Book Slut: Reading Multiple Books

I heard the term “book slut” a long time ago and wasn’t sure exactly what it meant. Cheating on your favorite author? Reading more than one genre? A late night rendezvous between the sheets?

nuisetteWhatever the term means, I think I might be one.

I realized that when I updated my Goodreads status earlier today.

 

 

I’m currently reading 7 books. S E V E N. (7).

Seriously, how does that even happen? Then I looked at the books I’m reading. One audiobook in the PT Cruiser – Bossypants by Tina Fey. Got a playaway in Daisy – Finding Perfect by Susan Mallery.

Me & Daisy, exploring

Me & Daisy, exploring

Then there’s the audiobook on my Nook that I carry around with me in the house and listen to while working out on the elliptical – Friction by Sandra Brown. Then there’s the ebook on my Nook – The Wanderer by Robyn Carr. I realized that Dark Harbor by Stuart Woods is still on my list. I got it from the library, returned it before I was finished because that was during the holidays & things got busy. I need to check it out again and finish it. Oh, and I have Spying in High Heels by Gemma Halliday on my phone’s Kindle app, which I read every time I’ve got a few extra minutes. Oh, and The Witch is Back by H. P. Mallory.

And did I mention I just finished Scrapped by Mollie Cox Bryan today?

Not only do I have 7 books going right now, they are all over the map when it comes to genre: non-fiction, romance, romantic suspense, mystery, paranormal.

So, yeah, I think I’ve got a book problem.

And I’m perfectly OK with that.

If you want to add a book to your Currently-Reading list, pick up one of my books:

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And feel free to friend me at Goodreads. goodreadsI won’t judge you based on your Currently Reading list if you don’t judge me by mine.

The importance of Reviews

http://lorilrobinett.comBefore I started writing, I never left reviews on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Goodreads. But after I started writing, I began to pay attention to how I used reviews. Not only did I want them as a writer (and, oh, how I looooooove reviews!), but I want them as a reader.

When I finish reading one book, I’m immediately ready for another. Because I have LOTS of books on my to be read list (I mark mine on Goodreads – feel free to connect with me if you want to share lists/books!), and it’s really hard to decide what to pick up next. Admittedly, part of my decision is made on the cover of the book. But the main thing I do is read reviews. I look on Amazon and Goodreads, look at the average star rating, then read a handful of reviews – from those who liked the book and those who didn’t.

Once I realized how much I used reviews, I decided to start writing them. Some reviews are really long and in-depth – a work of art in and of themselves. Some reviews are short and to the point – “I liked it.” Some are serious, some are hilarious (one of my favorites is the banana slicer – pop over & take a read). My reviews are somewhere in the middle.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Did you like the book?
  • Was the plot engaging? Did it keep your interest?
  • Did you like the characters? Are they people you’d want to have lunch with, travel with, meet at a pub . . . or would you cross the street to avoid meeting them?
  • Was the setting something you could relate to? Someplace you’re familiar with, or did it transport you to an exotic location?

If you haven’t written a review yet, go try it on one of my books. You’ll get some experience and you’ll make my day!

Denim & Diamonds

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