Tuesday, 20 August 2013

10 WAYS TO MAKE MY READING LIFE BETTER

I have decided to join and post with The Broke and the Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday.

I love a good list ;)

If you would like to join follow this link

I have been reading Holly Black: Tithe and Valiant so far. I love the summer, I finally get to read the books that have been marking time (in dust) on my TBR shelf.

August 20: Top Ten Things That Make Your Life As A Reader/Book Blogger Easier (maybe it's Goodreads or your library or different resources etc. etc.)

TOP TEN THINGS THAT MAKE/WOULD MAKE MY READING EXPERIENCE EASIER

1.         A large comfortable chair
2.         No clutter or mess (in my eye line)
3.         Reading glasses (sorry to be practical but without my glasses reading is a pain in the head ;)
4.         A range of books to choose from because sometimes the mood must be matched to the reading material
5.         A good reading light angled to perfection – bright but not glaring
6.         Soft music to add to the ambiance and drown out the more unwelcome noise distractions
7.         An electronic reader within reach just in case I HAVE to read a book - RIGHT NOW!
8.         A barista to top up my drink would be a nice addition to the reading experience
9.         I have a garden reading nook – summer house – it’s perfect except for the bugs it attracts. I can’t kill them! So I need reading assistant whose main job is to fan the air and keep the bugs moving on.
10.       The web for an endless source of advice on what I might want to read next


I have just completed an MG novel, it’s ready to query. I'm moving on to the YA idea I’ve had irritatingly clawing at me while I've been doing rounds of edits and revisions. Now, I'll find tome to let it scratch at some paper.

As always, I’ve been following Don Maass’ advice when planning my novel.

DONALD MAASS WRITE TIP FOR THE 21st CENTURY NOVEL:
1 Be honest: There’s a category cliché in your novel.  Reverse it, twist it or kill it.  #21stCenturyTuesday


Truthfully, I had trouble with this one: the loner, troubled, gifted teen has to have a feckless mother. I guess I could give her a devoted (but physically) distant dad. It seems that it’s important that she is neither overly keen nor particularly reluctant either.

WHAT OTHER MUST-HAVE WOULD MAKE MY READING LIFE EASIER?

4 comments:

  1. Much congrats on finishing your MG novel. Now that it's ready to query, how do you feel?

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  2. LOL- the web- I didn't even think about using that in a list. Have a great day. I didn't participate in this one.
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