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Books that I want to See as Movies

I believe every movie that comes into life is a story written on pages first.

Reading has been part and parcel of my life since childhood days. I started reading journey construing Tinkle magazines when I was 8 year during my summer vacation trip to my Nani House. It was 3 days train journey and then it became a ritual every vacations.

From reading magazines I moved to super hero stories and then autobiographies, love stories, thriller, self- help books everything gripped my attention.

When I read something good I create an imaginary world of my own but today it is the age of digitalisation. Everything is becoming easy and therefore most of stories are converted into movies already. Watching a movie is a good idea for non- readers or busy people and also for readers who are so much involved in their characters that they don’t want to miss any follow up stories related to their favourite stories. ( The latter is bookworm like me ) 

Being a booklover reading will always be first for me. However watching movies based on books can count as my second source of entertainment where I judge my imaginary skills and think is it the same world that I created in my thoughts while reading which the director borne in movie?

Here are a few of my favourite books which I want to see as movies in the nearly future –

1. Becoming by Michelle Obama – I read this autobiography recently and enjoyed reading the story of Michelle as a fighter since childhood.

  1. The Fault In Our Stars ( with Indian Cast ) 
  1. Ruskin Bond books – I believe Ruskin Bond books on children and life can bring out great movies. His books always takes me close to nature, makes me notice the beauty around me which is ignored by many of us.
  1. Roald Dahl Books – Again I love children books. It is my favourite genre and I want to see their fiction turned into movie. He was a Magical writer.
  1. Life Is What You Make It By Preeti Shenoy – Books on self-help can make out good movies because reading a book when stressed isn’t always easy. 
  1. Shiva Trilogy and Shree Ram Chandra series by Amish Tripathi – I believe like Bahubali these series can be converted into blockbuster movies by Bollywood if used as wisely and creativity as written by the author. 

There are a lot more books which would make good movies; the list is never ending so I am just summing up the post sharing few of my favourite movies based on books. These are A Walk to Remember, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, The Fault In Our Stars, Matilda etc.

Dixita Mour

Hello Readers, I am Dixita from Rajasthan. I am post graduated in Business Administration from Rajasthan University. After that I have been blogging since and influencing since 2016. I run on Chai and coffee, my idea of refreshment is reading books, blogging and bookstagramming.

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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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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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How books have taken a back seat in today’s digital world?

I’ll be honest, this is a topic that I have always wanted to explore based on personal experiences and thoughts. I have been an avid reader and a bookworm for a long time. Since my first picture book in kindergarten probably and I have always loved them. That interest and love for the written word only grew as time passed. They kept me company when the real world was too much to handle and became my refuge. I loved books more than people. They were less complicated, easy to get through, and never judged. They were my great escape. Took me to far away places where I got to live the lives of the characters, walk through dark alleys and eery forests. They took me on roller coaster rides of emotions and taught me more about life than any school or friend or family ever could. There was a time when I read a new novel every 3 days.

But as time passed, I noticed that my priorities had changed. I had given up reading novels in favor of schoolwork and a new thing called the internet. A further self-analysis made me realize that more than school work, it was the new found curiosity for surfing through the great internet that distracted me more.

I used to be the person who loved reading newspapers and books in my free time. But now, I spent every waking minute and free time glued to a screen spending time on stuff that was in no way doing me any good. From spending hours on social media scrolling through news feeds and trends to playing online games, I had completely distance, no, forgotten about books completely.

The advent of the internet and especially the social networks and associated businesses like online games and platforms have taken over our lives in ways we could never have imagined. Most people don’t need to be told they’re addicted to technology and social media. If reaching for your cell phone first thing in the morning doesn’t tell you as much, multiple scientific studies and books will. And lately, the people responsible for this modern day addiction have come out admitting that this was their plan all along. Recently, Sean Parker, Silicon Valley bad boy and Facebook’s first president, told Axios in an interview that the service “literally changes your relationship with society,” and “probably interferes with productivity in weird ways.” And, he added, “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”

Facebook’s main goal is to get and keep people’s attention, Parker said. ”The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, … was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?’”

Attention, he said, was fueled by “a little dopamine hit every once in a while,” in the form of a like or a comment, which would generate more content, in the forms of more likes and comments.

“It’s a social-validation feedback loop … exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.”Parker said that the inventors of social media platforms, including himself, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram’s Kevin Systrom, “understood consciously” what they were doing. “And we did it anyway.”

