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Monday, February 3, 2014

WHAT DO YOU READ, WHEN AND WHY?


Regular books, e-books? Yes e-books are real books. My books are all e-books at the moment so I wasn’t being insulting.


I’m curious about people’s reading habits, so this blog is mostly questions. I would love to hear from people about their own reading habits. Do you read a book in hard-cover or paperback? Do you read it only e-books? Or do you read a combination of both?

I’m a combination person. I have a huge TBR pile of paperbacks and I have a lot of e-books on my TBR list. My problem is finding the time to read. I know how important it is but I write, edit and volunteer, plus a few other thing and carving out regular reading time is difficult. I could read before bedtime, but that's when I'm writing this blog.

How often do you read? How many books do you read in a week? In a month? I’m lucky to manage a book a month. I would love to read more. I’m working on it. Hints welcome.

What do you read - one genre only, any genre, fiction, non-fiction, literary fiction? I mostly read romantic suspense because that’s what I write, but I try to supplement that with a recommended literary book, books by people I know and best sellers. I enjoy romance and romantic comedies.

What about reviews? Do you write them? Do you read them? Are there reviews that you particularly read? Do they influence what you buy and read?  Do you recommend books in your online posts?

Okay, that’s enough questions. I’ll be looking for everyone’s comments. And maybe a few hints on how to fit in a little more reading time.

23 comments:

  1. Hi Beverley, my name is Mike and I live and work in Vietnam. I also find it difficult to find time to read, but I can and do on flights (especially long distance), and also for research for my historical novels. I must confess I've never read an ebook.

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    1. Thanks Mike. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who has difficulty finding time to read. Now if I could arrange a few loon flights. I travel but it's in motorhome and I usually write. Good luck with your historicals. Are they set in Vietnam?

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  2. I haven't been able to find the time to read in a very long time. This weekend I read 3 ebooks. It was wonderful.
    I do read a combination - hardcover, paperback and ebook. I keep a paperback in my pocketbook for when I'm at the doctors, school event, etc so I can read a little. :)

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    1. Thanks Amber. I'm feeling a little better about not reading. I've tried taking a book with me and reading at the dentist, or any waiting room, but then I don't get back to it for a few weeks and I end up starting all over. I think once I start I need to plan how to finish that one book. How did you manage 3 e-books this weekend?

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  3. I make a point to read as much as possible. I firmly believe that if you call yourself an author you owe it to yourself to keep up with what's happening in the fiction world. But I just love to read an I am a HUGE fan of audio books. I can walk the dogs, sweat on the treadmill, drive around town and still "hear" a book. I read mostly mainstream fiction and am split about 50/50 between ebooks and paper ones.

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    1. I so agree with your philosophy Liz, that as an author I need to read and keep up with the fiction world. That's why I did this post. (I'm looking for the secret.) I've never tried audio books. I'm thinking I might try one and see how it works.

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  4. I read ebooks and print books. I prefer to research in print books but lately that's been changing and I've gone more electronic. Ebooks prevents my hubby from knowing how much I'm spending on books and they're easier to store:D. I read after I've written for the day or when I'm on the treadmill (since I love to read, this is an incentive to exercise). I read any genre and write in multiple genres as well, but I don't read a genre that I'm currently writing in mostly because I find myself mimicing another author's voice. I read about a book a week.

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    1. Thanks Linda. A book a week would be my goal - 4 books a month. I love your reason for buying e-books. That works for me. :) I do the elliptical. I haven't read o a book because a fitness instructor told me to focus on the exercise, but I'm thinking I might try reading and see how it affects my excercise - good tip.

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  5. I'm a book-book person. I have a KIndle and it has books on it - but I find when I read them I shoot through the books. It's like reading on my laptop and I do that a lot during the day. But when I'm holding a book - I snuggle down in my chair and settle in to the book. It's a completely different situation.

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    1. There's nothing like holding a book in your hands, snuggled up on the couch or in a chair, maybe in front of a fire. I can relate.

