Author Interview: Stacy Shaneyfelt!


Interview:

1. Tell me (and the readers) a little bit about yourself, including a quirk that you have.

First, I am a proud working and globetrotting mother to two sassy and smart girls, ages 4 and 6.5. I presently work as a freelance editor, writer, and proofreader on several online platforms and also tutor ESL privately in my city. I reside with husband and children in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.


After traveling to 74 countries (yes, I am totally nerdy enough to count!), I have developed a passion and respect for cultures, social justice, and adventure. As a former classroom English and Drama educator, I add educational, creative, and socioemotional themes within my books. I am also a cat mamasita to three sweet fur babies.


Finally, my biggest quirks include performing dramatic voices for my books’ characters, thinking in terms of song allusions, as well as my left-handedness.


2. How did the idea for your book, come about?
Upon serving as a ghostwriter behind the scenes for hundreds of clients, I decided to write my own book in Jan. 2021 for my daughters. In fact, they are the actual characters in The ABCs of Night-Time. The book is also a fusion of my life, daydreams, and travels.


3. What was the most enjoyable and stressful part about writing this book?
The most enjoyable was the collaboration with Ksenjiia, the talented Latvian artist. The most stressful part was formatting and marketing.


4. Who was the first person you asked to read your book after it was ready and why them?
My husband was my first beta reader because he is the most logical thinker of our partnership, so I knew that he would deliver an honest and critical perspective.


5. Are you planning to release another book anytime soon?
Yes, I’m launching book 28 today! Please support Adoption and Foster Care, an issue that resonates deeply within my heart. Kindly give major kudos to Xenia B. for the stunning art in this special book.


Sadie The Icelandic Seal Learns to Feel: A Children’s Tale Of Trust, Adoption, Family, and Attachment https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09FZWS1TG/ref=cm_sw_r_em_api_glt_HFMKYWEKHVXTDY20R65C


6. If you could venture into a different genre, which would you choose to write on?
Magical realism


7. Did you always know you wanted to be a published author/poet?
No, I always intended to be a teacher for life, but life is all about embracing changes and riding those waves of uncertainty. While I greatly miss my former students and colleagues, I love my newfound Book Buzz family around the world!


8. Did you look up to any author or poet while growing up?
I was an Emily Dickinson fangirl while growing up.



9. Lastly, do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers out there?
Find your tribe. Don’t try to do it alone. Proactively seek others as beta readers, artistic collaborators, and bookworm believers!

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Review of one of Stacey’s many books:

DJ Sound Hound’s Dance Party: An Onomatopoeia Concert is an illustrated children’s book by Stacey Shaneyfelt and Yago Soares. Onomatopoeia is the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named. Containing 30+ examples of onomatopoeias, this hilariously engaging book will introduce your child to a new type of figurative device that they may be using in their daily life but don’t even realize it. Mixed with references to American pop culture, this book is sure to get your child in the groove and fully engrossed in learning something new while still enjoying the comedic illustrations. It’ll bring a smile to the face of any parent or guardian as well as it contains a little trip down memory lane as we reminisce artists that we ourselves grew up with and view them in such a ‘fascinating’ light!

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Author’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/bookb.uzz?utm_medium=copy_link

Author Interview: Janhavi Joshi!

Interview:

1. Tell me (and the readers) a little bit about yourself, including a quirk that you have.

A. I am Janhavi Joshi, author of Jeevan Sootra, my first book which has been receiving love from so many people and the response is really heartwarming. A Delhi-based girl, I am pursuing my studies as a final-year engineering student right now. Also, a trained Kathak dancer, I have always tried to involve myself in a number of things that I love apart from studies, while managing it all efficiently.

2. How did the idea for your book, come about?

A. Writing for me has always been a solace, as a medium to express my emotions. And Jeevan Sootra is about some of my experiences, observations, and perspective of life. During the pandemic, I realized that there are a lot of people like me, who are struggling to find that solace outside, which was nowhere, but deep inside them. Using the philosophy in a friendly way to reach out to help or teaching how to help is the purpose behind the book.


3. What was the most enjoyable and stressful part about writing this book?

The most enjoyable part was being fully expressive which helped me in knowing about myself better. The more I was writing, the more clarity I got about my emotions and ideologies of life. The most stressful part was the fear of whether the purpose would be able to reach out to the readers exactly how I wanted or not. Every reader has a different understanding level. The write-ups have been a medium of hope for me, and what I feared the most is the fact that whether I will be able to make the readers feel the same for it or not.

