Readers on Reading – Rosie from the UK

With over 200 books read each year, Rosie Amber clearly loves to read. She’s 50, lives in the UK and is an eclectic reader and avid book reviewer.

In your opinion, what is the power of fiction? For me, fiction provides, escapism, learning, armchair travel and enjoyment.

What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you steer clear of? I prefer well written, well edited and well proofread books. A story with deep point of view, multi-layered characters and ones I can empathise with. I dislike dialogue-led books and stories that are all ‘telling’ and not ‘showing’. Info dumping is also a no-no. I also find an epic cast of characters too many to follow. It can mean that the author has filled the book out with characters rather than developing the main ones and making them of interest.

What aspects of an author’s writing make you feel like you’re ‘immersed in the novel’s world’ and/or ‘transported in time and place’Using deep point of view and multi-layering of characters help. As does a slower drip feed of info, enough to keep me interested. Bringing the characters to life on the page, is a must for me.

Which books read in the past year or so stand out for you and why? Let Me Be Like Water by S.K. Perry – a contemporary novel that celebrated friendship found after a young woman reached great depths of despair. (Good on emotions)

The Inruder by P.S. Hogan –  a mild thriller where the focus is on an ordinary man rather than the popular police investigations that currently flood this genre. (Something different, I liked it)

River by India R Adams – magical realism. An emotion filled book. I would read anything by this author. (India writes for the YA/ Na genre, and is great at emotions)

Lancelot by Giles Kristian – an historical fiction set around the folklore of the mythical King Arthur. (Great if you are a fan of Arthurian legend)

The Wild Air by Rebecca Mascull – historical fiction set around the first women aviators. (Fascinating info about these early flyers)

Shark Bait by Matt Walker –  an action adventure thriller set in the UK. (Very compact and to the point which kept the pace moving briskly making it engaging and drawing me in.)

How do you decide what books to buy? What influences your book purchases? No.1 authors that I already know and like. No. 2 book recommendations from people or book bloggers that I trust. No. 3 books that I find on book blogs.

Is there anything about where you live or your particular background that influences your fiction choices? I tend to stick to books from authors who are English, American, Australasian, Western European or from author’s whose primary language is English. Or books written for those markets.

If you’re a book blogger or run a book site, please tell us a little about your focus and features. I’m a book blogger, and have run my book review site for 7 years. I have a team of around 20 reviewers who read and review for the site. We can offer the possibility of multiple reviews for a book. Reviews will be posted on a minimum of 2 sites, they include, Goodreads, AmazonUk, AmazonUS, reviewers blogs and a copy also is posted on my own blog.

We review books across a wide range of genres. We pride ourselves on giving honest, unbiased, balanced reviews, which means that we do not guarantee that all our comments will be positive; however, any criticism will be constructive. We promote book reviews on Twitter each Tuesday encouraging the book community to use #TuesdayBookBlog – it trends regularly.

If there is anything else about reading fiction, the kind of books available today, or the way reading is changing that you’d like to comment on, please do so.  Publishing a book has been made easier with self-publishing and e-books. But any book should still be of the very best an author can make it, with multiple drafts and edits. Writing a book is hard, marketing and selling it can be harder. Never rush to publish.

Many thanks for sharing your thoughts on reading, Rosie. You can find Rosie at her blog Rosie Amber, which offers clear and succinct reviews in a variety of genres along with a rating for each novel. Rosie’s site has been awarded a Top 100 UK Book Blog designation.

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.

Reading is escapism at it’s finest

Today we have the pleasure of hearing from Jen, another reader who agreed to be interviewed. As you will see, Jen also runs a reading site called In Literary Love.

Please tell us a little about yourself: for example, background, age range, country, general book reading habits. If you’re prepared to share your name or your first name, please do. 

Hi, my name is Jen and I am a 36 year old mother of two girls and have been with my partner for over 12 years. I work full time and read every chance I get. I am currently on book 70 for the year! [Jen wrote this in November – apologies to Jen for not posting sooner.]

In your opinion, what is the power of fiction? Fiction has the power to take you somewhere you’ve never been, escape the life you’re currently in, and distract you from almost anything. It’s truly a wonderful thing.

What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you steer clear of? I’m drawn to almost anything if the writing grabs me. I tend to steer clear of graphic novels. They’re not really my thing.

