I’m a strange one when it comes to reading. My genre preferences are both limited and diverse. A casual glance at my kindle library might suggest that several people share it. Or, perhaps, that a schizophrenic owns it. The same would go for my audio library, I suppose, although it’s not as diverse and not nearly as large.
But even with a casual glance, one thing would become very clear. My favorite fiction genre is romance.
I enjoy literary fiction, historical fiction, and cozies now and then. But I always return to my HEAs. I used to think I only liked historical romances. But now, with Audible Escape, I’m finding that there are all sorts of wonderful, imaginative, romantic stories out there. Touching, deeply inspiring romances. Fun stories. Exciting, edge of your seat stories. Laugh-out-loud, hilarious rom-coms.
The romance genre has an astonishing variety of subgenres. My criteria is simple: the story has to be what I consider sweet and beautiful. I absolutely do not mind steam so long as it meets that criteria and flows naturally within the story. Sometimes, if I love the characters but it’s uncomfortably explicit for me, I’ll skip those scenes. But that doesn’t happen often. There’s a definite line. By the same token, I enjoy inspirational romances, but I don’t appreciate those that suggest that good Christians hardly share a kiss before marriage.
I listen a lot, at least every evening while I’m cooking, practicing needlework, taking care of household chores. And when I tire of one subgenre, I dive right into another. I take advantage of Audible’s romance package, Audible Escape, and I purchase plenty, too. And that is to say nothing of my kindle library, which I enjoy at bedtime and, of course, when an audio version isn’t available.
In the past few weeks, I listened to Charlotte Hubbard’s entire “Seasons of the Heart”, Amish romance series. I also listened to Molly Harper’s newest Mystic Bayou romance, Selkies are a Girl’s Best Friend. And I just started listening to Heidi’s Guide to Four Letter Words, by Tara Silvec and Andi Arndt, narrated, of course, by Andi Arndt. I don’t know how close it will get to that line of mine, but so far, it’s had me alternately grinning, shaking my head and chuckling, and bursting out laughing. It’s very funny.
I’m also listening to the Great Course’s Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement and reading Michael Crichton’s Timeline. There’s something to be said about balance. Like I said, my library is diverse.
But we’re all entitled to have favorites.