4. Who was the first person you asked to read your book after it was ready and why them?

A. I asked my parents to read it first. It was a surprise gift for them on their 25th wedding anniversary, and honestly, they came to know about the book after it got published 😊 Indeed, they loved the gift too much!


5. Are you planning to release another book anytime soon?

A. Yes ofcourse. The second part will be out by next year. I am currently working on it. Also, I have some other fiction scripts in mind that I really want to work on. But for the upcoming 6 months, my focus is on my studies.


6. If you could venture into a different genre, which would you choose to write on?

A. I am a die-hard fan of romantic novels, movies and dramas. And I really want to work for that genre.


7. Did you always know you wanted to be a published author/poet?

A. Yes. Being a writer has been a part of my bucket list in life. There’s a lot more and I hope I will be able to come up with that soon.


8. Did you look up to any author or poet while growing up?

A. The first novel that I read (or maybe tried to read) was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, which was in 5th standard. It was one of the many books I would steal from my mom’s bookshelf. I really like his work, especially “Like the flowing river”, and tried to write Jeevan Sootra in a similar manner, as a compilation of short chapters.
As a child, I read a lot of stories by Ruskin Bond and always looked up to him. During the JEE days, Durjoy Datta novels have been a solace and really helped me in imagining myself as a writer one day.


9. Lastly, do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers out there?

A. Make sure you take out time to write something or the other. The first important step for being a good writer is having fluid thoughts that can express without any fear. You have to keep taking short steps, that will eventually make you reach where you are destined to be. Just don’t give up.

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Review:

Jeevan Sootra by Janhavi Joshi is your personal guide to self master the art of living. Through a mixture of poetry and self help wrote ups, the author talks about the everyday occurunces in out life (which include topics like family and relationships) but mainly focuses on the importance of life and having a positive attitude towards it. We’ve grown up thinking that everyone else’s happiness comes before ours, but during a new era where self love and self care are proven to be a necessity, this books shows us that there’s a balance to everything but your well being comes before everyone else’s. It’s important to be humble and caring, but at the same time you shouldn’t be taken for granted.
Self care is only one of the many topics covered in this book, but it was one of the most impactful. We also understand things like the importance of seizing the moment or how mistakes are a part of growing up and it’s the mistakes that help us learn to be better.
A trigger warning, the last chapter in the book is based on suicide. I decided to mention it here because I have different views on suicide so it’s a ‘agree to disagree’ moment for me and I know that there’s always a debate on it.
But, overall I do like the book because it’s structured well and the poems are nice. I would’ve liked a little more elaboration on certain chapters because they felt too rushed and not as helpful or insightful as a few other chapters.

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Author’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/poetryforchange_?utm_medium=copy_link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.in/dp/1639203133/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_awdb_imm_J8JW0S93HCAHRXYMD756

Author Interview: Shaymi Shah!



Interview:


1. Tell me (and the readers) a little bit about yourself, including a quirk that you have.

A. I am a creative writer by passion. Having
studied Architecture for my Bachelor’s degree, I gained many different perspectives and a developed a critical way of looking at the world around me. It taught me to be observant and notice things rather than simply see them.

I am not a born writer but a cultivated
one. Fascinated with my everyday world I began writing insights on my daily observations, goaded by my own experiences. Time and again I have attempted to find meaning in the simpler things, to find joy in the ordinary through my writing.



2. How did the idea for your book, come about?

A. I primarily write fiction and poetry.
I began writing for my blog four years ago.

Since last year when the lockdown began,
I had been writing on various themes for different Anthologies.

But when it came to writing my own book
of poems I decided to take up a topic that has been the subject of my observation for a very long time. Whether it’s a mind block that I am facing or simply a feeling of distress, I have somehow always found inspiration in the company of nature.

Whether I am travelling around the city
or sitting in the garden of my house, nature always intrigues me. I feel like it has too many stories to tell but hardly anyone to listen to them.

So I decided it was time to hear them
out and tell the world about the realizations and lessons I learnt from it.



3. What was the most enjoyable and stressful part about writing this book?

A. The exciting part about the book was
how I spontaneously decided to take up the challenge to write for 20 days and fortunately actually finished it within the timeline.

Honestly, it wasn’t very stressful. I
have always been a very process oriented person. I enjoy the journey as well as the moment of reaching the destination. Similarly, there were times when I would end up rewriting the poems a couple of times, but each time it would get better- and that was very
fulfilling.


