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Buying Books in 2012

by Dianna Hardy

I’ve written so many blog posts about my writing over the past two weeks, that (following a suggestion from a friend) I thought I’d change tact and write about reading.

I was an avid reader from early childhood – in fact, I don’t remember not having a book nearby ever since I could read. As soon as I got my library card, I would be there every single Saturday and would borrow my full quota of books for the week (I think it was seven books back then). I would devour them, and then go back the following week for another seven. This went on for years. It stopped when I “grew up” and had to do things like socialise (if I wanted to have any friends at all), followed by study for exams and get a job. In short, I stopped reading.

No, don’t cry, it’s okay … you see, it all worked out in the end, because now, I’m doing the thing that I actually love more than reading – I’m writing 🙂

So, my friend asked me to write a blog post about what makes me want to buy a book nowadays, and I really had to think about this answer. When I was, say, twelve, the answer was simply because I loved reading. I’d buy almost any book as long as it sounded vaguely interesting, and like something I could get into. But nowadays, reading for leisure does take a back seat to writing, and reading for reviews. I don’t do a lot of reviews, but occasionally I do, and it’s mostly for indie authors (and yes, I have a backlog). In those rare moments when I can actually say, “I’ve got some free time,” the thing that makes me buy a book is based solely on what I want to read right now. The answer is usually something paranormal (though not always), definitely something modern, something quirky, edgy or different, and often with a bit of steam to it.

If I don’t have time to look for something that’s very specific to my tastes, I’ll buy something based on recommendations that have come my way over the past few months, that I’ve logged to memory as ‘interesting’.

Most of the time, I don’t want a heavy read – just something with a smooth, flowing writing style that I can pick up whenever, and get stuck into.

I’ll usually buy eBooks first nowadays, and paperbacks only if I LOOOOOVE the story; if I know that I’ll read it every year and exhaust the paper it’s printed on.

I rarely buy books that I loved when I was younger. That was then and this is now, and I have changed so much, that I know I wouldn’t get the same things out of the books I used to love – I’m all about the new reads and moving forwards to discover new authors, new ways of writing, and new books that can press the buttons that belong to who I am now. Because next year, I’ll be a different me all over again 😉

Please feel free to comment below and let us know what inspires you to buy books (paperbacks and eBooks) nowadays. Is what you look for in a book different now to what it was ten years ago?

And here’s my little promo bit (’cause really, I should fit it in somewhere):

The Witching Pen series is due out in paperback form very soon for a very affordable £5.95 each – http://www.thewitchingpen.co.uk/p/buy-paperback.html

And A Silver Kiss (Vampire Poetry) is available in a neat little paperback format – http://www.vampirepoetry.co.uk/p/silver-kiss.html

Thank you David, for having me on your blog once again 🙂

Dianna Hardy is a multi-genre author of paranormal things, dark things, poetic things, sexy things, taboo things, and sometimes funny things. Writes about witches, demons and angels. All info can be found on her website DiannaHardy.com

 

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