I’m sooooo behind in my reading. Best I can do these days is 3 books a week and I listen to 98% of my books. Yesterday I checked my TBR list. Eleven. ELEVEN. I’m trembling. I’ve never been this behind. What’s even worse is there are over 100 books on my wish list. A blanket of sadness has fallen over me as I realize there will be no way to read the hundreds of good books out there. I will unintentionally miss brilliant stories in many genres.
Recently I encountered three young ladies who are avid readers. They read every genre and an average of five books a weeks. They rarely watch TV. Sigh. I so envy the young. I’m so old we called the Polar Vortex winter. In my past there are many years I only read a couple of books a year. Imagine a flash bang of guilt being released here. To assuage my guilt I encourage people to look for new to them authors. Part of me is consoled with the knowledge my four children are avid readers. I like to think they’re taking up my slack. But geeze, so many books.
How do you make decisions about what and where you read? I asked this question in a group with several literary fiction and non-fiction writers and….eeep… was absolutely stunned by the amount of, never romance and NEVER a self published book answers. BTW, I considered leaving the group but decided to stay and, shall we say, educate them on occasion. I mention this because the three reader gals said they NEVER choose a book by the publisher. Only by the sample or blurb.
Time for some questions. Do you read print, digital device, or listen? If you live in the snowmageddon and storm areas that frequently lose power, do you have a little generator dedicated to keeping your computer and reading devices alive? How do you, strictly as a reader, find your next read? Word of mouth? Ads? And, sigh, how do you find the time to read your selected book treasures?
Oh! One other thing for writers. Does reading inspire you to write? It does for me.
Rita writes thrillers with military heroines. Extraordinary women and the men they love.