Weekly Wrap Up Jan 17th

This week has been an odd week for reading! I started the week reading the new Stuart Macbride book, In The Cold Dark Ground. I am no further on in it tonight, than I was on Monday night. I just couldn’t get into it, so it’s put aside to read after I’ve read ALL of the previous Logan McRae novels!
So, what did I read this week?!

 

Novellas/ Short Stories!!


I started with the Jefferson Winter shorties by James Carol. I have read and loved his JW novels so I decided I would read the two short stories that have been sitting on my kindle for aaaaaaages!!!

Next up, I finally got to read all of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher short stories. I have been saving Make Me to read, as it’s a long time until septembers Night School release so I figured I may as well have a read of the JR shorties.

I really enjoyed these, each one was brilliant in its own way, and they gave a nice bit of background to Jack’s life.

I also read Broken Grace by EC Diskin. It was a fairly quick read! You can find my review HERE.

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Thanks to reading all of those short stories, my Goodreads tally rose significantly and apparently I’m 12 books ahead of schedule 😂 but I know that won’t last long.

 

I’m currently reading The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo and my review will be posted on January 29th as part of the blog tour!

 

What did you all read this week?! 😊📖

Author Q&A Jack Jordan

Second author Q&A in a week!! I’m spoiling ye! 😉

Today, I have the lovely Jack Jordan answering my questions. Jack is the author of Anything For Her, which I read, loved and reviewed last month and you can read my review here.

Without further ado…

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

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I am an introvert disguised as an extrovert, an intelligent person who can say very unintelligent things, and a self-confessed bibliomaniac with more books than sense.

I have been writing for nearly six years now, and published my debut novel, Anything for Her, in June 2015. I am currently writing my second thriller, My Girl, which will be published in 2016.

 

How did you get into writing? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do?

Ever since I can remember, I have adored writing. My favourite school assignments were creative writing projects, but I never considered that writing could and would be my career.

 

I began writing novels by accident. I was seventeen and housebound due to severe anxiety, and began to write a short story to pass the time. That short story turned into a novel of 100,000 words. I didn’t even have the goal of writing a whole novel; I was simply engrossed in the story and cherished the stimulating distraction. Once I finished the novel, I realised what had happened: stuck in the overpowering gloom of anxiety and depression, I had found my career.

 

Ever since then, I have been unable to stop writing!

 

Where do you get your inspiration?

 

I constantly have about twelve or more projects whirling around in my mind, and decide to write the one project that is the most insistent of the lot! Many ideas spawn from TV shows, other novels, true stories, and my dark imagination. Something that may be the smallest plot point in one book/show/documentary/true story can inspire me to write a whole novel – and from there, my imagination takes it further and further until the story is completely different from what I first imagined – but better!

 

With Anything for Her, I was inspired by the strength of the love that mothers have for their children. The bond between a mother and her child is unbreakable, and the love is unconditional. Most mothers will tell you that they would do anything to protect their child. When writing Anything for Her, I wanted to explore just how far a mother would go to protect her child, and at what cost.

 

I loved Anything For Her, the twist towards the end was brilliant. Had you worked that out before you began or did the story develop itself?

Thank you – I’m so glad you liked it!

 

Looking back, it is quite hard to remember where and when the story changed during the whole writing and editing process, but as for the twist/outcome of the story, I learned early on that the twist had to happen to stay true to the story and the characters involved.

 

How would you describe your writing to anyone who hasn’t read your book?

If I were to describe Anything for Her in one word, it would be: dark.

 

When it comes to genres, my writing falls into the brackets of: thriller and crime fiction (and mystery/psychological), but if I were to describe my work, I would call it a chiller, rather than a thriller, due to the how dark my stories can go.

 

As a reader, I love books that genuinely scare/thrill me. The books I remember and recommend the most are books that have shocked me and disturbed me. I think my reading preference really influences how and what I write. I want readers to remember my characters and my stories, just like I remember such books that have shocked me.

 

 

Your next book, My Girl, comes out next year. Can you tell us a bit about it? 😉

 

Due to exciting book-related events happening in 2016, I feel I should keep my mouth shut – but the moment I can spill the beans on my next project, I will let you know immediately!

