Monday, October 19, 2015

Author Buffet

There's something about a buffet that attracts me - the variety. I can sample a dish without purchasing a whole entree. Dessert? Ah yes, I no longer have to agonize between a hunk of chocolate cake and that yummy banana pudding. I can have a little of both and go back for a second serving.

I approach reading in much the same way. While I have my favorite go-to authors, the works of newbie writers and those who are new to me, but established, tempt my reader palate.

So what's an author/reader with limited time and finances to do?

1.  I belong to Swagbucks and pick up Amazon gift cards to increase my book budget. Amazon is always on my Wish List for Christmas and birthday gifts.

2.  When a favorite author releases a book, I pick it up.

3.  When it comes to the newbie and new-to-me authors that catch my eye, I sample their work via Kindle.

Usually, I'm reading a couple of books at a time - one print and one Kindle. If the book I'm sampling on Kindle doesn't appeal to me, I can move on to another without a huge financial/time investment.

What genre shall I sample today? Hmm, let's go with a Historical Romance.

Writers:  Do you stick to tried-and-true authors or do you give new authors a try? How do you balance your selections?

Readers:  Do you sample genres outside your normal preferences? I'd love to hear about your experiences.

Photo Credit: Sufi Nawaz


Karen Lange said...

As time allows, I like to try new authors. Lately though, that hasn't happened much. Hoping the onset of winter will bring a little more reading time. My favorite authors always keep me coming back too. My TBR pile is quite large at the moment! :)

Terri Tiffany said...

I feel that same way. I want to read so many books but have little money to do so. I don't use a kindle so that means I must buy paper to really enjoy it. Hate reading off my computer. I wait for some books so come out used online or use my Discover cash back on Amazon. It helps!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Susan - at the moment it's read and do nothing else, or do all other things and not read. I tend to read only one book at a time ... and I seem to have an irritating habit of making notes from books - not helpful as that slows me down. I'm not good with novels ... or romances etc ... but I do love research for the blog and for learning ... cheers Hilary

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

" time allows"

That's always the challenge, isn't it? I carry my Kindle everywhere in case I get a few minutes to read.

God bless,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Hilary -

One only has to visit your blog to see your insatiable appetite for exploring topics. A lot of people prefer non-fiction to fiction. I love both, but that presents its own set of challenges when it comes to time management.

Have a great week!

Susan :)