If you’re reading “Montana Belle” or checking out my blog, I’m going to assume you read romance on a somewhat regular basis. But what else do you read, if anything?
I’m not a regular reader of the other genres. I read some mystery when I was younger, but I pretty much stick with romance when it comes to genre reading now. I don’t care too much for contemporary literary fiction either. Samuel Goldwyn, who is sort of the Yogi Berra of old-time studio execs, once famously criticized a movie by saying, “This movie has too much plot and not enough story!” That sort of sums up my feelings about some contemporary literary fiction. Jane Austen is my favorite writer, but she ain’t writing any more books these days, so I console myself by reading Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope instead. They’ve written enough books between the two of them to keep me busy for years to come!
Mostly, though, I concentrate on non-fiction. Some of it is research material for whatever I’m working on, or thinking about working on. I’m reading a book on the middle ages right now to see if I can some up with something good for a medieval romance. (I haven’t quite decided whether I have guts enough to tackle such a setting or not!) And then there are my guilty pleasures: I’m reading Deborah Cadbury’s “The Chocolate Wars” because reading about chocolate is healthier than eating a bunch of it. (Although I still manage to put away a respectable amount.)
What about you? What do you read when you’re not reading romance?
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