Rhi’s Rambles // July ft. A Relaxed, Chill Chat Talking About What I’ve Been Up To Lately

hey friends!

i think i’m well overdue for a nice chat like this, because it’s mostly been books-this and books-that – and then only time i ever get to really…. talk, is for 300-500 words in a monthly recap. idk why but i’m feeling the vibes here guys! i’m doing this instead of a month-in-review-thing this month since it feels like the time is right ❤ hope you like it!!

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i’ve….. never really done this, not since my first year of blogging when i basically used this as a diary-type-thing it was awful but i think it’ll be fun. and please let me know how you guys have all been in the comments!! i really love chatting to you all, it makes me happy ❤

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general life

because of the whole covid-19 thing… i have done literally nothing. i spent the first two weeks of july seeing a couple of friends and watching movies and catching up on my goodreads import and reading… but that’s it. i listened to a lot of music – i’m in love with rina sawayama’s new album, and i’ve also been listening to lorde’s past albums! and of course taylor swift’s folklore… is it too early to say my favourite album so far? is it bad that for the first however many days after it came out i listened to that and nothing else? (also i think it is very impressive of me to think they’re all connected and then 2 hours later find a beautiful theory that basically… put all my thoughts into words)

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this is completely unrelated to everything but i mistyped bookstagram as bokstagram to a friend…… she made an entire fake instagram about bok choy purely to mock me, and if this doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about my friends nothing will.

i cut my hair AGAIN and… it sits above my shoulders now (like… well above) but even though i can barely get it back i still love it!! <3… my mum is very talented haha.

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bookish things

i’ve been slumping for months now, and while in july i finally got out of that (even if i counted fence as one book) it wasn’t fun, because i was reading 4 or 5 books a month which i hate!! part of the reason i think is because i had ~fancy new books~ from my parents to read!! i read books on scribd, ones i received for my birthday, and then some library pick-ups!

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some recent reads!! i reread 6 books… which i don’t feel awful about? five were for the nostalgia haha

i read so so much, like i said, but they were all SO GOOD as well. it’s been a while since i read incredible books (mostly aftg) but these just… ripped my soul apart and screwed me a million times over!!! kjahtkjhd my heart….. dkljskldj.

i also finally finished importing all my books to goodreads from jan 2019 to present time…. and y’all. it was a massive task (of like 170 books) and i forgot about it for like 5 days but it was SO GOOD and i’m DONE.

i also bought some books!! the falling in love montage was a birthday book from my parents but it came a little late in the mail!!! ….also guess who finally caved and bought the six of crows special edition when they got a voucher from a friend!!! ❤ tbh no regrets – i adore the squad so much, and i now own a paperback with notes and a pure one….. whoops?? anna k is another book i bought since i had so much in book vouchers left from my birthday (i’m still saving) and i’ve only heard good things about it!!Screen Shot 2020-05-23 at 9.38.16 AM

tv-ish things

well…. back at the start and middle of july we got disney+ and i rewatched many many movies – the first two high school musical movies, zootopia, frozen 1 and 2 (the second is better i don’t make the rules), and a couple others. i also saw the first jumanji movie (the video game one) and it was hilarious!! why did i wait so long!! i saw the sequel at the end of last year with a friend, but i hadn’t seen the first (of the remakes…. i have never seen the original and after a friend said it was trash i don’t plan to??)

i also caved and saw hsmtmts and while it was awful it was the good kind of awful??? (if nini and gina (who’s names i originally wrote and thought were mimi and gia) had gotten together that would be a POWER COUPLE!!!) it inspired me to revisit the original movies which i hadn’t seen in at least 5 years… they have not aged well. no. no no no.

i also watched a show with my family on netflix called indian matchmaker…. it’s hilarious and i’d really recommend!! netflix parties with friends were also a big hit!! (we rewatched the start of atypical and i love them so much omg!!!)

saving the best for last… i saw the first season of love, victor (the spin-off series of love, simon which i’ve seen five times and i adore) which was simply incredible (yes predictable and yes very drama-filled but i don’t care ok). i may or may not have cried in the finale (the mother daughter stuff got me ok) and i saw it in like 3 days and it was amazing. so so good. (i then saw it again with my family….. look it’s good and i love it and we got through it also very fast and i 100% don’t have tentative plans to watch it with a friend again soon no what are you talking about)

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blog-ish things

i actually did it!! i posted every four days and still can’t believe it? it definitely helped that for most of it i had pre-scheduled content a week ahead at least for the whole time – if you can (possibly the least-accessible advice ever), i’d recommend it as a technique!!

i also drafted and came up with SO MANY ideas for posts!! i might not be thriving in covid-19 but my blog sure is hehe ;)) i’m super excited for some of my content this month!! (also! thank you so much for the support on my recommendations by black authors post!! i did NOT expect it to do that well but i’m thrilled honestly!!)

