IWSG Day & Favorite Genre to Read

Happy IWSG Day! It’s our third blog hop of the year. Through upcoming releases, new story ideas, our writing journeys seem to have no end. Thanks for bringing us together, making our travels less lonely, goes to ninja extraordinaire Alex Cavanaugh.

The awesome co-hosts for the March 3rd posting of the IWSG are: Sarah – The Faux Fountain Pen, Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose!

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So what’s been going on with me this month? 

Definitely been doing more reading than writing. Much, much, much more. But my manuscript isn’t forgotten. 

Which makes this month’s IWSG question fated. 

Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?

I write poetry, fantasy and romance. And I read within all three genres. With an occasional splash of mysteries and thrillers when the mood strikes. Though reading fantasy has been nonexistent as of late. Last fantasy books I read were The Mist-Torn Witches by Barb Hendee. They were a Christmas gift from my husband. And I’ve yet to read the fourth and final book in the series “To Kill a Kettle Witch.”

The bulk of my reading is romance. In particular historical romance. Especially regency romance, highlander, time travel and medieval. Followed by gilded age, western, multicultural and black contemporary romance and romantic suspense

My favorite tropes to read are marriage of convenience. Contract / fake relationship and mail-order brides. Anything forced proximity. With steamy to scorching heat levels. No fade to blacks or closed doors for me. And it definitely must be an HEA, happily ever after.

I love reading romance novels. I read it for the tension, the comedy, the everyday struggles of the H and h, and finding themselves. Facing their demons and accomplishing their goals. The emotional and physical romance. And despite all and any obstacles reaching their happy ending with them. Afterwards, I start all over again in the next book featuring H/h’s family members or friends. 

What about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?


    • Definitely an advantage. Readers read certain genres with certain expectations. And you’ll lose readership if you don’t provide those elements.Though I can see how reading outside your genre can be another advantage as well.

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    • If I go by historical romance and its sub-subgenre of regency, highlander, medieval, time travel and gilded age, then I’m reading outside the genres I write. Can’t see myself ever writing in those genres. Though I enjoy the writers that do and found new similar stories to read thanks to a FB group.


    • I’m with you. Though I didn’t add it but have a soft spot with romance mixed with paranormal/supernatural. And romance mixed with action, which falls under romantic suspense, like ex/military romance.


    • You know what’s funny? During my entire reading history, I’ve learned about Austen’s Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. But for the life of me I can’t remember ever holding the books in my hand and reading them. And I’m sure one or two of them was assigned because they were a school reading requirement. Though I do remember reading Wuthering Heights around elementary school age.

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