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more like a wrap open || good news + achievements + announcements

I read a shamefully less amount of books this month. So just kill me already, because it’s not like I was super busy or something, I was just super slumpy and I decided to be lazy. Pat on the back for that. But I read five books, and before you praise me for that, let me tell you that out of those five books, three were ARCs, out of which two were children’s fiction books which had a whole lot of pictures, and a less lot of writing, and the third one was a middle grade, which was also part of my first blog tour! So, that was something. (sighs) And the only good book I read was Cemetery boys, and I feel like I read it like years ago XD. And the last book was The Giver which was uh….fine.

That’s it.
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And I am not feeling very well :(( I am so tired of hearing the news of the death of soo many people all over the country! COVID is spreading like wildfire, and people are falling like dry leaves in the autumn. Immediate Lockdown has been put into effect, and people can get out only for selected periods of time. School is online as expected, and exams are postponed infinitely. Everything is a mess . There isn’t enough beds in the hospitals – three patients in one single bed. There isn’t enough place or time to even honor the dead. The fallen are being burned in playgrounds! Vaccination Centre’s are out of vaccinations! And dying patients are out of oxygen! It is all very scary. So many of my friends are in mourning – every single person around me has lost someone beloved. Yesterday, one of my friends lost her father, day before someone lost his mother and so forth. It is so scary now. Stay Strong! And wear your masks!

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That was depressing.

I need some energy and positivity right now! So, I am going to go ahead and share some stuff *whisper yells* good news with you guys, because people in my real life don’t seem to get my excitement about these stuffs! They just look at me like – bruh, you good? and give me judgmental looks. But, I am hoping that you lovely people will get it!

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i got my first physical arc!

So, many publishers and authors have reached out to me before, and offered to send me their books for reviewing, but they always end up sending me an e-copy when they find out that I stay in Asia, because international shipping and stuff. But at the end of March, a publisher reached out to me and offered to send me a physical copy, and I was so sure that he was going to send a no, along with an e-copy. But there I was, taking a break from studying at around 2.30 a.m. (I prefer studying at night) when I suddenly got this e-mail from a US postal service, that a package has been shipped to me from Mesa, Arizona. And despite hating the resurrection trope so much, I died and died again. I mean ahhhhhh. So, earlier this week I got the book, and it’s soo pretty guys! The writer was so so kind to send a bookmark, a short letter of thanks, and he even sent me three artworks of his book! When I opened the package I was like –

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Can you hear me screaming?

Thank you so so much! I can’t wait to share the book, the artwork and all the stuff with you! I am not a great photographer, but I will do my best! I still can’t believe it! Also, the book is about dragons!

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i got the top reviewer badge!
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I was just bored and checking through my NetGalley stuffs and all, updating my profile and stuff, and I know it’s a weird thing to do when you are bored but that’s when I saw it and I was like omgf! I literally refreshed the page twice and logged in again, just to be sure lol. But it was there. It was effing there, staring me at the face, pointing it’s finger and going hahaah gotch ya! But seriously though, I couldn’t believe it. But it made me so so happy, I am gonna go and cry now. There were times when I forced myself to read the ARCs that I had requested ’cause well – decency, and I made sure to get everything up on time. I put aside books that I wanted to read and prioritized these books, because commitments. And I feel like I have finally done it!

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Felt like a speech XD

It was hard. *sniffles* This badge means a lot to me, because I am building up my profile and stuff, and so thank you soo much to Netgalley, all the publishers, and the authors for everything really. But honestly, I owe so much to you guys! There wouldn’t really be any ARCs to review, if not for you lovely people. That was way too dramatic, right?

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I need some music for this.

I am really scared and nervous to tell you. I feel like I will end up jinxing it, but you know what? I am just gonna go with this gut feeling. So, *takes a deeeeep breathe* so, *internally screaming* so, the thing is *hell* I am writing a book of my own.

Externally screaming: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

I can’t believe that I fucking said it! So, I had always had these characters in mind, who have been my friends, since I was very little. Imaginary of course. But I feel like, I have grown a lot, and so have they, and it’s time that I give them a life – it’s time for me to let them breathe and give them a story, so that’s what I have decided to do. I am already working on my first draft and I am working on it. It’s not easy, especially with all the online school stuff and final year and not to mention so so so much screen time. But thankfully it’s flowing guys. It’s flowing.

I can’t really tell you anything at this point, because I am so so scared that someone will steal my story or something. And my story might not be that good, but someone can easily take the plot and make it something big right? I am terrified. I trust you guys, but what if some unwanted stranger comes knocking?👀

My biggest fear used to be lizards, but now it is story theft. lol. I know I am acting paranoid, but *I have no words* I just am.

