If you are a beginning writer of any fiction, you will get advice that often includes this: Read. Read a lot, read everything, not just your genre. Reading keeps the mind working, and if you hit a wall with your writing (the dread writer’s block) then reading might let your back brain work out the problems and smooth the way to your happy ending. http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2010/mar/02/best-advice-writers-read
The question of what you are reading comes up frequently in my on-line writers group, Scribophile. I do not get paid to talk about Scrib so much. I just heartily love the site and my group of romance writers there. But I digress.
Here are some recent favorites mentioned in the thread about what’s being read. I will put my own answers first, as due to my beloved’s pushing books at me, I have finished Lady Chatterly’s Lover (eh) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Chatterley%27s_Lover and am slogging through Pamela or Virtue Rewarded http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pamela;_or,_Virtue_Rewarded. Fanny Hill beckons me from afar. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanny_Hill I did pause in Pamela to read Intensity by C.C. Koen. Had fun with that read, and cried a bit too. Delightful female buddies story with a hot alpha male and some very believable villains. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22887381-intensity I am probably going to take another break (not only was Pamela written in the 1700s, but the writing style in letters only is making me twitch) to read Warm Bodies. Loved the movie, and husband says the book is better. Awesome! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warm_Bodies
Back to the writers on Scribophile. One person commented she loves historicals, anything before plumbing and electricity. But in contemporaries, her recommended book is Reckless by Skye Jordan. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18240407-reckless That’s a major yum on the cover, and the synopsis has me clicking the buy now button!
When I heard about the Effington Family, I laughed. Really? Effing what? But Victoria Alexander turned that silly name into a great series of Regency romances, and that puts them on my must read list. I love Regencies! The first one is titled The Wedding Bargain.http://www.fictiondb.com/author/victoria-alexander~series~effington-family-and-friends~3797.htm
Catherine Bybee could be reading my mind and coming up with the best combination of my current interests in books. A set of standing stones cause a woman to travel to 16th century Scotland where she meets a shifter. Yeah, well, just go with it. I would certainly give this one a chance. Highland Shifter. She has quite the list of books, so she must be doing something right. http://www.fictiondb.com/author/catherine-bybee~highland-shifter~618441~b.htm
Humor will drag me in to most stories, so when someone recommended Tracy Brogan’s Crazy Little Things, because it’s funny, I expressed interest. A contemporary romance, it comes with a big cast of eccentric characters, an added bonus. http://www.tracybrogan.com/crazy-little-thing/
Second chances are what my life has been all about, so Elisabeth Naughton’s Wait for Me sounds good.https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13282015-wait-for-me
Say you’re in the mood for a time-travel Civil War bride story. Tracey Jane Jackson saw you coming, and has a whole series of such stories, highly recommended by my writer-friends. https://www.goodreads.com/series/59403-civil-war-brides
I’m going to wrap this up so you can get back to reading or writing, but I have to mention an author who comes up on the reading lists over and over. Jaci Burton certainly has delicious covers, and her Play by Play series will satisfy the sports fans out there. http://jaciburton.com/books/
Have a fun time picking through this selection, and I’ll be back on Thursday.