What I Read from April to June 2021

I know I owe three months worth of articles but I also know that I don’t have the patience and the heart to cheat myself by cramming everything in one post.

Let me list what transpired in three months:

  • Work
  • Rereading Harry Potter 5 and 6
  • Reading and reviewing ARCs for The Write Reads’ Ultimate Blog Tour
  • Professional education

Please find below the reviews I posted for the magnificent books I received from the blog tour:

The Book Snob Tag

I saw this tag in The Strawberry Post and thought the questions were fun. As always, I’m pretty late in the game but here we are. 1. Adaptation Snob: Do You Always Read the Book Before You See the Movie? Not always. Whichever comes first is fine. Perhaps it depends on how invested I am…

Why I think The Carnival of Ash is an outstanding novel #TheWriteReads #UltimateBlogTour

DISCLAIMER: THE WRITE READS PROVIDED ME A DIGITAL and physical COPY OF THE NOVEL The carnival of ash BY tom beckerlegge IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. Book Info Genre: Adult Fantasy (Update: Adult Literary Alternative History is more accurate) Length: 528 Pages Publishing: 15th March 2022 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1786185008/  Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58438204-the-carnival-of-ash  Blurb Cadenza is the City of…

My Thoughts on Connie Glynn’s “The Rosewood Chronicles: Undercover Princess” #TheWriteReads #UltimateBlogTour

DISCLAIMER: THE WRITE READS AND Penguin PROVIDED ME A digital copy OF THE NOVEL THE Rosewood chronicles #1: undercover princess BY connie glynn IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. Book Info The Rosewood Chronicles #1 Genre: YA Fantasy Length: 441 Pages Publishing: 2nd November 2017 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Rosewood-Chronicles-Undercover-Princess/dp/0062847821/   Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34042261-undercover-princess  Blurb When fairy tale obsessed Lottie Pumpkin…

A Reader-response to Kristin Ward’s “Blood of the Lost Kingdom” #TheWriteReads #Blogtour

DISCLAIMER: THE WRITE READS PROVIDED ME A DIGITAL COPY OF THE NOVEL BLOOD OF THE LOST KINGDOM BY KRISTIN WARD IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. Book Info Genre: YA Fantasy Length: 282 Pages Publishing: 3rd August 2021 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09289NXN3 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58696750-blood-of-the-lost-kingdom  Blurb Mysterious. Hidden. Sacred. Erabel is the beating heart of Dorcha Wood. And its heir…

Now that those four book reviews are out of the way, here are the few articles I managed to squeeze in:

Anne Lamott’s Wondrous Letter to Children About Books as Antidotes to Isolation, Portals to Perspective, and Crucibles of Self-Discovery (Brain Pickings)

What it is about: It is a very short epistle with some notes from the domain owner about the importance of reading.

What I think about it: It’s not a secret that the cheapest ticket to a different world one can have access to is a story, be it a short one or a thick novel, digital or paperback. As any other ticket one pays for, it has to be used.

Kierkegaard on Our Greatest Source of Unhappiness (Brain Pickings)

What it is about: Simply put, the greatest source of unhappiness is escapism. Some people escape to the wonderful promises of what will be (hope) and others retreat to the what was (memories).

What I think about it: Escapism is a coping mechanism that almost everyone has. By Kierkegaard’s examples though, I can say the saddest individuals are those who have lost hope in their future aspirations or those who are stuck in their regrets and can’t move on. Take my words with a grain of salt as I am not a philosopher.

How to Use Parkinson’s Law to your Advantage (Lifehack)

What it is about: This article talks about how to allot enough time for a task depending on the effort it needs.

What I think about it: As this article was recommended by a colleague, I couldn’t help but associate it to work-related tasks and not the personal ones I try to get through in order to call myself productive. Working in the tech industry, where ‘sprint’ and ‘timeline’ are common jargons, helps bring the idea close to home. Employees must aim for efficiency now more than ever. Perhaps telecommuting or the quarantines have made some complacent with the “I have more time now” idea. Well, we have more time to put this Parkinson’s Law to practice.

By and large, changing the title of this series and the overall format proved to be helpful though not an excuse to skip my monthly updates.

What are you reading these days?

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