FAKING INTEREST WHILE READING BOOK BLOGS

Dummy's guide to reading book blogs

Dear Not Interested-But-Obligated person,

So your friend/sibling/classmate/colleague/kid has started a book blog. And you gotta fake enthusiasm because, well, you’re fond of this person (hopefully). But I have learned through experience that non-book bloggers are totally blank about book blogs.

Here are a few things you should probably do while reading your friend/sibling/classmate/colleague/kid’s book blog:

1. Don’t mistake the synopsis for the actual post. Wherever it says synopsis, skip. (I still don’t get why so many idiots thought I wrote the synopsis).

2. Read the review part, it’s the main thing.

3. Scroll down, you might find stuff like GIF powered rants. (book blogs are gold mines for these stuff)

4. You’ll get, like, a thousand book recs so keep some of them in mind and try them out.

5. We occasionally tend to write stuff about ourselves so you might find out something new about us in those posts 🙂

6. If you actually read our reviews (highly unlikely) then we don’t mind some honest criticism.

Just don’t be a jerk and blindly scroll through posts. Try and look a bit interested, ‘kay? This way you don’t have to read the actual thing and your friend/sibling/classmate/colleague/kid’s feelings won’t get hurt. Win-win.

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THE DINNER BY HERMAN KOCH

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I had this phase with thrillers for the past few weeks, and I really couldn’t get over Big Little Lies. So I googled books similar to it, and this popped up. (I remember having a flu bug while reading this so I finished it last weekend in bed, with a cup of hot coffee 🙂


Synopsis:

An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives – all over the course of one meal.

It’s a summer’s evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse – the banality of work, the triviality of the holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.


The first few pages into the book, I really didn’t know what to expect. TBH I hadn’t even read the synopsis properly. The whole thing is told through our protagonist, Paul Lohman’s POV (he makes observations about the restaurant through the book which, intentional or not, I found funny).

The interesting part kicks in halfway through. At first, when I read the big secret, I was already convinced my protagonist is acting a bit senile. But there’s much more to it. This isn’t your regular thriller with the same incident, suspense, and big reveal all I chronological order. The big reveal happens halfway through here. Just like that, BAM. The suspense follows after the big reveal.

The writing style was great! The author did a good job in portraying Paul as a cross between outright crazy and a fierce love for his family.

The downside to all this? It’s VERY slow to start out. I almost thought about giving up but the interesting parts started. Not to mention I found the book a bit pointless till then. Still, it was something nice to read while bed ridden over the weekend.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

 

 


 

JUNE THE ROUND UP

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So wooow . . . June passed away quickly didn’t it? The May round up was like 4-5 posts away (which shows that I’m lazy in blogging and literally anything).

Anyways, June was like this month of amazing bonuses. My hols got extended till 18th then further extended to 21th (I, um, might have bunked two days because 21th was a Thursday and I had holiday blues).

And just like I always do, I did a big fat nothing in this past few weeks. Well I did some (a lot) Netflix binge-watching, read very less stuff, and woke up faithfully at 11:30 everyday. I read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas which is my first book for the Banned Book Club, review up soon. I also read The Dinner by Herman Koch and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.

Oh and guess what? I reached my Blogoversery in the start of the month, yayy!! Here’s to many more years of blogging *raised glasses*

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And school started last week.

How was your month?

BOOK HANGOVERS ARE THE WORST

Coping With Book Hangovers

They are. Honestly. There’s nothing as bad as slogging through a book or just randomly losing interest in reading all of a sudden. I mean COME ON. A bookworm’s life IS to read. But unfortunately even we don’t escape these random reading blocks.

(BTW Book hangover is my term for reading block)

Maybe these blocks are a result of slogging through an exhausting classic. (I remember reading Wuthering Heights for like, 2 weeks straights. I sorta had a book hangover)

So here are a few things to get you back to your reading groove:

1. Take a break from reading: Um, aren’t you doing that already? Actually I mean that try not to read anything for a while (by “while” I only mean a few days, I’m not a monster). Do something else for a change, like photography or wasting time on the internet.

