Hello my lovely friends 🙂
Here’s the thing, you all know that I’m a huge booknerd but I’m also a huge foodie. And speaking of food, I love almost all the fruits on this planet. If there’s fruit in my fridge then I’ll be spending the night munching on it while reading.
But my absolute favourite fruit? Mango, without any doubt. I am obsessed with mangoes. Seriously, I go crazy every mango season and my mother has to keep a very sharp eye on my mango consumption because I’m unstoppable. Seriously though, how can anyone not love mangoes? We have a lot of variety in India and unlike my sister I love all varieties of mangoes, no discrimination from my side!
(Also please never search for Katrina Kaif and mangoes because you’ll find some overtly sexualised and disturbing videos…)
Ahem, before I drool over mangoes anymore let me just say I was delighted when my friend Nandini from Novels and Nebulas tagged me for The Mango book tag cause OH MY GOD MY TWO FAVOURITE THINGS TOGETHER!!! It’s inspired by The Tiger at Midnight series by Swati Teerdhala which I haven’t read yet but this only intrigues me.
I don’t do book tags very often but there’s no way I’m going to miss out on this one!
The Mango Book Tag
Rules of the Mango Book Tag
- Please tag a few friends to spread the mango love
- Please mention the inspiration behind this tag, The Tiger at Midnight series by Swati Teerdhala, in your post.
- Please link back to the original post so that Nandini can read your wonderful answers.
Your Most Anticipated Release
I’m ready to die and scream my lungs out for the release of Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar!! Here’s the deal: I see desi books, I want them. Plus this one lured me with that jaw dropping gorgeous cover with that holy freaking goddess at the front. I’m surprised my eyes haven’t been burnt by the amount of time I’ve spent staring at that cover. I’m always ecstatic when I see fantasy or sci-fi books inspired by Hindu mythology like the fantastic Hunted By The Sky by Tanaz Bhathena so there’s nothing else that I need to know, just give me the book please!!
Related Post: 5 Reasons To Read Hunted By The Sky
The Longest Book on Your TBR
Banganapalli is a popular South Indian variety of mango that is nicknamed the ‘king of mangoes’ and is widely believed to be the most flavoursome and tasty mango available in India. It is also one of the biggest varieties of mangoes, so Nandini picked a prompt that plays on that aspect of it. I’ve never had this mango but I’ll take Nandini’s word for it.
The longest book on my TBR is Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff with a whooping 608 pages. Ordinarily I would be running away from it but I’ve heard so many amazing things about this series with a lot of my friends praising Illuminae to no end so I figure I should give it a try. But be assured I’m terrified to read it.
A Hyped Book You Love
This is a hybrid variety that is popular for its sweet taste and is one of the most expensive varieties available in India. It is one of the most exported varieties as well and is well-known in foreign countries. I love Alphonso. I mean I love all mangoes but maybe I love this one a teeny bit more.
Anyway, I’m going with An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir because oh my god nobody stopped talking about this series and now that I’m halfway through the series I definitely see why. Sabaa Tahir is writing masterpiece after masterpiece and I just can’t stop reading these wonderful books. I absolutely love the worldbuilding and oh my god the characters have my heart. This deserves every bit of the wonderful hype it’s been getting!
A Book With a Green or Yellow Cover
This is pretty self-explanatory since well most mangoes are green and yellow or a mix of both colours. The Totapuri mango is called so because it has a distinct shape that looks like a parrot’s beak. Parrot is ‘Tota’ in hindi.
I’m choosing the gorgeous yellow-gold cover of Harley In The Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman. I’ve been screaming about this book SO much because it’s freaking beautiful and so magical – you all need this in your life.
Related Posts: Harley In The Sky: Happy Book Release! and Harley In The Sky, Circus Book Tag
A Rainy Day Book Recommendation
Monsoon = Mangoes in India which is why I’m currently drowning in mangoes. Another reason for it to be my favourite season 🙂
Now rainy-day reads can mean different for everyone but almost everyone seems to go for a light, fluffy and quick read for when it’s raining and for that I would recommend Layoverland by Gabby Noone. I devoured this book in a single sitting and it’s everything I ever wanted. Such a cute OTP to root for in a very unique setting reminiscent of The Good Place show. This book is the perfect light and fluffy read! I also recommended some rainy day reads recently on my Instagram so feel free to check it out for more recommendations!
A Book That Makes You Feel Nostalgic
Every year my mom and nani(maternal grandmother) name mango pickle at home and it’s honestly the best pickle ever, I’m not the only one who says that. They also make lemon pickle and I’m slightly biased towards that but yes, the fact remains that it’s all very nostalgic for me.
Is it weird that literally as soon as I started writing for this prompt the song Nostalgic by ARIZONA started playing? Weird coincidence but also it’s a great song so check it out!
I’m going to choose The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, the first in the Percy Jackson series. It evokes strong feelings of nostalgia for me because I had so many firsts with this book! At 13 years this was the longest series I had read. It was the first time I had binge-read e-books, the first time I’d had dreams about a book and the first time I’d been part of fandom culture and drawn fanart. It basically made me the fangirl that I am today so yes, this is extreme nostalgia 🙂
A Feel-Good Book Recommendation
I’m not a huge sweet tooth but I love kulfi! It’s a specific ice-cream and my personal favourite is the kesar-pista kulfi but mango kulfi is pretty great too! Recently I’ve been finding comfort in graphic novels because they’re so beautiful ad adorable- honestly these characters make me squeal with delight and coo like a freaking pigeon.
So I’m going to recommend Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu.
It’s SUCH and adorable series and I would honestly die to have a friend like Bitty. This book is about college life, hockey, friendships, being queer and also lots and lots of pies! Bitty is such an amazing and enthusiastic baker and he made me so freaking hungry in the middle of quarantine! Okay maybe read this book only when you have a delicious pie around you…
Okay now that this post is over I’m going to head for lunch and have some delicious mangoes after that.
*looks at mother*
No, I meant to say mango. Singular!
Or did I?
For this delicious tag I’m nominating:
Vee @ Vee Reading
Tiffany @ Read By Tiffany
Rain @ Bookdragonism
May @ Forever and Everly
Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea
Ikram @ Readlogy
There’s no pressure here, you don’t have to do the tag if you don’t want to 🙂
What’s your favourite fruit?
Since mango is my favourite fruit comment below which is your recent favourite read of the year 🙂
Have you read any of the books I mentioned? If yes what are your thought on them?