You gotta start somewhere, yeah?

After a lot of hemming and hawing, I’m entering the blogosphere. For anyone who’s known me for a while, feel free to skip this post.

For those of you that are interested, here’s a rough timeline:

I was born in India but spent the first 17 years of my life in Muscat, Oman (don’t stress about having to Google that, I’ve got all the information you need right here). I moved to India to do my undergrad, and then moved to Chicago in 2013 for grad school.

In the process of all of these things, I read a LOT (reading under the duvet using a flashlight past my bedtime was a nighttime ritual that began in middle school). Then grad school happened, and I was swamped with so much academic reading that I barely had the time, or energy to read much else. However, with the people I was fortunate to meet in-person and/or interact with in the twitterverse, I became more cognizant of the social justice movement and engaged in educating myself in causes that I was passionate about (diversity, intersectional feminism, etc).  

Since the beginning of this year, I have gained some of my previous reading mojo which has led to several awesome things- creating interventions for my reading behavior, reading mindfully, connecting with members of the bookternet, geeking out about books with fellow booknerds, actively participating in readathons and reading challenges, and in general making my reading more meaningful and fulfilling. For all of this, I have to thank the good folks over at Book Riot, who are doing phenomenal work for the bookish community. They’ve (inadvertently) been pivotal in this whole attempt-to-put-thoughts-about-books-onto-paper thing. 

Anyway, I don’t really know how I will be going about this. I mean, talking about books I’m enjoying- it shouldn’t be too hard yeah?

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Anyway, if you stumbled on this page on your way to read things written by people who know what they’re talking about, thank you for making it all the way to the end of the post. Feel free to say hi! 

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Author: Janani @ The Shrinkette

Speed reading aficionado. Unapologetic book pusher. Point me to the nearest bookshelf. My blog is dedicated exclusively to supporting and promoting marginalized voices. Pronouns: They/them

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