Sunday Musings #53: Meet Ups And A Surprise Find

Sunday Musings #53: Meet Ups And A Surprise Find

This week could have been ‘jus nother one’ but for something we found yesterday. We hunted down the couch like the one in the TV series Friends!

My friends and I are currently working on something ‘not so serious’ and we needed a hangout spot and this is where we ended. We literally didn’t get off this very very comfortable couch for more than four hours!

Friends

Now we know why the Friends’ characters spent such long time on such a couch! 

And then I hopped off to my UAE book club meeting! I loved my ladies, especially when we get all passionate about things we care about AKA books and writing.

Friends

I can’t wait to meet them again, soon!

What I read this week

Remember me complaining about my reading speed, or the lack of, last week? I am feeling better now, after ranting about it to everyone I personally know, blogger friends and even to other bookstagrammers. 

And also may be because I redeemed myself by reading two more books this week and they are:

  • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie

And I liked both of them, one more than the other though. So stick around until I finally post their reviews here.

What I watched this week

I watched very little TV last week, not that I used the time (gained by avoiding it) productively anywhere else. But hey, I tried!

I watched this old 1991 movie called Cube, because someone recommended it. And I liked it. 

I also have started with Jessica Jones and am taking real slow AKA not binging on it. I will definitely finish it this week.

On my blog

Here is a quick recap of the blogging week that passed by.

Sunday Musings #52: Wondering If Friendships Are Difficult As Adults

Friends

On Monday I reviewed The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Friends

Here is another one of those not so tough blogging post on  SEO For A Book Blogger – Things You Can Do Today!

Friends

I will be linking today’s post with Caffeinated reviewer’s Sunday post Meme

Around the blogosphere

Did I get to your blog this week? I kinda messed up with blog hop schedule and I do not know where I stopped. So I might have to give it a restart soon. 

Until then show your love to some of these posts that I found this week.

  • I have tried audiobooks and failed terribly because I wasn’t able to concentrate. If you are able to relate to this, you should give a read to Holly’s post on An experiment on multitasking and reading in her blog Nutfree Nerd.
  • I cannot agree more with the Orangutan’s post on the misconceptions about negative reviews. Do you write not so positive reviews on your blog?
  • If you are into horror, like me, then you have to take a look at Beth’s top ten horror books of all time on her blog Before we go. Trust me it has the best books!
  • We all get stuck at that slump once in a while. But how do you cope? Jayati lists her ideas to inspire yourself to write on It’s just a coffee addicted bibliophile.

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Sunday Musings #53: Meet Ups And A Surprise Find

Sunday Musings #52: Wondering If Friendships Are Difficult As Adults

I wish it wasn’t as hard to keep up with each other as adults. Do you ever feel friendships become more difficult to maintain as we grow into adults?

After so many cancellations, I caught up with some of my friends yesterday and I can’t believe how three hours just flew away. We discussed from the disaster that Game of Thrones’ last season to what we will be doing for the next year’s literature festival.

Of course we dissected each other’s current reads and shared more recommendations – you know just bookworm things!

Anyway here is another interesting conversations I had with fellow bloggers last week about wordpress followers. You know I have been blogging for quite a while here right? But you will be shocked to know my follower count. It is so few I don’t even wanna mention it. Yes, I am not thrilled, but the others were shocked! Yes it is that low.

So help me understand how to gain more followers on WordPress. And if you had not hit the follow button on my blog yet, do it right away.

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I always return them and as you know I am sincere at leaving comments on other blogs. 

What I read this week

This week has been a mess of sorts in terms of my reading. I have three books that I have left halfway and completed just one of them, that a children classic. Now I need to figure it out before it turns out into a reading slump, right?

I am currently reading

  • Queenie
  • The Mystery of the Blue Train
  • The Unhoneymooners

I finished reading Charlotte’s web by E. B. White. Can you believe I have never even heard of this book until it was chosen to be the BOTM of the ClassicsNChristie book club?

