The past three months have been unreal. No words can describe my whirlwind of self-inflicted life changes – but it does reflect in the dark, dark reading choices. In no particular order, Part 2 of My Favourite Books of 2021.
I have not been reading much this year. But what I did manage to read, was devoured with the furtive urgency of a starving stray – excuse the crude metaphor. I started and finished Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie yesterday. Initial thoughts? This was my third read by her. Now, I want to read everyContinue reading “Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie”
My sister’s rather lukewarm reaction to my colour-coordinated bookshelf got me thinking the other day. What is so satisfying about colour-coordinating the shelf? I do like the way the yellow pops; it’s pleasing to look at. But it’s more than that. It’s the act of arranging the books themselves that gives me satisfaction – aContinue reading “Arranging my bookshelf – what’s the point?”
I’m moving home, and reminding myself constantly that, “coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving,” (Terry Pratchett said that.) I stayed up reading overnight yesterday; or this morning. It felt good. Been a while since I did that. Then I ranted about the book on Goodreads. Sharing the rantContinue reading “Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong”
Have I been reading as much as I wanted? Not quite. But I’m happy with the books I’ve read so far this year. 1. King Rat by China Mieville – an urban fairytale retelling of The Pied Piper of Hamelin. King Rat is set in London, as so many of Mieville’s books and it unearthsContinue reading “Favourite Books of 2021 – Part 1”
Such a WEIRD book. I always marvel at how oldish science fiction throws you headfirst into a new world and leaves you there to sink or swim. I am not well versed with the classics of this genre, but I do feel like this happens more often with science fiction than any other genre. [Fantasy,Continue reading “The Houses of Iszm by Jack Vance”
Uncorked Reading Challenge 2021 hosted at The Uncorked Librarian. Back to the Classics Challenge 2021 – Hosted at Books and Chocolate. ….and that’s it for now! I don’t want to aim too high. Tiptoeing into this as I tiptoed back into blogging. Will join more if I find anything interesting!
Note: Migrating from Blogger to WordPress [so late] has been a lot of fun, because I keep unearthing old write-ups from my 500+ Blogger drafts! So this is an old post from 2015, which was written with an incorrigible intention of making fun of everyone; starting with myself. My reading habits have changed considerably inContinue reading “Understanding People Who Don’t Read Fiction: the good, the bad and the somewhat unclear”
Or rather, books I bought, but didn’t read. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic makes me sad, because that list is always longer than I’d like it to be. Here we go with ten random picks: 1. The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman – The second installment in the sequel-trilogy to His Dark Materials. IContinue reading “Books I Meant to Read In 2020 But Didn’t Get To”
But even without that little spiced factual/historical tidbit, the imagery is so compelling. These playful, almost innocent visuals of a cat dancing in the moonlight, make it impossible not to dive into the poem!