Friday, February 1, 2013

Reading Material of Choice

Books, books, books! I love them. Reading is probably one of my favorite hobbies...only one of them. Lately, I've been balancing reading as well as writing and creating. And what I've been reading is way out of my usual type of book. Normally, I read fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi and all YA. There is a reason for my love of Young Adult novels. It's because it's simple and quick to read. I find that Adult novels have a lot of excess material and I don't particularly enjoy the extra stuff people add in. I just want the story. YA novels are also good for people who don't have a lot of time on their hands. It's nice to complete a book in a short amount of time. I guess that's also why I like the new genre New Adult. It's almost like YA but with mature content. Can't complain there.

For the longest time, I avoided romance novels. Why? Because I didn't see the appeal. For the past year, I've been reading more and more romance novels as a bit of research for a story I'm writing. I started to like them more and more. Since then, I've been reading everything under the sun that catches my attention but there are certain elements in novels that I avoid.
  1. Love Triangles - I hate them. Every story it's the same. Now, there are some that I can tolerate. The ones that are subtle and don't interfere with the main part of the plot are the ones I can stand. I find that love triangles tend to create more drama and pull away from the story thank you. 
  2. Vampires - Twilight ruined vampires for me. After Twilight, everyone was writing a vampire or werewolf romance novel and it drove me nuts. 
  3. Drama Llamas - Now, drama in a book is fine, but when an author goes over board, I'm done reading it. Drama shouldn't take over a novel; it should be woven in and presented at the right times. Too much drama is repetitive and boring.
It's hard to avoid love triangles and drama llamas by reading the back blurb. So, I just try to get through it...unless it gets too bad. Then I have to set the book down all together.

 As of right now, I'm reading Boycotts and Barflies, again. I, actually, plan on writing a review for it on my other blog. This is a book I read when it was a fanfic. The book itself is like a massive ball of foreplay but it's funny and I think that has to deal with a certain character gaining a little more confidence in herself rather than it is about the little bet they have going on.

I could go on and on about books and writing styles but I'll stop myself here. You should check out what other people have to say about their reading material on Create With Joy's Friendship Friday or click on the button below. I'm sure you'll find something of interest on there.


  1. I SO agree with you on the three elements that you avoid! Add to that Day of the Dead/zombie type of books.
    I've been reading a little bit more romance lately too, but still totally avoid the Harlequin type of romance books.
    Good post - and I found you on the Friendship Friday link up!

    1. I haven't read any books with zombies being the main issue but I think I'd give one a try. You know, just to see how it is. I'm not certain if it's my cup of tea.

      Romance is getting a bit better. I don't read Harlequin but I do read adult romance. Actually, I read just about any kind but Harlequin.

      Thank you for visiting. I'll be sure to stop by your blog and take a look around, maybe comment.

      ...I'm awful at commenting. I always forget but I will make sure to visit.