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Reader’s Spot – Meet Kristy, a fan of #Crime #Thriller and #HarryPotter

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 Kristy, a fan of Crime, Thriller and Harry Potter.

Kristy Shaw

1. What genre do you enjoy reading?

I used only to read crime/thriller novels; but I like to branch out into anything now. I joined a book club called ’Poppy Loves Book Club’ and I run that through a social network here in London every month. I joined this to make me read novels I normally wouldn’t pick up and it has done just that and as a bonus I get to meet new people and have a girly chat about a book with a glass of wine. I haven’t always enjoyed the books but I have enjoyed being pushed out of my comfort zone as they have been very varied and stirred up some good discussions. I also LOVE my Harry Potter books, if I have nothing to read I pick them up again, I must have read them a million times but never fail to enjoy them.

2. Do you have a favourite author in this genre?

Jeffery Deaver and Chris Carter for crime/thriller. They are always so well researched; but I do think some crime authors should have a psycho-evaluation as some of the crimes/murders are truly horrific, their imagination must be a scary place! I really enjoyed Elizabeth Fremantle’s books as historical novels.

3. How do you prefer to read your books?

I have a kindle, and the kindle unlimited subscription which I definitely get my money’s worth out of. If I want a specific book though and the price is similar to the kindle price I generally buy the book – nothing beats the feel of a good book – and then they get to be passed on and re-read. I love a good worn book. When I was travelling in Asia I picked up many books through book swaps in hostels and found one that I couldn’t put down (Princess by Jean Sasson), I loved the book and wanted to keep it but everyone who had read it had signed the date and location, this book had travelled all around Asia for over 6 years with over 30 people reading it and I couldn’t be the one to end that! A sign of a good book is if it has been well read, and you just don’t get that on kindle!

4. Where do you purchase your books?

I am an Amazon lover which is pretty bad as I should shop in independent book shops but it is there at my fingertips! Before my Kindle I used to love charity shop books – all my Harry Potter hard copies are from charity shops.

5. Where do you find out about the books you read?

Poppy Loves gives me a book a month and then I just search Kindle Unlimited or search for specific authors and their new titles. If I enjoy a book I tend to read all of them by the same author. I have just got my hands on the full set of Bernard Cornwell books.

6. Do you have a budget when buying books?  Do you stick to it if you do?

I pay for kindle unlimited and have been trying to stick to that but I don’t really have a budget. As I am a fast reader when buying them I probably do go for the cheaper option (kindle or hard copy) but if there is a book I really want to read I would probably just buy it – it is just too easy on the kindle sometimes.

7. Do you write a review when you’ve finished reading?  If so, where do you post this?

I am bad at this! If I read a kindle book I generally star it at the end but that’s as far as I go – I should start doing this as it is helpful for independent authors but to be honest I don’t read reviews either

8. What do you look for in a book?

A good story line/plot. I love a good twisty-turny bit but you can’t always get that (and don’t know about it when buying the book). I just want things to read well, not be confused by switching timelines and similar/too many character names. I love a book that takes me by surprise and gives me something to think about. I also love something being very descriptive, one of my favourites is Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) and his writing is so beautiful to read.

9. Where do you like to read?

Where don’t I read? I read on my commute to and from work – if I am not too squished on the tube, at home, before bed. I found when I was studying, reading a novel before bed made me switch off my mind and helped me sleep. If I am engrossed in a book I won’t put it down and will read it anywhere I can, which is how I can finish a novel in two days

10. What social media platforms are you active on?

I am on Facebook which is the main one I used but I am also on Instagram and LinkedIn but don’t really use them

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