Featured Book Blogger is a monthly interview series highlighting amazing members of the book blogging community.
This month’s featured book blogger is Resh Susan from The Book Satchel. Resh has amazing taste in books and her mad photography skills make her blog one of the most visually delightful bookish websites around. In fact, last year I included her on my list of 24 Bookish Instagrams to Fawn Over.
Welcome, Resh! First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself. What are some of your interests outside of blogging?
Food gawking. That is my biggest hobby. I go weak in the knees for wonderfully styled pictures. I would not call myself a big foodie, more of an appreciator. I used to be a big movie buff, but not so much into it now. I also write, doodle a bit and experiment new recipes once in a while. I am super enthusiastic about learning new things. Oh! Can rearranging bookshelf be included? I spend A LOT of time doing that.
Nice! I feel like we have a lot in common there. Rearranging bookshelves is definitely a hobby unto itself. Now, give us some insight into your psyche. What is your Myers-Briggs type?
Eeeks. I have done tests but they seldom add up to the actual psyche. If I could define myself – I work on intuition, my decisions are often based on my sixth sense and what the heart says rather than logic (and usually they turn out well too). I am a defender and constantly worry about other people’s feelings. I am a dreamer and you can often find me in a world of my own. I am a pushover (sigh! I wish not) and often find it difficult to say no but now I am slowly gaining control of myself.
How did you discover the book blogging world and what made you decide to start a blog of your own?
It all started when I had this urge to have something of my own. Funny enough my first thoughts were about starting a food blog mixed with photography. But then I started thinking about how much I love books and reading and that seemed to be more do-able for me. Needless to say I love my blog and IG.
I hate it when people ask me what my favorite book is–such an impossible question! So give us your top three…or ten.
The most difficult question ever!! Pride and Prejudice is a favourite. It was my first Austen and it is a comfort read for me. God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy is an absolute favourite and I want to re read it soon. To keep the answer short, I have a list of favourite books on my blog.
Time for some either/or…
Mac or PC? I used to be a forever-Windows girl until my laptop started having problems and I had to share the husband’s Mac. Now I love working on the Mac.
Coffee or tea? Both, depending on my mood. My mornings lean towards tea and my night time cravings lean towards black coffee.
Salty or sweet? Salty. I am not a fan of chocolates either and am known for distributing my share among friends and family
Print or ebook? Print. I do read e-books especially while reading classics or if the printed book is too expensive or if I think it is a book that I would want to highlight a lot (which is easier in a Kindle). But Print is always the winner for me.
Fiction or nonfiction? Fiction. Delving into non fiction is a resolution that I make and break every year. Which reminds me that we are three months into 2017 and I have not read any non fiction yet. Time to work on that resolution.
If you could share a meal with any famous person, living or dead, who would you pick and why?
I think I would pick J. K. Rowling. She is smart and funny and I grew up reading Harry Potter. Also, she is someone who inspires me. So it would be a perfect fan girl moment to share a meal with her.
If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go and why?
Venice in Italy is my dream place. But I would still go for UK if I am given a choice. Explore Yorkshire, stay in a few country cottages and hop through all the bookstores in London. Ah! What a lovely way to spend time (as long as I am not tormented by the cold and the rains).
Tell us about some of the best books you’ve read so far this year.
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller is a new release that is a favourite this year. I was blown away by The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey which was so atmospheric and fairy tale like. Other favourites include North and South by Gaskell and The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr.
What books are you most looking forward to this year?
I am most looking forward to Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. I am counting the days for its release. Some others include Men without Women by Haruki Murakami, House of Names by Colm Tóibín and The Dinner Party by Joshua Ferris
If you could pick three books you think EVERYONE should read, what would they be and why?
A Monster Calls – I am yet to see a person who is not moved to tears after reading the book. It is so honest, fast paced and a touching story.
Americanah by Chimamnda Ngozi Adichie – Because it isn’t often that you hear a powerful, honest voice in contemporary fiction.
Blankets by Craig Thompson – This graphic novel is one of my favourites. The art is brilliant and it makes you ponder about life.
Lightening round! Name your favorite…
Song: That would be “You and Me” by Lifehouse. The recent favourites are “Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran and “Up and Up” by Coldplay
Movie: When Harry Met Sally and You’ve Got Mail. My go-to feel-good flick is Made of Honour. It always makes me smile.
TV show: Friends. Always Friends.
Comfort food: French fries. I never get tired of French fries. Also the Kerala snack – banana fry.
Fictional crush: I really don’t have any. But maybe Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice
Thank you so much for having me, Kate. This was so much fun. 🙂