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also! i do try not to talk or think about stats much but we hit 300 followers this month and i’m…. honestly in shock and like thank you so much??? i died a little when i saw that?? ksjhdfkjhsd anyway no words but thank you for that!! (i was also nominated by some people for the 2020 Book Blogger Awards and i’m STILL screaming. kjdhfsjk thank you to everyone!! (some of my tagbacks haven’t been working so if you did nominate me please let me know below because i’d love to look at it and cry :’))

on the note off the book blogger awards, i have no idea if i got through to the voting round, but if i did it would mean the world to me if you voted for me!! i might actually cry :’) (turns out i did!!! you can vote for me as best blogging/writing voice (!!!!) here because i would actually die <3)

also!!! i changed my header because… i’ve been meaning to for a while but i couldn’t figure out what i wanted??? but i hit 20,000 hits and i’m super proud of myself and so i decided to actually spend some time figuring it out and it happened!! i like it ❤

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  • ash reviewed a book i’ve been meaning to get to for forever, and even though i can’t find a copy in a library or my local bookstore, this made me want to go online and buy it immediately. (it’s picture us in the light, by the way!!)
  • akjsfkjsd nimika did a romance lines in YA post and like. i cried. kajhsfjksd the ones i recognised were simply beautiful (and they brought back Painful Memories of books)
  • may posted about why she loves book blogs and ways to support book bloggers and just… so many points she brought up are so real??? and i’d really recommend checking it out!! (especially leaving comments, sharing our posts, and following!! it truly means a lot <3)
  • ilsa created a tag based on folklore… and i love it so much. that’s all i can say about this, but i truly adore it – thank youuuu ❤
  • olivia gave us book recs if you like [insert tv show] and the gilmore girls ones made my heart soar!! the books are all matched so well haha :))
  • maha recommended some fluffy romance novels and they’re perfect for me this month!!

(also! i had an idea – since reviews get so low engagement from most of the community, i want to start boosting them more by promoting a couple in my recaps and i might post linking to some of my favourite, well written reviews/review blogs!! if that’s something you’d be interested in participating in or you want me to have a look at some of your reviews, let me know <3)

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poemish things

i wrote some a lot of poetry! i wrote two that are… definitely a little too personal and emotional to share here (but i really love what i did with one), but there were some not super sad things too and i like one in particular so i’ll put it in a spoiler tag below. it’s not meant to be based off anything, just like a story as a poem haha. anyway enjoy i guess xx

poem based off some spotify playlist bylines a friend had

damn did i really do that? did i really just tell her? did i just ruin my life in three words, i might have. so why am i not scared? doctor look into my eyes, i’m just not there, it’s too much for this small being to comprehend. the first thing she asks is are you gonna write a song about me, i might already have. just the thought of it makes me blush, i don’t know how but i kept going. i always keep going. i don’t know how to read i just know how to read her expressions. we’re gonna take over the world, one kiss, one miss, one kiss on a cheek, one missed call, i messed around and got attached, soon i’m sending you letters with my heart dispatched. i know i shouldn’t, but she’s my soulmate, what can i do? google searching how to be a star just for you, i won’t be, all i could ever be is a sparkling star built to support her galaxy. her galaxy would be a world too powerful, is a world to powerful, the thought of it my dear might put me to death. she put too much sugar on her cereal this morning, made her life taste a little sweeter so she could keep going. i’ve got nothing to do and neither do you, so we drive for soft ice cream and i call you my coney island queen, head back home and you get a facetime request. i fell down the rabbit hole a while ago but i haven’t hit the bottom yet. i hope there isn’t a bottom. i’m still falling. you pick up the phone and look into his eyes, and in an instant i keep falling but the gravity is finally working wonders and i can feel myself getting faster and closer to the ground. damn, did i really do that? really gave myself away for a girl who could only ever love a version of me i am not, only ever love someone who is not me. the thought of this, my dear, will put me to death, and i’m just not there. i thought we’d take over the world but now because you have something to do, i again have nothing. nothing to do. nothing to say that will get you to stay.