Only two of my blogger friends know about it – Nehal and Panna, and I trust these two wonderful souls (aka sweet lil’ idiots), and I have of course shared it with them. But I am so scared that after putting this out, I won’t be able to work on it, but I want to. I want to get this story out. I want to get it all out. And, so – gut feeling. Yeah, that’s something I have been telling myself for the past week.

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What do you think?

Oh and I named this post as a Wrap-Open because, instead of like wrapping up a month, this felt more like new beginnings and shit. So yeah. Stay safe guys. It’s getting worse with each passing day, but you are strong. You will get through this. If you are having a hard time, I hope this post made you smile. If you have lost someone dear, then my condolences. And happy May! Seriously, hoping that this month goes better, and the death count goes down, and the number of smiles I see each day goes up, because fucking masks won’t let me. (By the way, is it just me or do you guys smile, and then realize that the person in front can’t really see you, ’cause mask? It’s so damn annoying.)

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Stay Strong ♡

Not a lot of book stuff, for a book blog post XD. And I know my theme is all colorful and flowers, and I am not changing it, but I just felt like going monochromatic today! And I am pretty sure that you have realized by now that gifs are my new obsession.

98 thoughts on “more like a wrap open || good news + achievements + announcements

  1. Congrats on the good news!! ARCs and badges!!!! 🎉 I finally found someone else who didn’t enjoy The Giver! I thought is was fine as well.

    I hope you have fun writing your novel! I’m currently trying to write a few as well ❤

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  2. Sending you so much love and light during this scary time we find ourselves in. Massive congrats on your Netgalley achievements! ( You’re making me pick up my leftover ARC because like you I’m in a reading slump 😩)
    Also that’s so awesome that you’re writing a book! Please don’t feel pressured to share anything, we’ll still get excited for it!

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  3. Oh my! I wish more authors sent physical ARCs and thanks letter to us in Asia. Which book was it? Yess, you’re writing a novel like me! I have this crazy habit that I need every word to be perfect so I kinda revise three times when I write a chapter. I’m like 6000 words in and I am hoping this doesn’t jinx it xD

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  4. Congrats on everything!!! A physical arc sounds really exciting, I loved the Jerry gif you used to show your reaction. The stitch gifs were great too.

    Wishing you well! 💓

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  5. Have a good April Ashmita! I really get it with the COVID things, my teacher was just talking about her experience and in general about the state of the country, and I could just feel the sadness overpowering me 😦
    Congrats on the ARC and badge, and best of luck for your writing! I can definitely understand what you said about the story theft, and know that you will make the right decision whenever you decide to share it (or not, because that’s okay too!)
    Stay safe ❤

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  6. Wuhu – so many things to be excited for!!!!!! I’m sure getting a physical book must have been SO exciting.
    Good luck with your book!! Can’t wait to read it. 🤗❤️
    Stay safe

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  7. OMG best reviewer, congrats dudeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! 🤩🤩
    Now i want pawriii!!!
    And yeah, im always gonna be there for ur book 😉
    And seriously, dw nobody will steal ur idea -_- xD

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  8. OMG, you had such a good month! Congratulations on the physical ARC and top reviewer thing!!!! Also, you writing a book is so awesome! Are you gonna publish it, or will you just publish it on Wattpad????
    Also, I am really inquisitive about this book idea of yours, I assure you I won’t steal it!!
    As for reading less books, I just read three books this month, so believe me, I am in a huuuuuge slump.
    Awesome post, and congrats once again!

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  9. ohhh small happiness like these 🙂🙂🙂 just heartwarming 💖
    Congrats on the top reviewer badge 👏 😎 and go ahead with your book, its gonna be awesome…

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  10. Yeah, the situation is so depressing. I am very glad to hear that you’ve got your first physical ARC. Congrats on writing your first book. I’m very eager to hear more updates about it. Plagiarism is becoming common nowadays. But please don’t stress yourself too much about that. All will be well.👍

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  11. Read all the 4 books in the quartet dude!!! You will like it. The second and the third books are the best of the quartet!!! And Congo on the reviewer thing! And wow! I’m sweet and I’m an idiot 😂 the best combination!!!

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  12. Sorry you felt slumpy this month, but it still sounds like you had a good month. Congrats on your achievements!! I also read Cemetery Boys this month and I adored it!!💛 Happy May!

