I'm really excited to be interviewing the fabulous Pragya of Reviewing Shelf! Once you've finished finding out more about this voracious reader, please drop by her blog HERE and say hi!
Firstly – a quick introduction – tell us a little about yourself.
I am a 24 year old Clinical Psychologist who loves to read. I read everything from fiction, young adult, mystery, paranormal, romance, classics, non-fiction to biographies. Apart from reading, I am a trained classical singer and love to sing and listen to music. I also love to travel and bake.
Night Owl or Early Bird: Night Owl. On a rare instance, I may be an early bird.
Beach or Mountains: Beach, though I love mountains too.
Sweet or Savoury: Both, they both have their value because of the other. ;)
Sun or Snow: Snow but sun on snow is best.
Toast or Cereal: Toast
What is your favourite book/author/series?
My my! How am I going to answer this one? I have always adored ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is another favorite of mine. I recently came across John Green and loved his ‘Looking for Alaska’ and ‘The fault in our stars’.
Do you have favorite genres, or is there a genre you would really like to read more of?
I love to read romance and mystery. I am slowly starting to read more paranormal.
Where do you typically read? Do you have any particular place/outfit/food or drink requirements for a good reading session?
No particular place. I love curling up with a book in bed, though. PJs and a cup of green tea with a slice of cake just sums up the perfect reading session.
What's the first book you remember reading?
I have a really bad memory so I don’t remember. But I remember the Baby Sitter Club books to be my first read.
How to do you find your next reads?
I adore recommendation on Goodreads and I have huge TBR so I just pick one that is available according to my mood and start reading.
What are you reading right now?
I am reading lots of books right now.
The picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde,
Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro,
Can you keep a secret by Sophie Kinsella,
The tiger’s wife by Tea Obreht,
Fifty shades of Grey by E. L. James,
Baking cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin,
One day by David Nicholls,
listening to 11/22/63 by Stephen King and I am the messenger by Markus Zusak.
When did you start your blog, and why did you start?
I started my blog in December 2011 because I was suddenly fascinated by the world of blogging as a way to meet lots of other readers, getting to know more books and giving reviews to those who are in search for it. Also, the lure of getting books in exchange for reviews was hard to resist.
What is unique about your blog?
My blog only caters to books and reviews. It showcases author interviews, cover reveals and giveaways and gives readers a chance to know what books they can buy at great prices. Also, my blog does not pertain to a particular genre, here you will find books from young adult to classics to textbooks to paranormal. It is your one stop search for book reviews of all kinds.
What is your favourite, and least favourite, things about book blogging?
My favorite things are connecting with the readers, expressing myself and getting to know other great blogs.
My least favorite things are the technical aspects – there are so many difficulties in adding widgets and html to Wordpress. I hate trying to figure out such stuff.
Do you review every book you read on your blog?
Since I started my blog, I have reviewed every book I have read on my blog. But it may change with time. I may not review each book I read.
Where do you get your books from (not just review books!)?
I buy mine, used from book fairs because they come at cheap prices and I am only a student so can’t afford to buy much books if I buy new. I get review books from NetGalley and pick up free books from Amazon Kindle store. Also, I frequent the library at times or get a kindle loan from LendInk. Then again, giveaways help me get some great books for free. ;)
Do you have an e-reader? If yes, what do you like about e-reading? If no, why not?
I have a Kindle for PC application and hope to buy a Kindle soon. I like about e-reading is the fact that I get so many books for free. Also, I get a dictionary and I am able to make notes as I read, which I love. But still a paperback holds its charm and comfort for me. May be, getting a Kindle would take care of the comfort part.
Does cover art / design influence the books you choose?
It certainly does. I am one of those few (or the only one) who refuse to read book blurbs most of the time and pick books by intuition, so the cover has a lot of say.
If you could say one thing to all the authors that you love, what would it be?
Thank you for your work. I really appreciate it. Your books give me so much pleasure and I love to lose myself in the dream world you create. Please keep writing.
A big thank you to Pragya for stepping into the spotlight! If you would like to be interviewed by me (I don't bite, honest!), please drop me a line. And before you leave, make sure you check out Reviewing Shelf.