The Reading Habits
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 re-reader of my favourite books. I’ve re-read Pride & Prejudice every year. I’ve also re-read Screwtape Letters, A is for Alibi, Twilight (on audio. I LOVE the narrated version), Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series and Full Disclosure, Terri Blackstock’s Predator, Jane Eyre, and The Jesus I Never Knew by Phillip Yancey.
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?
I love to read at night and for hours. If I’m hooked I’ll usually finish the book in one to two sittings.
I’d love your thoughts on novellas. Are you thumbs up or down? Or does it depend?!
Having just written my first novella, I’m going to say thumbs up Seriously though, I really enjoy novellas. I’ve read some great ones. Karen Witemeyer’s come straight to mind. I particularly love when the novella is tied to another full-length book or series.
Are you faithful to a genre, an author, or simply quality writing?
All of the above. I do love mysteries and suspense, so I tend to read the most in that genre, but I also have favorite authors outside of that genre who I read regularly. Becky Wade, Karen Witemeyer, Julie Klassen, Lisa Wingate all come to mind. I’ve also read books that are recommended to me and have found some fabulous reads that way. Rachel McRae of LIfeWay’s ShelfLife blog recommended Katherine Reay’s Dear Mr. Knightley and it has become one of my favorites.
Which factors most influence your selection of a book?
Authors I read regularly and an intriguing story premise. Grab me on the back cover copy and I’m yours
Your fiction pet peeve?
Stories that wrap up too quickly. I love complex stories with multiple threads and it kills me when they all get tied up in a neat bow in two pages.
Dani’s TBR Stack
What book have you read this year that you could not put down, and why?
Dee Henderson’s Taken. Gripping read!
How do you mark your spot – folded page corner, bookmark, dollar bill, whatever is at hand?
Folded page corner or a slip of paper.
Whose debut novel impressed you more than you anticipated?
I think I’ll defer back to Katherine Reay’s Dear Mr. Knightley simply because I would never guess it was a debut novel. It was a stunning read, beautifully written.
When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you?
I need to be invested in the characters and what they are going through. I need to feel that I must flip that next page.
What are some of your favourite CF reads from around 10 years ago, or further back?
Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series.
Snack/drink of choice while reading?
Either coffee and chocolate, or popcorn and water. Just depends if I’m in the mood for salty or sweet.
What book cover (any genre – ABA or CBA) has really caught your eye?
Andrew Klavan’s Game Over. I loved the colors and how it immediately draws you in.
Which author makes it easy to turn off your internal editor?
Dee Henderson, Sue Grafton, and Jane Austen are my top three.
What book do you wish you had written? Why?
A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton. I think it’s one of the best mysteries I’ve read.
Be sure to grab yourself a copy of Dani’s latest release…
In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore PD. Declan Gray would head to the FBI and Parker Mitchell would go on to graduate school as a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world–and friendships–crumbled.
Now Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad. The job is mostly quiet–until the day he captures two relic hunters uncovering skeletal remains near Little Round Top. Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott determines that the body is modern–a young social justice lawyer missing since spring–and all evidence points to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Gray takes over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he’ll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he–and those he cares about–are going to escape a downward spiral of murder that crosses continents.
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