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?
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 March 27th, 2018 is: Books That Take Place In Another Country. Since pretty much every book I read takes place in a country other than India, I decided to change up the prompt and talk about the books that take place in a fictionalized version on my country. I haven’t loved all of the books on this list, so keep in mind that this isn’t a favourites list. Plus I haven’t read a lot of them, so it is limited to 5 today.
Title: The Library of Fates
Author: Aditi Khorana
Genre: Young adult fantasy
Published: By Razorbill on July 18th, 2017
No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn’t enough.
The palace is soon under siege, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on one another. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates.
Title: A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Published: By St. Martin’s Griffin on March 28th, 2017
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
(adapted from Goodreads)
She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
Title: The Star-Touched Queen
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Published: By St. Martin’s Griffin on April 26th, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
(adapted from Goodreads)
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.