What’s Your Story?

I don’t consider myself an eclectic reader. I don’t stray very far from romance anymore, and I’ll snap up anything in my favorite subgenre, romantic adventure.

But then I look at the list of books in my “to read” folder on my Kindle.

Don’t Look Back by MJ Fredrick (romantic adventure)

The Knife’s Edge by Stephanie Draven (erotic short story)

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs (paranormal YA)

Hearts In Darkness by Laura Kaye (erotic contemporary romance novella)

The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen (paranormal YA)

Touch by Jus Accardo (paranormal YA)

Out In Blue by Sarah Gilman (paranormal romance)

Ward Against Death by Melanie Card (new adult fantasy)

(That list is distressingly short. I need to buy new books!)

Small sample, so let’s add the last six books I read:

Cold Sight by Leslie Parrish (romantic suspense)

If I Die by Rachel Vincent (paranormal YA)

Something to Talk About by MJ Fredrick (contemporary romance)

Night Betrayed by Joss Ware (paranormal romance)

Divergent by Veronic Roth (dystopian YA)

Too Hot To Touch by Louisa Edwards (contemporary romance)

If someone handed me that list, I’d call it eclectic, though there’s an obvious slant toward paranormal YA. πŸ™‚ Some of the books in my much-larger “to buy” folder are mysteries, urban fantasy, women’s fiction, and even what used to be called chick lit.

My mood changes so fast when it comes to choosing a book to read. Sometimes I’ll buy a book the day it goes on sale, and I’ve been dying to get it for MONTHS, but I’m in the middle of a book so I don’t start it right away, and then when I’m ready to, something else seems to fit my mood better.

Sometimes I want to read two books so equally much that I’ll pick something I’m less interested in just so I don’t have to choose. LOL

As a writer, I’m not nearly as varied in my tastes. It’s romantic adventure all the way, nowadays. But even then, it’s sometimes straight romantic adventure, like:

Behind the Scenes October 31, 2011

Carina Press | Barnes & Noble | Audible coming soon.

Sometimes, It’s paranormal romantic adventure (aka urban fantasy romance), like:


Under the Moon November 15, 2011
Entangled Publishing | Barnes & Noble

And when I get a break between contracted books, I turn to…(brace yourself)…paranormal YA!

How varied are your reading tastes? How do you choose what kind of book to read next?

What’s Natalie Damschroder’s Story?
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8 thoughts on “What’s Natalie Damschroder’s Story?

  • November 9, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I was chuckling when I was posting your list of books, Natalie. Mine is just as diverse. Pretty much all romance, with the occasional women’s fiction thrown in, but within that genre, I’m all over the sub-genres. Except for YA.

    How do I choose what book to read next? Wow, sometimes it’s a tough choice–often if it’s a book I’ve waiting for a long time I’ll jump right in, putting aside the book I was reading until I’m done. Otherwise, I pick and choose depending on my mood when I pick up my Kindle.

  • November 9, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Hmm, pretty eclectic. Fantasy, crime fiction, thriller, paranormal YA, paranormal romance, contemporary romance (Shalvis, SEP) cozy mystery, romantic adventure, erotic romance, historical. That’s about it I think, lol.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the new site, Leah

  • November 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Leah, I thought the Kindle would make it harder to choose, without seeing covers and spines, but it hasn’t been as much as I thought. Unless I buy someone I’m not familiar with, and go too long without reading it, and then I forget what the book was about. LOL

    Wow, Livia, that’s more than eclectic! We need a bigger word. LOL

    • November 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      Hmm, I guess it could be eclecticized, πŸ˜‰ It’s not that I can’t make up my mind, I just like certain elements in an author’s style no matter what they write. Usually a really good character like Mark Beamon of Kyle Mills’ thriller series, or Harry Dresden in Jim Butcher’s or (sigh) Jamie of the you know what series. Enjoyed the post.

  • November 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    My current non-fiction (for reading on my breaks at work) is about the Spanish Civil War (though sometimes I read it at home too because it’s interesting), and I’m reading the Chanson de Roland because Dorothy L Sayers is awesome even as a translator. So lots of Spain.

    My TBR shelf: a YA Isabel Allende, a Mercy Thompson, a steampunk non-romance, four Sharpes, two Heyers, a collection of lesbian short stories, a non-Pern Anne McCaffrey that may or may not be romance, my Marx-Engels reader from soc theory, two graphic novels with superheroes and one without, and one high fantasy, no-romance. But all my late-night ebook impulse buys that I read right away are romance, so this does not reflect the true distribution. I almost never buy ebooks and then fail to read them. I’m much more randomly acquisitive of paper books. There were also eight romances on that TBR shelf originally; they got read first.

    I’m living with a boyfriend in a town where I don’t have many other friends right now, so his taste (history) is influencing mine more than usual, although he’s not obsessed with Spain. I’ll read more fantasy once I move back in with my girlfriend. A lot of that is availability and reading jacket copy on their books.

  • November 9, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Wow, Zee. I can tell you’re a very interesting person just by that reading list and description. πŸ™‚ My husband loves history, too, though it hasn’t rubbed off on me in my reading. I confess I don’t read much nonfiction. πŸ™

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