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How To Promote Reading- A Discussion

As avid readers ourselves , we recognise how important the habit of reading is . Admittedly , being addicted to reading might be bad , but cultivating the habit of reading every now and then is rather important .

Reading is not a hobby everyone looks forward to . In fact , reading isn’t encouraged unless it is academic books that you are reading . I remember one of my teachers asking us what we were going to do for the summer and I told her , rather eagerly , that I was going to read . And she asked me why I was behaving like an old lady . Yep , reading is old . 

So , how do we change this ?

I personally stick to the belief that reading is personal . I picked up one book for myself four years back and since then , reading has become as important to me as breathing is. Therefore , the first step in promoting reading would be making people read for the first time and make it enjoyable for them . The problem is , how ?

Normally , I  retorted to ,

1.Gifting books all the time : 

Has this worked ? No . I know the books I’ve gifted are sitting on the shelves somewhere, waiting to be picked up  finally.  There are few people who get excited at the prospect of getting books for gifts .

2. Prodding people to read : 

It sounded like a good plan initially , now it seems to be a waste of time . I keep talking to people about books  in hopes that they would get hooked up . I tell them , ” You should definitely read this ” and they would reply politely , ” Sure . I would get to reading it soon” . The ‘soon’ turns to never .

3. Having books all over the place : 

I used to think that if people saw more books , they’d be  tempted to pick one . So , I piled up books everywhere . Did it work ? Nope .

Ideas that I think will work : 

  1. Reading to kids
  2. Trying to make reading seem like a normal daily activity

And I can’t find anymore that one could do to try  . Does anybody have tricks that work ?

 

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Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

Bright We Burn (The Conqueror's Saga, #3)Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

Rating : ★★★★★

Genre : Young Adult (Historical fiction )

Summary : 

Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it?

Lada’s rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won’t rest until everyone knows that her country’s borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed’s peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince.

But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister’s indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before–including her relationships–can Lada truly build the country she wants.

Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world.

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The Problems Of A Book Lover

I don’t know about you but I suffer from all sort of reader problems in the world .

1 . Deciding which book to read first : I just can’t pick among so many lovelies !

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2. When you can’t stop reading and it’s 4 : 00 in the morning : Just one more page…*binge reads the whole book and buys another book for tomorrow *

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A Thousand Pieces Of You by Claudia Grey

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Rating: ★★

Genre : Young Adult ( Science Fiction )

Summary : 

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

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Books in October

October , 2018 is so good for me and I’m already in love with this month though it has only begun . There are just way too many wonders getting added to literature y’all ! Here’s a short list of all the blessings that are about to reach us . 

1 . Kingdom Of Ash by Sarah J Maas :

I have been waiting for this for two years . Two whole years . I don’t know why authors 33590260like to play with our hearts and end books with cliffhangers but the answer to all my questions is coming along this month . Can you see me doing my happy dance ? Yeepee…I’m so excited for it . Congrats to all of us Maasassins who completed their years of waiting . We’re finally getting our very deserved awards * flips hair *

“A princess who was to live for a Thousand years. Longer. That had been her gift. It was now her curse.”

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Let You Be My Puppet Once – Book Review

Let You Be My Puppet OnceLet You Be My Puppet Once by Preetika Mehra

My Rating : ★★★

Genre : Political Thriller

Summary : 

Losing their faith in the System, a group of MNC-employed youngsters decide to take revenge on some politicians and businessmen after having suffered at their hands. Their master plan also exposes the connections of the powerful with the rich, of the mafia with politicians and of those who exploited the poor. All this leads to a war. A war that had never happened.

The Chief of Intelligence had never dealt with such brilliant people who were entangling him in multiple versions of events. After a while, he is unable to differentiate between the real and planted evidence. The clock is ticking. The media is on adrenaline.

The Chief is faced with several questions. How did it all happen? Will he be able to solve the case? Can he get the accused politicians acquitted? Should he find an escape for himself amidst the turmoil?

It’s time he found the answers!

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Circe by Madeline Miller : Book Review

CirceCirce by Madeline Miller

Rating:★★★

Genre :  Fantasy Fiction

                             Theme : Greek Myth

Summary : 

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

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Chrissy à la Carte- Book Review

Chrissy à la CarteChrissy à la Carte by Genevieve Lerner

Rating: ★★

Genre : Romantic Comedy

Source : Review copy

Summary : 

Chrissy’s life has completely fallen apart…

…and if she doesn’t figure it out soon, she’ll definitely be homeless, broke, and a giant failure for the rest of her life. Probably.

A year after college graduation, Chrissy ends up where she hoped she would never find herself: back on her parents’ doorstep. She magically lands a job at the Netflix show “Let’s Cook! with Derrick Longjohns,” and prays it will be a one-way ticket to her dream culinary school.

But her job turns out to be nothing like she imagined, especially when she runs into a very attractive, very bicep-y stranger. Unfortunately, she is Clumsy McAwkwardson, and has a bad habit of spilling Fanta all over herself. Super attractive.

Now, she just has to pretend to be a good employee. And stay on Mom’s good side. And impress her perfect sister, Paige. And help plan Grandma’s (seventh) wedding. And somehow, some way, convince everyone that she has it all under control.

No biggie

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The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger : Review

The Catcher in the RyeThe Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger

Rating: 

Genre : Young Adult

Summary : 

Holden Caulfield is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the ‘phony’ aspects of society, and the ‘phonies’ themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection.

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The Last Magician : Review and Contest

The Last Magician (The Last Magician, #1)The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

My Rating: ★★★★

Genre : Young Adult Fantasy

Theme : Time travel

Summary :

Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past

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