What do I read? This is the topic for this month's Round Robin discussion.
In my case, the questions should be, "What don't I read?
I read anything and everything within my line of sight. If you show be a book, magazine article, odds are, I will ask if I can 'see' (meaning hold it so I can see the print). If it is interesting, I will probably walk away absorbed. Later, I will return the item. I will apologize and offer you something (pen, pencil, bookmark, perhaps a cookie).
However, this is not what Robin had in mind, I assume, when this topic was posted :-).
I never read a novel in the genre I'm currently writing. This is because I read for enjoyment. When I am working on a historical novel, I'm researching--therefore working. This is way I do not read historical fiction during that time frame.
Right now I'm working on a contemporary novel and a fantasy novella. So, I'll probably re-read Jane Eyre, or some historical time period via the Internet. Victorian era, is likely or my personal fave, Ancient Egypt.
I enjoy print books and ebooks. I can't quite get into the audio books. I do have an old Kindle that does text-to-voice. It is a robotic sound, but I do not find it distracting. If I wish for sound effects, I'll turn in a movie or television show. I do enjoy Podcasts--though this probably doesn't fall under the topic of reading :-).
I did peek at Dr. Bob's post and amended mine. Dr. Bob doesn't write romance because of the 'romantic myth'.
I plot by the rules of "The Hero's Journey". (Dr. Joseph Campbell). I can't say I believe in the Cinderella and the happily ever after, in a true sense, either. What I do like is the 'magical' emotional world of a romance. The need for emotional fulfillment is what a romance novel offers (though mine often deal with social issues). When a woman works full-time while raising her family, married or unmarried, she is often emotionally worn-out. Reading a romance or gentle fantasy novel (unlike an action/suspense/horror novel) will refill her emotional cup (fill and emotional void). Providing her with the emotional re-charge to face the world the next day/ after a 30-lunch, etc.
Sometimes we need to believe the world is/will be a kinder place, a simpler place, or a place with beautiful book covers (had to toss in my personal pet-peeve), to get us through a rough-spot, or give us a moment of inner piece.
I believe reading fiction provides a recharge. Life can be so draining, physically and emotionally.
What harm is there in enjoying a happily-ever-after? After all, you have spent several hours with your new-found friends, and you wish them well.
Please Blog Hop down the list and read what these wonderful authors have to say!
A.J. Maguire http://ajmaguire.wordpress.
Marci Baun http://www.marcibaun.com/blog/
Anne de Gruchy https://annedegruchy.co.uk/
Heather Haven http://heatherhavenstories.
Helena Fairfax http://www.helenafairfax.com/
Connie Vines http://mizging.blogspot.com/
Rhobin Courtright http://www.
Heather Haven http://heatherhavenstories.com/blog/
Fiona Mcgier http://www.fionamcgier.com/
Dr. Bob http://wp.me/p3Xihq-11v
Kay Sisk http://www.kaysisk.com/blog
Skay Taylor http://www.askyetaylor.com/blogging_by_the_sea/view/542
Rachel Kosinki http://rachaelkosinski.weebly.com/
Anne de gruchy https://annedegruchy.co.uk/category/blog/https://annedegruchy.co.uk/category/blog/