A warm welcome to Rebecca Burnton, my guest for this Monday's 'Meet the Blogger 'post. Rebecca blogs at www.ifonlyicouldreadfaster.com Great blog title, Rebecca, and one I totally emphasise with - I've a stack of books waiting to be read!
Hi Rebecca, Thank you for agreeing to guest on my blog. First, can you tell us a bit about yourself, why you blog, what inspired your love of books, what sort of books you like reading.
Thank you for having me! I’m 40 and single mum to twins who are six. I started to blog because I had come to see how important reviews were for authors and I wanted to help them in any way that I could. I also had a lot of friends who would ask me for book recommendations and so I thought that if I had a blog I could just tell them to read that and see what they fancied, I didn’t really think that anyone else would bother reading it so it feels pretty amazing that people actually do read it!
I think that escapism inspired me to love books like I do, as a teenager I could lose myself in a book and forget about everything else that was going on. I still love a book that draws me into a new world and takes me out of reality for a bit.
I used to love reading horror books but now I have absolutely no desire to be scared witless so I avoid horror! I’m also not keen on fantasy. My favourite genres would have to be psychological thrillers and crime books. I also like young adult books and I read the odd chick lit book but I’m not a big fan of them.
What is your favourite book of all time?
Almost impossible to answer this! I think I’m going to have to go with Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. I found this book incredible and it really ignited my passion for psychological thrillers and changed my reading in so many ways. From that book I found crime books and so so many wonderful books that I have loved.
How many books, on average, do you read a month?
Being dyslexic means that I am not a fast reader, I’d so love to be able to read faster so that I could read more books but I think that I need to accept that isn’t going to happen! I tend to read just over a book a week so in a month I’d probably read five books.
Have you ever sat up all night because you were desperate to finish reading a book? If yes, what book was it?
Yes I have. I have insomnia so sometimes I have sat up all night and finished a book but not because it was so good. I know that a couple of Angela Marsons’ Kim Stone books have kept me up a lot later than I’d planned! Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is another.
Do you ever cheat and skip to the end of a book?
Nooooooooo. I can’t imagine ever doing that. Even if I give up on a book I don’t do that.
What sort of plots do you dislike reading?
Really predictable ones I guess, where in the first chapter you know where the story will go and how it will end. It makes for a boring read, I like to be kept guessing.
What sort of things would you like to see in a novel?
I think that a novel is a great way to reach people and change people’s understanding of subjects. I particularly like mental health being portrayed positively in a book. Nina is not OK by Shappi Khorsandi is a great example, I am sure that many who read it will view addiction differently to how they did before they started reading it.
What is the most unusual place you’ve ever read a book?
Um, I think it would have to be at the Grand Canyon in Arizona. I was reading a really good book so at the top of the canyon with the most incredible view in front of me, I’m there sitting on a rock with my nose in a book. I couldn’t tell you what book it was but the Grand Canyon was stunning.
What author would you most like to have a cup of coffee with? Why?
Good question! It would have to be James Patterson. I’ve seen a short section of his masterclass on writing and it was so interesting, I’d love to talk to him some more about his writing and get some tips.
Do you have any other hobbies?
I have two children, can they be my hobby?! I also love animals and I’m so pleased that my son especially shares that love so we often read nature books or watch nature programmes together.
Do you write? If so, what sort of things do you write. If not, would you like to be an author?
I do write. Last November I started to write my first book as part of NaNoWriMo where you write 50,000 words in a month. It’s pretty intense and I didn’t think that I would finish it but I did. Now I’m trying to keep myself motivated to finish the book though! Which isn’t so easy. I’m hoping that it will end up being a psychological thriller.
Thanks so much for having me, it has been fun!
Thank you, Rebecca. It's been great talking to you. :)
Rebecca's blog can be found at
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