Monday, August 1, 2011

Reading Cycles + Help With YA Recommendations!

Does anyone else find themselves cycling in what they read? By cycling, I mean you find yourself knee deep, devouring one genre (or sub genre) and then suddenly there's a shift in the wind and you're off to explore somewhere else.

I'm pretty sure that's where I am at the moment. For those who've been following from the beginning, you'd definitely have noticed it. I started heavy on YA paranormal romance and couldn't read fast enough. Whatever was new and exciting, it found itself on my book shelf and I was gushing and raving to my heart's content. Then the world of adult paranormal romance opened, filled with delicious vampires, magnetic shifters and appealing creatures like the fae, demon, and warlocks etc and I was off on another adventure.

I'll never forget when I got my first erotic romance review request. Eve Langlais sent me Lucifer's Daughter and my knees seriously knocked together. Some of the paranormal stuff I was reading was pretty hot and steamy but I knew I had the potential to be scorched but the fearless reader I am, I dove in and HOLY SMOKES.... erotica is a lot of fun - on and off the pages *winks* It opened a whole new world where I discovered I have my very own freak flag that I love to fly. I love reading erotica, from BDSM to menages. My eyes have definitely been opened and that's the beauty of romance. There's so much to choose from and there really is something for everyone! 

One thing I've discovered is I'm definitely an emotional reader and I think that's why I'm a romance girl. I love the chemistry, the tension and those pivotal scenes where your heart stops and you need to remind yourself to breath. I find these addictive moments in the full range of romance - from YA to erotica and I am just so very grateful for the dedication of authors who work hard at their craft and share their creations with the world.

Another thing I've learned is I am NOT an "insert A into B" reader when it comes to romance. I love being pulled into the situation, being part of the characters interactions and seeing what they feel. Yes, it's fun seeing the hero "give it" to the heroine but I prefer to swoon as he strokes the side of her face with finger, tracing her cheek tenderly as he shares how much he adores her. I'm a swoon junkie, I go from book to book in that exciting quest for the next fix and as a result, I've read some AMAZING stories. I seriously am "all about the swoon"

Well, true to form, I'm rambling *grins* The main point of the post was to share that I feel I'm starting to cycle again. I went through an intense erotica period where all I wanted was that heat and sizzle. I moved through a brief historical romance  moment where if he wasn't a rake, I wasn't interested. On to an even briefer urban fantasy stint - thank you Chloe Neill, Ilona Andrews and Regan Black for entertaining me and then... a funk. Gosh, I hate those where you have no idea what you need to read. Thank goodness I'm out of it and I'm pretty sure.... I've landed back at the beginning! Yep, I'm on a YA kick again so welcome to The Bookish Snob cycle.

I feel like I have alot to catch up with. It's been a while since I've read YA and I've been reading The Iron Fey the last fews days and lovin' it. I'm trying to rack my brain for all the books I've seen on other blogs that looked interesting but honestly, if you know of any I should read, leave a comment. I have Forever by Maggie Stiefvater and Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer on my list to start with so I'm hoping that I have fun!

Having said that, there are some AMAZING paranormal romances coming out in the next month that I KNOW will suck me back into the cycle - Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon and the new Dark Carpathian book by Christine Feehan. Gosh, don't you just love being a reader?

Happy reading everyone!


Wicked said...

They aren't necessarily swoon worthy (more like YA Urban Fantasy with a touch of romance I suppose) but I am crazy about some of the character's in Parker Blue's Demon Underground series. Especially Fang.

Belinda said...

Is she the author that has a book with "Bite" in it? Hahaha bad memory moment. I "think" I have a book of hers. I'll definitely check it out. Thanks (((hugs)))

Nichole Chase said...

Kelley Armstrong has a great YA series with some great romance! The Darkest Powers. It has a girl wearing/ holding an amulet on the cover.

Lili St.Crow- Strange Angels

I can't get enough of those books. It is urban fantasy but has some great romancy angst.

Cassandra Clare- Mortal Instruments

Jace... Oh, gosh, how I LOVE me some Jace. He is one of my top swoon heros. Did I mention that I love him?

Now, I need to go download Julie Kagawas books and add them to my ever growing TBR list :) They sound divine!

Belinda said...

@Nichole I think I have the Strange Angel books on my shelves :) So yay! I've also read the first three books in the Mortal Instrument series and haven't dived into Clockwork Angels or City of Fallen Angels. I have them though. Jace is DEFINITELY delicious! said...

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