What Next?

As vaccines are being distributed across the world and news on new strains have made us all go not again, I wonder how people are coping with the extended lockdown. I am sure many people are just thankful to be spending a lot of time with their families (with an overwhelming amount of work seeping in, of course), taking a vacation for a solo trip has been on my mind since I can last remember. But lockdown woes have made my parents give me a big fat NO for travelling, so I took a sabbatical from writing for a while and got into ruminating about what should I do next.

Unlike last year, I did not make any resolutions list for this year because the uncertainty of the situation made me realise this is a good time to slow down and spontaneously learn as you go. So in this post, let me share some of my ideas, thoughts and projects that I am currently working on and hopefully will bring to fruition in the upcoming months.

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Before I Saw You

Before I Saw You by Emily Houghton

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Print Length: 400 pages
Format: Ebook
Publisher: Bantam Press

A debut novel by Emily Houghton, Before I Saw You makes sure that you have few (or more) tears in your eyes and believe why love can heal and break in this heart-warming and wrenching story of two adults who find their world turned upside down after a major accident. It also shows how they build ways to connect in a hospital ward. Yes—hospital, death, pain, kindness, love, healing, and more is what you get blended with humour and courage in this book.

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With the Fire on High

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Print Length: 400 pages
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Hot Key Books

Emoni Santiago is a teenage mother to a beautiful baby girl named Emma and granddaughter to an amazing ‘buela. Belonging to Black Hispanic ethnicity — from Puerto Rico living in Philly aka Philadelphia, Emoni aspires to be a professional chef. But how does she make her dreams come true?

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Learning during Lockdown

© Tatiana Syrikova

¡Hola mi amigos! ¿Cómo estás hoy?

As I finally breathe after my mini victory of ranking first on Amethyst Level in Spanish lessons on Duolingo, I wonder how much has changed since I last wrote a tete-a-tete letter to vent out my feelings of anxiety. But with this “new normal” (I know you are tired of it already), I wonder how others are taking it on with so many changes forced upon us due to the pandemic.

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The Complete MAUS

The Complete MAUS by Art Spiegelman

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Print Length: 296 pages
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin UK

I am so excited! In today’s post, I have pestered my best friend to send in his thoughts about a book which he recently got on his birthday. This is his take on why you should read Maus—a graphic novel by American cartoonist, Art Spiegelman. Now without any further blabbering, let’s dive in!

Trigger Warning: This post discusses holocaust and racism.

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