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!
Hello, dear readers! Hope you’re having a wonderful time on the last weekend of the year. Who else is excited for the new year? I have so many plans that I mean to execute (I shared some of them in this post) and I really hope I can carve out time every day to work towards all my goals. Before I start building castles in the air for January already, I’m going to recap how I fared on the last month of the year. November and December seem to have been slow months for me, but they share some remarkable differences, mostly in the quality of the books I read. Without further ado, let me give you all the juicy details!
Happy December, dear readers! If you’re freaking out about how 2018 has slipped through unnoticed, you’re not alone. I actually took a whole month off (without informing beforehand – sorry about that!) but I have no idea where all the time went. Suddenly 2019 is too near and I feel very unprepared. At the same time, I’m excited to take the next step in my blogging journey. I don’t want to share too much right now because I’m going to be dedicating an entire blog post for that later on. Coming to how November went for me, I tried to take part in two readathons. Although I didn’t read as much as I had planned to, I’m quite happy with whatever I did manage to accomplish. I know this has been a recurring line in 2018, but I still struggle to not beat myself up over not doing everything as per plan, so please be patient with me! Without further ado, let’s dig into the details.
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.
You know what’s frustrating about relying solely on your memory to be organised? It’s a fallible thing and it’s so easy to miss even the most important stuff. I’m guilty of missing out on so many tags and awards that people have tagged me in, all because I’m so bad at keeping track of things. However, here is an award I was kindly tagged by the most wonderful Charvi @ Not Just Fiction. Thank you so much for this honour, Charvi! Let’s get into the post that I promise will be more fun than this wreck of an introduction.
As I’ve mentioned in my September wrap-up post, the blog has hit 500 followers recently, for which I’m again deeply grateful. I couldn’t have done it without the support of this wonderful bookish community I’m proud to be a part of. As a thank you to all the wonderful people who support me, I wanted to do a blog post on any one aspect of book blogging that would be helpful for all book bloggers out there. I did a quick Twitter poll regarding this and the most wanted topic was how to grow your blog. While I was initially considering it, I don’t think I’m the best person to talk about this. I feel like there are other things I have better experience with and the first thing that popped into my mind was on how to maintain a balance between blogging and other things in life. I want to quickly mention that I will be tailoring my advice for book bloggers, but all bloggers who do it as a hobby can probably take away something from this. Also, if you find this to be helpful, please let me know in the comments if you want me to make this a recurring series, and if yes, what topics you’d like to see in the future. With that out of the way, let’s jump straight in!
If you’ve been following me for a while, it will come as no surprise to you that I rate books no less than 3 stars. It’s a decision I came to when I started my book blog and I’ve stuck to it till this day. It’s quite complicated to explain it to others because a lot of reviewers are more critical than I am. I do appreciate people who have the skill to tear apart a book and explain why they hated it so much along with quotes to support their views. I really enjoy seeing people so passionate about books that their reviews turn into rants sometimes. My favourite blogger of all time, Cait @ Paper Fury, writes the most humorous reviews I’ve ever read even though she might rate the book 1-2 stars. In this post I want to explain my process and why I personally prefer to write mostly positive reviews.