Day 4 & 5 : Wrapping it up #BBAW

Let me apologise for not being able to put in the post yesterday.  But I could attend both the twitter chat sessions yesterday.  And it was so much fun.  The past week,  I have met so many new book bloggers.  I have added many of them to my twitter account.  I also plan to go over their blogs in the coming weeks.  I want to soak in all that bookish pleasures.  Till then,  welcome to the blog.  Take a seat and a cup of kaapi.

So,  I am breaking the rule and combining both Day 4 and Day 5 into a single post.


Prompt for Day 4 How do you stay connected to the community? Examples: social media, regular commenting, participation in blog events, etc. Tell us your faves!

It was on Twitter that I had discovered my first book friend.  Through someone on my TL, I chanced across the handle, @TSBookClub a.k.a The Sunday Book Club.  Its a run by three, nee two book lovers.  They have book chats every Sundays 3-4PM India time.  Every week is a new topic.  I have been following them for a year and a half.  Never has a topic been repeated.  They also have different book related hashtags which are on throughout the week.  To say I love them is an understatement.  When completing a challenge for them,  I had to write a review for a book suggested by them.  They asked me to put it in a blog.  Thats when I discovered blogging and then the rest is history.

I also have a Facebook page in which I share my posts from the blog and other interesting blog posts.   I am also on Google Plus and Pinterest but not using it a lot.

I also follow many Facebook bookish groups.  My favourite being The Book Club run by Rubina Ramesh.  They do a lot of book promotions and we can volunteer for reviews, interviews and spotlights.  I have read many new Indian authors through this group which otherwise, I would have not known about.

Check them out to meet more book lovers. 

There are not many in my family who are voracious readers.  The internet has been a boon for me for meeting so many like-minded people.  The added bonus is free ARCs.


Day 5 One of the unfortunate side effects of reading and blogging like rockstars seems to be a tendency toward burnout. How do you keep things fresh on your blog and in your reading?  

Reviewing has definitely improved my reading speed and I spend more time reading. I had stopped reading for about a decade when I had my children.  But, now I am back at it with a vengeance.

The worst thing is to read a book for review while one of your cherished picks is waiting on the shelf to be picked up.  That is what I hate the most.  But this year, I have resolved to alternate the review books with my own books.  It keeps the reading interesting.

Sometimes,  the eyes just skim through the words without registering what you have read.  It is a definite signal to stop reading.  Earlier, I used to accept every request for review.  I have stopped doing that now.  I take only what I can read unless its my favourite genre or author.

It does require lot of focus and time from our end.  But,  we are doing it for our love of books.  The day it becomes a chore,  I will stop.