So many books, so little time

Good fiction is sometimes difficult to find. Did you know there are a thousand (1,000) books published every single day? With the advent of self-publishing, it’s hard to sort through the mass of available fiction to find the truly excellent ones.

When I see an eBook listed for $.99, I get a little suspicious. Why? Because some authors don’t take the time and effort to edit their work before uploading it to KDP or other self-publishing platforms. They think by selling their book for such a low price, they’ll attract more readers.

My experience has been that ‘you get what you pay for.’ Because I read sooooo much, I get irritated by the mistakes that authors make because they didn’t hire a good editor.

I’m curious to know about your experience.

  • Do you read only ebooks or only print, or a combination?
  • Do you take advantage of apps like Libby that allow you to borrow books from your local library?
  • Do you only read books you borrow from the library?

Because of my limited space, I subscribe to Kindle Unlimited. For a flat monthly fee, I can ‘borrow’ ten books at a time.

Here’s a sampling of what I’ve read in the past month or so:

This book recommendation was so random – Hubby and I were eating with some friends at Blake Shelton’s restaurant in Gatlinburg, when our waiter asked if we liked to read. Nancy and I gave an enthusiastic thumbs up. He then proceeded to tell us that his wife is a published author. He wrote down this book, her most recent release. I’ve since read another of her books and found them good. Not as gripping as some of the other psychological thrillers, but there’s enough action to keep me reading on.

Now this one was scary. It comes after The Housemaid, which was terrifying. Nothing like a story with twists and turns to keep you reading on past your bedtime. Warning – not Christian fiction. If you are easily offended, don’t read. I don’t remember any foul language, but there are some adult themes throughout.

This heartwarming gem was soooo good. From the Amazon description:

After he’s forced to sell the family farm he’s labored on his whole life, 63-year-old Gerrit Laninga doesn’t know what to do with himself. He sacrificed everything for the land–his time, his health, his family–with nothing to show for it but bitterness, regret, and two grown children who want nothing to do with him. Five stars!

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