Pinching this from Claire Huston, who posted this yesterday or the day before. I’ve been thinking I wanted to do more book tags, but I’m kind of looking for ones that are more recent. I’m sure no one would care, but I feel weird doing older ones, so I’m keeping my eye out for ones that pop up soon. Now without further ado, here are the questions for the How I Read Book Tag.
- How do you find out about new books to read?
Generally through blogs, and GoodReads. I spend way too much time on GoodReads. Also from a friend of mine, with whom I discuss a lot of books.
- Has your taste in books changed as you go older?
Not really, no. I’m much more discerning and fussy in regards to the quality of writing, but the types of books I read has stayed much the same. My two genre staples are sci-fi/fantasy and mystery/thriller. One of my favourite authors growing up was Emily Rodda, who writes in both genres (her Deltora Quest series is a great example of the fantasy, while her Teen Power Inc. series was full of fun, suspenseful mysteries).
Now I think about it, I have lost the patience I used to have for high fantasy though. I read a lot more urban now. Most of the time, I no longer have the attention span for the dense world-building that requires.
- How often do you buy books?
Not that often, actually. I have very little room for new books, but I make use of my local library a lot. I do have a Kindle, but I’m also picky about spending more than about $5 on ebooks, unless it’s something I really want, like the next installment in a series I’m already into.
- How did you get into book reviewing?
I remember a couple of other bloggers I was following at the time had started reviewing and I am nothing if not a bandwagon jumper. Also, I read The Dead Isle by Sam Starbuck while I was in London and it was amazing and I wanted everyone to know it. For two years, I only posted a review every second Friday, but in the last while, my reading speed has really increased, so I’m posting reviews every week now. I only hope I can keep it up. Last year I only read three books in January and had a total of 75 at the end of the year. This year, it’s January 21 and I’ve already read seven.
- How do you react when you don’t like the ending of a book?
… I did once throw my Kindle across the room. Though in that case, it wasn’t that I didn’t like the ending as such (it was actually an incredible ending), just that it took me completely by surprise in the final paragraphs. The book was Ptolemy’s Gate, the third in the Bartimaeus series by Jonathan Stroud for those keeping score. Usually I rant at my partner, who very rarely cares, or at one of my friends, who is just as bookish as me, and will at least sympathise, even if she hasn’t read it.
- How often do you sneak peak at the ending to see if there is a happy ending?
Um. Well. Not often. But I do usually flip to the back to see how many pages there are, and sometimes there is the temptation to read a few lines on the final page, too. It’s usually literally the last paragraphs at the most, though, and I’ve never completely spoiled myself by doing it.
I’m not really one for tagging people on this sort of thing, even though I know that is the general idea. If you would like to do it, consider yourself tagged! 🙂