#TBRChallenge by Blogchatter | January 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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13 replies

  1. I would like to read both these books. Looks like interesting genres as you choose a love story and another geological experience.

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  2. Sky seed sounds like a wonderful read. I like science fiction but it needs to be a bit realistic for me to stay clued in. This sounds like a great read.

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  3. It is a good story. The author is a volcanologist and he knows his stuff. He’s explained the science behind geoengineering in simple terms.


  4. Yes, I like to mix up genres so that the stories don’t sound the same. I liked Skyseed very much–it’s speculative fiction about climate engineering–and talks about a very real possibility.


  5. Such an interesting challenge and though I have never heard of these books but they do seem good 😃

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  6. I’d recommend Skyseed. It opened my eyes to climate engineering and it’s written in such a way that anybody without a science background can understand what’s going on. It reflects what’s happening in real life on the climate change front, so it makes a lot of sense.


  7. Reading challenge has offered me a chance to read diverse genres and literature – and here you have done something similar, cannot wait to check out these titles in more detail

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  8. Both books are so different from anything on my shelf…I could probably try Sky Seed, seemed very interesting. My best wishes for the challenge!

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  9. Thank you! Yes, Skyseed deals with climate change and how scientists and governments try to reverse it.


  10. I would like to read First Comes Like. The MCs definitely are as different as chalk and cheese. Thanks for sharing.

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