The tenth Blogging from A to Z April (2019) is just around the corner. This is my sixth consecutive year and typing that makes me feel so proud of myself that I feel like doing a little jig right away.
A couple of days ago, I shared The Ultimate Guide to A to Z Blogging Challenge. I had mentioned how to choose a theme and also some tips and tricks to nail the challenge. I had shared my themes from the past and looking at that, you can see a pattern. These are all the things that I love in life.
- In 2014, I wrote about Recipes from Kerala Cuisine (this was a food blog back then)
- 2015 saw me writing about 26 hours before my wedding – A to Z Shakespearean Idioms.
- In 2016, I wrote about My Life as an Army Wife. This is till date, my absolute favorite theme and had been loved by many. I was also a part of the co-host Pam Brown Margolis’s team, helping the official A to Z Challenge crew. I enrolled my Food Blog for sharing A to Z Chicken Recipes.
- In 2017, I wrote about My Vacay in Thailand and A to Z Popular Indian Foods.
- In 2018, I wrote All About Muffy, my then four-month-old Golden Retriever and on my food blog, I wrote about A to Z Army Party Recipes.
This year, however, I have got a lot on my plate. I am packing my bags right now as you read this post, for a two-month long vacation at my parents’. I would be neck-deep in helping Dad move homes, Mom with setting up our new home and fighting with my younger sister over little things. Well, that’s us.
But is that holding me back from participating in the challenge? Definitely not! A to Z Challenge brings a lot of bloggers together and it is a great way of reading new bloggers and make friends with those who share the passion for writing. I can’t let that go now, can I?
#AtoZChallenge Theme Reveal 2019
Without further ado, let me spill the beans about this year’s theme.
My theme for A to Z Challenge 2019 is Celebrating the Bibliophile in Me!
Why this theme, you may ask.
“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” – Francis Bacon
This quote is close to my heart. I remember participating in a “My Hobby” Elocution competition in Grade Four. Of course, my Mom had prepared a two-minute speech for me and all I had to do was by heart the whole thing. She had mentioned that “Reading” was my hobby (because well, she was is an avid reader and maybe she hoped against hope that one day, I would be too).
I used to read books back then but I couldn’t dare call myself a bibliophile. I was introduced to books at a very early age and Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer were my best friends. The stories of Panchatantra and Jataka tales had their place in my bedtime stories. I wasn’t introduced to Enid Blyton, Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew until I was twelve. Danielle Steele and Mills and Boon novels were strictly out of bounds during my teen years.
Anyway, she had used this quote on the speech and I vividly remember asking her what it meant. I think this was the moment I fell in love with reading. I wanted to know which books are to be read with full diligence and which others only for amusement or only in parts. Thousands of books were read after that and I can only thank my Mum for inculcating this habit in me.
So, this April,
I would be talking about the books, authors, and fictional characters that I love, loathe and tolerate. I would dust off all the beautiful books on my bookshelf and may even share a few from my Mom’s collection.
Because duh! I’ll be at my Mum’s! Most of the topics are sorted in my head already.
I hope you’d drop by my blog every day this April! I am so looking forward to reading your thoughts and opinions of the books and authors I share. Wishing you a fantastic A to Z!
Please drop by my Food Blog to know my theme for the A to Z Challenge.