I am jumping on Elizabeth’s reading bandwagon, but looking at it from several angles. I understand that writers need to read, but I often see my reading time as procrastination of my writing time. I’ve also found some new authors I’d like to read, some have been on my list for a while because I found them charming at a writers’ conference, and some because they were repeatedly recommended. Re-reading Jennifer Crusie (several of her stories) and Loretta Chase have joined the list because aspects of their writing came up that I want to go back and review (reading like a writer). I’ve also added some nonfiction to my list.
Several authors that I haven’t read come up repeatedly in searches, what-you’d-like-based-on-recent, and recommendations – Farrah Rochon, Joanna Bourne, and Darynda Jones, among others. Many of these were mentioned for their unique voices. There are several authors I can think of with unique voices – you could pick up a couple of plain typed pages from one of their stories and know that you’re reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Julia Quinn, or Jayne Anne Krentz. I’m re-reading one right now by Krentz and one aspect of her voice is the dry humor and short declarative sentences used by her characters in their speech patterns. I wonder why the pages haven’t turned to dust. I recently read one by Julie Ann Long and one aspect of her voice is vocal emphasis in dialogue. There are a lot of words in dialogue that are italicized for emphasis. As I read, I tried to decide if there are too many of them. I suppose the fact that I noticed suggests there are too many, but I wasn’t tempted to throw the book at the wall, either
There is some old nonfiction that I want to finally read or re-read. My favorite Romance Sociology ladies, Jennifer Lois and Joanna Gregson, had an article in Gender & Society – “Sneers and Leers: Romance Writers and Gendered Sexual Stigma.” Sarah Frantz and Eric Sellinger edited “New Approaches to Popular Romance Fiction; Critical Essays” (McFarland, 2012). Catherine Roach had “Happily Ever After: The Romance Story in Popular Culture” published in late 2015 (Indiana University Press).
Have we added sufficiently to your procrastination To Be Read pile? Anything more to add?