Reviewers on the #RBRT are very busy hard working people who give their time freely, so I thought it was about time readers had the chance to meet them and find out a bit more about them.
Shelley Wilson lives in Solihull, West Midlands, UK
Find her books reviews on her blog here;
Shelley can also be found hanging out here;
Facebook (Non-Fiction) http://www.facebook.com/resolutionchallenge
I also add links to my personal FB page, any reviews will be made public (I keep family and friend stuff on private) – https://www.facebook.com/shelley.wilson.9469
Facebook (for YA) http://www.facebook.com/FantasyAuthorSLWilson
Shelley enjoys reading; Young Adult/Fantasy/Horror/Non-Fiction Self-Help/Mind, Body, Spirit/Thriller
Shelley prefers the following formats when reading for the team; Mobi/PDF/Amazon Gift Voucher
Hobbies & Interests? There is nothing better than curling up with a good book, so my favourite hobby would have to be reading. If I don’t have my nose in a book, then I’m either writing or drawing. I love Zentangling, which is a form of doodling that is blissfully meditative. The adult colouring-in books can also be highly addictive. I enjoy camping with my kids and exploring castles and historical landmarks – Stonehenge is on my bucket list.
I asked, “What new genres have you tried from the review team list?” Initially, I found it quite hard to try new genres as I’d gotten into a comfortable fantasy rut, but I’ve realised that some genres are worth investing the time. I’ve tried Victorian Murder Mystery, Historical Fiction, and Romance, all with positive results.
“What genres make you step out of your comfort zone?” Chick-lit and anything with a strong romance theme would normally send me running for the hills. It’s a huge step out of my comfort zone to read these novels.
“What do you look for in a book?” For me, I need to bond with the characters. They come first and then a good strong plot follows. If I can’t ‘see’ the characters, then I struggle to fit them into the story. Fast-paced action scenes will keep me hooked. This is why I love reading young adult fantasy; you barely have time to catch your breath before another epic twist. I do like good dialogue that flows well between the characters, especially if there is a bit of humour to it. I’m a huge fan of the trilogy and book series; I like to have my stories drip fed over time.
“Book Styles you don’t enjoy?” I do read short stories but prefer a novel. I don’t enjoy reading poetry; I think that’s a flashback to my school days.
“Do you read & review Non-Fiction?” I love reading and reviewing non-fiction, but I stick to the mind, body, spirit/self-help genre, or how-to books. I don’t generally enjoy biographies/autobiographies. When I read non-fiction, it is predominantly for personal development, so I hope to close the book at the end and feel like I’ve learnt a valuable lesson, new technique or gained inspiration.