Hello there, my name is Heena and I am the creator and admin of The Reading Bud, aka TRB. I am from Pune, India work as the EIC at a local publishing house. I am also a novelist, manuscript critic and fiction-writing coach/teacher.

I am a published author of 2 books but book reviewing is pretty close to my heart as that is how my own journey writing started. I love penning down my thoughts on all the books I can get my hands on and love sharing it with others. In the same way, I love reading book reviews and that is mostly how I decide whether to read a book or not (but of course the book cover matters too πŸ˜‰)

My online profile name is Crazy Cat Writer and I am a Bookstagrammer and a BookTuber who creates fun book-related videos for my IGTV and YouTube channels.

You can read more about my novels on my author website. Though, if you want to connect with me for some bookish gossip and nerdy conversations then I can be found here:

WebsiteΒ |Β FacebookΒ |Β TwitterΒ |Β InstagramΒ |Β Goodreads

The Reading Bud

The Reading Bud is a book blog and a cosy hangout for all the bookworms, dragons and whatever being you consider yourself to be! Here you will find a continuous stream of book reviewsARC reviewsaudiobook reviewsgraphic novel reviewsauthor interviewsguest posts, cover reveals, excerpt reveals and other bookish posts.

At TRB, I review books that I read – these include the books I buy,Β issue from libraries, request from NetGalley or the ones offered to me by authors and publishers for review. I also do paid reviews here (only when I am really constricted for time) as well as on other websites and some magazines.

We respect authors, publishers and publicists alike and believe in helping the book community as much as we can!

I also run a bookclub, both online as well as offline –Β RMFAO. The main online one is a Goodreads group. There is also a Facebook closed Group – RMFAO and one on WhatsApp where mostly we decide our monthly book meets.

The Reading Bud has a significant online presence and enjoys the luxury of having its own snazzy accounts. You can haveΒ a look at them here:

FacebookΒ |Β Twitter

If you want to request a review of your book then check out TRB’sΒ Review PolicyΒ orΒ Contact directly.

If you want to promote your book or are looking for an author interview and/or guest post host, then read more about our book promotion service here:Β TRB Book Promotions

What Authors & Publishers Say

Heena evaluated my book with an open mind. She took her time to understand the story rather than rushing through it in order to post a review and get on to the next book. I appreciate that, a lot...

Axel Blackwell
Author ofΒ Sisters Of Sorrow.

What a pleasure it has been working with The Reading Bud. Professional, caring and intelligent. A great blog site….

A.P. McGrath
Author ofΒ A Burning In The Darkness

I was really impressed with the level of insight Heena put into the review. As a writer, it was valuable feedback, but as a reader, it was exactly the type of information I’d love to know before diving into a new book. The experience was both creative and refreshing.

Sarah M. Cradit
Author of The House of Crimson & CloverΒ series

Whether you are a reader or a publisher,Β The Reading Bud is a place as good as any if you are looking for professional and well-thought-out reviews.

PeterΒ Γ–berg,
Editor atΒ Affront Publishing

Heena was prompt, professional, and very easy to work with. Browsing through her website, it quickly became clear that Henna gives the same attention to detail to all of the books… Truly a world-class asset to authors and readers alike.”

JosephΒ John
Author ofΒ  The Eighth Day

… I have given all my books to The Reading Bud in exchange for an honest review. My dealings with Heena have always been professional and friendly...

A.J. York
Author ofΒ Fairy Extraordinary Christmas Story

Let’s build something together.

110 thoughts on “About

  1. Thank you for following my blog πŸ™‚
    Dropping out of a course that one doesn’t like is usually the best thing one can do (same from my experience).
    Looking forward to more thriller reviews from you πŸ™‚

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      1. On my blog the posts are all categorized with dropdowns from the menus you see at the top. There is also a Search For Sumfink on the siderbar. Check out the India posts one day. I’m not after extra ‘traffic’, but I would value your opinion on my opinion of your beautiful land.
        Thanks, Spike

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    1. OMG! Thanks a lot dear πŸ™‚
      It’s really an honour and I am really happy to accept it. πŸ™‚
      Please don’t mind if I post about the award and pass it on next week (I have 2-3 pending posts already!)
      Thanks again πŸ™‚


  2. Hi Heena! Thank you for your visit to my blog. I look forward to exploring your blog as well.

    Take care,


  3. Hi Heena, I just saw you are following my blog. Thank you! This inspired me to read a little in your blog. It is great what you’ve already done in your young age and how convinced you are walking through life and seem to enjoy it. I love the fresh way you write! Looking forward to some possible interaction!

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    1. Hello Erika. I found you through a common blog, and I’m really glad that I did! Thanks a lot for the sweet encouraging words! I did have a hard childhood, but somehow I’ve managed to get over all that πŸ™‚ It feels good now, really good to be burden free! I’m looking forward to get a copy of your book πŸ™‚
      Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and acknowledging my subscription to your blog.
      I love bloggers who really interact, and I’m also looking forward to interact (a lot) with a kind author like you πŸ˜€
      Thanks again πŸ™‚

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      1. Dear Heena, it always amazes me to see people taking over responsibility for their lives in order to make it their lives. You seem to be an amazing woman and you probably grew right because of the hard times in your life. You are full of life and your heart shines through your eyes. In your young age you know what you want from life. Only few people in your age can say that. Also I was far away in many sections of my life. I love to read more from you and thank you for also connecting via facebook!

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        1. Awwwwww… it’s really sweet of you to say such good things. You are one hell of a positive person I’m glad I met! People like you always make me feel inspired πŸ™‚
          And before you start thinking of me as a crazy stalker who follows you everywhere, lol ;), I’d like to say that I’m a social media junkie! I’m almost on all social sites and I love following awesome people (like you) πŸ˜€
          I’m really glad that we met through blogging.
          Have a great day!

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          1. I am very glad too! And don’t worry, “stalking” like you do is very welcome πŸ™‚ I just hope that you don’t mind it if I am a little behind with my reactions at times. Enjoy your day!

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    1. Thanks a lot Rob. You’re so sweet. I don’t do posts on each award separately, so I’m gonna have to wait till I receive atleast 2-3 more awards to post about this. But I’m really honoured to recieve this award from you πŸ™‚
      Thanks again πŸ˜€

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  4. Hello, Heena! How lovely to meet you out here in blogland… I am an avid Indophile!! I have not (yet) visited, but it is on the bucket list… πŸ™‚ Thank you so very much for finding me and for the follow – I so look forward to more interaction in future! xx Mother Hen

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  5. Hello dear friend
    Thank you for visiting my site. I post a music Throwback Thursday every week and think you’ve stopped by before. I’m late with my follow up. My health has slowed me down. Have a great day and hope you stop by again.
    M πŸ™‚

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  6. Love your blog! I’m in London but have my roots in India, and I’m really interested to read more of your posts.
    I’ve started with your Pet Sematary review – I used to read a lot of horror novels but haven’t for many years. But your review has made me think about picking some up again!
    Really looking forward to reading more of your reviews.

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    1. Thanks a lot. I’m glad that my review intrigued your curiosity enough to make you give this genre another shot πŸ™‚
      I’m looking forward to discuss books with you!
      I hope you enjoy other posts as well.
      Thanks a lot for following… πŸ™‚

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  7. Hey hi.. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, and leaving your foot prints there..!!
    I am new to blogging, and lets stay in touch πŸ™‚

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