If You Had to Choose Between Reading or Writing #BlogchatterBlogHop

Is this the Chicken or the Egg paradox? Yeah, that was my first take on the prompt for this week’s Blog Hop. But an afterthought on the prompt led me to this post. Reading or Writing? Now, if I were a success at writing, I would have certainly written and posted my pieces on the … Continue reading If You Had to Choose Between Reading or Writing #BlogchatterBlogHop

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders | Book Review

I had read Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders overcome by the hubbub of its winning the Booker Prize in 2017. Back then, I felt sour about spending a hefty amount on a book that wasn’t historical fiction in the true sense though it promised to be about Abraham Lincoln and his deceased son. … Continue reading Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders | Book Review

7 Popular Romance Tropes that I Enjoy Reading

My last blog post ‘Happy Endings | Short Story by Margaret Atwood’ kept me nudging on the notion of ‘happily ever after’. So, I thought of writing about my favourite romance tropes. Love stories are a staple for everyone, but some stories touch our hearts more than others. For instance, I cannot stand the love … Continue reading 7 Popular Romance Tropes that I Enjoy Reading

Happy Endings | Short Story by Margaret Atwood

A writer’s job isn’t easy. Ordinary lives are mundane without the pizzazz of a thriller/ romance/ tragedy/ horror and unforeseeable twists and turns. The usual life story is about ticking the boxes on birth, education, profession, marriage, children, and retirement. Are we interested in this story? Perhaps yes, if there is an interesting spin to … Continue reading Happy Endings | Short Story by Margaret Atwood

Six Novellas to Read before the Year Ends

Last quarter of the year! And for those of you who are sweating like me with the fear of not achieving the set reading goals, I have an idea. Whatever your goal was, let’s tweak those TBRs and replace the full-length hefty novels with some lifesaver Novellas at this point. Fewer pages to read, pacey … Continue reading Six Novellas to Read before the Year Ends

Embrace Your Inner Child With ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I think I lived under a Baobab tree to keep pushing aside ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, reasoning over its melancholic undertone. Though ironically it is a Children’s book. ‘The Little Prince’ reads like a parable. There is fantasy and realism that declutters many of our modern-day self-delusions. ‘The Little Prince’ begins with … Continue reading Embrace Your Inner Child With ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom | Book Review

I came to ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ by Mitch Albom when I was searching for a book with deeper philosophical connotations. This autobiographical book based on Mitch Albom’s visits to his terminally ill Professor has been popular in the self-help genre since its publication in 1997. But I was yet to read! On the cover, just … Continue reading Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom | Book Review

The Best Books that I have Read but Don’t have on My Bookshelf

To own a book is one of the greatest treasures. All through our lives, we collect books and display them on our bookshelves as prized possessions. But the other day, I realized I don’t own some of the best reads of my life. Atrocious, yes, but then such is reality. I am sure you too … Continue reading The Best Books that I have Read but Don’t have on My Bookshelf

The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon | Book Review

‘The Sun is Also a Star’ by Nicole Yoon is a heartwarming, idyllic, and fairytale-ish read. In my opinion, this book is a delightful amalgamation of YA meets immigrant and romance themes. The story begins the day Natasha Kingsley, the 16-year-old good-looking, head turner Jamaican-American is set to be deported from America to her home … Continue reading The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon | Book Review

How did I fare? Eight Months of the Reading Challenge 2021 #TBRChallenge

Reading challenges are the best way to stay disciplined in a reading routine. I signed up to read 30 books for the Blogchatter #TBRChallenge this year. This post is my check-in on what has been the progress so far. My 2020 in Books In 2020, the pandemic hit us in the month of March and … Continue reading How did I fare? Eight Months of the Reading Challenge 2021 #TBRChallenge

Ten Books on Friendship to Read and Cherish

What is friendship if not the camaraderie between Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn? Yes, the first example on friendship that comes to my mind is from Mark Twain’s book. Every book we read etches its mark on us with its characters…some of these characters and their relationship with others strike an emotional chord with us … Continue reading Ten Books on Friendship to Read and Cherish

My Bookish Bucket List

Bucket list! I remember how swiftly our lives were inundated with this catchphrase. In the earlier, more simpler times, we had a wish list and there was no pressure to check off each box on the itinerary. Now almost everyone has a ‘bucket list’. Bucket list has turned into a serious deal because kicking the … Continue reading My Bookish Bucket List

Dilemmas of a Book Blogger

This week’s writing prompt says, ‘Describe a time when you faced a dilemma and how did you deal with it?’ I started blogging a couple of years ago and now, out there is my book blog established with a niche audience. But when I introduce myself as a book blogger, I feel a certain dilemma … Continue reading Dilemmas of a Book Blogger

Small and Simple Pleasures in Life to Cherish Everyday

Simple and mundane. Whoever said that…Life’s greatest joys have always been in the simplest things. The pandemic, for sure, made us take note of the little things in our everyday lives and reiterated the importance of small and simple pleasures in our lives. We had all the time, decluttered from the taxing hours spent on … Continue reading Small and Simple Pleasures in Life to Cherish Everyday

Signed up for Blogchatter’s Reading Challenge 2021

I love to read. Reading is a part of me but a reading challenge is NOT! In my boisterous likes and dislikes of books, genres, and authors, any set TBR goes for a toss. For the same reason, it is difficult for me to stick around with a book club reading schedule. Instead, what I … Continue reading Signed up for Blogchatter’s Reading Challenge 2021

Inspirational Quotes from Famous Books #CauseAChatter

An inspirational quote works like a balm when our normal motivation seems to be exhausted. A great inspiring quote is a ray of sunshine on a dull day. So, I wanted to compile a little list of inspirational quotes from books for the ‘bibliotherapy series’ that I write every month. In the earlier posts, I … Continue reading Inspirational Quotes from Famous Books #CauseAChatter

Poetry as a Healing Therapy

I have been writing about books and their therapeutic impact through a blog post every month since January 2020 under the ‘Bibliotherapy series #CauseAChatter’. (If you wish, you can read the previous posts here.) Today’s post is ‘Poetry as a Healing Therapy’. ‘Bibliotherapy’ essentially believes that books or literature help to heal. Reading great books, … Continue reading Poetry as a Healing Therapy

Reading with Your Child: Bibliotherapy #CauseAChatter

We live in a devastatingly stressed-out world. Irrespective of the fact when we lived in the pre-pandemic phase of non-stop work, travel, meetings, and functions or the present ‘new normal’ of buying groceries, managing household chores, and online work. ‘Home’ being the 24x7 destination as of now for all of us. We are running on … Continue reading Reading with Your Child: Bibliotherapy #CauseAChatter

Bibliotherapy: Discussing the Healing Power of these Five Books #CauseAChatter

As a creative arts therapy, ‘Bibliotherapy’ has become widely accepted in treating depression, anxiety, stress, loneliness, and communication issues. Storytelling and reading from a specifically curated booklist help to emotionally heal. Broadly speaking, reading benefits at many levels by increasing self-awareness and improving self-esteem, and thus equipping the individual to face developmental crises. This guided … Continue reading Bibliotherapy: Discussing the Healing Power of these Five Books #CauseAChatter