Unlike my long standing favouritism of the caffeine and chocolate, romance never featured on my book stacks to read.
I pooh poohed it as frivolous and in fact tried to come up with several excuses ranging from the reasonable to the ridiculous to get out of seeing Regency Romance Writer, Ms Gracie when she came to Bendigo Writers Council in August 2012.
Over the years since, reading an Anne Gracie novel has provided me with so much joy, especially the Chance Sisters series. Right now the last in the series, The Summer Bride, has travelled with me from room to room unopened as I feel torn between wanting to know what lies in the pages to not wanting it come to an end.
I had a similar reaction when I was obliged to read ‘Wyatt’ a crime novel, as part of a study course [see blog here]. It was yet another book and genre I never thought I would read but gained so much from the style, rhythm, tight and immediate words.
Currently I am reading a philosophy/mythology book, a comedic farce and a literary classic.
I have learnt at times I am reluctant to try new things, to stick to the tried and true, but I am attempting to become more adventurous, beyond being forced to. Reading widely in different genres has made me both a better reader and a better writer.
But enough dilly-dallying, I think it’s time to indulge…