Book Tag - How I Read

Thanks to Bookstooge's Reviews on the Road, this interesting survey came to my attention.  I've been reading up a storm but since the books I've been reading won't be published until next year and I need to wait until it's closer to publication dates to review on my blog, I decided to give this a try.



How do you find out about new books to read?

I spend way too much time looking for new books when I don't have enough time to read the books I have but it's become a compulsion.  I get email updates from all my favorite publishers, I follow publishing companies on Facebook and Twitter and I'm always checking BookLikes, Goodreads, BookPage, NetGalley and Edelweiss to see what's new.  And I must check my local library's ebook site at least twice a day to see what's been added!



How did you get into reading?

I give my grandmother credit for instilling a love of reading in me.  She read all the time to me when I was little and would take me to the library to pick out books.  Reading soon became my favorite pastime and I've seldom had my nose out of a book since.



How have your tastes in books changed as you got older?

I used to read everything and anything that caught my eye in the library.  Now that I have even more books available so easily with ebooks, I've become much pickier about what I read.  I don't want to waste my time in reading something I may not like so really take the time to read up on books before putting them on my list to be read.  I'm no longer attracted to Nancy Drew or the Bobbsey Twins though they once were my favorites!  I go for much darker books now, the deeper the better.



How often do you buy books?

Very seldom.  I can't remember the last time I bought a book.  I read way too much to be able to afford them all, have no place to keep books and seldom will re-read a book as there are too many new ones waiting for me.



How did you get into reviewing books?

I've always enjoyed reading book reviews on Amazon so started writing reviews there quite awhile ago.  Then when my daughter introduced me to Goodreads, I started writing reviews for every book I read.  I started my blog when I discovered the sites offering ARCs from publishers and have been enjoying sharing my thoughts.



How do you react when you don’t like the end of a book?

That can really be disappointing and can sometimes ruin what I had thought was a really good book.  But I just accept it as a writer's prerogative to end their books as they wish.  One thing I've learned as a reader is to respect authors because as much as I would love to write a book, I wouldn't know where to start.



How often do you take a sneak peek at the ending to see if there is a happy ending?

Absolutely never!  There would be no point in reading the book then.



Do you use bookmarks in your books?

I surely do when I'm reading paper books.  Though I'm reading less and less paper books these days.  My paper books usually look completely unread when I'm finished with them.  I'm not one to write notes in a book or turn down the pages to mark my place.  I want to keep the book looking just like it did when it was first published.