June 23, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
My Favorite Books to Read #MFRWauthor
For the #MFRWAuthor Blog hop, this week we are talking about my favorite books to read.
Well, as a romance author, I would have to say the first books I would gravitate toward would be romances. I absolutely love Happily Ever Afters, although I know that they are a requirement for romance books. But the guarantee is one of the reasons I fell in love with the genre in the first place. The books are usually character driven stories where you get to know the intimate details for the hero/heroine or hero/hero as they fall in love.
And I am sure just like all readers, my tastes change every so often. When I read my first romance (a long time ago), I loved the sweet contemporary with some historical romances thrown in. Then as I grew older, my tastes developed into hotter, more erotic romances. I loved the Harlequin Desire and Blaze series books, then moved onto more mainstream romances and romance author, such as Lori Foster and Diana Palmer. But indie publishing has changed how many books I read and the genres/sub-genres I fell in love with.
The first indie author that I devoured, the one that had me buy my Kindle device, was J.S. Scott. She was the first indie romance author that I found, but she wasn’t the last. And I believe that the rise in the indie romance writer reignited my passion for reading. I love that a writer could publish a book that they want to read, have their characters act and say whatever they wanted, and I found that the quality of the writing is no different than a traditionally published author.
My latest genre obsession is gay or M/M romances. It started when I discovered fanfiction (which led me to understand that I have a reading obsession, but that’s another story). Fanfiction writers love gay romance between two established literary characters (such as Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy falling in love). But that wasn’t the reason I read them. I loved how the writers recreated a story that was already character driven and changed up the story while keeping the characters as the main focus. When I graduated from fanfiction to gay M/M romances, I loved how the characters, these men, fell in love with one another and the honesty that came with their developing relationship. And I have to say that most of the books I’ve been reading over the past year have been in this genre.
But I am an advocate for reading whatever you want and leaving a review for the books you read.
On my blog, I have made several Favorite Reads Posts where I highlight the authors I love and the books that have devoured throughout the years. You can find those posts here.