Resh Susan – The Book Satchel
Hi, I am Resh. I spend an unhealthy amount of time reading and an equally unhealthy time writing or clicking pictures. I also have the bees knees for a good biryani.
What is “The book Satchel” about?
The Book Satchel started as a place for bookish talk. I was desperately looking for a hobby as a stress buster. I had thought of getting into many other hobbies but blogging about books seemed to be the perfect fit for me because I have always been a reader and I love writing. So I thought it would be nice to pen down my thoughts on the books I read. I also stumbled onto Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/thebooksatchel) during this time and felt documenting my reading life through pictures is a good idea. So ultimately The Book Satchel evolved into something that showcases my creative side and the books I love.
How was your milestone journey? Tell us a bit about how it all started.
I was hunting for a hobby to take my mind off things when I came upon the idea to write about books and everything bookish. It was also a time when my reader-friends with whom I used to talk about books moved from the city; so blogging seemed like a perfect outlet to write and talk into the void of the internet. I was so thrilled when I published my first post. Then I started receiving emails and messages about my posts and I felt happy and surprised because it means someone is reading what you wrote and writing back. That feeling has no equal. The journey has been very memorable, be it getting noticed on a bigger scale, finding fellow book lovers, receiving a review request email or collaborating with publishers. It is definitely a dream come true.
If anyone had told me I would be writing about books and loving every moment of it two years ago, I would have laughed.
10 favourite books of 2017 - http://www.thebooksatchel.com/10-favourite-books-2017-part-2/
Blogging is now more than just a hobby; how would you describe your journey as a blogger?
It was fun in every way. Sure, I had those frustrating moments when I couldn’t figure out a technical difficulties, those panic situations when I have nothing to post about and those late nights trying to make head or tail of a problem by staring at the computer screen. But I have grown to love it. Being a blogger means you learn something new every day. It is a never ending learning process and that is one thing I love about it.
Did you always want to blog about Books?
Actually, no. I find that funny now. When I thought of starting a blog, I wanted to try something with food blogging since I was teaching myself how to cook then. I thought it would be a good idea to document the process, something like a personal cooking journal. In fact looking at pictures of food was (still is) one of my favourite past times. But when I thought about it practically, I didn’t think I would have the time to devote to a full fledged cooking blog (and also to washing that many dishes. Haha). And then I thought about books which was easier since I was always a reader and I loved writing. Books have always been in my daily schedule and a blog about them seemed like the next best thing to do.
how to read 20 books in one month - http://www.thebooksatchel.com/read-20-books-one-month/
As a reviewer, what is your process like?
I make notes about what I love and what I disliked in a book. Nothing elaborate, just a word or a sentence. While doing this, I keep in mind my own personal taste, what might work (or not work) for another audience and the writing style of the author. I start with something that strikes me in the book and then weave my review around it.
Do you find it difficult to give a review about a book that doesn’t match your expectations?
Yes, it is always difficult to give a negative review. I do not mind writing about a book that I personally didn’t enjoy or something from which I expected more. It is alright to talk about the good and bad aspects of the book or point out why a book didn’t work specifically for me but will work for another audience. However, if a book is really bad, I am always in a dilemma on how to write the review. I don’t want to mislead a reader but also I don’t want to be too harsh to the author.