4. Who was the first person you asked
5. to read your book after it was ready and why them?

My husband, Urmil Shah has been the most
supportive throughout the time that I wrote this book. I would read out the poems as soon as they were written and he would give me suggestions or tell me if something didn’t seem right. He has always been the best judge for my work.



5. Are you planning to release another book anytime soon?

A. I do want to write a book of short stories
but I am not sure yet. I am working on it at the moment.



6. If you could venture into a different genre, which would you choose to write on?

A. It would be thriller or mystery, without
a doubt.



7. Did you always know you wanted to
be a published author/poet?

A. I didn’t know that. But when I look back,
a lot of influences from little things have played a huge role in making me believe and decide to pursue writing.



8. Did you look up to any author or poet while growing up?

A. To be honest, I wasn’t ever a hardcore
reader as such but I absolutely loved books by Sidney Sheldon, Dan Brown, Agatha Christie and a few more. I also took up a course by Ruskin Bond recently wherein he gives insights into the life of a writer in the real world.



10. Lastly, do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers out there?

A. I would like to tell them a few things-

If you believe in what you want to write
about and the message you want to give to your readers, just put it down and tell it to the world, without the fear of judgement. The ones who want to talk are going to talk about it anyway. The good thing is that they ARE IN FACT talking about it at all. It
means you left an imprint on their minds in some way.

Learn to welcome criticism and accept
failure and rework.

Never fall in love with your work. There
will be times when you would have to discard your ideas completely or they wouldn’t work as well as a story on paper as they did in your head. It’s okay. Learn to let it go and begin again.

To become a writer, make sure you are
ready to become a reader first. Read more books. That is the only thing that will help you keep your creative juices flowing, even in times when you aren’t able to write.

Be patient. Remember that if you want
to pursue writing full time, it is going to be a slow success but it will be totally worth it because the primary thing you would have invested in it would be your own time to do something that you love to do, for yourself.

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Review:

My Glass Are Turquoise Tinted is a poetry book by Shaymi Shah thats centred around the use of the beauty of nature to talk about how we as humans are so used to a fast paced life that we don’t take a moment to breathe, look around us and enjoy the moment. Whether it’s in nature or having a conversation with someone you love. In a world where we look for everything and anything ‘instagrammable’, there’s beauty in the small moments around us but we’re just too distracted to see.
My favourite poem is Beauty, because of one stanza that talks about how beautiful nature is no matter what time of the year it is, and when you think about it, it’s true! Whether nature is blossoming with different flowers and leaves or covered in snow, it looks absolutely breathtaking!
Overall, I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who needs to take a step back, whether you’re a poetry lover or not.

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Author’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/justlittlethingsthatmatter?utm_medium=copy_link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.in/dp/B0992V3C29/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_awdb_imm_VPCRM7T6BE2B5KDZHYAV

i4i How To Become A Superhero by Matthew Lengyel!

What happened to you that led you onto this path? Did you fall into a toxic chemical plant? Get experimented on by a mad scientist?


Ian Newman has always dreamed of being a superhero. But he’s just a short, goodie-two-shoe germaphobe. When he butts heads with Jericka Cannon, a smart-ass anarcho-pacifist at his high school, he’s convinced he’s found his future sidekick. Yet they couldn’t be more different, and shit goes south when they get caught up in a tit-for-tat struggle with their not-so-friendly neighborhood bullies. The next thing they know, Ian and Jericka find themselves trapped in a dirty LA River aqueduct, and there’s blood on their hands.As the LAPD open an investigation, the two teens cover up their crimes and form an unlikely partnership, the “i4i Vigilantes,” enacting comparative justice in their community in the hopes of righting wrongs [possibly their own]. Yet real life is no comic book, nothing is black and white, and all their deeds and sins are leading them towards an inevitable day of bullets and bloodshed at Victory High. Will they survive to see their own graduation day, or will the blurred line between hero and villain consume them?
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i4i: How To Become A Superhero is a crime, thriller and mystrey novel by Matthew Lengyel. I loved this book because not only is it fast paced and gets your adrenaline pumping, the author’s writing style makes you feel like you’re watching a movie play out. The book’s around 500 pages, but when I tell you that I soared through it like it’s nobody’s business, I’m not kidding. It’s got so much intensity and drama, I loved it. The way the story progresses is absolutely incredible because there’s always this moment before something ‘new’ happens that feels like the calm before a storm.
I loved the (morally grey) characters because you want to understand where they’re coming from but them you’ve got a part of your brain going “THIS IS WRONG” so there’s a lot of conflicted feelings till the very end. Surprisingly, I was more interested in Ian and Jerika’s past because they’re both inherently different, but the minor similarities that has them on this new ‘path’ was interesting since they both grew up in different environments and have opposite personalities.
One criticism I do have is, there are certain chapters that take away from the overall feel of the book because (like I’ve said before) this is a fast paced book, but you have moment that seem to go on forever even if it’s just a page or two. (I wouldn’t normally stress on something that seems trivial but it did leave a big enough impact on my experience to remember it).
But overall, if you’re into this genre, it’s definitely a book for you because you’ll be done with a snap of a finger because this is not your typical superhero book. Far from it!


