Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Discussion Point – The Swing in Your Reading….




A few month ago i tackled my library and my TBR pile, i am sure you guys remember the drama that that was, Anyhow during that time – i could clearly see the swings in my reading over the years still on my shelves.

My earliest set of book were romances, the kind your parents refuse to let you read (personally that was the lure), then after the whole Wide Sargasso Sea episode I went through a literary change, so it was To Kill a Mockingbird, The Year in San Fernando, Little Women, Iliad etc.

I think after i read the Iliad – my mythology phase kicked in and it was Greek and Egyptian Mythology for a good few years. As much as my reading went all over the place, i never actually stop reading my romances before bed.

I always find it funny that i naturally progress from mythology to Crime fiction – the gorier the better (Connelly, Patterson, Kernick, Slaughter, Deaver,  - Thank you for a few wonderful years).

Now i read a little of  everything. At the time when my reading changed, it had to do with what was probably happening in my life at the moment, interest just changed or the need for more blood or smut –  when it comes to Crime Fiction and Erotic romance

Clear your bookshelves off at least once a year – You don’t have space for all your books and i refuse to continue to be your handyman, why did you move out – i am here half the time anyhow – by the way have you learn to cook yet…

My some kinda cool dad © six month after i moved out 

Let me know what swing your reading has taken over the years, or have you consistently read the same type of book  ever since. Have you always had a type of books always in the background (Me and my romance – always before bed).

And is there anything that has prompt at least one swing – like me and The Iliad – straight to Crime fiction (still funny after all these years) 


23 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 22 April 2009 at 07:35 said...

Well as a kid I read the usual books, horses, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and then when I was ten I found Harlequin, I have a lot of still unread books ;)
Because when I was 13 I discovered fantasy and it was true love. Between that I read everything that sounds interesting.

It was first in recent years I discovered paranormal so I am such a newbie to that and much else.

And when I just learned to read I read everything about mythology and that stayed with me for years until I had read everything and got stuck in Celtic mythology where I will stay :)

Better mention, crime fiction, mysteries, genres I am not that fond of

Unknown on 22 April 2009 at 10:07 said...

Hi EH!

I started with children's fantasy, worked my way through the 150 million Barbara Cartland and progressed to Harlequins.

Then any romance which led to mysteries. Mysteries led to crime fiction, horror which led to scifi.

SciFi led to mythology based books and adult fantasy, which in turn led to urban fantasy and paranormal.

Somewhere along the way, erotica also became involved, only I usually don't thing erotica but erotic -- I just see it as another romance. Maybe I feel this way because they end with the HEA.

Now at this time, I am truly what can only be described as a book slut. I would love to say a favorite type of genre is mine. But I love it all. In any category, I can name a favorite author.

(I forgot to all that I love all the classics -- Too Kill A Mockingbird is in my all time favorite books, as well as Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.)

Dottie :)

Mandi on 22 April 2009 at 12:19 said...

I think I read the normal stuff as a kids..Nancy Drew, Wrinkle in Time. I remember reading Sydney Sheldon when I was a teenager, that led to my historical romance phase (not sure how really:), I then became obsessed with Arthur legends, then went through a Jane Austen phase, and now Paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and m/m romance. Quite content at the moment :)

I have a very ha

Ruth Schaller on 22 April 2009 at 15:03 said...

Ever since I started reading I have always read horror. But as time moved on - I've since moved into the paranormal romances. These are a nice change from all the death and destruction, but don't get me wrong - I still love the gore!

Charlotte Featherstone on 22 April 2009 at 15:17 said...

The common demonimator in my reading has always been a romance, or at the very least a romantic feel.

I started out reading straight historical but have ventured out to paranormal.
As a kid, I always loved fantasy and I'm so jazzed that now there are romances with fantasy elements.

When I was in university, I used to read what I termed 'the heavier stuff', but then it just got so damn depressing,ya know? Give me escapism through romance and I'm happy as a pig in mud puddle!

Val on 22 April 2009 at 15:33 said...

