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Nikita Butalia

MOVING TO CANADA

All about moving to Toronto, studying at Schulich and exploring the country

In 2019 I moved to Canada to study in the IMBA program at the Schulich School of Business. Relocating has been a journey of many ups and downs that I’ve put together in this section, to offer information, experience, and hope to anyone who is making the decision to move countries.

Read on, for a student’s perspective on life in Canada, working your way into an incredible job and stories from travels and trials in this fair country.

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Russia

New Zealand

Sri Lanka

Hi! I’m Nikita Butalia:)

Let’s Stumble Around The World Together

Welcome to Stumbling Around Delhi! I’m Nikita Butalia and you’re about to join my journey of discovery that began around my home city of New Delhi but ended up around the world. A passion for travel and endless wanderlust led to a massive appetite for travel that’s never satiated since. Here’s to inspiration from sunsets, mountain tops and late night city lights. Happy reading!

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Instagram post 17889646777666132 Cloudy Sunday and a new neighbourhood to discover 👫 

#torontoicecream #torontothingstodo #torontolifestyle #lifeintoronto #torontolife #yorkvilletoronto #discovertoronto #blogto #torontobloggers #travelontario #torontoeats #torontofood #bloorstreet #torontoeat #torontofoods #torontofoodblogger #torontofoodphoto #torontofoodblog

Cloudy Sunday and a new neighbourhood to discover 👫

#torontoicecream #torontothingstodo #torontolifestyle #lifeintoronto #torontolife #yorkvilletoronto #discovertoronto #blogto #torontobloggers #travelontario #torontoeats #torontofood #bloorstreet #torontoeat #torontofoods #torontofoodblogger #torontofoodphoto #torontofoodblog
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Instagram post 17883307204733679 ⁣Gonna cut + paste this into my house 🌿🌺
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#beautifulcorners #oldmilltoronto #oldmill #exploretoronto #torontocorners #traveltoronto #aliceinwonderland #wonderland #frenchwindows #beautifulwindows #cottagevibes #beautifulspots #beautifulnooks #torontohomes #torontolifestyle #beautifulspaces #windowseat #etobicoke #OMT #afternoonteaspot #historictoronto

⁣Gonna cut + paste this into my house 🌿🌺

#beautifulcorners #oldmilltoronto #oldmill #exploretoronto #torontocorners #traveltoronto #aliceinwonderland #wonderland #frenchwindows #beautifulwindows #cottagevibes #beautifulspots #beautifulnooks #torontohomes #torontolifestyle #beautifulspaces #windowseat #etobicoke #OMT #afternoonteaspot #historictoronto
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Instagram post 17859731165140204 ⁣Sucker for french windows & teal doors ⠀
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#architecturetoronto #torontocity #torontophotography #torontophotographer #torontoart #toronto_insta #torontophotographer #torontorealestate #frenchwindows #realestatecanada #canadaarchitecture #torontogram #canada_gram #torontoarchives #downtowntoronto #torontolife #torontohome #downtownliving #downtownTO #exploretoronto #stumblingaroundtoronto #torontohomes #torontodesign #torontolifestyle #toronto_insta #torontodowntown #torontocondos

⁣Sucker for french windows & teal doors ⠀

#architecturetoronto #torontocity #torontophotography #torontophotographer #torontoart #toronto_insta #torontophotographer #torontorealestate #frenchwindows #realestatecanada #canadaarchitecture #torontogram #canada_gram #torontoarchives #downtowntoronto #torontolife #torontohome #downtownliving #downtownTO #exploretoronto #stumblingaroundtoronto #torontohomes #torontodesign #torontolifestyle #toronto_insta #torontodowntown #torontocondos
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Instagram post 18163817914017892 New city, old habits! Love discovering little gems around town. After stalking @thymestudio for months, I finally landed at their lovable little store at @stacktmarket to get some dried flowers for our new apartment (still on campus.. now on to our third house this year). Showing you around the store in today’s stories. Can also be found under the “Toronto” highlight. 

