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The Tool that Every Writer Needs: Grammarly

Being a writer can be a tough job with a lot to wonder and create. Discovering prompts, working on ideas and tiring hours of research are just a few of the list of tasks any writer would need to perform to complete any of their projects. 

That’s why there is a perfect tool out there to make at least, one important task very easier: Editing. Grammarly is a free tool with a worthy premium version that’ll not only help you with grammar and spelling but even gives suggestions on the word usage and composition. These unique features make it a personal favourite of our team.

 

I had used the free version for a while before getting the premium version and in this article, I’ll be recommending both. For grammar and spell check, the free version is really impressive even with its limitations. However, if you are a serious writer or even a student, the premium version is the way to go which, yearly would be less than half of most writers’ coffee budget. 

Not to forget, you can even judge this article since it was written with the help of Grammarly.

Its basic features can be listed as:

  • Contextual Grammar and Spell Check to ensure that your words suit the profile of your work.
  • Composition Suggestions to level up your writing as per your audience’s requirements.
  • Plagiarism Checker to check if your content is original enough.
  • It is compatible with your phone’s keyboard, browsers and MS Word.
  • Style and vocabulary hints are also available for the ones who require them.

So, if you are eager to polish your writings, tap the banner below and enter the world of Grammarly right now!

 

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Movies vs Books | Who’s the Winner in Horror Genre?

You all might been thinking that, movies win here but nah, you are wrong! Ask a book lover the real terror of reading a horror book. I started reading this genre when I was in 10 years old and started liking it.
Here are some reasons that shows books wins over movies in this genre:

YOU CAN ENJOY SOLO EXPERIENCE

There are higher chances that you generally watch a horror movie with your friends or family. Also, you watch one in the theater with lots of people but when you read a book, it’s a totally personal experience and that feeling of horror is at brim.
 

THE EXPERIENCE IS LONG

A movie is generally of two hours and the effect is not long lasting. A book generally lasts of two to three days and hence, the experience is long lasting.
 

THE DETAILING

A movie being short generally lacks a lot of details and descriptions. On the other hand, the best thing about books is all the long details and accurate description of the particular scene which adds to the wow factor.

THE IMAGINATION

Movies are generally the point of views of the director, film maker and all people that is movies are made by the imagination of other person but while reading books you are the king of your own world and imagination.
 

YOU CAN’T AVOID THE SCARY PART

While watching a movie, the chances are that you can close your eyes or hide behind your partners arms but while reading a book you just can’t avoid the scary parts. If you skip, you will not be able to understand the remaining part.
 
I think books always rule over movies may it be horror or not.

Anushka Sharma

I am a medical student. I am 18 years old and books are love. Apart from books, I love dogs. I do author interviews and write book reviews too. The quote that I always like to pen is: CREATE YOUR DESTINY.

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Tips To Stay True To Your Reading Resolution

So you’ve made a resolution to read more books. Even if it isn’t New Year’s Eve you will certainly find yourself to be sharing this resolution with countless other people all over the world. And whether this is day 1 or day 100 you’ll realise that keeping up with your reading resolution is far easier said than done.
 
As an avid reader I’m here to help you out by giving you 5 easy tips that you can follow to keep up with your reading resolution.

Read what you want to read

If you’re a new reader the worst thing you can do is pick up a classic novel or a book on business management just because someone told to. I don’t mean to say that you won’t be able to read such books but you might just get bored of it much more quickly because you’re reading it on someone else’s recommendation who only told you to read it because  it is the ‘sophisticated’ choice.
Ask yourself what you really want to read about and then pick up a book that corresponds with what you wish to read. In the book community we never discriminate readers based on their choice of books.

10 Minutes at a time

Whenever you find some free time on your hands you’re likely to gravitate towards your twitter app or the new season of Stranger Things. Every time this happens tell yourself that you’ll pick up your gadgets later. Force yourself to read something for just 10 minutes before doing anything else. It is likely that in those 10 minutes you’ll get engrossed in your book and will continue reading along. And even if that doesn’t happen, at least you clocked in 10 minutes.

No need to keep an hourly goal

Most people will keep a daily goal of an hour of reading. And as is the case with every goal they’ll start slacking. They might just get in half an hour of reading one day and 10 minutes the other. Then their treacherous brain will say what is the point if I can’t read for an hour every day? Let me just abandon this resolution. 
It’s important to remember the saying ‘every drop counts’. It’s okay if you get in less reading time some days and none on others. That doesn’t mean you should give up. Take it from me, even the most voracious readers may not get the time to read every single day and that’s okay. What matters is your progress, not the ups and downs during the process.

