Where HAVE I been? Beds empty! No note! Car gone!

Hiya! *waves aggressively*


You know me. I blog about books. I write posts that my sister and one friend find funny, which obviously makes me a very humorous person. I occasionally lurk on your blogs and leave comments that I hope are witty, but probably just come across as weird.

I’ve been slacking off on the blogging front for the past month because I was vacationing. I just wanted to give you guys a quick update about all that’s happened in 2017.

What did I do?

I visited my sister in Atlanta this December because she’d just had a baby. That 3-month old kid is probably the only little human I will love. It was a fun vacation, this past month. xD

When I was in Atlanta, I did do some lit things (which I actually blogged about, so you can’t say I ignored you). πŸ˜€

Read them here:

2017 wrap-up: Books

I surpassed my Goodreads reading challenge by a grand total of 1 book (46 out of 45 books). I received a lot of ARCs this year, of which several were amazing to read.

You should check out all these books because I swear to JKR they don’t disappoint. Here are a few ARCs that received a rating over 4.5 from me:

2017 wrap-up: Blog

My goal for 2017 was to write more original content along with book reviews. I did do that. I’ve been told that these were my funniest posts:

IBA 2017 and what I learned from it.

A few months back, I was nominated under 3 categories (books, humor, blogger from Tamil Nadu) for the Indian Blogger Awards 2017. I though I was a shoo-in. You have no idea how cocky I was being. Of all things I’ve done in life, it is this blog that I’m most proud of. And people say I’m funny. That’s all I needed to win, right?


The results were announced last week and I didn’t win. But I wasn’t disappointed one bit. The awards probably went to well-deserved nominees. And I did get one thing out of it–21 testimonials! IBA 2017 required testimonials from followers and I got 21. None of whom were relatives or bullied! Well, maybe one person was bullied into writing it, but eh, she likes my blog. I think. Looking at you, V. πŸ˜‰

Oh and I was inspired by an amazing fellow blogger , Erica Robyn, to put up a testimonials page. Her blog is brilliant and so are all the testimonials she’s received. Now I know what to do with my 21. πŸ˜€ See how well it all tied up in the end!

A lot of Discord with very little discord.

Heh, wordplay.

Evelina of Avalinah’s Books started 2 Discord channels, one for international bloggers and the other for new bloggers. I’ve joined both. While I’m not very active, I have noticed how friendly and helpful everyone is. Through this channel, you can get your blog-related questions answered, learn blog hacks, and wonder why the hell you didn’t think of this amazing idea first. πŸ˜€

These 2 channles have been very informative and I look forward to more Discord! *rubs palms together* *cackles*


2018 goals

  • Read more backlist books.
  • Socialize more with blogging peeps.
  • Learn to say no to some review requests.

That’s all!



Phew! That was a long post. What did you think of it? What are your 2018 goals? Let me know in the comments!


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24 thoughts on “Where HAVE I been? Beds empty! No note! Car gone!

  1. What a fun post Shruti! Surely, youbhave been missed. Seems like you had a great month of vacations. Having a baby in home is always relaxed. Is the baby boy or girl? What’s the name?

    Your goals for 2018 are exactly same as mine πŸ˜ƒ I guess we bloggers have much similar problems than we think 😜 I jave to totally learn to say no to some review requests!

    And yes join the #BeatTheBacklist challenge.. it is super fun and easy. No special instructions.. just set you own goal, read at your own pace πŸ˜ƒ

    Have a lovely 2018!

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    1. Yup, I did have a great month, Sim. xD It’s a baby girl. Name’s Dhriti. 😁

      And yeah, all of us have similar goals. I guess everyone suffered with ARCs in 2017, which is why BeatTheBacklist has so many takers. I’ll sign up today. 😁

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    1. Discord is great! And yeah, it was the testimonials that made me happy, more so than being nominated. They’re part of the reason why I’m not that disappointed about the loss of the award. 21 people took their time to say I have a nice blog. That counts for something. 😊

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  2. lovely post again.
    45 books is huge number of books to read in a year. How do you manage to take out time for reading?
    I thought of reading at least 10 books(yeah that is very less number of books) but managed to read only three.

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  3. lovely post again
    45 books is a huge number of books to read in a year , I managed to read only 3 books last year. How can i manage to take more time out? Apart from from college assignments and exams, reading slumps was a big reason for me to not able to read books, hoe can i get rid of that??

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  4. Firstly, welcome back (I swear I checked your blog almost EVERYDAY, waiting for an updateπŸ˜‹)!!!!πŸ€—πŸ˜€ I hope you enjoyed your vacation in Atlanta😊
    Secondly, thanks for the list of books. I have a lot of cash from relatives but an empty TBR list at the moment (yes. Even I didn’t know that could ever happen).
    I’m sure you’ll win that award next year (you’re the best book blogger around for me)😊
    Great post! I almost forgot how nice it was to read something by you😁

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    1. Aww, Shreya, thanks for those kind words. 😊 That’s real sweet of you. And you have an empty TBR list? HOW?! IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?!

      I hope you like reading these books. They’re all by lesser known authors and they’re really good. They deserve to be read. 😊

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  5. You’re very funny! I love this post. New follower here for sure!

    Congrats on your loving your sister’s baby. That’s so amazing. Babies are the bessssst.

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