I have boxes of books everywhere in my apartment. Some are hidden in my closet, some in the storage unit outside, and there’s even one under my bed. I normally rotate the books on my shelves twice a year just to keep my library choices “fresh”. So it goes without saying that I love to read.
When I visit the bookstore I tend to linger in the fantasy/science fiction section. (That makes sense since I am primarily a fantasy/science fiction author.) There’s just something about walking on another planet that appeals to me. I love seeing familiar things made unfamiliar.
Like dragons, for instance. How many different variations of dragons are out there now? Eragon gave us a feathery version, The Smoke Thief gave us a strange misty-version, and there was one I read a while back that had a really cool wyrm hiding in the center of the earth. (Forgive me, I can’t remember the title of that one. It’s in one of my buried boxes and I won’t get it out until October.)
But as much as I love science fiction and fantasy, I also love Ken Follett and all his World War II books like The Key to Rebecca or The Eye of the Needle or, my particular favorite, Jackdaws. Mr. Follett has a real grasp of strong, complicated women.
Oh! And I can’t talk about my favorite books without mentioning Diana Gabaldon and the Outlander series. Those books let me walk in another time and really breathe life as it once was.
And finally, when I want to laugh and escape for a little while, I’ll buy a Jennifer Crusie novel. She’s a romance author but her characters have so much sass and approach life with enough verve that I actually want to sit down and have lunch with them.
Round Robin Continues!
Billie A. Williams is a mystery suspense author. Check out what she loves to read on her Blog at http://printedwords.blogspot.com/.