I’m not much into book reading challenges because it takes away the joy of reading from me. I’m quite an old school when it comes to correlating books with happiness.
My breathing issues resurfaced in January, leaving me with very little energy or motivation to write. Instead of feeling miserable about the situation, I decided to spend those sleepless nights reading as I literally continued huffing and puffing. So, I ended up completing 14 books and leaving two midway in January. Right now I’m reading 4 books.
Here are the details of books I read-
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osborne (my best read of the month)
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
Best Served Cold by Bhaskar Chattopadhyay
5.Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
6.Gunning for the Godman by Ajay Lamba and Sanjeev Mathur
The itsy bitsy spyder by Apeksha Rao
How to be a writer by Ruskin Bond
Dasavatara by Piyusha Vir
A suitable boy by Vikram Seth
Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie
And there were none by Agatha Christie
The TMYS December review by Koral Dasgupta & TMYS team.
Chumki and the elephants by Lesley Denise Biswas
Girls and the city by Manreet Sodhi Someshwar
All books have been reviewed on Amazon and Goodreads (if updated).
Not mentioning the books I left midway, both of which are famous and critically acclaimed.
Currently reading –
Each of us killers by Jenny Bhatt
Along came a spyder by Apeksha Rao
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.
The artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
As we begin February, I hope that I can continue my reading pace while getting back to writing the second novel.
NaNoWriMo in November has been quite an exhausting journey. This month, I have barely managed to write just two posts until now. However, I must admit that I have consciously started practicing the concept of a mindful break for a quarter now. So, I decided to let go of my guilt for not writing enough and instead cater to the need of my mind and soul.
Yesterday, I had been running through the pictures gallery on my laptop thinking of utilizing them to make another personalized item. I have a huge fetish for anything personalized – be it a notebook, a calendar, a mug or picture frame. It was during this process of reliving memories that I decided to do a series capturing the most special moments of this year every month. This has been a quite significant year both personally and professionally. So in the next series of posts, I would be sharing twelve different pictures from each month of this year featuring my most precious memories.
Last week had been quite a eventful one for us as a family. Saraswati Puja was on January 22nd – my toddler who turned twenty-eight months on that very day had his hathekhori (introduction to the world of education/writing/alphabets). We had come down to our native town on the auspicious occasion but decided to prolong our stay because I got this amazing brain wave of covering the heritage town of Murshidabad through a travel series. Despite limited options, I have also been trying to experiment with the available eating out joints here. Thus quite a few of pending write ups in the categories under restaurant reviews, travel diaries and personal have been piling up which should be out anytime this week. Continue reading “January 2018 – hopping from hopelessness to hopefulness with immense gratitude”