I’m a mom who likes books and book clubs and I love reading fiction! My favorite fiction includes many of the classics because they don’t get much better than that. I don’t know why, but often I’m drawn to big, long books with a lot of characters in a New York setting. The best of these books have lots of thematic layers and great dialogue. (Anyone who knows me well knows that my all-time favorite book is one of these – Youngblood Hawke, by Herman Wouk!) I also love short fiction because of the forced economy of words and inevitable twists. I don’t like reading more than one book at a time, so I like squeezing in a short story when I’m reading something long.
But I don’t want to get lost in the past, so I’m always looking out for the next greatest book in today’s world. I especially enjoy reading young adult and historical fiction. Lately, I’ve been reading more mysteries and suspense novels. I really like seeing how writers develop plots and how they keep the reader interested. When I read non-fiction, I prefer books about history and biographies. I’ve learned to stay away from memoirs that have made a big publishing splash, though. They just aren’t my thing.
I often choose books that are already on my shelf. These books come and go, the result of a loose network of friends and family who trade and circulate whatever is on their own shelves. I also like borrowing books from the library, especially for my Kindle because it’s so convenient!
I try to see the best in everything I read. Just because I don’t like something, doesn’t mean it isn’t good. I think it’s important to understand and respect the genre. See its purpose. If a book is written to entertain, embrace it for that. If it’s to escape, then expect fantasy, not reality. I’m thinking about expanding my reading list a lot more in 2015. I haven’t read any plays or poetry in a long time, so those are on my list!
My reviews have a lot of three-star ratings. A three-star rating means I liked the book. My pet peeve is to see an online review with thousands of five-star ratings. How can you distinguish the good books from the great books and ultimately from the best books ever written if everything gets five stars?
So if you can live with that system, check out what I’ve read and leave a comment. Tell me what you’re reading!
And thanks for visiting!