Reader’s Nook: QA with Kirk Xavier

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I am back with my series of posts. 🙂

This time, it is a QA session from another book-lover who is one of my closest buddies. He is one of the person who can give you the best suggestions and honest ones at that, from a wide-range of topics, including books, technology, music and movies. Here is a set of questions asked by me and answered by Kirk.

  1. Name 5-10 of your most favourite books
  • J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter Series
  • Christopher Paolini – Inheritance Cycle
  • Jeffery Archer – Clifton Chronicles, Kane and Able, As the Crow Flies.
  • Dan Brown – Angels and Demons.
  1. A book that you have re-read the most
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It was 9th Grade when I started HP series, I guess it was because J.K. Rowling was working on the 6th book and I couldn’t get any closure. I re-read this book to the point I could repeat the first two chapters from memory. I even typed these chapters on to my laptop under the ruse of learning to type (guess this also kindled my interest with computers). Now I never, never ever read a book twice.

3. Favourite authors and why

  • Jeffery Archer. Here’s why “They (public/crowds) are the most important,” he says. “The public will tell you. Not the critics or the clever talkers. The public can always tell who is the storyteller. And that’s why storytellers always dominate the lists.”
  1. Genre you dislike
  • Memoirs, Narrative Non-Fiction. I don’t understand why these non-fiction genre exist :p
  1. Character crush
  • Arya from Inheritance Cycle.
  1. Character you strongly identify with
  • I have always have had an affinity towards characters who support the protagonist in every book I read. The real underdog I mean (apart from the one being paraded around by the author). Right now, I strongly identify with Denethor in LOTR: The Return of the King

7. One character you want to bring to the real world

  • Saphira from Inheritance Cycle 🙂 , just Kidding. To be honest, no one really. Books are meant to enable you to model a fantasy of a unique imaginative character created by the author. Let your Imaginations run free never limit them to this crippled reality we call life.
  1. What is your ideal reading space/environment
  • Any place where I can silently concentrate on reading without being intermittently disturbed.
  1. Must-have books in a collection
  • Harry Potter Series and Clifton Chronicles Series.

10 . Earliest memory of books and reading

  • Oliver Twist and some Indian Gods Mythology from Macmillan Publishers. I used to read these during vacations to my aunt’s house in Pune.
  1.  Weirdest book or reading experience
  • Wayne Edward Clarke – People of the Tiger (Book One of The Rational Future Series).

This was a great set of answers. Don’t you think so too? Ping me if you want to participate 🙂

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Reader’s Nook: QA with Ojitosperle

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Here is a new post series in which I am going to dig out stuff from readers’ brains. Let’s see how similar we are or how different we are from each other 🙂 Read the first one here. Short Bio Of Our Reader: Random girl that enjoys reading to much to escape the horrors of real life. She enjoys thriller novels but wouldn’t mind crying over some Nicholas Spark novels. Quite the talker, yet completely shy. She’s a tropical island girl that has quite the attitude but is a complete sweetheart. A girl worth getting to know.

 My take: Ojitos Perle was kind enough to contribute this guest post even though we barely know each other. Its amazing that we get to meet so many budding writers and enthusiastic readers on this platform. Isn’t it?
You can know more about her by visiting her blog: ojitosperle.wordpress.com

Name 5-10 of your most favorite books

  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • In Search of the Rose Notes by Emily Arsenault
  • Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Blessed by Tonya Hurley
  • Ghost Girl by Tonya Hurley

A book that you have re-read the most  

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bront

Favorite authors and why

Tonya Hurley, because her writing is haunting, captivating and she’s is the reason I fell in love with reading. I can enjoy other writers books but I will always pick her as my favorite one.

Genre you dislike

Erotica and War/military fiction.

Character crush

Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights and Maxon from The Selection Series

Character(s) you strongly identify with

Finch from All the Bright Places.

One character you want to bring to the real world

James Carstairs from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

What is your ideal reading space/environment?

Late night in my bed or early in the morning in the garden.

Must-have books in a collection

Oh this is a tough one. There are so many that I wouldn’t know were to begin.

Earliest memory of books and reading

My childhood was kinda messed up. I hated listening to my parents arguing so I would lock myself in the room and sit near the closet just to read. It was my escape from reality and it still is. If it wasn’t for reading I don’t know where I would be.

Weirdest book or reading experience

The weirdest book I’ve read was the Tigers Wife by Téa Obreht. Her writing had me so confused even if the meaning of the book was interesting. I just did’t understand why she chose that style of writing. If you’d like, you can answer the same questions and add a few more if you think would be nice to add.


P.S. You can participate too. Send me an email with the answers to these set of questions, your blog’s link and a short bio and I will publish the same..

Reader’s Nook: QA with Christy Bharath

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Here is a new post series in which I am going to dig out stuff from readers’ brains. Let’s see how similar we are or how different we are from each other 🙂 Cheers to reading and happy weekend readers!