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looking at august…

i’m really excited for august!! i want to try and read more on scribd, because my free trial will run out around the 20th, and i also want to reread some middle grade books because i’m craving the serotonin and nostalgia!!! i did a penderwicks reread near the end of july… i love them so much ok

i have a plan to mostly just read fluffy contemporaries…… apparently i read enough sad stuff? basically the whole month will just be happy, light books. (and i got a couple rereads in there!!! legend and aftg… i’m giving in even though they’re a little less than fluffy heh – COMFORT READS) looking above…. i’m rereading aftg again with a friend and i love it?? it’s so addictive and i’m probably about to slump again but i don’t care??

i’ll be continuing online school for at least part of it, which i’m surprisingly not unhappy about? i mean, i think i’d rather see people, but i like online. i’m also doing a school thing that i got a good group for and i’m excited for that!!

i…. might go for walks? there’s literally nothing for me to say here because, hey, worldwide pandemic!! it’s great!!!

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been up to anything exciting this month? have you been like me and just chilling and not doing much? watched any good movies/read any good books? any writing happen for you? wishing you all a wonderful july xx

 

30 thoughts on “Rhi’s Rambles // July ft. A Relaxed, Chill Chat Talking About What I’ve Been Up To Lately

  1. Oh my gosh I used to love The Penderwicks hahah. Also Lorde is absolutely EVERYTHING like I’m obsessed with all her songs. Which are your favs?? Your poem was gorgeous by the way xx

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      1. Ahhh I love all of those too! Mine are probably Perfect Places, Buzzcut Season, Love Club, Homemade Dynamite, Writer In The Dark and of course Royals and Green Light :)) ❤

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  2. Rhi’s Rambles makes a comeback! I love your chatty posts like this. It’s so nice to have an insight into your life. Ever since lockdown commenced I’ve been in the worst reading slump, save a 24 hour readathon I did with my friend. However this morning I was feeling the book buzz so I picked A Darker Shade Of Magic and just like that *snaps fingers* read 100 pages! That’s so unusual for me, considering the dreadful slump I was in. Anyway we’re here now, back stronger than ever. Now lockdown is easing in the UK, I’ll soon be able to visit my favourite place in the entire world: the library. I can’t wait! x

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  3. Lovely post! It reminds I am late for my wrap up 😭….I just got out of my reading slump by late July…..so I ended up reading only 8 books actually 7 as the other one I finished today…not much movies ….I watched some Bollywood movie’s however(I live in India)my tests are coming up so studying hard….they are online though….and wow you went to the voting round….congrats…..I meant to write the nominations post but I had only joined the community two months back so did not know as many bloggers….I would love to participate …and it such a good idea …I
    I rarely write reviews because of this reason !except ARC of course

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    1. 8 books is more than i’ve been reading!!! and good luck on studying!!! ❤ congrats to you too!!! and yeah – i don't currently receive any arcs but i do sort of like writing reviews… just not posting them haha 🙂 thank you krisha x

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  4. Congrats on getting into the voting round for the Book Blogger Awards, that’s amazing!! 🎉 Also, Love, Victor sounds so great, I definitely need to find a way to watch it as well 🥰 Good luck with your August reading plans, I hope you read a lot of great contemporary books! 📚

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  5. I loved reading this post, Rhi!💖 This comment is probably going to very ramble-y because I have a lot to say, haha.

    First off, I have really just only listened to folklore since it came out as well! The other day I tried listening to my normal playlist and it just felt wrong to not be hearing Taylor, haha. Also, yay, a haircut! I want to get one soon because my hair’s been getting super long during quarantine and I kind of want it back to how it is in my profile picture…but I don’t really want to go to a haircut place right now and I think I would ruin my hair, haha, so I guess I’ll probably wait.

    YOU READ SO MUCH, that’s amazing! Yay for not being slumping anymore and for reading books that you love.🥳 Also, I admire you importing all your books to Goodreads so much…I started using it in 2016 but I never even thought about adding all my books from before then.

    I want to watch HSMTMTS!! Good to know it’s the good kind of awful, haha. It was one of my goals to watch it this summer but I ended up watching a lot of other shows instead and haven’t gotten around to it yet.

    Congrats on all your blogging this month!! I always love reading your posts and get so happy when they’re in my reader. Congratulations on 300 followers and your awards nomination and your beautiful new header!! You deserve all the love in the world.

