Monday, 6 February 2017

January in Books

Over the last few years, I've been taking part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Like many goals, I've achieved my target some years and others not. Last year was a 'not' year. Having set myself the lofty target of 66 books (I read 66 in 2015), I ended 2016 having read just 16. This year I'm determined to do a lot more reading, and set my target at 52.

Here's what I read in January:

The Long Utopia is the fourth book I've read in Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett's The Long Earth series and my favourite so far. I really didn't like book one of the series, so there was a three-year hiatus between that and book two. I have to admit the only reason I bought book two was for the cover art. Thank goodness I did, because I've fallen in love with the series. And they say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.

Jenny Moyer's Flashfall was my first Fairy Loot, book box subscription read. Her YA science fiction debut is a fast read, with non-stop action. Perhaps too much action. Having said that, I'm eagerly awaiting the release of the follow up, Flashtide. Moyer certainly knows how to create compelling characters and a enthralling three-dimensional world.

I ended January with 4% of my target completed, two shy of where I need to be to reach my yearly target.

What books did you read in January? Are you taking part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge?

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

IWSG: A Writer Reads

Founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer's Support Group's purpose is to share and encourage. A place where writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.

The awesome co-hosts for February's IWSG posting are Misha Gericke, LK Hill, Juneta Key, Christy and Joylene Butler.

Now for February's IWSG question:

How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

I really do understand and respect the countless hours of struggle and sweat that goes into writing a story. I seldom give up on a book, even if there are a spattering of technical mistakes - none of us are perfect, and there are a lot of writers cutting their teeth on a first book. I'm also more willing to try unknown authors. If the cover and blurb grab me, I'm in. You don't have to be a bestselling author to end up on my bookshelf, and that has led to many rewarding experiences. Having said that, my time is still precious. Life is too short to waste on stories that fail to hold my attention or have me throwing the book against a wall, no matter how many books you have or haven't sold.

For all of the reasons above, writing has enriched and shaped my love of reading. And that's a good thing, right? What about you?