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This blog relates to everyone who loves to read and cannot get enough of it. This blog connects with the masses and a huge number of people can follow it together. The authors' interviews are helpful in making us see them in a new light and getting to know some interesting facts about them. The section, Lispopia has many fascinating and chuckle some lists that will keep you engrossed. You can also find reviews of poetry, prose and essays that will give you some pointers that will change your whole perspective and opinion about them.

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BOOK REVIEW: Elephants in the Room by Suraj Laxminarayanan

What is a better crime fiction novel where a crime revolves around not the detective who tries to fit pieces in a puzzle? A book that focuses on the crime, it’s after effects and the turmoil every individual involved goes through. Such is a book written by Suraj Laxminarayanan called Elephants in the Room.   Set in Chennai this book is the debut of Suraj Laxminarayanan in the world of crime fiction. The plot revolves around a bank heist that leads to the story of three gangs coming...

BOOK REVIEW: Elephants in the Room by Suraj LaxminarayananElephants in the Room by Suraj Laxminarayanan
Published by The Write Place on 08/2018
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 600
Format: ARC
Goodreads
four-stars

What is a better crime fiction novel where a crime revolves around not the detective who tries to fit pieces in a puzzle? A book that focuses on the crime, it’s after effects and the turmoil every individual involved goes through. Such is a book written by Suraj Laxminarayanan called Elephants in the Room.  

Set in Chennai this book is the debut of Suraj Laxminarayanan in the world of crime fiction. The plot revolves around a bank heist that leads to the story of three gangs coming face to face as the events in this book unfold. A group of friends plans a bank robbery which they think to be foolproof. They get into every detail and leave nothing out of their blueprint. It is kind of an Oceans’ 11 but here only 5 members are the mastermind behind it. They try to start their careers as robbers by mugging pedestrians to get hands-on experience. 

Things get interesting when another gang of robbers who have already established roots in the crime decides to rob the same bank on the same day with heavy weaponry. Bonds are developed among criminals but as they say, there is no honor among thieves, things get ugly.  

The storyline is a long one, written in more 590 pages, it intelligently unfolds every event and the reason behind the action taken which helps a reader like me to develop perspective. This also keeps it interesting until the end. The theme does not only revolves around the crime that is committed but every emotion exposure each character go through which leads to a thrilling drama that is lightened by occasional comic moments. 

I never expected this novel to be a thrilling one. The plot did sound interesting at the start and looking at the length of the book, I did wonder how the author will reach the conclusion of this tale which is full of twists and turns. He is imagination and construction of plot did exceed my expectations and so did his writing style. Written from a third person’s narrative there is not a single element I could find the can be said as a dragging one. He even provides insight into Chennai’s culture and its geography which I am nothing but unfamiliar. The characterization could have been better but I do not solely blame the author since there is a huge cast to manage.  

This book is an attraction for crime readers as it does not follow a traditional path of the subgenre but tries to redefine the perspective both of the reader and the writer because of its highly appreciable and well-organized plot.  

4 out of 5! 

four-stars

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BOOK REVIEW: Unforeseen by Chandan Sen Gupta

Cleverly woven plots are often a delight for me to read. There are many factors why I like these type of plots and think that the writers who construct them are some of the most skillful in their work. I can start with that these type of plots engage me as a reader like me, I am a very demanding reader, for a longer period of time, or until I run out of pages to read. Mostly, to experience this, the genre of the thriller is often one can rely upon. Chandan Sen Gupta’s latest book,...

BOOK REVIEW: Unforeseen by Chandan Sen GuptaUnforeseen by Chandan Sen Gupta
Published by Notionpress on 23/03/2018
Genres: Fiction, Thriller
Pages: 340
Format: ARC, eBook
Goodreads
four-stars

Cleverly woven plots are often a delight for me to read. There are many factors why I like these type of plots and think that the writers who construct them are some of the most skillful in their work. I can start with that these type of plots engage me as a reader like me, I am a very demanding reader, for a longer period of time, or until I run out of pages to read. Mostly, to experience this, the genre of the thriller is often one can rely upon. Chandan Sen Gupta’s latest book, Unforeseen is a great example.

