A very Happy New Year to every single one of you reading this! Hope you’re doing well and staying safe and happy, and I hope that 2021 is a better year for you all! Lots of love!
I know I’m 2 weeks late but it’s become a personality trait, this Houdini act of mine. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the book blogger who disappears for 10 million years, comes back energized with promises of revamping and restarting the blog, and then does it for, like, 2 days, and then disappears again. Repeat loop. 😛
But my 2021 goals are stronger because I’m a stronger woman today. Going through a sh*t year like 2020 made me feel things for myself and made me discover what I really want. And I want to revive my blog because writing is where I find myself. I’m nothing without my writing.
If you’d like to know more about what my 2021 goals are – so sorry to redirect you, but it’s got to be done – please watch the video that I made on my Booktube channel. It went up on January 1 and has a bunch of goals that I’d like to achieve this year, including reading, writing, Booktube, Bookstagram, life, and so much more.
But in today’s post, I want to talk about what I’m currently reading and what I’m planning to read in this first month of what will hopefully be a beautiful new year.
I brought in 3 books into the New Year, to be very honest. But since the Goodreads challenge is my thing and my reading is my reading, I cheated a bit and removed them from the Goodreads, only to add them again, afresh, fooling the world and myself into thinking that I read them this year. Here are the books I brought in from 2020:
- Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan: What a disappointment. Honestly.
- Khaki in Dust Storm by Amod K Kanth: An eye-opening nonfiction book by a respected ex-police officer talking about the tumultuous 80s and 90s in Indian history.
- Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie: It’s still stuck where I left it in mid-December. Haven’t gotten to it. But I do want to read it sooner than soon!
I’ve finished 6 books this month as of today and I intend to finish one more of my current reads before tomorrow so that I can film the first part of my January wrap up and get it up next week. Who knows what will happen? But since I’m a clueless little pit here, (today, always), let me tell you what I’m currently reading.
(I finished reading A Scarcity of Condors, the 3rd in the Venery series by Suanne Laqueur, last night and I’m not okay. Expect a review soon here as well as on my Booktube channel. The review for the second book, A Charm of Finches, went up in early 2018.)
I’m in the middle of 3 books at the moment, and one of them is a carryover from 2020 as I mentioned before.
- Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart: This book, I’ll be reviewing for Writers Melon and I need to get the review up before 17th. So it’s on fast track for me. This book won the Booker 2020 and I’ve been curious about it ever since. AND prepared for the feelings that people have been saying will assault me. Let’s see. Fingers crossed.
- War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: I’m buddy reading this book with a couple of friends and we know that this is going to take time. And by time, I mean months. So don’t expect a review of this to pop up anywhere, anytime soon. 😛
- Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie: Talking about this gives me pain, not because it’s not a good book, but because it is. I haven’t been able to read it because 2021 itself started off hot and my head has been all over the place. But I do intend to finish it in the next month or so. Of that, I’m sure.
I’m also planning to read a ton of books in the next two weeks. Being stupidly ambitious is my thing, if you don’t know me. But okay. We’re going to try as hard as we can, and be ‘we’, I mean ‘I’. 😛
Here are the books I’m planning to read in January 2021:
For Self-Improvement and Education:
- Make Time by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky: A book that I’ve had my eye on for ages and which I want to use to manage my time better. Hopefully 2021 will be a year where I actually read the book and find it helpful.
- India’s Ancient Past by RS Sharma: I’m picking this book up in a bid to educate myself about my country’s history. It’s not going to be pretty, I know, but I’m going to LEARN.
To Better my Writing:
I’m a writer with three books out in the market – one available in all formats and two only on Kindle – and I really want to work towards making my writing better so that the stories I put out will be more polished.
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott: This is a book that has been on my wishlist for ages because I’ve always wanted these instructions, but I’ve always been scared, for some reason? But hopefully, I will be able to read this and implement what the author has for me. Excited!
DramaQueenAThon Book Club Pick:
- I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes: I have no idea what this book is about and I’m not going to read the blurb at this point either, because I do like to go into a book without knowing anything about it. Maybe that’s why my memory shuts down sometimes. 😛
Subscriber Pick – January 2021:
There’s this thing I do on my Youtube channel, where every month, my subscribers pick a book for me to read, vlog, and review, and I do exactly that. Here’s the pick for January:
- A Promised Land by Barack Obama: Good Lord, is this book long! The audiobook – which I’ll be listening to for this – is 30+ hours long. And I’m wondering if I will be able to finish this book and get the review up. Fingers crossed though!
21 Books I Want to Read in 2021:
I made a video where I talk about 21 books I want to read this year and from that list, I picked 3 that I want to read in January 2021. The books are:
- The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (especially in anticipation of the Netflix movie)
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (which I’ve already spoken about)
- Our Moon Has Blood Clots by Rahul Pandita (which has been a long time coming)
Publisher Review Copies:
In my 2021 goals video, I said that I wanted to finish up my pending review copies in the first 6 months of the year – books that publishers sent me. In a bid to do this, I added 3 of these books to my January 2021 TBR:
- The Heart Asks Pleasure First by Karuna Ezara Parikh (sent by Pan Macmillan India): I’m hearing phenomenal things about this book + that gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous cover is making me drool. So hopefully I’ll pick it up? Pray for me, please!
- The Fixer by Suman Dubey (sent by Rupa Publications)
- Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman (send by Bloomsbury India)
A big thank you to all these publishers for sending me these amazing books. Can’t wait to start reading them!
I’ve put two audiobooks from Libro.fm on my TBR this time, and both are books that have intrigued me to no end.
- Sasha Masha by Agnes Borinsky
- Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community by the Born This Way Foundation Reporters & Lady Gaga
Books I Will Vlog for BookTube:
I had originally thought of reading and vlogging my reading for these books in December, but the release date for the 4th book in the Ember quartet by Sabaa Tahir, A Sky Beyond the Storm, kept getting pushed. From 10th December to 25th December to 10th January. But I have the book now and I will finally be reading and vlogging The Ember in the Ashes series! FINALLY!
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That’s the reading update I have for you people this beautiful (not so, for me) Friday evening! I hope your Friday is going amazing and that the book you are reading is a great, great one! 🙂
Let me know in the comments below what you’re reading, what you’ve read so far, and what you’re planning to pick up! I’d love to hear from you! 🙂
Until next time, keep reading and add melodrama to your life! 😀