Unfortunately I haven’t finished any books for review this week although I seem to have started several and have not found the time to complete reading any of them. Interests occasionally fall in other areas instead.
Recently I responded to a new author about beta reading and that will soon be sent to my inbox to read and comment on. I am anticipating this author’s book with some excitement. The author has a nonfiction book out that is somewhere on my TBR list for the next month, after I finish the ones I’m currently reading. This is unusual for me. Normally I am a one book at a time reader and I finish them quickly. For some reason I have gotten distracted and started more than one. Life, I guess, sometimes gets in the way and I start a book then have to set it aside for life demands and forget I’ve started it. Then when the life demands are settled I decide to read again and picked up a new book. The cycle starts over and I repeat the same trend beginning a third book. I do believe that is how many I’ve started and haven’t finished.
This week I participated in some conversations on one of the Facebook groups for readers that I am a member of. Someone asked the group if they read indie authors and I was somewhat amazed at the number of people who actually do enjoy indie authors. The conversation turned to which indie authors they read. I of course had a long list of my favorite indie authors and their books of several genres that I wrote about. I got replies that some of them have read some of the authors I mentioned. I won’t list them here because I read a lot of indie authors and I could not list them all. But I did promote those that I feel are among the best of their genre.
I also had a private conversation with another reader asking about a certain genre and gave that reader the name of an author and a series that I felt would meet the expectation of the reader for that genre.
Am I being vague enough? That is meant to be funny. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings about not mentioning their books even though I may enjoy reading them. One can only promote so many names in a short time and how I choose those I do promote privately has little to do with the quality of other authors work. Thus, my public promotion is of those books I read and review. Even months after my reviews I see that those posts get viewed now and then and there is even an occasional click to the buy link. It sometimes surprises me that a book review I did in my early blog posts will get views. It is my hope that I’m becoming a better reviewer as time passes. Sometimes I wonder though. I’ll have to go back and read some of my earlier reviews and make an assessment myself.
Someone out there in my social media circles was talking about reading traditionally published books and indie published books. I seldom read a traditionally published book anymore. There are so many good indie authors and I like to help that struggling community of literary artists. My budget is limited so for me the best use of my money for reading is Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. I know there are a lot of people who are dissatisfied with Amazon and I wish I had the resources to buy books outright, but, like many retired grandmas I live on a limited budget. Occasionally at a thrift store or Half Price books I’ll find something that has been traditionally published that I want to read and I’ll buy it. I have four I purchased the last time I bought from a thrift store that I still haven’t read. I’ll get to them one day.
Hopefully this coming week I’ll finish at least one of the books I’m currently reading and have a book review for all my followers and readers. In the mean time, read something and write a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or some other forum for book reviews. It helps other readers decide whether they too want to read a book. Happy reading!