Updates from January’21 and the ELF: Sunday Musings #108


Yesterday was my last day with my volunteering at Emirates Literature Festival 2021, here in Dubai. As expected we had a many virtual sessions with authors like Malala Yousafzai, Elif Shafak, Thomas Eriksson and Oyinkan Braithwaite and some in person sessions with authors who were able to come down.

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Despite all these, it was just not the same because of the less crowd and all the other necessary protocols. The volunteers and the team underwent the PCR test before the event and we all maintained strict social distance.

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We had about 20% of the usual crowd but I was glad to meet some bookworms who took all these with a stride and got meet their favorite authors.

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I am kinda missing it already, even though I am really tired and my voice is coarse because I talked to so many people.

Quick January’21 updates

I am very disappointed to say January 2021 didn’t miraculously make all the problems of 2020 disappear. COVID is pretty much widely spread, the travel bans and social distancing are still there. There are bad presidents and worse politicians even after the new year’s eve.

Anyway what else happened to me personally during the month? Let me give you some of the highlights.

  • After some really good months, the Covid cases in the UAE has been increasing. But with the excellent mass vaccination programmes around, I am desperately hoping there will be a fall soon.
  • We had some foggy, winter mornings for exactly 5 days and then I guess we were done with the winter. But the weather is kinda good and pretty.
  • A pretty good reading and viewing month. More about that follows in a bit.

What I read this month

I read 5 books last month and I am happy that I liked all of them. Yay me!

What I watched this month

I am on my 3rd (almost) rewatch of my favorite series House MD on Prime. But this is the first time that I am watching it in order, as a complete series. Needless to say I am loving it. Have you watched it?

I also watched the Idris Elba starring UK crime drama series Luther, which I really enjoyed. It had a Sherlock vibe, without witty dialogues.

On my blog

Book Reviews from January’21

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett featured

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren Featured

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Book review Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Featured

Sunday personal posts from the month

COVID panic returns: Sunday Musings #107

UAE COVID Vaccine update: Sunday Musings #106

Winter in Dubai: Sunday Musings #105

December 2020 wrap up: Sunday Musings #104

Other posts from the month

Perfect book quotes for Instagram captions

2021 plans: What to expect of me

Year in review: Most popular posts of 2020

In case you missed the posts from my blog, last week.

I will be linking today’s post with Caffeinated reviewer’s Sunday post Meme.

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Let us chat

How was your weekend so far? Did you have a good January’21? What are your reading plans for the month ahead? Let’s talk.


20 responses to “Updates from January’21 and the ELF: Sunday Musings #108”

  1. It would be lovely if everything wrong in the world disappeared with the ticking over of the calendar year but alas… All we can hope for as things get better as the year rolls on! Hopefully, the vaccination programmes will help knock covid on its butt at least.

    Hope you have a good week!

  2. The festival sounded like a great experience, even if it was smaller. The Vanishing Half was amazing! It was my favorite book from last year. I, too, was hoping 2021 would make Covid disappear, but no! At least we can be hopeful with the vaccine available now. Have a wonderful week!

  3. Glad you had a great time at the literary festival! That’s good everything was handled safely in lieu of the pandemic. I will be happy when all this craziness is over.

    Have a great week! 🙂

  4. I imagine the Emirates Literature Festival 2021 wasn’t the same with fewer people and more precautions, but it sounded like it went well despite all that. I am glad you had a good reading month in January. I did too. I hope you have a great February! Take care and enjoy your week!

  5. You read Chloe Brown!! I hope you liked it! Talia Hibbert has become one of my favorite authors off late! ❤️

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