Hello, everyone~ How are you~
Today we are interviewing the sublime @bookreviews.art.clicks- AKA Mansi Singh! Today’s interview will delve into the dark side of reading and probe their curious mind! I’m just kidding, for real though, Mansi has some real pretty cool content on their Instagram that you must check out, as they deserve the recognition and support.
That is all I have to say for now, read on!
“Hey, everyone I am Mansi Singh, an Indian book reviewer. I have immense love and admiration for wordcraft. I am a reader, writer and an artist. Reading books is my passion and addiction which grows rapidly with time. The Bookstagram community is great and I enjoy sharing my thoughts about books with people who have an equal interest in books too. Honest book reviewing is my priority. I write a bit too on my WordPress blog, sharing my thoughts about current issues.”
To begin with, thank you so much for allowing me this opportunity to interview you.
1. We shall begin with an easy question; What are you currently reading, and why did you choose it?
I am currently reading ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins. I chose this book because I have read some fine reviews about it on Instagram and Amazon. Moreover, I often choose books by its name; and this name sounds mysterious to me. I must tell you; I love mystery.
2. Another easy one before we go darker; Have you ever done a 24-hour reading challenge? If so, how many pages/novels did you complete?
No, I haven’t done any challenges of this kind yet, because I am still a student and I have to manage my academics too alongside with quenching my thirst for literature on the side. though, I have once finished a book in a day, of 200 pages; that was not a great book.
3. Moving quicker now; List 3 of your LEAST favourite novels and WHY.
Okay, my least favourite. So, yeah I have few, starting from- ‘Half Girlfriend’ by Chetan Bhagat, I found this story impractical and illogical. Then, ‘Normal People’ by Sally Rooney; the whole time you are reading it, you will just focus on finding the conclusion, and you wouldn’t be satisfied with what you found in the end. The third one, ‘Dear Zari’ by Zarguna Kargar- that was a nice book, but too painful and I couldn’t gulp that much aching in my heart. So I left the last two stories unread.
4. Touching the darker side of reading; Have you ever read a novel that included something that horrified you? (e.g a particular scene, language, or character)
Yes, definitely; the brutality, the description of the murders horrified me sometimes. The illustration of detection of a dead corpse in ‘The Agony and Ecstasy’ by Irving Stone, was so obscene and horrifying that I left that book incomplete. I couldn’t gather my writs to read it again.
5. Delving straight into the deep end; Have you ever stolen in a novel (and what motivated you to do it?) or taken one by accident? If so, did you keep it?
No, I haven’t done this yet, but I believe in the theory of books- “Buy, Borrow or Steal”. I surely have borrowed books and never returned, if that’s considered stealing, then you can call me – The Book Thief.
6. With that dark theme in mind; Have you ever recklessly destroyed a novel? (Ripped, crumbled, folded, bent, written in etc)
No, no, no- I have a sensitive, fragile heart; I consider toys as my kids and books as my friends, literally like human beings. I don’t even dogear my books. If I lost my bookmark, I just memorize the page number where I left. I hate writing on novels and other literature books, but I often mark on my academic books.
7. On a brighter note; What advice do you have to readers about maintaining novels? (Caring for their books)
For all the readers out there, your books are the most precious things you’ve got after our family and friends; keep them like you would keep a precious ornament. Cover them with transparent sheets, to carry them everywhere and save those edges from crumbling. Also, transparent sheets won’t destroy the pleasure of seeing that book cover again and again. Try not to carry hardcover books on a journey too.
Thank you so much once again for allowing me to do this, it was wonderful getting to know you!
Thank you all for reading, it was so much fun writing this! Mansi was such great sport about this and answered in great timing! I love doing this because I get to help support the community, and in turn I befriend and get-know individuals on a personal level and it is so wholesome, I love it.
But for now, I’ll end this post with saying, if you enjoyed today’s post comment down below. If that doesn’t work for you, you can go to my Instagram or my Twitter which will also be down below. I’ll see you next time, my lovelies x