What a great post! I grew up reading epic fantasy and sword & sorcery and some science fiction. And I always liked m/m centered romance in the fantasy books.

Then I got put off the whole fantasy genre when the "comic" fantasy started coming out: elves starting a rock-n-roll band, that sort of thing.

I switched to literary short stories like Raymond Carver, and then went into a huge William Faulkner phase.

From there I went into an even bigger nonfiction phase that persists to this day. It started with military history and now encompasses almost every type of NF.

Sometime after this, I started tentatively coming back to reading fantasy in the form of urban fantasy and paranormal. Really enjoyed those first Laurell K. Hamilton books back when there was some plot to balance out the porn, ha, ha!

I also got interested in online stuff which led to starting to review mysteries, a genre I didn't know anything about. Went through a huge mystery phase. Favorite author? James Lee Burke.

I never much liked "cozy" mysteries. The more realistic the mystery, the better. Those mysteries probably did more than anything else to help me as a reviewer to learn to critique plot.

The only genre I never got around to reading was romance (apart from m/m), so that's the genre I know least about. Just recently I discovered the whole ebook phenomenon and the whole m/m sub-genre of romance.

Now I read a lot of m/m in all genres, but I have a preference for paranormal and action adventure. Meanwhile, the NF and the mystery reading continues. Thanks, E. H., for a great post!

Shawn Lane on 22 April 2009 at 17:15 said...

Cool topic, E.H.

I started reading as a young girl the tame Regency romances and progressed to the 70s type historical romances (yes, I am old enough to have read those when they were new). Over the years I've read horror, police procedurals, true crimes, mysteries, romances, interracial erotic romances, and gay romance. Really I still read all of these genres now but not so much the tame stuff or the 70s style epic romances.

VampFanGirl on 22 April 2009 at 19:56 said...

I was a strange kid. I never read any of the Nancy Drew, Hardy Boy books. In fact I don't remember really reading anything at all. Well, obviously I read assigned school books and that sorta thing but I didn't pleasure read.

When I was about 13 though I discovered Anne Rice and my love for vampires. It took me a long time to go through her backlist plus all of her other books written under other names. Then once again I wasn't reading for pleasure.

When I was about 22 my mom gave me a stack of romances she just finished reading. The first one I picked up was 'Unitl You' by Judith McNaught. Needless to say I was hooked and I've been a romance reader ever since.

Happy BDB Week!
:) VFG

Desert Rose on 22 April 2009 at 22:09 said...

I guess I tried almost everything and now I'm more into paranormal, romance, crime and mystery!

Anyways I was passing through to let you know you have an award waiting.. please pick it up here :)

Amy C on 22 April 2009 at 23:55 said...

When I was younger I really didn't do much reading. Just when I had to. I did try reading like Steven King and a few other 'horror' authors when I was a preteen and teenager because that's what most in my family read. I really did not like reading them. Why in the world did no one ever tell me about romances then?? I would have been an addict way back when!
I discovered Anne Rice and read her witches then Harry Potter. Then I decided to read Anne's Vampire chronicles and from there went to fantasy. For about a year I read nothing but high fantasy. Then I started noticing the romance in some of them and I really liked it and wondered what a romance novel would be like! I picked up Christine Feehan, Dark Prince, my first real romance. It was a miss however! Took a few tries before I finally got hooked on the romances and now I find it very hard to read anything else :). Been that way for over 4 years now.

Lily on 23 April 2009 at 08:07 said...

My love of reading started with Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and the Little Women series. When I was about 11 or 12 I discovered Harlequin and then Barbara Courtland books. I also went thru a phase in high school where I read tons of mythology and witchcraft books. A few years later I discovered Stephen King, Anne Rice and Brian Lumley.

I continued to read romance as well as the horror/vampire books, although I went from the sweetness of the early Harlequin and Barbara Courtland type books to historical 'bodice rippers', which included books featuring Vikings, Highlanders, the English Aristocracy, American Indians and so on. I had a lot of Fabio covers on my bookshelf at one time, although I'm not sure if you know who that is, kind of depends on your age I guess :)

I then focused on contemporary romances and then on paranormal romances. I went thru a period of reading mostly about vampires and werewolves, so lots of Laurell K Hamilton, Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, JR Ward, LA Banks and Linsay Sands.

