June News & Update

It’s officially summer! We continue to enjoy lovely weather this side, and so I won’t detain you with a long post.

And so, with no frills nor much fanfare, my poetry chapbook, Seasons Defined, is finally OUT of my hands.

Poetry Chapbook

Hopefully, when it lands on yours, you’ll be able to see the world each poem creates. If, by luck, that world helps you resee your own, please help me spread the word by sharing your reading experience with other poetry lovers.

The e-book is available from Kindle, and the print version on my site.

p.s. I’ll activate the ‘buy print copy directly‘ button soon, please bear with me!

Happy Summer Everyone!

What does reading mean to me? (Revised)

Today I refer to a post I wrote years ago on my personal/photoblog; a blog I’ve grossly neglected, of later, due to time constraints.

Few things have change since I wrote the post, for example, I wasn’t a writer back then but only a reader. I’ve fully embraced the digital; it’s a gateway to worlds I couldn’t otherwise access.

But some things remain the same, you can read some of them here. Reading is my “ME” time. Reading time is as precious as writing time, so I treat both with respect they command.

“Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” ~ Jean Rhys

I enjoy armchair travel more especially, when I explore the world through the written word than through an Idiot Box. Reading allows me to employ all my senses, and let my imagination run wild.

Poetry Books

The other day, I visited a bookstore with the intention of buying one of my colleagues a gift. I ended up buying myself the books in the picture; one of my bookaholic tendencies. And just like that, I managed to increase my reading list …*sigh*

In my defense though, it’s not very common to find poetry books in English here (in my city) though there is a decent selection of poetry in Finnish. I made a point of showing my appreciation by thanking the cashier for their efforts so that she can pass on the message to the buyer.

I could go on and on about reading, but at this point I would love to hear what does reading mean to you.

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.

…some from my 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