The London Book Fair (and London adventures!)

The London Book Fair is an event for people interested in publishing. It’s three days worth of events surrounding the publishing industry and the book market, things like workshops and discussion panels, and I was lucky enough to go this year. I also walked around London quite a bit and went to some bookshops, and I took a lot of pictures!


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It’s my blogiversary!

It’s March 29, which means that my blog officially turns one! I can’t believe I’ve been doing this bookish blogging thing for a year. I usually give up on projects after, like, two weeks. So this is really impressive to me, and the fact that so many people have walked this road with me makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Today I want to look back on what this blog started as and has become over time, and what I have achieved both blog-wise and in real life in the past year!


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Book review: Kumkum Malhotra by Preti Taneja | Indian literary fiction

Kumkum Malhotra is the most beautiful book I have read in a while. It’s vivid and grotesque and it’s the book that managed to get me out of my reading slump. In only 47 pages, Preti Taneja manages to tell the story of a woman whose life is perfectly normal, perfectly respectable, and then changes so suddenly and in such unexpected ways that it will leave you speechless.



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London book haul! (Gay’s the Word & Judd Books)

I’m finally back from London! The London Book Fair was amazing, and while I will definitely dedicate a whole post to what the event was like, I thought I would first share with you the books that I got in the big city! I only got one of these at the actual fair, because the LBF is mainly an industry event with workshops and panels for people who want to go into publishing or want to advance their publishing careers. But of course I couldn’t resist visiting some bookshops on my first ever trip to London – and this lovely haul is the result.


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Book review: The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon | West Indian immigrants in 1950s London

The Lonely Londoners is about a cast of characters who couldn’t be more different from each other. But they have one thing in common: they’re all West Indian immigrants living in London in the 1950s, trying to start their lives over in this strange new place.



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Feminism in India with Kavita Krishnan

On February 2, the amazing Kavita Krishnan, who is Secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA), visited my university and talked to us about the situation in India regarding feminism and race, and explained how feminism has now become a global thing.


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Queer Movie Friday

Queer Movie Friday: Boys don’t cry | Review

Look what I’m bringing back! The last time I posted a review for Queer Movie Friday was in August, which feels like a million years ago. Today I’m talking about the wonderful movie Boys don’t cry, which was released in 1999 and directed by Kimberly Peirce. It focuses on transgender issues and is based on the real story of Brandon Teena, a trans guy who was raped and murdered in 1993. (So, obviously, trigger warnings for that!)


General information

Year: 1999

Director: Kimberly Peirce

Genre: Biography, drama

Average rating: 7.6/10



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