I prefer books to watching TV and will climb into bed early to read for an hour or more in the evening. I like fast paced stories with lots of emotion. Sometimes I read because a book fascinates me, in which case I slow my reading down and savor the story. Other times I read just to give my mind a vacation. I have trouble not finishing a book that bores me because I'm in constant hope that excitement is just around the corner. I'm learning to stop reading books that don't interest me, or ones that bog down.
When I was a child I lived less than two blocks from the library. I read everything they had on horses, then I read all the dog stories, then the gothic romances, finally moving on to books about whaling. (I grew up on Long Island, NY and there is a lot of whaling history). And I read my two dozen volume set of the Elsie Dinsmore books twice. The Elsie books were written by Martha Finley in the late 1800s.
I love sagas. Years ago I read John Jakes' volumes of North and South cover to cover. I binge read and tend to read one genre at a time and have read a huge variety of topics and authors. I would include some of my favorite here but I know I'd leave someone out, so you'll have to watch for blog posts of book reviews. At this time, I love clean contemporary romance and romantic suspense, but romantic suspense must have a heavy dose of romance to make me happy.
I read lots of non-fiction when I'm researching or studying a craft. I thoroughly enjoy research and do much of it online.
A few of my favorite writing books are:
Most books by James Scott Bell
The Dreaded Synopsis by Elizabeth Sinclair
Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies by Leslie Wainger
Writing with Emotion, Tension, & Conflict by Cheryl St. John
Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain
Goal, Motivation & Conflict by Debra Dix
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