blog, Books

Social Media for Book Bloggers

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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.

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Authors, Spotlight/Giveaway

BOOK SPOTLIGHT- Resolution by Andrew Joyce

My name is Andrew Joyce, and I write books for a living. One morning, about five years ago, I went crazy. I got out of bed, went downstairs, and threw my TV out the window. Then I sat down at the computer and wrote my first short story. I threw it up on a writing site on the Internet just for the hell of it. A few months later I was notified that it was to be included in an anthology of the best short stories of 2011. I even got paid for it! I’ve been writing ever since. 

Aman has been kind enough to allow me a little space on his blog to promote my new book, RESOLUTION: Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure, so I thought I’d tell you how it came about. 

It all started way back in 2012 . . .

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Authors, Interviews

Author Interview: DAN BURI

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The man himself: Dan Buri

THE WRITING PART

Q. Hi Dan and thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell me a little about yourself and your background?

First off, let me say thank you for hosting me on your site, Aman. You have a wonderful blog! This is a great place for us all to indulge in our shared love of reading and writing. Thank you for your excellent content. I am grateful to be here and hopefully I have the opportunity to get to know your audience better.

I grew up in the Midwest in the States with four brothers and one sister. I moved out to the beautiful Pacific Northwest a little over ten years ago. I am a patent attorney with an engineering background, which is what I spend my days doing when I am not writing. I have a beautiful wife and amazing two-year-old daughter who cracks me up daily.

Q. When did you decide that you want to be a writer?

I can remember writing as far back as middle school. It’s something I have always enjoyed doing. You say in your About section that reading is like oxygen for you. I guess writing is like that for me. Writing has been something I have always enjoyed doing myself and admired in other people. Story telling is a beautiful gift. I love learning to hone the craft.  Continue reading “Author Interview: DAN BURI”

Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some instructions on writing and life is necessary for anyone who aspires to write for his own inner peace. Extremely entertaining, and with this basic instruction always in mind, Anne Lamott offers us a gift: a step-by-step guide on how to write and on how to manage the writer’s life.

Although published in 1994, this book is timeless and a valuable piece of written words, exhibited rationally and with a humorous approach to the hardships she faced in her attempt to become a published author. Lamar offer various advisory pieces that anyone interested in becoming a writer will like to adapt and get inspired. Starting from her basic advice to any writer which is ‘to write daily at least an amount on words on a piece of paper or on your computer’ to how to starts, maintaining drafts, using and developing characters simultaneously with the plot, on why a good set of dialogue matters, and always listening to that little voice inside you which is your original voice.  Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott”

Books, Reviews

Stephen King on Reading

Earlier, in a post called, Stephen King On Writing, I discussed what Stephen King advices young and aspiring writers to take care of. He has a lot more to say on reading, and yes, according to his On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft which is a part memoir, part writing manual, a volume revealing some practical views of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. This book is essential for both who love to read and write or who love Stephen King.

King explains how reading is the foundation of becoming a writer:

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things love all others: read a lot a write a lot.

 

King then explains that reading book is the most important part, whether it’s good or bad, it will help you to improve your skill:

Every book you pick has its own lesson or lessons and quite often bad books have more to teach than the good ones.

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Book List, Books

Authors I have read

Earlier today, just hovering on ‘My Books’ section on Goodreads I found an astonishing stats page that tells you about the authors you have most read, ranking according to the amount of books read of each author. It helps to recall a lot of involuntary memories of when I read those authors, and how I felt about their work. This stats does not show those authors for whom I have read only one book.

Thus, I conclude a list of some those writers and the number of books written by each I have managed to read, and a recommendation from my part, in that order.

Ian Rankin- 16 books I have read

     

Set In Darkness introduced me to the world of well-written Crime Fiction and John Rebus.

Arthur Conan Doyle- 16 books

     

I have read every book on Sherlock Holmes written by the creator of this world’s famous detective. He’s mesmerising, and mysterious in his own ways.

William Shakespeare- 15 plays

     

William Shakespeare, ladies and gentlemen. Continue reading “Authors I have read”

Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews

Book Review: House and Philosophy- Everybody Lies

After watching more than hundred monotonous episodes of HOUSE M.D., I still find Dr. Gregory House one of the most challenging and a bit complex protagonist/antagonist of all the television shows I have watched. Believe me, that’s what I have been doing on New Year’s Eve. Reading it.

House, if one closely observes, can be of those influential characters in the life of a curious person. Characters that would stick with you. Another one would be, Sherlock Holmes.

House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies, edited by Henry Jacoby is a collection of essays in the series created by Bill Irwin of philosophical examinations of various popular, even iconic television shows or films. The series explores a range of shows from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to the function of superheroes in our culture to animated series like South Park.  Continue reading “Book Review: House and Philosophy- Everybody Lies”

Poetry

The College Window

The glimmer of the evening rays

Heavy sun of summer, sleepy,

Goes past me up the college Wall.

Below, in the lawn

Insufficient grass, with a rose

Standing in the middle, assisted by a hundred thorns.

Beyond the lawn, adjoins a pavement; rough and soothe

On which passes the world with shadows down at their feet,

Going left and right.

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Books, Essay, Reviews

JOHN REBUS- An Uncontrollable Persistence

According to Ian Rnakin, John Rebus was born in 1947, brought up in Fife, has roots from Poland, by a stage hypnotist. In 1987, Rankin’s novel Knots & Crosses introduced us to the tough Edinburgh Detective Sergeant.

Rebus, to me, is a hypnotist himself. I sometimes feel that he has inherited his father’s abilities even not following the profession. He takes a reader’s conscience bit by bit and hypnotize him until that reader is plunging in the darkness of John Rebus. He’s the surreal Scotsman, the more you hate, the more you will end up loving him.

Ian Rankin prefers to leave the physical appearance of his characters to the reader’s imagination, although when Rebus is first introduced in Knots and Crosses, we learn that he has brown hair and green eyes. His enisle lifestyle means that his clothes are often less than immaculate. He was married, but divorced sometime in the 1980s. His ex-wife and his daughter appear frequently in the novels both as human and ghosts of past.

John Rebus has a fierce drive to succeed in his field and identifies closely with others who are facing adversity. Although he holds a law enforcement position, his postwar upbringing has influenced him to have a distrust of authority and an intimidating personality. Continue reading “JOHN REBUS- An Uncontrollable Persistence”

Book List, Books

Ten Poetry Books to Read LIST

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Poetry is an essential part of human life. It’s a combination words in rhythm and we can find rhythm in almost anything we want. These rhythmic descriptions are written in form of poetry. The way a poem soothes human mind, nothing can. Thus, list some poetry books that reflect my personal taste.

The Rime of Ancient Mariner by Samuel T. Coleridge

A lyrical ballad, and one of the longest major poem in English. It relates the events experienced by a mariner who has returned from a long sea voyage. Coleridge  uses narrative techniques such as personification and repetition to create either a sense of danger, of the supernatural or of serenity, depending on the mood of each of the different parts of the poem.

Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda

More than eighty years after its publication, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair stands as an essential collection that continues to inspire lovers and poets around the world. Continue reading “Ten Poetry Books to Read LIST”