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February already?

Hi everyone, I can't believe it is February already! The weeks are going by so fast.

So what's new in the world of Emma James? Well, I'm working on a revised version of an old novel idea I had a few years ago - you may have seen the intro on the welcome page for "Black Widower"? Well don't worry if you haven't, I'm working on a whole new twist in that particular tale.

I've also been considering publishing direct to Kindle through Amazon, but this may be a few months off yet, I have things to finish off first, such as editing and the all important spell check!

THe one thing that I have slipped on so far is my own reading. There is a reason for this, and I won't bother you with the details, but lets just say that having really anti social neighbours doesn't constitute to a calm reading enviroment! Of course, my lack of reading hasn't stopped me selecting the next few books to review for you, I'll get those updated soon.

One question I have for you though, How do you buy books? Are you a tablet or Kindle only reader, therefore only buying books online and downloading them, or are you a book shop buyer?

Personally, I still have a real afinity for book shops. I like to hold an actual book when I'm reading. I'm old fashioned that way. I just don't feel as though I can get the same feeling of enjoyment from reading a screen as I do from a book. There is just something about the smell of older books (especially) that has a comforting edge to it.

I admit, I can spend hours wandering around a book store, and 9 times out of 10, I don't come out again empty handed. I have gotten better at going in with a set book or books in mind and I will either buy those if they are available or I will leave and try again another time. This will be a relief for my other half to hear - I have a lot of books already. My other half says he can't understand why I keep them once I have read them.

Some books I do keep once I've read them, especially if they are by an author I like or I have really enjoyed reading the book. Some books I keep because they are easy to read and allo me to pass a quick five minutes without needing to struggle to get into the plot. Others I have kept because they are books from my childhood and I want my own children (when I have any) to be able to benefit from the books the same way that I did.

Now don't misunderstand me, I have a number of books on my own tablet, purely because the particular authors aren't published in paperback, and I don't want to miss out on reading them.

What do you think? Are you a book store buff? or an online ogler? mixture of the two?

Let me know, and as always, stay safe and Keep Reading!

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