|(Stonehenge, Old Sarum and Salisbury Cathedral.)|
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
A Tell Me Something Tuesday Collection #1
Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Heidi over at Rainy Day Ramblings and is one that I love but so rarely take part in usually because my answers to the prompts are super short and wouldn't make a very good blog post... On their own.
Can you guess what I'm going to do here? Yep! I've gathered this year's prompts to date and am going to answer them all in one go.
What's your favorite underrated book/series?
Hmmm... This is tricky and I'm not 100% sure I'd class them as favourites but I liked them very very much...
Kalayna Price's Grave Witch series springs to mind for underrated UF.
Katie Delahanty's In Bloom springs to mind as an underrated book (contemporary romance)...
As does Heather Lyon's Deep End of The Sea (fantasy romance).
I'm sure there are countless others but these are the ones my brain spat out at me so I'm rolling with them as my favourites, lol.
Who are some of the recent debut/ new to me authors that impressed you?
This year, so far, Helen Hoang is the only new to me author who I adored!
If you haven't read The Bride Test you so should... I fully intend to read more from her including the first book in the series, The Kiss Quotient.
My favourite new-to-me author of last year was Annette Marie (no surprise there, lol!)
I went from never having read anything of hers to having read almost everything because her blend of UF and Fantasy is freaking awesome!
Romantic Read Recommendations
Do you take advantage of free chapter previews?
Typically, no, as I don't see the point in reading the beginning of a book then being cut off for months! However, I have read a few chapter previews and when I do, I tend to read them in the days leading up to the book's release basically giving me a head start on reading it. That way, if I'm enjoying it, I can just buy the book and keep on reading.
I think this method defeats the publisher's intention though... They want people to read them in advance and generate buzz and build anticipation, but without having to pony up a full arc.
If people ignored preview chapters (or read them just before release) they'd have to rethink that strategy.
I guess the preview chapters would be enough for some people to decide whether they want to buy a book or not so could be used as a quick and cheap way for a reader to make a decision on whether to invest in a book but I still believe it's more about publishers wanting to limit arcs and the potential for spoilers.
(I currently have a preview of House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas as I have no idea whether I want to read this one! Haven't started it yet though... Will read it in March just before release! 😉)
What type of books do you like to cuddle up with in winter?
Whatever book I feel like! I'm a mood reader and I'm just as likely to read a "beach read" in winter as I am a "festive read" in summer.
That said, I do enjoy festive reads in the run up to Christmas, and I do think I tend to crave things like PNR/UF more in autumn and winter than I do in summer.
Summer, I crave more contemporary romances.
Do you read/listen to more than one book at a time, or do you give every book your undivided attention?
I tend to have an audiobook and an ebook on the go at the same time.
Sometimes, although it's rare, I have multiple ebooks in progress of different genres as well as an audiobook.
Having the books I'm reading in different genres is the key thing for me.
I can't have multiple books of the same genre in progress simultaneously or it annoys me. The purpose of different books is to serve different reading moods and that purpose would be defeated if they were the same genre.
Tell me about the city/town you live in.
I live in a small village bordering Salisbury (which is our postal town) and the New Forest.
Salisbury is a cathedral city in the south of England.
A cathedral city is basically a town which is way too small to be considered a city under standard definitions but is classed as one anyway because it has a cathedral: Yep, it's weird, I have no idea why they have this definition but it is what it is... Anyway, the professor and I moved here after University (11 years ago) and here we remain!
It's very pretty here and it's excellently placed for travel to lots of locations with the centre of London being only a 90 minutes train ride away.
What's your favourite underrated books/series?