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Monday, November 25, 2013

How I Read Books

I saw a Tag running on Book Tube this weekend and thought it might be fun to answer the questions here for you today.  It was informative for me to see my favorite book tuber's answers... (Debra' Café) Maybe you'll respond on your blogs with your own.  Here are the eight questions and my answers to them:

1)  How do you find out about new books to read?

I look several places for new books.  I'm constantly searching on the web, mostly.  I have an account with Netgalley, so that's my first point of interest.  They come out with books far in advance of the published dates, but it's hit or miss.  You have to be the one who selects a book that you think may be a final publisher's choice for the book market.  

Next, I'm happily the recipient of books from publishers which are advanced readers.  Then, I look online at certain sites:  Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, my favorite blogs, and YouTube book tuber sites are very helpful.  I go to the library.  I work with a book tour that keeps me abreast of new historical fiction.  And, I visit bookstores as a final research outlet.   Once I find new books, I have to be very selective about what I choose to review, and I'm often behind the published dates which gives my readers time to see the books themselves for a decision to purchase.

2)  How did you get into reading?

I started reading  to myself when I was in second grade.  But my first influence was from a mother who put Little Golden Books in my toys as a baby.  I slept with them in my crib and play pin.  I was also greatly influenced by my uncle who used to read to me when I was as young as 5 years old...and from a grandmother who would buy me books.  I stared out myself reading fairy tales, The Bobsey Twins and Nancy Drew. 

3)  How has your taste in books changed as you've gotten older?

When I was in my teens my favorite books were James Bond, "Gone With the Wind," and "Wuthering Heights."  I still love the classics which I read as a young adult.  I also read a good deal of romance novels and mysteries.  As an adult, I began to read more contemporary fiction along with all these type of books.  I don't read romance anymore, and I don't read cozy mysteries.  I now read more historical fiction  more than I have before, along with the other genre  mentioned above. I also probably read more thrillers than I did in my early adult life.

4)  How often do you buy books?

Not as often as I did before.  Prior to about 7 years ago, I spent about $200 a month on books.  Now I read books I find through Netgalley, from tours, through publishers, scavenging, the library, and from gifts (gift cards from my family on special occasions).   That's enough to keep me on my toes!!

5)  How did you get into book blogging?

Originally, I had a blog about needlework started about 11 or 12 years ago.  I was a long time member of the American Needlepoint Guild and the Embroiderer's Guild of America, as well as being a needlework shop owner.  I had one of the first online needlecraft shops and found bloggers for the fine needlearts online.  So, I started my own. 

Because I'm an avid reader, I started incorporating my reviews into that blog...then decided to start a separate blog dedicated to just book reviews roughly 8 years ago.  Now I don't keep the needlework blog at all.  I found I much prefer to "talk" about books!

6)  How do you react when you don't like the end of a book?

I've been known to talk to the author out loud and slam the book shut!  I've never thrown a book across the room, but I have dumped it in the trash can sitting beside my reading chair.  :]

7)  How often have you taken a look at the back of the book to find out the happy ending?

Almost never.  I don't want to spoil the ending of a book in that manner.  I will turn to the back to see if there are author comments or a book reading guide, but I don't even read them for fear they'll spoil the book for me in advance.  I don't like spoilers!!

8)  How many people are you going to tag and who are they?

I don't like tagging people.  I find it an imposition on others.  But, I hope my readers will take time to comment below on one or two of the questions....

Thanks for reading!  Hope this was fun for you...




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