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  6. I mainly read informational materials, but I do go on fiction binges once a year. I'll plow through two dozen novels sometimes, then won't pick up another for a year.

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    1. That's interesting, Rose. It's a different approach, but it's a way to learn a lot. Two dozen novels is pretty good for a year. What triggers you to start reading your yearly blast of fiction?

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  7. I love to read and try to read 3-5 books a month. With that being said, it's tough to find the time. I usually do it right before bed or on a weekend afternoon on the couch. Reading is a great way to turn my brain off for awhile.

    I do leave reviews of each book I read. It's important to the author so that they can get their book out there.

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    1. Melissa, you are awesome. You find time to read and write reviews even with your writing and busy life. I have to find a few extra minutes a day. If I make it a goal we'll see how I do over the next month.

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  8. I'm a voracious reader and I go back and forth between hard copy books and Kindle. I read during commercials when the TV is on, while I'm eating, before I go to bed--anytime I have a spare minute or two. I read a variety of genres, from women's fiction to stories of the west, to cozy mysteries and courtroom/police thrillers. Reviews are not my favorite thing to do, but I do them for books I really fall in love with. I also like to do interviews or feature guest posts with authors of those books I love!

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    1. I can't believe where you manage to squeeze in a few minutes of reading. During commercials never occurred to me and considering how long the commercial breaks are (and getting longer) that sounds like a great idea. I'm going to put one out right away.Thanks for doing some reviews and author interviews.

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  9. Bev
    I hate to admit it, but I also don't get to read nearly as much as I would like to. I find myself chained too much to the computer and social media. Right now my biggest opportunity for books comes in the car, listening to audio books, and usually I buy that version, plus either the ebook or hardback or paperback version so I can continue at home when I have a chance. As for how I like to read, I have to admit owning a Kindle, a Nook and an Ipad and I read on all of them in addition to still having a large hardback collection. Now I just need the time to read the. Romance, suspense, and mystery are still my favorites, but I'm starting to love westerns as well.

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    1. Hey Becky, I'm also chained to the computer and social media - and feeling guilty about not reading, which is why I posted. As you'll see from my post, I've got lots of ideas and I'm going to try and improve my reading time. You've got more options to read than most people I know - what fun.

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  10. You guys have been awesome. Thank you so much for your suggestions. What I've come up with so far is to set a monthly goal of 4 books, 1 per week. I'll have it with me if and when I watch TV and read during commercials. I'll also take it to any office visits. And I will write a review when I read a book. I'm also going to try an audio book - not sure how that will work. I'll let you know next month how I'm doing and hopefully some of you might be able to use some of the tips.

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  11. Oh, and I wanted to say it's nice to see the variety that everyone reads.
    I think you cover most genres and non-fiction, which is good news for all writers. And while there's still a love for holding a 'real' book, it looks like reading is equally divided, including audio books, which I hadn't considered. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I read hardbacks, paperbacks, mass market, trades, e-books. I read everyday usually. I read almost everywhere--home, work, bus, doctor's office, restaurants. I read usually one book at a time. I generally read 15-20 books a month. My goal this year is 300 but it will not even put a dent in my TBR pile. I read all genres. Now I'm reading a non-fiction about a UFO. Next will be a cozy mystery. I write reviews on each book I read. Some are short. Some are long. Depends on the impact the book has on me. I only read reviews if I don't know anything about the book or after I have posted my review especially if I disagree with the rating on it. Reviews have no influence on what I buy. The blurb does.

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    1. Okay, I'm blown away. That is so impressive. I do love that you read all genres including non-fiction and write a review for each book you read. I also find it interesting that you read blurbs, not reviews. That's terrific. You are my inspiration to shoot for.

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  13. I once read at least 2 books a week, but now I edit so much and tutor so much I just don't have time to read more than 1, and sometimes, not even that many. I like the sound of your books!

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