Monthly Rewind: April 2023


For April, I ended up reading 4 novellas. I’ve mentioned multiple times before how finding a full-time job has been my priority for the last few months, which has left my blog quite lacking in content. (As you can see, my last post was my Monthly Rewind for March) I have quite a packed Netgalley TBR, and a few ARCs I had requested still need to be read and reviewed, so it made me really overwhelmed. Back when my blog was at its most active, I was actually working part-time, attending university, and blogging altogether. I thought with all this free time, I would be able to catch up, but it’s quite hard at the moment because I do this blog stuff as a side-project for fun; I’ve somehow internally convinced myself that I can’t do any “fun” stuff until I’ve got a steady job which has turned into this messy, horrible book slump right now. I’m trying really hard to get through this slump, but unemployment is beating my ass right now. So I thought reading Novellas would be a great way to ease myself back into the comfort of reading and blogging. And it’s kind of working? I’ve adored each and every book I’ve read this month.

  • Artificial Condition/ Rogue Protocol/ Exit Strategy – I plan to write a more thorough review of myself gushing over the Murderbot Diaries because it’s so good. I did not think I would find myself relating to a hacked SecUnit, but here we are.
  • The Lies of the Ajungo – I found this one by being nosy on Twitter and saw a mutual request for recommendations, and someone else suggested this. I will have to scour through my feed to see if I can find it again, but perhaps it has been lost to the Musk void. In such a short number of pages, the world-building was amazing. I thought I won the jackpot when I thought the sequel (set 100 years later) was already released, but then I realised I looked at the number wrong, and it was, in fact, slated for a 2024 release. OTL.


Update from Twitch: I’ve reached affiliate status! If you’re not aware of Twitch, it’s a streaming site that I’ve been on for the last few months, streaming while I play games like Genshin Impact and Horizon Zero Dawn. More recently, I’ve been playing Celeste and Honkai: Star Rail! The main appeal of getting an affiliate role is, essentially, streamers can earn a share of the revenue generated from any video ads played on their channel. I personally wanted the interactive aspects of having affiliate status, which were channel points. I’ve mentioned before that I used a PNG model to stream, and I use Channel Points as a way to allow anyone who watched me to redeem points (earned by watching) to redeem different outfits I’ve made.

One of the major parts of Twitch Affiliate is emotes! Any affiliate or partner on Twitch can essentially have their own personalised emotes, which can be used for those who subscribed to the channel. At the moment, I’m not interested in asking people to sub the channel; while it’s appreciated, I don’t want anyone to feel like they should give some of their money to me. This is why you can redeem any of my emotes for 24-hour use using channel points. The redemption amount is lower than usual because I want everyone to be able to use them! I drew my emotes on stream and using an emote base pack by miffurin. I did design the whole pack, but they’ll just be sitting in my Twitch inventory until I can unlock the rest.

If you happen to be reading this post on the date of its release (May 2nd), I’m going to live today at around 9PM UK time (BST) playing Genshin Impact and pulling for one of my long-awaited characters, Baizhu. (almost three years of waiting is finally over omggg) Come follow me on Twitch for some bad gameplay and good times.


A feature section to highlight my favourite posts from my fellow bloggers that were posted this month. 

That’s it for this month! Tell me what went on in YOUR life this month! What sort of things was important for you this month? New obsessions? New TV shows? Or book? Any new song recs (I’m always open to new music!)? Best books you read this month?

3 thoughts on “Monthly Rewind: April 2023

  1. aw zaheerah im so sorry the last couple months have been so hard, but keeping my fingers crossed that THE WORLD FINALLY REALIZES ITS FAULTS AND YOU GET A JOB YOU ABSOLUTELY LOVE. good luck with everything and have a great may!!!!!


  2. Good luck to you in your job search, Zaheerah! As someone who is trying to escape a toxic full-time job to find another full-time job, the job search process right now is absolutely brutal. But I hope you’re able to allow yourself the joy of things you love, because you absolutely deserve it!

    Also, congrats on your affiliate status! I just followed you! My partner plays on Twitch, too, so I love supporting other small streamers!


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