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 not really a re-reader. I’m not a big fan of knowing how a story ends so re-reading for me is hard. I lose interest quickly.
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 like to read in long chunks, and night-time is my favourite time to sit down with a good book!
I’d love your thoughts on novellas. Are you thumbs up or down? Or does it depend?!
I think it depends. Honestly I’ve only read a couple, so I’m not sure I’m the best person to give an opinion. I love a good short story though!
Are you faithful to a genre, an author, or simply quality writing?
I really love YA anything! And usually prefer it to have an aspect of fantasy to it. But I’ve read some amazing novels outside of those parameters so I’d say above all quality of writing and ability to tell an engaging story is everything.
Which factors most influence your selection of a book?
The front cover is everything for me. I know, I know, don’t judge a book buy its cover, but I do. Also a compelling first page! I always read the first page (or two) and then decide if I’m going to read the rest.
Your fiction pet peeve?
Bad character dialogue kills me! What they are saying should be realistic, relevant, and propel the story forward; otherwise what’s the point?
What book have you read this year that you could not put down, and why?
Yes, and it wasn’t a YA! It was What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriatry. I could not put that book away! It had me laughing and crying, such a good story.
How do you mark your spot – folded page corner, bookmark, dollar bill, whatever is at hand?
Bookmark, I hate to fold a page, it always feels like I’m doing something I shouldn’t.
Whose debut novel impressed you more than you anticipated?
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, super impressive.
When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you?
Good, relatable, characters. Every time!
What are some of your favourite CF reads from around 10 years ago, or further back?
I was a big Frank Peretti fan, and obsessed with The Cooper Kids Adventure books… actually that was probably longer than 10 years ago! And of course, anything Ted Dekker!
Snack/drink of choice while reading?
Nothing in particular. Usually just water and two free hands, so no snacks.
What book cover has really caught your eye?
Again, I’m going to have to go with Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. A really stunning cover that had me pick up the book, and buy it.
Which author makes it easy to turn off your internal editor?
Libba Bray. I’m not sure why, but her work always seems perfect, so I never worry about it.
What book do you wish you had written? Why?
Pretty much anything by John Green. He is so smart with his characters and dialogue… he always inspires me.
And here’s Rachelle’s latest novel…
Remko Brant had never been so sure of anything as escaping the Authority City with Carrington Hale. But bravado comes easy when you have nothing to lose. Now a husband, father, and the tactical leader of the Seers, Remko has never had so much at risk.
As he and his team execute increasingly dangerous rescue missions inside the city, they face growing peril from a new enemy. Recently appointed Authority President Damien Gold claims to be guiding a city shaken by rebellion into a peaceful, harmonious future. But appearances can be deceiving. In order to achieve his dangerous ambitions, Gold knows he must do more than catch the rebels—he must destroy the hope their message represents . . . from the inside out.
With dissension in his own camp—and the CityWatch soldiers closing in—Remko feels control slipping through his fingers. To protect those he loves, he must conquer his fears and defeat Gold . . . before one of them becomes his undoing.