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  13. Hahah yes. The giver felt so monotonous that there were times I could cry. But it had a few very important themes as well. But nonetheless it was boring XD. I think early teenagers would kinda enjoy it just fine. And thank you soooo much Brooke ❤️ and omg!! Good luck with your novel!!! I hope it comes out well!!

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  14. Ahhh thank you soo much jawahir!! It is indeed a scary time :(( and good luck with all the ARCs! But don’t pressure yourself ❤️ otherwise you won’t be able to get rid of that slump. They are the worst 😢 and thank you soo much for that assurance! I really needed that ❤️🥺

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  15. I wish so too!! But international shipping is indeed expensive and so I am really grateful to them for sending it to me ❤️ ah! The book name is the warden’s legacy by J A Guinta. and oh!!!!! High five!!!! That’s like a lot of words! Especially if you edit while you go! Good luck Amodini!!! I hope your novel comes out great❤️❤️ and I hope nothing gets jinxed here. Keeping my fingers crossed for the both of us. Haha.


  16. Thankx a bunch ariel!!! And I know right!! I still can’t believe that they actually bothered to ship it to me!! And I loved the Tom emoji too!! Jerry is the little mouse 🐭🐀 😅😅 so glad that you loved them!! And thank you once more!

    Wishing you well as well! Good day!

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  17. Ahh Trisha thank you soo much for your kind words and understanding ❤️❤️ so many people are dying with each and every moment it is really sad 😢☹️ stay safe and stay well!

    And thank you soo much!! Yep! I would love to share it with you guys!! But I am just too freaked out and paranoid about everything right now 😳😂😅

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  18. Thankuuuuuuuuu nehuuuuu!! ❤️ And your comment has been haunting me since morning 😂😂 I just couldn’t make out what you meant by pawri 😂 but I know now. And thank you so much for wanting to pawri 🥺😂❤️ and thank you being there for mah boi 🥺❤️ mah boi is very grateful to you 🥺😂❤️ and I know. But I can’t stop getting scared lol 😂😳😳😳😳 what if someone does tho 😳😳😳😳

    Thanks again 🕊️🕊️🕊️🦍🦍🦍🐭🐭🐭

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  19. Aww, my heart hurts for you and your area! Hope things get better for y’all quickly!! Congrats on the first physical arc, though!! I know just how awesome that is! And it’s important to focus on those wins when there’s so much yuck around you. *HUGS*

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  20. Thank you 😌 and cemetery boys was amazing!!!! I loved it with everything!! Especially the characters! And being a huge fan of the coco movie, I just couldn’t stop comparing. I went ahead and watched the movie after reading it, and I know there is no connection!! I love the latinx culture and stuff! So glad that you loved it too! Happy may ❤️

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  21. Oh I will definitely read them cause otherwise I won’t get to see you eat the chocolate ice cream 😈 but honestly I hope the series gets better. And thank you soooooo much😁 and yes 😂 best combination ❤️❤️ it just means that you r one of the best and most amazing people I have met 😘

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  22. Yes indeed. ☹️ And thank you very much vk! I am soo excited to share updates and all!!! Thank you soo much for looking forward 😄 and yes it is 😳 I won’t, but it’s scary haha😅 yep! I am counting on that! Thankx again ❤️

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  23. I am sorry about the Covid situation in your country 😦 Portugal went through a really bad patch right at the beginning of this year, it was so horrible, but now things have calmed down a lot more and everything’s reopened. I hope reading this will give you hope that things will get better, because they will 🙂 You just got to do your best to stay strong and safe ❤
    Congrats on your first physical ARC!! That’s HUGE!! And congrats on your Netgalley badge too 😊
    I wish you all the luck in writing your book – I’m sure it will be amazing! I can tell how passionate you are about i :))
    Also, I totally get you with the smiling with your mask on! I forget that people can’t see me smiling so often and I always mentally face palm myself 😩🤦‍♀️

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  24. Yes! Coco was definitely my first real experience with Dia de Muertos, so that’s what I was thinking about too! That movie actually helped me pass a pop quiz I had in a Spanish class once! 😅 Glad you liked it!

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  25. AHHH! Congrats all around on getting the Top Reviewer Badge and for getting your first digital arc AND starting your own book!

    I’m sorry about the effects of COVID in your area but you’ll be in my thoughts and hope you and many others there stay safe!

    It’s ok not to read the book as fast as you normally do. Sometimes you run into a slump and sometimes you need that break.

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t enjoy The Giver. I read it in 8th grade and thought it was meh.

    Loved reading this post, Eryn!

