I am so excited for 2021, as far as reading is concerned. So far I have read 2 books (both chick-lits!) and I am already on my third book. I am having a pretty nice… More
Hello everyone! Welcome back to my blog where I have lots of exciting content prepared for this month – and year! I am hyped and I really want 2021 to change for the better (hopefully!)
However, as everyone is uploading their 2021 TBR’s and 2020 wrap-ups, I realized I haven’t made a 2021 TBR. But then I had a greater realization: I didn’t make it because I don’t want to!
Truth be told, I never stick to a TBR. I did not even meet my Goodreads Goal this year because I have realized when I am expected to do a certain thing, I find it really difficult to do so. Reading is something that I love. I read to make myself feel better, I read to put myself into a good mood, I read to escape from the world’s dreariness.
So a person who constantly finds answers and relief through books, restricting myself to pre-decided books mean I feel trapped to read the books I’ve already decided. So say if I’m having anxiety about whatsoever reason, I would like to resort to reading a few pages from The Bell Jar or something Murakami-like to relate to, not a fantasy or a literary fiction that I cannot relate to.
No Room For Mood Reading
Secondly, planning a fixed TBR of books leaves me no space for extra exploration. There are a lot of times when I see someone’s blog post on a particular book and I want to read the book ASAP but because I’ve already planned a TBR, I feel guilty deviating from it. And in cases where I do deviate from it, and go ahead with spontaneous reading, I am not able to keep up with my TBR which leaves me feeling like a failure.
The Increasing Pressure To Complete A Reading Goal
Thirdly, and this goes without saying I AM A REALLY SLOW READERRRRR. And though I understand and it’s great (also super inspirational) that people can read 200 books a year, I just cantttt.
And when I see everyone’s wraps up and reading goals, I get so pressurised to achieve something similiar that I tend to start 3,4,5 books altogether – unable to compete even 1 of them. Which eventually leads me into a……
A Reading Slump!
Don’t get me wrong, I love planning. And I love making a TBR. But I would rather just make a TBR for life, then a monthly TBR in which I have to fill limited number of books (if only humans had the power to read everything all at once!)
Looking at my increasing and increasing TBR pile makes me feel overwhelmed by the list that I have created which leads me directly into a Reading slump. I want to read because I love it, not because I have to complete a TBR or work towards a goal. Reading is the last thing I want to capitalize on, ffs.
Also I often battle with the question: Will DNF books count towards my reading goal?
Because often times, I start reading a book but then quickly abandon it if it seems monotonous, wordy or doesn’t have engaging characters. Currently, I have around 8 books that I’ve just stopped mid-way (no im not dnfing them but i’ve just left them midway for i don’t even know what reason!)
Anyway, so yeah I am not planning a TBR this year. Goodreads Challenge? Umm I don’t know about that either. I just want to take it easy, read to ease myself instead of being in a constant race and pressure to complete a goal.
With that said, those who do make a goal and plans TBRs, all power to you! You all are a constant inspiration, honestly. I think at the end of the day, it all boils down to what really works for you. If TBRs work for you, awesome! If they don’t, that’s fine too. There is not set rule of reading and working as long as you’re enjoying what you’re doing.
With this said, I’ll take my leave.
How many of your have TBR’s planned and how many of you are a mood reader? Also, leave your Goodreads Account below! I want to connect with new readers x
Stay Safe and Happy Reading!
Hello! Oh God it’s been ages since I wrote a post here. In my last post, i promised to be more active on the reading community, however, life got in the way and I couldn’t do it. I thought maybe posting on Bookstagram AND my blog here would be easy, but it really isn’t.
I have realized I can only post consistently on one platform at a time.
While I tried my very best to post on Bookstagram regularly ( I did!), I unfortunately couldn’t do it here. However, Bookstagram experience has been amazing! I met so many wonderful people, connected with them, met so many local book-lovers too that i never knew were out there. I would also like to think that I significantly did better as far as photography and aesthetics were concerned haha.
I mean look for yourself:Continue reading “My last post of 2020, making a revival for 2021 and the bloggers who make my heart go warm!”
Well, hello there everyone!
Please don’t hate me. I know I keep going MIA and then return after 2-3 months break but legit these past few months have been ultra-busy! On the upside, I have been reading a lot and posting a lot on my Instagram toooo….so technically I haven’t been MIA? (Follow my progress on Instagram, if you haven’t been already)
OH AND I ALSO GRADUATED, MY BLOG FAM!
