hello Readers! Many people have asked me, “you are a reader, you must be very patient…” Well, I don’t know the answer to that. I am patient at times, but today this post is about what makes people think that we are patient, and are we really patient? Let’s get into it!

Whenever my friends and family have asked me this question, I always perceived it as maybe the non-readers think that reading is a hard job and requires a lot of concentration… So to clear things up, reading is not like reading textbooks XD. If you are a reader, the attention span automatically builds up.

But here comes a plot twist.

When reading a particular book, we go through a rollercoaster of emotions. For example, we can’t wait for that nosey character to die in fantasies and also can’t wait for the enemy characters to become lovers in romance books! The struggle is real. So that is our impatient side!

Don’t get us wrong you mundanes! We also give chances to a book that is worth throwing out of the window, but still, we end up finishing it.

Patience is a personality trait and it depends from person to person. I still do not know if I am patient or not, because it depends on the situation.

Are Readers Actually Patient? Let me know your thoughts on this in the comments!
Happy Reading!
Rabhya.