 

 

I often wonder if authors are voracious readers. Do you read much, and if so, what kinds of books do you enjoy?

 

I read at every available opportunity – which can annoy those who love me! Reading is my absolute favourite pastime, and probably my only hobby. By the end of 2015 I will have read over sixty books – and I must have read my own books over a hundred times each, too!

 

I read for work and pleasure. When I’m writing, I read books in similar genres to mine with an editor’s eye, and thoroughly enjoy the emotions that thrillers evoke.

As a reader, I love stories of all age and genre. I go through phases: for a few months I will read literary/contemporary/classic fiction, other times I will read commercial fiction, and read non-fiction books as research for my own work, as well as subjects that I feel passionate about.

 

I love books that scare me, thrill me, shock me, make me laugh, make me cry, and educate me (I also adore the smell of new books – could this be a hobby in itself? This would mean I have two hobbies – hooray!).

 

 

Do you think social media helps in regards to promotion and drumming up publicity for new book?

 

Personally, I feel it is absolutely essential. I have found that social media advertising is the most direct, cost-effective, and one of the most influential ways to promote a book. For writers like myself, whom don’t have the marketing budget of ginormous publishing houses, social media is the way to promote a book.

 

 

If people want to keep up with you, where can they find you?

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jackjordanofficial

 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/_JackJordan_

 

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jackjordan_author

 

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/jackjordan

 

My website: www.jackjordanofficial.co.uk

 

Massive thanks to Jack for answering my questions. I’m waiting patiently for details on My Girl!! 🙂

 

 

Author Q&A- Simon Duke

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Today, I’m lucky to have Simon Duke on the blog answering some questions for me. I recently read and loved his book The Perfectionist, and you can read my review here.

As always, I’m extremely grateful to authors who take the time out to answer a few question, and if I haven’t said it enough, thanks again Simon!:)

 

– First off, can you tell everyone a little about yourself?

SIMON

 

I was born in Stoke-on-Trent (UK) in 1979. I lived a while in rural England and had a very happy childhood. My family moved to France when I was eleven and I was parachuted into a French school without really speaking French. It took me a while to get up-to-speed with the other kids and I was (and I guess I always will be) an outsider and an observer. I grew up in the 80s and 90s, reading books and watching many American movies of that period. Meantime I grew fond of the modern gangster and of the transition from film noir and epic to the more gritty and realistic portrayal of crime in more recent times. Today, I’m a journalist and I’m often on the lookout for good stories. I’d also like to reassure you that, contrary to the dark subject matter of my books, I’m considered a rather well-rounded person with my heart in the right place, more often upbeat than a preacher of gloom and doom. I have yet to murder someone, but I do keep a list of potential victims in the drawer of my bedside table!
– How did you start writing?

 

During my teenage years. But I really started proper novel writing with Out of Bounds in 2012 (N.B. Out of Bounds is my first novel, published in 2014). Until then I’d only managed to write short stories, and my writing was infrequent, despite my mind over-spilling with ideas. I like to remember one particular day; a day when I had car trouble on my way to work. I took my car to a garage and the mechanic quoted me a hefty amount of money to carry out the necessary repair work – an amount I wasn’t willing to invest. So I began commuting by train and rediscovered the joys of reading, and devouring books in under a week. By doing so I discovered crime fiction authors whom I’d never heard of before. I’d read good books and not so good books. All this influenced me immensely. And at some point I wondered: why not me? This led me to writing the opening scene of Out of Bounds. In May 2013, I’d penned down the first draft.

 

– Can you tell us how you got the inspiration for The Perfectionist?

