The Book Decoder turns THREE!

I cannot believe it has been three years since I started writing book reviews! THREE!! I am not new to blogging but I don’t know what I was thinking when I started blogging about books. From photoblog to quirky writing to book reviews, I have come a long way. πŸ™‚

I started blogging when one half of my face was partially paralyzed due to medical negligence. Recovery was slow and I wanted to keep myself busy. ‘Friends’ were ‘too busy’ to keep in touch with their ‘sick’ “friend” and I was all alone. Blogging gave me a chance to rediscover myself.

Books were my only best friends since childhood. My parents were busy at work so I spent most of my school vacations reading comics and magazines. Had some really good times there – it was the ‘era’ when Tinkle, Gokulam and Wisdom were popular children’s books. This might sound a little shocking to you but I read my first detective novel when I was 19. I did read Heidi, Swiss Family Robinson and all the other children’s fiction as a kid but I always preferred comics to full-length novels. What changed, you ask? My first detective novel was Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Do I need to say more? πŸ™‚

In the past seven years (i.e., since the health issue), I have read a lot of books. I was a binge-reader before. I loved to read the whole series at a stretch. Things have changed since I started writing reviews. I have also discovered a lot of new authors and series to try on, thanks to my book blogger buddies. This also means my To-Be-Read list is long and yet here I am, being such a sweetheart and thanking all those who are responsible for increasing my TBR. πŸ˜›

Jokes apart, I am glad to have discovered new books, (virtually) met authors and made new friends. πŸ™‚ Blogging made my recovery journey easier. The best thing that has happened this year is my doctor saying I have completely recovered. πŸ™‚ I cannot wait to start working again, make new friends and move ahead in life.

Someone once said, too many books, too little time. But times have changed. A trip to Mars is in talks and I cannot wait to move. Why? One day on Mars is one day and 37minutes on Earth. I get 37 minutes extra per day which I can utilize to read books. Then there’s also the journey to Mars to consider here – 7 months is a lot of time to read. Well, this isn’t my ‘practice speech for Nobel Prize’ so if you were expecting a serious discussion, look elsewhere! πŸ˜›

To be clear, nobody has invited me to join them on a trip to Mars (Elon Musk, are you listening??). If any White or Green Martians are reading this post… um, I don’t speak Parseltongue…

Before you wonder what’s happening and if I am crazy (which I am not…), there’s something I need to say :

You are all invited to my third blogiversary party. The theme is Bake your cake and eat it. πŸ˜› You can also bring your own glass of whatever drink you prefer. LET THE PARTY BEGIN!

This must be the weirdest blogiversary post till date. To be honest, I am not in a mood to write or read. We had an incident a few days ago. Our gas stove caught fire and if not for my mum’s presence to mind to turn off the regulator quickly, the cylinder would have exploded (we had changed it the day before). Just a second delay and we would have lost our lives. This is the second time I have seen death so close by in the past seven years. We weren’t harmed but we are still in shock. I am trying my best to divert my mind by reading books.

20 thoughts on “The Book Decoder turns THREE!

    1. By the way was glad to see your mention of Tinkle–used to love it a lot too as a kid. Long time since I last read one.

    1. Thank you😁. Oh yes! You are into baking now so time to bake a big, chocolaty cake.😁😁

      1. Waiting for it.πŸ™‚
        I decided to bake khara bun (spicy bun) and banana chocolate cake today. You are invited to the post-party party 😁😁

    1. Thanks, Neeru.πŸ™‚
      Yes, it was very scary. It’s been over ten days now but I still get scared when I think of that day.

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