Recently, I’ve started working as a content writer where I get to write all day, everyday. And yeah, it may seem like a dream-job, but its not the kind of writing ya’ll think it is haha. It’s a variety of different styles of writing, all very different topics. Which btw, is teaching me a lot though so I think that’s great. I would hate to do a job thats monotonous as hell and gives me nothing to learn (shade @ all those finance peeps). So all in all, that’s great I guess.
I have also CONTINUED TO READ DESPITE MY BUSY ROUTINE WHICH MAKES ME SO HAPPY!! And not only have I read, I’ve read GOOD. Guys, I think I have found a 2020 favourite book!!!! It’s P H E N O M E N A L. And its…APARTMENT BY TEDDY WAYNE, ya’ll.
There. I really couldn’t keep it in.
Before I entirely lose track and go on gushing about just one book, I’ll walk you through stuff that I read.
Yeah guys, remember when I talked about 6 non-fiction books to read for the last 6 months of 2020??? So well, I am done with 1 book already and it was GREAT. I think it felt more great because for once, I was actually able to accomplish what I said and make an effort to read non-fiction lol.
And you know, it felt nice. It felt nice getting out of my usual reading comfort-zone and reading something different for a change.
The book packs a punch with so much of architecture and history lessons!! And all these lessons are very cleverly narrated through the story of two super-skilled and talented men from very different backgrounds who are competing against each other in a competition to make one of the largest, most exquisite domes ever. I love how the story of rivalry between the two men is narrated. It’s like reading two vvv different accounts of the same thing, and its hilarious!
“Lorenzo asserts, with no trace of modesty, that he won the victor’s palm “without a single dissenting voice,” whereas in his Life of Brunelleschi, written in the 1480s, Manetti relates a more complicated tale in which the judges, unable to decide between the two pieces, reached a compromise and awarded the commission jointly to both men, who were henceforth to work in collaboration”
It was also fascinating to read about the life in the Middle Ages, the impact of the plague, war-fare of the city states, treatment of women and slaves (although very subtle, there is still a commentary present). Like this, about the arrival of the plague (reading it during quarantine was a WHOLE different feel lol):
The Black Death was a faithful visitor to Florence. It arrived, on average, once every ten years, always in the summer….Various remedies were tried to drive it away. Church bells were violently rung, firearms discharged into the air, and the portrait of the Virgin from the church at nearby Impruneta—an image with miraculous powers that was said to have been painted by Saint Luke—borne in procession through the streets. Those rich enough escaped into the country. Those who stayed behind burned wormwood, juniper and lavender in their hearths. Ox horns and lumps of sulfur were also burned, because stenches were considered equally effective in clearing the air. So intense were these fumigations that sparrows would fall dead from the rooftops.
All in all, it’s a good, informative read. (Though you might just need to skim through a few pages if all that masony jargon gets too much for you!)
But it will definitely leave you with a deeeeep longing to go visit Florence, and ogle at this beautiful structure…. orrr if you’re anything like me, you’ll end up searching art, history and architecture post-grad courses in Europe (or not).
Out Of Love by Hazel Hayes
So I went into this book totally not knowing anything what it is about. Not even the synopsis. So I had absolutely NO idea what this was about. And I usually…almost never..do that.
But this was a wonderful experience! It’s a live story told in reverse, and we know from the first chapter that the couple has already broken up. So the events of the book lead up to the journey of their relationship and how they first met. At first I was like, well that’s stupid, they already broke up so why do I care!?
But omg DONT GET BETRAYED BY THE SYNOPSIS. It’s not a love story at allllll. Infact it’s wierd that’s it’s marketed that way! It is a story of self-discovery, about healing, about therapy, about how childhood trauma can seep into your life in the most subtle ways and you don’t even know it!! It’s like reading a non-fiction therapy book, but in a fiction form and I LOVED IT IMMENSELY!!
Its like a Bildungsroman of relationships, really, and such a deep insight on characters Ufh! Ya’ll know how much of a sucker I am for deep characterization and Hazel Hayes nailed it with this one!
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
YA GUYS I FINALLY READ THIS MUCH AWAITED PIECE OF LITERARY BEAUTY!!!!!!!