What aspects of an author’s writing make you feel like you’re ‘immersed in the novel’s world’ and/or ‘transported in time and place’. When an author has the ability describe a setting as if you’re looking at it with your own eyes. When they create and write a vision.

Which books read in the past year or so stand out for you and why? Where the Crawdads Sing [by Delia Owens]. The story of Kya, the descriptions of the marsh, all of these things drew me in and kept me there. A truly lyrical novel.

How do you decide what books to buy? What influences your book purchases? I honestly review a lot, so most of my books are given to me in order to review. However, when I do purchase, it’s usually a book peers and book group members raved about.

Is there anything about where you live or your particular background that influences your fiction choices? Not at all, to be honest.

If you’re a book blogger or run a book site, please tell us a little about your focus and features. I am and do both. In Literary Love is the name. Long story short, it started as a Facebook group as a way to help friends with their reading goals and provide book recommendations. Then it became a public forum to share my reviews and it kind of exploded from there. I now have a blog and Instagram, both of the same name. I share my reviews, interact with members. Write if I feel I have something to say. I have fun featuring books on my Instagram, sometimes taking part in book tours. It’s just simple, bookish fun.

If there is anything else about reading fiction, the kind of books available today, or the way reading is changing that you’d like to comment on, please do so.  Reading is escapism at its finest. 

Many thanks Jen and congratulations on your social media activities. You can find Jen on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

FOR MORE ON READING & WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION FOLLOW A WRITER OF HISTORY (using the widget on the left sidebar)

M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.

Book blogs galore

WOW – this year’s reader survey asked participants if they had a “reading related blog or website.” Of 2418 responses, 294 provided the names of their sites. What does this tell you about the reading ecosystem and readers’ desire to share their thoughts?

As promised, here’s the list.

