Reading has always been my favourite hobby. If the author gets it right they can whisk you away from your our world and immerse you into theirs.
When I was a teenager I loved reading horror; John Saul, Stephen King and James Herbert being my three favourite authors. Then as I got older, I remember adding various romantic genres to my bookshelf; historical, gothic. My tastes expanded and crime and family sagas started appearing on my bookshelf. I was happily surprised that many of my favourite authors were actually pen-names for one woman, Eleanor Hibbert , in fact at one time most of the books I owned seemed to have been written by this amazing lady!
My 20’s and 30’s saw my eclectic reading tastes grow to include mysteries, thrillers, autobiographies and biographies, I also spent many a happy lunch time browsing through my local charity shops looking for classics from the greats; William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G. Wells.
My interest in contemporary romance novels started when the mum of one of my youngest daughter’s friends decided to stop “writing on the side” and become a full time author (I deeply admire her fire, commitment and gumption to follow her dream). Mandy Baggot renewed my interest in romance novels.
I am now in my early 40’s, in 2013 I bought a Kindle on e-bay (Mandy’s latest book wasn’t available in paper yet and I wanted to take it on holiday with me). I never thought I would be an e-reader fan, but I have to say it’s wonderful! I never leave home without it and I’m sure my hubby is pleased not to have to build me any more shelves or find room in the loft for my obsession (I find it very difficult to sell or give away the books that I buy…). Money is tight so I have to be very careful when browsing Amazon UK’s Kindle store but luckily there are many free books or 99p or less that I can download and family and friends now know to give me Amazon vouchers as gifts 😉
Click on the link to see What’s On My Kindle….?
In 2015 I joined Goodreads.com (you can see my profile here) it’s still all quite new but I joined their 2015 Reading Challenge and have joined the 2016 challenge too. The widget below shows you all how I did in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
I’m also taking advantage of Goodread’s recommendations, so my TBR (To Be Read) wish list is growing too 😉 Lol! Have a look: