Book Tag – The Reading Habits Book Tag

I was tagged by Mark Jayson Balas of bongbongbooks for this book tag long back but couldn’t finish this task . Better late than never, I guess. So lets begin with questions.

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

Yes, my Bedroom where my study table is. I mostly read in my bedroom. Sometimes I read just before sleeping ,so my bed is second spot where I read in my bedroom. 

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Bookmarks. mostly! I do own few bookmarks,the metal ones and paper ones too. I do carry a bookmark whenever i am carrying a book. 

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

I like to stop when a chapter finishes rather than on random pages. This also works for short stories well, so I am very particular about it. It’s easier to remember where you last stopped in the story. In rare occasions when I stop reading in between chapters , I start with re- reading that chapter.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Sometimes. I am one of those people who are super clean while eating, so I am not worried about my books getting dirtier.

once my friend borrowed a book and returned it with yellow food stains. I am yet to forgive her for that.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Music is good company but tv is distraction. 

6. One book at a time or several at once?

There was a time when I couldn’t read more than one at a time, but presently, I am reading 4.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

I read when at home,office and while travelling. I do carry a book along most of the times,unless I am going out with friends and family.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently of course.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I do skip pages if the book is boring or the plot is getting typical. 

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Why is this even a question?

Preserving it like a new copy all the way! As I mentioned earlier, I am a super clean person, I wrap books in plastic after I am done reading so they remain brand new always.

11. Do you write in your books?

I don’t write, but yes if I find a beautiful quote or if a line strucks me I highlight it.

12. Who do you tag?

I hardly have blogger friends,so I am gonna tag few friends who also blog.

Here’s the list of wonderful people I tag.

Pls, do tag me once you are done answering the questions, i’d love to read them.

Amruta Panage

Aniesha Brahma

Samarpita Sharma

Bhumika shah

Raka

Thank you so much Mark for tagging me, it was really fun task to complete.

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Book Review – Kanhu and other stories by Saroj Mishra

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On The Cover :

This book contains eleven short stories in Odiya translated into English. The original Authors are all well-known writers, some of them winners of the Kendriya Sahitya Akademi awards and others honoured with several state-level awards.

The stories in this anthology reflect the rich and divergent cultural heritage of Odisha and the current thinking in Odiya society-varying from focus on the plight of the underprivileged to the struggles of different sections of society in dealing with moral dilemmas.

The stories have been selected carefully to promote the Odiya language, with its colourful idiom, the heritage and the social ambience of Odisha, to a wider audience so that the readers can learn about its rich literature and the glorious history of Odisha.

Review :

I love reading short stories, no matter what genre they are from. Day by day my schedule keeps getting busier and I am not finding as much time to read as I would love to and thus short stories are perfect solution to my problem. I literally carried this book for a week and read wherever I could read, be it during train journeys or while taking a break from work.

Now coming to the book, the stories are simple and earthly. I liked Kanhu’s home and Inauguration of the Electric Crematorium. But all other stories were okay. I wanted to read more about Odisha but unfortunately that didn’t happen. There are 10 stories even though the back cover mentions 11, few stories also have typing errors, thus making this book poor on editing and proof reading front.

Writing a short story is not a easy task. Not just one has to fit a story in limited word count but also make it look appeasing. A good short is one that touches your heart. A better one compels you to imagine scenarios of what ifs. Kanhu and other stories fails to create that touch and that kind of impact.

Rating :

**/5

Check out the book HERE

Note : This Review is for Leadstart Publishing