When I started reading Unforeseen, it sounded like an ordinary thriller plot which starts with a young Pakistani teacher who comes to India with his family to save his ten-year-old daughter and to spend his life savings for her surgery. Little did he know of the path that lay ahead and that it will turn into a nightmare for him and his family. He gots implicated for a murder in a hotel in Delhi. To prove his innocence and to expose the men behind the crime he trails out not only against time, but being in a foreign rival country he chased by both the police and his own accusers.

When I finished reading this book, I realized who in-depth the plot has been explored and how the emotions of an innocent guy are explored. The way the plot is organized and exposed in the book, it was enough to keep me on the edge of my seat at times. The theme of political indulgence and the side-effects of it in the life of a common man is explored at a very higher level.

With a well-constructed plot, I often expect the characterization should be up to the mark. Well, the protagonist does fit the plot but I did feel some of the side characters could have been given more time. This book is written in a third person narrative voice which again is the main factor to drive the reader to reach the end without leaving the book in the middle because it is well used.

4 out of 5!

four-stars

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#BookReview: Dystopia by Manoj Jain

With a peculiar cover Manoj Jain, this is his 5th book release. I have read some of his work in the past and has expressed my views accordingly. I am on a firm belief that writer Manoj Jain’s work is mostly targeted to the length of a novella, he is definitely trying to accomplish something there. The storyline of his latest novel revolves around the peculiar nature of a child and their parents. The theme of this novella is everything related to a childhood. The pain of growing up,...

#BookReview: Dystopia by Manoj JainDystopia by Manoj Jain
Published by The Write Place Genres: Fiction
Pages: 146
Format: Paperback
Goodreads
four-stars

With a peculiar cover Manoj Jain, this is his 5th book release. I have read some of his work in the past and has expressed my views accordingly. I am on a firm belief that writer Manoj Jain’s work is mostly targeted to the length of a novella, he is definitely trying to accomplish something there.

The storyline of his latest novel revolves around the peculiar nature of a child and their parents. The theme of this novella is everything related to a childhood. The pain of growing up, teenage angst, role identities, and parenting. A spirit is constantly present guiding these children and oversees their journey in the beautiful fantasy land of Shambala, a kingdom where children start their travels and are protected and taken care of.

These children continue their journey, skipping along the path till they reach a dark forbidding gate, which like some powerful vacuum sucks them inside and into the next kingdom of Dystopia. The plot starts around the reunion of five friends where they recall the past wounds and a memory to resolve why a young girl had to kill herself at the age of eighteen.

The writing style is up to the mark here. What I liked about this whole storyline is how the author has used the spirit of Dystopia as an expression that closely resembles a parent as an adult who guides a child during their from the young age to their teenage years and helps them to emerge as adults. As a reader, one can clearly observe the psychology from this end. Next, the thing I like about this novella is how Manoj Jain engages a reader like me in his twisting and turning of the storyline.

I read this book in one go and I am sure you will enjoy reading it to. If you are a parent, this might turn on an internal debate with your subconscious mind for the good or the bad but beware, that the message this novella wants to spread, must be taken seriously.

4 out of 5!

four-stars

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#BookReview: Influencer by Brittany Hennessy

Brittany Hennessy does a great job on writing a book about that targets Instagram as the platform to promote your work. Appropriately titled, Influencer: Building Your Personal Brand in the Age of Social Media this book makes you understand the strategies behind the Insta-popularity/lifestyle. As a blogger myself, I started Instagram very late. I do not think it is important to be on every platform personally if you are one man army but I do think Instagram is a great core source of Digital...

#BookReview: Influencer by Brittany HennessyInfluencer by Brittany Hennessy
Published by Citadel on 31/07/2018
Genres: Nonfiction
Pages: 254
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads
three-stars

Brittany Hennessy does a great job on writing a book about that targets Instagram as the platform to promote your work. Appropriately titled, Influencer: Building Your Personal Brand in the Age of Social Media this book makes you understand the strategies behind the Insta-popularity/lifestyle.

As a blogger myself, I started Instagram very late. I do not think it is important to be on every platform personally if you are one man army but I do think Instagram is a great core source of Digital Marketing in the modern day world. After using it for seven months now, I find there are two kinds of people on it, the one with many followers and the one lesser followers. I am not taking spammers and shameless promoting agencies into account.

