Sorry for going off the grid for the past two posting days! I was in a bit of a blogging slump and I didn’t feel like starting any blog posts because I didn’t have the time to make them of the usual quality. But I promise I’m finally back on track and will be more active than ever from July. This time I definitely mean it! I was on Twitter this afternoon when I saw Avalinah’s tweet about today being International Blogger Day. I’ve been meaning to talk about the this topic for a while now. Today being a super special day for me personally and after reading this amazing post on Vicky Who Reads, I thought it was finally time to voice my opinions. This is difficult for me to write (which is why the post isn’t essay length) because it is deeply personal and sometimes thinking too much about it can really put a dent in my confidence, but this needs to be said. I hope that someday, somehow, things will change to a degree where none of the things in this post will be valid. But until then, let’s pledge to do better each day, shall we?
I’m so glad to be alive and posting on the blog again! It’s been raining steadily for the past one month now and my favourite month of the year has arrived. I can’t wait to get back into the blogging rhythm again and finally have the time to visit all the lovely people who follow me and chat with me here. Without further ado, let me talk about how my reading went in the month of April and May. After that, I’ll delve into my plans for June. Since I’m a bit more free from this month onwards, I’m attempting to read more than I have ever before and challenge myself, which is exciting and scary at the same time. Hopefully I’ll have only good news to share in my next wrap-up post.
My favourite read-a-thon of the year drew to a close yesterday and I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. I love how there are so many challenges that one can do – be it just reading, blogging, bookstgraming or vlogging. I really enjoyed the whole buzz it created and reading with a lot of different people from the book community. I took part in a Twitter sprint for the first time, hosted by my friend Sam from Will Read for Booze and it was a blast! I read dangerously for this one, often staying up past my bedtime like the rebel reader I am (I prefer the title book dragon though, because worms are so passé). Here’s a breakdown of all that I’ve accomplished with respect to this read-a-thon. I will later talk about some other reading challenges I plan to take part in, so without further ado, let’s get going.
It’s the final day of the Biannual Bibliothon and I’m back for the last time to bring you my post for today’s challenge. It is hosted by Laura from Laura’s Literary Letters – love the alliteration in the title! Her challenge is quite simply to recommend a book. This proved hard for me because there are a few books that I absolutely love but don’t think many will appreciate, few books that everyone seem to adore but I think are quite mediocre and coming up with a title that I think everyone can take away something from is quite difficult. However, I settled upon a very famous book, not because it’s my favourite but because I think everyone in our generation who reads or likes the idea of reading should at least give this a try.
Well, I missed a day. Sigh. I knew that if I didn’t schedule them earlier on that this would happen. Trying to juggle a busy work life and a read-a-thon is really hard, okay? But I missed one of my favourite challenges in the Bibliothon, which is why you need to imagine my face as a sad emoji now. With that out of the way, let’s get into today’s post. The challenge is hosted by Gabi from A Bookish Gal and the prompt is to talk about the most memorable read of 2017. That sounds easy on the surface level, but it’s actually next to impossible to pick one favourite. So, I’m just going to post my review (as per the usual schedule) of what I have, with great difficulty, chosen as my most memorable read (which, strangely, was the next book I was going to review anyway), and I’ll leave some honourable mentions afterwards because they were all awesome!
Title: Even the Darkest Stars (Even the Darkest Stars #1)
Author: Heather Fawcett
Genre: Young adult fantasy
Published: By Balzer + Bray on September 5th, 2017
I’m back again with another post for the Biannual Bibliothon blog challenges, hosted by The Bookworm in Me. This is probably the hardest one of them all because I personally don’t prefer the winter season. Pretty much all I want to do is stay indoors, curl up under warm blankets and read. We don’t get snow here at all, so my winter bucket list would be pretty much the same as any other season. Also, lately I’m finding that I’m forgetting everything that I’ve ever read in books. Character names, important plot points, food/beverage mentions, etc. I don’t know what’s come over me and it’s starting to bother me a little. Anyway, enough of that gloomy stuff, let’s jump in to the actual post. I’m keeping it very short because I’m exhausted yet have a ton of work to finish as I’m writing this.
