Friday Five – Discovering new authors when you don’t have a book buying budget

Friday Five

Friday Five – Discover new authors

I love reading, and read as much as I can. This has lessened recently between working, kids, and life. I always have a book or two on the go. While I have my favourite authors (this changes fairly regularly), I do enjoy discovering new ones. As much as I’d love to spend hours in the local bookshop buying new books, I simply don’t have the money, especially for a book I may or may not enjoy.

Here are five ways I’ve discovered new favourite authors without breaking the bank. With all of these ideas, I have since purchased books at full price, or had them given to me as gifts. [Read more…]

ABC – Day 8 – Favourite Character

Who is your favourite character?

Who is your favourite character?

Who is your favorite literary character? With which literary character do you most relate? Which literary character would you most like to invite for tea/coffee? What would you ask him/her? What do you think you could teach him/her?

OK, who came up with this topic? There’s no way I can choose just one character… I love them all! Well, maybe not all of them, but asking me who my favourite character is is on par with asking me what is my favourite book, or who is my favourite child! I simply can’t decide. [Read more…]

ABC – Day 5 – Reading time

What do I read?

What do I read?

There’s a Stephen King quote that says: “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” How do the things you read impact your writing? What do you love to read? What do you avoid reading at all costs? How would your writing change if you read more of the things you typically avoid?

I must admit that I don’t have as much time to read as I would like, however lately I’ve been handed a gift. My younger son is doing a program at the Royal Children’s Hospital and we have been travelling in by train. It’s been great to have this extra reading time. When I was at high school, I would read on the bus going to and from school. [Read more…]

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