I’ve only read a few books about food and I cherish them to no end. One of the major reasons is that I’m not a good cook at all. I have no aptitude for cooking, which is exacerbated by the fact that I can’t smell. My anosmia takes away half the attraction that cooking might hold. It also increases my admiration and awe for the people who can cook.
So when books like this release, they make my vicarious excitement bubble up and flow over in a way that I can’t really explain. Here’s the cover to The Taste of My Life, a memoir of one of India’s most celebrated food writers, Chitrita Banerji, which looks ABSOLUTELY delicious, if you ask me!
Whatever else it was, I must say that November 2021 was an amazing reading month for me. I smashed my previous personal record of 17 books in a month and read 20 books, and I couldn’t be happier with it! This is why I’m doing my November 2021 Wrap Up in 2 parts. The first part will have the first 10 books and the second will have the remaining 10 books that I read in November 2021. I’m super excited to share all of these with you because there are some absolute gems in there.
I just closed my eyes for a hot second and December 2021 is already here. Wow! But okay. We’ll work with what we get, and this time, I’m taking it easy reading-wise in December because I know how hectic the month is going to get. By easy, I mean adding 10 books to my December 2021 TBR and hope that the books I brought in from November actually get read. So it’s a total of 12 books on my December 2021 TBR that I WON’T be freaking out over. Nuh-uh.
There are many science fiction stories that talk about how humanity is at its end and how one man (yes, more often than not, it’s a man) has to save it by going on an interplanetary or intergalactic quest of sorts. I haven’t yet read a book in which the futuristic setting of a science fiction novel is treated as normal, as we would treat a story set in current times. That’s probably because I’m not usually that big on science fiction, although things are slowly changing in the best way possible. One of the reasons behind this shift is a short novella called Steven Johnson and the Mission 1 by Yashesh Rathod.
Religion can be a tricky path to navigate, because the more you discover, the more you tend to become confused as to which is the right one. But there is no right one. Just one that you feel most comfortable and at home in, which helps you grow and makes you a better person as much as it pulls devotion out of you. So what do we do when we are this confused? Should we flit from religion to religion? Or should we randomly choose a religion based on how many tenets of it we like? Or can we get the best of all worlds?
Ishwar Joshi Awalgaonkar answers these questions in his second book, ‘Nectar of all World Religions’.
Another book list, hey! And today, it’s time for my October 2021 wrap up, in which I share with you all the books that I read in October 2021. I read 12 books, I think, including some for the Scaredy Cat Readathon, which I failed miserably at. But I’m pretty happy with that number, especially because it came during a horrid month that went all shades of bad to worse. But never mind that. November is going GREAT and I couldn’t be happier with my present reading month.
Hello, hello! It’s time (past, in fact) for my October 2021 Booktube roundup in which I share the list of videos that I posted to my Booktube channel across the month of October 2021. These don’t include member-exclusive videos, since you won’t be able to watch them anyway. But there are 9 videos in here and I’m pretty proud of how far I took my October content, given how much of a shite month it was. Let me share with you all the videos that I posted to my Booktube channel in the month of October 2021!
There’s something to be said for one month going atrociously bad in terms of reading and then the next one going splendidly fabulous, even if the other facets of life are still hanging by a thread. This is what happened with me. While October 2021 was bad on so many levels including my reading and my life, November 2021 has started off with a bang that I never could have anticipated in my wildest dreams. It’s just the 14th, but I’ve already completed 10 books and I’m the middle of 1 other, a carry-over from September. And I’m staring at the list in awe as I write this blog post detailing my November 2021 reading plans.
The moment we say ‘influencer’ in this time and age, social media comes to mind. Book influencers, beauty influencers, travel influencers, food influencers – so many types that exist on the vast space of the Internet! The primary job of these people is to influence others to buy the thing that they are showing off. But what if influencing could be an actual superpower? What if Influencers exist, actually influencing people’s willpowers and making the tide turn in their favor? Author Abhaidev takes this ‘what if’ and turns it into a gripping thriller called The Influencer: Speed Must Have a Limit that will keep your attention from start to finish.
My journey with audiobooks started in 2018 when I listened to Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X on Storytel India. There has been no looking back since, for audiobooks have become such an important part of my life that I cannot imagine not listening to audiobooks, in whatever capacity that might be. So I thought I’d share some tips on how to get started with audiobooks, so that you can also reap the benefits of consuming stories in a way that helps you in ways that you would never think it would.