Try audiobooks

If you’re a person who just gets stuck staring at a single page for hours and hours without getting anywhere or someone who after working long hours staring at a computer screen can’t bare to read a single word, you should try out audiobooks. Some people find it easier to listen to stories than read them, especially when they have control on the speed of the narrator and can find good quality audiobooks with background sounds and different narrators. At that point it’s almost like you’re listening to a movie.

Reward yourself

This goes for any goal or resolution – reward yourself!
If you’ve finished reading a book and find out it has a movie or show adaptation then treat yourself and go watch it. It’s up to yo to find different reward systems and find out which one works for you. The key here is not to overdo it to the point that you’re rewarding yourself more than you’re making progress with your reading.

If you can follow all these tips I’m pretty confident that you’ll be flying through books in no time! But remember to always enjoy the experience and the story of each and every book. Good luck!

Charvi Koul

Charvi is an introverted book blogger with a flair for writing and unending love for fictional characters. She is a huge psychology enthusiast and loves to paint or go out for a swim. You will usually find her day dreaming about books, plotting stories in her head, blogging away or trying to escape certain death by her stack of unread books.

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How to Make Time for Reading every day?

There are lots of stuff a person wants to do regularly but always fails to pursue it. Reading is among them which one constantly plan to do regularly but somehow it can’t be done. Former US President, Barack Obama has once said that Reading taught him who he is and what he believes in. This is how the greatest people on the earth defines reading to them. Even the world’s busiest personalities make time to read books daily. Reading boosts one brain’s functioning, increases creativity, helps you grow your understanding and reduces stress. Such is the power of books.
To make a habit of reading one must set some realistic goals, it may vary from 10-12 books a year to 10-15 minutes a day. Having lower goals on a daily basis helps a reader to always make time for reading regularly and this eventually generates his or her interest in everyday reading. This consistent reading habit also makes a reader keen to even read a small part if he or she can’t find a time that day, this ensures reading as a real priority. Reading is great for relaxation but only if you
read in your comfort time period. Some prefer to read late night; some prefer early morning reading. So, choosing the time period in which one felt comfortable will automatically generate time for him or her reading every day. Technology if used wisely can greatly improve one’s habit of regular reading if we used his or her travelling or free time by reading e-Books. This is extremely useful in filing spare time while waiting for appointments, teachers in the classroom or anywhere else. And to avoid the distractions from social media and emails notifications, one can read a downloaded book and turn on the aeroplane mode to check the messages from the world of the social internet and utilize his time in a right manner along with making his way for everyday reading. Healthy competition always brings out best from yourself. This also works in making you read a book every day. If you have a reading partner and you both are good competitors, you will encourage yourself and your partner both to read more often and in good amount. You both can choose a similar book each week and mutually decide a deadline to complete it and discuss it once finished. It will be fun and competition
both at the same time and will surely enhance your everyday reading habit.
Reading has a significant number of benefits and regular reading have even more. If you want to be one of the few great personalities of the world then you must have a habit of reading every day. This will surely help you to bring the best out of you.

Prateek Mundeja

I'm a humanities student with an interest in learning and analytical thinking. I'm 17 years old. I'm a reader and writer by interest. For me a room without books is like a body without a soul.

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How To Find Time For Reading In The Binge Culture?

Ask anyone whether they would prefer to binge watch a new show or read a book and almost everyone will go with the former. Even avid readers can get lost in the world of binge-watching and end up abandoning their books. In today’s hectic life it is difficult to carve out some me time and even during that little time most people gravitate towards watching something than reading, partly because of the fact that when others are talking about the latest season of Stranger Things they feel left out and partly because watching something can be less taxing on the mind than reading a book.
 
Nevertheless one shouldn’t abandon their reading and if you are one of those people who recognise this and want to actively work towards increasing your reading time, here’s what you can do. Whenever you feel like watching a show tell yourself you’ll click that play button after you’ve read your book for 10 minutes. Sometimes you get so engrossed into the book you’ll forget wanting to watch that show at all! And even if you don’t at least you got in those 10 minutes of reading. Every little bit counts. 
And let’s be honest here, verry few of us have an unlimited data or wifi to binge watch all those shows. Why not save those MBs and GBs and go read for a while? 
 