#torontogems #torontofinds #torontoshop #shoptoronto #torontolocal #localbusinesstoronto #thymestudio #flowerstoronto #torontoflorist #torontoflorists #stacktmarkettoronto #stacktmarket #torontomarket #discovertoronto #flowershop #bathurst #supportlocal #supportlocalcanada #supportlocaltoronto

New city, old habits! Love discovering little gems around town. After stalking @thymestudio for months, I finally landed at their lovable little store at @stacktmarket to get some dried flowers for our new apartment (still on campus.. now on to our third house this year). Showing you around the store in today’s stories. Can also be found under the “Toronto” highlight.

#torontogems #torontofinds #torontoshop #shoptoronto #torontolocal #localbusinesstoronto #thymestudio #flowerstoronto #torontoflorist #torontoflorists #stacktmarkettoronto #stacktmarket #torontomarket #discovertoronto #flowershop #bathurst #supportlocal #supportlocalcanada #supportlocaltoronto
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Instagram post 17872720786821366 ⁣Right? 🍦 ⠀
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Anyone here who’s NOT an ice cream fan? I could use the company 🤷🏻‍♀️ (unless on specific occasions and in very select places) ⠀
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#icecreamtoronto #torontoicecream #torontofoodblog #torontocafe #tastetoronto #foodtoronto #torontofoodie #icecreamto #torontoeats #gelatotoronto #queenwesttoronto #queenstreetwest #torontocafes #torontocafe #queenwest #downtowntoronto #nowtoronto #tofood #torontofoodies #craveto #torontoeats #cafedecor #icecreamstore #icecreamparlour

⁣Right? 🍦 ⠀

Anyone here who’s NOT an ice cream fan? I could use the company 🤷🏻‍♀️ (unless on specific occasions and in very select places) ⠀

#icecreamtoronto #torontoicecream #torontofoodblog #torontocafe #tastetoronto #foodtoronto #torontofoodie #icecreamto #torontoeats #gelatotoronto #queenwesttoronto #queenstreetwest #torontocafes #torontocafe #queenwest #downtowntoronto #nowtoronto #tofood #torontofoodies #craveto #torontoeats #cafedecor #icecreamstore #icecreamparlour
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Instagram post 17924611711419673 ⁣Spotted this endearing little cottage, hidden behind saplings and shrubs while strolling along a busy street. ⠀
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Set in a picturesque clearing- right next to the road but somehow blissfully at peace- it reminds me of every cottage I’ve ever dreamt of! ⠀
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There’s something so inviting about a lived-in old house with a porch and a rocking chair under a string of twinkling soft lights ✨

⁣Spotted this endearing little cottage, hidden behind saplings and shrubs while strolling along a busy street. ⠀

Set in a picturesque clearing- right next to the road but somehow blissfully at peace- it reminds me of every cottage I’ve ever dreamt of! ⠀

There’s something so inviting about a lived-in old house with a porch and a rocking chair under a string of twinkling soft lights ✨
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Instagram post 17844392432302070 ⁣Sound on! For who doesn’t love the sound of rain on a window pane ❤ ⠀
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{accompanied by a scented candle, the smell of fresh cinnamon buns, a cup of warm coffee and the pages of a captivating novel}

⁣Sound on! For who doesn’t love the sound of rain on a window pane ❤ ⠀

{accompanied by a scented candle, the smell of fresh cinnamon buns, a cup of warm coffee and the pages of a captivating novel}
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Instagram post 17843112968317591 The randomness of travel, perfectly captured in this picture. This coffee shop was discovered accidentally while stopping to grab one for the road. 

We were wandering without a plan in Muskoka last fall (in search of a liquor store tbvh) when we came across this quaint little store-café. Stopped by to pick an almond roast and carrot cinnamon muffin- and were surprised to find this little treasure. 

This place is a little off Muskoka, in a tiny town called Port Severn. The small shop was full of antiques, ornaments and all kinds of beautiful memorabilia, coffee/tea themed collectibles and the dearest, most charming corner I ever set my eyes on. 