    Thank you so much for mentioning my post! I’m so happy you loved it. I hope you have the most amazing August! xx

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    1. i love your rambly comments olivia!!! ❤

      it DEFINITELY feels wrong… i'm on day 13 of listening and it's truly phenomenal. i got lucky with my hair… if all else fails you keep cutting i guess!!! (i know we can't see your face but you look wonderful in the picture!!)

      i've kept a notebook since jan 2019, so it made my job a lot easier!!! and 2016 wow… i'm both in awe and vaguely scared.

      it's pretty good! as long as you don't mind predictable plot twists and character arcs, it's good for a laugh. i've also been rewatching a little bit of glee but have put that on pause for shows with friends heh.

      thank you so so much olivia – you're one of my oldest and most kind supporters, and i love you so much ❤ congratulations to you too for your nomination!!! i'm very proud of us haha.

      how could i not!!! you too olivia, stay well xx

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  6. Rhi, seems like you had such a great July!! First of all LOVE that you’re listening to Lorde, she’s AMAZING and my absolute favourite. And yes, folklore, on repeat. Always.

    I NEED to start The Feverwake series, hoping to this month actually *fingers crossed*. As well as The Fence graphic novels, they sound adorable.

    Omg love that you watched Zootopia, it’s actually such a brilliant movie. And Frozen too! It shouldn’t belong to the toddlers because it’s really good. Feel the same about HSMTMTS lmao. It’s not amazing yet I couldn’t stop watching

    300 followers is amazing GO YOU.

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    1. folklore is STILL on repeat and i’m not sorry about it :DD

      please do!!! they’re amazing haha, and i hope you love fence too!! it’s short and sharp, but definitely worth a read ❤

      it IS!!! omg hsmtmts was addictive lmao

      THANK YOU SO MUCH RUBY!!! i love chatting with you x

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  7. omggggg we have VERY different opinions when it comes to high school musical, hahah. i still love those movies to death and hsmtmts is one of my favorites of the year. it’s kinda hilarious because the characters are all supposed to be good “actors” but they constantly let their own drama interfere in their stage performances, lmao. but you know, LOVE THEM NONETHELESS.

    i also had such a fun time watching indian matchmaker. it was over the top but hilarious. i’ve been watching the episodes with my friend and i think we have low-key become an aparna hate account, but it’s fine, lol.

    i have yet to watch love victor though!!! i really wish it was available in a streaming service that actually exists in my country (thanks hulu and disney+🙃) but it’s fine hahah

    hope you have a great august, rhi!

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    1. ahaha it was definitely an experience! the first one was alright and i might be watching the third soon 👀 SO MUCH DRAMA OMG

      aparna hate acc I LOVE THAT! and you know,,, we love her regardless she spices things up lmao

      aah I hope you get to watch it soon!! really enjoyed on my end haha

      thank you so much lais! you too xxx

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  8. I also cut my hair above my shoulders a few days ago!! Short hair is the best, I don’t make the rules 😄 Of course Frozen 2 is better! It has Lost in the Woods in it, one of the best songs Disney has ever produced. Also, hsmtmts is trash but I liked it 😂 I’ve started recommending it to people and they think I’m joking. I also saw Love, Victor this month! Pilar is my favorite character (followed closely by Felix).

    Congratulations on getting to the voting round!! You absolutely deserve it and I was so happy to see your name there 💕 I hope you have an amazing August!!

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    1. short hair is 100% the best!! haha I’m basic and so show yourself is my favourite but lost in the woods is definitely a bop. hsmtmts is good trash though lmao, and love victor! I adore Pilar and Felix too haha

      thank you so much! you guys too – you got my vote 💖 same to you chana xxx

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  9. oh my god i love all four of the albums you mentioned!! clairo, rina saywayama and lorde are some of my favorites, and you know how much i love folklore 😌💖 also lmao the bokstagram account is so funny, tbh it sounds like something my friends would do 😅

    i’m so glad you had a good reading month!! also omg i can’t imagine how hard it must have been to import all your gr books, especially considering how awful the platform is (but i literally have nothing else to use 🙃), so good for you for finishing that!! lmaooo hsmtmts is definitely a good kind of trash!! also omg i hadn’t heard of indian matchmaker before, it sounds really interesting and a great show to watch w family so i’ll have to check it out 💖

    ‘hey, worldwide pandemic! it’s great’ basically sums up 2020 hahah, i love that for us 😭😭 my school is going to be online too and i’m nervous because i don’t know what to expect!! ahh you deserve the nominations and 300 followers, i love you and your blog sm 🥰 thank you so much for sharing my post, i hope you have the most amazing august!! xx

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    1. aahh they’re all amazing!!! and yes, she’s an excellent friend and the bokstagram was hilarious ❤

      it was like 290 books or something… i died lmao. and yes please check out indian matchmaker – i get the feeling you'd love it haha

      we have the best year in 2020!! if it's anything like mine you should be okay, but wishing you all the luck!!!!! same to you (to everything :))) xxx

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