Another great tip is to read the book before you watch the movie or show. These days so many book to movie or show adaptations are coming up and becoming popular that it’s impossible to avoid them! Pick a show and look up the book it has been adapted from and go read it first. That way not only will you be able to watch the show but also get some reading done. There’s also the fact that reading the book before binge-watching will give you more of an insight into the themes and characters and you will be less confused and excited to see the characters you had read about play out on the screen.
 
Don’t feel guilty of binge-watching, it’s okay to do that every once in a while. Both reading and binge watching can go hand in hand if you are clever and resourceful. You can read a book while commuting to work or school or college and then binge watch on the weekends. Just remember to maintain this healthy balance in your life!

Charvi Koul

Charvi is an introverted book blogger with a flair for writing and unending love for fictional characters. She is a huge psychology enthusiast and loves to paint or go out for a swim. You will usually find her day dreaming about books, plotting stories in her head, blogging away or trying to escape certain death by her stack of unread books.

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What are the topics that authors need to explore more in their books?

Henry Ward Beecher said, “Books are the windows through which the soul looks out”. I have always found that statement quite thought-provoking and curious. It always made me wonder as to what the soul does when we aren’t reading books. What is a soul anyway? This is not the first time anyone has heard this question. The funniest and the most common answer for this question, however, was given by Brendan Fraser in his movie ‘Bedazzled’. 

Our souls are imprints of ourselves. The true image of our mind. It reflects our actions, our thoughts, our inner desires. The more happy and beautiful and selfless our minds are, the more radiant our souls. Atleast that’s what I think. I might be wrong. 

So. When do souls look out? 

It can be rephrased to – When do our minds look out? When does our mind crave a change of views? I think it is when our minds tackle problems that are unfamiliar that it looks out for inspiration (or rather hope). Our souls look our through the windows to find a fresh outlook. A new perspective. Maybe even a tiny sliver of hope when everything around is failing. 

At times like these, there is no better companion than a good book. Books have the unique ability to transport us into new dimensions, show us how people live in faraway lands, how people tackle the problems they face, how people come out of tragedies and conundrums as better versions of themselves. 

But…this is not the case all the time. At times, there is just no book that can tell us how to face a certain challenge. And this happens more often than not. The reason….authors don’t want to write about controversial topics like feelings, depression, heartbreak, anger, addiction, recovery or hatred. Authors nowadays want to reach a wide variety of audience and have their books go down in history for being accessible and relatable to a majority of the population. Writing about controversial topics and feelings do not exactly have the same effect. Books on feelings or addictions or depression have niche audiences. Not everyone would pick one of these books from a bookstore for reasons like embarrassment or doubt.

For instance, one of the best books (self-help or otherwise) that I have read and cherished for a long time is a book by Andrew Carnegie called ‘How to win friends and influence people’. As I am a bookworm from a very early age, I read this book when I was in high school. I still remember the look people gave me when they saw the cover of the book I was reading. The ones who didn’t know the author or the quality of the content had expressions of pity, empathy, sorry all rolled into one. And I have heard from many fellows readers that people like pulling our legs when they learn that we have a self-help book in our hands. 

I for one have great respect for people who read self-help books. Shows me that they are committed to change for the better. Shows me that they are not afraid to look for help. People turn to other sources like friends, influencers, books when they need help getting through something they are not familiar with. When they need something that they couldn’t find within themselves. So far, I have seen a very little number of books that touch topics like depression, failure in relationships, failure in career and similar topics that actually have any helpful advice or roadmap. Sure…these are topics that do not warrant or have a certain fixed roadmap but multiple roadmaps and solutions that have worked for different people in different situations are better than no roadmap at all. I do wish that more authors explore these topics in mainstream books and novels. 

Because there is an audience. And a very big one too.

The rise of Quora in the modern digital age is no small feat. It is one perfect example of supplying a demand. There have always been people with questions and there have always been people with answers for those questions. And a lot of times, people who have the answers prefer to answer anonymously because the answer might be related to an instance of their lives that they don’t want to acknowledge privately. A majority of people use Quora to gain answers for getting through tough times or making decisions that can change a life. Another thing that can be taken from the Quora case, is that people love to share stories. Everyone is trying to help others to not make the same mistakes that they did.

So if mainstream authors came up with quality content exploring topics that haven’t been explored before or those that have been considered controversial, there is an audience.

Mainstream authors however are more interested in the commercial appeal of their work nowadays. With books of subpar storylines and extremely far-fetched romances or family drama topping bestseller lists worldwide and making deals to have their movies made, authors have made the choice to keep churning out content with unfathomable amounts of cheesiness. It has come to a point that it seems the goal of these so-called celebrity authors is to design every teenager’s daydreams come true. And the weapons they command for this battle: Swoon inducing encounters between a boy and a girl, cheezy dialogues, and overusing serendipity to the point of disgust.

