#TBRChallenge by Blogchatter | January Check-in

Blogchatter TBR Challenge Jan check-in

I’ve decided to set myself a target of 24 books this year, as I elaborated in this piece explaining my motivation in scaling down on my reading.

In January, I read 2 books for the TBR Challenge:

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3716763509?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

Skyseed was a 5-star read for me. My detailed review is here.

I discovered the concept of “geoengineering” or “climate engineering,” where scientists attempt to modify climate changes with nanotech. In real life, small-scale outdoor experiments are on to develop a method to counteract the effects of global warming.

Despite being speculative fiction, the story seemed too real. It speaks of world leaders who publicly deny climate changes, but clandestinely attempt to engineer methods to soak up the excess carbon in the atmosphere.

Nature, however, has other things in mind. A natural phenomenon speeds up the carbon absorption to such an extent that it plunges the planet into an accelerated Ice Age.

A spine-chilling story that has stayed with me enough to make me research geoengineering further!

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53441133-first-comes-like?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=rUYby27v4U&rank=1

First Comes Like is different from the books I’ve been reading so far because it features a Pakistani American female MC (Jia Ahmed) and an Indian male MC (Dev Dixit). Jia is a YouTube makeup influencer, whereas Dev is a TV actor who hails from a famous Bollywood family. There are as many differences between them as you can think of–and I’m not just talking about their religion and country of origin.

Jia and Dev meet under unusual circumstances and since then on, it is a story of trying to meet each other halfway while navigating the biases and egos of one’s family.

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