Action Replay: June 2016

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I know I'm a bit late in writing this, but I was caught up way too many things. To be honest, June was not a very good month for me. Personally, that is. Health issues coupled with insomnia did not do me good at all. I know that half the year has just whooshed by, but June just felt like a drag to me. Work was hectic as usual, but there was something else that bogged me down this time. I cannot put a finger on it exactly, but I'm glad that June is over and done with. Having said that, June was a month that left me with a lot of learnings. Now that I think of it, maybe it was not that bad a month altogether.

Apart from work, the prime focus for June was reading. I read six books this month and I couldn't be more happier. I read a diverse books this time. Reading back to back thrillers was leaving me disturbed and agitated. After P.G.W's 'Galahad At Blandings' which by the way is beyond excellent, I picked up the short story 'The Grownup' by Gillian Flynn. I have come to love her style of writing so much that I just cannot put down her books. I finished this one too in a single seating and loved every bit of it. 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' was what I picked up next and it is safe to say that it was the most disturbed book that I had read till date. The violence and torture against women got to me and it left me troubled for a long time.

That is the reason why I chose a breezy book for my next. 'David Days Mona Nights' is an unheard of book. This is one of Cal's old books and comes under the young adult fiction/romance category. Not being sure of wanting to pick it up, I looked at Goodreads for its review. Sadly, the book wasn't even listed there. I created a new entry for the book and decided to read it. It is a really small book of 120 pages. It is about David and Mona who only communicate via letters and fall in love in the process. A detailed review of it is coming up soon. I finally read 'Who Moved My Cheese' and loved it! Such a simple story and yet it made so much sense. 'The Devotion Of Suspect X' was what I picked next. Being sick at home one day, I finished the entire book in one sitting. What a beauty it was! I'll definitely be doing a review of this one.

I like doing book reviews, but only of those books that I have loved/liked or some book which I think people should know about. I'll try not to crowd this place with book reviews, maybe one a week will do. What do you say?

June also showed me all the sycophants that I have around me. People who praise me on social media and not think of me otherwise are people I've put in my 'ignore' bucket now. I normally don't let such things affect me, but when I've invested some time in building a friendship with someone and then not being acknowledged about it does trouble me. Such people do not deserve another second of my time. Now I also am able to differentiate the people who are happy for my success and those who are plain jealous. While the former is just a handful, I'm happy to have them in my life and I hold them very close to my heart.

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Another thing June taught me was how to handle failure. Of course like most of us, I'm not the one to take failure or rejection well. I normally handle it better, but this time I let it get the better of me. I let anxiety get ahead of focus and screwed it all up. I did not deal with it in a very good way. I was angry and pissed with myself and blamed everyone around me. It took me a while to realize that it was actually my fault and I should have been calm and gone ahead with it instead. Once I was able to accept this fact, it became easy to put it behind me and prepare more better for the next time. Failures are a part of life and without them how would you have experiences? I'm glad I finally was able to understand this.

In terms of writing, I didn't do too bad in June. Ten posts out of a planned twelve is pretty good I think. I wrote posts that mattered a lot to me this time. From 'Treating Food Right', 'His &His' to 'The Corporate Homemaker', all these are topics that I have been wanting to talk about for quite some time now. I'm glad I was able to write it down this time.

Okay I've managed to have done a lot of things in June and have got a few priceless lessons as well. Wait, June was a good month after all.

How did it treat you?

16 comments:

  1. Please dont stop with the reviews, be it movies or books. I have been regularly reading your reviews. I had taken a break from reading regularly and i wanted to try something different this time and your reviews helped me. I bought girl with dragon tattoo and other 2 books of the series and devotion of suspect x. Same goes with the movies!

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    1. Oh you will love both of them! I'll keep the reviews going, I promise.

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  2. It took me a long time to come to terms with failure and now in this new cum refreshing phase, I am growing in my new found success and working on the self. I feel success and failure are relative. It's how we define things. I realized that I compete with myself and not with the world.

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  3. 6 books is very good. I read two and I am still on my third. It's slow but going well.
    Sorry to know about the health issues. I am also having troubles sleeping at night and I wonder why.
    Some people need to be in the 'ignore bucket' so it's okay. You have a good July, Soumya and let's head out for dinner one day. :)

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    1. Are you reading disturbing books as well? :P

      Sure Parul. I have a lot on my plate right now. I'll message you soon about it :)

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  4. You have read so many books in one month... I so wish I was like that... I am trying hard to reach my goal this year. Hope you are feeling a lot better now. Wish you an exciting July. :)

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    1. This month I just had some bonus time :)

      I'm feeling all great now, thank you!

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  5. Hugs babe. June does sound like a very rough month for you but so glad you got to read all those lovely books! Am so tempted to buy an extra 24 hours just to read. I swear! As for the rough days and terrible people, sigh, things do happen when you least expect them. Chin up and count your blessings and your true friends every time. Always. Sorry to have been off the communication grid but work has been crazy. Love you loads.

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    1. Thank you my dear! I'm so thankful for a handful of wonderful friends who keep me sane today :)

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  6. I love reading your book reviews. Between you and Sreesha I learn so much about reviewing. Actually June has made me realise that life is full of highs and lows and good and bad, and we just oscillate between the extremes. The sooner we learn to differentiate between what is good for us, and what is not the better.

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    1. Thank you Jai! My June was pretty much the same too. But hey, we survived. Cheers to us!

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  7. Time is the best teacher, Soumya. We all know it, but tend to forget it in the mad rush that life is. Time is also the best medicine - it heals wounds and helps us change for the better. And time is also forever changing...The only thing to remember when times are tough is , this too shall pass!
    Great to see the number of good books you read last month and the number of posts you wrote.
    May the coming months bring with them happiness and peace of mind for you! ♡

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    1. I totally agree Shilpa. The storm did pass and I now can see things more clearly! Thank you my dear <3

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  8. Failure teaches us more than we think we know, Soumya! :) The month of the Lioness is just around the corner and I am sure you are gonna rock it!

    This is how my month went by!
    http://jaysfreespace.blogspot.in/2016/07/rewind-june-2016.html

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