Books, Book, Books

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Romance Writer Weekly The question being asked this week is “Other than the genre you write, what books do you love to read and why?”

My reaction is just about everything. Okay, there are a few genres I don’t favor, but from the first moment I could recognize words on the page, I reached for any printed material I could get my hands on. In my First Grade class, we had reading clowns with a balloon added for each book. The person with the second-most balloons had somewhere around 30-40 books they’d read, most by Dr. Seuss. I had just shy of 75 balloons. Yeah, I was “that” kid.

I was lucky to grow up with two readers for parents. My dad loved science fiction, along with a passion for photography, railroads, and folk singing. My mom loves history, needlework, music, and any weird thing which wanders into her frame of vision. I’ve inherited that trait from her. My shelves range from The Devil in the White City to a biography of Ramon Novarro to the history of the early Christian Church. If you look at the header photo, you can see a small cross-section. (No, we did not buy the Black Helicopters book. That’s a gifted from a friend.) Last year, when I set up my office, I achieved my dream of having bookcases which runs the full length of the wall. Even if I haven’t read every book, their presence brings me joy. And, no, we still don’t have enough shelf space.

I read romance. I read mystery, science fiction, and fantasy. I adore history and the husband and I have a rather impressive collection ranging from the ancient world to more recent events. The how and why of events fires my imagination. Stories begin with two thoughts: “why” and “what if?”

Like a lot of you, I’m doing more reading these days. Curling up for an hour or two (or three) with a fascinating history or a novel that draws me into the story can do wonders for refilling the well. I’m binging my way through J.D. Robb’s In Death series, alternating the grim futuristic procedurals with  romances with a lighter flavor. Eve Dallas can do something about the horrors she sees. Books such as Vanessa Kelly’s Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard promise hope and that we will get through our trials.

What are you reading these days? Let me know in the comments below. Then visit Claire Brett to see what kind of books she loves. Also check out her pre-order, Courteson’s Wicked Desires, the 4th book in the Improper Wives for Proper Lords series, releasing August 11.

Until next time, stay safe, stay healthy.