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My Reading Updates - IamReading - January 2019

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This weekend, I have been looking at my reading desk and I was delighted to find the books I have already read and the ones I have to read in the near future. I will share my reading desk with all my readers here and I hope they can find something of their interest as well. Reading is something that relaxes me as well as gives me the freedom to explore more of my mood and choice. I have finished non-fiction that was way more interesting than an ordinary novel written by an extraordinary writer (otherwise). I have also finished a few fiction books that are way better, written by ordinary writers, than books written by champions of modern fiction. So, in short, reading is uncertain and it always entertains as well as gives us time and space to ponder. Here is what I read and what I will read. 

Elephants in the Room by Suraj Laxminarayanan - Review

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Suraj Laxminarayanan's debut crime thriller novel Elephants in the Room has been the buzz among book lovers and reviewers in recent times. Since the launch, this novel has raised the bars of a crime thriller with its unusual setting and an unconventional conclusion that a crime thriller novel would not have otherwise. Have you read it already? This review on IamReading blog is for the readers who haven't read the novel. This review will help them understand whether the book is for them or not. Let's begin the tour of Suraj Laxminarayanan's fiction...

Indicting Goliath by Lal Bhatia - Book Review

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Lal Bhatia's debut book, the story of a part of his life in the USA, Indicting Goliath, has swept the internet already. Since its publication and launch in the mid-2018, the book has attracted many critical reviews and also many neutral readers who have concurred with Mr Bhatia's account and align with him in demanding something which is rarely delivered today - Justice! Lal Bhatia's book is the story of his struggle in bringing out the fact that an innocent was tortured and persecuted without any crime being committed and the real culprits were roaming free outside.

Reading an author interview certainly matters!

What is the best thing that the authors have? What's the best possible way to know the things you want to know about the authors? How to find out what does an author read? How to be sure what is the work-life balance mantra of your favourite author? The easiest way, we believe that you believe too, is reading author interviews. Reading interviews of authors can instantly make you aware of their likes and dislikes, choices in various walks of life and also their strength and weakness. However, make sure that you read the interviews on some reputed platforms which are serious about content and presentation.

Get free paperback books in India!

Is there any possible way to get free paperback copies of the recently released or the popular books? Giveaways are rather popular in the countries of Europe and the USA because there is a dedicated class of readers and authors who mostly want to communicate with them. In India, however, getting free copies of books can be a tough task - you can get free Bibles and Korans, most of the time. If you look for getting a free book that you can enjoy reading, you might lose the bid, often. So, is there any way to get free paperback copies or print copies of books in India?

Little Maryam by Hamid Baig - book review

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"I love you so much, Maryam. I just needed to tell you, to let you know how much you mean to me." Saadiq said. 
Maryam looked up shyly at him. "I love you too, Saadiq." 
His heart swelled both with joy and a strange, peaceful calm.

American Maharajah - book review

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American Maharajah is a novel written by the US-based author Mark Stephen Levy. As you can clearly comprehend from the very title, the book is surely a blend of the east and the west, not in the terms which we could say, is philosophical. However, the connection between India and the USA has been weaved very wonderfully and appropriately in the terms of fiction that it keeps the readers attached to the story. Mark has written this novel to portray the life of a man, named Ravi Shankar, who has been raised in the USA and he thinks (as he has been told) that he was born in the USA as well. However, the roots of the secret are deeper in the land which spreads out to a village in the deserts of Rajasthan - Bharthambhor.