bookI’ve been hanging out at MyBlogU, a new site that helps bloggers collaborate on projects and ideas. I wanted to try out their interview feature, so I thought, “let’s find out what people are reading this summer!” What resulted was an interesting compilation of opinions on books, indie authors, and ebooks from people who read a variety of genres. Take a look!

Questions we’ve been discussing:

Q. What book, short story, or novella are you reading right now?

A. Matthew Anton (web designer / online marketer)

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. The book is very slow in the early beginning; use the word “early” because the book is around 1000 pages. Currently 300 pages into it and not quite sure where the author is going to go with it, but from society I get the general gist of it. Political/economic issues aren’t usually black/white so the book should help give perspectives by humanizing each issue(s) with characters.

A. Philtrate (Sir)

Just read “The Innocent”, David Baldacci… from the library

A. ldylarke (SEO Consultant)

I am currently reading Pickup Styx (Easy Bake Coven) by Liz Schultz. It’s a fun little fantasy novel series about a witch who finds out she is so much more than just a witch. It’s funny, has a lot of action, drama and even some romance. Paranormal and fantasy are some of my most frequently read genres.

A. Sandy (Writer and IT Project Manager)

I just finished another book by Victoria Houston called Dead Angler. This is the second book by her I’ve read and I love the way she tells a story. I’m getting ready (hopefully tonight) to start The Murder at Sissingham Hall by Clara Benson. It is supposed to be a “classic whodunit” so I can’t wait!
Q. Do you ever read Indie (non-traditional) authors?

A. Matthew Anton (web designer / online marketer)

Usually stay very commercial, ha, and been focusing on non-science fiction, or books to “help” me in my career. I’ve come to realize though that reading for reading sake is enough “help”, but most recently have read books on psychology, rules of power, marketing, business, etc. The books that I am reading for pleasure are “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway. My logic is I don’t have enough time to read every book, so I mine as well read the ones that are mainstream…doesn’t sound adventurous or sexy though.

A. Philtrate (Sir)

I read ebooks, mostly free ones, but they are plagued with grammar and spelling errors that make them very difficult to read

A. ldylarke (SEO Consultant)

All the time. Amazon has tons of unheard of never published before authors. I pay attention to Amazon’s reviews for authors I don’t know. They tend to really make a difference whether the author is good or not. I hate spending money on books I don’t like. Who wouldn’t!

A. Sandy (Writer and IT Project Manager)

Not that I know of.
Q. What is the best book you’ve read this year so-far? Why?

A. Matthew Anton (web designer / online marketer)

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg “Why we do what we do in life and business”. The revelations that 40%+ of our lives is nothing more than habit paints a very chilling picture of free will, and what makes a man, or woman the person they become. Because I work from home as a web designer and online marketer I have a flexible schedule, which many envy but anyone knows it takes discipline to balance a healthy life style.

Main takeaways were don’t try to quit a habit, you must replace it. And cues/reward systems work, just like mice and cheese. Persistance and a plan of attack beat talent. Action breaks or creates new habits.

A. Philtrate (Sir)

80/20 Sales and Marketing – Perry Marshall

The Entrepreneur Revolution – Daniel Priestley

Both of these books changed the way I work and were insprational

A. ldylarke (SEO Consultant)

I couldn’t possibly name just one book. I read so many, several in a week even. If I had to name a favorite series I read recently, it would be the Crown of Stars by Kate Elliot. Though her Novels of the Jaran series is probably up there with it. Kate Elliot writes incredibly detailed epic sci-fi and fantasy series you just can’t put down. Her characters are not only likeable, but addictive. You want to find out what happens to them next. Even the supporting characters. These are stories you can’t wait to get back into, that you don’t want to ever end. Highly recommend her books!

A. Sandy (Writer and IT Project Manager)

By far it’s Stephen King’s On Writing. I don’t normally read his books, but this one was a true story about his writing and how he got to where he is now. It is humorous and inspirational…loved it!
Q. Do you prefer printed books or ebooks?

A. Matthew Anton (web designer / online marketer)

Printed! Years of staring at screens, going from the computer to the phone, to the Television has made me really cherish paperbacks. There is also something quite satisfying in finishing a page and turning it as well as closing a book one last time. The techie in me loves the kindle but my eyes would go on strike.

A. Philtrate (Sir)

I prefer printed books for 2 reasons;

1) I find it easier to focus (mentally) on a printed book

2) I use a computer all day and need a break from screen work

A. ldylarke (SEO Consultant)

I prefer ebooks. Firstly because I can read them anywhere on one of many different devices. Especially on my PC monitor where I do not have to hold anything (which makes my arthritic hands far happier). Ebooks are sometimes far cheaper, but best of all I don’t have to wait for it to be shipped nor drive to a store to buy a book. When I’m done one book, I can simply download the next.

Though I do acknowledge the feeling of loss from not being able to keep (hoard) physical copies of books. I’ve even given up my previous “library” of books (sadly residing in multiple boxes for too many years).

A. Sandy (Writer and IT Project Manager)

I like both and read both, but I received the Kindle for a gift several months ago and I’m hooked!

What are YOU reading right now? Do you prefer ebooks or printed books?