Hello again! I have another awesome blogger and BBNYA panellist to introduce you all to today. Rejitha blogs at Book Bug World where she posts some well thought out and in depth reviews, she has also recently started a you tube channel of the same name to share her bookish love.
To start off with tell us a little about you
Hello! I am Rejitha. I am from India, Kerala to be exact. I am a lover, reader and blogger of the books. I intend to Dracarys anyone who says, books don’t have power. Someday I want to write a book ( it’s a dream and some rough scribbling at the moment). I have a full time job but books are my passion.
When did you start blogging and what made you decide to start your blog?
I started blogging by September 2018. 2017 was a tough year for me emotionally and I felt detached with just everything in life. You know, your typical what am I actually doing with my life other than slaving away at an office. I tried to revive many of my passions. Most of them were forgotten, including reading. But then I decided to buy a Kindle. And one of my colleagues challenged me with “Let’s see how much more you read now that you have a Kindle.”
I started reading more because suddenly books are more affordable and I don’t have to strain my eyes on a mobile screen. The need to keep track of my reading led to me writing on a diary about the books I read. When my friend heard about this, she suggested starting a blog. The idea originated there and it took six more months for me to start. And well, here I am.
Do you have any fun bookish memories?
Ooh.. Let me think! I don’t know if this qualifies for fun, but I once went to a book fair near my office. Just a few books on sale and I bought some. One of them was the Fault in Our Stars. Now, I know from the synopsis that this is not a pretty story and for books like that I have a weird habit of turning the last page and just reading the last paragraph. To my surprise my copy of The Fault in Our Stars didn’t have the ending!
You see we have these cheap book sales in India where they might sell faulty prints. You’re aware that it is not perfect, but missing pages are rare occurrences. Now it sounds funny but at the moment I was shocked. To this day, I haven’t read the book. I still have the copy though.
Name a few of your favourites: Books/ Authors/ Characters/ Movies/ TV Shows etc.
I know I should say this is a tough one but at the end of the day I answer the first book/ others that comes to mind. There is a reason it made a place in my mind.
So, Books – Wuthering Heights and Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
Authors – Sophie Kinsella ( esp early standalones), Jane Austen
Characters – When you say Wuthering Heights, people think of Heathcliff immediately but my heart goes out for Hareton. ( I was eighteen when I read it for class and Hareton was my first book crush). If you’ve read the book, Hareton has so much to hate the world but he turned out to be good. That’s hope and it pays off in the end.
Female Characters – Jane Eyre and Rebecca Bloomwood
Movies – Devil Wears Prada ( movie is better than the book!!) and in Hindi – Wake Up Sid.
TV Shows – Game of Thrones. ( I’ve read the first book only. Forgive me)
Where did you first hear about BBNYA and what made you decide to join?
I was approached by Dave from TheWriteReads and at that time it was just an idea. I knew if anyone could pull something like this, it could be Dave. TheWriteReads are the reason I decided to join BBNYA. They have given me this amazing bookish community. This really feels like a safe environment. No one berates anyone for saying the wrong thing or something like that. And it is that trust in the community that made me join because I know they are genuine. I hope this opens up a new culture of virtual literary events on a global level. It means a lot for International readers/book bloggers like me. I believe authors would feel the same way too.
What are some of your favourite indie/self-published books and why?
Before blogging I wasn’t aware of indie/ self-published authors. But I have been introduced to some really good books especially with the TheWriteReads blog tour. This might look like a promotional interview but it is the truth. Anyway, I love After The Green Withered by Kristin Ward. It is the kind of theme that I dream about writing someday.
100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons
The Fifteen Wonders Of Daniel Green by Erica Boyce
These are books I wouldn’t have found without blogging.
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