“To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting” said Edumund Burke, the Irish philosopher. It’s that time of the year to reflect upon the books that I’ve read so far in the year. It’s International Authors’ Day after all!
2015 began with a bang for me, both personally and professionally. I had set myself few goals when the year began. I’d prefer to call it goals for the term ‘resolution’ is has become synonymous with ‘disobedience’. My first goal was to attend a literary event. I have always wanted to discuss books with strangers. Though I’ve been doing that online, but then, nothing like an actual endless conversation about books! Thanks to my less hectic work life, I was able to attend The Hindu Lit for life, held in the month of January. I got meet a lot of like-minded people. In fact, I ended up having conversations on varied subjects with people from a variety of age group. I also got a wonderful opportunity to meet great literary figures like Elanor Cotton, Damon Galgut, Justice Leela Seth and others. Of course, I also got to meet two people, whom I’m I admire completely, writer Amish Tripathi and journalist Rajdeep Sardesai. To sum up, I managed to achieve Goal one completely!
My second goal was to revive my almost dying creative writing skills. I’ve been majorly writing book reviews (or Control Philosophies for work) for the past two years. Moreover, my friend from school, Dhivya at Readers’ Muse kept pushing me to start writing short stories so that we could publish a collection of short stories together. Thanks to her push (more of a shove maybe), I actually started writing creative pieces. That initial momentum as a result of her shove slowed down as I parted ways with her from Readers’ Muse. Encouragement from other friends of mine, made me pick up pace and resume writing again. As a result, I published my first official short story in my new blog. I’m presently working on another short story and hope to finish it soon. Thus, Goal two is complete!
My third goal was to read books by various writers. Being an obsessive and seasoned reader, I had tendencies to pick up books by established writers like John Grisham, James Patterson, Jeffery Archer and Jeffery Deaver only. Having read quite a bit of self-published books last year I realized that there are indeed many ‘unknown’ writers who churn out great books which sadly go unnoticed. I decided to experiment a bit more this year. So far, I’ve reviewed quite a bit of books by writers from various parts of the world in varied genres. Hence Goal three has progressed successfully so far!
I wouldn’t dream of even setting the above three goals if not for the encouragement, love and never ending support from few people. Thus begins my “thank you” list - First, to my parents, for inculcating reading habit and nurturing my writing habit. Next, to my teachers at school, I’d be lost without them. Third, to a long list of people most of whom I met ‘online’. As much cliché that sounds, they are the folks who supported me and continue to do so immaterial of where I blog. My heartfelt thanks to the following people – Marion Eaton, Sherrie Cronin, Laura Fabiani, Sage Adderly, Tia Sounders, Kolleen Kidd, Stephanie Collins,Rubina Ramesh, Sundari Venkatraman, Nikita Johri, Sumeetha Manikandan, Athil DeMarco, DDS, Naheed Hasan & Sarah (Indireads Publishing) , Megha Paramar (Fingerprint! publishing), Iti Khuranna (Harper Collins), Daniel Janik (Savant Publishing). I wish to thank all other writers and other book promoters who have considered me eligible to review their books and sent me their books.Last but not the least, my heartfelt thanks to DDS for starting this International Authors' Day blog hop.It has given me the perfect chance to thank people who really made me happy by writing great books! I hope to keep reading and writing!
Now for the exciting part of the IAD Blog hop - THE GIVEAWAY! Enter below to win a copy of Laura Fabiani's Daughter of Mine. My sincere thanks to Laura for agreeing to gift her book as a part of International Authors' day. If the below form doesn't load, click here.
Daughter of Mine by Laura Fabiani : The Blurb
Tiziana Manoretti is an only child in her late twenties blessed with loving parents, a promising career, and a best friend who fiercely protects her. When her mother falls seriously ill and the relationship between her parents becomes suddenly strained, a carefully hidden family secret is revealed and Tiziana's seemingly idealistic world is turned upside down. After discovering she was born in a Naples orphanage and subsequently given up for adoption, Tiziana sets out for the small town of Gaeta in an attempt to find her birth parents. Meanwhile, her best friend Christopher is sending her mixed messages, causing her to wonder if there is more to their relationship than just companionship. As she becomes intertwined with a handful of interesting characters who help her uncover her past, Tiziana needs to decide whether her feelings for Christopher are deeper than she realizes. She discovers herself and others all while her family's resilience and love for one another is tested when confronted with a shocking truth. The answers lie in a box found in a closet in Italy, and Tiziana must determine if she wants to embrace the heartache and the pain from her past in order to learn forgiveness and find peace in the future.