Reading material

#275: How do you pick what blogs or books to read? What’s the one thing that will get you to pick up a book or click on a link every single time?

There isn’t just one thing. And quite frankly, I don’t think there ever will be one thing. When it comes to deciding which book to buy/read, there are a few factors that come into play – if it’s by an author I’ve read and enjoyed in the past, if it was recommended by a friend or even another Author I admire, if it carries an interesting blurb and of course, the design of the cover. For me, the cover of the book needs to be visually appealing for me to show the first bit of interest.

When it comes to which blogs to read, I guess I follow a similar principle – if it is by a blogger whose posts I regularly enjoy reading, if it has a catchy/intriguing post title and if they have used images/videos within them.

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Bookworms

#257: Grab the nearest book. Open it and go to the tenth word. Do a Google Image Search of the word. Write about what the image brings to mind.

Apologies for the lateness… Today I was at the incredible Invictus Games in London, supporting the worlds bravest, most inspiring wounded servicemen and women – aka heroes. It was the most incredible day.

But anyway, the task in hand. The nearest book – Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones, Mad about The Boy. Tenth word on a randomly opened page – airily. Hmm… It seems that Airily is a brand of bizarre looking headphones – far from what I expected to see! The image of the headphones bring parties to mind, but that could be linked to the fact that I was just watching a TV programme where one of the main characters is a DJ… who, by coincendence, wears headphones! It also makes me think of a friend of mine who doesn’t like dancing or clubbing, but who I’d really like to go clubbing with (if that makes sense). Who doesn’t like to boogie every now and again?!

Back to the future

#216: Anachronism (noun): an error in chronology; a person or thing that’s chronologically out of place. Write a story in which a per- son or thing is out of place, or recount a time when you felt out of place.

Apologies for the delay in today’s post – it was press deadline day at the mag, so had been swamped with proofreading from cover to cover. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love doing it – I’d actually go as far as saying it’s one of the best parts of my job! I just didn’t have a minute to myself during the day, and I’m now super tired to think of something remotely interesting that is chronologically out of place… both fictionally or reality wise.

The only time that springs to mind (which is surprising, considering how much my brain has had to do today), is when I was asked to interview famous author, Anthony Horowitz, for his last book in his Power of Five series, Oblivion. I’d never read the four previous books but managed to pick up the storyline relatively easy – I remember that Anthony himself was impressed with how much I’d managed to read in the five days I’d had the book. I was literally reading it at every opportunity I had – whilst drying my hair, eating meals, commuting; I was determined! (FYI – it was approx 700 pages long and I’d roughly managed 500). After interviewing him, completing the book and attending the epic book launch at The Ivy Club Loft (oh yeah… very swish with its glass elevator!), I wanted to read the other four. So far, I have only managed to read the first one but it was still epic and luckily, I’d forgotten the ending of the last book because I’d read others in between in order to partially cloud my memory. Win win!