Does your mood dictate what you read?
Those who visit Thoughts in Progress know I enjoy reading murder mysteries. What you might not know is that for a long time I wouldn't read cozy mysteries. In fact, there were a number of years the only type of murder mystery I read had to be a true story. There were so many true murder mysteries, I saw no sense in reading something that was made up.
The true murder mysteries were usually written by a reporter that had covered the case first hand. That's one aspect that intrigued me. At the time I was a newspaper reporter who had covered quite a number of murders. They were unique in their own way and several had slightly bizarre twist to them.
While reading only true murder mysteries, I also read romance novels to give me a little balance.
Somewhere along the way I finally read a cozy mystery. I don't remember why nor do I remember what it was. I only remember thinking I had been missing out by narrowing my reading focus. Over the years since I have tried to read various genres of books. Some I've enjoyed and some I haven't. But if I didn't try, I'd never know what I'm missing.
The one area I haven't gotten into is YA books and children's books. Having no children I've never thought much about this genre. I now have several cousins under the age of 11 and this is an area I'd like to learn more about to help encourage them to read.
I've tried not to focus this blog on just one genre. I want to experience different books and share them with others. As giveaways become available to me, I want to share those as well. These giveaways will also vary in genre.
With that in mind I have two new giveaways to announce. In addition, I have a video to share featuring upcoming guest blogger Sherrill Bodine and her book giveaway on Jan. 18.
Thanks to Anna and the Hachette Book Group (HBG) I have five copies of this book to giveaway. To enter the contest send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put "Win Countess of Scandal" in the subject line and include your name and address in the e-mail. The contest is open to residents of U.S. and Canada only and no post office box addresses will be accepted. The deadline to enter is Feb. 3.
As children, Eliza Blacknall and William Denton ran wild over the fields of southern Ireland and swore they would be friends forever. Then fate took Will away to England, while Eliza stayed behind to become a proper Irish countess. Years later, Will finally makes his way home-as an English soldier sent to crush the Irish uprising. When he spies the lovely Eliza, he is captivated by the passionate woman she has become. But Eliza's passions have led her to join the Irish rebel cause, and Will and Eliza now find themselves on opposite sides of a dangerous conflict.
When Ireland explodes in bloody rebellion, Will's regiment is ordered to the front lines, and he is forced to choose between his duty to the English king and his love for Eliza and their Irish homeland.
The second giveaway is for "Dare to Surrender" by Lilli Feisty. This is a 352 page, paperback book (ISBN: 9780446541930) and is scheduled to be released Feb. 1.
HE MEETS HIS MATCH. SHE MEETS HER MASTER. Art gallery curator Joy Montgomery has never liked her body's generous curves. And she's always been too shy to explore her wild side. But tonight, everything is going to change . . . Desperate to save her job, Joy approaches bad-boy artist Ash Hunter and asks him to exhibit his erotic work at her gallery. Ash agrees on one condition: Joy must pose as his model. But business soon turns to pleasure, as Joy experiences a passion beyond her wildest imaginings and Ash finds more than just inspiration in his voluptuous new muse.
Thanks to Anna and HBG I have five copies of this book to giveaway.To enter the contest send an e-mail to email@example.com. Put "Win Dare to Surrender" in the subject line and include your name and address in the e-mail. The contest is open to residents of U.S. and Canada only and no post office box addresses will be accepted. The deadline to enter is Feb. 3.
Now for the video showcasing Sherrill Bodine's "A Black Tie Affair."
Do you like to read a different genre than your norm? What is your favorite genre to read?