 

I’ve always wanted to write about serial killers. I’ve read many serial killer books (fiction and non-fiction) and watched my fair share of movies on the persona. Some direct movie influences for The Perfectionist include Manhunter (Michael Mann, 1986), Se7en (David Fincher, 1995), Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007), Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (John McNaughton, 1986), The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991), Natural Born Killers (Oliver Stone, 1994)…

 

Serial killers fascinate me. In fiction, they are highly stylized, and even real-life serial killers have become celebrity monsters through media coverage. I read somewhere that serial killers are for adults what monster movies are for children: that is the guilty pleasure of scary fun. Serial killers are so extreme in their brutality and in their behaviour that we can be drawn to them out of basic and intense human curiosity. Their behaviour is seemingly inexplicable, so we feel a duty to try and understand what their motives are. And they appeal to our most primal feelings: fear, lust or anger. So I reckoned I’d give it a shot myself, but with a novel angle.

 

The killer in The Perfectionist could be considered the ultimate serial killer. He seemingly chooses his victims at random across America; he has been at large for more than two decades; he has flown under the radar of the cops and the FBI by navigating through the loopholes of the federal law enforcement system; he respects a unique and horrific modus operandi and fine-tunes methods of execution to seek artistic perfection. In the world of law enforcement, there exists a scale on which to rate killers. My killer does not feature on the scale.

 

Finally given my journalistic background, I’ve always dreamed of stumbling on a killer myself and pursuing him before submitting the proof of his guilt to the police. Gerry Stokes in the book lives that dream for me.

 

– Some of the killing methods are very violent, I bet your browser history is fun! Are they true to life and as gruesome as they are described in the book? How did you decide on the various modus operandi?

 

Indeed, I hope the FBI hasn’t hacked my computer. I’d have trouble justifying my highly suspicious Internet history! I must’ve researched dozens of the methods of execution and selected just some of the disturbing MOs that are out there. It’s a frightening realization that some of the methods of execution in The Perfectionist are shockingly quite commonplace. The Colombian necktie, for instance, is a frequent statement that is made in the world of drug cartels. Other methods I refer to in the book where used on a regular basis in the Middle Ages, Feudal Japan, or in Roman times. The killer in The Perfectionist respects a unique and horrific modus operandi and fine-tunes various methods of execution to seek artistic perfection. He has surgical precision. He’s highly intelligent and methodical. The human body is his canvass and he’s not afraid to experiment.

 

– When you began writing The Perfectionist, had you the ending mapped out or did it all just lead up to the events naturally?

 

I have tons of story ideas, and I note them down as soon as they begin to gain in substance in my mind. If inspired, I will look into them deeper and weigh the possibility of taking some further and writing them up. So, be it with The Perfectionist or with Out of Bounds, I started off with an idea and wrote it down in a summary. I began by writing a few scenes and things gradually fell into place. As soon as I had a solid enough backbone to the story, I fleshed it out and divided the result into chapters. From then on, I wrote bit by bit. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t alter things along the way. Sometimes I realised the storyline was weak and needed beefing up, or I had a change in mind with regard to how events unfolded. I then went back to the backbone and fitted in these new ideas. The first ending of The Perfectionist for instance struck me as not very satisfactory. The whodunit aspect needed a bigger concluding twist. So I went back to the drawing board and came up with an alternative finale.

 

– What’s a typical day for you when writing?

 

I’m not a full-time crime fiction writer… well not yet! Therefore I must write, research, plan, and meditate outside office hours. So it’s weekends, evenings, and sometimes lunch breaks for me. I also have to be present for my daughter and for my girlfriend and have some sort of social life too! I also occasionally work as a projectionist at my local cinema. But if I have a free full day ahead of me, I’m the kind of person who likes to get up early in the morning, have a cup of tea, and write non-stop until lunchtime. In the afternoons and evenings, I prefer to focus on other things and recharge the batteries. I do sometimes dream of a getaway log cabin next to a lake lost in some faraway forest. I believe that Michael Connelly quit his job at the L.A. Times after his third Harry Bosch novel. Maybe one day I’ll get there as well!

 

– I always assume writers are voracious readers but I’m probably wrong! Do you read much, if at all? And if so, do any authors you read influence your own writing?

