Now that I’ve moved to a new community and I’m meeting new people, I’m usually asked what kind of books I write. I find myself stumbling over an answer. My mystery series is easy to explain. Clerical cozy mysteries. But my other books? Not as easy. There’s something of a controversy about the term “women’s fiction.” Women’s fiction seems to discourage male readers, among other things, although it’s a term I still use. I think it’s clear that while men will enjoy my work, for the most part my books are about women and appeal to women because of the issues raised and the fantasies explored.
The word fiction, too, works fine, although then people always want to know what kind of fiction, so in the long run I end up using some portion of that previous explanation anyway.
Have you given much thought to what you read? What common thread holds together the books you select? Did you say mysteries? But what kind of mysteries? Hard-boiled private detectives? English cozies? Amateur sleuths? Police procedurals? Thrillers–and if so, which kind?
For fun today, let’s nail down what we like to read a bit by looking at say the last five books we’ve finished. Do you see a pattern? Will you share it here in comments? I think we would all enjoy hearing your preferences.
As for me? The last five books were: Panic Button by Kylie Logan, The Shelfless Book by Bob Mayer and Jen Talty, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen, and The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. However, I have to qualify my choices. Four of these were chosen by my book discussion group, so perhaps they aren’t the best measure of what I read on my own. Panic Button was written by a close friend whose work always makes me smile, so when I had a moment I grabbed it for my Nook.
If simply choosing categories I would say my own reading tastes veer toward mysteries and thrillers without a lot of described violence, and relationship novels filled with lots of knotty twists and turns. I also love a good saga, but those are few and far between and somewhat daunting in length, so not often read.
Now it’s your turn, because we’ll all find your own selections interesting. So have at it. How do you define the type of books that you read most often?
Will you share? Don’t be shy. As a bonus I’ll let random.org choose one commenter for an autographed copy of Iron Lace, an oldie but goodie of mine, and a frequent book club choice. I’ll set random.org loose next Friday, so the clock is ticking.
Read any good books lately? Let us know.