What I look for in a good book?

EngrossedFor the past few months,  I have been reading a lot of books,  certainly more than what I read in the past few years.  Goodreads tells me 30 books.   But I have certainly read more than that.   Some have made me ecstatic, some were painfully boring, some were just nice, some I just could not finish.  This condition seems to afflict both new and seasoned authors.  The hurry to put your book out there is certainly affecting the quality.

There are many new authors who have been writing and I have been reading many authors for the first time.  I do agree that everyone doesn’t hit jackpot all the time.  If it is a self-published book,  I am very sceptical.  But would I read it?  Yes,  I would.  I want to give the benefit of doubt and a chance to every author to see what is it they have written.  In fact, if not satisfied,  I try to read their next outing too before making up my mind.   Oh! I do change my mind too.   I do not give out ratings for books for the same reason.  What I like,  you may not like and vice-versa.

So,  what is it that I, as a reader look for in a good book?  Lets look at the technical aspects first.

  • Language – If I am reading an English book, I want the author to use immaculate English language.  The grammar has to be perfect.  It is jarring when the author is writing in bad grammar with no tenses.  I assume the author is thinking in another language and then writing in a different language.  Please don’t do that.  Then there is the case of the translators who have immaculate grammar, but they are not able to bring the same effect as in the original language.

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Book Blitz : Sweet Revenge

Sweet Revenge 
by 
Olivier Lafont 


FROM THE AUTHOR OF WARRIOR,  ANOTHER BOOK, ANOTHER GENRE – A ROMANCE. 

Blurb 

If revenge was a dish best served cold, then French Adonis Guy Leguerec knew exactly what to serve treacherous and desirable Eve Watson…
Seven years after Louisiana, where Eve devastated his heart and ruthlessly wiped out his future, Guy finds her in Boston opening her first art showing. Now a wealthy and powerful shipping magnate, Guy lures Eve into his trap of seduction and opulence, intent on one thing only: getting revenge for her crimes.
When American artist Eve Watson sees the only man she ever loved enter the art gallery, and re-enter her life, she feels helpless terror and frenzied desire. Seven years ago Guy Leguerec had seduced her heart, exploited her body, and then discarded her. Against her better judgment she accepts his invitation, and once again they spiral into a maelstrom of irresistible passion, divinely rampant sex, and the brutal politics of unknown intentions…
Violently sundered by their volatile misconceptions, Eve flees Boston in emotional tatters, and Guy grudgingly lets her vanish, his revenge thwarted.
But destiny has planned otherwise: Eve has taken an art job in Paris, ignorant of the fact that the company is one of many subsidiary businesses belonging to Guy. Flung together again in an even more precarious position, Eve and Guy must war with each other and themselves, and confront seven years of misapprehension and malign manipulation. Greed, family vendetta, and deception have eaten away at the intimacy they once shared —
But is the truth enough to save their desperate, shipwrecked love?
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About The Author 
 
Olivier Lafont is a French author, screenplay writer, and actor. His novel ‘Warrior’ was published by Penguin Random House, and was shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize. He has just released his new contemporary romance novel ‘Sweet Revenge’ exclusively on Kindle. ‘Purgatory: The Gun of God’ is a fantasy novelette published in South Africa. 
 
Lafont has written a number of feature film scripts before. The first film he wrote opened at the Toronto Film Festival and went on to win seven awards at film festivals worldwide. 
 
As an actor Lafont has acted in Hollywood and Indian films, in TV serials, and in over 80 television commercials. He acted in ‘3 Idiots’, one of India’s all-time blockbuster hits, the critically-acclaimed ‘Guzaarish’, and the Lifetime film ‘Baby Sellers’, amongst other films. 
 
Lafont graduated with two degrees in acting and writing from Colgate University, USA, with academic distinction.
 

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Book Blitz : Roomies / Foodies

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Roomies / Foodies 
by 
Lakshmi Ashwin and Meghana Chaudhary Joshi
Publisher 
 
 
Blurb 
The year is 2001. Two young Indian girls arrive in the U.S. for the first time, to attend graduate school and be room-mates. One’s a non-cook. The other’s kitchen skills are strictly basic. As luck would have it, both are consummate foodies. And it’s not just advanced Molecular Biology they’ll come to tackle—the daily challenge is to feed their stomachs…and souls…on a thinner-than-spaghetti budget! Part memoir, part cook-book, Roomies/Foodies compiles the experiments and culinary adventures of Lux and Meg as they stick to their resolve of eating only non-boring food! Written in a slick, hip, conversational style, this well-organized handbook bubbles with anecdotes, tips, tricks, cheater’s methods and over 60 lip-smacking recipes. Spanning an easy-to moderate spectrum of skills, Meg and Lux’s “Eureka moments” in their own kitchen will help spare YOU some painful trial and error in yours!

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The first challenge for 2016

 

With my past dismal history of participating in challenges,  I should not really take up any more challenges.  But,  let me leave the negatives of 2015 and move on to a more positive 2016.   This year I am combining my love for books and challenges into one and participating in the Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge 2016.  2015-Outdo-Yourself-Reading-Challenge

2015 has been a great year for me with regards to books and all things related to books.  I have always loved to read.  But somehow,  post marriage and then children,  the reading habit fell by the way.  It had fallen to the point of not reading anything at all.  But,  life was great and I didn’t miss a lot.   Continue reading

The first book I fell in love with

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I had been reading books since I was 5.  I had also read many books before this.  But it was the classic ‘Gone With the Wind’ that really blew my mind.  Its 1000+ pages of  storytelling heaven.  It was also one of the first historical fictions I had read.  I was amazed by the vast canvas of the book.  It starts from the fields of Georgia and follows the lives of Scarlett O’Hara and her family through the civil war.  It details each landscape beautifully.   Continue reading