Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Discussion Point – Changes in Your Reading Habits

Last week when my internet went down – I had a chance to really look at how much of my life revolves around the net ( it was a nightmare without the net). I do my banking online, I shop online – yes even the odd times I can’t make it to the supermarket  I have done grocery shopping online.

I also find that a nice slice of my friend count lives at the end of my mouse – as of course we all have reasons we make friends online – the anonymity, the fact that you can lie and probably never get caught out, people who understand you and the habits you have and can‘t share with people in your real life.

During my internet free week I also found out that after a few days that my reading habit has and is changing – while  I'll never stop reading erotic books, I find I am veering towards heavier material. Not only in word count but in plot depth and character/world building.

I had a phase where this was all I read and it just gradually change to shorter books with more flesh on display so to speak. I don’t think it was only this gone week that triggered it – it’s been coming on for awhile, it’s the summer, the days are longer, more time to stretch out and just enjoy an author who take me to a far away place and keeps me there for more than  2-3 hours.

 

Some authors are part of my staple diet of smut – I couldn’t manage without them, so that will never change. Now for the next few months I am going to spread my wings and explore some authors that  I have been hearing some wonderful things about about.

September – I am reading – Suzanne Brockmann and Urban Fantasy

October – Cindy Gerard/Sharon Sala

November – I think I would like to do a ménage month (Ms Moonlight did this a few months ago and I really enjoyed her reviews)

December -  Not committed to anything yet..

Within all this however I am still reading my fantasy and a handful of historicals – I need to know if your reading habits has changed. What are you reading now and I need suggestion for my December read… and any suggestion on some Urban fantasy books/authors…

 

Noteworthy article.

I found this wonderful article on Reading Habit – follow the link to see a detail explanation of all ten of the listing.

1. Always have a book around.

2. Set a reading goal.

3. Keep a log.

4. Keep a list.

5. Turn off the television.

6. Listen when you can’t read.

7. Join a reading group or book club.

8. Visit the library or bookstore often.

9. Build your own strategy.

10. Drop Everything and Read.

©Ten Ways to Strengthen Your Reading Habit

 

12 Speak To Me:

Amy C on 19 August 2009 at 15:23 said...

Hey EH,

You know, I am much more reliant on the internet than I realize too. I also do my bill paying and banking online. Half my bills I have set up for paperless billing. I'd be lost without it! Not to mention my daily habit of blogging :D.

My reading habits have changed through this summer. I am reading far less, but I don't mind. The TBR grows faster when I'm reading less :)
I think I have always maintained a variety of reading genres with in the fantasy and romance categories. But I am starting to want to branch out and add some womens fiction to the list and historical fiction. I have some on the shelf that I'd like to get reading soon!

Blodeuedd on 19 August 2009 at 15:38 said...

Hi EH,
Luckily I can survive without internet...but it pains me. Oh and the share amount to do when you get back, crazy.

Ever since I started blogging I have read more, which i love. Changed habits, nope. I have always liked to read mostly everything

Leontine on 19 August 2009 at 15:44 said...

My reading habits have changed over the decades. In my teens it was main course historical romance that I read, in my twenties it was contemporary romance and now in my thirties it is PNR/UF/Fantasy that rules my reading habbits. Though I will always have a few side genres within the overall romance genre like Erotica/Suspense/Historicals.

I have had a computer crash when coming back from vacay at parents a few weeks back and was in complete panic. It was like I missed my link to another world where online friends, twitter, e-mails, blogs, websites, info, online banking and so on was present and I wasn't able to walk in anymore. When I hit that on button of my pc everything should work accordingly and then nothing is the matter but when that button or a service doesn't work accordingly I get the jitters after a few days.

Glad to have you back EH!

Lily on 19 August 2009 at 15:56 said...

My reading habits have changed a lot through the years. I went from Harlequins to Historical Romances then to horror/vampire and back to romance. Now for the past 3 years I've been reading mainly M/M.

Donna Marie Rogers on 19 August 2009 at 16:02 said...

I'm with you in that I pay bills and do a lot of my shopping online. When my internet goes down (usually only for a few hours) I feel helpless in a weird way. Though I'm in my forties, so I certainly managed to live a full life before the internet...LOL

Even though I write short erotic romance under another pen name, I don't read a lot of it, to be honest. I tend to read my favorite authors, mostly, and a lot of friend's books. In fact, my critique partner/co-author on WELCOME TO REDEMPTION has a book out titled CHASIN' MASON which is excellent, so if you like contemporary westerns, you should give it a try. Not that I'm partial or anything...LOL

Christie Craig is a new favorite of mine, writer as well as friend. She writes romantic comedy (and just contracted a YA series with Dorchester, I think). I just can't get enough of her. She's freakin' hilarious. And she writes cop heroes, which you already know I'm partial to. ;-)

Back when I started reading romance (late 80s/early 90s) all I wanted to read was historicals. But somewhere along the way I switched to contemporaries, and even paranormal the last couple of years after a friend insisted I try J.R. Ward. I also love Lara Adrian, though I heard the last book in her series wasn't very good. :-(

MsMoonlight (Elizabeth Jules Mason) on 19 August 2009 at 16:02 said...

Hey EH! Glad to have you back up again - I think I'd just cry my head off if I lost my internet for more than a few hours!
Yes, March Menage Month was a lot of fun and I plan on doing it again when March comes around. I will look forward you menage month!

:o)

MsM

Donna Marie Rogers on 19 August 2009 at 16:21 said...

Pssst! I forgot to mention, Liza James has a couple of short menage stories, and I think you might enjoy GAME ON. *grin*

MsMoonlight (Elizabeth Jules Mason) on 19 August 2009 at 16:34 said...

Forgot to mention reading habits.
I don't read as much in the summer because I am not home or when I am home, I am outside doing stuff. In the winter, I lock myself indoors and either read or play on the Internet while the wind howls and the snow piles up outside. I love winter!! My favorite time of year because it gives me the perfect excuse in indulge in my favorite pastime - reading!
I go through phases on the types of books I read, so a while I will drown myself in paranormal then need a break and read some historicals, then go to contemporary romance then I need a break from all romance and read some mystery and then I'll start missing out on YA's so I'll read a few of those. Then there are the times when I don't want to sit down to a 300 page story, so I look for some anthologies in my TBR pile. I'm a very moody person and its reflected in my reading habits!

:o)

MsM

Obsidian Bookshelf on 19 August 2009 at 18:28 said...

Hi, E.H., if you're looking for some Urban fantasy books/authors, you can't go wrong with The Weather Warden series by Rachel Caine. Eight books so far (you could also classify them as mf paranormal romance), and they're all good fun!

Aymless on 19 August 2009 at 20:35 said...

Great tips. Thanks

Erotic Horizon on 21 August 2009 at 14:36 said...

@Amy...

Another paperless bill soul like myself... happy trails hon..

I hope with these heavier books -I'll read less... I'll see how I get on.

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 21 August 2009 at 14:38 said...

@Blodeuedd..

"Oh and the share amount to do when you get back, crazy"

I couldn't agree with you more -My in box resemble a marching band - FULL..

Happy reading hon, I know you juggle school and reading.
E.H>