This tag does what it says on the tin!
Thank you to Deanna at a novel glimpse for tagging me 🙂 It’s only taken my two months to respond. Sorry!
How do you find out about new books to read?
Mostly through blogging! I usually choose books based on the recommendations of other bloggers. I have become a little skeptical of books which receive a lot of hype so I tend to wait until I see a range of reviews before picking those books up. I add most books to my TBR on a Wednesday thank to WWW Wednesday, a weekly book meme hosted by Sam over at Taking On A World of Words. Please join in!
How has your taste in books changed since you got older?
I don’t think it’s changed much! Early favourite authors included Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton. I remember when I was about twelve working my way through all the books by Diana Wynn Jones our school library had (about 20 I think) and loving them all. Howl’s Moving Castle is still one of my favourite books. I also started reading Terry Pratchett when I was about the same age (Truckers, Diggers and Wings, and Only You Can Save Mankind before the Discworld). However, while sci-fi and fantasy has always been my “thing”, I also remember enjoying detective stories and mysteries like The Three Investigators and Nancy Drew.
How often do you buy books?
Not as often as you might think. I use my library a lot; mostly because we ran out of shelf space for books a long time ago. Maybe, on average, once a month? I tend to buy quite a few at a time rather than one a week 🙂
On this topic, I found this cartoon the other day and it made me think of lots of the lovely bloggers I follow, so I’ll share it here…
This cartoon is by Grace Buchele Mineta. You can check out her cartoons here.
How did you get into book reviewing?
When I started my blog I wasn’t really sure what I wanted it to be about. But I’ve always been a keen reader and often have strong opinions about the things I’ve read. When I lived in Spain I belonged to a book club and it was great fun to meet up and talk about books. Reviewing and blogging about books is the closest “virtual” experience to that.
How do you react when you don’t like the end of a book?
Usually with disappointment/rage. And the level of my feelings will be proportionate to how long I’ve spent reading the rest of the book and just how much I loved it. If I was completely swept-up, loved the characters and plot, only for the ending to ruin my experience, I will be very upset.
However, there are other times I don’t like the ending but can understand why the author made the choices they did. In that case I won’t be as upset.
How often do you sneak peak at the ending to see if there is a happy ending?
Very, very rarely. I can’t remember having done this, but I’m sure I have. A book would have had to give me serious level of anxiety. Such levels that I don’t feel I want to continue reading it unless I can do so with the reassurance that “everything will be ok” (not necessarily “happy”, just “ok”) in the end.
I tag: you! If you would like to tell us more about your reading habits, consider yourself tagged! Make sure you let me know when you publish your post so I can check it out 🙂