‘For my whole life I had been looking for home. But why would that be in a place that I’d left? Perhaps I had to keep moving forward in order to find it…’
Soon after upending her life to accompany her boyfriend Ryan to the Arctic, Maya realises it’s not all Northern Lights and husky sleigh rides. Instead, she’s facing sub-zero temperatures, 24-hour darkness, crippling anxiety – and a distant boyfriend as a result.
In her loneliest moment, Maya opens her late mother’s recipe book and cooks Indian food for the first time. Through this, her confidence unexpectedly grows – she makes friends, secures a job as a chef, and life in the Arctic no longer freezes her with fear.
Re-reading can be a divisive topic. Some people absolutely love it, and dip back into books they loved over and over again. Some readers never read the same book twice, and only stick to brand new books.
I’m pretty much in the middle. I don’t particularly prioritise re-reads, but I also enjoy going back to books I’ve already enjoyed now and then. A few of the books I read for the first time in 2021 are potentially going to find their way back on to my “currently reading” shelf some day in the future.
When Graham Barnett named his diner The Tourist Trap, he meant it as a joke. Now he’s stuck slinging reindeer dogs to an endless string of resort visitors who couldn’t interest him less. Not even the sweet, enthusiastic tourist in the corner who blushes every time he looks her way…
Another reading year has passed by, and it’s time to almost officially close it off. I still have some things I’d like to look back on, but one of the best ways – and one of my favourite ways – to look back over what I read the previous year is this survey.
I find it super in depth and informative, and it makes me think about a lot of topics and insights I probably wouldn’t think about otherwise.
To compile my answers, I took a look at my reading journal, and my profiles on Goodreads and the Storygraph. I found this survey super helpful and insightful, and I hope it’ll be so for you too.