Booktube Rebirth and Future Plans

This has been one of the most difficult projects for me because I was way out of my comfort zone. I like making proper beginnings but I do not like sharing things that are private. It has been a rocky few years and I haven’t shared much with anyone so making this video was definitely a challenge. I didn’t know what to say and how much to say… how can you really sum up years of grievances, issues, bouts of depression, anxiety, self hatred, low self confidence and lots of hurt, into a 10 to 20 minutes video?

I still tried, I wrote down the gist because even after deciding to open up, I couldn’t actually share my personal life so overview it was going to be.

I shot the video over a month ago but kept cutting out bits and pieces from it because it seemed to me that I was giving a lot away. I almost cut off half of it, I decided to add clips and leave the editing to that. I wanted it to be as raw as I could keep it, as real and as close to my heart as I could bear to, as much as I wanted to make a proper start and update you guys, making myself uncomfortable and anxious over a video wasn’t worth it.

I decided to upload the video and put it on private. That has stopped me from uploading my other videos. Something clicked in my mind yesterday that made me go, “Why am I not uploading it? I should do it for me and people who support me.”

Then something happened in the late evening that just steeled my resolve to post it. So right now I am uploading it before I lose my nerve. I am going to see my friend off at the airport, (he is going to the United States of America for further studies) right now I am at his place with my other friends on their way here and when this video goes live I will be among people who already know about the video. So, not much anxiousness to deal with, smart right? ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

Even though I am still a bit uncomfortable with putting the video up because people who know me are sure to ask a ton of questions, that I won’t be answering anyway. I can be a bit more open here because only people who understand me, mostly all strangers, read my blog.

I would like you guys to watch the video and tell me if I have revealed too much about my personal life. Click on the picture to watch the video. โค โคย 

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New Channel Trailer and an update!

Hey Guys!

It feels so good to be back! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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I haven’t posted in a hot minute, make that over an year. I have missed my blog and you guys so much. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

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As soon as I began typing a very enthusiastic energy took me over, I am smiling like an idiot while typing this. ๐Ÿ˜€

I made a channel intro for my Booktube channel (YouTube for Books) and just wanted to share with you guys before I put up a proper update tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope you guys enjoy it! โค โค โค

Click on the image to view the video. โค

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An important life update! Do read!

Hey guys,

You guys have been really supportive. This blog, my book blog has been the constant source of happiness. There was a thing that was eating me from within for more than 2 years, although I never talk about my fears, this blog has really helped me break out of that thought process and work towards the solution. ๐Ÿ˜€ It has been 3 months since I started book blogging. When the 4th month started, i.e. October, I obviously had a lot of plans for all the posts. Reviews, interviews, and some fun stuff but then my submissions started (if you guys don’t know, then I am in the second year of my engineering degree program) and the dates for our 2nd UT and the board exams were out. Everything started rushing itself and I somehow got lost in it. Not knowing what to do and where to head. :/ :/

My Dad visits Vaishnodevi every Navratri. It’s a pilgrim spot and Navratri is a festival of celebrating woman power. It lasts 9 days. If you want to know more, just let me know and I will tell you everything about it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

He had his tickets booked 3 months prior to the dates of visiting. But, last week, I decided that even I wanted to go. It will be a great way to just clear my head. It’s a quick 5 days trip actually. 2 days in the train to reach there, then on the first day of Navratri, we climb the mountain to pay our respects and the next 2 days are the return journey via train. 4 days in train is just the break I need. And this might be the 6th or 7th time I am visiting the place. To be honest, I just love the trek to reach the destination, to see the goddess. It’s kind of a cave temple. (although you can’t see the goddess even for 2 seconds because you are pushed to keep the line moving) More than 10 million visit the place every year. But the journey is what makes it worthwhile for me. โค So, I told my dad that even I wanted to go but the problem was that my exam dates weren’t announced back then i.e., last week. Our education board has this internal joke of never letting us know anything in advance, they love dropping bombs on us and irritating the hell out of us. But, my Dad told me to book tickets. He said, “You just book the tickets, if your exam dates clash then we will just cancel it. You don’t have to worry about the cancellation fees. It’s no big deal. You decide what you gotta do.” So, I did it. I booked the tickets. Obviously, I was in the waiting list but then the list started falling with speed. My dad was like, Yes, even the goddess wants you to visit. And I was like, Yea, she probably knows how much I need this break. Although I didn’t say that out loud. ๐Ÿ˜›

The point of telling you guys this is, I wanted to apologize for neglecting the blog since October started, I just posted 2 reviews for the blog tour, namely, The Cypress trapย andย The House on Sunsetย and a cover reveal for Linkedย because I was committed to them and I can never afford to break my commitments. I am a man of my words. (Okay, okay, I am a girl of my words. But, man sounds good in that sentence. ๐Ÿ˜› )

The people I really want to apologize areย Cherrie Mackย andย Susanne Valenti, I was supposed to review their books and interview them and Ana Spoke,ย Tara Guha, whom again I was supposed to interview. They are wonderfulย authors and I have genuinely enjoyed their books. So, I feel bad letting them down. I hope they understand. They have been so patient and wonderful with me and I really appreciate that. ๐Ÿ™‚ Even all those authors who sent me their books to be reviewed. I will get to them soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

