I don't read enough, which is an appalling admission for a writer. It's down to time more than anything -- work, kids, writing all take huge chunks of my time. This is a great shame because reading is one of my passions and it's a failing I want to remedy.
I also like to review stuff, which I discovered quite by accident. My app reviews began as a means of documenting my experiments with various types of writing and productivity software. They have easily become my most popular posts.
So, to force myself to read more I'm going to commit to writing one book review each month. While I don't want to set rules, there's some guidelines I'll follow:
- I will review fiction or non-fiction.
- It must be something I haven't read before.
- It will preferably be independently published1.
- I won't write spoilers.
- It must be available on iBooks or Kindle.
The full reviews will be published here on my blog, but I'll likely cross-publish to Goodreads and Amazon too.
So far I have a couple of titles lined up, mostly purchased from people I follow on Twitter. In no particular order these include:
- Fractured: Lisen of Solsta Book 1 by D. Hart St Martin.
- Changer: Kestrel Book 1 by Matt Gemmell.
- Writing Fight Scenes by Rayne Hall.
- The Floral Underworld by E.A. Deverell.
That lot will keep me going for a few months but after that I'll be after more titles. If you have any recommendations for titles by Indie authors you'd like to see reviewed, please let me know either through email or on Twitter.
Published being the operative word. This isn't an exercise in beta reading. ↩