Posted on March 26, 2013

Half-Full Book Review & Giveaway

Book Review/ Reading/ Taneja's Bride

Today’s post is a bit different but one I am very excited about. You already know beauty is one thing I love but in my spare time I also like to read. Give my a rainy day a cup of Chai Tea and a good book and I can curl up in my blanket by the window and read for hours. 

To my surprise I learned that fellow beauty blogger and friend Shipra the face behind the Beauty Blog Taneja’s Bride was also an Author. She graciously provided me with a copy of her book Half-Full which I am showcasing for you today. 

Half-Full Book Shipra Taneja

Half-Full is a romantic novel that follows the journey of the main character Sonika an Indian-American girl who is shrouded in a veil of pessimism  Simply put she sees everything as half empty  This lighthearted yet bold novel follows Sonika through her transformation of being pessimistic and always viewing things in the half empty negative to a coming into an awareness of seeing things more optimistically or as half- full.  There were many aspects of the story that I found very relatable and it was an easy enjoyable read. 

Now for more on the Author. I asked Shipra some questions so you can get to know her better. I also love the opportunity to get into an Author’s head. 

Half-Full Book Review

•Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I was always a bookworm. My parents and brother would be outside playing, and I’d be snuggled up in the recliner with a good book. I was probably in elementary school. I started writing at around the same time and actually have a few “journals” filled up with stories. They are really silly and I probably would never publish them, but they are fun to read. I get a quick look at my brain as a child.

•How long did it take you to write the book? 
I believe it took me about 2 years. I started in college and took a long hiatus (similar to the one I am taking right now with book #2) and then my husband’s father read whatever I had and really encouraged me to finish and publish it.

•How much of the book is realistic?
The book is realistic only in terms of the girl’s personality. I did take situations from real life and throw them in there, but like 85% is fictional!

•Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?
My message is be yourself, be true to yourself, love yourself before loving others, and really listen to your heart. Also, confidence is a valuable quality to have. 

•What books have most influenced your life most?
Pride and Prejudice, In Her Shoes…

•What book are you reading now?
I am trying to finish the Hunger Games series. My next book will be Life of Pi.

•What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Developing my characters and making it an interesting plot.

•Do you have any advice for other writers?
Just write. Edit later. Don’t focus on the publishing part until you are done! That will only slow you down. 

•What do you like to do when you’re not writing? 
I love to work on my blog and hang out with my family. Other than that, I really enjoy trying new cuisines and shopping in my free time.

•Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
There is one thing I’d like to say and that is never give up. If you have a goal or a dream, only you are responsible in making it come true. Never blame others for not reaching your goals/dreams. You will reach when you make the effort! So, dream away and work hard to fulfill it. You will get it.

Half Full is available at Barnes & Noble and  Amazon

Shipra Taneja can be found on the web at Taneja’s Bride and on facebook

*A copy of the book was provided to me for an honest review, all opinions are my own. 

So are you ready to read?  I hope so because I have a copy of the book for one lucky reader. Enter to win a gift set that includes some relaxing Tazo Tea a nice mug, and a copy of Half Full. 

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  • Great review! I am reading it already! LOVE IT! I can’t wait for book #2!!

  • The last book I read was the Blind Side!

  • Awesome review! I can’t wait to read it! I’m currently on book 5 of the Game of Thrones series, A Song of Ice and Fire. These books are amazing! I can’t put them down!

    I started to read here and there Blood Farm in my free time. C:

  • Is there anything that Shipra can’t do?! Girl’s amazing! Can’t wait to read this.

  • The last book I read was Breaking Dawn for the second time…lol. I had to re-read it before seeing the movie. Great giveaway…thanks so much!!

  • I like the story line of the book!

  • Also, this is my email. I couldn’t figure out how to enter it above.

  • The last book I read was House of sand and fog. My email is harkins (dot) sarahe (at)

  • The last book I read was “Audrey, Wait”.

    My e-mail is

  • The last book I read was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It is amazing and I recommend it!

  • I’m currently reading Nora Roberts’ Lessons Learned.

  • The last book I read was Son by Lois Lowry.

  • Harry Potter, goblet of fire

  • Twilight by Stephanie Myers was the last book i read (twice) ;p
    great giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

  • I read two or three a week but the last was’ I never fancied him anyways’. I need a new book! I’ve run out!

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    The last book I read (and am still reading) is Dark Lover, by JR Ward. Love this series! I was trying to rereading them before Lover At Last, but didn’t even barely start.

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    The last book I read (and am still reading) is Dark Lover, by JR Ward. Love this series! I was trying to rereading them before Lover At Last, but didn’t even barely start.

  • gao

    last book i read was Love Is… (Kid’s book… read it to my babies last night!)

  • A Johnny Depp biography 😛

  • Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂 The last book I read was A Self-Made Man

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