Reading New Things

I have a confession to make. I like a certain kind of book. I hardly ever stray. I have favorite authors and favorite genres. Just check out my books in 2009 list down there... Plain as the nose on your face. I like romance and I like suspense, and will break for a good historical [good being the key word, which can also be replaced with written-by-one-of-my-favorite-authors]. I'll read anything by Christina Dodd, Nora Roberts, Elizabeth Lowell and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. How did I get here?

Let me show you.

When I was barely knee-high to a grasshopper, I loved Little House on the Prairie. Let's face it, Laura's story is definitely romantic. I moved to Trixie Belden not long after that. How can you not love that girl? [or better question] How can you not love that bad boy Jim?! Not to mention her older brother Brian. So handsome and smart. :) And the danger they found themselves in time after time. I was hooked at a very young age. Moving into puberty and young adulthood, I was encouraged to read from the inspirational market, but still, I stuck with mysteries and romance. Phillips, Thoene, Morris, Chaikin... During college [along with my reading assignments--greek myth, eng lit and american lit], i ate up adventures. Mostly Clive Cussler--I couldn't get enough of him [or Dirk Pitt, for that matter :D]--and a few Robert Ludlum's, too--Road to Gandolfo is still one of my favorite books!

Then, it happened...

I picked up a Susan Elizabeth Phillips book called, Nobody's Baby but Mine. And the rest, as they say, is history. :D

So, tell me, where did you get your start? Did you do the classics? Did you pick up your Aunt's catagory romance novel from the side table and read it while no one was looking? Were you a tom-boy, reading The Hardy Boys, or did you follow SOP and read Nancy Drew? Tell me!