New month, new beginnings. Reading about everybody’s August Recap made me take a trip down memory lane. August was a hectic month, where I had to do a lot of adjusting, and I am not simply talking about my blogging life. August was the month when I remembered my love for book photography, and decided to return to being a bookstagrammer. It was my second month with the members of Bookstagram BD–a book club made by book lovers from my own country–and to tell you that talking to these people late into the nights about books, be they YA or Stephen King or even classics, is my new favorite thing to do. Like most people in the bookish community, these guys are so open minded and friendly, that despite being anti-people I couldn’t help but warm up to them immediately. Here are some of these amazing people–do check out their blogs and say hi!
My return from hiatus was a rocky one–it’s hard to get back to doing something regularly when you have spent 8 months not doing it all–but thanks to you guys it felt really good to be back. There are some people I would love to thank specially for the warm welcome back:
There are plenty of other book bloggers too who’s been super supportive and who has inspired me to keep doing this thing that I love. If I start naming you all, the list would never end so thank you, all of you, who’s been there for me via the internet throughout the past month and before. You know who you are.
This month I have been toying with an idea for a novel, and I pretty much spent the last month doing research and outlining. It’s going to be a fairytale retelling of some traditional Bengali fairytale, and I really hope I can pay tribute to these stories that I grew up listening to through my novel.
I also began a practice novel to keep my flow of writing going. It features a plus size protagonist, Asian culture, and a lot of stereotype myth busting, not because diversity is the new rage in the bookish community but because writing about an insecure overweight colored teenager is something very close to my heart, me being one myself, and I am really enjoying it! Writing about something I can relate with is a little less challenging than I like but it is also something fun and stress relieving. The story is called Glass Slipper and it is up on Wattpad for anyone who would like to read it (my Wattpad username is orbit_breath).
August was a terrible month for reading. I started so many books this month and never got around to finishing any of them except for Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Obviously, multi-reading is not for me.
SECOND SEMESTER STARTED!!! Here in Bangladesh, semesters in public universities are six months each, and they only take in new batches in January, so I am still a lowly, ever-confused, struggling freshman who have yet to experience the true horrors of college life. Or so the seniors tell me. So far, I like how second semester is going, though it feels incredibly long. I really cannot believe only one month has passed, it feels much longer to be honest, even though it has been quite eventful: I entered 3 competitions, participated as a delegate in Model United Nations, got to the final round of my fourth competition, got selected as an RJ for an online radio station run by college students, and most importantly, I met tons of new people from my batch who I didn’t even know existed before. That’s the weird thing about university: there’s always a bunch of new faces you’ll meet every day.
I also learned to accept a lot about myself this month. Emotionally, this month was a roller coaster ride: somewhere in the past few months I forgot that I am important too, and I forgot how to love myself and respect myself. I am being kinder to myself now, an uphill ride for someone who has spent months criticising everything about myself, but the past week has been a really good one: I focused on myself, on the things that made me happy and the things that I have always wanted to do, and it felt great. It felt great to love myself a bit. If any of you are being swept up by all the craziness in your life, and stop taking care of yourself, I hope you get to take some time to remember all the things you love about yourself and know that while it is important to show love to the people who matter to you, you should never forget to show love to yourself to.
And now, I am going to end this rather long post with new resolutions for this coming month:
- I hereby promise to be kinder to myself and focus on my own self more
- I hereby promise to be more active on the book blogosphere and on the bookstagram community
- I pledge to write 10,000 words in this 30 days