Monday, October 19, 2009

Getting to Know You: What Do You Read?


Wow, we write a lot of different genres! YA was the winner (I think more than half of us write YA-- at least sometimes), but there were a few other MG writers, some non-fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, picture books, contemporary fiction, steampunk, chick lit, women's fiction, sci-fi, Christian, and paranormal. I'm glad we aren't all writing the same thing! And I'm glad to know such an interesting mix of writers.

Today I thought I'd ask, what do you read?

I like almost all fiction. I love 18th and 19th century English and American literature (Dickens, Austen, Hardy, Bronte, Twain, James etc.). I read a lot of children's, MG and YA. I like fantasy, women's fiction, memoirs, and a little bit of science fiction/dystopian.

I don't read much romance, non-fiction, chick lit or paranormal, but when I do I'm usually surprised by how much I like them.

What do you read? Do you do read a lot of books in the genre you write?

26 comments:

Anita Saxena said...

Currently, I'm only reading YA. Since that's what I'm writing it helps keep me in the right mindset. But, I'm open to reading anything really. Especially if it's recommended by a friend.

Kristi Faith said...

I have just dusted off the old reading shelf, so a lot of my answers are probably not any new authors (and I apologize, truly!) and I don't read any current YA (though I will-it's on the list). However-I devour James Patterson's Cross Novels, Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series...and anything else they write, really. I enjoyed the one book I read recently by Barbara Delinsky, but it's not usually what I would read. I wish I could write the type of books I read-thriller, suspense...I am in awe of those authors.

Tabitha Bird said...

I will read almost anything. Although looking at my bookshelf I am noticing that I don't read a lot of YA. But I do enjoy what I do read. I read anything from Stephen King to Jodi Picolt and quite a bit in between. I enjoy reading debut authors no matter what genre and love reading non-fiction. Memoirs etc.

Susan R. Mills said...

I read anything and everything. I'm most fond of YA because that's what I write, but I try to steer away from it when I'm actually writing. I'm afraid I'll inadvertantly adopt another author's voice.

melane said...

I am reading a lot of YA now. I also like action/thriller (will read anything by James Rollins), some romance with paranormal elements, historical, and fantasy/scifi.

MeganRebekah said...

I read a lot of YA and Christian fiction. I also like certain nonfiction (memoirs, biographies and historical books). Romance and chicklit are good for a fun escape.

And once again, I love the picture. So beautiful!

Erica said...

Another good post. These are fun :)

I read Mysteries, Thriller and YA mostly. I also read a lot of books about writing. Since I'm still a bit of a newbie to writing novels. I dig humor too. Depends on my mood.

Beautiful picture.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

These days I read a lot of YA fantasy because I write it and I find it fun and thrilling to read. I've never cared for gore or psychological thrillers but I have read various vampire stories. I also read adult fantasy/sc-fi and some literary fiction when I love the authors. For instance, I'm dying to read the new releases by Audrey Niffenegger and Margaret Atwood.

Bane of Anubis said...

Mostly YA/MG fantasy and thrillers/commercial fiction... mostly as books on tape...

I think I've finally come to the realization that I'm more MG than YA.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I love classics and literary fiction and am always trying to stay current in the mg/ya/pb world.

MattDel said...

I read satirical fantasy, traditional fantasy, steampunk fantasy (noticing a trend here?), and the occasional military sci-fi. Sometimes I'll read Grisham and Koontz as well -- but not really any of their works recently. I'll admit to having read every Dan Brown book except two (Lost Symbol and I think there's one other).

Other than that, pretty much whatever I can get my hands on.

Heather Sunseri said...

I read a little of everything. I mostly enjoy a good suspense/thriller with romance mixed in. But I also enjoy historicals, fantasy, inspirational, etc.

CKHB said...

I'm a chick lit snob... I love it when it's good, but there are very few that I actually consider good enough. I'm more likely to read SFF/horror or something that's on the line between commercial and literary.

Linda Kage said...

If a story doesn't have some kind of romance in it, it's extra hard for me to read (Hmm. I wonder why that is?) So, you could call me a romance junkie. Regency Romance, Historical Romance, American West Romance, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, YA Romance. I just love to watch two people connect and end up happily ever after.

Jody Hedlund said...

Honestly, Natalie, I don't have much time to read these days! And when I do, I find myself often disappointed! When I do read, I usually stick to my genre--historical or historical romance. But I read a TON with my children and we focus on the classics or on historical fiction. And, we listen to most of our books on tape, as you know! :)

Patti said...

I read mostly YA, but I do like to dabble in other genres, especially historical fiction.

Wendy @ All in a Day's Thought said...

Yes, I often read in my genre...Elizabeth Berg, Jodi Picoult...etc. I like family saga and tragedy to triumph stories. I don't read chick lit very much at all or sci-fi or paranormal. I'm not sure I've ever read YA either now that I think of it.
~ Wendy

Dawn Simon said...

I mostly read the genre I write, YA, but I also love and read MG, women's fiction, and classics. I think MG is very cool, and I could see myself writing both YA and MG in the future.

Cammie said...

Hi Natalie. Congrats on going for Nanowrimo, btw!!! You ought to get a Superwoman of the Year award with your Nano award, 'cause I can't begin to imagine the discipline it must take to "compete" while raising 3 little ones! Re what I read and what I write: I read anything I can get my hands on in French (to keep up my language skills.) This includes Mauriac, Zola, and other French writers, but I also enjoy novel translations into French (it's just a great literary language.) I picked up a copy of Elmer Gantry and 100 Years of Solitude when I was last over there. I also enjoy well-written historical non-fiction, especially about my favorite time period (which you know by now is the 1920s!) Re what I write, well, before tackling my current period piece, I wrote contemporary (women's) mainstream fiction. I prefer writing long-form to short (b/c I actually think the latter is EASIER!) Thanks for asking. ;-)

Cammie said...

Oops, I meant long-form is easier ...

Lisa and Laura said...

I read pretty much any kind of fiction. I love everything from Stephen King to Sophie Kinsella.

staceyjwarner said...

Now I read mostly non-fiction. I haven't picked up fiction for a long time. I read so much in my early years. I hope one day to stumble back on it.

much love

Amy Tate said...

It's interesting to read all of the other comments. I can't read in the same genre that I'm writing until I'm finished with a manuscript. It interrupts my voice. I enjoy a good romantic suspense novel, or nonfiction, like political magazines - that's how I relax in the evenings.

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

All kinds of stuff and not nearly enough. There are so many great stories out there and not enough time to read them all. :(

Georgina said...

I read a lot of Margaret Atwood, so I suppose her writing could be considered dystopian (Oryx & Crake, The Handmaid's Tale). I like contemporary Canadian Literature - we have quite a few talented writers up here, and some of them have a way of capturing what being a Canadian is all about. Douglas Coupland grew up in my neighbourhood and its always such a treat when he mentions a local landmark in his book - it's a little like an inside joke sometimes. I also like "mem-wahs" and biographies. My husband is all about mysteries and political thrillers. - G

Roni @ FictionGroupie said...

I read mostly YA and romance these days, but only because that's mainly what I write. I still love a good mystery/suspense or horror book every now and then.