Giveaway on Goodreads: Myth by Erin Ritch

Hello folks!

I have news. Erin Ritch, the author of Myth is hosting a giveaway on Goodreads. If you are interested, then head straight to Goodreads and enter the giveaway! You can always get lucky! 🙂

The Giveaway ends on October 12th, so hurry up!!!!! And don’t forget to tell me if you win! 😉

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Myth by Erin Ritch

Myth

by Erin Ritch

Giveaway ends October 12, 2016.

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9 Valuable Tips For Turning A Non-Reader Into A Reader

A classmate of mine was a non-reader. For a long, long time, he had aversion to the world of words. One day, he discovered the joy of reading and there was no looking back for him. He was in his mid-twenties when he started.

Takeaways?

A. It is never too late to begin reading.

B. With the right books, anyone can become a reader.

So, how do you make the transition? How do you go to the other side of the fence and have all the green grass? Maybe, these points will help you.

  1. Physical book vs Ebook. And the debate rages on. I would suggest you to opt for the former. But if you are more comfortable reading on a screen, invest in an Ebook reader such as Kindle, for distraction-free reading. But if your will-power is strong, then you can always read on a tab or any other device.
  2. Become a member of a local library. This way, you can get access to each and every genre of book without spending all your life’s savings!
  3. Or read online. Archive.org, Project Gutenberg and a number of other websites allow you to read books or sample chapters online for free. Go for them!
  4. Choose a reading nook. Where no one can come between you and your book. Just saying! 😀 Any place where you can comfortably sit and read at a stretch will do.
  5. Dedicate a time of the day for reading. Go for a digital detox and  indulge in reading. Even if it is for fifteen to twenty minutes, dedicate yourself for reading completely. Over the time, you can always increase the duration.
  6. Choose a book by its cover. If dull and drab book covers don’t make you feel interested in reading, switch to books with a lovely cover design. Or maybe, you can switch to a different edition of the same book with a different cover design. Hey! Cover designers get paid for this! 😉
  7. Read books based on movies. This will get you interested, somewhat. Goodreads has a list and so does Listchallenges. Take your pick.
  8. Read fanfics. Reading fanfics is a fan-tastic exercise. It gives you a fresh perspective and answers a number of ‘what-ifs’ you always had in mind. Best part is, you can read them online for free!
  9. Read books that have lesser number of pages. When you complete a book, you get a sense of achievement. So, why not begin with books that can be completed easily?  Here are some lists:

Want to add to the list? Be my guest.

30 Day BOOKS Challenge – Day 30

Day 30: Which are some of the places from where you get your books from?

I usually purchase my books from:

Crossword Bookstore

Landmark Bookstore

Airports/Railway Stations

Order online from Flipkart and Amazon, Indiaplaza and Homeshop18

Book fairs that sell slightly damaged books at dirt cheap rates!

I also get books as gifts. The best gifts ever isn’t it 😀

I also used to borrow them from The British Library but have not renewed my membership this year.

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With this, the challenge comes to an end. 🙂 Tadaaaa.

 

 

 

 

30 Day BOOKS Challenge – Day 29

 

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Image Source: Pinterest, Tumblr

Day 29: A line that had immense impact on you as a person?

To be honest, I am forgetful. But this line, really had me captivated for the longest time:

“There is only one sin. and that is theft… when you tell a lie, you steal someones right to the truth.” – Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner.

 

30 Day BOOKS Challenge – Day 28

 

Day 28: What book are you currently reading?

I am currently engrossed in Marley and Me. I am reading it since a week…and I have managed to reach page number 172/400+ (the fonts are HUGE). This is sort of my resolution…to read at least a couple of pages each day so that I can finish of a number of unread books on my shelf and get started with those suggested here on my blog 😀

Which book have you buried your nose into of late?

 

30 Day BOOKS Challenge – Day 27

Day 27: Best Horror Story Read Till Date?

The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe. It is a story in one of his books and I read it when I was as young as 8. The story still gives me shivers. You can read it here.

30 Day BOOKS Challenge – Day 25 and Day 26

Again, because the questions are on the same lines, I am clubbing them.

Day 25: A Book You Have Struggled To Read

That would be all those crappy work by authors I refuse to name. Especially the one about an Indian Vampire…it is the author’s first work and it might have a sequel to it. Gulp. It was gleefully donated away. With no trace of sorrow or longing on my face :-/

Day 26: A Book That Was A Breeze

The Animal Farm. Short, simple and so much to learn from. Loved it to the core. 🙂

30 Day BOOKS Challenge – Day 24

Day 24: Best Fairytale You Have Read

I have literally grown up on fairytales. In Bengali, they are known as Roop Kotha. The kings and queens, the prince and princesses and so on…were so real that I started believing that they actually existed sometime in the recent past! Again, it is challenging to name just one of the fairytales that I have come across.

Thakumar Jhuli , which is a collection of folk and fairy tales in Bengali is my all-time favourite. I lost the original copy though … 😦 I just love, love, love the book. Feeling nostalgic already 😀

I am not marketing it…but the English translation is available on Amazon 😀

30 Day BOOKS Challenge – Day 23

Day 23: Best book that has been recommended to you

Almost a decade and two years ago, I was recommended a book.

It was by someone who was four years my junior and she was as nerdy/geeky as I was. We often discussed books, lived in the make believe world of Enid Blyton. As we lazed in an idyllic summer holiday, she mentioned that she is reading about this book, where they live in a completely different world. That of Magic. That they play this weird game called Quidditch. That they drink Butterbeer and get sorted into Houses.