 

As mentioned I am constantly reading the works of my peers. My influences are multiple and varied. The literature influences are also quite numerous. However, if I had to come up with a shortlist of inspirational authors and books which helped me write The Perfectionist, I’d have to mention the works of Michael Connelly (e.g. The Poet), RJ Ellory (e.g. The Anniversary Man), Henning Mankell (The Kurt Wallander series), James Ellroy (e.g. Killer on the Road), Shane Stevens (By Reason of Insanity), as well as possibly Dennis Lehane, John Grisham, and even Paul Auster and Ernest Hemingway. Authors I read influence me in one way or another, and I’m always on the lookout for new favourite writers. I love discovering new talents, even if that means I can be sometimes disappointed by what I stumble upon.

 

– If you could choose a character from your book to meet, who would it be and why? I’d pick The Perfectionist myself!

 

It’s got to be Gerry Stokes. He’s a complex character. He’s a rookie reporter stuck in small-town Iowa in the late 80s, working for a local paper, but with great ambitions. We meet him again more than twenty years later. He’s become a seasoned business journalist working for the Chicago Tribune. He’s a self-centred, obnoxious and arrogant guy with a soft spot for sex with prostitutes. Despicable. But he’s got talent and flair. The morbidity and seriousness of the investigation will change him, and so will his relationship with the woman who puts him on the track in the first place, Sarah Howard. Gerry’s evolution in the book is gradual and we grow to like his character. He might not be of the Walter White of Breaking Bad calibre, but I’m sure he’d be the heart of any given party.

 

– For those who haven’t read The Perfectionist, can you give a spoiler free synopsis?! Sell your book basically! 😉

 

This 47 second video should get you intrigued: https://youtu.be/6rXPMFLeKTg

 

It’s a video trailer for The Perfectionist, which I produced myself. I integrated some very eerie footage, still shots of the book cover which was designed by my friends Oscar Sanchez and Bertrand Raes, and I incorporated (courtesy of the Marmoset music agency) a track by Josh Garrels.

 

And here’s a short synopsis:

 

“In 1988, a severed head belonging to an unidentified old man is found rotting in an Iowa corn field. Confronted with this gruesome discovery, rookie reporter Gerry Stokes is urged by the local sheriff and his newspaper editor to cover up the affair. But the truth can’t be concealed forever.

Twenty-two years later, Stokes, now an arrogant and unpleasant sex-driven, yet seasoned veteran journalist at the Chicago Tribune, must at last atone for his wrong-doings as the shunned-upon past returns with a vengeance. Payback ultimately comes in the attractive form of Sarah Howard, a young woman who believes she has identified the old man as being her own long-lost grandfather, Ted Callaway. Unwilling to be exposed by the young woman, Stokes is forced into an investigation to discover the truth of what happened in 1988. Stokes stumbles upon an even more sordid truth: Callaway is one of many victims; people seemingly chosen at random across the nation by a serial killer who has been at large for more than two decades: a killer who has flown under the radar of the cops and the FBI by navigating through federal law loopholes while respecting a unique and horrific modus operandi. By fine-tuning methods of execution, the killer seeks artistic perfection. He is “the Perfectionist”.

Three years later, the investigation is given a new lifeline after Stokes is alerted to a series of gruesome Colombian neckties. Stokes realizes that the Perfectionist, who had been dormant for a long time, is still at large and has resumed his hunt for new victims. To obtain confirmation that his killer is still active, Stokes must confront the FBI’s determined lead investigator, Special Agent Elliot Keppler.

 

At the same time Stokes sets himself an ambitious target and potential path to fame: he wishes to publish a special book, which for the very first time in publishing history will give the police the means to capture a serial killer. With such high stakes, the pressure is on. Stokes is in the race of his life to discover the killer’s identity and publish his bestseller, while bending the notions of what can be considered ethically right.”

 

– When can people buy your book? Release dates etc.

 

The Perfectionist will be available in both paperback and ebook formats on January 19, 2016.

 

The paperback will be available on Amazon’s websites http://www.amazon.co.uk/Simon-Duke/e/B00J0YEZYE/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

 

The ebook is already available for pre-order on Kindle

http://www.amazon.com/The-Perfectionist-SIMON-DUKE-ebook/dp/B016WCU56I

 

as well as on Smashwords

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/585299

 

and at various online retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Kobo,  FNAC, Rakuten, etc…

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-perfectionist-simon-duke/1122801579;jsessionid=16C824F21C6EA5EC4E4515615AC746B8.prodny_store02-atgap11?ean=2940152412017

 

My first novel, Out of Bounds, is available at most of these links too.

