Etiquette Guide to the Online Book Community (Part 1): For Readers

I know I complain a lot about how busy my life is, but I somehow manage to scroll through social media even on the days I have no time to breathe. I’m sure it’s the same for everyone else out there too. If you enjoy books, you can definitely find like-minded people just about on any platform, but the most interactive ones (to the best of my knowledge) happen to be Twitter and Instagram. While it is very simple to express an opinion and have the entire world pay attention to what you have to say, I for one am not a fan of putting forth every thought to cross your mind on public display. I don’t tweet or post often on social media, but watching from the sidelines has taught me a lot about what to say, what not to say and how to get your message across effectively. I decided to share my learnings with you all here today and I hope you take away some valuable lessons as well.

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Reading Hyped Books

I’m starting this really late and I’m well aware. Lately, life has somehow started getting hectic again and I haven’t had quite the stress-free February I was hoping for. So much so that I was thinking of not posting at all today, yet I hit upon an idea so incredible that I had to write it as soon as possible. So here I am with a list of books that are very popular and my experience reading them. They do make an interesting tale, if I say so myself.

The hype surrounding books can be both good and bad for a reader. Popular books are popular for a reason after all, that they are loved by tons of people across the book community. There’s a good chance that it may appeal to you as well. On the other hand, a hyped book comes with expectations. You do expect to love it as much as the next person, and sometimes, it just doesn’t work that way. I want to quickly go through a few books that were just as good as others made it out to be and a few I didn’t like as much as I had thought I would. The ones I didn’t enjoy are still 4 star reads for me, but the hype did contribute to my lower rating.

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Winter BiBib Day #4: Winter Fantasy Bucket List

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.

Winter BiBib Day 4

  1. Make potato stew with Sam Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien)
  2. Do a buddy read with Hermione and Crookshanks (Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling)
  3. Have a slumber party with Vivian (Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu)
  4. Gaze at the Aurora Borealis with Malcolm (La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman)
  5. Have a tea party with the Five Find-Outers gang (The Five Find-Outers and Dog series by Enid Blyton)
  6. Munch on falafel with Magnus Chase and his friends (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan)
  7. Build a snowman with Calvin and Hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson)
  8. Have hot chocolate with Starr and her family (The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas)
  9. Exchange presents with Shawn (Psych series by William Rabkin)
  10. 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.

Winter BiBib Day #2: Bookish Beverage

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.

Winter BiBib Day 2

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.

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Discussion Post: Let’s Talk About Reading Challenges (+ Winter BiBib TBR)

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?

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A Small Book Blogger’s Dreams

Every once in a while my thoughts drift towards this little gem of a blog that I’m struggling to keep alive and what I’d like to do with it. Given infinite time, there are endless possibilities. But being tied down with work and the responsibilities of being a fully functioning adult equate to very little time spent doing the things I love. Here in this post I’m letting my imagination run loose and listing all the ways I’d like to see this blog grow, but can’t yet bring to fruition. Perhaps when I do finally find the time, this can become my guiding compass.


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Reading 101 – Where to Begin?

This post is dedicated specially to all the people in my life who have patiently heard me ramble about books but don’t share in the joy. It is an introduction to the exciting and vast world of literature for those who would like to get into reading. In my experience, many people don’t read because of reasons like time constraints or that they’ve fallen out of touch with current releases or that they’ve read books that haven’t appealed to them, but like the idea of developing a reading habit. If you happen to belong to that category of people, I hope that you find this helpful.

Note: This post is not sponsored by Goodreads.

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