What I watched this week

Is it just me or Big Little Lies was not all that great? I mean I enjoyed watching it but I never felt invested in any of the characters and felt utterly annoyed at every single one of them. While, I agree their acting was brilliant but I guess ‘meh’ to everything else about it. 

I watched Murder Mystery with Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler and I really liked. Cheesy dialogues, a cliched Christie-sque set up and murders to solve – I mean, what is not to like!

I also caught up on a few episodes of Good girls season two and that, I truly loved and felt invested in. I might binge the rest this week. Have you watched it?

On my blog

Sunday Musings #51: One About The Trip To Musandam, Oman

friendships as adults

I reviewed The Hating Game by Sally Thorne on Monday

friendships as adults

On Wednesday I posted Blogging Terms You Have To Know As A Book Blogger 

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Get to know more about me through my Why I Am Weird post.

friendships as adults

I will be linking today’s post with Caffeinated reviewer’s Sunday post Meme

Around the blogosphere

Here are a few of my favorite reads from around the book blogging world in the last week. Let me know which are your favorites.

  • Krysta on Pages Unbound made me think a lot about the changes book blogging has gone through in the last decade or so. Do give it a read. 
  • My mind blew its top as I read Kelly’s post on Does engagement equal success as a blogger? I am sure you will enjoy her perspective on successful blogging.
  • If you DNF books often, you need to follow this nifty trick on Goodreads by having an exclusive shelf. Many of us do it already but if you are finding out just now about it, thank Inkish Kingdom for the idea.
  • Do you pick books marketed as the next Harry Potter or Gone girl? Marija’s post on how important book marketing is on Inside my library mind opens a discussion on this topic. 

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Sunday Musings #53: Meet Ups And A Surprise Find

Sunday Musings #51: One About The Trip To Musandam, Oman

Hello to everyone who is enjoying their summer while I am not. Yes spring is long gone and it is an early summer around here at Dubai. And before you ask, yes I am gonna keep complaining about the heat till it is autumn and the temperature falls – bear with it!

Anyway we went on a short vacation last during the week long holidays for Eid celebrations. We traveled to Musandam which is part of Oman but still physically surrounded by the UAE and just about three hours drive from Dubai. 

Musandam

While the current temperature at Musandam was almost similar to Dubai, I loved relaxing pool side and having room service delivering the food. We also took a dhow (boat) ride for snorkeling in the middle of the sea and watched the dolphins play around in their natural habitat.

Musandam

Of course I clicked so many photos that my iPhone started giving out the memory warnings. I have been sharing them on my Instagram, which you should be following already

Musandam
Musandam

What I read this week

After a great reading month, I hope I don’t crash with a reading slump in June. But a buddy reading kept me going. 

I read two books this week and I liked them both. 

  • We are Okay by Nina LaCour – buddy read with Olivia from Olivia’s catastrophe.
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell

What I watched this week

I didn’t watch much TV this week, due to the holidays and the trip.

Musandam

I have started watching a Spanish mystery thriller Alta Mar or High seas, which seems like a Christie thriller, on Netflix. Needless to say, I am enjoying it. 

On my blog

I am gonna blame it on the holidays and the holidays induced coma that I had not posted as much on my blog. Here is a quick look at what is happening on my blog

Sunday Musings #50: One With The May’19 Updates

Musandam

I did a mini review on three classics under Little Boys In Classics

Musandam

I will be linking today’s post with Caffeinated reviewer’s Sunday post Meme

Around the blogosphere

Here are some posts I loved during the week.

  • Twitter is great for bookworms, but it also doesn’t lack some drama. Read about the latest drama about YA authors defending shipping problematic relationships on Your Tita Kate’s post.
  • I loved Britt’s post on Is blogging really dead? on Alternatively Speaking discussing how blogging has changed over the years.
  • I found this hilarious guide on finding the perfect book on Starry Sky Books and I am sure you will love it as well.

