Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Who do you like to read?

As an author, I always find it interesting when people ask, "Who do you read?"

This question seems so simple, but when you really think about it...just how loaded is it?

-Does it speak to your knowledge as a writer?
-Does it speak to your knowledge of different genres?
-Does it speak to you as an individual?

These are some of my favorite books:

Absolutely amazing opening!


Sad, but enjoyable.

But, what do these books tell you about me? Anything?

Why do you choose the books that you read? I pick a book for so many reasons: author, setting, genre, characters, but when I find an author I like, I buy everything they have. Because I know I will enjoy it, or at least I hope so ;-)

What would the books on your shelf tell me or anyone about you?


Lu said...

LOL the books on my shelf would either tell you I have eclectic tastes, or am scatterbrained. Honestly, a little of everything except philosophical treatises.

Since I've started writing, however, finding the time to read for enjoyment is a struggle. I admit to feeling guilty when I flop onto the couch with a good book. Shouldn't I be huddled in front of my computer wringing words from my cramped fingers and cramped brain?

I absolutely cannot read in the same genre in which I"m working. Whilst drafting my paranormal, I read historicals. Now that I'm about to attempt an historical during NaNo, I've stocked up on cozy mysteries.

Lee Lopez said...

I think if someone was to just look at my bookshelf without knowing me, they'd see a history buff. I love Phillippa Gregory, and have all her books in hardcover. Then one of my favorites is a book called "The Religion." About the Ottoman invasion of Malta, it's very historical and about a time, that isn't written about much. It's a little known book, but I love the writing.Elizabeth Kostova is another favorite author. So they'd see me as a deeply historical person, with a dark side.

Angela Kay Austin said...

Lu, I used to do the same thing...couldn't read anything that was in the genre I wrote. But, now I am different. I realized I was missing some of the new trends in my genre, so it was kind of like going back to school when I picked up new contemporaries ;-)

Angela Kay Austin said...

Lee, I have found a new love for historical fiction, but I am still more of a documentary person than history reader.

Mona Risk said...

The books on my shelves are arranged in three categories:
1-The books autographed by my friends. I have a lot of them.{that tells you I love my friends}
2-The contemporary single titles and medical romances I read to improve my skills. {that tells you I work hard at improving}
3-The historicals I read to relax. {that tells you I am a hopeless dreamer who relax in the past}. LOL

Angela Kay Austin said...

Mona, I was so excited when I got my first friend autographed book. I love that part of my bookshelf!

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

You will find historicals heavy on romance and books that my friends write. Since my shelves are two books deep, I have a lot of reading to do and I love it.... I learned to appreciat reading and then writing when I ready Kathleen Woodiwiess's Shana.

Jill James said...

Depends on which bookshelves. In my office are my hardcovers; Tess Gerritsen, Chelsea Cain, Robin Cook, Michael Crichton, and my old Doubleday romances with Fabio on the covers.

My bookshelves in the garage have over a thousand paperback books. I keep almost everything I read. Dean Koontz sitting next to Rosemary Rogers and Virginia Henley. John Saul and Bentley Little next to Jennifer Blake and Joanna Lindsay.

Joanne said...

Harlan Coben is my all time favorite writer. The man is absolutely brilliant. For romance, the wonderful Judith McNaught is incomparable. And, to travel back in time, I'm currently enjoying Kathleen Woodiwiss.