This is my seventh consecutive year at the much-loved A to Z Challenge and it makes me so proud of myself that I feel like doing a little jig right away. If you haven’t read this blog post on The Ultimate Guide to A to Z Blogging Challenge where I have mentioned how to choose a theme and also some tips and tricks to nail the challenge.
Here are my themes from the last six years 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.
- In 2019, it was about another favorite hobby of mine- which I can proudly say, I am nothing without it – Books! and Kerala Food.
This year, however, I have got a lot on my plate.
It is time to move from this beautiful station for the soldier husband has got another deployment. We are super pumped to begin the next phase in life and I am already packing my bags right now as you read this post.
Muffy will be traveling with us for the first time and Gosh! We will also be in Kerala for a month before moving to the next location. I hope and pray, Corona subsides by then.
My sane mind tells me that I will not be able to pull this challenge (especially on two blogs) this time. 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 2020
Without further ado, I’m going ahead and letting the cat out of the bag!
My theme for A to Z Challenge 2020 is Celebrating the Bibliophile in Me!
Yes, it’s the same theme as last year.
Why this theme again, you may ask.
The most important reason is to Celebrate #ReadingWithMuffy Challenge. I’m humbled and overwhelmed by the love this 2020 monthly reading challenge has received, especially on bookstagram A to Z Challenge is the perfect way to appreciate it.
Follow Muffytales NOW! All those popular and much-loved book bloggers and bookstagrammers cannot be wrong!
“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.
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I’ll be amongst packing cubes, bubble wraps, and black soldier trunks most of April! But I’m so looking forward to reading your posts.
I hope you’d drop by my blog every day this April! I can’t wait to hear about your thoughts and opinions on 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.