March Wrap Up and April TBR

Happy end of March/beginning of April y’all! Can you believe that we’re a quarter into this year already? Crazy! I’m super excited about how March turned out because I was able to get my first dose of the Moderna vaccine, I tried a new chocolate chip cookie recipe, which turned out really good, I finally finished knitting my brother’s Christmas present (only a few months late… it’s a scarf and it’s the most complicated pattern I’ve ever knit and it turned out so good!) and I ate all the good food! Books wise, while I didn’t exactly follow my TBR, I was a lot more relaxed this month and that was so nice! I didn’t feel stressed about finishing any books, which was so nice!

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February Wrap Up and March TBR

Oh man y’all, where is this year going? I can’t believe that we’re already in March! Updates from February: I tried a bunch of new recipes and some of them were SO GOOD!!! I was a big fan of the ricotta brownies, the mushroom, carrot, and potato barley soup, the taco-seasoning and lemon baked salmon with amaranth chili, and the one pot mushroom, arugula, and white bean pasta (let me know if y’all want recipes for any of these- I can for sure write them up). I watched some fun shows- Luther, The Five, and The Big Day were my favorites. And of course, I read all the books- I read 19 books in February!

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January Wrap Up and February TBR

Man y’all! It feels like January just flew by! Like how is it already February???

January was a month where I read lots of books (15 of them!), but I still didn’t read everything on my TBR, because you know, library books are always coming in and taking over my reading haha of the 15 books I read, 11 were from my TBR and 4 were unplanned, so that’s actually not too, too bad! I owned two of the books I read, seven of the books were ARCS, two books were from Scribd (one audiobook and one e-book), and 4 books were from the library.

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January TBR

OMG y’all, I have so many updates to write because I’ve done none of my 2020 wrap ups, nor have I done my December wrap up, but since it’s already January 6th, I figured let me get my January TBR up first and then I’ll get my wrap ups up ASAP. This month, I’ve already finished 2 of my 17 books, so that’s pretty good for 6 days into the month!

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December TBR

Hello December! This is one of my favorite months of the year because the holiday spirit is so much fun! Christmas isn’t even my holiday (my family is Hindu, so our biggest holiday of the year, Diwali, is normally in either October or November, depending on the lunar calendar), but I love the way it’s been commercialized over the years and I love the decorations and the food and the drinks and the fuzzy socks! Like I have santa fuzzy socks, reindeer fuzzy socks, Christmas tree fuzzy socks, polar bear fuzzy socks, etc (it’s close to a problem…). I’ve already made an ornament wreath to decorate the mantle and I’m going to putting up the Christmas tree sometime this week! I love eggnog (but don’t put any rum in mine, because the smell of rum makes me gag- one too many bad experiences as a young 20 something year old) and spiced cider and hot chocolate- especially peppermint hot chocolate! And Christmas cookies! I love all the Christmas cookies!

Now that you’ve heard me gush about how much I love December and the holiday season, let’s talk about something else I’m really excited for this month- reading. I’m back into the swing of things reading wise (was I ever really out of it?) and I have so many books to read and so little time to read them (aka only 29 more days)! Thankfully, I’ve already blown my 2020 Goodreads goal out of the water (which is both a good and a bad thing, because I had purposefully lowered it this year to try and focus on other things, like dating and making new friends, but the pandemic 100% killed that, so I ended up reading more books than I’ve ever read before, and I still have a whole month left to go), so I’m not targeting a specific number of books this month, but I do have some ARCs I need to get through, some rereads I want to do, and a few library books to get to, so let’s get started on my TBR!

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First Line Friday: August 21

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Happy Friday y’all! Has this week felt incredibly long to anyone else, or is that just me? It feels like it’s been at least 2 weeks in one for sure! I’ve been trying to stay on top of my reading and reviewing, and overall, I feel like I’m doing alright in terms of the schedule I’ve set for myself, but man, things keep getting added to that schedule (and that’s 100% my fault because I keep signing up for more book tours and I keep requesting more books on Netgalley and I keep saying yes to publishers haha). Anyway, on to First Line Friday!

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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Newest Netgalley Approval: Make Up Break Up

Hey Y’all! Happy Monday! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! My weekend was great because on Friday, my request to review one of my most anticipated romance novels of 2021, Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon, was approved! Woohoo!!! I cannot wait to read this book (as soon as I finish the other ARCs I have to read on my list, since I, you know, try to read them chronologically if I can, but I may have to make an exception for this one…). Since this is one of my most anticipated books of 2021, I figured let me give y’all a quick promo in case you haven’t heard about this one yet so you can add it to your TBRs (because you definitely want to), so without further ado:Read More »

First Line Friday: August 14, 2020

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Happy Friday y’all! Man, what a week! For some reason, this week has felt so long! And I don’t even have a real, like fun update for y’all because even though it’s felt really long, I can’t, for the life of me, remember anything that’s really happened this week! What the heck.

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Now, onto the line!Read More »

My NetGalley Rejections

I feel like I talk about all of the cool ARCs I get to read (and I know I’m super privileged to be able to read so many of them!), so I figured why not talk about all of the ones that I got rejected for on NetGalley. I’m sure I was rejected for others in other ways, but I don’t remember those, so since I have records of these, we can definitely do them!Read More »

First Line Friday: August 7, 2020

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Happy Friday y’all! Today’s first line is a little later than normal because I went and made/ate sushi with my brother and sister in law today, so I had no time to write this one this morning! I should probably get better about writing my First Line Friday posts in advance, but I’m so bad at preparing these. Let’s see, what all updates do I have from last week… not much really… I went on a second date with the boy, but we haven’t talked much since then because he started a new rotation at work. I read a bunch of books. OH and this isn’t an update about last week but it is an update! I’m going to be posting a special post on Sunday, so make sure you keep an eye out for it- it’s going to be

-*-Magical-*-

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Now, onto the line!Read More »