Nya Reads


Iโ€™m an avid reader, a hobbyist writer, a professional designer, and I blog for fun!

I love mystery & thrillers, speculative fiction, non-fiction (business & design), and my guilty pleasure is chick-lit. I’ve created this blog to talk about something other than work.

Book Tag: How I Read

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Time for some fun. Thank you, Reg at SheLatitude for tagging me.

How do you find out about new books to read?

I am mostly influenced by the social networks I am part of, these include: WordPress blogs, Booklikes, Goodreads, and even Facebook groups – so now you see how easy it is to make my already long TBR list longer. I also participate in Review tours when the book is of interest to me, as you probably have noticed already. Not to mention NetGalley with the new book releases, and new amazing authors that submit their review requests to me.

How did you get into reading?

I’ve been reading since I was a kid, with a few breaks in between. I can’t remember how or when it started, I would read anything that you’d give me, even if it was an encyclopedia! During my pre-teenage/teenage years, I’ve played many video-games, but I was specially addicted to the Final Fantasy series – this contributed to my current love of Fantasy. I’ve never stopped reading, but some years were slower than others.  I’ve only been keeping track of my reads and reviewing recently.

How have your tastes in books changed as you got older?

Well, as I have mentioned above, as a kid, I would simply read anything that you’d give me; not to mention there was no such thing as Internet access, ebooks, any of that. Now not only technology has evolved but I am also a grown up, and I can buy any book I want. So even though I don’t read encyclopedias anymore, I do still read pretty much a bit of everything. My love for the Fantasy genre kept growing, and Speculative Fiction has a special place in my heart. However, I read everything, including chick-lit (my guilty pleasure), romance (aw, I am such a girl), non-fiction (not so often), historical fiction, and mystery / thriller (because who doesn’t love some suspense?)

How often do you buy books?

More often than I should. I am not entirely sure whether this question refers exclusively to physical copies or not. I have very limited space in my apartment, so I try very hard not to buy paper books. I have the Kindle Daily Deal alert so I get to see their offers every day – it’s very difficult for me to resist a good offer. I also have a Kindle Unlimited membership. At this moment in time, I could stop buying books and still have enough books to keep me going for a while. So even when I don’t buy many books, it will always be more than what I need.

How did you get into reviewing books?

Well, I’ve had a Goodreads account for a while, but for some reason I’ve never really updated it much. During a Summer holiday, I’ve read quite a lot and I felt the need to share my views. So I started reviewing my books on Goodreads. I’ve then seen other people who’d requested books in exchange for reviews, so I thought it’d be nice to have a blog where I could post my reviews and interact with others who do the same. So here I am!

How do you react when you donโ€™t like the end of a book?

I can’t recall the last time I was disappointed with any ending in particular, which means it’s not very common for the end to make me change my whole opinion about the rest of the book. If I don’t like the end, I probably didn’t like many other aspects of the book in first place. Or it would have to be something very sudden and bad. I am not saying it couldn’t happen, and in that case, if the end was bad to the point that would make me reevaluate my first positive opinion of the book, then it would interfere with my review and rating.

Now, of course there are different ways of interpreting this question. Didn’t I like the end, as if, was it sad? In my opinion, everything that makes us feel strong emotions, such as sadness, it’s good material. Now if all I feel is indifference, then that’s a bad sign.

How often do you take a sneak peek at the ending to see if there is a happy ending?

Is it weird that I never do this? If I spoil myself, I will lose interest in reading the rest of the book. I am extremely careful when reading reviews too, and nowadays I am careful myself to never include spoilers on mine. This also happens when I watch a movie / TV Show, and then try to read the book. It’s extremely difficult for me, not only because the opportunity of imagining the things has been stolen from me already, but also because of the spoilers. Knowing what is going to happen, or how it’s going to end, spoils everything for me.

And I am tagging everyone who wants to join the fun!

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