As you might have guessed by now, I was recommended Harry Potter. 🙂

 

 

 

30 Day BOOKS Challenge – Day 22

Day 22: A book that was turned into a movie and you were appalled?

Vikas Swarup’s Q and A, which was made into Slumdog Millionaire. The movie is great on its own but I liked the book more. The plot also changes a lot in the movie and that made me cringe, a lot.

The next would be The Princess Diaries. Nope Nope Nope. Utter disappointment. All the best parts were gone just like that. Poof. :-/

 

 

 

30 Day BOOKS Challenge – Day 20 and Day 21

Note: Just because the tone of both these challenge questions are quite similar in nature, I have clubbed them into one. Brace yourself, winter is coming this post will be a tad bit lengthy. 😉

While I was scouting for the best ones to put forth, I was literally drooling by merely going through Pinterest book posts. If only I could do that all day long 😀

Day 20: Your favorite quotes about books

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child. – Dr. Seuss

No two persons ever read the same book. –Edmund Wilson

 A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. – GRRM, A Game Of Thrones/A Song Of Ice And Fire Series

What you don’t know would make a great book. –Sydney Smith

Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood. –John Green

Day 21: Your favorite quotes from books

I know it is a bad thing to break a promise, but I think now that it is a worse thing to let a promise break you. – Jennifer Donnelly, A Northern Light

Neighbours bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbour. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good luck pennies, and our lives. – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

There are few people whom I really love and still fewer of whom I think well. – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Always. -J.K.Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Learn this now and learn it well. Like a compass facing north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. You remember that, Mariam. – Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns

 

30 Day BOOKS Challenge – Day 19

Day 19: Books that smell of your childhood?

Enid Blyton. Her books smell of my childhood. Here is a write-up about her, which I did sometime back 🙂

30 Day BOOKS Challenge – Day 18

 

Day 18: Which book do you believe can be quite a challenge to read?

That would be LOTR – Lord Of The Rings for me. The language might not be a constraint, but the names in the movies have baffled me. I still do not know who is called what 😦 This is why when I will read the series, I will read The Hobbit before anything else and at a slow pace so as to know which character is what. Taking notes will be helpful I guess! 🙂

30 Day BOOKS Challenge – Day 17

 

Day 17: The Type Of Book That You Read The Most

Well, as much as I try to find variations in my reading patterns, it often boils down to works by authors who infuse culture (from any part of the world) in their fiction based book.  Want me to cite some examples?

30 Day BOOKS Challenge – Day 16

Day 16: Favourite title

The title of a book is always alluring, at least to me. It is the title that makes me notice the blurb of the book  and decide to put in in the shopping cart ! 😛 Some books have simple title, some have complex ones and others have quirky ones. There are ghastly titles as well, which literally chokes me on the spot with horror.

Anyway, the point here is to share my favourite book title with you. That would be – Chokher Bali. It is a book by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, written in Bengali (my mother tongue). It translates to – Grit of sand in the eye. It is an allegory to the friction between its characters, just like a tiny grain of sand in our eyes causing constant irritation. This is all I can reveal without giving away the plot. The book is also translated in English, in case you want to have a go through historical fiction set in India.

P.S. I would also love to mention – And Then Like My Dreams which is by a fellow blogger MR. Isn’t it an apt title for a memoir? Warm and inviting 🙂

30 Day BOOKS Challenge – Day 15

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Day 15: A book character you want to know more about?

In Harry Potter:

Severus Snape. Period.

I want to know his backstory, his upbringing, his days in the Muggle world with Lily Potter. This also reminds me, I want to know more about Aunt Petunia as well. J.K. Rowling, if you are reading this, then please please please have a back story in Pottermore 😀

In Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants:

Bree’s mother. Without a doubt in the world. I wanted to know her perspective and what were her thoughts.

30 Day BOOKS Challenge – Day 14

Day 14: What Does A Perfect Reading Nook Look Like?

Something like the ones shown here in this post 😉

I often wonder what other people’s reading spaces look like. It is after all, our comfort zone isn’t it 😀

30 Day BOOKS Challenge – Day 13

Day 13: How Do You Decide What To Read Next?

This is where the challenge gets challenging for me! Well, I will be honest with you. See, I have the time but not the energy to keep the eyes open after a full-time ‘staring at the screen’ job 😦 This affects my decision to read the books – light ones on weekdays and anything on weekends, when I can spare some of the energy.

So, no…there is no hard and fast rule as to how I decide what to read next. I make a queue of five books at a row and pick the one I am in the mood to read and go ahead. That explains my incomplete reading lists 😉

30 Day BOOKS Challenge – Day 12

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Day 12: A Book You Will Never Outgrow

Well, we booklovers and readers never outgrow any book…do we? For me, it will be Harry Potter Series. Although a number of adults also love the book, for many parents it is a “kid’s book” and why are we so obsessed with it 😛 Sample this, I sent my bestie the three-book library set of Harry Potter books on her birthday!!

No. We will never outgrow the world of HP. EVER!!! 😀 😛

30 Day BOOKS Challenge – Day 11

Day 11: A book that you have reread the most of the times?

A Gathering Light (also published as A Northern Light) by Jennifer Donnelly is one book that has been reread the maximum number of times. Even more than the Harry Potter series! I fall short of words when it comes to describing the brilliance that the book has. Give it a try, will you? 😀