Day 306 Media Diet Roundup (Part 5) & September Readathon Signup

Hope this blog post finds you in the pink of health and great spirits. This is a difficult time and I’ve been in a reading slump like many others. For some reason after writing about my lack of motivation to read, I got very inspired and began binge reading short stories. This actually proved to be a good distraction from the tough events. Continue reading

My Reading Slump in the Time of Corona

Like many others, I’ve been having a hard time reading this year. Trying to keep up with the news, being anxious about the state of the world, taking precautions like washing hands and obsessing over cleanliness in general leaves you physically and mentally drained.

Also, I just could not bring myself to read books and gush about them during a pandemic. It would be similar to Nero fiddling when Rome burned. Not that I have the power of an emperor to make a difference to the situation, but it still felt that way. Continue reading

40 Book Recommendations over 1000 pages to get through the Quarantine

Hey there! Tired of staying at home during the lockdown/self-isolation/quarantine/whatever you want to call this situation? If you are like me, you are probably having a hard time processing strings of words longer than a blog post and finding creative ways to procrastinate your reading habit. Maybe you are reading more than usual and the act of finishing a book a day is making you realise how long you haven’t stepped out of the house.

If you fall in the latter category, then fret not. I’ve collated a list of books over 1000 pages across genres to make you forget that you are in quarantine. (Yup, I just procrastinated my reading by compiling a booklist)

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Book Review: On Immunity – Eula Biss

This book is a collection of essays from the author’s perspective as a doctor’s daughter and a mother. It informs the reader about immunity, viruses, history of some diseases, clinical trials and vaccination. It also explains the concept of herd immunity and the process involved in finding a vaccine for a disease. All these are very relevant to the current crisis of coronavirus. Continue reading

Day 137 – Media Diet Roundup (PART 4)

70 days after the previous update on my 1000 days of media diet, here is a short story and poetry reading roundup. I posted updates on day 25, 48, 67 and now on 137. I’m unable to set a proper schedule for this because of the following reasons:

  • I’ve been spending most of my free time looking up the latest news on coronavirus.
  • I had been accepting ARCs from budding authors and tend to prioritize books from authors than any other books.
  • I’ve joined a handful of reading challenges this year and don’t want to leave them for the end of the year.

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Revisiting the Pale Blue Dot

Today, February 14, 2020, is a very special day. It marks the 30th anniversary of the “Pale Blue Dot” image. This is a picture of Earth taken by NASA’s Voyager-1 after passing Neptune on its way out of the solar system. In this image, Earth appears as a speck of pale blue light. You could even say it looks like a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

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How to make your reading habit less expensive

This post is part 3 of the Reading 101 series. Say you’ve taken an interest in reading, formed a reading habit and learned to make time for reading. Sooner or later you will find that it can be pretty expensive to sustain a reading habit. Depending on whether you like to read only physical books or if you are okay with any format of books, there are ways to make your reading habit cost less or nothing at all. Continue reading

Day 67 Media Diet Roundup (Part 3) Featuring the Best Russian Short Story Collection

Alright, I’ll admit I slipped and didn’t follow my 1000 days Media Diet Plan properly. I may have taken part in some video binge-watching but I did read my daily dose of short stories and poems so I’ll call it a success. In my defence, it was the holiday season, and everyone knows you cannot follow a diet during this time of the year. Let me stop the excuses now and share what I read in the past 19 days. Continue reading

2020 Reading Challenges

2019 was not the best year for me in terms of reading. I spent most of the year not reading much. Then in November, I suddenly got the motivation to read more and took up a media diet plan. I quit binge-watching videos and have been reading a short story and a poem every day. This has rekindled my passion for reading and I’ve decided to sign up for the following reading challenges this year. Continue reading

3 Simple Tips To Make Time For Reading

It is New Year’s Eve! The time of the year when people who either don’t read much or have drifted apart from their reading habit take up a resolution to read more. It is also the time when many bibliophiles decide what reading challenges to sign up for in the upcoming year and wonder if they can read ‘X’ number of books. Whichever category you belong to, it can be difficult to find time for reading. Continue reading

Day 48 – Media Diet Roundup (Part 2)

This is the second update of my 1000 days of media diet. In my previous post on this topic, I shared the classic short stories and poems I read in the first 25 days of my media diet plan. I had also provided links where you can read them for free. Will be continuing the same format in this post as well and change it up in the next roundup post.

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7 Tips To Form A Reading Habit

This is Part 1 of my Reading 101 series. If you are one of those people who really wished they read more books but could not start and/or maintain a reading habit, then this post is for you. Even if you are a disbeliever and think reading is only a substitute for sleeping pills, do try the tips below and you just might cave in and enter the wonderful world of literature. Continue reading

42 Quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

This is my 42nd post and I thought of dedicating it to one of my favourite authors, Douglas Adams. What is so cool about the number 42, you wonder? It is not a prime number, not a multiple of ten, there is nothing special associated with it, so why am I even interested in it? Well, if you’ve read the Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy, you may also get intrigued by this number.

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