Reading R.K. Narayan For the First Time.

Reading R.K. Narayan For The First Time.

I want to begin by apologizing to Deepika for taking so long to read Malgudi Days. The R.K. Narayan readalong was meant to run during the first 2 weeks of May. I won’t make any excuses as to why I took so long, but I did promise to share my thoughts before the end of the month.

Thank you for encouraging me to read R.K. Narayan, Deepka. This was my introduction to his work and it will certainly not be my last. I don’t know why I never came across any of his books, given that he is one of the most well-known and renowned Indian authors. My only excuse is that a single person can’t read all the great books in the world!

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The Diverse Books Tag

The Diverse Books Tag!

Now that I have been around the book blogging community long enough to have established my own platform, I feel it is time to create a book tag!

I generally avoid tags and memes, but I have participated in ones I found particularly interesting and allowed me to show off my book collection. Here are a few examples: Life In Books Tag and the Scavenger Hunt Book Tag.

The Diverse Books Tag is a bit like a scavenger hunt. I will task you to find a book that fits a specific criteria and you will have to show us a book you have read or want to read.

If you can’t think of a book that fits the specific category, then I encourage you to go look for one. A quick Google search will provide you with many books that will fit the bill. (Also, Goodreads lists are your friends.) Find one you are genuinely interested in reading and move on to the next category.

Everyone can do this tag, even people who don’t own or haven’t read any books that fit the descriptions below. So there’s no excuse! The purpose of the tag is to promote the kinds of books that may not get a lot of attention in the book blogging community.

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Review- The fifth season by n.k. jemisin

Review: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season was nominated for a 2015 Nebula Award for Best Novel. It did not win, but is certainly worthy of that honor. This novel is the first in a trilogy that introduces us to a land called The Stillness, which has a fascinating and complex history. I am eager to explore this world further in the sequel, The Obelisk Gate, out in August 2016!

Before I can even begin to talk about this book, you will need some context or it won’t make any sense.

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A Call To All #DiverseBookBloggers (1)

A Call To All #DiverseBookBloggers

Hello, fellow book bloggers!

If you are active on Twitter, you may have noticed a recent hashtag being circulated and used. That hashtag is #DiverseBookBloggers.

If you are not active on Twitter or are confused about what the hashtag means, let me give you a bit of background on how it came to be. (Though, please be warned that I can be rather long-winded when I feel something is important, so bear with me.)

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Diversify Your Reading History

Looking To Diversify Your Reading History? Read These 20 Books To Get Started.

If you’re a book lover, you have probably heard many discussions about the importance of reading books written by people from marginalized backgrounds.

Their value and importance isn’t in question. That’s been established long ago.

Now that we all agree that developing and practicing diverse reading habits is important, what we need is more people actually reading diverse books. Not just in 2016, but every year.

I created this list of 10 Young Adult and 10 Adult Fiction books for those who are genuinely interested in seeking out diverse voices in literature, but don’t know where to start.

If you are reading this out of legitimate interest, then I hope my recommendations serve you well and that I help you find your new favorite book.

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8 Authors Whose Work I Want To Complete Before I Die

8 Authors Whose Work I Want To Complete Before I Die

I may be young, but I have big plans for my life as a reader. Huge plans! I expect to live to be at least 90 years old and you can be sure I will be reading until my very last breath.

OK, perhaps I’m being a tad dramatic. But you know how us book bloggers feel about reading…

The “big” plans I’m talking about are life goals I have set for myself. They are long-term plans that show my commitment to authors who have stood out as remarkable in my eyes and have earned my admiration and respect.

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Women Triumph At The 2015 Nebula Awards (1)

Women Triumph At The 2015 Nebula Awards РWhy This Victory Matters.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Science Fiction and Fantasy are genres dominated by straight white men. This has been the norm for decades and not until the 21st century did this dominance get called into question in prominent and visible ways.

Science Fiction and Fantasy as a whole still have a lot of progress to make when it comes to representing women and people of color. Writers of these genres who are not straight white men do exist, but they may experience more obstacles to getting published, and when they do their work may be overlooked because sci-fi and fantasy media coverage is dominated by white men. Especially in literary magazines, where the majority of reviews are written by men about books written by men as well. I won’t even go into how little coverage books written by people color get — it’s too depressing.

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The Grace of Kings review

Review: The Grace Of Kings by Ken Liu

The Grace of Kings is one of the most strikingly non-western fantasy epics I have ever read. This aspect of the novel is what inspired me to read it most, but the Nebula Award nomination for Best Novel certainly convinced me to read it sooner. It is a magnificent, ambitious, and complex story that demands your focus and patience and will reward you immensely if you put in the effort.

But getting to the reward will not be easy. The Grace of Kings isn’t immediately accessible and its first 100 pages of slow and methodical world-building may turn off many readers. However, serious lovers of fantasy epics will be able to acclimate easily and will slowly get to know the Islands of Dara — their people, politics, the messy history and the many wars that have plagued and will continue to plague the kingdoms.

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Life In Books Tag! (2)

Life In Books Tag – Get To Know Me Through My Books

What is life?

Life is much more than our hearts pumping blood through our circulatory system. It’s more than simply breathing and existing. Life is a gift, life is sublime.

Life is so beautiful and complex that…um, that I have no idea what I’m talking about because that’s a difficult question to answer!

All I know is that life is awesome. Especially if books are part of it!!

I want to thank the wonderful and always funny Cinderzena for tagging me to do the Life In Books Tag.

I thought it looked fun, though I’m not sure how these categories are supposed to represent my life…Anyway, I digress. I just want to show off more of my books and take pretty pictures.

Let’s get started!

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Review Interpreter of Maladies

Review: Interpreter Of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

When I hunkered down on my reading nook to finally read Interpreter of Maladies, I did so with a staunch determination to finish it in one or two sittings. I was giddy with an excitement that had been built up after months, perhaps years of hype and praise. I expected to be moved and transported to a literary Nirvana that had been promised by countless readers and reviewers. Unfortunately, that wasn’t my experience.

After I finished reading this collection of 9 stories, I closed the book and thought that perhaps I read it wrong or from the wrong perspective or perhaps I wasn’t in the right mood or frame of mind. I was blaming myself for not enjoying it as much as I thought I should have. But then I remembered that I read primarily for pleasure. I am admittedly not a literary critic, nor do I pretend to be. This means that my reviews are always honest, personal, and subjective reactions.

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