Goodreads is a great web tool when it comes to track your bookish life. I have been using it for about 5 years now and I still hang out there sometimes but mostly use to track all the books I have read/reading/TBR, etc. Over the past few years, I am managing to complete my Goodreads reading challenge and since then this post has become a tradition to be published on this book blog.
Over 400 pages, in David Szalay’s latest book, All That Man is, you get to vivisect the man part of our species by dwelling into nine different stories that are equivalent to nine different specimens of the male gender. Each man is younger than the next one and are away from home in a country in Europe. In one interview to a magazine, David told that he wanted to entitle the book Europa.
When I picked Varun Tejwani’s new book PSYCON, I was amazed by how simple yet curiosity arousing cover filled with darkness. Cover does play an important role in attracting a reader towards the book and conveys the message before any page is flip. I expected the same with the plot of this book.
Spoilt for Choice by Dr. Poornansh Shirvastava is a different type of story. It’s a reincarnation of a teenage boy to a man through struggles and achieving one’s own dreams. This work of fiction is semi-autobiographical consists a story of a boy among 200 Riders who participate in motorcycle racing every season to conduct for the final round that leads to one champion.
Abir a fickle-minded, aimless guy comes in acquaintance with Sunanda through facebook. Sunanda is totally different by nature from Abir. After spending few days in facebook they fall in love in spite of their social barrier. As Sunanda has never revealed her face before meeting to each other, Abir becomes speechless when he meet with her first time after two months of their relationship. Abir turns into a different guy, he starts to quit all his bad habit for the benefit of his relationship.
When it comes to promoting my blog, I find social media platforms beneficial. Though, there are so many social media platforms that it becomes overwhelming for me at times. I lose my focus, and a few times it had led to blogging slump.
I advise you to not to lose your focus and introduce yourself into a slump. For a start, concentrate on a number of sites that you think will be beneficial for your blog promotion and long term networking. This way you can focus on growing your network of followers on those particular platforms. Of course, you don’y have to pick handful of social media sites. If you love social media, and want to use all of them, go ahead and do that! Personally, for me, I feel that it’s easier and more beneficial to start with a small number.
Q. Thank you for agreeing to this interview. Briefly, about yourself?
Thanks, Aman, for the opportunity to tell your readers a little about myself and my debut novel, Rarity from the Hollow. I’m a retired children’s psychotherapist with over forty years in the field of child advocacy. Quite a bit of my nonfiction in this field has been published: investigative reports, service delivery models, research, statistical reports on child abuse and delinquency…. I’ve also had a few poems published, including one that won first place in an international science fiction poetry competition. I started writing short science fiction adventures in 2006. Three have been published in magazines. Rarity from the Hollow is my debut novel, a traditional small press publication.
Q. What genre is your book?
So far, all of my stories have been adult literary science fiction. I sometimes use the term social science fiction since that is a similar genre and more common usage. However, I read in most genres and I look forward to trying out a few.
The first week of the new year started with some variations that I didn’t know it would have for me. It was like a sine wave (if you know what I mean, if you don’t you can check it here), this week. Well, what does it matter, we are not here to discuss it, instead, we are here to talk about books you and me both read this week.
One thing I’d like to say is that this year I am again taking part in Hindustan Times‘s magazine, HTBrunch: #BrunchBookChallenge (a reading challenge). First time when I did it, was in 2014. However, it’s a bit different this year. One has to read 36 books as compared to 24 in the previous one and out of 36 books there has to be at least 6 titles written by Indian Origin authors which personally I think will help ms explore Indian writers. Here is the link to full set of rules you have to keep in mind while taking this challenge. I am done with four books out of 36 including one Indian Origin writer Siddhartha Mukherjee and his lastly published book The Gene: An intimate history.
My 2016 Reading Challenge hosted by Goodreads.com began with the start of this amazing year. This year, I challenged myself to read 150 books, incrementing the amount of books from last year’s challenge(2015) by 25. At first I wasn’t event sure that I’d be able to complete the challenge and then after doing a good start and reading a proper amount of books and then failing to find overcome the procrastination of not reading, I found myself in a fumbling three months back. I was behind in the challenge by almost a decade of books and was ready to give up. I am below par as not exceeding my limit of 150 books this year in contrast with the last year in which I exceeded by a good margin.