Is it just me or do the weeks speed up as the weather gets nicer? I feel like I may have missed a few days somewhere this week!! How did everything go so fast! Good thing there are dates on blog posts or else I wouldn’t be able to remember what happened! LOL So here’s what happened on the blog this week:

BOOKS I FINISHED THIS WEEK:

When Dimple met Rishi

When Dimple Met Rishi <—– (full review)

This was the cutest, most adorable summer read ever! I absolutely adored the writing, the characters, the traditions – everything! I had been hyping this one up in my mind for the longest time and I was afraid that it wouldn’t meet my expectations – luckily it met them and exceeded them!

CURRENTLY READING:

I’m currently 40% through The Obsession by Nora Roberts. I’ve read 12 of her books and have loved them all. My favourites of hers are the trilogies with paranormal elements. This one has the element of a serial killer which I find so interesting! I’m doing a buddy read with my bookish sister Robin (The Other Weasley) from Books Amino and can’t wait to come to you with our dual review. I’m going to have to do some editing to make sure there are no bad words and spoilers though! LOL!

I’m also 75% through Claiming Addison by Zoey Derrick and it’s enjoyable. I don’t pick up many erotic romance novels so this is kind of a reset for me. I’m enjoying being able to step away from fantasy and science fiction for a while and dive into this romance. I’m not sure if I will do a review for this one as it’s not really everyones cup of tea, but maybe I’ll do a mini review at some point.

OTHER BOOKISH NEWS:

So this was a week of unexpected surprises. First of all, on Saturday morning, I woke up to find that I have reached 350 followers! I swear I almost cried. I never in a million years expected that I would reach this number! I started this blog as something just for me. I wanted to talk about books and talk to others about books and honestly wasn’t sure that I would stick with this for long. Even though this blogging adventure can be stressful at times, I’ve reached so many unexpected goals that have increased my confidence in myself. This has been such a happy experience and I’m so grateful that I decided to do this! My favourite part is the people I’ve connected with – thanks for all your conversations!

My next bit of exciting news is following my review of When Dimple Met Rishi. I’m fairly new to Twitter and still find it confusing. People say it’s a great way to make connections and get yourself out there but I haven’t really kept up with a whole lot so I haven’t noticed much difference – until this week! A little while after posting my review the publisher featured and quoted my review on their site! I was so excited! But then they author herself commented with this:

Sandhya Menon

….. I was shocked. A fangirl moment, if you will! I’ve always worried that an author would read one of my reviews. I try to review all books with respect for the author whether I really enjoyed them or not. But I always fear that anything I say will hurt an authors feelings. So to know that an author read my review was scary! Thankfully she was happy with it! But still – an author read my review – and I’m shell shocked!

THE TWO T MEME DAYS

This weeks Top 5 tuesday topic was Top 5 Childhood Reads. This one was so much fun to do as I went back and read them all before writing the post. Oh memories! And this week I continued with the second TBR Thursday. So many books, so little time!

HAULS AND WRAP UPS

I love the end of the month! So many wrap ups everywhere and a more complete look at what bloggers like to read. This months book haul was larger than usual as it was my Big Birthday Book Haul. I think that after my next preorder comes in next week I need to put myself on a book buying ban! This months wrap up was a little smaller but there were so many books that I absolutely loved! I would rather read a smaller amount of books and really love them than to read more and enjoy them less!

LOOKING FOR RECOMMENDATIONS

I’ve been feeling a little slumpy in the fantasy reading department so I’m looking to branch out a bit. So asked you for recommendations for some Scary reads and I’ve gotten some really great recommendations! I can’t wait to pick some of these up! (See! I’m doing it already! I mentioned just above that I needed to go on a book buying ban and now I’m talking about more books. Book rehab…… I’ve got problems!)

Lastly, I didn’t read much on Friday or Saturday. The backyard needed some serious attention. But after two days of cleaning out the pool, pulling weeds, sweeping, prepping the fire pit and decorating – it’s done!! Now all I need to do is hang the gazebo cover and it’s relaxation time! I see many days of reading in my happy back yard while the kids are playing in the pool. Here are a few pictures 🙂

backyard

poolside

Hope you all had a fantastic reading week!

Until next time, happy reading!

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