My Reading Journey + GIVEAWAY!

This post has been simmering in the back of my mind for quite some time now and today felt like the perfect time to chat about what reading means to me personally. It is especially apt that I’m talking about this now because I wanted to thank all of the wonderful people who have supported my reading journey thus far, which also includes my presence in the online book community. If you’re here for the giveaway alone, you can skip to the end, but I’d be much obliged if you took a little time to read through this. I’ll break down all of the things I want to share in a Q&A format, so that it’s easy to read through.

My Reading Journey + Giveaway

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

What better time to do this post than on a summer evening, right? I got tagged by The Readers Bay and Charvi from Not Just Fiction. The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award given by one blogger to other bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community. I don’t know what I did to deserve to get tagged twice, but thank you so very much to them for doing it! 🙂 They have some really amazing blogs with superb content, so do check them out and show them some support! Before we get into the actual post, I’d just like to talk about how things have been recently for me.

Sunshine Blogger Award

I know I was absent for about 3 weeks on here and it was completely unplanned, so I am sorry for that. Things got very hectic and I just didn’t have time to keep up with blogging and bookstagramming for a while. However, now that I’m back on both the platforms, I’d just like to let you guys know about a few things. During my hiatus and in the past week, I was in a position where I felt really underappreciated as a blogger and content creator. I was even reduced to tears because I don’t really get much support in real life for what I do. The only thing that has kept me going is my limitless passion for books, blogging and the support I receive from the wonderful online community of bookish people, be it on Twitter, Instagram, the comments section of my blog or the blogger groups I’m a part of.

If you’re one of those people and I haven’t shown you much support in return, please know that I’d love to but it’s going to take me a little time to get everything together. I will surely make it my priority to do so the second it’s possible. Your support has kept me going through some tough times here and I really appreciate every like, comment and share. It honestly means the world to me that there are people out there who actively consume my content and actually enjoy it. This blog and blogger would definitely not be here without you and I’d like to thank you from the core of my being for all the love you’ve shown.

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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.

Etiquette Guide Part 1

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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.

Reading Hyped Books

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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)

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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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