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How is your weekend coming along? Have you made your summer plans? Have you read any of this books? Let us talk.

Sunday Musings #53: Meet Ups And A Surprise Find

Sunday Musings #50: One With the May’19 Updates

The holy month of Ramadan is coming to an end and that means we have a week long holiday starting today. Initially I had planned to take a trip back home to India during the holidays, but then I almost had a heart attack just seeing the sky rocketed ticket prices. So now I will have to find things to do at home and about.

Not that it is very difficult but the fast approaching summer calls in for a quick holiday as a last hurrah (or not). So we are taking another beach staycation for three days. I will share more details in my next post.

Since this was a sudden plan I am yet to pack and there are a lot of things on my to do list for the day because we are leaving tomorrow at the dawn. So let’s get on with it, okay?

Quick May’19 updates

  • May’19 proved to be a great month in terms of my reading habits and I read about eight books which is like the best in since ages. And unsurprisingly, I read so many good ones at that. 
  • Since we kinda expected the temperature to rise up sooner than it supposed to, we hit the beach more than what we do usually.
  • I think watching the entire Game of Thrones in less than three weeks should count for something right? So ya, I did that!

Between the TV marathon and reading good books, with occasional beach trips I think my May’19 was more spectacular than I would have imagined.

What I read this month:

Since I already screamed out enough about my reading month, shall I get to the books I read directly shall we?

  1. Giver, The Giver, The by Lois Lowry 
  2. Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav 
  3. Kiss Quotient, The by Helen Hoang 
  4. Book Love by Debbie Tung 
  5. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews 
  6. Big Four, The by Agatha Christie 
  7. Very Large Expanse of Sea, A by Tahereh Mafi 
  8. Hating Game, The by Sally Thorne

What I watched this month:

Here is a list of movies and TV series I watched in May’19

  • Game of Thrones – yes!
  • What is wrong with Secretary Kim? – Kdrama
  • Lucifer – Season 4 (frankly I am just glad it is done now)

On my blog

While we are here let us take a look at what happened on my blog last week, alright?

We started off with Sunday Musings #49: The Summer Is Coming – Just Dubai Things

May'19

On Monday I reviewed A Very Large Expanse Of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

May'19

We discussed Why Are Guest Posts Important To Indie Authors? on Wednesday.

May'19

I had Deeksha answering our questions to help us Getting To Know The Japanese Better on the Flyaway Friday

May'19

I will be linking today’s post with Caffeinated reviewer’s Sunday post Meme

Around the blogosphere

I had a blast catching up with a lot of blogs (finally) last week and here are some of my favorites

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How many of these books have you read? How was your May’19 and what are your plans for the new month? Has the summer reached you and if not, when does that happen?

Sunday Musings #53: Meet Ups And A Surprise Find

The Summer Is Coming – Just Dubai Things: Sunday Musings #49

Imagine Winterfell from Game of Thrones, where everyone is wearing fur coats, there is snow everywhere and then they keep saying the winter was coming as if it is not at all cold then. Well that is what we are doing in Dubai, except with summer.

Dubai summer spring

It is so hot at 100 F even in the mornings and the poor humidity is taking a toll as well. But here we are in the spring season still and the real summer is not even here. YET.

So we decided to remind ourselves that it is still spring and took a trip to the beach. It is a good thing that we have so many beaches around Dubai.

Dubai summer spring

What I read this week

After a few weeks of over achieving in terms of reading, I am back to the old pace of one book a week. I know I could have read more but deciding which book to read is a nightmare when you are mood reader. 

I read A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi, my first by the author, and I enjoyed it so much. I will probably post up a review soon enough. Well, that goes another letter on my A-Z reading Challenge 2019. How are you faring on it?

What I watched this week

Surprisingly I didn’t watch much on Netflix this week. And it was not even a deliberate attempt. 

I tried watching White Gold season 2 and got bored of it soon enough. 