https://booktastrophe.wordpress.com
https://kelseygietl.com
KaysBlog
http://www.FindingNapoleon.com
https://laughandbemeri.wordpress.com/
http://www.englishstudens.wordpress.com
Regency Retro Reads
https://jrlindermuth.blogspot.com/
http://books-reading-vice.blogspot.com/
https://cannonballread.com/
Faintingviolet.wordpress.com
amarriageofconvenience.wordpress.com
cannonballread.com
https://kingmagu.blogspot.com/
http://www.lovemandreadem.com
http://romanticanorosa.blogspot.com/
Caz’s Reading Room http://www.bookish29.wordpress.com
tedwitham.wordpress.com
http://www.ruadhbutler.com
All About Romance
http://www.sueingallsfinan.com
http://www.anaveragelife.org
http://www.lucilleturner.com
AngeliqueCongerAuthor.com
https://beforethesecondsleep.wordpress.com
Www.cassiedate.com
http://www.amybooksy.blogspot.com
Destination: Fiction
Heidenkind.blogspot.com
Zenaparks.com
https://rokinrevreview.godaddysites.com/
http://www.clareobeara.ie
Www.ellentiernan.com
http://www.JanetsWritingBlog.com
Thebrokenspine.net
https://readinggivesmewings.wordpress.com/
http://www.janasbrownwrites.com
https://www.instagram.com/a_bookish_affair/?hl=en
NewLDSFiction.com
Https://Cozynookbks.wordpress.com
Grayson Books.com
Www.wayneturmel.com
https://pastpresentreads.blogspot.com/
http://tremblingleaves.wordpress.com/
http://www.kimberlyfish.com
https://artania7.wordpress.com/
http://fallingletters.ca
http://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com
http://www.westmetromommyreads.com
http://pussreboots.com
martinejaneroberts.com
Burtonbookreview.com
http://www.mayliang.blog
Louby’s Lush Reads
http://www.facebook.com/writerjl
Www.simonsmusings.com
http://boomerhighway.org
http://devilwinds.blogspot.com/
HistoricalBritainBlog.com
http://www.kathryngauci.com/blog/
Tomes and Tequila Blog
http://www.donwhunter.com
https://www.megandimaria.com/
http://graceinourmoments.blogspot.com
Brandnewbooksmell on YouTube
shoalhavenreadersandwritersfestival.wordpress.com
https://joynealkidney.com/category/books-authors/
http://www.hillsboropublishing.com
What Cathy Read Next https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com
http://www.dansstories.com
http://www.reviews-redpillows.com
http://www.byrhtnoth.com
http://www.jturney.com
http://stevewiegenstein.wordpress.com
rosannedingli.com
Miss Darcy’s Library
Just One More Chapter
http://www.lindamariezupancic.com
Book Date    https://bookdate.blogspot.com/
https://wcs53new.wordpress.com
http://www.stabenow.com
https://b-m.facebook.com/ajuvchacko1970/
www Kitaab.org
https://greetingsfrommiddleearth.blogspot.com
@whatrachelread
Www.dnsmedia.co.uk
http://www.elinorflorence.com
http://www.sydyoung.com
http://www.damyantiwrites.com
Www.thebibliovert.com
http://cpa-booksandmoviesreviews.com
https://dearreader915.wordpress.com
http://susan-thebookbag.blogspot.com/
https://readershightea.wordpress.com
http://www.thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca
amheathblog.wordpress.com
http://rosannelortz.com
http://Whatmeread.wordpress.com
karenlcole.wordpress.com
https://fictionfanblog.wordpress.com
https://sallyfromoz.wordpress.com
http://www.leonierogers.me
https://omnivourousreaderbookreviews.wordpress.com/
https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogspot.com
fishlovesbooks.blogspot.com
Infinitejests.blogspot.com
https://bookwormex.com/ , https://quick-book-review.blogspot.com/
http://www.bookertalk.com
Anne.Pisacano.com
http://samsmithbooks.weebly.com
http://www.ann-otto.com
Mbkzakanj.wordpress.com
http://elisefrancesmiller.com/blog
http://abookishaffair.blogspot.com
CarolynHughesAuthor.com
https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com
FB Nose in book
melgough.com
renageorge.com
https://zoeburton.com/
Brayton’s Book Buzz
Healthy people learn.wordpress.com
Writers Who Kill, The Stiletto Gang
http://aliteraryvacation.blogspot.com
http://www.killercharacters.com
TheStillettoGang.com
http://www.cindyvallar.com/reads.html & http://www.cindyvallar.com/bookaneer.html
https://rwranniewhitehead.blogspot.com/
http://www.bragmedallion.com
ymnelson.com
https://callmemadam.livejournal.com/
https://felcherman.wordpress.com/
https://medium.com/@ScottStavrou
https://halfmanhalfbook.blogspot.com
http://www.tripfiction.com
http://www.helensusanswift.com
Www.facebook.com/katerock.litchick
Nicolefeller.com
Books Etc.
http://www.kaycrabbe.com  (author website)
Www.dorothysasso.com
https://silvatrend8553.blog/
clarerhoden.com
Rebecca’s Book Reviews
I Love Books (Facebook)
Http://cheekypeereadsandreviews.blogspot.co.uk/
noveldieas.ca
https://shop.indianahistory.org/Products/TheKimberlinsGoToWar.aspx?skuid=1012641
https://michelle-abbott.weebly.com/blog
https://www.nicolawardley.com
https://rokinrevreview.godaddysites.com/ and goodreads.com/AndreaStoeckel
http://www.facebook.com/mybookreviewsforyou