 

– Lastly, where can people follow you and your work?
Feel free to connect with me at any of the following:

 

Author Website and newsletter: http://simongduke.blogspot.com
Twitter: @SimonGDuke
Facebook: www.facebook.com/simonduke
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8287983.Simon_Duke

 

WWW Wednesday 


WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at  Taking On A World Of Words. It’s open for anyone to join in and is a great way to share what you’ve been reading. All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

The three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading:

  

Via Goodreads:

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.

Via Goodreads:

CHRISTMAS 2014

Following an argument with her parents, 15 year old Freya Coleman storms out of the house. In tears, she goes to meet the only person who understands her: Robbie, the nice guy she’s been chatting to online. She doesn’t return home.

ONE YEAR LATER
A teenager’s body is found in a Southampton park. She is gaunt, bruised, and barely breathing. She is rushed to hospital, but has been so badly abused that doctors fear her fragmented memory may never recover. When another girl is reported missing a day later, D.I. White of the Hampshire Major Investigation Team fears Freya’s attacker has struck again.

GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST
With White’s team focused on finding the new missing teenager, Freya’s parents hire Private Investigator Johnson Carmichael to find the person who abducted their daughter. The family has a secret they can’t tell the police, and it might just lead Carmichael to ‘Robbie’.

FRAGMENTS
Mystery, suspense, abduction, and terror: Fragments is an emotive, thrilling whodunit from the best-selling author of Snatched and Remorse.
I have recently finished:

 

These three beauties by Angela Marsons, my review of which can be found here!

All three were 5 star reads for me!
What I think I will read next:

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Via Goodreads:

Witnessing a dramatic death at London’s Waterloo Station triggers a series of events that shatter Eva Scott’s world. Dying words awaken a history she had thought long buried, and soon, Eva’s life is out of her hands. A genetic key is keeping her alive, but foreshadowing her death. People she’s lost materialize and then disappear, testing her sanity. Linked to her survival is the potential takedown of an economic power, on which hang the lives of many others. Eva’s life is no longer her own.

Via Goodreads:

A fiercely imagined fiction debut in which two young women face what happened the summer they were twelve, when a handsome stranger abducted them

Everyone thought we were dead. We were missing for nearly two months; we were twelve. What else could they think? -Lois
It’s always been hard to talk about what happened without sounding all melodramatic. . . . Actually, I haven’t mentioned it for years, not to a goddamned person. -Carly
The summer precocious Lois and pretty Carly May were twelve years old, they were kidnapped, driven across the country, and held in a cabin in the woods for two months by a charismatic stranger. Nearly twenty years later, Lois has become a professor, teaching British literature at a small college in upstate New York, and Carly May is an actress in Los Angeles, drinking too much and struggling to revive her career. When a movie with a shockingly familiar plot draws the two women together once more, they must face the public exposure of their secret history and confront the dark longings and unspeakable truths that haunt them still. Maggie Mitchell’s Pretty Is beautifully defies ripped-from-the-headlines crime story expectations and announces the debut of a masterful new storytelling talent.


Via Goodreads: 

Dr. Eric Parrish is the Chief of the Psychiatric Unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife, Caitlin, he is doing his best as a single dad to his seven-year-old daughter Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his home life, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as Eric is. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric’s entire world begins to crumble. Seventeen-year-old Max has a terminally ill grandmother and is having trouble handling it. That, plus his OCD and violent thoughts about a girl he likes makes Max a high risk patient. Max can’t turn off the rituals he needs to perform every fifteen minutes that keep him calm. With the pressure mounting, Max just might reach the breaking point. When the girl is found murdered, Max is nowhere to be found. Worried about Max, Eric goes looking for him and puts himself in danger of being seen as a “person of interest”. Next, one of his own staff turns on him in a trumped up charge of sexual harassment. Is this chaos all random? Or is someone systematically trying to destroy Eric’s life?

