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:

A Reader’s Response to Aisling Fowler’s “Fireborn Twelve and the Frozen Forest” #TheWriteReads #UltimateBlogTour

DISCLAIMER: THE WRITE READS AND Harper collins PROVIDED ME AN ELECTRONIC COPY OF THE NOVEL Fireborn BY Aisling Fowler IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. Summary I got from Goodreads: Lyra. Lucy. Percy. Once in a generation, a hero emerges whose story enthralls readers worldwide. Fireborn is an epic quest, perfect for fans of the His Dark Materials and…

An examination of PTSD in Carole Johnstone’s “Mirrorland” #TheWriteReads #UltimateBlogTour

DISCLAIMER: THE WRITE READS AND SCRIBNER BOOKS PROVIDED ME AN ELECTRONIC COPY OF THE NOVEL MIRRORLAND BY CAROLE JOHNSTONE IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. An Additional Disclaimer, I am not a professional psychologist and my analysis of the protagonist’s mental health is only based on my extended readings. Summary I got from Goodreads: Twelve years ago…

Adrian Tchaikovsky’s “Shards of Earth” Completely Blew Me Away #TheWriteReads #UltimateBlogTour

DISCLAIMER: THE WRITE READS AND Black Crow PR PROVIDED ME AN E-ARC OF THE NOVEL Shards of Earth BY adrian tchaikovsky IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW Summary I got from Goodreads: The Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author of Children of Time brings us an extraordinary space opera about humanity on the brink of extinction, and how one man’s discovery…

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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