I’ve kept a list of what I’ve been reading since March. I wanted to see what I pick up and spend time on in the world of books.
I'm working my way through The Unwinding, by George Packer and at 430 pages it's not a quick read - but I'm really enjoying it.
I often have more than one book on the go - big books, like The Unwinding, I read at home in fits and starts. I have a few books on my Kindle, and I take books out of the library; there is always something I'm reading.
I took a page from Stephen King's 'On Writing' (thanks to Bushman for recommending this SK book) whereby he encourages reading in every spare moment, and learning to read in "sips and swallows".
I downloaded my recent book from Amazon onto my Kindle. I will admit to guzzling… it was such a good read.
Lighting Candles in the Snow, by Karen Jones Gowen
Here’s my review on Amazon:
This was, in my view, a page turner.
I was quickly drawn into wanting to know more about the characters. The writing was smooth, transitions from character to character easy to follow, as was the portions devoted to backstory (on Jeremy via his mother).
I was surprised at how my emotions were triggered throughout this story, on many levels.
I'm giving this a 5 star because it really is a well told story - I do want to add, though, that I did skim a few sections were the story was rehashing earlier parts and for me it wasn't necessary - that said - at no time was I interested in stopping - I really wanted to know what happened to these characters.
Oh - and the recipes (which really work as part of the story) offered at the end of most chapters are great! Easy and really tasty. (A bonus, for sure.)
This download was free - it really is worth paying for.
Bear this in mind:
I’m not a fan of reviews where I am given a synopsis of the story by the reviewer.
I don’t want to know what the stories about. What’s the point of me reading it if you’ve just told me what it’s all about.
I want to know if you liked it - and would recommend it. I’ll do the reading after that.
So, that’s how I review. You want the story - read the book.
I’ve had the pleasure of following Karen’s blog: Coming Down the Mountain: Expat Writer Living Abroad. for some time now, and had fun co-hosting the 2012 Blogging from A-Z Challenge with her.
Many of the talented bloggers I follow have written and published their works. Some have self-published, others have gone the route of finding an agent/publisher. Either way, there is a lot of talent out here which deserves a read.
So, that’s what I’m going to do, I'm going to start reading YOUR work. I will add one, or two, books a month to my regular reading list. I’ll let you know here which I’ve read and how I’ve liked them.
Are you reading works by your fellow bloggers?
If so, what are you reading, and how are you liking it?
What kind of reviews do you like? A synopsis or something else?