Bookish News: July 8, 2020

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Parul Sehgal on Stealing Forbidden Books From Her Mother’s Library

Writing My Own “Indian-American Novel” Meant Looking to California

Eight Books You Should Read in July

Bookish News: June 24, 2020

Hello dear readers, I feel like it has been forever since we did some bookish news.

I honestly don’t remember the last time I gave you some bookish news, but it has definitely slowed down since quarantine began so so long ago.

But, we are back so please enjoy, and as always, make sure to follow me on social media.
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UK bookshops are seeing sales soar now that people are allowed out

Authors quit JK Rowling agency over transgender rights

The Shadow of the Wind and the remarkable success of Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Overwhelmed With Orders, Some Black-Owned Bookstores Ask for Patience

Ottessa Moshfegh’s Latest Is a Murder Mystery, but Where’s the Body?

Becoming an Author

Since I was a little kid, I have had a dream about becoming an author. Telling stories and inspiring readers.

Creating a fantastical world where our understanding of the universe doesn’t apply. Traveling to realms you can only picture in your dreams.

For the longest time, I didn’t think it was possible.

I mean, there was no way little old Andrew, with no significant skills, no great ideas, and not that smart could become a great author like the ones he grew up reading.

That’s why, for the longest time, I didn’t even bother. I threw my dream to the side because nobody would take me seriously. This wasn’t an industry I was meant to step into.

This industry was for those who spent days and days reading, coming up with their own ideas, building beautiful realities in their mind.


Another issue was that I didn’t want to be ordinary. I didn’t want a book that sold enough to pay itself off and then end there.

I wanted a masterpiece. I wanted a book that became so popular, it was turned into a movie or TV series like George R.R. Martin. I wanted my stories to reach millions. I wanted people to talk about my stories for hours and hours, inspiring YouTube videos, blog posts, discussion pieces, and who knows what else.

This was another thing that disheartened me. I couldn’t be the next Martin or Lewis, or Tolkien. IF I became an author and managed to write a book, it probably wouldn’t even sell.

Still these thoughts plague me every time I sit down to write.

But, I try to push them down. I ignore the negativity, and focus on what I can do. Focus on the words I can weave and the ideas I can create.

I’m not sure it’s possible to become the next Sanderson, Martin, or Jordan with my first book, probably not even my second or third. But maybe my fourth, maybe my second series. Maybe my third. There are plenty of authors that have inspired me, and I continue to find more that inspire me.

Jemisen, Stovall, Atwood. Authors that continue to impress me, shape my thinking, inspire me to write.

I might never become an author who’s book gets picked up to become the next best-selling TV show, making millions in memorabilia and other rights, but maybe I can become an author that inspires the next great one.

Maybe I can become an author that inspires a young boy or girl to write, and so on and so on.

The timeline is May 2, 2022. By my 27th birthday I want to be an author. I want to have my first book on a shelf near you, released by a legitimate publishing company.

Will this happen? Who knows. I have a lot to learn about publishing, but the first step is writing. I need to write my story. Create my characters. Weave my world. One chapter, one page, one word at a time.

Short Update on My Life

Hello dear readers, today’s post will be short, I promise. I just wanted to give you a brief update on my life, since I think you are entitled to know what I am going through.

I have been lucky enough to have a new job that I just started this week. I know a lot of people are out of work right now, and many more are strapped for cash, but I have been lucky enough to be hired into a position with a really awesome non-profit where I live.

I have been working from home and will likely be doing that until September. It’s a bit odd getting used to that still, but I have figured out a good routine that keeps my mind spaces separate.

With a new job comes a lot of learning and a lot less time to myself. I have been trying my best to better my skills and focus on my work, and I plan to keep doing that for my job. This however will likely leave me with less time on social media through the day.


I will try to engage with people in the morning before work and during my breaks, but otherwise the amount of social media time I will have will be drastically reduced. I’ve been taking up at 6:00 a.m. every day in order to do some writing. It’s not much, but I’ve been getting about 400 words done a day.

I plan to keep the frequency of blog posts the same, since I usually write those the night before anyways.

Anyways, that’s all really. I am staying safe and healthy, and doing my best to support BLM movements that I can afford to. The biggest thing is to read and learn. Learn what you can do better, learn how you can help, learn others’ pain.

When we understand others, even just a tiny amount, we better ourselves as humans and as a society.

WWW Wednesdays: May 27, 2020

Hello dear readers, I am sure you know the drill. What have I finished recently, what am I currently reading, and what do I plan on reading next?

Let’s find out!

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What Have I Finished Recently?

  • Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
  • Harrow Lake by
  • Heir of Ashes by Jina S. Bazzar


What Am I Currently Reading?

  • Crossing In Time by D.L. Orton
  • Tower of God by S.I.U
  • Come Join the Murder by Holly Rae Garcia

What Will I Read Next?

  • Of Myth and Shadow by Matthew S. Cox
  • Heir of Doom by Jina S. Bazzar
  • Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan

My Very Own Blogging Award

Hello dear readers, I have a bit of news for you today that I hope you’ll enjoy.

One of my goals this year was to come up with a blogging award. Originally it was supposed to be an award to showcase a selfless blogger who is always there to share a nice word and who is always willing to help others.

I had ideas to get that idea rolling, but nothing solid yet, so I might just hold that in my back pocket till I can work out the kinks.

BUT in the process, I did come up with what I think will be a really fun award that will get people wanting to do book tags.

I won’t give away too much just yet, but the name of the award is the Avatar Blogger award.

If you know anything about the show Avatar, you might be able to figure out that you might need to master four different elements or something??? I guess you’ll just have to wait and see.

What I can tell you is that the first part of that Award will be coming out tomorrow…so stay tuned!

Poetry Events, Bookish Tank Tops, Queer Women Romance Books….Check out these bookish items!

Hey there dear readers. Just a quick post today. I found some interesting bookish things to read, follow, or buy occupy your time during quarantine. Consider giving them a look if you want something to do!

Live Poetry Events

Some cool looking bookish tank tops you might want to wear this summer

10 Great 2020 Queer Women Romance Books to Watch Out For

Writing/Reviewing Poetry

Letting Books Create your Summer