I want to take this break to figure out things, the thing that has been bothering me since the past two years, the solution, engineering, my new blog- Experimenting with Lifeย and lots of things actually. I will be going tomorrow, well today because the clock just struck midnight. So it’s already 11th October. ๐Ÿ˜› I will be returning on Thursday, i.e. 15th October. Then my actual struggle for managing things will start. Friday will be the only day I will have to get my submissions done that I will be missing the whole week. Then I will be having 2 days, that is, the weekend to study for my 2nd UT that starts on 19th October, Monday. Then will follow all those internal vivas and practicals, then the external vivas and practicals, then the final submissions and finally the board exams that will last a whole month, i.e. from 20th November to 21st December. Managing my blog with all this is going to be a task and I hope to make good use of these 4 train days to come up with a working game plan. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I want to thank Deanna @ย A novel glimpse, she made me smile in all these days. I wasn’t that active on my blog. She tagged me in tags and nominated me for awards reminding me that I wasn’t forgotten. I decided to do this post some two or three days ago because I felt like I owe you guys an answer and Lia @ย Book Landย was there for me telling me to take the time and giving me virtual hugs. There were others who tagged me and made me smile with their posts. I thank you all. But these two lovely girls really did give me a real reason to write this post. โค

I know this post is too long. But if you are still here then well, that means you care. ๐Ÿ˜€ So, Thank you for supporting me and being there for me and I promise, when I come back from the trip you will be getting lots of posts and some cool ideas for my new blog too. ๐Ÿ˜€ I am taking a little notebook with me to pen down stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

And yea, I will be having a book spotlight up on 13th October, i.e., the day I will be trekking, as a part of the blog tour because… Commitments. ๐Ÿ˜› I will most probably tell my brother to post it, because maybe I trust him more than the wordpress scheduler. ๐Ÿ˜›

Till then, hugs and love! โค โค See ya ppl, I need to wake up at 2 am and it’s already 12:30 am, that’s some amount of sleep I am getting there! ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› Wait, I first gotta prepare the book spotlight post. Umm… bye bye sleep!

Help me win!

Hey guys, I always wanted to participate in a writing competition. After school never got the chance. When I saw this one at the last moment, I knew that I had to do it. So, I have taken part in it and sent in a short story. The person with highest public votes will win.

I need your help!

Vote hereย please. You can also share it on your facebook, twitter, and google plus. Ask your friends to vote to. ๐Ÿ˜€

Please do vote and help me win. I will get a chance for my work to be read in the lit fest.

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It will make me feel loved! โค

 

 

 

Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

Click the image, to go to the page where you can send me love! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

New Blog, New Blog Design and Life Updates!

Hey guys,

This is something I had on my mind since the past week. I got to know about a challenge and wanted to do it. I battled the idea of making a new blog and having a new page included in my book blog itself. Finally new blog won the battle. Experimenting With Life, yup, that’s my new personal blog. โคย You can read how I got to making a new blog in my introductory postย hereย ๐Ÿ˜€

Then I decided to give my book blog a new look and mind you, I am bad at making decisions. I couldn’t decide on the theme and ended up using somewhat similar theme to my previous one. (Trying out new things in safe zone. ๐Ÿ˜› ) I added a few pages and still have some work to do. I haven’t got used to my new theme. What do you guys feel about it?

I made a Twitter account today because the author I wanted to send a message on how much I
enjoyed a book didn’t have a website neither did she have a valid Goodreads account. So, in the spur of the moment I made a twitter account. I never thought I would make one because I never quite felt for it. Anyways, the handle I created in that stupid moment is @dimplebookfeels I know that’s stupid but sigh!

I finally completed a goal today. Read all about it here-

Source: Challenge Accomplished: Write a letter to myself to be opened after the 1001 days.

After all this and yeah, after typing out 5 reviews and posting one from them in the morning, I thought that I should make this announcement today too. Some good came out of my not-going-to-college fever. I again took a leave today. Sigh!

My exams start on Friday and will last till Wednesday and I have 3 books to read before Monday. Quite twisted schedule, ehh? But I am quite enjoying today’s day, I haven’t had a peaceful day like today since my college started. How was your day?

Head over to my new blog and if you feel like you might enjoy my list, join me in having fun because I love sharing little events and stupid things that I do. โค ๐Ÿ˜›

Happy Book Lovers Day!

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So, I was on Facebook discussing about my college admission with my friends when I stumbled upon this picture on my newsfeed.

I had no idea there was a day dedicated to us, so out of curiosity I googled it. ๐Ÿ˜›

โค โค โค Happy Book Lovers Day to all you guys! โค โค โค ย 

This was the thing that made my day today. I haven’t had a chance to post anything in 3 days, today being the 4th and I missed my blog so much. I missed reading your posts and comment chatting with you guys. :/

The days have been damn hectic… 2 days ago college listings came out and I came to know the college I will be studying in and the admission processes have been a mess since then. I have been running here and there, getting this document, searching that document and I am kind of frustrated right now.

I have 3 tags pending and my August Bingo Book-a-thon is going nowhere, my reading is suffering. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

I wish for this to get over soon, so that I can get back to my reading and blogging and not to forget getting settled in college. ๐Ÿ˜› I am not that anxious for the start of a new college life because I have some of my old college friends with me here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My birthday is in 4 days and all the chaos are going to get the best of my day.

I started this post to share my love with you guys and ended up ranting. ๐Ÿ˜› I am an idiot! ๐Ÿ˜›