It’s that time of the month (no, not THAT time 😉 ) where I have ideas spontaneously bursting about book discussion.
And I wondered what are your reading habits ? Do you stick to a preferred genre? Do you seek diversity? Would you read everything or shy away from some kind of books? So are you reading fluid? What’s your literary journey?
My personal reading journey has seen many genres. I think the only kind of book I did not read, aside for studies, are non fictional books. Or technical books. I read to evade my day to day life, to learn, to dream….
I read my first “real” books (non illustrated ones) when I was around 10 or 11. I began with Stephen King (Carrie and Cujo) and J.M.Auel “The Earth Children series”. Not really children books I know.
From 14 to 15 I fell in love with historical books. I read plenty novels about Egypt (especially Ramses and Atchepsout). I shifted to Italy with the Medici. I love art and the Italian Renaissance is my favorite period. This was followed by The Three Musketeers and all novels written by Alexandre Dumas father or “cape and swords” books.
It was better than my history class as I learned tons of interesting facts and details about these centuries. Enormous help for my exams and so much more fascinating than my old dusty teacher.
As a “late teenager” /young adult I read The Pillars of the Earth, extraordinary book by Ken Follet. As thick as The Bible and again fascinating. It also was my first read in English (I know, it’s go big or go home with me 😉 ).
Then I fell in love with Dirk Pitt and Jack Ryan. In other words: adventure books or spy books. Dirk Pitt is that handsome single guy with green green eyes working for the NUMA and sauntering from one adventure to the other while sleeping with gorgeous girls he impresses with his collection of old timers. His creator : Clive Cussler. Jack Ryan well I guess you know him by now.
Momentarily fed up with adventure and male heroes I fell into RomCom or chicklit as a young woman. My mentors were Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes, Jane Green and Katie Fford. Some Lauren Weisberger too (The Devil Wears Prada).
I already had my kids when I discovered Twilight. It was pure random as I was at the bookshop and heard conversation between a teenager and the shopkeeper. The book was out of stock and it picked my interest. It was my first vampire book. Don’t laugh (or maybe laugh as it’s good for your health) but I must have read it 4 times! I fell in love with YA books and never fell out of love so far.
I devoured Fallen; Hush Hush; How to Date a Vampire or in contemporary “If I Stay” etc….
Always curious and looking for something new I tried erotica with Fifty Shades Of Grey (everyone spoke about the book I HAD to know what all the fuss was about) then dark and twisted with The Dark Duet by CJ Roberts and Twist Me by Anna Zaires.
I also tried M/M romance with Wolfsong by TJ Klune and it’s been one of the most moving and beautiful books I’ve read. I certainly did not expect it!
But you know what? After all these books, I still have to read a book about a gender fluid character! As that seems the hype I’m sure I’ll take the plunge one of these days 😉
Is it easy to be “reading fluid” as a reader? Hell yes! It opens the mind feeds my curiosity and is a big perk bonding with my kids/teenagers now.
As a blogger…it’s not so clear cut! If your goal is to gather thousands of followers from my own very short and biased experience it seems a weakness. When you’re only into sweet or hot romance you have a label and amateurs of the genre flock to you. They know they’ll find the latest hot news for their preferred genres.The same if you (nearly) only blog about YA. Or I would guess about other genres.
Blogging is a way to express my passions. To show who I am and what I love. To chat with people sharing the same love or have totally different tastes (I like diversity as you have guessed). And I am ALL the reads above.
So I guess it will be like high school. I’ve never been the Queen Bee followed by a flock of eager friends/acquaintances ready to gather crumbs of my attention.
I was more like the nerd with a small bunch of friends making up in loyalty and kindness for their small number. And I never would have traded these friends for fame.
True to myself I’ll stay: an avid and curious book lover ready to embrace the literary world’s diversity 😉 and maybe a UFO among bloggers.
Now who are you? What genre do you read? What’s your reading path? Would you rather stay true to yourself or trade everything “For Fortune and Fame” (Nickelback song Rockstar).