It’s always a great day when I get to hear from Tina Radcliffe, and today’s she here to chat about those reader quirks we all know and love AND her new contemporary romance, Finding the Road Home!
FINDING THE ROAD HOME
SERIES: Hearts of Oklahoma #1
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: Feb 18, 2020 (print) / March 1, 2020 (ebook)
Some paths need courage to follow…
Can they find their fresh start with roadblocks around every corner?
To care for her orphaned nieces and nephews, Daisy Anderson moved to a small town for a new deputy position—but now her job could be eliminated. With potential budget cuts looming, her only hope is to work with police chief Mitch Rainbolt to save their department’s funds. But can their fight for her job lead to something neither dared wish for: a future together?
With the popularity of social media I’m getting to know readers on a personal level and many of them share their interesting reader quirks in photographs and posts, without realizing that I’m taking notes.
Here’s my list of top-ten secret reader quirks. As a reader myself, (I have 1,555 books on my Kindle and too many to count on my bookshelf) I see myself in several quirks listed here.
These are in no particular order and none has more value than another. They’re just reader quirks.
- The Collector
The collector is the reader who collects physical books. This reader prefers them to be autographed. They are also very keen to have author book memorabilia, specifically bookmarks and pens.
- Series Orderly
This reader does not and will not read a series out of order. If they have book two in hand, they will not read it until book one is ordered and completed. Don’t challenge them on this. They will not budge, even if it means they go bookless for a time.
- Page Folders
The page folder folds corners or turns a page in half and loathes bookmarks. Not that they haven’t tried them. However, the silly things keep falling out and cannot be relied upon to save the correct place.
- Look-it-up Readers
This reader absolutely must pause and look up geography and definitions before they can read further. The author said kaizen? What does that mean? And where is Andorra? Is it a real country? If you are looking these words up right now, you are a look-it-up reader. Brava for you!
The rereader has shelves of books they reread according to mood, the season or even simply because they know a book will elicit a particular emotion. Rereads can be counted on to provide the same response as comfort food. The rereader often has their favorite rereads in multiple formats-audio, ebook, paperback and hardback.
- Slow and Steady
This reader savors the read. They don’t miss a single word. Reading is like a six course meal and they will not be hurried. They are often book club members as they enjoy discussing theme and motif. They remember character names long after the book is closed. (Test them on this and you’ll be amazed!)
- Fast and Furious
This reader reads very quickly and with excellent comprehension and has no time to stop. These are the heavy lifters who have reading goals to meet and they will meet them. They do not analyze books. They read them… fast! Do not interrupt!
- Last Page Previewers
It takes a very special reader to be able to read the beginning and the end of a book and then the middle. Reading the last pages does not take away from the joy of the book for this reader. In fact, it only adds to the comfort of the read by eliminating unnecessary fretting.
This reader reads to find flaws. There really is no other way to describe it. They have an analytical mind and often critiquing gets in the way of the entertainment value of a book, because this reader really cannot get lost in the read.
That is not to say books cannot be criticized, but it should only come after we give it a fair hearing. I think Solomon’s words from Proverbs 18:13 are helpful here: “If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.” -writer Brian Phillips.
Deconstructors are different than critiquers. They read with wonder and delight and often reread while in the middle of a book in an attempt to understand how the author was able to string together words and phrases to elicit emotion, sensations and conflict.
If you’ve ever read a book on a sweltering hot day and it was snowing in the book and you found yourself grabbing a sweater and then pausing to wonder how the author did that, you may be a deconstructor. Yes, deconstructors are often writers.
So what do you think? Which of these reader quirks apply to you? Do you get lost in a good book, unable to stop until the book is completed or do you have little rules or quirks that guide your read? Any that I have not mentioned? Please do share!
Leave a comment and I’ll be sending a print copy of Finding the Road Home to one commenter, along with a yummy candle.
A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tina Radcliffe is a Romance Writers of America Honor Roll member, and an American Christian Fiction Writers Honor Roll member. She is also a four-time nominee of the ACFW Carol Award and a three-time ACFW Mentor of the Year Finalist. In 2014 she won the ACFW Carol Award and in 2018 she was an ACFW Mentor of the Year recipient. Besides her novel-length fiction for Love Inspired, Tina has sold over three dozen short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. A former registered nurse and library cataloger, Tina is a frequent workshop presenter. She currently resides in Arizona, where she writes fun, heartwarming romance.
Tina Radcliffe is giving away a copy of Finding the Road Home (print-US only) plus an 8 oz Reading at the Café soy candle by Frostbeard Studios (The scent is Coffee and Chocolate Pastry). This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What interests you most about Finding the Road Home by Tina Radcliffe? Which of these reader quirks apply to you? Do you get lost in a good book, unable to stop until the book is completed or do you have little rules or quirks that guide your read? Any that Tina didn’t share?