Rated 8/10
Melina L. πŸ¦„

Will I Rhyme For Diapers by Matt Strain!

I’ve taken six years of karate,
Ten years of Tae-Kwon-Do.
I will fence Olympic champions,
And paralyze a man with my toe.
I’m a skilled ninja fighting machine;
In the ring I am immune.
But these skills appear to be useless
When feeding my daughter by spoon.


Will Rhyme For Diapers is a satirical poetry book by Matt Strain that follows the life of new parents with their baby. I’m not a mother yet, but his poems made me laugh and have also put a little bit of fear into my heart for what is (possibly) going to be part of my future. When I reached the poem about changing the 32nd diaper for the day I was crying with laughter….and then it hit me faster than a speeding bullet that this book is the true representation of what parenthood will look like and that it’s not all rainbows and unicorns (well….maybe unicorn poo πŸ˜‚).
But put aside my new-found appreciation for what parents have to go through, this is one of those books that I’m going to be gifting to all my friends on their baby shower just to scare them a tiny bit! (Yes, I am that mean!)
It’s absolutely hilarious, but truthful at the same time so it does not sugarcoat what it really means to be a parent!!

Rated 10/10
Melina L. πŸ¦„

Author Interview: Neha Phull!

Talking to Neha Phull!

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Interview:


1. Tell me (and the readers) a little bit about yourself, including a quirk that you have.

A: In my late 30’s, I have had a over a decade long stint in the corporate sector, half a decade of entrepreneurship experience and now completely absorbed into self-discovery. I love to travel solo and love to see the world in a different lens through these travels.

Quirk: I am an obsessive dog lover. I fall in love with every dog I lay my eyes on πŸ˜‰



2. How did the idea for your book come about?

A. In this journey of self-discovery, from hitting rock bottom to rising again, I finally understood it is all the mind’s play – what we feel and react to! I began conversations with my mind and it helped me immensely. I wished to share those candid experiences with the world.



3. What was the most enjoyable and stressful part about writing this book?

A. The book was not planned at all. No structure, no outlines. I acted purely on intuitive inspiration. This was the most exciting as I did not know what would come next and also the stressful part as I did not know what I am going to write next πŸ˜‰



4. Who was the first person you asked to read your book after it was ready and why them?

A. My husband. I regard him as my honest critic and also a cheerleader.



5. Are you planning to release another book anytime soon?

A. I already have a fictional story written. I am editing it at present.



6. If you could venture into a different genre, which would you choose to write on?

A. Love. I am a hopeless romantic.



7. Did you always know you wanted to be a published author/poet?

A. Not at all. It was the global lockdown in 2020 which brought about this desire within me.



8. Did you look up to any author or poet while growing up?

A. I loved to read a few of them – Ruskin Bond, Jeffery Archer, Ayn Rand, Richard Bach



9. Lastly, do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers out there?

A. I am an ametuer myself. Only thing I can say is write from the heart, the rest will follow.

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Review:

