Here on the Reader Spot, I share the bookish love of our avid book reviewers. From young adult to historical romance, chick-lit to a murder mystery, they know what they like, and they’re happy to share. Whether you are a reader looking for a new book, or a writer wondering what your reader wants, I hope you find this series enjoyable.
Next up to the Reader Spot is the very lovely, Debbie Harris. Find her beautiful book review blog HERE.
What genre do you enjoy reading?
I enjoy reading just about anything – mainly fiction, YA, fantasy, apocalyptic drama, time travel, historical fiction, crime thrillers (especially Scandinavian Noir lately) – if it can grab me in the first few pages then I’ll stick with it. One book I just couldn’t get into was the Life of Pi, although I did enjoy the movie years later. I rarely give up on a book but it does happen sometimes.
Do you have a favourite author in this genre?
Nope, I get runs on favourite authors like reading Justin Cronin’s The Passage trilogy or Sarah J Maas series then once I’ve finished I’ll move on. I like Liane Moriarty and have read most of her books. (I LOVE Sarah J Maas!)
How do you prefer to read your books?
I use my kindle app on the iPad mostly but it’s always good to read a real book, usually a paperback. I’m in a book club so we get a new book from the library each month to read and that’s a good reminder of how real books feel. I also get given books for gifts and it’s great to take a break from the screen, the iPad is so convenient when travelling though.
Where do you purchase your books?
I purchase my eBooks from Amazon usually and books from independents or chain book shops when I can get to them. Living in the country does make it a bit difficult at times although my favourite coffee shop in town does sell books now too. I’ve used online sites like Book depository a few times, especially if I’m sending books as gifts overseas.
Where do you find out about the books you read?
I make use of lots of different sources for books to read – talking to my book club ladies, my sister, my daughters, work colleagues, blogs, Amazon, Goodreads, magazines, articles – but mainly it’s word of mouth.
Do you have a budget when buying books? Do you stick to it if you do?
No I don’t have a budget, I always have something waiting in the wings for me to read. I consider reading to be an essential of life.
Do you write a review when you’ve finished reading? If so, where do you post this?
I have been keeping a list of all the books I read on my book page on my blog at www.debs-world.com it helps me to remember what I’ve read and what I thought about it. I’ve done this since 2014 so it’s a good resource for me. I am trying to get into being more consistent with Goodreads at the moment. I love Shelley’s #FridayBookShare and am enjoying reading other bloggers. Thanks, Debbie 🙂
What do you look for in a book?
I look for all these things, characters, plot, suspense and a direction. I love a good twist that I didn’t see coming. I use reading as a form of escapism and get quite down when I’ve finished a great book or a series. I feel like I’ve lost my best friend for a while.
Where do you like to read?
I will read anywhere, anytime that I can. When the sun is out you can find me on a seat on the veranda soaking up the rays. In winter I read in my glass house in the garden (I call it my cubby house or she-shed) or curled up on the lounge inside. I can read in the car but only if I’m reading an eBook, otherwise I get car sick. Planes and trains are very good places to read when I get the chance. I love reading on holidays and weekends and can often lose great chunks of time when I finally come up for air and realise just how long I’ve been out of the real world.. I get very involved in the books that I’m reading and can get consumed. My daughters are also avid readers, I’m pleased to say. My husband is more measured than I am but does enjoy a good book too. Reading is good for the soul.
What social media platforms are you active on?
I have my main blog at Deb’s World I’m on Facebook as Debs World Deb’s World | Facebook, I’m on Twitter at @Wonderwomandebz Instagram as debs__world (that’s two underscores) and Pinterest @wonderwomandebz but none of the others. It’s hard enough keeping up with the social media I have and I don’t really use them properly anyway, especially Pinterest. 🙂
HUGE thanks to Debbie for joining me on the Reader Spot feature.
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