- Make potato stew with Sam Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien)
- Do a buddy read with Hermione and Crookshanks (Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling)
- Have a slumber party with Vivian (Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu)
- Gaze at the Aurora Borealis with Malcolm (La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman)
- Have a tea party with the Five Find-Outers gang (The Five Find-Outers and Dog series by Enid Blyton)
- Munch on falafel with Magnus Chase and his friends (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan)
- Build a snowman with Calvin and Hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson)
- Have hot chocolate with Starr and her family (The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas)
- Exchange presents with Shawn (Psych series by William Rabkin)
- Spend a winter day in Gauri and Vikram’s magical garden (A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi)
What’s the topmost thing on your bucket list? Would it change according to the season/weather? Let me know in the comments section below.
Today’s challenge is hosted by Jenica from Firewhisky Reader. Her prompt is to describe your favourite winter scene from a book and explain why you want to be in it. As I’ve previously mentioned, snow is an alien concept to me. I’m pretty sure I would not thrive well in a snowy environment. I’m finding the current winter nights (13° C) only hard to bear, which should give you an idea of how I might feel stuck inside a winter scene. Nevertheless, I do have a favourite scene to talk about from a beloved children’s classic, so let’s get into it.
Welcome to the second post on the Winter Biannual Bibliothon blog challenge! Today’s challenge is hosted by the lovely team from Will Read For Booze. The fact that I knew her from before the Bibliothon gives me a special feeling. I’m so glad that she got chosen as a host for one of the blog challenges this time! She’s an absolute joy to interact with on Twitter and her blog is fabulous as well, so head over to show her some appreciation. The challenge for today is to create your own bookish beverage.
I actually struggled a lot to come up with this one. It marries my two passions, reading and cooking, yet I was stumped for ideas. I suddenly forgot every food/drink ever mentioned in any book. The idea I finally hit upon is quite a strange mix of the magical and real. The drink is inspired from The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi. There is no direct reference to this in any of the books (at least to the best of my knowledge), but it’s the sort of beverage that would seamlessly fit into the world that Chokshi has created and you can imagine it being sold in the Night Market that Maya visits. I can also totally picture Gauri drinking it and growing it in her magical garden. It fits the atmosphere and the aesthetic of the setting in the books rather than any character. Also, the drink is predominantly white and in sync with the winter theme of the read-a-thon! However, it is a quirky real drink that can be bought or, even better, easily made. I think I’ve teased about it enough, so I’ll let you in on the secret now.
I’m doing my first read-a-thon/reading challenge/blog challenge of the year starting today and it is none other than the Winter Biannual Bibliothon. It is hosted by The Booktube Girl, Brittni’s Book Find, dylanthereader5, emmmabooks, Kellys BookSpill, LittleBookOwl and Little Red Reader over on YouTube. It has reading challenges, video challenges, blog challenges and Instagram challenges so that everyone can join in. It’s great fun and I’m so happy that I’m doing it for the second consecutive time! A few old-timers here probably remember the first time I took part in this. All of the posts I did for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon of 2017 can be found here. The first blog challenge is hosted by Latte Night Reviews and Victoria has asked us to create a snowy day reading list.
For those of you familiar with my life, I live in a tropical city where there isn’t even the barest hint of snow. So, compiling a snowy day reading list proved a bit of a challenge for me. However, I decided to put my own spin on things and create a list of books with white covers. I’ve already read every single one of them and enjoyed them, so this also doubles up as a book recommendations list. I’ve also included the genre and what mood the book is perfect for so you can find your perfect match.
Countless people in the bookish community challenge themselves each year in terms of the number of books they plan to read, the kind of books they want to read or just cross off items on lists they have created for themselves. The start of the year is a good time to reflect on the sort of reading year you’d like to have and I’ve read several posts telling which reading challenges they’d like to enter over the course of the year. I participated in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon and BookTube-A-Thon in July as well as the House Cup Reading Challenge in October last year. However, this does not seem to be everyone’s cup of tea. Let’s explore how reading challenges have influenced the book community, shall we?