Conversations With Myself: Empowering Through the Art of Mindfulness is a candid narration, beginning from the path of negotiation leading to inspiration, all for the sake of loving thyself by Neha Phull. It’s a combination of a self help book and a glimpse into the author’s own journal as she details her journey on reconditioning her mind to help her open up and learn new things through personal development.
One of my favourite tasks that’s she did was stay silent for 48 hours both online and offline. It seems like a subtle act that will not cause a huge difference but when you realise how much the simple act of talking affects your day to day life do start to understand the importance of what you are saying and whether you have taken the time out to articulate your thoughts before you make a statement.
There’s also the process of ‘unlearning’ which is one of the most difficult things to do since we have all grown up learning that things are done a particular and we are taught to accept it just as they are. For e.g. from a young age we might be conditioned to believe that some groups of people are better than others. When we are young we do not think much about it but as we grow older some of us will ask ourselves why were we told these things. During these times the the process of unlearning becomes helpful because you have to recondition your mind to understand that just because we were told to accept a certain situation as is it might not always be the case and we need to make those decisions for ourselves.
The mind is complicated, and learning to open up your mind to not only accept new teachings but also how it can be used to help your own personal growth is very important. How we condition our mind to process our feelings and emotions not only affects our mental health but also affects the people around us and our relationship with them. Take for example, thinking before you speak. Many of us speak without a filter but if you just take a few seconds to think before we decide what to say there would be such a huge difference as we go ahead with any of our relationships with their friends, family or partners.
Overall, this is a very insightful book and I think this is one of the longest rivers I have ever written for a non fiction based book because I was so enthralled by how meaningful it turned out to be even though it was only around 100 pages long. Because of of the the way the author has written the book as partly as a form of a journal it gave a personal touch because most of the entries are written in the moment so so you want to read on to know more and to hear how her experiences with mindfulness have affected her life.

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Author’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/catalyst_for_growth?utm_medium=copy_link

Amazon India: https://www.amazon.in/dp/1639045473/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_03TS6097KS1V3W50VJF2

Author Interview: B. Truly!

Talking to author, B. Truly!

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Interview:


1. Tell me (and the readers) a little bit about yourself, including a quirk that you have.

A. I am more of a homebody, but I never get bored at home. I always have plenty to do between social media, watching TV, reading, and writing my own books. Actually, I feel like I never have enough time at home to do everything I want. I choose my leisure activities, depending on what I’m in the mood for.
For outings, I like going to the movies, having book meets with my author buddies, and hanging out with my friends and family.



2. How did the idea for your book, come about?

A. As a teen my favorite author was V.C. Andrews. She is best known for Flowers in the Attic, but my favorite series from her were actually, the Dawn and Heaven series. I also loved My Sweet Audrina.
I was inspired to write a book about dark family secrets and betrayal. Reading V. C. Andrews sparked the idea of a young woman coming into her own, and all the tribulations she went through.



3. What was the most enjoyable and stressful part about writing this book?

A. The most enjoyable part was creating engaging and conflicting plots for my characters to go through. The most frustrating part was when I came across contradicting things, and I had to figure out how to make them work.



4. Who was the first person you asked to read your book after it was ready and why them?

A. I let a girl from 11th grade named Angela read the original handwritten version of the book. I don’t know how we got on the topic of it, but she was fascinated that I had written a novel at our age, and she asked me to read it.



5. Are you planning to release another book anytime soon?

A. Yes. I plan to release Thorn of Secrets, the 2nd book in the series the 1st week of February 2022.



6. If you could venture into a different genre, which would you choose to write on?

A. I plan to release a psychological thriller that I’m working on in the near future. I’ve never written in that genre before, but I think it’s a very intriguing and creative one. You really must brainstorm to create a great psycho-thriller.



7. Did you always know you wanted to be a published author/poet?

A. Yes, for the most part. I knew I wanted to become a published author by the time I was 15 years old and wrote the original version of Scorn of Secrets, 27 years ago.



8. Did you look up to any author or poet while growing up?
A. V.C. Andrews and Stephen King were the authors that I looked up to as a teen.



9. I’ve always talked about this, but if your book was made into a movie, who would you want to play the main characters?

A. For Madison Guillory I envision Amandla Stenberg or Yara Shahidi.
For Justinβ€”Jackson, my vote is Trevor Jackson.



10. Lastly, do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers out there?

A. If you love writing, then don’t give up on it. Your story deserves to see the light of day. Write when you’re inspired. If you bump into writer’s block, then put your story aside until other ideas come to mind.
If you would like to become self-published, then your dream of becoming an author can come true through Amazon & Kindle Direct Publishing.
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Review:

Scorn of Secrets is the first book in the coming of age YA Urban series, My Darkest Secret by B. Truly. It’s a story that has you hooked, however it’s also very sad and was very hard to get through because of its contents.
This book is the definition of a rollercoaster because on one hand when things are going good, you know at the back of your mind something really devastating is about to happen and when it does you’ll need to put the book down, because that’s what I did because I started crying. What Madison goes through is something we don’t wish upon our biggest of enemies.
The author has a way with words and their writing absolutely captivated because it doesn’t dwell far from reality even though it’s fiction and the way it draws you in because you can feel so much of hurt, anger and sadness for Madison is unlike any other.
Talking about realism, even the characters feel authentic, like they belong to our world (and unfortunately the scummiest of them do) but, even the one’s that are genuinely loving. My feelings for Madison sister is one that I have conflicting feelings for because I know people like her exist, I just wished they didn’t.
Overall, I loved this book a lot, however I would say to read it with great caution especially if you’ve been a victim of sexual assault. And always remember, you’re never alone! Even if you feel like the world is against you in your darkest days, there will always be someone to be there for you.

