I’m an avid reader, and usually read a book in a day or two. I manage about four books a week. I rarely watch TV, unless it’s The Voice, which is my favorite show, or an old black and white movie on Turner Classics. If there’s nothing on to watch I’ll go to bed by 9pm and read until about 11pm. Most days, I’ll stretch out on the couch and read for a couple of hours in the late afternoon.
I love Regency romance and always read that when I’m writing romantic suspense, mainly because it doesn’t mess with my thoughts or plot or characters. I rarely read romantic suspense novels, because most authors write too dark for me. I know. I’m a wuss. I do love mystery though, cozies, contemporaries with a mystery thread, historical romance with a mysterious hero. When I went to Australia recently I soaked up every TV mystery show, most of them British and especially wonderful. I wish I could find channels here that showed them, but unfortunately not.
Back to reading, here are my most recent reads:
Her Accidental Boyfriend, by Robin Bielman…a sweet and sexy contemporary romance.
Dark Angel, by T J Bennett…a sensual, historical/gothic with a fairytale feel.
Falling for the Marine, by Samanthe Beck…hot/humorous/contemporary romance.
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak…historical/young adult, where death is the omniscient narrator.
Outlaw Bride, by Tanya Hanson…western romance novella, sweet and sassy.
Dark Witch, by Nora Roberts…a contemporary paranormal, sexy/dark, and set in Ireland.
Now what does this tell you? Well, from the lack of Regency reading I’m obviously not doing much writing of romantic suspense. These were all wonderful reads, and got five stars from me, and they were entirely different stories. I’ve noticed I’ll read one historical and then reach for a contemporary. I suppose it’s like when we had six or so courses at a formal dinner and were served a little glass of lemon sorbet to cleanse the palate. ; ) Or it could be the box of chocolates thing…mix it up, try one of each.
Some books stay with me for a long time. Either the plot, or one or two main characters, will grab my attention, and I’ll continue to live in that story world for a few days. Those are the books that feed my soul. Other books I enjoy purely for the fun of the read, like watching a romantic comedy film where I don’t have to think too much but am left with a satisfied sigh.
Even though I load up my Kindle with all types of books, I think it’s safe to say that I read depending on my mood. What about you? What book are you reading now, or have read in the past couple of weeks?