The first post arrives by Owl Post or your can say, Raven Post 😉

What I nicked from Christy’s Blog – My first-ever career aspiration involved a friendly Tyrannosaurus Rex with an equestrian saddle and townspeople in need of a masked hero. Two decades ago, I gave up on it and decided to do something less dramatic instead.

What I have to say about Christy – Christy is the Birdman and is Salim Ali reincarnated. He is wickedly funny and funnily wicked and you can stalk him at – https://verseherder.wordpress.com

Here is a set of questions I asked Christy.

  1. Name 5-10 of your most favourite books
  • Franz Kafka – Metamorphoses
  • Slyvia Plath – Bell Jar
  • Douglas Adams – Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
  • Iain Banks – Wasp Factory
  • William Burroughs – Naked Lunch
  • John Kennedy – A Confederacy of Dunces
  • Famous Five: 15: Five On A Secret Trail
  • Emily Bronte – Wuthering Heights
  1. A book that you have re-read the most

Chuck Palahniuk – Survivor

3.Favourite authors and why

Franz Kafka: If he wasn’t a writer, he would have killed himself. He probably had one of the purest reasons for ever being one.

Ernest Hemmingway: More mirror than human. Best writer ever.

  1. Genre you dislike

Romance

Is Chetan Bhaghat a genre?

  1. Character crush

Alice from Lewis Caroll’s Alice In Wonderland (while growing up).

  1. Character you strongly identify with

Garfield from Wuthering Heights / Vernon from DBC Pierre’s Vernon God Little

7.One character you want to bring to the real world

Adrian Mole (created by Susie Townsend)

  1. What is your ideal reading space/environment

Late morning, outside a cottage in the hills, overlooking peaks and valleys.

  1. Must-have books in a collection

No such thing is my humble opinion although I wouldn’t know why anyone wouldn’t want to have at least two Gerald Durrell books in their collection.

10.Earliest memory of books and reading

One entire summer, my grandpa read Edgar Allen Poe stories to me at night, right before buying Kulfi ice cream. I couldn’t see the horror in them considering how entertaining his theatrics were.

  1. Weirdest book or reading experience

Reading Stephen King’s Thinner when I was in college, and having a dream about the opposite happening to me. I woke up when my stomach exploded. I finally understood Stephen King.


P.S. You can participate too. Send me an email with the answers to these set of questions, your blog’s link and a short bio and I will publish the same..

Pet Peeves Of All Booklovers

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I scream

You scream

We all scream….when we booklovers encounter these issues

  • Gap on our bookshelves owing to someone who never returns a book. They borrowed it back in the Jurrasic era and failed to return in the age of smartwatches.
  • Non-readers pretend that they love books just to impress others.
  • The really clumsy oafs, who will make it a rule of their thumbs to spill everything on the pages and not a drop outside.
  • People kick books to shove them in a corner. *makes me gasp in horror*
  • When someone dog ears the books, especially when we don’t do this but they do…to our books.
  • Folks going ga-ga over a movie adaptation (crappy ones at that) without even reading the book.
  • People selling off rare editions at dirt cheap rates because they don’t know the value!
  • Making crafts from books. No me gusta.

What about you? Do you identify with these pet peeves?

How To Take Care Of Your Old Books

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Nothing can beat the smell of books – old and new.

Being a book lover, I squeal at every new book I receive as gifts, giveaways or purchases from book fairs or book sales. But I also fondly caress the spines of my old books – the seniors in the cupboard – from time to time and the yellowing pages remind me of the glorious past they had. Like ageing people, ageing books also need constant care and attention. That is, if you want to preserve them for ages. Here is how you can go about taking care of your old books:

  1. Dust is the mortal enemy of books. Keep your books and bookshelves away from dust and dirt. Follow a weekly or at least a fortnightly regime of dusting your bookshelves thoroughly.
  2. Harsh sunlight and moisture also spell doom for your old books. Keep them covered or place your shelves away from the window and away from your bathroom doors!
  3. Do not set your books directly on the shelves. Use a plastic sheet or cloth on the shelves in a way that it is not visible or spoil the decor of your room. Place your books atop these sheets or clothes.
  4. Loose pages are tell-tale signs of a much loved book. Why not bind the book again and restore its former glory? I suggest going for plain binding and decorating the cover yourself.
  5. Never overstuff your bookshelves with books – either old or new. The reason is simple. You can accidentally cause damage while taking them out for reading sessions.
  6. Do not keep any flower or leaves inside your books, especially the ageing books. It is an open invitation to insects and also, the infestation (if any) can spread to other books almost like a book-epidemic!
  7. Remove all the bookmarks from a book after reading. Keeping or forgetting bookmarks in a book causes gaps at places and cause pages to loosen.

Share your tips to take care of old books. How do you shower your love on them?