The Reading Habits of Amy Matayo with a giveaway

Amy Matayo



The Reading Habits


Amy Matayo



Are you a re-reader? Why, or why not? And if you are, what are some of the books you have read over and over?

I am a selective re-reader. If a story is powerfully written and I know I’m learning about the craft just from studying the author’s style and structure, I read it again and again. A few I have read more than once: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher, and The Sea of Tranquillity by Katja Millay.

When is your optimal time to read – do you prefer to read in one long block, or do you also read for five minutes here or there when you can?

Before I started writing, I would sometimes read all day. Now it’s been reduced to more like an hour spread out over a lot of stops and starts. But my favorite time to read is at night when everyone else is in bed. Then I can finally manage a few chapters.

I’d love your thoughts on novellas. Are you thumbs up or down? Or does it depend?!

Well…I’ve published two novellas, so I’m definitely not opposed. Not sure if I will write any more of them because I prefer to write and read full-length novels. It’s funny—I’m not much of a talker, but I am very long-winded when it comes to writing. On paper, it takes a lot of words for me to feel like I’ve finished saying what needs saying.

Are you faithful to a genre, an author, or simply quality writing?

Quality writing and an author I can depend on are most important. Of course, I love the romance genre and every book needs to have a least some sort of love story running through it (in my opinion). But I’m open to anything if I feel like I can learn from it. One of my favorite books from last year was YOU by Caroline Kepnes. It’s suspense with a little flair for horror (also, it is NOT clean so proceed with caution). But the writing. And the storyline. And the main character was both extremely disturbing and likeable, which was a fascinating combination. And the writing. Anyway, it’s a great book, and the sequel was just released.

Which factors most influence your selection of a book?

Cover and reviews. And if it’s an author I love.


Amy’s TBR

Your fiction pet peeve?

Everything tied up in a pretty little bow. A message that all will work out in the end if you just believe. Happy happy happy people.

Life is hard, things don’t always go the way we want, and people are majorly flawed. That’s what I like to read. I, for one, am a mess and can’t relate to perfect characters AT ALL.

What book have you read this year that you could not put down, and why?

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I’m reading it right now and love it. Like, I’m kinda mad I didn’t think of it myself. And the movie releases in June and it stars Sam Claflin and I will be there the second it opens.

How do you mark your spot – folded page corner, bookmark, dollar bill, whatever is at hand?

Folded corner. It annoys everyone, but whatever.

Whose debut novel impressed you more than you anticipated?

Well, YOU was debut and it was fantastic. And I’m not sure if this counts because it wasn’t technically her debut novel, but Katie Ganshert’s first indie YA—The Gifting—was so so good. I’ll read it again.

When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you?

A boring beginning that gives me a lot of information that I don’t care about. Or an author that keeps saying the same thing over and over to make sure I really get it. Stop telling me. I get it.

What are some of your favourite CF reads from around 10 years ago, or further back?

Redeeming Love and the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers–all of her books really, One Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury, and all the Janette Oke books ever written. I grew up reading those.

Snack/drink of choice while reading?

Sonic lemon water, extra ice (the addiction is pathetic). Coffee. Chocolate covered almonds. Cupcakes. Grapes. Popcorn. Pretty much whatever is sitting in front of me.

What book cover has really caught your eye?

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas. And I grabbed Rachel McMillian’s The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder the second I saw it. That cover is awesome.

Which author makes it easy to turn off your internal editor?

Tarryn Fisher, Colleen Hoover, Francine Rivers, Jenny B. Jones. I would say Nicole Deese and Tammy L. Gray, but we read through each other’s stuff as we go so I’m supposed to edit. But when their books are finished and published—definitely theirs.

What book do you wish you had written? Why?

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes for so many reasons. Read it and you’ll know. And then Harry Potter, because every author does. It’s Harry Potter. It’s not fair. Why couldn’t I have been J.K Rowling??

Thanks Amy!

Relz Reviewz Extras
Reviews of The End of the WorldSway and The Wedding Game
Visit Amy’s website and blog
Buy from Amazon: The End of the World

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17 Responses to The Reading Habits of Amy Matayo with a giveaway

  1. My biggest reading pet peeve is repetitive internal dialogue. I love big books with lots of detail, back story, etc, but keep it concise and pertinent.

  2. My reading pet peeve is long drawn out beginnings… I like when the book grabs me at the start!
    On another note… I just re read your book the wedding game :) and still loved it :)

  3. Here comes that repetitive dialogue with my answer, but slow beginnings.
    Amy- I should have added your name to my list of discoveries. Sway totally captivated me- I’ve recommended it over and over. (Rel’s reviewed caused me to pick it up.) So then I read The Wedding Game- ah! Swoon! Now, I must admit I’m a little scared about this one. It sounds AMAZING but I’m one of those annoying HEA readers….so I’m really hoping to win this and have my mind changed. :)

  4. My biggest pet peeve is a slow middle. I can handle a slower beginning as the author builds of the story (hopefully not too slow), I just don’t like it when the story loses its steam by the middle of the book.

  5. I hate repetitive dialogue. I get it already! :)

  6. I love Amy’s style. Her characters are so real and believable. I also love that she enjoys reading a lot of the same books I do. :)

  7. One of my pet peeves is too many typos and other mistakes. My crazy brain picks up on them and corrects them, and it distracts me from the story. If there are too many of them, I would hesitate to read more of that author’s books.

  8. My biggest pet peeve would I probably an author being over-descriptive. Yes, I like to know what a person is wearing but I don’t need to know that the dress is two inches below her knee. :-)

  9. My biggest pet peeve is probably really unbelievable relationships. When there is little to no interaction and all of the sudden, they’re getting engaged, I just roll my eyes.

  10. A rushed ending is a pet peeve of mine! Especially when the whole book is building a relationship and something bad happens…then in the last ten pages, everything magically works out. Forgiveness and healing and all that in relationships takes some time :)

    Also, one of my absolute favorite things to do is re-read my favorite books, even if it is just going through and reading the best parts. It’s like the book version of comfort food to me.

  11. Love this. Even more convinced I need to read the 2 of Amy’s novels that are sitting on my Kindle.

    Thanks Rel for sharing Amy’s reading habits with us and Amy for sharing a little of you.

  12. Too much internal reflection not enough one on one dialogue. I don’t like for the whole book to be about someone’s inner thoughts.

  13. Too much dialogue or too much description.

  14. Thank you so much for having me, Rel! Always love it. :)

  15. I mark at the chapter close to 100 pages and then again the chapter close to the 200 page.

  16. I truly don’t like too explicit Romance scenes! I love relational love which is true and authentic!

  17. Pet peeve: first person point of view, though some authors can pull it off better than others

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