Reading Catch Ups

Reading Round-Up: 11th – 17th September 2020

I had a mini-disaster this week.

Ever since I made the decision to take my author career seriously ten months ago, I started to get organised. You know what that means for an author: many, many notebooks. One for a new series – no, wait – two, maybe three. A big one for world building. In fact, maybe four for world building, that’s a big job, right?

The point is, I’ve been slowly buying notebooks over the last year and keeping them under the coffee table so my husband won’t notice. Well, the other day, he found my notebook stash. He was a bag of emotions. Part horrified, part impressed and part exasperated, all of which he managed to show in one hilarious expression.

I’ve managed to avoid any questions of whether or not there are more notebooks in the mail by reminding him that we’re moving to a bigger house soon. In the context of a three bedroom house, my coffee table full of notebooks doesn’t seem that big at all.

Now all I have to do is earn enough to upgrade to a five bed in a few years to avoid any more inquisitions!

This week I finally finished The Ariona Series by Rachel Pudsey and what a great series it was. I shouldn’t have waited so long after finishing the first book before reading the next two. Now, I have to make the same commitments to several more series that I loved and haven’t finished.

I’m tempted to get stuck in to the Crow Investigations series by Sarah Painter, which I’ve already started with The Night Raven review. It was such an epic first book in the series that I don’t remember why I didn’t continue reading it. I have my suspicions that it was due to budget reasons. Next month, when I’ve got a bit of cash in my pocket (for five minutes), I’m going to buy the rest of the series. One day, I’ll even treat myself to the paperbacks and goodness knows I’ll be the first one in line to get any hardbacks if they are released.

I’ve also received an e-mail the other day from Reedsy Discovery offering a reviewer position. I’m really not sure what to make of this. Reviewers are paid on a tip basis but also indie authors pay for their books to go on the site for reviewers to choose. While I love reading indie books, I’m in two minds as to whether or not to accept. It could be a fun opportunity but when it comes to paid reviews I always hesitate.

I personally don’t charge for reviews and don’t believe in charging for the reviews I do on The Secret Library. I enjoy reading very much and I’ve been very lucky to receive plenty of free books, so there’s no reason for me to. But I’m not one to turn down opportunities, especially book related ones. So I might just dive into this opportunity and see what happens.

If you’re a fellow Reedsy Discovery reviewer, reader or indie author, let me know! I’d love to chat about it!

Thanks for reading! Did you know I also write urban fantasy books? Check them out here!

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