Syrups, jams, coasters, candles, essential oils, wooden signs.. all the ingredients that a cozy corner make. ☕️ Location: Severn Mills Coffee Cabin @severnmillscoffeecabin

#portsevern #muskoka #muskokathingstodo #muskokafall #upnorthlife #coffeecanada #coffeetoronto #canadaroadtrip #roadtripcanada #coffeetogo #torontocoffee #torontotravel #torontotravels #torontotraveller #ontariotourism #tourcanada #cafetoronto #torontocafes #discoveron #discoverontario #ontariotravel #roadtripcanada

The randomness of travel, perfectly captured in this picture. This coffee shop was discovered accidentally while stopping to grab one for the road.

We were wandering without a plan in Muskoka last fall (in search of a liquor store tbvh) when we came across this quaint little store-café. Stopped by to pick an almond roast and carrot cinnamon muffin- and were surprised to find this little treasure.

This place is a little off Muskoka, in a tiny town called Port Severn. The small shop was full of antiques, ornaments and all kinds of beautiful memorabilia, coffee/tea themed collectibles and the dearest, most charming corner I ever set my eyes on.

Syrups, jams, coasters, candles, essential oils, wooden signs.. all the ingredients that a cozy corner make. ☕️ Location: Severn Mills Coffee Cabin @severnmillscoffeecabin

#portsevern #muskoka #muskokathingstodo #muskokafall #upnorthlife #coffeecanada #coffeetoronto #canadaroadtrip #roadtripcanada #coffeetogo #torontocoffee #torontotravel #torontotravels #torontotraveller #ontariotourism #tourcanada #cafetoronto #torontocafes #discoveron #discoverontario #ontariotravel #roadtripcanada
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Instagram post 17866584445927756 ⁣Wine tasting in Niagara a couple weekends ago 🍷 If you’re wondering whether it’s safe to go, here are some precautions we observed during our visit:⠀
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Wine tasting is usually by appointment only, so only a few people are allowed inside at a time⠀
Tables allow only a maximum of 4 people at one table, so if you’re a larger group, you might need to split up⠀
All servers are wearing either masks- or more frequently, visors ⠀
Washrooms are cleaned thoroughly, tables are sanitized ⠀
There are sanitizers at the entrance for you to use before you enter ⠀
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Whether that’s enough or not, I’m not certain. I think a large part of precaution needs to be observed on our end, of course. But we found that most places had executed safety standards rather well! @pellerwines 
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#vineyardniagara #niagaraonthelake #vineyardtoronto #torontodaytrip #thingstodotoronto #torontothingstodo #vineyardcanada #niagararegion #niagarawine #niagarawines #niagaratourism #niagaraontario #niagaraonthelake #niagarawineries #estatewine #icewine #niagaracanada #experiencecanada #travelontario #ontariowine #ontariowines #ontariowinery #ontariowinecountry #ontariowineries #torontotodo #torontosummer #andrewpellerwines

⁣Wine tasting in Niagara a couple weekends ago 🍷 If you’re wondering whether it’s safe to go, here are some precautions we observed during our visit:⠀

Wine tasting is usually by appointment only, so only a few people are allowed inside at a time⠀
Tables allow only a maximum of 4 people at one table, so if you’re a larger group, you might need to split up⠀
All servers are wearing either masks- or more frequently, visors ⠀
Washrooms are cleaned thoroughly, tables are sanitized ⠀
There are sanitizers at the entrance for you to use before you enter ⠀

Whether that’s enough or not, I’m not certain. I think a large part of precaution needs to be observed on our end, of course. But we found that most places had executed safety standards rather well! @pellerwines

