What do you read? 9


In a conversation with a friend a while back, I commented that as a reader she probably read a lot more than I did as a writer. I USED to read a lot more for pleasure than I do now–now the books I read tend to be viewed as research. “How did XXX author handle this type of scene? How did they craft the first few pages so the reader knew what type of world they were in” type reading.  (I’m told that the longer I write, the pleasure of reading for the sake of reading without dissecting the craft will return.)

Personally I tend to go in fits and spurts.  I spent 2002-2005 reading fantasies, all of 2006 and half of 2007 was devoted to historicals. I’d find an author and devour her backlist.  If she’d had an anthology I’d read the other authors’ stories and decide if I liked them and stockpile theirbacklist as well. Lately, I’ve been all over the board but the books that have given me the pleasure of making me forget to dissect them have all been contemporaries (Shannon Stacey‘s Exclusively Yours, Victoria Dahl‘s Talk Me Down/Start Me Up/Lead Me On series, Lauren Dane‘s Laid Bare/Coming Undone Brown Family series. And of course Lorelei JamesRough Rider and Wild West series. I mustn’t forget to mention that I own every single one of Lynsay Sand’s Argeneau family series — most of which are based in….wait for it…Ontario!)

There’s another trend in that list too — just look at the above list. Shannons’ Exclusively Yours is set in the wilds of New Hampshire, Victoria Dahl’s contemporaries are set in small town Tumble Creek, Colorado, Lauren Dane’s Brown Family live in a more urban setting but it’s Seattle, which seems more Canadian to me (scandalous, I’m sure!), and Lorelei’s books are set in rural Montana.Lynsay’s well, come on, I love that I understand her references to Toronto’s PATH system, or know exactly the type of landscape she was talking about in the few of the Argeneau series that took place in cottage country.  Maybe I’m drawn to those stories because I was raised in a smaller, alright downright rural area so I can connect with the characters and worlds better than a story such as Sex in the City (Yes, I confess, I can’t stand that series. I so cannot relate to the women’s mindset in it. Ever.)

If you look at your regular reading habits, notice any trends? Do you only read paranormals? Or only contemporaries? Or just historicals? Any common traits amongst your books?


9 thoughts on “What do you read?

  • Estella

    I read all genres. My TBR pile is in a bookcase and I read them in the order they are on the shelf.

  • Scorpio M.

    If I read a particularly great book by a certain author, I will want to read their entire backlist. I read mainly contemps & historicals.

    I read Victoria Dahl's, Tumble Creek trilogy back to back also! And I just started Lorelei James's, RR series…so good!

  • Jenny Schwartz

    Over at Dear Author they've intro'd me to Lois McMaster Bujold, so I think that'll be a backlist to keep me quiet for a while 🙂 I think I read in gulps. I overdid on regencies a few years ago, and now I can't read many. Just a few favourite re-reads. I pick up some paranormal and category romances and am a definite fan of mystery series like those from Dana Stabenow and Margaret Maron. Looking at my reading list on Goodreads surprises me sometimes. Good question, Leah. And happy reading!

  • Mary G

    Great subject Leah.
    I read mostly comtemps, rom. susp. & erotica & now some historicals. A lot of those include marine, seal & special ops alpha heroes. The theme that runs through all of them though is strong female characters to balance those alpha guys no matter the genre.

  • Tura Lura

    I read a bit of everything. Lately I've been reading mostly YA and paranormal romance/urban fantasy.

    The only thing the books I read have in common is this: a good story! ^_^

  • elaing8

    I read mostly paranormal romance,both adult and YA.
    But I also read erotic,contemporary,urban fantasy.If the story sounds interesting to me I'll read it.

  • Sharon

    I read mostly romance including erotic romance. I also read biographies. The majority of the romances I read are contemporary. I don't care for paranormal at all with the exception of the Twilight series and the Breed series by Lara Adrian. I love, love western contemporary romance. That's my favorite! Speaking of which, I just read Texas Tangle yesterday and enjoyed it. I am looking forward to the way, way prequel BUT I feel like I "missed out" on the earlier lives of Brett, Dillon and Nikki. I'd love to know more about their lives after high school and before they all hooked up!

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