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Author’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/brandytruly?utm_medium=copy_link

Amazon India: https://www.amazon.in/dp/B091BR68YG/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_F0E5ZG77TRMCWBH248DB

Amazon International: https://www.amazon.com/Scorn-Secrets-B-Truly-ebook/dp/B091BR68YG/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=b.+truly&qid=1630845994&sr=8-4

The Fudan 5: A Chinese American Tangram Tale For Kids by Stacy Shaneyfelt, Alex Liu and Jacqueline Machado!

Guard this ancient tangram today.
You’ll discover the Fudan 5 in a cultural way.


The Fudan 5: A Chinese American Tangram Tale For Kids is a children’s illustrated book by Stacy Shaneyfelt, Alex Liu and Jacqueline Machado. A Tangram is a Chinese geometrical puzzle consisting of a square cut into seven pieces which can be arranged to make various other shapes.
This book not only gives you a glimpse into a small part of Chinese culture, but the concept of a Tangram will also help them learn a bit about polygon problem solving and logical thinking as they create new animals along with Alex.
Accompanied with more than 10 post reading activities, join Alex asyour child learns a little bit more about Chinese culture including a few Chinese words as well as few new English words to add to their vocabulary.
Overall, this book is fun yet informative and will help get your child interested in learning something new without feeling like it’s just another lesson.

Rated 9/10
Melina L. πŸ¦„

Who Am I by Kalpesh Suryavanshi!

The β€˜I’ is emotional, it is sometimes sad or happy. The β€˜I’ is intellectual & sometimes stupid. The β€˜I’ is young but then it also gets old.

Who Am I is an essay by Kalpesh Suryavanshi that looks into the question from the four perspectives; scientific, religious, spiritual & psychological. This isn’t a self-help book, but more focused on opening your mind to think differently. The question ‘who am I’ is known for being a complex question because everyone does not know the answer to it on a deeper level.

One of my favourite parts of the book ia this sentence:

You are your body,
You are your job,
You are the clothes you wear,
You are the personality you have,
You are the name you have,
You are the life you lived.

Because we’re not one dimensional people and even though sometimes we feel like we’re ‘nothing’, we are so much more than that.
Overall, it’s a good book for a one time read to understand the author’s perspective to the ever looming question, but it may also make you understand some of the questions you have about yourself without even trying to.

Rated 8/10
Melina L. πŸ¦„

The Hidden Gem In India: Old Manali by Jayant Jayneel!

Now I know love is defined in many ways, but no matter how many times one falls in love, even if intently and at first sight, no one can fall in love as instantly and profoundly as I fell for Old Manali.


Some plans are not meant to work, only for the unexpected plans to materialize. Manali was supposed to be a one-time thing, just a hook up, one damn date, that is it. When did it become the love of my life? When did I tie the knot with it? When did it become my family? Why does my soul speak so much of the place? Let’s find out this uncanny and mysterious journey of adventure, survival and mysterious encounters.


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The Hidden Gem In India: Old Manali by Jayant Jayneel is the author’s tale of travelling through this gem and savouring every minute of it. He talks about every place visited, and the people he’s met in the district which gives it a very ‘in the moment’ feel as we travel along with them and we get a sense of why he’s fallen in love with the place so much he’s made multiple visits over the years. I’ve never been to Old Manali before, neither have I read much about it, so I when I read this book I went in with no prior knowledge or perception whatsoever. So, reading about it gave me a sense of wonderment. Although, activities like trekking are not my cup of tea, I may be persuaded enough ti enjoy the sights.
The author does not only talk about the places he’s visited. He also goes into detail about every piece of food including every cup of that they consumed and even though it may not seem like much, it makes your mouth water with the anticipation to taste everything one day.
If you scroll to the next slide I’ve included an example of the pictures that have been included so as to give a more realistic experience to a reader. Hopefully, I can go to Old Manali one day because the author’s experiences have persuaded me to add another location to my every growing list of places to visit.

Rated 9/10
Melina L. πŸ¦„

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