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August Reading and Blogging 2020 Wrap-Up - Novels and Nebulas

August 2020 Wrap-Up: Nuclear Decay Formula

August wasn’t the best month for me in terms of reading or blogging. My work-life balance crashed like an exponential curve (hence the reference to nuclear decay) right from the start. I was so exhausted at the end of every day that picking a book up or even opening my laptop to blog felt like a chore. However, things have evened out a little this last week and I’m hopeful that September will be a good month. Let’s talk details in my August 2020 wrap-up!

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July Reading and Blogging 2020 Wrap-Up - Novels and Nebulas

July 2020 Wrap-Up: The Seesaw Effect

July was a month of highs and lows, of idle days spent staring at the pouring rain while listening to an audiobook and frantic work as the clock marched towards midnight. I had a pretty good reading month even though I fell into a slump midway. Self-care took a severe hit and I’m ending the month an exhausted mess. However, my adherence to my blogging schedule, stats and engagement has climbed since June, which is a big reason to celebrate. Let me tell you all about it in my July 2020 wrap-up!

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Indian Lit Readathon 2020 Announcement - Novels and Nebulas

Indian Lit Readathon 2020 Announcement

It’s the best time of the year again because the Indian Lit Readathon is back! This time we’re doing things a little differently and can’t wait to see what you all think. It’s being hosted by Shruti @ This is Lit, Charvi @ Not Just Fiction and myself this time as well and we had a lot of fun organising as usual. Our official hashtags are #SavePusthakRajya and #IndLitReadathon20. Intrigued? Read on to find out what we have in store for Indian Lit Readathon 2020.

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020 - Novels and Nebulas

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020

How are we in the middle of 2020 already? It’s simultaneously been the longest and the shortest year, and the time distortion is really throwing me off. However, I want to shift the focus from this mind-boggling fact and celebrate the highs and lows of the first half of the year with you all today. I challenged myself to pick a different book for each of the questions, changed some of the wordings and added one at the beginning to round it out to 15. I really hope you like my answers to the mid-year book freak out tag and find some interesting books to add to your TBR in 2020!

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Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag - Novels and Nebulas

Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag

Today is a special day for me and I stumbled upon the perfect blog post to showcase that. Bree Hill originally created this tag as the Get to Know the Romance Reader Tag, and Madi @ The Book Pusher adapted it for fantasy readers. I’ve played around with the order of questions, so check out this post by Sahi @ My World of Books for the original format. If you’ve read any of my blog posts, you would know that I’m a huge fan of fantasy books. I’ll be digging in a little deeper and talking about my fantasy origin story, favourite books and more, so let’s get started!

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May Reading and Blogging 2020 Wrap-Up - Novels and Nebulas

May 2020 Wrap-Up: The Time Paradox

I felt like May was gone in the blink of an eye. It was a whirlwind of long working days and I had lesser time to read and blog, but I did my best. I was able to take better care of myself, however, which I’m counting as a win. I also created a lot of content centred around Asian Heritage Month for the blog, which got a lot of positive response. It was a month of mixed results, so let’s see how things went in my May 2020 wrap-up!

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5 Tips on How to Read Diversely - Reading Tips by Novels and Nebulas

How to Read Diversely: 5 Tips to Expand Your Reading

I want to make it clear that this post is geared towards people who want to genuinely expand their reading horizons. If you think diversity is some sort of fad you want in on, this isn’t for you. To be honest, I had no idea I could read diversely because most of the books I used to read were written by and for white people. It wasn’t until 2017 that I was exposed to diversity and #OwnVoices books. If these concepts are unfamiliar to you, check out this playlist by Kav @ xreadingsolacex to understand them better. If you’re ready to embark on the journey to broaden your reading tastes, keep reading on.

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The Mango Book Tag (Original) - Novels and Nebulas

The Mango Book Tag (Original)

Summer is in full swing here and that means mango season has finally arrived! This post was inspired by The Tiger at Midnight series by Swati Teerdhala. The main character, Esha, loves mangoes and that was one of the aspects that helped me relate to the book because the attachment between Indians and mangoes runs very deep. Today I’m bringing you prompts based on mango varieties from South India and some mango dishes that evoke a sense of nostalgia. This is a very personal tag as it represents the culture I grew up in and I hope I can get that sentiment across. Without further ado, let’s dive into the mango book tag!

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April Reading and Blogging 2020 Wrap-Up - Novels and Nebulas

April 2020 Wrap-Up: The Exponential Growth Phase

The world has come to a standstill and the miraculous human temperament has adjusted to the confines of staying at home. April was also a month that dragged on, the definitions between days blurring together. However, it did give me a lot of free time to read and blog, so you will see a spike in my reading and blogging stats. It’s not a healthy boost because this was fuelled by the intense need to disconnect from the horrors of the new normal. Hoping that I can find healthier ways to carry this momentum into May, let me share with you my April 2020 wrap-up!

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The Finished Books Tag: How I Read & Review Books - Novels and Nebulas

The Finished Books Tag

I was looking for a tag to do for today’s post and I felt so lucky when Sahi @ My World of Books tagged me for The Finished Books Tag. This tag was created by the channel owner of Headless Books, but the video is not up anymore, unfortunately. I highly suggest you check out Sahi’s post for the questions because I tweaked a few of them for readability. This tag felt perfect to me because I didn’t want to do another picking books kind of tag. I feel like my answers have become repetitive for those and I wanted to freshen things up. Without further ado, let’s get on to the questions!

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