Summer Diaries #4: A Day In The Life of a Quaran-Tween + an award!

Hey everyone! This is the last Summer Diaries post this year, so I thought I’d do something special: A Day In My Life, but quarantined!! Every single picture you see in this post is mine (yes, I’m so proud of myself for that) so don’t use them (ask me and you most definitely can 😉

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This isn’t something I usually do but since Pretty Little Scribbles is a lifestyle and review blog, I thought I’d expand my comfort zones and do a day in the life, but quarantine edition! The title idea goes to the lovely Lilly K on YouTube!

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Summer Diaries #3 (the Never Have I Ever tag + character case study)

Hey everyone! First off, I just wanted to thank you all because I just reached 100 followers on Pretty Little Scribbles! The past two weeks have been amazing, and I’ve discovered so many new bloggers, and I’m loving it!

Summer Diaries is a series I’m doing in my holidays and will chronicle my life over the next two months—what I’ve been reading, what I think about the second wave of the pandemic, and will include with some of my favourite literary analyses.

Today, we’re doing a character case study, and the Never Have I Ever Tag: book edition! Before we start, I would like to do something special for my first-ever milestone so, inspired by Poorwa’s blog I’m going to do a ‘reacting to assumptions’ round.

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Summer Diaries #2 (ft. Earth Day, Book Day + Harry Potter analysis)

Hey everyone! It has been yet another week in the life of yours truly in the heat of the summer! A week which celebrated many brilliant things, and in which I did an analysis of one of my favourite book series—the Harry Potter series! Summer Diaries is a series I’m doing in my holidays and will chronicle my life over the next two months—what I’ve been reading, what I think about the second wave of the pandemic, and will include with some of my favourite literary quotes!

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Summer Diaries #1 (ft. the Mystery Blogger Award)

 Hey everyone! I am glad to announce a new series this summer: Summer Diaries! It will chronicle my life over the next two months—what I’ve been reading, what I think about the second wave of the pandemic, and will include with some of my favourite literary quotes! So, today’s post is a Q&A, a rejoicing of the beginning of my summer vacation, like many other bloggers here, and some quick insights on what I’ve been reading and writing of late.

“It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”

This section is a bunch of my thoughts about everything—stars, as Gus Waters says, that cannot be fathomed into constellations; something like a bunch of journal entries. Just skim through it if you please, or skip to the next and the last sections: there are interesting things there!

March, the thirty first: The above quoted is a part of the iconic opening line from the beautiful ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ by Charles Dickens. Spring really does symbolise hope, but I’ve already elaborated on that here. Spring could also signify new beginnings. A start of something new, like the buds blooming, and the winter giving way to heat and warmth and sunshine. Spring could signify a restart, too, as it is simply a cycle starting over again, (like me restarting blogging—consistently,) or a clean slate.

This post was written over the course of the last month, and more days to come, resulting in its gargantuan size, it’s tardy publishing and the (slight) lack of images. My annual tests have finally, finally come to an end, and now, I shall spend the summer break reading and writing! 

April, the third: Everything around me is beautiful, golden. It’s that time of year I finally feel unobligated, the time of year when I can kick up my legs and read a book, just for the fun of it. The world is supposedly shut up, but the children of my community will not be stopped—and since I happen to be one of them, neither shall I.

There is news of a second wave of the pandemic, and it is true. We had a lovely drop in cases, but they are starting to rise quickly, and steadily, now. It is now my belief that since it has been a whole year since the pandemic began (this time last year we were lighting lamps on the order of our Prime Minister) people have begun taking it less seriously, and they can’t be blamed entirely. It is quite unfortunate, the increasing cases, the increasing deaths. I wonder: how long are we to live in this fear? But, it shall not last forever—it is something I ought to remember. This, too, shall pass.

April, the tenth: Today commemorates my 6-month Blogiversary! It has officially been 6 months since I first pressed that publish button on Blogger, and I have gained more than 70 followers on both of my blogs: WordPress and Blogger. I am ever so humbled that so many people care about what I have to say! Shout out once again to all of my friends in the blogosphere, I cannot mention all of them here, but Ivy, Gauri, Quinley, Vanya, Maith, Isabella and Evin, to name a few!