writeonsister.net
https://www.writeradvice.com
randyattwood.blogspot.com
JulzReads.com
booksasfood.blogspot.com
http://www.novelgossip.com
http://www.readervoracious.wordpress.com
https://omnireader.blogspot.com/
A Novel Bee
http://www.journojohnson.blogspot.com
You can find me on Wattpad under user name ivy475.
I don’t have one, but thank you.
http://www.happiestwhenreadingblog.wordpress.com
Nut Press (https://nutpress.co.uk)
http://www.donmassenzio.com
http://www.instagram.com/basicbsguide
http://www.alayland.uk; member of @theprimewriters
https://thecaptivereader.com/
Thelifelongreader
http://www.thehawaiiproject.com
http://www.elisabethstorrs.com/blog/
http://www.mcpigpearls.blogspot.com
http://www.triciacopeland.com/index.html
Sue’s Booking Agency
http://www.writersideoflife.com
Www.karenrbrooks.com
http://mastoreyauthor.blogspot.com/
StuckinaBook.com
http://booksiesblog.blogspot.com
http://www.cornflowerbooks.co.uk
read-and-be-merry.tumblr.com
Readingladies.com
cassmorriswrites.com
http://www.lovintoread.blogspot.com
http://www.booksbywomen.org
http://montanamade.weebly.com/tell-tale-book-reviews
http://www.madcaphat.com
My Cozy Chaos
Instagram account under @Crypticartisan
https://homesweethouser.wordpress.com
https://tasmanianbibliophileatlarge.wordpress.com/
Www.marytateengels.com
Instagram: _magicbookdom_
BOLOBooks.com
Www.lostforwords-corrine.blogspot.com
readingontheedge.tumblr.com
https://cozyupwithkathy.blogspot.com/
http://www.hergraceslibrary.com
Www.ashleyrichauthor.com
http://www.SusanMcDuffie.net
http://www.maxovertonauthor.com
https://sweetteaandcritiques.blogspot.com
Http://vicklea.com
jorielovesastory.com (thank you!)
https://betweenlifeanddreaming.blogspot.com/
Book Natter
Svetlana’s reads and views
http://www.instagram.com/tina_readsbooks
https://booksaremagic.blogspot.com/
discoveringdiamonds.blogspot.co.uk
http://www.elizabethjstjohn.com
Elle Thinks (https://ellethinks.wordpress.com/)
https://www.facebook.com/TripleRICofF
Http://cupofsensibility.blogspot.com
http://www.alyssalinnpalmer.com
http://lucindaeclarkeauthor.com
http://www.elisemccune.com
Pamsloveofbooks
I am in process of starting one
http://www.SuzanneAdair.net/blog/
White Pine Cozy Mysteries
https://benjaminlclark.com/blog/
http://keirasoleore.blgospot.com
capricornanonymous.blogspot.com
Reader Report Cards group on FB
Bitty’s Buried in Books
Dacebook Page: Sean Kevin Gabhann
http://www.stevebartholomew.com
https://alibacon.com
Sally E. Johnson facebook page
http://www.daniebotha.com
https://drchazan.blogspot.com/
http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot.com/?m=1
elizabethcaulfieldfelt.com
https://www.jane-davis.co.uk
http://www.josbookjourney.wordpress.com
http://www.dougboren.com
WordPress.booksandmargaritas
starlitebooknook.wordpress.com
Discovering Diamonds : https://discoveringdiamonds.blogspot.co.uk/
namiesbooks.wordpress.com
Musings of a Bookish Kitty (https://lieraryfeline.com)
SuanneSchaferAuthor.com
Caz’s Reading Room
JudithStarkston.com
elizabethhopkinson.uk
http://www.stevenspen.com
http://www.facebook.com/groups/bookwormsanonymous15
Rakes and Rascals
http://bescott32.wix.com/the-five
Book Blog https://www.ajsefton.com/blog-1
http://www.stephaniechurchillauthor.com/
Seamus O’Griffin
Passages to the Past (http://passagestothepast.com
Charles Ray’s Ramblings (http://charlieray45.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/groups/ReadingisMyPassion
https://forwinternights.wordpress.com/
Greyowl.wordpress.com
http://www.goodbooksgoodfriends.weebly.com
https://histfict.fr (French language blog on historical fiction)
outofthebex.com
https://adrianadvorska.wordpress.com/
https://www.tumblr.com/blog/kcthedreamer
jeffreykwalker.com
suneethaspeaks.wordpress.com
In Literary Love
https://Karavansara.live
https://www.instagram.com/camilledimaio__author/
LillianMarek.com
Www.exurbanis.com
https://sanjivpurba.wordpress.com/
The Queens Quill Review
girl-who-reads
http://www.patwahler.com
http://www.sallykoslow.com
http://wordsandpeace.com
http://www.maryannheinsman.com
Http://silversolara.blogspot.com
http://www.laelbraday.com
http://www.karenwills.com and Montana Women Writers
The Owl Lady Blog
http://www.jean-lombard.com
http://www.pruebatten.com
Http://pebbleinthestillwaters.com
http://www.spiritblog.net
thetbrpile.com
https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/
shereadsnovels.com
https://tonyriches.blogspot.com/
Suzy Approved Book Reviews
Where Genres Collide
https://bookslifeandeverythingnice.wordpress.com/

Thanks to all who shared their information and their love of reading.

FOR MORE ON READING & WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION FOLLOW A WRITER OF HISTORY (using the widget on the left sidebar)

M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.