#vineyardniagara #niagaraonthelake #vineyardtoronto #torontodaytrip #thingstodotoronto #torontothingstodo #vineyardcanada #niagararegion #niagarawine #niagarawines #niagaratourism #niagaraontario #niagaraonthelake #niagarawineries #estatewine #icewine #niagaracanada #experiencecanada #travelontario #ontariowine #ontariowines #ontariowinery #ontariowinecountry #ontariowineries #torontotodo #torontosummer #andrewpellerwines
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Instagram post 17866506745911564 Can’t stop staring 👀 ✨ 

#stopandstare #torontoskyline #torontoharbour #torontoharbourfront #theslip #blogto #exploretoronto #dttoronto #downtowntoronto #torontolights #cntowertoronto #torontonightlife #torontoliving #torontosky #toronto2020

Can’t stop staring 👀 ✨

#stopandstare #torontoskyline #torontoharbour #torontoharbourfront #theslip #blogto #exploretoronto #dttoronto #downtowntoronto #torontolights #cntowertoronto #torontonightlife #torontoliving #torontosky #toronto2020
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Instagram post 17866466026908789 Found an indie bookstore yesterday and bought a crisp new book. Just in time for really great weather! Anyone else love smelling new books or it just me 😬⠀
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#bookstagram #quietspot #dayofreading #summertoronto #torontosummer #northyork #yorkuniversity #yorkuviews #readingnook #readinglife #outdoorreading #outdoorreadingnook #theslowdowncollective #distractionsandinspirations #readeverywhere #bookmoments #smallmomentsofcalm⠀

Found an indie bookstore yesterday and bought a crisp new book. Just in time for really great weather! Anyone else love smelling new books or it just me 😬⠀

#bookstagram #quietspot #dayofreading #summertoronto #torontosummer #northyork #yorkuniversity #yorkuviews #readingnook #readinglife #outdoorreading #outdoorreadingnook #theslowdowncollective #distractionsandinspirations #readeverywhere #bookmoments #smallmomentsofcalm⠀
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Instagram post 18112783693124981 ⁣Welcome to #NorthYork where I live on the @yorkuniversity campus. In the past 9 months since I’ve been here, we’ve sufficiently explored all pubs within a 5-mile radius. Which brings me to Covid and the summer- and my long lost love for picnics under the sun. ⠀
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In need of a change within Uber-able distance, we showed up at West Humber Parkland at a friend’s suggestion. It’s a biking trailer with a river running through and a pond at the end of the road. Spent the entire day soaking up some sun and vegetating by the river. ⠀
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9 months of windy Toronto later, we couldn’t believe our luck. ⠀
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Then the air con stopped working. ⠀ ⠀
#MovingToCanada #LifeinCanada #DiscoveringToronto #ExploreToronto #WestHumberParkland #westhumber #northyork #discovernorthyork #torontopicnic #torontosummer #torontoparks #torontothingstodosummer #torontolife #torontolifestyle #picnicatthepark #torontoparks #canadasummer #canadiansummer #torontospring #parkscanada #tdot_shots #parkscanada #ontariotravel #travelontario #exploreontario #ontarioparks

⁣Welcome to #NorthYork where I live on the @yorkuniversity campus. In the past 9 months since I’ve been here, we’ve sufficiently explored all pubs within a 5-mile radius. Which brings me to Covid and the summer- and my long lost love for picnics under the sun. ⠀

In need of a change within Uber-able distance, we showed up at West Humber Parkland at a friend’s suggestion. It’s a biking trailer with a river running through and a pond at the end of the road. Spent the entire day soaking up some sun and vegetating by the river. ⠀