I find Instagram works differently from social media platforms such as Twitter which in my opinion is more diverse and flexible. On Instagram, people are there to spread the word out of their book, blog, product, service, etc. by using hashtags and lots of them. It is easy to engage the audience but to build one is, of course, a game of patience, some smart decisions and working hard to promote your content. Once you have gained enough audience or number of followers as what they call on it, you can start monetizing. There is no hard and fast rule monetization. I have seen people with a lesser number of followers (that means, only in few thousands) monetizing greatly. Thus, this is what the book is about.

Hennessy guides you from how to start at the lowest level that is having zero influencers. From creating content worth double tapping and using hashtags to get discovered, not getting banned and delivering is what makes an impact on your audience. With things live Instagram TV, I have seen people who used live streaming services like Twitch or YouTube are now using it. Why? The answer is simple. It works on mobile which is easy to use in terms of setup (all you need is the app) both for the influencer and audience member.

The book is well organized and offers man practical methods that if put in practice, Hennessy assures that it will bring results. I cannot say that if I agree or not with her, because not everything is for everyone but I do think some of the methods she has described are not long term. The book offers insights from a few beauty, fashion, lifestyle and photographers who are digital influencers. This is the most valuable part of this book I find since many of the stuff they say did not sound biased towards using one social media platform such as Instagram.

The writing style is good but since it is more of a how-to book, there is no proper paradigm to value it thoroughly. Even though this book is 250 pages long, I think it could have been shorter. Some of the content I find is irrelevant to the core idea of the book.

3 out of 5! For two reasons. One it concentrates on only one Social Media Platform, which is great, but I am not interested in it more than I am using it right now. Secondly, some of the content does sound like dragging elements just to fill in the pages, as I have mentioned this book could have been shorter. If you are getting started on Instagram or want to to know how it works, this book is for you.


If you are book blogger read this post on how to promote your Bookish Instagram Posts: 10 Bookish Hashtags to Follow on Instagram

three-stars

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#BookReview: How To Earn $10,000 While Learning To Code by Rob Percival

Learning how to code is a common asset these days for the interested ones. As a full-time software engineer and a volunteer of a nonprofit organization such as freeCodeCamp where an individual can learn how to code and become a web developer by following a dedicated curriculum. I can say it is a great “asset” that you can add in your set of skills. However, there are many misconceptions about it such as it is not learn-and-earn. You have to be smart enough to do the hard work like...

#BookReview: How To Earn $10,000 While Learning To Code by Rob PercivalHow To Earn $10,000 While Learning To Code by Rob Percival
on 19/05/2014
Genres: Nonfiction
Pages: 65
Format: eBook
Goodreads
three-stars

Learning how to code is a common asset these days for the interested ones. As a full-time software engineer and a volunteer of a nonprofit organization such as freeCodeCamp where an individual can learn how to code and become a web developer by following a dedicated curriculum. I can say it is a great “asset” that you can add in your set of skills. However, there are many misconceptions about it such as it is not learn-and-earn. You have to be smart enough to do the hard work like you would do in any other field.

Rob Percival is an acclaimed tutor who teaches web development through his famous course The Complete Web Development course 2.0. This book is sought of a companion to the course but on reading it, I can say it act mostly as an independent ebook. Learning to code is not about working 9 to 5 for an organization and provide services. It can also be about running your own business products where even though you do not code majorly, you can gather the team has enough knowledge on how to leverage the team by building an app or some other product that uses web/mobile services. Or you can travel full time and work on your laptop, the choice is yours.

The money is in all three different ways I mentioned and it does matter how to earn that. This is the core theme of Rob’s book. He provides insights on how you can start developing a mindset such that you can monetize your knowledge and skill work as per your own wish. All the millennials reading this review could take a look at this book right now. In the book, Rob follows a model of 6 to 8 months where he briefly describes how an individual can progress up to $ 10000 (USD) estimation of wealth. The amount described is not guaranteed and not the timeline. Even though Rob describes different methods, not every method is doable or suitable for an individual.

