Reading is a purely solitary activity and I find that it’s quite easy to stick to a comfortable, predictable pattern. I personally read a lot of fantasy and very rarely do I reach for other genres because I know my reading tastes well. However, I feel like there are so many other amazing books waiting to sneak into my “Favourites” shelf who don’t belong to the genre I read the most. 2019 is the year I’ve decided to take the plunge and challenge myself to read out of my comfort zone. In order to accomplish that, I did a bit of digging around on the Internet and settled on five wonderful reading challenges that I want to attempt. Every month from now I will be giving recommendations for each of the challenges I mention in this post. I hope my list inspires you to push beyond your limits as a reader too!
October was one of the worst months of my life, to be honest. Not in terms of the books I read or anything related to that but personally. I don’t have a lot of words to share but I’m dealing with some really traumatic personal stuff, so I’d really appreciate some distance and understanding at the moment. It made me reconsider many things, go on a short hiatus at the end of October and I’ve been struggling since to get my life back to normal. This wrap-up may not be as detailed or wordy as usual mostly because I’m in the mood for brevity. However, sharing my love for books makes me feel marginally better, so I decided to write this post despite everything. With that sombre introduction out of the way, let me talk about the reading month I had and what I’m looking forward to in November.
The wrap-up is early this month as well (I tend to do it on the first Saturday of the next calendar month, for those of you unfamiliar with my posting schedule) because I have an exciting post lined up for next Saturday. I had a very good reading month this time around because I’ve been a bit more free lately. I participated in a grand total of 3 readathons already and have squeezed in a fourth that begins on 30th July. Needless to say, I need to get back to my reading because I’ve over-committed as usual, so let’s get straight to the post!
I’ve been contemplating this for a while and what better time to talk about this than when the Indian Lit Readthon (hosted by me and 3 more blogging friends, if you didn’t know) is going on? This might be more applicable to international/non-English readers but I hope everyone can take away something from this. If I take a look at my ‘Read’ shelf on Goodreads, it is abundantly clear that my reading is almost 99% books written by non-Indian authors. While I have been trying to read diversely from last year, I haven’t actively reached for books published in my own country. In this post, I’d like to outline some reasons as to why and talk about my relationship with Indian literature.
I can’t believe 2018 is half over already! I’m sure many of you share the same sentiment too. I feel like I haven’t done all that much this year in terms of working toward my personal goals. I’ve decided to try harder in the latter half of the year, so let’s see how well that goes. I also have a lot of new ideas for the blog and I want to start posting consistently at least from now on. I want to change things up with my Bookstagram as well and I’m starting to get more active on Book Twitter too. For now, let’s discuss the reading month I’ve had so far and my exciting plans for July!
What’s more fun than locking yourself up in your room and reading for 2 days straight? Reading with more people locked up in their rooms and updating each other’s progress online of course! This is why some very intelligent people came up with the concept of readathons. If you’re a regular follower, I’m sure you are aware that I do quite a bit of them. In fact, I have planned to take part in three of them this July. I started only July last year with the Summer Biannual Bibliothon and it was such a fun experience that I’m doing it again this year. Some might even go so far as calling me a readathon veteran. Since I’m also organizing a 48-hour readathon in July along with my friends, I thought I would share some tips and tricks to help you have a successful readathon experience.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish> in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for June 19th, 2018 is: Books to Read By the Pool/At the Beach. As you all probably know by now, I live in India where the monsoon has set in and the warm summer days are long gone. So I changed up the prompt and decided to give you reading recommendations that go really well with a cup of tea and a warm, comfortable reading nook by the window when it is pouring outside. The feel I’m going for is something that is dark and hard-hitting like the violent thunderstorms but leave you feeling wholesome and good at the end just like the rain is good for the earth. ‘Read a book perfect for a rainy day‘ is one of the prompts of the Indian Lit Readathon that is being hosted by myself and three other Indian blogging friends, Shruti @ This is Lit, Charvi @ Not Just Fiction and Aditi @ Dreamy Reads, so you can add the ones written by an Indian author to your readathon TBR! For more details, check out the announcement post here.