Hello fellow bookworms,
I know I am running a little late on this particular post, thanks to some technical issues on the blog back-end, and the final scramble to get the little one ready for the new school year (started today) – that left me little time to sort out these techy issues on the blog.
But anyway, here I am now, with the final post for this round of Read-India-Thon. In which I’ll do a quick wrap – up of the books I read last week for the readathon & also announce the Read-India-Thon Giveaway Winner.
Starting off with the books..
And a personal bookish win, which was that during this readathon week, I read more books than I have ever read in a single week!
Now not all of the books I read fit within the theme for the readathon, but still, even if I don’t count those “extra” books, and only count the ones I read specifically for the readathon – I still read more books this past week than I’ve ever read in a single week. So yay me!! 😄
The Books I Read for Read-India-Thon: Indian Readathon
1. Perils of Being Moderately Famous by Soha Ali Khan (book by an Indian author, read within 24 hrs / challenge 1 & 2 ) – A witty, self deprecating memoir by a moderately famous celebrity 😉
4/5 (reviewed here)
2. Goan Chase by Richa Sambhy Mediratta (book by an Indian author, read within 24 hrs / challenge 1 & 2) – An easy to read, fun mystery / thriller for tweens / teens.
3/5 – for me, but my 7 year old gave it 5/5 (reviewed here)
3. Bootie & The Beast by Falguni Kothari (an indian book with the indian tri color on the cover / challenge 1 & 3 ) – A really cute, super fun read, definitely recommended for folks who love Indian romances.
4/5 (reviewed here)
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When a friend first recommended this author to me, she described the author's writing as fun, addictive & trippy. And after reading Bootie & The Beast by Falguni Kothari @authorfalguni, I've to say that I couldn't agree more. ❤ This was a really cute, super fun read, that was pretty hard to put down once I picked it up. From adorable characters to root for to swoony romance to just the right amount of romantic angst – this one had it all. ❤ I definitely recommend this to folks who enjoy this genre of Indian romances. . . . #books #bookstagram #bookstagramindia #indianbooks #indianauthors #indianreaders #bookworm #booklover #bibliophile #booknerd #booknerdigans #bookish #reader #readers #readersofig #readersofinstagram #readersofindia #bookblogger #indianbookblogger #bookstagrammer #indianbookstagram #indianbookstagrammer #romances #romancebook #romancebooks #romancereader #romancereaders #romancebookstagram #bookreview #bookrecommendation
A surprise entry that wasn’t in the original TBR
4. Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal – A refreshingly different story that I definitely recommend (review coming up on the blog soon).
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Nobody eavesdrops on old ladies chatter. To them it's all one buzzing noise. They think we are discussing our knee pain and funeral plans.😀 – Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows . So yes, there has been a slight change of plans. Okay maybe not a change, but an additional unrealistic plan on top of the more practical one. . I picked up where I left off on this audiobook and will try to finish this along with Soha's Perils of Being Moderately Famous.📚 . . . #books #booksofinstagram #quotes #bookquotes #bookstagram #quotesstagram #bookstagramindia #indianbooks #indianauthors #indianreaders #readathon #indianreadathon #readindiathon #bookworm #booklover #bibliophile #booknerd #booknerdigans #bookish #reader #readers #readersofig #readersofinstagram #readergram #bookblogger #indianbookblogger #bookstagrammer #indianbookstagram #indianbookstagrammer #audiobookstagram
The status of the other 2 books that were originally on my TBR
5. Kartikeya by Usha Narayanan – I got about halfway with this one, still getting through the rest. But I think I can count this as half a book? Yes? No?
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FINAL DAY OF READ-INDIA-THON, you guys! What are you reading today? 🇮🇳 I am going to finish it out by completing the book I started on Day 1. 🇮🇳 But outside of Kartikeya, this past week I've read 4 books, and I'm halfway through another one, which because it's an audiobook, I may still continue listening today, as I do my chores during the day. 🇮🇳 And if I somehow finish them both (which is a possibility) I'd have read 6 books in 7 days (?!) – something that I have NEVER done!! In-fact I think my max has been 2, maybe 3 books in a week? And this is especially great, because most of these books came from my physical TBR that I've been wanting to conquer forever, and I finally made some serious progress this week! 🇮🇳 But of-course all this was only possible because I was 'virtually' reading along with you guys, who made it so much fun!❤ 🇮🇳 Which is why, even though I was originally thinking of making this an annual Independence Day thing, I think we should definitely attempt this more often. What do you guys think of a Republic Day / Week round? Let me know! 🇮🇳 Oh and stay tuned for the readathon wrap up post, coming up on the blog on Tuesday, where I will also announce the giveaway winner! . . . . #books #bookstagram #bookstagramindia #indianbooks #indianauthors #indianreaders #bookworm #booklover #bibliophile #booknerd #booknerdigans #bookish #reader #readers #readersofig #readersofinstagram #readersofindia #bookblogger #indianbookblogger #bookstagrammer #indianbookstagram #indianbookstagrammer #readathon #readindiathon #indianreadathon #readingchallenge #readingforpleasure #readingforfun #booksbooksbooks
6. The Zoya Factor by Anuja Chauhan – This one just kinda slipped through the cracks. I meant to get to it, in-fact this was the book I was most looking forward to reading during the readathon. But well, it was just not meant to be, I guess.
Either way, those were the 4 / 4.5 books I read for the Read-India-Thon.
Though like I mentioned above, I read 2 more books last week, outside of the ones I read for the readathon. These books did not fit the theme of the readathon (which was Indian books / books by Indian authors) but I still wanted to mention them here, while I was talking about the books I read in the past week.
The first one was Eligible – A modern day retelling / reimagining of Pride & Prejudice set in Cincinnati – which I did love (what else is new, right?).
And the other book was a random pick from Hoopla, which turned out to be a surprisingly amazing story – Book Boyfriend by Claire Kingsley.
Now if you are wondering why I read these two books instead of completing Kartikeya & Zoya Factor, you must know that I did not technically ‘read’ these books. I heard them on audio, while doing my chores. If I had any additional time to read physical books, I would have definitely put that towards Kartikeya & Zoya Factor.
That being said, I am still reading Kartikeya, and will hopefully get to Zoya Factor soon too.
But anyway, those are all the books I read last week. Now, let’s move onto announcing the Giveaway Winner.
And the Winner is..
Many congratulations, Aarti! Thank you for participating in Read-India-Thon. I’ll have a book of your choice over to you soon. 🙂
That’s all from end, folks. Thank you for participating in Read-India-Thon – Indian Readathon. Thank you for your enthusiasm & feedback. I can’t tell you how happy it made me to hear that this week was as much fun for you guys as it was for me. Especially because you folks are the best-est! ❤️
Maybe we could do another round soon-ish, or maybe not in the too-distant future? A Republic Day Read-India-Thon, anyone?