I watched Coraline this week and rewatched How to train a Dragon last night. Loved them both totally. 

On my blog

The week on my blog was pretty much business as usual, and here is a quick recap of everything that happened.

Sunday Musings #48: Talking About The Last Minute Panic.

Dubai summer spring

A quick review of The Big Four by Agatha Christie.

Dubai summer spring

I loved writing this discussion post on Why Book Blogging Is Different From Other Niches.

Dubai summer spring

Under our Flyaway Friday segment I listed my favorite Books Set In Japan.

Dubai summer spring

I will be linking today’s post with Caffeinated reviewer’s Sunday post Meme

Around the blogosphere

It has been a while since I hopped on to ‘Everyone I know’s blogs, but I did catch up on a few of them this week. So maybe I will do better next week?!? Maybe.

So here my favorite posts from last week.

  • Almost all of these books on Nut free nerd’s list on books that influenced her as a college senior went on my TBR. Let me know how many of them interest you!
  • Recently I went on a quest for a friend, to find out books with adult superheroes that were not a series and ended up at The Writerly Way’s post. Do you have any suggestions?
  • Another hilarious but useful post by The Orangutan Librarian on How not to write a book review for dummies. It is never too late to learn.
  • I NEEDED this. As someone totally new to the graphic novels and comic world, Dani’s post on Perspective of a Writer about differentiating between Comics, graphic novels and other graphic versions is a godsend. Check this out. 
  • Do you ever get stuck with English grammar? Deb at Debjani’s Thoughts explains it like you are five for you! Check this useful guide on simple grammar tips.
  • I have been on a not so active attempt to read more translated works these days. I could not have read this Book Riot article on how a literary collective is focusing on translating 100 Indian Classics to English. Check this out. 
  • What felt like a useless piece of advice until you actually tried it on Reddit contains too many gems to not share with you. Be nice and share it with someone else, now. 

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How is the weather down wherever you are currently at? Beaches or Parks? What are you currently watching on Netflix? Let us talk.

Sunday Musings #53: Meet Ups And A Surprise Find

Sunday Musings #48: Talking About The Last Minute Panic

I am someone who usually runs behind the to do list and checking it off only as the last minute panic sets in. If I didn’t do it at the eleventh hour, is it even done?

Most of my posts go online just before the midnight for the same reason. At least I don’t panic as much as I used to and I have come to believe that I work better under pressure. 

Okay maybe not, but we will never know cuz what else do you expect me to do? Work on it well before the time. You are crazy!

On a serious note, it is a vast improvement that I even have a to do list these days. I do not even want to recollect the messy days prior to that habit. I really want to get ahead of my tasks for a change. So help a sister out, let us talk about your time management and productivity techniques. Share what works for you and what not. 

What I read this week

My reading this week has been on track. And it has been a while since it was on track! It was either 4 books a week or none at all. But hey, let us not get ahead of ourselves, touch wood.

I finished reading Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews and it made me laugh at place. I am not one for goofy laughter, especially not in a book. But this worked so well. 

I also just finished The Big Four by Agatha Christie for the Classics N Christie club. And while I am not in love with it, it was not disappointing either. It was kinda okay, but not your usual Christie good, if that makes sense whatsoever.

From the Insta-world

If you aren’t following me on Instagram, you totally should. Why? Just take a peek at what I posted this week and then decide to follow me here.

On my blog

In case you missed something I posted this week, here is a quick recap

Sunday Musings #47: Happy Mother’s Day!

last minute panic

On Monday I gushed over The Bell Jar and called that a review.

last minute panic

I discussed about Ten Weird Things All Bookworms Do on Wednesday

last minute panic

I will be linking today’s post with Caffeinated reviewer’s Sunday post Meme

Around the blogosphere

Here are some of my favorite posts of the week!

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What are your time management and productivity techniques. How many hours do you need in a day? How far ahead have you scheduled your posts? Let us talk.