Come to think of it, all books I have read are heavily relying on characters’ inner dilemmas about their surroundings, their relationships with others and the uneasiness they feel about themselves. At this point, I will not say how that affects me or why I love reading about that, but I do know it makes a lot of sense. Once again, i have annotated the hell out of this book and as i write this, I am thinking to myself does this book require a separate review post as well? hmmmmmmmm (stay tuned to find out!!)
Apartment by Teddy Wayne
Jesus what do I say about this book except that a book featuring English literature MFA students throwing back literary critiques at each other, fighting political and economic differences in the society and subtly commenting on society’s standards of masculinity HAS GOT TO BE ONE HELL OF AN AMAZING BOOK! This book is so awesome that it deserves a whole other separate post where I talk about my likes in list form and share my annotations and comments while I was reading the book (If this sounds great and organised, wait till I tell you guys I have lots of planned upcoming book review posts!!! Please engage with me, I promise I won’t go MIA for this long for the rest of 2020)
I THINK THIS BOOK MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE REASON FOR MY COMEBACK AND OUT OF A BLOG-PLUS-READING SLUMP.
Before The Coffee Gets Too Cold
I posted the review on my Instagram ^ as ya’ll can see. Not one of my very preferred reads despite popular opinions but then we all know, I do not bode well with popular opinions…
So that’s all for my reads. I’ve been super active on Goodreads and Instagram, so do give me a follow there! Would mean a lot x
QOTP: What have you been reading this month? Do you see any book that you read/loved/disliked???
So half of this year has been spent inside locked up in our houses, with tonnes of time available for reading. Even though I got plenty of fiction to read, however my mind keeps going back to the various events happening around the world and I feel like this is a time, more than ever, to indulge myself in non-fiction and read about the world and politics and educate myself on topics I am not confident about.
This isn’t going to be a usual bookish post. This is just something I wanted to write and share that I had experienced over the past few days. I lost my grandfather 4 days ago, at the age of 93, to a cardiac arrest. It’s been the worst 4 days of my life, going through a roller coaster of emotions – regret, guilt, denial, anger, anxiety, sadness. I don’t even know what these emotions mean and if this is how you’re supposed to be sad or grieve over a loved one? I don’t even know if I feel completely okay right now, as I write this post?
Hello my friends,
So I’m finally here to talk about my long overdue review of The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. Without wasting any time, i’ll dive right into it. This is also going to be my first review post following the format of “likes and dislikes of a book” (I’ve talked about the way I write my reviews in the ABOUT section of the blog)
I am a Muslim girl from Pakistan and I have never set foot outside of Pakistan. Yet, my heart aches for what happened to Breonna, to Ahmoud and to George Floyd. I don’t have to be black to understand their pain, just like you don’t have to be a Muslim to understand the pain of women protesters who’s scarves are being ripped off. We all have be human enough to understand and empathize with the cruelty happening around us.
I saw this book-tag and I was like “oh that’s me 97.9999% of the time because I have like a 1000 books TBR list but I also know that I’m only ever going to read 50 of them, but hey let’s keep buying and hoarding books, shall we? Hence, is there any other reason for me to NOT do this tag??!!
[Including the fact that I haven’t done a tag in ages]
Hop over to Mandy’s blog post to check her blog and post (Hi Mandy!!!)
“Seventies rock is a fun space to tell a story in, but it is dominated by white males. There are women in this story finding their way through that space. These aren’t women that are fighting with each other. These are women who are very different from one another but are supporting each other to be whoever they want to be.”
-Taylor Jenkins Reid
Today I am going to talk about the themes in novels that make me go absolutely wild with excitement! Before I delve into the list, just want to clarify the difference between book themes and book tropes because when I was writing the post, I realised I was confusing the two terms too. Basically, “Book Themes” is the subject of the book, like the theme could be of gangsters in the 17th century, or racism in America – topics which form the main crux of the book. On the other hand, “Book Tropes” are recurrent themes that you see in a book (it may be of a character or a plot) and does not form the subject of the book. For example, the trope of enemies-turn-lovers characters or fake-dating trope. These are archetypes you see occurring in books and usually, if not always, makes you roll your eyes lol.
But there are definitely some books which I JUST WANT TO HAVE. Nope, it does not even want, its a need. It’s an innate need to read or just collect all the books having a common theme. There are millions and millions of tropes or themes out there, out of which a few are everybody’s favourite. So without further ado, let’s get into themes that make me go cuckoooooo over them!