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  26. Oof yeah the COVID situation seems to be getting worse every minute. Hopefully with the vaccination it’s going to change.

    I had a terrible reading month too; only five or six books. I think I’ve just been feeling like drawing much more than picking up my book. Which, for me, is quite surprising.

    Ohh wow!! Congrats on your first physical ARC (I totally didn’t have to look up what an ARC is 👀)! And top reviewer badge? I’m sure you deserve it big time 🙌

    Ahh I’ve written so many novels in my head, and started (then left) a ton as well. Good luck with your book!! I cannot wait to hear more about it. How could it not be great if it’s written by you?

    Welp I hope you have a great May! 💙

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  27. yoooooo this is so cool dude omg this is mind blowing. first off, congratulations- YOU ARE WRITING A BOOK- yo that is so cool, and i promise i’ll be the FIRST person to buy it 😀

    also dude that publisher sending it out to you via shipping and a cool physical copy, that’s just #goals. it’s really kind and thoughtful of them. also omg as i read this- thank you so much for reminding me that YES i’ve got to write my wrap up too tehehe 🙂 great post, and i’m loving your writing so muchhh

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  28. I just realised that I had missed your comment! 🤦😅 And yeahh!! Thank you soooooo much riddhi!!! I don’t think I am going to publish it on Wattpad though. Actually I don’t know anything at all haha. I just want to get the story written on paper first 😁😅 then I will research a little. And I HOPE that someone agrees to publish my book 🥺🥺
    Ahhh!!! Thank you sooo much for being interested in my book and hahah😂 don’t worry I trust you! I will let you know in hangouts! 😁❤️ Oh and I hear you. I happen to book slumps fav person XD. And thank you once again for everything!! ❤️

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  29. Yes. The situation is truly bad 😔 and thank you soo much for your well wishes! And you are right! All will be good!! I am so glad that your place has recovered though❤️ and thank you sooo much!! That felt HUGE! 😁😁

    AHH and the book!! Yes I am very excited about it😳😳😬😬 but too nervous XD

    Ikr! When people say something I smile, and they just stare and later I realise that I must have come across as a rude rude person cuz they didn’t see me smile 😂😂😅🤦

    Thankx a lot susana!!

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  30. Ahhh Eryn!! Thank you soo soo much 💕 Ikr!! All of this was so very exciting!

    Thank you so much for your well wishes! I hope you are being safe as well ❤️

    I am glad that after this post I know that soo many people found the book to be meh, cuz it’s really popular XD.


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  31. Yes it has 😔
    Thank you soo much aanya! ❤️
    And yeahh!!! I am really excited about the whole ordeal! I can imagine what it must have been for you… actually writing a book!! And especially now that you have two published works!! 💕💕 Thankx again!

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  32. Yep. All the deaths 😔 and I really hope that more vaccinations come in and people get better!

    And Yaya!!! I thought u were in an artist’s block!! So glad you got out of that one! But bummer 😂🤦 now it’s a reading slump 🤦 but have fun with paintings and stuff and I never got around to texting in the group but your sketches in the group never fail to make me smile and brighten up the day!! 💕❤️

    And thank you soooooo much!!! And 😂😂😅😅 I guess I should have mentioned what an arc is 😅 in fact that you say, I realise how many people might not understand it 😅😬

    And aww thank you soo much 🥺🥺❤️ I really hope that my novel works out! And I hope you find the tenacity to write yours as well!!

    Thankx again ray ray. And happy may to you too!


  33. Ahhhhhh asic!! Thank you soo soo much!!! You have no idea how much that means to me!! 🥺😭❤️

    And I know right!!! That was really mind blowing lol. Haha. I hope you get to writing your wrap up! And thank you sooooo much once again 💕❤️

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  34. Yeah.

    Yeah I was; but now I’ve come out and am more creative than ever! ..although not in reading 🤦‍♀️
    Aw, that makes me so happy 🥺

    Heh, I suppose they’ll just havta look it up 🤷‍♀️

    Ahh, maybe one day I’ll write something fully. Till then, I’ll make do with thinking it up in my mind and reading other’s marvellous works (*wink* like yours).

    Of course 💙

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  35. You’re not the only one feeling like that regarding covid, everyone deals with situations differently. I’ve also been struggling. Remember, what your feeling is valid and everything you’re feeling is okay 💗 I’m sending all of my love, and I’m always here if you need someone 😌 In other news, CONGRATS ON EVERYTHING!!! Writing a book is such a big thing and I’m so glad you’re doing something like that! Writing has really helped me through covid, and keeping me sane!!


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