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!
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.
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There are some books which you hear the names of and you think, okay, this is going to be one delicious, lip-smacking book about some delicious, lip-smacking food. Instead, it turns out to be about something else altogether – a headily intriguing mix of the sweetness of the little joys in life, the bitterness of harsh reality, the sourness of anger, the saltiness of sorrow, the bland taste of helplessness, that spicy tang of enthusiastic motivation – and it fills you up with not only emotions, but also with the reiterated knowledge that the world is way more complicated and intricately connected than we think it is. And Hot Stew is one such book.
We’re already in the fourth month of the year and though I had thought that things were going to get super crazy, they aren’t as bonkers as I thought they would be. Yet. I’m not going to be complacent about this work because there is a lot. But I do love it, so even though I will say over and over again that it is a lot of work – which is a fact – it isn’t a complaint in any way. I love doing this and I love that there are people who are loving this content. Even if the number of channel members is just 4 right now.
How do you seamlessly move from one month into the other? I thought I had the answer. I thought it was, “By finishing the books you started in a month, in that month itself, and not taking it into the next.” But apparently that isn’t the answer. Apparently, seamless moving on is unrealistic if you want it to happen in all months.
Nevertheless, I’ve taken to telling myself that it’s okay to overlap, especially because of the shitstorm that 2021 has been so far. And it’s true, especially when I’ve managed to stay dedicated to posting on BookTube!