2019 Reading Challenge!

A big happy new year to all my friends and followers!

Do you aim to read more in 2019?  Why not try the Goodreads 2019 Reading Challenge? click here for Goodreads

Over 260,000 people on Goodreads have set a goal of how many books they want to read in 2019.  Last year I set an easy target of one book every 2 weeks – needless to say, I’m aiming for more this year!

Happy reading!

Top 5 Non-Fiction From the Blog So Far

Hi Folks!  If you’re wondering what to do with any money or vouchers you’ve had for Christmas, you could do a lot worse than treating yourself to some highly entertaining non-fiction – here’s a list of the top 5 non-fiction books from the blog so far:

With its’ headline-grabbing content, this is an easy number 1!  For my full review click here.

At a close 2nd, we have look inside the mind of a real-life sociopath! Click here for a full review.

3rd place takes us to a romance that took place in Auschwitz of all places! Click here for more info.

4th, we trek through Zak’s amazing real-life paranormal experiences!  Click here to find out more.

And at number 5, we have a delightful trip through fringe-science that will have you pondering long after you’ve closed the book!  Click here for the full review.

Judge by Free Sample?

You may have heard the phrase “Never judge a book by its cover”.  This is true – good artwork chosen by the publisher doesn’t make the author a wordsmith!

If you’re anything like me, you may have taken advantage of Amazon’s free sample service.  You can gauge the feel of a book before you pay anything towards the cost – and if you don’t like the free sample, there’s no obligation to buy.  You don’t even need a Kindle to do this – you can just use a Kindle app, which is available on all devices!

In fact, the only time I don’t take advantage of the free sample option is when the book is already on offer for 99p or £1.

Sometimes the first chapter or so of a book is a really good indicator of what a book will be like – think the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer, or anything by Dan Brown.  Other times a free sample is not enough to go by – think the ever-popular Harry Potter series, or 50 Shades of Grey.

I also once read a book advertised as having the most gripping first chapter you’ve ever read.  The book did indeed live up to the statement but unfortunately was anti-climatic – Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler.

If in any doubt, download a free sample, but if the book doesn’t hit you straight away, then persevere if the book already has a good reputation.