Summer Reading Challenge

”Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates

In the depths of busyness, I neglected one of my most treasured pastimes – reading. And so, I’m making amends by finally dedicating time to read from my ever-growing TBR list.

While I won’t be writing blog reviews about my reads, maybe only for poetry books, I’ll try to leave a trace on Amazon, etc., whenever I can.

If you’d like to join the challenge, welcome! The challenge starts June 1st and ends August 31st.

Pick 10 books (any genre, any form) you want to read this summer, and of course, you can keep adding to (or changing) your list. In your list include:

  • at least, one book that dared to push the envelope. You can find inspiration, for example, here and here.
  • at least, one book in translation (from any language to the language you’re comfortable reading in)
  • at least, one book by an indie author
  • during your reading, please do share snippets/images of your reading experience, either on your blog, Facebook or Instagram with a tag #summerreading2018. You can let us know (link or handle) in comments section if you’ll reading, so we can follow along.
  • At the end of the challenge, please recommend at least one ‘must read’ from your list, and tell us why.


Khaya’s Summer Reading List (in no particular order)

Stories from the Sun by Nametso Phonchi
Maledicus by Charles French
The Muse by Jessie Burton
Cast a Long Shadow by Leena Lander
The Storyteller Speaks by Annika Perry
Poems by Emily Dickson
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Daddy edited by K E Garland
Magical Mechanications by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
The Lady from Zagreb by Phillip Kerr

Life in Bloom

I want to capture Spring but I can’t…I can’t
For it blooms reckless and thaws frozen fears
So, I let love define all seasons

Spring Flowers

Sunny Greetings, Fellow Bloggers!

You’ve probably heard of short Nordic summers. But did you know that spring is even shorter? It came late this year, and is now disappearing faster that I can finish writing the sentence. The last time I checked we were in the depths of winter, and now there’s already talk about summer with high temperatures (28℃) I’ve never witnessed in Finnish summer before.

What kind of talk! When I’m still resurfacing like a crocus buried under a pile of debris. So, it seems (as usual) that I grab spring by its tail. But I hope you’ve been revitalized by the bloom and beauty of the season.

On other news, I’ve been working hard on my debut poetry chapbook. I promise to deliver it to you soon. Stay tuned, and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog for latest developments!

On hiatus…

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…including you.” ~ Anne Lamott

Hiatus – a pause or a gap, where something is missing.

And this is exactly what I’m doing now; unplugging myself. Not so much that I need rest, but to focus on one thing at a time.

…will be back shortly.