9 months of windy Toronto later, we couldn’t believe our luck. ⠀

Then the air con stopped working. ⠀ ⠀
#MovingToCanada #LifeinCanada #DiscoveringToronto #ExploreToronto #WestHumberParkland #westhumber #northyork #discovernorthyork #torontopicnic #torontosummer #torontoparks #torontothingstodosummer #torontolife #torontolifestyle #picnicatthepark #torontoparks #canadasummer #canadiansummer #torontospring #parkscanada #tdot_shots #parkscanada #ontariotravel #travelontario #exploreontario #ontarioparks
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Instagram post 17863245154868054 ⁣Found the fluffiest Japanese Soufflé Pancakes at Kingston Market sometime ago. Wandering without a clue among the graffiti-walled, narrow lanes of this hip market was one of my favourite days discovering a new place around town. ⠀
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I hadn’t stepped into @hanabusacafe by chance, nor through a recommendation I found on any travel websites. I saw it on Instagram and was taken in a second. Dragged a friend across town to get here and IT.WAS.WORTH.IT! ⠀
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They have a select few items on the menu that taste as delectable as they look. It’s a tiny hole-in-the-wall cafe that is so daaamn cute. ⠀
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Field day for Instagrammers, foodies and anyone with a sweet tooth! ⠀
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#hanabusacafe #discovertoronto #blogTO #thingstodotoronto #thingstoeattoronto #foodtoronto #torontofoodblog #exploretoronto #igtoronto #kingstonmarket #torontofoodie #torontofoodblog #torontofoodblogger #torontofoodblogs #torontofoodscene #torontocafes #torontofoodguide #torontocafe #torontoeats #tofoodies #604eats #foodpornto #tofoodies #torontorestaurants #torontofoodphoto #cravethesix #toreats

⁣Found the fluffiest Japanese Soufflé Pancakes at Kingston Market sometime ago. Wandering without a clue among the graffiti-walled, narrow lanes of this hip market was one of my favourite days discovering a new place around town. ⠀

I hadn’t stepped into @hanabusacafe by chance, nor through a recommendation I found on any travel websites. I saw it on Instagram and was taken in a second. Dragged a friend across town to get here and IT.WAS.WORTH.IT! ⠀

They have a select few items on the menu that taste as delectable as they look. It’s a tiny hole-in-the-wall cafe that is so daaamn cute. ⠀

Field day for Instagrammers, foodies and anyone with a sweet tooth! ⠀

#hanabusacafe #discovertoronto #blogTO #thingstodotoronto #thingstoeattoronto #foodtoronto #torontofoodblog #exploretoronto #igtoronto #kingstonmarket #torontofoodie #torontofoodblog #torontofoodblogger #torontofoodblogs #torontofoodscene #torontocafes #torontofoodguide #torontocafe #torontoeats #tofoodies #604eats #foodpornto #tofoodies #torontorestaurants #torontofoodphoto #cravethesix #toreats
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Instagram post 18054839215225595 ⁣The campus haunted house 🏚 (or so we call it) sits along the road that leads to the pond, although veiled by trees and bushes. ⠀
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Also visible from our house, and though I’ve never seen a soul anywhere around it, the lights are sometimes switched on late evening. ⠀
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For months I wondered what the sign at the entrance of the house meant (it’s in Swedish), thinking it might prohibit us from entering. ⠀
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Turns out it’s a prayer hall.⠀
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#architecturepicture #architecturecanada #hauntedhouse #ongooglemaps #torontocorners #torontohome #torontohouses #torontohomes #torontoarchitecture #torontodesign #canadianarchitecture #torontoliving #lifeintoronto #torontolife #torontoarchives #canada_gram #canadaphotography #canadahomes #canadabuilding #canadabuildings #canadahouse #canadahome

⁣The campus haunted house 🏚 (or so we call it) sits along the road that leads to the pond, although veiled by trees and bushes. ⠀

Also visible from our house, and though I’ve never seen a soul anywhere around it, the lights are sometimes switched on late evening. ⠀

For months I wondered what the sign at the entrance of the house meant (it’s in Swedish), thinking it might prohibit us from entering. ⠀

