Here on the ‘Reader’s Spot’ I share the bookish love of our readers, from young adult to romance, chick-lit to murder mystery. Whether you are a reader looking for new books, or a writer wondering what your readers want, I hope you find this series enjoyable.
Next up to the Reader’s Spot is holistic therapy tutor, Gloria.
- What genre do you enjoy reading?
I enjoy several different genres. It depends on my mood and the time of year. I like fun and humour during the summer months and I’m inclined to veer towards stories of mystery & suspense coming into the dark winter evenings. I love to be kept guessing and to be thrown off with unexpected twists and turns. This is what keeps me glued to a book. Although I don’t read romantic novels as often as I did in my younger years, I do like when a story includes a little bit of romance. I also enjoy some contemporary fiction. I never read young adult fantasy because I’m definitely not a young adult, but I did read Guardians of the Dead to support Shelley. I really enjoyed it and I will of course read the sequel. [Aww, thanks, Gloria x]
- Do you have a favourite author in this genre?
Dysfunctional Romance by Derick Hudson is the funniest book I’ve ever read. I loved it so much I read all of Derick’s books afterwards and enjoyed all of them. He’s very witty. I recently discovered another witty author through Facebook – Peter Jones. And I look forward to reading more of his books in the future. Carol Hedges is at the present time my favourite author of Victorian Murder Mystery. I like Elizabeth Buchaun and Terry Tyler too. Virginia Andrews was my favourite author when I was a young adult. I read all her books back then. (Find Derick Hudson on Amazon).
- How do you prefer to read your books?
I’ve always loved my hard copy books. I love the smell, the soft smooth shiny cover and the memories of my childhood weekly visits to our local library. We weren’t allowed near the adult section and I yearned for the day when I would be old enough to venture over to those high shelves so that I could satisfy my curiosity. I felt so grown up the day that Mrs. Clarke told me I was big enough to borrow books from the adult section.
The first time I purchased an e-book was in 2014 and it was only because the book I wanted wasn’t available in hardcopy. I downloaded it onto my tablet and I have to say I loved it. I later purchased a kindle e-reader. What I really love about it is the way I can collect samples of books. I get to read a chapter or two before I buy. 99% of the time I ‘Buy with 1 – Click’ after reading the sample. I also love the way my collection of samples is also my list of books I want to read. The third reason I love my kindle is because I travel from east to west quite a lot because of my husband’s job. I have a lot of non-fiction work related books stored in there as well so it saves me dragging loads of heavy books back and forth. Oh, I do have another reason for loving my kindle – I can change the font to HUGE.
And having said all that, next on my list of books to read is a hardcopy. It’s written by a former work colleague of mine, Susan McGovern. It’s her debut novel and it’s called Vanished.
- Where do you purchase your books?
I buy my e-books from Amazon and Kobo. I buy my hardcopy books from any book shop that I venture into. I can’t pass a book shop without going in. This is when I buy by chance rather than recommendation. I browse and if a title or cover (or both) catches my eye, I read the blurb and maybe the first and second page. I’m usually happy with my choice. Earlier this year, I did enter a book shop looking for a romantic comedy novel that I read about on Twitter. I was going on holiday and I wanted some fun! I couldn’t find it on Amazon so I went into a book shop hoping to find it there. They didn’t have it but the young assistant was very helpful and recommended a similar one. She reckoned it was hilarious. So I purchased it. Perhaps it had something to do with the age difference between me and this lovely young girl, but I just didn’t find it all that funny. It was a best seller but after the fourth chapter I’m afraid I got bored. It just didn’t suit me.
- Where do you find out about the books you read?
Since I’ve become active on Twitter, I’ve discovered some really interesting book review blogs. I trust the reviews on these blogs and I have yet to be disappointed by the books I read based on them. Twitter is also where I discovered Terry Tyler. I’ve read one of her books so far and I loved it. I have more of her books sitting waiting in my kindle that I’m looking forward to reading. I’m also starting to find new authors and books on Facebook.
- Do you have a budget when buying a book?
I rarely see fiction books selling at ridiculous prices. So my answer for that is no. If I think I will enjoy the story, I will pay the price for it. However, sometimes non-fiction books can be very expensive and if I can find a cheaper one on the same subject with similar content, I will buy the cheaper one.
- Do you write a review when you’ve finished reading?
Sometimes I do but not often enough I have to admit. Only on Amazon and only if I feel I can give an excellent review. And this is only because I don’t want to offend the writer by giving a negative review. The book just may not have been my cup of tea. I do need to learn how to give 3 and 4 star reviews though. And stop being lazy about it!
- What do you look for in a book?
I like when there’s a character I hate just as much as there has to be one that I love! Although, I usually soften towards the baddie by the end of the book! (Even in real life, I find it difficult to bear grudges) As I said earlier, I love a good plot. Twists and turns, guessing, surprises and I enjoy some wit and romance thrown in. I don’t like too many characters in a book because I get a bit lost and end up re-reading chapters. Sometimes three or four days could pass before I get to read for pleasure so I like when I can easily pick up from where I left off. I’m also a slow reader and I could never scan read a book like some people. I need to read every single word and know everything that’s happening. I often flick back through the pages looking for a detail I think I may have missed.
- Where do you like to read?
In the summer months I like to read outside when the weather permits. During the winter I prefer to read in bed. We have a busy house and my bedroom is the only place I get peace and quiet to read. But when I’m in the west of Ireland, where it’s much quieter, I’m on the couch in front of a big log fire. I always read in the car when we’re going on long journeys. When I’m the passenger of course!
- What social media platforms are you active on?
I’m fairly active on Facebook and Twitter. I’m quite active on Snapchat, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest. I’m on Tumbler – but not very active. I’m not sure I quite get Tumbler!
Thank you for inviting me to take part in your Reader’s Spot Shelley. I’ve really enjoyed it. [You’re welcome, Gloria x]
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