What’s on my TBR for September 2020?

After a month-long hiatus, I have planned to be back on track with my reading. One good thing that happened amidst the avalanche of tragedies was that I received quite a few books on my birthday last month. MY TBR or to-be-read pile includes all these books and some more. Most of these books are…

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Books I Read in July

July, so far, was the only month this year that I met my reading goals. There were some really good titles I read and I know I am going back to them soon. There were some others that had room for more entertainment. But overall, a fantastic reading month. Yes! Usually, I try to read…

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My TBR Pile for July

For the past few months, time has been crawling. But now summer’s gone and monsoon’s already at my doorstep. June was mighty slow. It was dry too, and horridly humid. Rains were expected to wash away some of the desperation but alas! With a windy appearance and rains in its satchel, July seems to have…

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May Reading Wrap Up

I don’t have great reading or writing goals this year, except survive. I’m starting to feel that’s really all we need; given the current scheme of things. Lack of positivity is a serious issue I’m grappling with and little has any regular passion helped; except reading. All through the pandemic, reading has helped keep my…

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9 Engaging Poetry Books to Beat Depression

What’s better than a good book to make living worthwhile? The pandemic has been a tough period, and the lockdown unbearable. Many of us are experiencing a term that has become a global lingo – lockdown depression. While there isn’t only one way to handle this period of heightened anxiety, I realised reading poetry has…

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7 Books to Stay Motivated in Quarantine

“There is no melancholy a book can’t cure.” Readers, don’t you agree? The world is experiencing something no one had ever imagined. Close to 2 months of global lockdown indicates the gravity of the pandemic. That said, not all of us are finding the confinement to our liking. While we are trying to make the…

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10 Literary Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s day is here. Have you chosen that million-dollar gift yet? What does your partner love most? If your answer is books, this post is godsend for you! Buying gifts can be a thrilling experience if you know the right item to look for. But are you fretting about what’s the best gift for your…

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10 Most Anticipated Books of 2020

Better late than never! Hey readers, this post is tad delayed, I know, but here I am, thrilled to talk about the most anticipated books of 2020. What’s more exciting than starting the new year with hundreds of new books to watch-out for! While 2019 ended on a pleasant note for me in terms of…

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11 Difficult Books I Read in 2019

Early this month, I shared a blog post on the Best Books I Read in 2019. Following that, I knew I had to do a list of books that I found challenging, that I struggled with, and perhaps, that didn’t hit a chord with me. When you read as much as 90 plus books in…

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12 Best Books I Read in 2019

2019 was quite productive, as far as reading is concerned.  After many years, I managed reading decent number of books. It was back in 2012, that I had managed reading 105 books but wasn’t totally happy then because most books were mere experiments with new modern-day debut authors and the books turned out to be…

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2019: A Bookish Success!

Looking back, I think of the past year as a massive success when it comes to reading. After 3 years, it was in 2019 that I could meet my Goodreads Reading challenge. I finished reading 93 books last year; a record I never dreamt to make. I also started my Youtube channel ‘BadBookthief‘ where I…

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Goodreads Challenge 2019 – 90 Books to Tick Off

Hello readers and bloggers, The year is almost over in, what feels like, the blink of an eye. And with that, we are at the end of our time for completing the Goodreads annual reading challenge. I have been struggling to make ends meet as I fell out of my reading routine the past couple…

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On Bookish Giveaways…

I love books but can’t say the same for giveaways. And that is because of the few instances in the past when I’ve entered in giveaways but never made it. My lack of interest thereafter was profound, and not because I never won, but because I came to a calculated conclusion that one had to…

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The Checklist for Choosing a Book to Read

If you are a voracious reader like me, there is no end to how many times you’ll get this asked by fellow readers, book lovers, and the likes. Not exaggerating. Seriously! Not boasting either. Honestly! I have no one way to answer this. But with the increasing number of times I am asked this; now…

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Short Stories You Shouldn’t Miss Reading!

Reading novels is an addiction. But reading short stories is an obsession! Knitted tightly in a handful of pages, they hold within themselves an inexplicable enigma of wonders; worlds that even mammoth novels fail to behold. The more short stories you devour, the more unceasing an appetite you develop. No? Is it just me? Stephen…

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Reading Ruskin Bond’s Book of Verse

I am currently, reading Ruskin Bond’s ‘Ruskin Bond’s Book of Verse’ in which Bond shares his love for poetry through simple yet captivating verses centred around love, childhood, nature, travel, etc. Here’s one that I would never want you to miss. The Love of Two Stars   Two stars fell in love. Between them came…

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Neil Gaiman on the Future of Libraries

It’s only natural I feel that as a lover of books, one gets caught up in bookish currents no matter where, no matter how. Yesterday at work, I was hankering for a much-needed escapade from routine and I started reading this article on The Guardian about American author Neil Gaiman’s thoughts on the future of…

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Best Bookish Quotes for Reading Motivation

As voracious readers, at times, we feel weighed down by our reading commitments and challenges. So for all such readers like me, here’s a little nudge to keep you going. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from famous literary people we’ve grown to love. For those who read incessantly without the need for…

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The First Book I Read

The love for reading is a welcome inheritance from my father. I couldn’t have had it any other way. I wouldn’t have! I can hardly recall when I began reading books by myself. But what I do remember is that every year, just before the summer break, our school would hold a book exhibition and…

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Quirks that Confirm You are a Book Nerd

Have you ever lied to your parents or friends? Because you had your heart in a book! Have you ignored people, consciously cruelly? Because you had your heart in a book! Have you had sleepless nights? Because you had your heart in a book! Have you left behind things? Like earphones, mobile phone, money bag,…

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Possessed by Books!

“You are possessed!” said my old friend Rachel (I’ll tell you about her some other time). She satirically accused me of being possessed and that I should seek remedy. Well, what could I say? Very subtly I replied, “Yes; I guess, I am possessed.” After all, an old friend, who’s lived the times with you,…

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