Saturday, July 22, 2017

What Do I Read?

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.

Positive thoughts.

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.

Happy Reading,


Please Blog Hop down the list and read what these wonderful authors have to say!

Skye Taylor
A.J. Maguire
Marci Baun
Anne de Gruchy
Heather Haven
Helena Fairfax 
Connie Vines
Rhobin Courtright
Heather Haven
Fiona Mcgier
Dr. Bob
Kay Sisk
Skay Taylor
Rachel Kosinki
Anne de gruchy


  1. Hi Connie
    Interesting viewpoint! I use reading to recharge too, and I've read The Hero's Journey. So far, I think we all avoid reading the genre we're writing, at least while involved in the writing process.

  2. Like you, I never read the same kind of book I'm currently writing. I find that doing so gets confusing - it keeps me from focusing on the characters and plot I am creating. So I read a genre very different from whatever I'm writing and the two remain very much separate in my mind. I also read everything in sight. Not that I enjoy all of it, lately reading the newspaper is more of a downer than anything. But there are magazines, books, flyers and anything else with printed words everywhere in my house. God forbid I have to sit still anywhere (including the bathroom) for more than 30 seconds with nothing to read! But as for audio, there I have to disagree. I once had a one hour each way commute to and from work, driving through several rural areas where I constantly lost a signal so listening to the radio while I drove was an exercise in frustration. So, I started listening to books on tape, then it was books on CD and now it's audio - books on my phone that connect via blue tooth to my car's sound system. I have never listened to any with "sound effects" just those read by readers whose voices I enjoy listening to. Some of the readers are so good with dialects that you feel like you're in Scotland, or Australia. Some are so good at changing their voice just a tad that you always know when a man is reading a female part or a woman reading a male pov. In any case, I love listening to books while I drive, especially on long trips. (I think if everyone did there might be a lot less road rage.)

  3. Unlike the other two ladies...I do read historical western which is my favorite genre. I've learned a lot fro my fellow authors who share a love for my fav era of American history


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