Happy new year, friends! I’m pretty excited because I decided that 2022 is the year I finally make a dent in my TBR pile and read my bookshelf. I started off with owning 399 unread paper books and ebooks combined, and I’m determined that by the end of the year I’ll be much, much closer to 300.
2022 is nearly upon us, which means it’s the season for new year’s resolutions. Statistically, most people give up on their resolutions. So how do we beat the odds? A great way to stick to a resolution is to track consistency and progress. When it comes to books and reading, there are a lot of options available today. Goodreads is probably the best known one but over the past few years, more options have sprung up.
This month’s topic of The Happy Place 5 is fall vibes. We decided to keep things open-ended to give ourselves a breather. I’ve technically taken an eight-month breather, and I’m barely surfacing again on the blogging front. Hah. But autumn is my favourite season. I love the hues of reds fading into yellows. Sadly, I live in the tropics. Instead of pretty colours, I contend with dreary monsoon thunderstorms. So, to cheer myself up, I turned to my bookshelves for my fall vibes picks.
With the Fire on High easily is one of my favourite books that I read this year. Emoni loves to cook and dreams of becoming a chef. That’s all I needed to know in order to borrow the audiobook. With the Fire on High offers so much more than a trope I can’t get enough of, though. It brings to light complicated relationships, the difficulty of balancing responsibilities and ambitions, and a huge dash of heart.
The moment I saw the synopsis of The Couple, I knew in my bones that Helly Acton wrote this book for me. See, I love books that turn our social norms upside down and examine how life could be instead. Also, I basically spent my twenties single, which drew a lot of pity from friends. They made unsolicited comments, “Are you sure you don’t want to get married?” or “I’m happy to introduce you to someone!”