The reason I ask this is, the longer I write this blog, the more aware of my reading habits I become. When I was in high school, I rampaged my way through historical romance novels. Not contemporary–historical. Specifically, historical novels set in England and Scotland back in the 1700’s, 1800’s and 1900’s. I liked reading about the snobby ton, the lords and ladies, and all the rules they followed–and broke. It helped that there was always a super-hot, muscular man on the cover, so very different than the noodle-armed boys I went to school with (I always did go for the older guys.). God, I loved those bodice-rippers. I’m pretty sure my parents were horrified with their teenaged daughter reading all those (awesome!) trashy novels but they were surprisingly good sports about my choice of reading material.
In college, I read a lot but it was mainly for school. I don’t really remember sitting down to read many books for pleasure then–too much going on, too many classes and reading assignments, and too many other obligations. I kind of lost touch with my inner bibliophile. (Though, now that I think about it, college is when I read all the classics: Austen, Faulkner, Dickens, and all those folks. Not too shabby, even if they were class assignments.)
Luckily, as soon as I graduated, I rediscovered my love of reading for enjoyment. Since then, I’ve gone through a cozy mystery phase, a thriller stage, a hard-core science fiction phase, a straight fantasy phase and an urban fantasy phase.
Currently, I’m deep into YA but I seem to be open to more variety than when I was younger. Does this mean I’m becoming a hopper? (To borrow a line from Seinfeld, not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Maybe it’s because YA is such a broad category with romance, dystopians, fantasies, and horror all nesting up against each other on the shelves of the teen section. Whatever the reason, I read pretty much anything that tickles my fancy nowadays (urban fantasy and mysteries with some romance are my fave adult genres).
But, really, I am curious about your reading habits. Do you get deep into a genre groove, rarely venturing into another section or are you experimental, reading anything that catches your fancy?
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