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I’m excited to be part of this Clean Indie Reads March Madness blog hop! We have lots of bloggers who have some fun and interesting things to talk about, so be sure to visit them all. And at each blog, sign up for your chance to win a Grand Prize of 41—yes, you read that right—41 books from our Clean Indie Reads authors. The contest runs from March 16 through March 20.

Remember, you can enter the contest at EACH blog, so have fun hopping!

Find all the BLOGS HERE




This week Clean Indie Reads authors are also having a book sale. You’ll find “flinch free fiction” in all genres for adults, teens, and kids. This is a great opportunity to pick up some fabulous reads at bargain prices. Check out the SALE BOOKS HERE


Speaking of finding great books to read, I’m always interested in how readers choose their books.

When I was very young, my mother, who was a school librarian, supplied me with stacks of books. As I got older, I loved going to the library myself and wander the aisles. I would randomly pull a book from the shelf, one whose title caught my eye. My method wasn’t to read the first paragraph or page. I would open it in the middle, read a few paragraphs. It might seem like an odd way to decide on a book, but I still do that to this day if I’m in a library or bookstore.

As a teen, I loved reading the book review section in our local newspaper, and still today, that’s another way I choose my books.

I also take recommendations from friends, read reviews on authors’ sales pages, and read reviews in blogs. I choose books from the author groups I belong to, including, of course, Clean Indie Reads!

So I’m curious: How do you choose which books to read? Please let me know in the comments.

Happy Hopping and Happy Reading!

About lindacovella

I am an author of fiction and nonfiction for kids and teens.
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23 Responses to BLOG HOP and BOOK SALE!

  1. Good question, Linda. Yesterday our library had it’s spring book sale. So many books that I would love to read and cheap too. With the exception of a cookbook, I didn’t buy a single one. I have been choosing my reads from Independent authors for quite some time and love it!

  2. lindacovella says:

    Yes, our library has a book sale as well. That’s a great place to buy bargain books and support your library in the process! And thanks for buying books from Indie authors. 🙂

  3. Keely says:

    Hi Linda,
    I choose books by downloading the sample when I read about one that sounds interesting and then when I’m ready to snuggle up with a good read, I go through the samples until I find one that keeps me reading past the first few pages and I buy the rest of the book.

  4. jnick55 says:

    Unfortunately I’ve downloaded too many books which get deleted about 10 pages into! Now I check out the author’s groups to be sure it’s something I’ll get through without a gulp, blush, gasp!

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  6. This sounds like fun. Thanks for sharing Linda! I over a good blog hop.

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  8. Hi Linda, so nice to connect on this CIR blog hop. 🙂 I usually test out a book based on a recommendation or if the author is similar to others I enjoy. If an author can connect me with the characters within the first several chapters, then I keep reading.

  9. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I get books from all the places you mentioned! Lately I’ve been reading so many of my friends’ books that I haven’t had time to read my old favorites! I’m hoping life slows down a bit this summer, though. Hope you have a successful sale!

  10. My mood influences my choices. Sometimes I want to read something completely new, other times I read a well-loved story. Best wishes for the blog hop and sale!

  11. I usually choose the books I read first by the authors I know. That’s why Clean Indie Reads has been so great – I get to know so many amazing people and it’s easy to go and get their books and see what they put so much of their thoughts and time into!

  12. Sherry Gloag says:

    I mostly choose by genre, then favourite authors, then check out the sample of ‘new’ authors to me. I love hops like this because I am introduced to authors I might have otherwise overlooked.

  13. Fun question, Linda! There are so many books in my to-read stash now, I almost don’t want to find any more… until I can catch up. Your memory of your mother bringing home library books makes me think of when I used to go to the library and somehow, randomly, find stacks of books to take home and read. It must have been by title, since all I’d see would be the spine on the shelf, but then it was the back cover blurb. If the story interested me, I took it home. That was from the children’s YA section, where it was (at the time) all flinch-free. Now, from the adult section, online or library, I’m more careful. That’s why I’m glad there’s a clean reads movement.

    • lindacovella says:

      Janet, that’s exactly what I did–pick books randomly–until I started reading reviews, getting recommendations, meeting other authors, and finding groups like Clean Indie Reads. Thanks for your comment!

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