Turns out it’s a prayer hall.⠀

#architecturepicture #architecturecanada #hauntedhouse #ongooglemaps #torontocorners #torontohome #torontohouses #torontohomes #torontoarchitecture #torontodesign #canadianarchitecture #torontoliving #lifeintoronto #torontolife #torontoarchives #canada_gram #canadaphotography #canadahomes #canadabuilding #canadabuildings #canadahouse #canadahome
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Instagram post 17862358231891634 ⁣Listing ALL of the book recommendations I received from you guys recently (and adding some of mine too): ⠀
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1. The Zahir- Paulo Coelho (Super  Recommended!) ⠀
2. The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan (Fiction based on the life of Nur Jahan; Super Recommended!) ⠀
3. Shadow of the Wind (Recently read this- v recommended!) ⠀
4. Kafka on the Shore⠀
5. The Content Trap (read & recommend!)⠀
6. The Witch of Portobello (one of my all-time favorites)⠀
7. Sapients (Read this and would recommend it as well as it’s follow-up book Homo Deus) ⠀
8.  Becoming by Michelle Obama (Incredible book, can’t recommend it enough!) ⠀
9. Fountainhead by Ayn Rand 10. The Lean Startup⠀
11. Scarecrow- Matthew Reilly ⠀
12. The Woman in The Window (read & recommend for a one-time thriller)⠀
13. Trick Mirror- Jia Tolentino ⠀
14. Success Stories of Amazon ⠀
15. The 5 am Club (Read & recommended) ⠀
16.  Hirohito by Herbert P Bix ⠀
17. Chernobyl by Serhii Plokhy⠀
18. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine ⠀
19. Mereng by Anuradha Sarma Pujari⠀
20. The Room (read & recommend!) ⠀
21.  Master of Margarita ⠀
22. Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert ⠀
23. Blade of Light by Andrea Camilleri ⠀
24. Sharp Objects ⠀
25. Nigella Lawson’s Recipes ⠀
26. Mahanayak by Vishwas Patil ⠀
27. Forest of Enchantments by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni⠀
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#bookrecommendations #covidreads #quarantinereading #quarantinereads #stayhome #newreads #mayreads #bookrec #stayhomeandread #timetoread #bookloversofinstagram #quarantinethingstodo #quarantinebooks #sundayreads #lazyweekend #weekendreading #whattoreadnext #whatareyoureading #quarantineandchill #quarantineandchill2020 #thingstodoathome

⁣Listing ALL of the book recommendations I received from you guys recently (and adding some of mine too): ⠀

1. The Zahir- Paulo Coelho (Super Recommended!) ⠀
2. The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan (Fiction based on the life of Nur Jahan; Super Recommended!) ⠀
3. Shadow of the Wind (Recently read this- v recommended!) ⠀
4. Kafka on the Shore⠀
5. The Content Trap (read & recommend!)⠀
6. The Witch of Portobello (one of my all-time favorites)⠀
7. Sapients (Read this and would recommend it as well as it’s follow-up book Homo Deus) ⠀
8. Becoming by Michelle Obama (Incredible book, can’t recommend it enough!) ⠀
9. Fountainhead by Ayn Rand 10. The Lean Startup⠀
11. Scarecrow- Matthew Reilly ⠀
12. The Woman in The Window (read & recommend for a one-time thriller)⠀
13. Trick Mirror- Jia Tolentino ⠀
14. Success Stories of Amazon ⠀
15. The 5 am Club (Read & recommended) ⠀
16. Hirohito by Herbert P Bix ⠀
17. Chernobyl by Serhii Plokhy⠀
18. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine ⠀
19. Mereng by Anuradha Sarma Pujari⠀
20. The Room (read & recommend!) ⠀
21. Master of Margarita ⠀
22. Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert ⠀
23. Blade of Light by Andrea Camilleri ⠀
24. Sharp Objects ⠀
25. Nigella Lawson’s Recipes ⠀
26. Mahanayak by Vishwas Patil ⠀
27. Forest of Enchantments by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni⠀


#bookrecommendations #covidreads #quarantinereading #quarantinereads #stayhome #newreads #mayreads #bookrec #stayhomeandread #timetoread #bookloversofinstagram #quarantinethingstodo #quarantinebooks #sundayreads #lazyweekend #weekendreading #whattoreadnext #whatareyoureading #quarantineandchill #quarantineandchill2020 #thingstodoathome
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