Feb was an excellent reading month for me. I read 10 books in total, out of which 3 were manga, 1 was a comic and rest were novels.
I read “The invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick few years back and then at the end of last year, I finished his other two books. His books are a blend of stunning artwork and great storytelling. In all these three books that I read of his, half of the pages have text and the other half are filled with beautiful sketches which drive the story forward. He blends history, fact and fiction with some stunning art. I have never seen any other author use this unique style of storytelling in a book. Books like these are worth owning just for the artwork. His books are mostly targeted for children but I am sure adults will love these books too.
I was browsing through various sections in my local library when I glanced at a section dedicated to Black History Month (February is celebrated as Black History month). I have not read many history books on Civil Rights movement and I am hardly aware of America’s history so I was intrigued enough to pick a couple of books from this section.
I have not read many manga but my first manga was Naruto Vol. 1 which I liked but did not feel compelled enough to continue. I then picked Death Note and absolutely loved it. After finishing Death Note series, I have been planning to read more manga. This month, I finally read some manga which I picked from my local library and liked all of them.
In my earlier post, I mentioned that I have been trying to incorporate minimalistic Hygge lifestyle into my life. Ever since my son was born, I have had ZERO time for self care or for personal enjoyment. Yes, I do enjoy spending time with him but I sometimes want “me-time” too, where I just sit and do something that I love to do.
In order to get some free time, I started sacrificing my sleep. I would sit awake on my bed hours together reading books after he fell asleep. Now that he is little older, I am trying to bring back some of the other activities that I enjoy doing. I also followed the books I mentioned earlier to get some tips. These are some ways I try to spend quality time at home. I have seen a significant increase in my happiness level after I started indulging myself in these activities.
So recently we were discussing about that controversial movie Padmavati or Padmavat or whatever they are calling it now. I do not agree with the fact that one should burn buses or whatever to protest. I did not watch the movie and never will. But I couldn’t not agree with people when they said historical events were misrepresented. Bollywood movies these days are full of nonsense. The prevailing theme is romance and everything else in the movie revolves around romance. Why is romance the central focus of every single movie?
Jan was a great reading month for me as I read 9 books. I have never read that many books in a month, if I remember correctly. This was possible mostly because I read small books (200-400 pages long) and because I loved every single book I read this month. With books which are not that interesting, I find reasons to not read since I do not feel inclined to read them that quickly. But when the month is filled with 4 or 5 star reads, I tend to read more.
6 of these reads were from my physical TBR (yayy!) and 2 were ebooks and 1 physical book was borrowed from the library. I had borrowed 4 books from library this month. I only ended up reading one of the 4 and returned the rest of them unread since I just am not in the mood for non-fiction or graphical novels right now.