In the middle of that I fell in love with Harry Potter, I read all the books as soon as they came out.

About three years ago I started reading erotic books, first regular het erotic then I read some menage books. I then discovered ebooks and m/m books. Since then I've read almost exclusively m/m romance/erotic books. I like pretty much all genres, contemporary, cowboys, vamps and weres, some historical, futuristic/sci-fi and some fantasy.

So while my taste in reading material has changed a bit since I fell in love with books, the love is still going strong!!!

Erotic Horizon on 23 April 2009 at 12:14 said...


I have never read a Nancy Drew, but i get the harlequin and paranormal lure ..

I love crime fiction by the way - the gorier the better...


Erotic Horizon on 23 April 2009 at 13:12 said...

Hey Dottie,

Quite a reading list you have been through over the years..

I get you girl - Atticus and Scout, were wonderful, and still are..


Erotic Horizon on 23 April 2009 at 13:14 said...

OMG Mandi,

I almost forgot my Sidney Sheldon phase..Loved him.

Don't even remind me of Jane Austen - hated her book, i really did...


Erotic Horizon on 23 April 2009 at 13:16 said...


You my girl are made of stern stuff.. I am still scared of horror. I love Paranormal -but I run from horror every chance I get..


Erotic Horizon on 23 April 2009 at 13:19 said...

hi charlotte,

That so remind me of me and my reading - i have delve into every genre of romance.. no matter what i went to, it was always there like a faithful friend.

And i love how you have your priority right - the classics are "heavy stuff".


Erotic Horizon on 23 April 2009 at 13:22 said...

Hey Obsidian

I love fantasy in every sense - comics, true fantasy or urban myth or romance.. so i get you there..

Very surprised you haven't tried contemporary or romance suspense - they have there own style - which can be quite intense as well.


Erotic Horizon on 23 April 2009 at 13:27 said...


I still have the tame stuff of the 70's still on my shelf's- every now and then i like to reconnect with something not so graphic and much more simply..

A Violet Winspear or a Barbara Cartland does it for me every time.

Lovely to be reminded of them.. Thanks.


Erotic Horizon on 23 April 2009 at 13:37 said...


I was like you, never read any of those expected books.. i had fun with what i read...

Your Mum is so cool - sharing her romances..

Too cool..


Erotic Horizon on 23 April 2009 at 13:38 said...

Hey DesertRose..

I love your reading style and always on the look out for those five stars...

Thank you for the award - will be by to collect..


Erotic Horizon on 23 April 2009 at 13:42 said...

hey Amy..

You are a braver girl than i was, after King's Needful Things - i would read another of his book even if you paid - it's huuuuhhh

I know so few people who didn't at least read a Harlequin while growing up - it was the forbidden set of books...

I am pleased you have now come over to the dark side - Welcome - i hope you never leave.


Nicole (Linus's Blanket) on 28 April 2009 at 13:05 said...

I think I started with the basic YA fare. I read a lot of mysteries (Agatha Christie, Mary Higgins Clark) and Sweet Vally High books. I loved the Anne of Green Gables books and the Litle House Books.

When I got into high school I read quite a bit into the classics. Some of it I was reading for school. But that was also when I discovered Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott.

In college I turned to romance, probably as I break from all the heavy stuff that I had been reading for school.

After college it was full speed ahead with literary fiction with the occasional historical fiction thrown in. I have started branching out a little bit in the last couple of years because of my blog. But I still read mostly lit fiction

Erotic Horizon on 28 April 2009 at 14:04 said...

Hey Nicole..

Thank you for stopping by.. I loved Sweet Valley high when I was younger and I have read quite a few of the ones you have mentioned.

You have more or less discribed a phased that we all went thorugh, when the studying got the better of us...

Glad to know you have settled on a clear idea of what you want to read now - I still have days when i am all over the place with my reading..