The book has simple language so if you are even a bit familiar with programming and freelancing, this book is readable. Though, I am disappointed by the lack of in-depth insights from a guy like Rob Percival who has served in the industry for so many years. Also, the methodology Rob describes in this book to earn a certain amount from this skill or turn it into a full time living, certainly needs devoted energy to put in long hours, curiosity to learn new things because you will be like almost every week or even every day, be patient and kind to your self cause your tolerance level be really tested like never been before.

3 out of 5!

three-stars

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Ten Day Book Blog Posts Challenge #1

One of the hardest thing about blogging is consistently writing and publish blog posts and for that, you have to keep coming up with the ideas. Often times, I find myself blank when thinking or writing a blog post that is not a book review. I haven’t posted a non-book in a while. So I thought, I’d try to help others who might find themselves in the same situation as of me. Below in this post, I compile a list of 10 (ten) ideas for possible blog posts for a book blogger. It follows a...

One of the hardest thing about blogging is consistently writing and publish blog posts and for that, you have to keep coming up with the ideas. Often times, I find myself blank when thinking or writing a blog post that is not a book review. I haven’t posted a non-book in a while.

So I thought, I’d try to help others who might find themselves in the same situation as of me. Below in this post, I compile a list of 10 (ten) ideas for possible blog posts for a book blogger. It follows a pattern of ten days in which you have to consistently write. Does not matter that you post them one after the other, I do not want to interrupt your blogging schedule.

To complete this challenge all you have to do is for next at least draft these topics I mentioning. I do hope after going through the list, you will become a blog post idea generating machine.

Day One: [Book Haul/Currently Reading/Recently Read/Weekend Reading/Bookstagram #xxx]

Post pictures of your shelves, books, kindles or the one you are recently bought and cannot wait to read.

Day Two: Discuss a character

I love writing in-depth posts. I also love reading in-depth posts about characters. A character can be good or bad, twisted or naive and you can tell this reader by spotlighting one.

In past, I have written a few posts like this. One is an essay I wrote a few years back on one of my favorite Scottish detective John Rebus.

Day Three: Tell The Story Of How You Loved Reading Books

Everyone has a story about how they fell in love with reading books and I (as your audience) am waiting to hear about yours.

See my post on the same topic!

Day Four: Book Cover Likes and Dislikes

I wanted to do this for a long time. Book covers can be a great asset to lure readers. But I have seen covers that have put me off even though that book is worth reading.

Day Five: Writing About Film/TV adaption of your favorite book

Or the one you have read. If you start writing this post, it will never be focused on or about only one book. You can build up a series of posts.

Day Six: Book Lists that are tied to a seasons and Holidays

This type of post is read by everyone. We all need books to add to our TBR or read it on an upcoming weekend/holiday.

Day Seven: Analyze Your Reading Year

Even though it been only nine months this year, you can write a post about analyzing how your reading year is going through. If you are on Goodreads, you can do it easily. Go to ‘My Books’ and then in the left corner there click ‘Reading Stats’ under the section ‘Your Reading Activity’.

Day Eight: Write about at least one blogging lesson

Share your experiences about blogging. What are you doing to keep your audience interested? What has changed or you put a lot of effort into learning from the point you started blogging up to now. Inspire others and give suggestions or advice. I often find Book Bloggers creative in this area.

Day Nine: Post an Author Interview/Book Blogger Interview

If you haven’t posted yet, this is the time. To complete this challenge, you will have to interview in whatever way you find suitable and post it.

Day Ten: What Genres You Do Not Like To Read?

In my opinion, this particular post will be great for your audience to read. You pick some genres that you do not read and tell them why.


Do you think you can complete this challenge?

These are the ten ideas I have come up initially but feel free to add or replace a post idea or two while doing the challenge.

Here is some swag for you to post/re-suse or spread the word about this challenge.

The Complete 10 Day Checklist

Download as pdf: 10-day-book-blogging-challenge

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NOTE 👉 If you decide to the challenge, please post the link of your posts or the complete challenge below in comments and I will compile those links and spread the word for you. Inspire others!


You got inspired by this post and now you want to start a book blog? Let me help you. You can check out my ebook on Book Blogging which has tons of insights on how to get started and continuing building your book blog. 👉 A Blogger’s Manifesto is available on Amazon IN and US.

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