Mid-Year Wrap Up,  Quarterly Wrap Up

apr – jun 2020; it’s a wrap

Another very late wrap-up, but well. This year has been really long, hasn’t it?

I was so hopeful in the first quarter that things could not get worse. I was wrong. I guess hindsight really is 20/20, eh? Eh?

But seriously though, while the lockdown here in Malaysia is not as strict as the first few months, we’re still taking care. I am immuno-compromised so i’m trying not to take too many risks, but I do have doctor’s appointments pretty much every month that I have to go for, and so we’ve been eating out those few days. My reading has been all over the place – May and June were pretty decent reading months, but by mid-June, I’d once again put books aside in favour of fanfiction.

My go-to comfort is fanfiction, I’ve noticed. Unfortunately, I haven’t been writing much, and even my bookstagram has dwindled down to maybe one post a month? If I’m lucky?

I feel like real life has been such a downer and I’m worrying more about that, and now the things that usually give me joy – blogging, reading, even filming BookTube videos – are stressing me out more than anything.

Though I have missed filming videos, so I may do one or two in this next quarter. Hopefully.

Because of this pandemic, I’ve suspended my Etsy store and am not taking orders. Despite this:

  • I’ve been working on a couple of new designs I’m excited about!
  • One of the rep packages reached my rep (I’m extending their rep period because, uh, pandemic) and she loved her bookmarks, and her photos have been so nice!

I hit my main target for the year by June, and while reading has once again slowed down, I am enjoying the books I’ve been picking up!

  • Goodreads Challenge: 17/10 books read.
    Not counting the one I finished in August
  • Currently Reading: Court Of Lions by Somaiya Daud
    Actually just finished this, review has been posted!
  • Next On My List: The Bookweaver’s Daughter by Malavika Kannan
    I am a part of the tour hosted by Caffeine Book Tours, and I am SO EXCITED.

I’ve not been very active either posting or reading on here, but I did post two new blog tour posts I am proud of (technically from this third quarter)! And please check out my BookTube as well.

I hope you’re all taking care, and you and yours are doing well in these extremely uncertain times!

I’m Ara, a Southeast Asian writer who someday hopes to have published a novel, and who is currently losing herself in the worlds created by others. I love books and food and television and blogging and I get distracted and sidetracked easily.

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