2. Watch movies or TV shows: If you have time on hand then why not? This can be quite refreshing and keep you occupied till your book hangover gets over.

3. Try socializing: MAYBE???? I’m not saying to go full-fledged cool dude, just try talking to new people. And not necessarily people irl. Connect with people on the internet, catch up with pen pals. (that’s a better alternative than socializing with actual people TBH)

4. Write something: Try writing fiction, even though it’s really hard and damn near impossible. You might get some new ideas, so keep an open mind.

5. Read/write fanfiction: Even if you can’t write it, revisit a few old fandoms. This trick nearly always works with me since I LOVEE fanfiction. I love rereading old favourites!

6. Post more on your blog OR create a blog if you already don’t have one: Surprise everyone and actually update your blog regularly. Or if you don’t have a blog, create one!

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After doing any/all of the above, you might start missing books and get over your book hangover fairly easily. Might I suggest that you take it easy and start with a thriller or contemporary novel?

 

THE HELP BY KATHRYN STOCKETT

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I watched the movie first (yeah yeah I know read the book before the movie and all), in fact I’ve watched it many times. So I decided to add this to my summer TBR pile.


Synopsis:

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women — mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends — view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.


I finished this book in 3 hours. I did not put down this book in between those three hours, trust me (well except for getting myself some chocolate).

Where do I start? This book is split into 3 different POVs – Aibleen’s, Minny’s, and Skeeter’s. Each of them is unique and fascinating, and give different perspectives. But what really stood out was how realistic they were. The other characters are also no short of brilliant. I even loved reading about the villain, Hilly!

The way the book captures racism in the 60s in its full brutality, while also not sliding down on the fiction part. If there’s one word to describe this book it would be realistic. And not just in its portrayal of racism but also human emotions and conflict.

The Help really had me hooked. Some parts made me smile; others tugged my heartstrings. Stockett weaves this charming story into the 60s brilliantly. And I feel everyone should read this, bookworm or not.

Rating: out of 5

DD: WHY ARE NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS MORE POPULAR?

Discussion Dabble

There’s this thing that I’ve noticed that in book blogs, posts with negative reviews gather more attention. It’s important to be unbiased and critical, and not sugar coat anything. And everyone hates sucking up to authors.

What’s wrong with positive reviews? While some people couldn’t have cared for a certain book, others might’ve loved said book.

I get that negative reviews are more as a sign of honesty and what not. But maybe I actually liked the book? Maybe I actually, genuinely liked the book, whether an author gave it to me to review or it’s really popular.

Unfortunately people misunderstand that a positive review means flattery or a symptom of ‘everyone-likes-it-so-I-like-it-too’.

People should take positive reviews as a good thing actually. More recs and you just might happen to like said book, too.

I hesitate sometimes, while posting positive reviews in a row. But I can’t help that I liked the book and I’m definitely not going to give a negative rating to a perfectly nice book just for more likes.

What do you think? Are negative reviews better than positive reviews? Do share your thoughts in the comments section!

 

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN BY JOHN GREEN

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I didn’t get a chance to read it when it first released last year, and so it earned the first spot in my summer TBR list. Weirdly it was the last book I read from my pile, idk why.


Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.


It’s told through Aza, our protagonist’s, POV. Her insights, emotions, and struggles with her thought spiral makes up a lot for the meagre plot. This book is mostly about Aza, what she feels, her relationships with the characters. This is one of those books with not much of a plot and more character driven.

While it was a nice, feel-good read, even sorta emotional, I would have liked it much more if it had a more stellar plot. Come on! The plot had so much potential, with all the Davis’s dad going missing and all. A little bit more mystery, a little intrigue, maybe?

But I don’t think it was meant to be mysterious or intriguing. Like I said the focus was more on Aza and her thought spiral. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Some parts went right in the feels. And I LOVED the Turtles all the way down metaphor. Still saying that with maybe more of a plot, I would have enjoyed it much more.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5