And so if more mainstream authors and books explore topics like fighting depression or getting out of a toxic life cycle or making better career decisions or getting rid of an addiction or even getting back from a breakup, I think books will make a meaningful and significant comeback into the daily routine of people. People will rely more on the written word of authors than fake news and pseudo-happiness provided by social networks and fake news.

 

Jesil K Jose

Jesil is a 23-year-old engineer and entrepreneur with a great love for good art and cultures. He is a bookworm through and through and enjoys reviewing books in his spare time. He is also an amateur blogger and writes on topics that make him curious. He enjoys reading novels and self-help books when he isn't coding or running a company.

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Goodreads vs Bookstagram (Instagram) | Which is the Ideal Platform for the Book Lovers?

Being book lovers we all want to interact with people who have same interests and want to know about more and more books. Goodreads and Instagram are some beautiful apps which helps us in interacting with people and discovering more about books.

People do use twitter and Facebook but Goodreads and bookstagram are specially for book lovers.
Being a book lover, I personally prefer Instagram over Goodreads. The pretty pictures and captions always fascinates me. I joined Bookstagram much earlier than goodreads ( came to know about goodreads from bookstagram only). Bookstagram, it is way much easier to interact with people and share your views about a particular book or a genre. We can express our thoughts easily and also come to know about other person’s opinion. The thing that I didn’t like about bookstagram is that, if you know how to click pretty pictures and write an eye catching yet genuine caption you win the show. The people with knowledge and genuine readers sometimes loose. Also, it is really hard to catch up with the algorithm and gives you a complex that your content is not better. Always remember one thing, you are not here for followers. This is a beautiful community and you are here to share the happiness and love for books.

On the other hand we have Goodreads. For knowing the genuine review about a particular book I visit their. You can make your personal goals that you want to achieve in a year and you really feel motivated as they are public and the other person can them. Goodreads also gives you a reviewer ranking which is really helpful sometimes but yeah, if it’s in hundreds you feel complex again and it’s not that comfortable to interact with people.
Goodreads or Bookstagram, the love for books are eternal. Both are ideal platforms for a book lover as all we need is books.

Anushka Sharma

I am a medical student. I am 18 years old and books are love. Apart from books, I love dogs. I do author interviews and write book reviews too. The quote that I always like to pen is: CREATE YOUR DESTINY.

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Why Getting Reviews From Book Lovers is Important for Authors?

A book review can be a critical analysis or summarize the text of the book. They are basically written opinions by the Book Lovers for a particular book. They can be written by either professional reviewers or some of the readers of that book. They can be long, descriptive in nature or brief and little and can be written in various forms. Every reader has a different kind of thinking after reading a book. Hence, when each and every type of reader reads a book, it creates lots of opinions and different views on the same book making it more valuable for the other readers to decide whether they want to read that book or not. These reviews from a variety of readers made it worthier, and also attracts many other readers to read that book.

Book reviews help a lot to the Authors to attract audience towards their book, as a reader will definitely get attracted to a book with great and to the point reviews. It took just a few seconds for a reader to judge a book by its review. Book reviews give books greater publicity than any other mode of advertisement. More reviews and specifically good reviews from Book Lovers give a book a greater chance of getting found by more readers. The bookstores too prefer selling a book with good reviews and greater visibility which greatly add on in the author’s value too. Book reviews also save a reader’s time, as a reader can predict what he will find in that book and make him feel more connected with that particular book by reading the review of that book.

The presence of book reviews can help an Author to know his best points, in which he has mastery and along with that he also came to know about his weakness and errors in his work. It gives him endless opportunities to improve himself as a writer. Book reviews increase the worth of a book as well as of its Author. It provides a lot of points the author can introduce or remove from its work. A genuine review provides an insight into the author in his work and where he is lacking behind. It also provides some basic stuff like text and quality check along with the depth analysis for the Author. An author can also get the opinion and views of the general public on his book and get to know his audience more closely through these reviews. These reviews are the soul of the book and its Author. Last but not least, A good and sympathetic review is always a wonderful gift an Author can ever achieve from Book Lovers.

Prateek Mundeja

I'm a humanities student with an interest in learning and analytical thinking. I'm 17 years old. I'm a reader and writer by interest. For me a room without books is like a body without a soul.