The Big Reveal

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Welcome to The Big Reveal
I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them.
This is the last set of questions for these writers. Thank you to Mindi, Steph, Christa, Dahlia, Monica, Jenny, Theresa, and Lynne for being a part of The Big Reveal. It’s been fun to learn more about everyone.


And next week, please join me and our next set of writers.

How often do you read?
Steph Campbell, Published Author
I am lucky to read one book a month lately. Not so much because of work, but because I have four small children. 🙂

Christa Desir, Pre-Published Author
I read 4-5 MS a week for my day job. I read about 1-2 books a month for fun/pleasure. I read ALL the time:)

Dahlia Adler, Agented Author
I have a long commute, so I’ll generally read 2 mss/ebooks during the workweek. Then on the weekends, I’ll read another 1 or 2 books. (Plus, I copy edit about a manuscript per week, though I don’t know if that counts.) So… somewhere between 3-5 per week if we’re counting mss, I suppose!

Jenny Morris, Agented Author
It depends. When I’m revising or editing everything I read doesn’t feel right. I’m really critical and I tend to put down all the books I start. But when I’m drafting I read more. A book a week. Which is a lot less than I used to. When I wasn’t writing I’d read a book in 2 or 3 days. Then start a new one.

Theresa Paolo, Agented Author
I used to read a book to two a week. Now I’m lucky if I read a book a month. I just don’t have the time like I used to. If I could I would read all the time.

Lynne Schmidt, Un-Agented Author
I read when it suits me. Can’t give an average because it varies so much. I read at least ten last year, and my Goodreads goal is 24 this year. (Wish me luck!)

Mindi Scott, Published Author
I don’t read nearly enough! I’m a big-time book binger, and always have been. I can’t allow myself to read when I have writing to do. (Which is all the time, of course.) I don’t have the discipline to simply read on the bus or a few pages before bed. Instead, I will do nothing except read, read, read. I have to set aside certain weeks during the year where I’m free to indulge.

If I’ve marked all the dates correctly on Goodreads, it would seem that I’ve read 24 books between January 2012 and November 2012. If I wasn’t a writer, I would likely read two to five books a week (variance depends upon the book’s length).

How much do you read?


8 Responses

  1. I’m so glad to read these answers. Many people seem to read a couple of books a week, which makes me feel very inferior! I read every day for a little bit, but probably average 2-3 books a month – sometimes only one if it’s long. Relief to know I’m normal!

  2. Goodreads said I read 60 books last year, which includes several manuscripts that became books this past year.

    So about one a week on average.

    I read on the treadmill. Maybe not so good for the body, but good for the mind.

  3. Rachel Schieffelbein

    I’m in the same boat as Steph. It’s hard to find the time with four little ones. Come nighttime I am too dang tired to read!
    I tend to go in spurts. I’ll read a bunch of books in a row, then go a few weeks or more without reading much of anything.
    Good question, Suzi. It was fun seeing everyone’s answers!

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