30 Day Challenge- Day 24

Book you’re most embarrassed to say you like/liked…

Right, this one is not one of my most favourite picks for this challenge.

Why should I admit to be embarrassed about the books I’ve read? Is there a reason why some books could be deemed embarrassing?

In researching this post, i checked some lists and some of the books listed under this category included

  • Twilight
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • Fifty Shades of Grey

No surprises there as I’ve heard them mentioned frequently, my question is should we place less value on those books because they aren’t great literary sagas that tax the mind at every opportunity?

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Note Dr. Seuss didn’t say ‘except for book X and book Y’!

I am not embarrassed to say I have read all of the aforementioned books, and enjoyed them!

Twilight was my saviour, as I read them 6 years ago after having my son, and i NEEDED to read to keep my brain working! Meyer’s books did just that!

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I couldn’t agree more, and no matter what the book, reading is reading and you shouldn’t be embarrassed about your choices! 🙂

 

Reading Habits Tag

I love book blogger tags but I very rarely get a chance to participate in them! Not this time 🙂

Thanks to the lovely Hayley at Rathertoofondofbooks and the wonderful Lorraine at Thebookreviewcafe, I’m following suit with my reading habits so without further ado;

Bibliophile Book Club’s reading habits… 

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
Theoretically, I don’t have one place I like to read. I read in bed every night, but if I’m reading downstairs in the evenings, or (rarely) during the day, I read in my chair. This chair was bought purely because it looks super comfy (it is!!!) and I love a good reading space.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I’d have to say both! I try to use a bookmark but sometimes they aren’t to hand so I’ll just use whatever I find until I can get my hands one one. If it’s a hardcover with a sleeve I’ll use the inner flap and tuck it into whatever page I’ve stopped on. I collect bookmarks though, so I try to use them! Here’s a small selection I found when I reorganised my bookshelves!


Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop at the end of a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

Oh god, this is a tough one. During the day, if I had a chance to read I’d have to stop wherever I am because my daughter would rip the book out of my hands! She’s 11 months old and doesn’t understand ‘just one more chapter’… Yet!!! 😉 If I’m reading in bed, regardless,of tiredness, I will not stop reading until the end of a chapter. It’s easier to stop at a definitive point for me.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

I would usually have a coffee during the day if I’ve got a chance to read as I know it’ll stil be hot when I get to drink it! 🙂 I don’t eat or drink reading in bed, but if it’s after the kids go to bed then I like to have something to munch on.

Multitasking: music or to whilst reading?

I have no problem with having the tv on while I’m reading, it doesn’t interfere too much with my concentration. I love listening to music when I read, but this only happens if my husband is playing on his PS4 as he can listen out for the kids. 😉

One book at a time or several at once?

Up until this year, I was a one book at a timer! However, since I got busier with blogging I have been trying to read more than one at a time. The most I read at once is three, one on my kindle, one on iPad and a physical book. Because I read the same genre you’d think it would get confusing but I never get my stories mixed up thankfully. I’m going to have to multi-read again soon as my TBR is piling up for November!

Read at home or everywhere?

I’ll read anywhere if I have a book and the time! However, I usually have one or both of the children with me at all times so it doesn’t happen often.

Read aloud or silently in your head?

Silently! Always! The only time I read aloud is bedtime with my 6 year old!

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

Ammmmm….no! I’m going to get there anyway so why spoil the surprise!

Breaking the spine of keeping it new?

The Kate of old would have said keeping it new, on a pedestal, far away from any children or anything that could ruin a book.

However… I love books that look read. You know the kind, well thumbed, worn, loved. So I’ve relaxed my book minding… to an extent!

My signed first editions live in their plastic sleeves, high up on my bookshelves to be admired and kept as they are! 🙂

Do you write in books?

The only thing I ever write is my name and the year! I’ve been doing that for as long as I can remember and years ago I left books into a second hand bookshop and a friend of mine sent me a message ages after saying he’d just bought a book and it had my name in it! I loved that! 🙂
Well, there you have it. My reading habits. I think I’ll tag some fellow #blogsquad members to do this!

Sarah Hardy
Noelle Holten
Joseph Calleja