Blog name: The Reading Bud
Blog URL: http://thereadingbud.com
Your name: Heena Rathore P.
Let’s begin with your blogger origin story - how long have you been blogging about books and why did you start?
I started The Reading Bud in March 2014, so I’ve been blogging from last one and a half years.
I was 23 years old at the time and was a little confused regarding my career. In order to help me finalize what I really wanted to do, I decided to take a year off.
Now, with all the time in the world, I quickly grabbed the opportunity to get lots of books and read to my heart’s content. After reading almost 10 books in the first month, I felt that I wanted to document my thoughts on each and every book as I really felt a void inside me after completing one book and simply moving on to the next one. It was like I needed a closure after completing a book because I really get emotionally involved in each and every book read.
So, after a little bit of research and a lot of brainstorming, I created The Reading Bud.
Presently I have 5 review contributors at The Reading Bud who help me review books by international independent authors.
What genres and subgenres does your blog focus on? Are there any trends within these that you’re excited to see, or any you would like to see dissipate?
I’m a huge fan of Mystery and Thriller genre but I also enjoy Fantasy (High, Urban or Epic), Dystopian and Adventure. I’m a sucker for amazing stories so as long as the book has a strong plotline and story telling, I’d be happy to read it despite the genre.
Trends I like in M&T: Serial killers, psychopaths, crime fiction, detective fiction, cozy mysteries.
Trends I dislike in M&T: Romance mysteries, legal thrillers, unnecessary exaggeration of suspense and book series (trilogies are fine, but having to read 15 books in the same is not okay with me.)
How has being a NetGalley member and having access to digital galleys impacted your blogging?
Tremendously! Having access to advance copies of books is like a dream for any book lover and NetGalley helps me live this dream each and every day. I’ve discovered a huge number of new and brilliant authors, that I can’t even imagine not being a member of NetGalley. I am to leave NetGalley now; I’d be really depressed. And believe it or not I’ve already read more than 150 titles since last year on NetGalley alone!
The other thing that really amazes me is that NetGalley helps me stay ahead of everyone in terms of new worldwide releases and as a result many readers prefer following TRB on a regular basis.
Plus, the wide range of genre and books that NetGalley offers is just unbelievable. If you ask me, NetGalley is a booklover’s heaven!
And last but not the least, I absolutely adore NetGalley because of its integration (or whatever the technical term is) with Kindle. I mean, it’s really easy to just click on the “Send to Kindle” option and get it on my Kindle within 5 seconds. As an e-book person, I can’t wish for anything more.
What are your favorite covers on NetGalley right now?
Your review style is somewhat unique as you break down various aspects of the book and review them individually (plot/story, characters, romance/kills, writing, beginning, ending, cover art, the blurb, etc.) – can you describe how you formulate your reviews and how you decided to review in this manner?
I am highly opinionated person and when I read a book I always have something to say about each and every individual element. For me a book is the sum all it’s elements, so the story and characterization are as important as its cover design and blurb on the jacket.
I feel that if I’m reviewing a book then I have a responsibility towards my blog-readers to tell them about each and every aspect of the book and not just how good or bad the story is.
It also helps me to frame my review better, especially for the books that I rate low. There’s always something good about every book and I prefer keeping my reviews as positive as I can, because being an author myself I know how much effort goes into each and every book.
Which review that you recently submitted via NetGalley is your favorite?
Southern Solstice by Sarah Sadler – read Heena’s review here!
Your favorite snack to eat while reading:
Fruits or sprouts with lemon and mint iced tea/coffee.
Your favorite 2 publishers for Mystery & Thriller titles:
Hachette and Random House
Your blog, in 2 sentences:
The Reading Bud brings you honest and detailed reviews of the latest and the best reads from around the world. We review the best and selective independent books by international authors and make sure to help you in any way we can in selecting the right book(s) for you, because we understand that books are so much more than just pages and words.
The 1 book you wish was never-ending:
A Song Of Ice And Fire series (hands down!)
And to finish off our interview, if you could have coffee (…or something stiffer) with any author, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?
I’d love to have something stiffer, JD, with Sidney Sheldon as he is the first mystery author I read as a teenager. He’s the one who got me hooked to this amazing genre. He is a legend. (The second choice would be Stephen King.)
Thanks so much for spending some time with us and answering our questions Heena!
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*Interviewed by Tarah Theoret