Today, as well as talking about books, TV, stats and dropping links, I’ll be doing a mental health check-in and talking about how I’ve been coping during the Coronavirus pandemic where time has lost all meaning and nihilism prevails. I’m especially interested to know how you’ve all been doing as well.
What I’ve Been Reading
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: It’s safe to say that Lara Jean has become my favourite ever YA heroine. Rating: ★★★★★
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi: I just wanted a bit more plot! Rating: ★★★
Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie: An absolutely delicious British mystery. Rating: ★★★★★
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie: Overwhelming and predictable, but I did enjoy the second half. Rating: ★★★
A Room of One’s Own by Virgina Woolf: Holy long walk for a short drink of water. Rating: ★★
The Other Side of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon: Sidney Sheldon novels are the sensational stories that Professore Bhaer warned us about, but… this wasn’t it. I came for sensational and left, at the midway point, feeling no sensation whatsoever. DNF.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: Rainbow Rowell’s novels just don’t do it for me & Cath is bootleg Lara Jean. DNF.
- Rapid Book Reviews (3) – Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction Reads: I reviewed the controversial Gone with the Wind where I revised some of my earlier opinions, The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory which I really enjoyed, and The Footsteps of Anne Frank which looks at Anne’s life before, during and after her time in hiding.
- 10 Thoughts I Have While Blogging: I was happy to know that I was definitely not alone in my blogging habits!
- 5 Things I Liked About Sofia Khan is Not Obliged: Once again, I rated this Muslim Bridget Jones retelling a strong ★★★★ and I am now waiting for this to be made into a film and for more books like this!
- 3 Films I’ve Watched Recently: & absolutely loved are Train to Busan (The Walking Dead meets The Road on trains!), Aitraaz (maybe we should all have known how Priyanka Chopra really is from this film? An effortless performance) and Parasite – you HAVE to watch this, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime film.
Posts I’ve Loved Reading
- Top 5: Graphic Novels by thebookround: I can’t wait to read all of these!
- American Dirt by Suziey @ Of All the Books in All the Libraries: Suziey talks about latinx appropriation in the controversial American Dirt.
- Losing 3 different homes by Schumacher: this is a lovely account of her grandfather’s story of displacement, he was a true hero.
- The greatest blogging myths I’ve encountered by Avalinahsbooks: oh gosh, boy, I remember at a PRH event, I heard someone say that we can get bloggers to promote it because they’ll do anything for free, and I thought, yikes! I was shocked. We have a long way to go to dispel myths about blogging, but Avalinah is sure as hell making a start!
- Anime x Lit Crit: Toradora! 21 by The Moyatorium: I need to send an email to Netflix because I just know that this show is right up my street. I’m deeply invested in the series and I believe I know the characters by heart now.
- Are You Ready for a New Job? by Tiara: I cannot tell you how much this post spoke to me.
- How to Write Efficiently by Arachnid Weaver: Every writer will relate to this.
What I’ve Been Watching
Sex Education – I must have been living in la-la land to think that a show with ‘Sex’ in the title would have no sex scenes whatsoever. I started watching it when everyone was already upstairs while I was in the living room, and, for anyone who’s watched the show, the, er, education begins very early on. And my volume was very high. Thank God everyone was upstairs. I would have had a lot of explaining to do. I’m still halfway through the first episode and I LOVE Eric. Should I continue watching?
My Mate’s a Bad Date: I believe this is only available on BBC iPlayer at the moment. Three dates where Oloni, presenter, coaches singletons to become better daters. I’m still reeling from “financially straightforward.”
After I finish My Mate’s a Bad Date, I’ll, hopefully, be watching Noughts and Crosses and Tiger King!
Mental Health Check-In
Since lockdown, I’ve had a couple of breakdowns, and now I’m feeling pretty great. I’ve been having trouble sleeping with my anxiety performing Olympic-level somersaults in my stomach, and I’ve been terribly missing my aunt and her family so much. I usually stay there five days a week whilst my uncle-in-law is working up north, but since they had to close their business for the time being, I’ve been staying at home. My house? Chaotic. We’re all very stubborn here, whereas, at my aunt’s, it’s a wonderful, loving and peaceful environment, and everyone is so chill, so me and my anxiety usually feel very chill too. Right before the lockdown, I was finally getting everything together and figured out what I want to do for the next five years, and, welp, my plans are now on hold. Welcome to your 20’s. It sucks! You’re gonna love it.
Apparently, we won’t be expecting the pandemic to be disappearing anytime soon and we could be looking at, sometime around June/July, for brighter news.
On a more positive note, I’ve been exercising! I did such an intense ab workout the other day that I don’t yet feel ready to exercise until, well, let’s say tomorrow because my tummy is not feeling it.
Sinifan and My Cousin’s Birthday
I just feel like posting some pictures from February from my cousin’s sinifan (engagement) and my other cousin’s birthday party. Really, I’ve been loving darker colours, and deep purple is my recent favourite. I’ve been loving outfits that scream chic as well.Let’s Talk Stats!
I’ve been debating back and forth whether to talk about stats on my blog because of all that it could mean. It could breed insecurity, fear, pangs of jealousy, but, honestly, whatever I want to name it, it simply boils down to these three words: twerking smirking anxiety. Yeah.. picture that however you want it as long as it’s not my face.
Recently, on Twitter, I asked everyone if they could share their stats and it was interesting to see how wonderfully everyone’s doing, and, yet, I barely shared anything. So, I think I should probably take a leap of faith in myself. So, last year:
I wrote: 33 posts
Views: 17,134 – please bear in mind that views also count for previous posts from the previous year.
Top three referrers: Pinterest (1), search engines (2) and WordPress Reader (3). Interestingly, someone must have shared Hermione Granger – 10 Reasons Why Your Fave is Problematic on Facebook which caused a dramatic spike in views AND invited a lot of trolls. But, meh, because it’s still my most viewed blog post EVER.
Countries: United States, UK, India, Canada and Australia. The latter is interesting because I don’t know if I follow any bloggers from Australia?
This March, I’ve noticed that my review of Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl has seen a huge spike in views and, I have to wonder, if our current pandemic has anything to do with it.
I don’t think I receive a lot of engagement for Twitter, but I know that’s down to me. I know what I need to do, but because I’m happy with my views so far this year, I’m taking the time to appreciate where I currently am. As well as this, my views this March has been the highest ever recorded on my blog and I don’t know how to act!
That’s all! Happy reading and stay
How have you been coping during this pandemic? What have you been reading and watching? How were your stats for last year and now this year? What has been your biggest referrer and which blog posts have done really well for you? Let me know in the comments!
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