What I have read:
I have read nothing short of brilliant, amazing books lately, the lowest rating being four stars. I was honestly shocked at the literary capabilities of some authors I only recently discovered, and here is the entire list. I was originally suffering from a really annoying reading slump, and now that I am out of it, I can read as long as I please.


Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare★★★★
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green ★★★★★
Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare★★★★★
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte ★★★★★
Delirium by Lauren Oliver★★★★
Throne of Glass by Sarah. J. Maas★★★★
Crown of Midnight by Sarah. J. Maas ★★★★★

What I want to read:

These are mostly very hyped up books, and I will find myself going into these with very high expectations. Hopefully they will meet my expectations, and if they do—I shall be the happiest. Now for the million dollar question: have you read any of these? What did you think of them? Tell me, please, in the comments!

The list, for any of you who might be interested in picking these up:A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Writing

When it comes to writing, I wanted to do Camp Nano this time, but decided against it as I (i) don’t have a proper plot yet and (ii) I never seem to know how much I can do for NaNoWriMo—I either set myself an irrational goal, or a goal which is too easy. Have any of you tried NaNoWriMo? It would be really helpful if you could leave some tips down in the comments!

Take two!

The Award

So, a very long time ago, Ivy from Ivy’s Scribbles nominated me for this award—and I’d done it before, too at the end of this post. The award is now doing its rounds all over again, so I decided to join in on the fun, mostly since I was nominated again, thrice! I got nominated for this award by MaithGauri and Vanya—all three of whom are amongst my favourite bloggers! 

Gauri writes about her lifestyle, and her outlook on the pandemic, school and some tips and tricks at her blog: Brighter Alleys. Maith has a flair for writing and expresses her thoughts through lovely poems and anecdotes in her blog: Maith’s Musings. Vanya writes in two languages (!) and discusses nature and our impact on Earth in her blog: Chirps of a Forest Bird.

Their blogs are beautifully designed, and they write very well, about an array of topics, and go and check their wonderful blogs linked above. Thank you for nominating me. Since I was nominated thrice (!!) I unfortunately can’t answer all fifteen questions—and this post is so long as it is!—so I’ll answer my favourite two from each blogger. You can check the rules out herehere or here!

The QuestionsIf you could travel back in time, which era would you visit? —Maith

This is such a fun question, Maith! I would visit Victorian Era London, because firstly, I love London as a place. I also have always felt intrigued about this period of time—it was around when London developed, so I would visit the 1837-1950 time period in London.

What is your favourite thing to do in your free time?—Vanya

I like to read and write, to draw and to sing. But if I am met with an hour or two of free time, I would first plan what to do, just so I have an insight into what I will use my spare time for. 

What’s the reason for choosing the title of your blog it has now?
—Gauri

I don’t quite know why I chose Pretty Little Scribbles—maybe because it sounded nice at the time (and I think it still does.) Perhaps some inspiration arose from the lovely TV show Pretty Little Liars, but who can say?

The one book you could read over and over is?
—Maith

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. This is one of my relatively recent reads, and it shall have a spot on my all time favourites for a long time, now. It explores various themes, from the unlikability of the main characters, from a different style of storytelling and tragic happenings. 

The most unique cartoon character (according to you) is?
—Gauri

I love cartoon characters, so thank you for this question, Gauri!! My favourite is probably Princess Holly from Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. It is an animated British television series that never fails to make me laugh, and is so innocent! The characters are elves and fairies, living in our world, but hiding from humans.

What is your biggest dream ever?
—Vanya

This is such a pretty question, first of all, and I will interpret it as that one thing you’ve always wanted to do—knowing it is slightly impossible. In all honesty, I have always wanted to see something I have written in print. Simply publish a book, that is all.

Once again, go check out these brilliant bloggers with their super creative questions, and you can do this award on your blog, as I nominate you! Here are a couple questions you can answer (even in the comments, if you do not want to create a post about it):

Cakes or Cupcakes?
Favourite book genre, and why?
A topic you have always wanted to speak out on?
Do you drizzle ketchup on your fries or dip your fries in it?
What are you currently watching?

What have you been reading lately, and what have you been watching on TV? What do you think of the pandemic, and are things looking better where you live? Do tell me in the comments! Thank you if you read this post—it was extremely long!


Sending you a little bit of sunshine,
Maya.