It’s theme week here at Genreality and this week we’re talking about our reading habits. I highly doubt there are any fiction authors out there that aren’t big readers, so it seems like a pretty easy thing to talk about, right?
Carrie said in her post yesterday that she doesn’t read much Urban Fantasy, and I have to say I’m with her. Sort of. I read a lot of Urban Fantasy and paranormal, but that’s because it’s not what I write. I don’t really read much erotic fiction, and even when I’m reading an UF or Romance I tend to skim the sex scenes. It’s weird for me because before I started writing I used to love reading romance-any genre- and erotica and erotic romance.
It would be easy to say I don’t read it because I don’t want it to effect what I’m writing but that’s not really it. I honestly think I don’t read it much anymore because I just need a break from all that sex. Sure, sexuality fascinates me, and I love writing erotic fiction because I love digging into how and why sexual habits and cravings can effect emotions and actions in my characters (and life) but honestly, sometimes I just need a break.
For the longest time thrillers and suspense where my only go-to escape reads. I’m a huge Lee Child fan, and I loved the first 10 Stephanie Plum novels. I love Pamela Clare’s I-Team stories, and Kylie Brandt’s MindHunters. I’ve been reading Carrie’s Kitty Norville series it first came out (and wish she would write faster *g*) Same with Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson novels. But just recently I also discovered Faith Hunters Jane Yellowrock novels.
I love them. Even more than the stories I love that I found them late, and got to read the first four novels, (and then the eBook specials) all in a row. Now I’m impatiently waiting for the next one.
The thing that all of my favourite have in common? Kick ass characters. Not just kick-ass, as in tough, but as in, well-rounded, well-devleoped characters who have strengths and weaknesses. Characters who have made mistakes (except maybe Reacher, who rarely makes mistakes) and then learned from them, and grew as the series goes on.
That’s not to say I never read erotic, I do read it. It’s only when you compare how much erotic with him much I read in general that I can said I don’t read much…if that makes sense?
When I get the urge for erotic stories I will sometimes try a new author, but I’ve got my faces I always run to first. Authors like Eden Bradley , Lilli Feisty, Joey Hill and Shiloh Walker. Shiloh also has great paranormal and suspense stories to, so she’s an all-around a fave.
Others fiction authors I read fairly regular are Jill Shalvis, Lynn Viehl, Lorelie James, Beth Williamson, Cathryn Fox, and Delilah Devlin.
When it comes to non-fiction I have short attention span, but I’ve been known to pick up books like 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, or things like Eat Mangoes Naked by Sark. I readily admit that Sark’s style of kicking your butt and motivating is way more effective with me than the 7 Habits. Thats not to say I don’t pick those up and think “I’ll give it a try,” though.
Why do i find Sark’s books more effective for me… because she says things like this…
Life is a difficult assignment. We are fragile creatures, expected to function at high rates of speed, and asked to accomplish great and small things each day. These daily activities take enormous amounts of energy. Most things are out of our control. We are surrounded by danger, frustration, grief, and insanity as well as love, hope, ecstasy, and wonder. Being fully human is an exercise in humility, suffering, grace, and great humor. Things and people all around us die, get broken, or are lost. There is no safety or guarantees.
The way to accomplish the assignment of truly living is to engage fully, richly, and deeply in the living of your dreams. We are made to dream and to live those dreams.”
― SARK, Make Your Creative Dreams Real: A Plan for Procrastinators, Perfectionists, Busy People, and People Who Would Really Rather Sleep All Day
Sounds like something that might motivate you?