I'm a voracious reader. Bet you are too, as you're interested in a blog called Romancing The Genres.
TWO REASONS I READ NONSTOP:
1. "Hiding in Fiction" is my favorite entertainment--and distraction.
2. Stephen King granted permission.
THREE TITLES FROM MY KEEPER SHELF
So many books, so little time.
Recommendations for quality, worthwhile reading material can go a very long way. If someone else enjoyed it, I just might love it.
Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files, a 15+ paranormal urban fantasy series cemented my love of Fantasy. Given I pretty much only read romance (of various sub-genres), I credit Butcher with broadening my horizons and making me fall hard and fast for wizard Harry Dresden, an unlikely hero whose moral compass sees him in more trouble with vampires, witches, the Fae, goblins, ghosts--and the writing is superb. If you've not yet discovered this series, the really great news is 1) the series is long enough to hold you a while, and 2) they only get better and better [as every author truly should improve in their craft with experience].
Maybe it's cheating to lump the Inheritance Cycle series by Christopher Paolini into one book recommendation. I don't remember why I started reading the series, but once I finished book 1, I was hooked. As one who primarily identifies as a romance reader, I'm surprised how this Teen / YA / Fantasy-Action and Adventure-Magic series grabbed me and refused to let go. They're long, in-depth, superior, and captivating. Consider the audible editions for a family road-trip.
Ah, historical romance. Deanne Gist is a master of the genre. Set at the The Chicago World Fair (1893), Fair Play is a wholesome romance with historically accurate detail. Reading it put me squarely in the middle of a female physician's challenges in 19th century Chicago, and I felt the rush of excitement surrounding The Fair...and fell topknot over button-up shoes for Texas Ranger on loan to The Colombian Guard. While a Christian historical romance, the religious elements are minor; I completely forgot it was categorized as Christian fiction while reading. I listened to the audible edition many months (and dozens of books) ago, and elements still echo through my memory. It was that good.
Hi! I'm Kristin Holt.
I write frequent articles (or view recent posts easily on my Home Page, scroll down to mid to lower) about the nineteenth century American west–every subject of possible interest to readers, amateur historians, authors…as all of these tidbits surfaced while researching for my books. I also blog monthly at Sweet Americana Sweethearts (first Friday of each month) and Romancing the Genres (third Tuesday of each Month).