Reading has always been part of my life. As a child, I got in trouble for reading all day long. My parents would tell me to “Go outside and get some sunshine! Run. Play!” I would begrudgingly put my book down and follow their instructions. While I don’t read as much as I did then, I still love to read.
I read all kinds of books, both fiction and nonfiction. I currently have five on my shelves that are next in line to be read: a cozy mystery, a romcom, a humor book, and two holiday novels. I picked up the romcom at a local bookstore the other day. It was concealed, wrapped in gift paper with a review on the outside. It appealed to me because they said it was laugh-out-loud funny. Since those are the kinds of books I would like to write, I picked it up. I’m not sure what’s inside but it will be an adventure to find out.
This list doesn’t include what I have downloaded on my Kindle. Right now, I’m reading a supernatural mystery novel by a friend. I have several other novels on there, including a couple of sweet romance boxsets. I like those because they’re shorter books (novellas) that don’t take as long to read, and I feel like I’m flying through them.
Recently I got my library card. I’ve been there a couple of times and read a book. Just one. Plans are to check out more, but I’ll work on what’s on my shelves first. My want-to-read list keeps growing.
Some of you may enjoy audio books. I can’t do those. My mind wanders too much while listening and goes off on its own adventure. The one audiobook I tried, I had to keep going back to see what I’d missed. Too much trouble! Something in my hands for my eyes to skim over is my method of enjoying a good story.
For all the books I read, I leave a review either on Amazon or Goodreads. Reviews are very important for authors because they are required to get agents, advertising, and more readers. They are critical to every author trying to promote their books and raise their visibility. I urge everyone to leave reviews wherever you can.
I just bought an ad on the Fussy Librarian book promotion site, but I was afraid they wouldn’t take me. They require at least ten reviews on a book before they’ll even think about letting you buy an ad. The one I was offering for free only had nine, so I was afraid I was out of luck. Fortunately, they let me squeak by. A huge thank you to all who have reviewed Finding Love in the Snow! I couldn’t have done it without you.
With the weather so hot, it’s a good time to enjoy a glass of iced tea in a cool place and read a book in any format. It’s cheap, and it’s good for the mind. Don’t forget to post a review!