July is almost here. 2021 has been a difficult year for most of us, much worse than 2020. Almost each and every one of us has lost a loved one or a friend to the pandemic. Some of us sought solace in books, a way to escape reality. Now with things somewhat under control, we can hope for better days to come with the new normal.
This year, I did not sign up for reading challenges apart from the one from Blogchatter. I was aware that once things open up, I would barely have any time to read. As expected, things are back with a bang. So much so that the retail sector in New York went all out during the Memorial Day weekend, an otherwise low-key holiday. One could have easily mistaken it for Thanksgiving. And I am sure the 4th of July weekend will be no different.
I have not been reading as much as I do. Earlier this year, I shared a “tentative” TBR for 2021. I am a mood reader, and it is not surprising that I have barely read a book or two from it.
Unfortunately, due to the increased workload, I have not been regularly updating either at Goodreads or on the reading spreadsheet since March. So I might have missed a few. And there were also some that I DNF-ed. It is not worth reading a book that I am not enjoying.
All said, here goes my list of what I have read this year for the Blogchatter #TBRChallenge.
Books in Hindi
The year began on a good note. One of my bookish resolutions for 2021 was to read more books in Hindi. I checked out some excellent recommendations (Dopehri by Pankaj Kapur) and rediscovered old favorites (Toba Tek Singh by Saadat Hasan Manto and Mitron Marjani by Krishna Sobti).
I also enjoyed comparing the Hindi and English versions, often back to back. No surprises for guessing which version was my favorite. In fact, I struggled with Mitro Marjani in English and had to DNF it. Reading Neena Aunty by one of my favorite authors, Anukrti Upadhyay was a treat.
I have always enjoyed audiobooks and they are the perfect way to catch up on reading between chores. I made full use of my Scribd, Audible, and Storytel subscriptions over the past six months.
A Promised Land by Barack Obama on Audible is an ongoing one and takes up most of my audiobook time. But in between, I have read a few others too – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig and Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy was an interesting read. It was an attempt to convert an illustrated book to an audiobook, and the result was quite a success.
Books by Indian and Asian Authors
Books by Indian and South Asian authors always make a sizable chunk of my reading list. It was a mixed bag with some books that pleasantly surprised, and some that were disappointing.
Excess Baggage by Richa S. Mukherjee,Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin, Zoravar by Maharsh Shah, Ms Draupadi Kuru and The Misters Kuru, both by Trisha Das, and The Women Who Forgot to Invent Facebook and Other Stories by Nisha Susan were my favorites.
Short Stories on Juggernaut App
I have a habit of reading every day. My day does not end until I read, even if it is a few pages. It is a way for me to unwind at night.
The Juggernaut Challenge could not have come at a better time. Although I did not sign up for it officially, it was a great way to catch up on reading with bite-sized picks. Primarily short stories, it was an interesting mix of classics and contemporary fiction. Some great and some not so great. Juggernaut has continued with the feature this June and all set to return in July as well.
It would be unfair to include all the books in the #TBRChallenge as some were barely 10-12 pages long. But those below were the ones I loved and definitely make it to the books read for the challenge.
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It was also a time to catch up on Indian fiction on the app. Revisiting classics and some old favorites.
About the Women
The purpose of my blog has always been to promote books that deserve more love. I had a chance to read and promote some interesting books. My absolute favorite Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge. Committed: A Memoir of Madness in the Family by Paolina Milana, and The Falling Woman by Richard Farrell. And one that was strictly okay, A Theatre for Dreamers by Polly Samson.
I hope I have added to your ever-growing TBR. How is your #TBRChallenge going? What books have you been reading this year? Do share about them in the comments below.Blogchatter #TBRChallenge Mid-Year Check-in: The Books I Read @blogchatter #BookChatter #TBRChallenge #BohoPonderings Click To Tweet
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