This is the principle behind every social network and online games today. They give their users a false sense of hope and satisfaction. Our brains are wired to release chemicals like serotonin and dopamine which result in the so-called feeling of satisfaction and/or happiness. These chemicals are by nature designed to be released naturally when triggers are triggered. Triggers like meditation, exercise, winning a deal you had been working on for months, holding your child for the first time, intercourse, etc. What social networks and online games have done is mimic these triggers in the form of social validation. Teenagers who use facebook feel the release of these chemicals when the photo they posted get 100 likes, making them feel like validated members of a pack. Girls feel happy and overjoyed when the popular hot guy likes or comments on their picture.

In short, our lives have turned into a large set of mini-chases for dopamine or serotonin. Social validation and the feeling of being in a pack is our drug and social networks and online games like PubG are the drug dealers. And we are all addicted which in turn makes the drug dealers very rich people. In this chase for fakes, We have forgotten how the natural pleasures of life felt. We have forgotten how it feels to get lost in a world of an authors’ making, to live a mini life inside a book, to learn from characters and their mistakes and strengths and weaknesses.

I have developed something called a productivity factor for my personal use. It’s not a general thing (I don’t know if something with the same name exists, this is something I use in my life). It’s quite simple actually. Our lives are short and we need to spend every second of our time alive like it was out last. So, Everything I spent my time on has to give me something in return, spiritually or physically…….in whatever form it may be. But the return should be something of value. For example, If I spent an hour listening to a podcast, and if at the end of it, I feel I have learned something of value, I call it a value task. At the same time, If I spent hours on a SimCity game building a city and repairing stuff and earning coins which have no consequence in the real world, I call it a zero-sum task (ZST…..like GST but a toxic waste).

Our time is the most valuable thing we have and spending it on ZSTs is actually the most disrespectful thing one can do. Our lives need to matter. We need to learn and understand that we are all here for a reason. To lead, to be an example, to help, to guide, to be there for others, to be human.

I strongly urge you to understand the impact that the digital revolution has brought into our lives. It is a great tool in the right hands when used for the right purpose with the right intentions. Otherwise, it is the greatest weapon of destruction mankind has ever come in contact with. Try to keep a distinction between real life and the digital world.

I have recently started to find my way back into books and let me tell you, it has been the cure to all my problems. Its helped me cope with stress at work, personal issues (most of which apparently stemmed from my digital life), and even helped me get a fresh perspective on things. And I tell you, the joy of going through a novel, going through the elaborate world someone’s imagination created is the best feeling I have felt in my life.

I hope what I have written makes a difference in someone’s life. If not, At least I have said it out loud, and I am happy.

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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Audiobooks vs Physical Books

Listening or reading a book are two different paths that leads to the same destination. Both if then have there own importance. 
Here, let us just not compare them and just talk about both good and bad sides of each of them.
Is listening to Audiobooks beneficial? What do you generally prefer? Audiobooks or the physical ones?
 
The first and foremost point that strikes my mind is:
 

Pronunciation:

While reading a book, we sometimes get caught up with some words which are difficult to pronounce. But audiobooks solve this problem easily.

The Book Lovers' Things:

The most exciting thing about being a book lover is purchasing a new book and smelling that aroma while having a cup of coffee. Audiobooks at some extent lacks that excitement.

Multitasking:

Here, definitely audiobooks wins over the physical ones. You can have excess to audiobooks wherever and whenever you want. Just take an example, you can listen to a audiobook while driving or while cooking and hence, utilizing your time. For reading a physical book, you have to leave the other chores and concentrate at one thing at a time, that is, sit and read while hurting your back.

Concentration and Listening Power:

Listening audiobooks at starting needs a lot of concentration and good listening power whereas, physical books just require a bit if your concentration. But, don’t worry that just needs a little bit of practice.

Handling:

Audiobooks are easy to handle as all the stuff is in your phone in some folder or app. Physical books are not that easy to handle as they need a hell lot of care and attention. Also, many of us faces the lack of space for keeping them.

So, for me everything has its own pros and cons and the list goes endless by the point of view of each and every person. Nothing in life is perfect. You have to make it perfect. Audio or physical, the main motive in life is to learn and both helps us to achieve that. They are just the medium of making the learning process exciting.
 
What are you waiting for? Go grab your earphones or the pretty little happiness (physical book) from the table.

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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.