October always has me experiencing a burst of hyperactively enthusiastic energy that makes me go, “Oh, I’m going to get so much done before the year ends!” This time, too, despite being unwell and despite not being in the best frame of mind, I’m holding out hope and I made a list of 15 books that I want to read before the end of 2021. I might finish them, or I might not. And though I will celebrate if I finish these books, I won’t beat myself up if I don’t. It will be okay.
What is the point? We are born. We go through the motions. We live. And then we die. Whatever you do between birth and death, you’re going to return to nonexistence, to dust. Then why are we so hell bent on doing what we’re doing? Or doing something in one particular way? Why is it that we punish ourselves? Why is it that we reward ourselves? Why do we think ourselves greater than people who exist alongside us? Why the snobbery? Why the joy? Why the sorrows? Why the anger? Why the rudeness? Why? Why? Why?
Historical fantasy is a genre that can be very tricky to write. There’s so much to get right: historical events around the setting of the novel, people’s behaviors around the time, customs and traditions, accepted norms, and so much more. If done right, you’ll have a well-written, informative, entertaining book on your hands. But if even one thing goes wrong in this recipe, the end result could be a jarring complexity that could confuse you to no end.
Yashesh Rathod’s Frank Carter: The Complete Saga is a historical fantasy that, living up to its genre, has a fantastical premise, replete with time travel and the supernatural.
My September 2021 reading wasn’t as great as my August reading, but I’m pretty happy with it. Reason being, I got to a majority of the books on my September 2021 TBR, if not got through all of them. And that, I think, is pretty nice. I spoke about all the books I read in September in my September 2021 Reading Wrap Up video that went up yesterday on my YouTube channel. I read 10 books in September 2021. While some were BAD, some were books that I absolutely enjoyed and became the month’s favorites. Basically, my September reading, as you’ll see was a mixed bag that I completely enjoyed rattling around and reading.
In today’s monthly BookTube video roundup, I’ll be taking you through all the videos that I posted on my BookTube channel in the month of September 2021. In hindsight, I don’t know if there were very many, but how many ever there were, you can find in this list. Except member-exclusive videos. Those won’t be here because they’re, well, exclusive to channel members.
October is here, it’s officially spooky season, and it’s time to talk about my October 2021 reading plans! I never usually read horror before. Not by a long shot because I’m a HUGE scaredy cat. I jump at the littlest of things and reading or watching horror would have spooked me out to no end. But something that I found out very recently is that apparently I do have a stomach for horror books. This realization came about after reading Stephen King’s The Shining for the Bookbound Club that we host on YouTube. And now, a whole new genre has opened up to me!
Of all the versions of MasterChef that exist, it can be universally agreed that the Australian version is the best. No yelling, no insulting, no unnecessary drama. Agreed, the way contestants running around in a frenzy to finish their dishes in time is shown is dramatic, but that is what MasterChef Australia does right. It has now completed its 13th season and it gets better every year. But *spoiler alert*: the old judges are no longer here and though I once said that I don’t want to watch it anymore, I must admit that Andy Allen (a previous season winner), Melissa Leong, and Jock Zonfrillo are doing a decent job and making it at least as much fun as before, if not more. Sorry, Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris, and Matt Preston! You know I love y’all!
My most recent tryst with burnout made me think long and hard about the importance of taking a break from content creation. Given, most of us are content creators for the love of it. But even so, when it takes a toll on our mental health, it’s important for us to take a step back, focus on righting ourselves, and then get back to doing whatever we were doing. In this blog post, I will talk about why you should take breaks from content creation. These are my thoughts about it which I put forth before you out of experience.
For my first post back, I thought I’d do a book tag. It’s called the Meet the Book Blogger Tag where I answer bookish questions about myself. I will do a different version of this tag where I talk about movies and travel content as well, but books are my life. So perhaps this tag is apt for a comeback.
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