Hello, I am Rekha. Welcome to my blog, The Book Decoder.

My love for reading started at an early age. I was introduced to comics at the age of 4 and children’s magazines a few years later. Though I read almost anything and everything (What can I say, I love to read!) I did not start reading full-length novels until the age of 19. Any guesses as to what was the first mystery novel I read? Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express!

If you had asked me two years ago who is my favourite sleuth, I would have said Hercule Poirot. This was before I came across another Witty Detective by the name of Thomas Littlejohn (by George Bellairs). But let’s not push Monsieur Poirot aside. The guy certainly has some impressive ‘use-thy-grey-cells’ capabilities. Anyhoo, Poirot is still a favourite. It’s just that he lost the first spot to Thomas Littlejohn. πŸ˜‰

After starting to blog about books, I came across a sub-genre of Mystery known as Cozy Mystery. With Cozy Mysteries, the readers are spoilt for choice. Cozy themes range from baking, B&Bs to crafting and dressage.

I love me a good thriller – be it spy, legal or psychological. Having said that, I stay away from books that depict gore, violence or abuse of any kind. Books that hurt religious sentiments or make racist remarks are a huge no.

I also read a bit of non-fiction once in a while. Though there was a time when I devoured on a handful of self-help and mind,body and spirit/soul kind of books, I have realized most of these books aim at one particular topic – tame your monkey mind. I love to read books that are more inclined towards scientific learning and findings.

Reading and writing reviews is and will always be a hobby. In 2014, due to medical negligence, one half of my face was partially paralyzed. The condition led to more complications and the doctors gave hope on my recovery and survival. I did not give up. Years later, here I am. Proud to be a Survivor. πŸ™‚

I am not new to the blogosphere. I started my first blog in 2016. I do quite a bit of photography. Blogging gave me a platform to showcase my talent. In 2018, I started The Book Decoder. As an avid reader, I found book blogging as a better platform to express my views on the books I read as well as find new books and find some book buddies. πŸ˜€

Apart from book blogging, I love to travel and spend time in nature. I learned oil painting from a professional while at college and I dabble once in a while. Gardening is something I do quite often.

So… that’s it about me.

How to navigate through my blog.

Home takes you to a list of latest posts. You can also have a look at Reviews by Genre.

Misc takes you to Author Interviews and Spotlights & Guest Posts (by authors). In some cases, the reviews and interviews are in the same post.

In 2019 and 2020, I joined Great Escapes Virtual Tours Blog Tours and Rachel’s Random Resources as a blog tour host. You can find the posts tagged under blog tours and cover reveal here.

I hosted the British Crime Classics Challenge from 2018 – 2021. Though I am no longer hosting the challenge, my love for British Crime Classics will never fade away. I still have a lot of mystery classics in my TBR, waiting to be read.

Review Policy & Other Details

I receive Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) from publishers through NetGalley or Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion. I also pick up loads of books from the KU catalog.

It is very rare for me to give a book 2 stars or below.I am very picky when it comes to books. I do not read fantasy, horror or sci-fi. Also, hard-boiled crime and mystery novels that scream gore and violence is a big NO. When it comes to books of the genre Romance, I usually stick to chick-lit/Women’s fiction.

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