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.

Happy Reading!!





  1. Sherry Lewis - June 23, 2017 @ 5:59 am

    It’s interesting how our tastes in reading can change over the years, isn’t it? Enjoyed your post.

    • Valerie Ullmer - June 23, 2017 @ 7:10 am

      Thank you, Sherry. Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Helen Henderson - June 23, 2017 @ 9:11 am

    I agree with Sherry how the books on our shelves change. Of course, when we have to clear a shelf to make room, it still hurts. And makes me want to reread them all again as one final farewell.

  3. Ed Hoornaert - June 23, 2017 @ 6:05 pm

    I like the way you showed how your reading tastes have evolved over time. I know that’s certainly the case for me — and when I reread some of the books I liked in my youth, I wonder what I ever saw in them. My wife says the exact same thing.

    • Valerie Ullmer - June 24, 2017 @ 6:41 am

      I think that’s the fun of reading something completely out of your usual tastes and just like movies or TV shows that I loved when I was younger, I don’t know what I see in them now either. Thanks for stopping by Ed!!

  4. Cathy Brockman - June 24, 2017 @ 8:13 am

    I too Love MM books. I read some M/f but my favorite is the M/M subgenre.

  5. Alina K. Field - June 26, 2017 @ 4:42 pm

    There are books I read, loved and gave away 20 years ago, and now I wish I’d kept them because I’d love to see if I’d still like them!

  6. Meka James - June 27, 2017 @ 12:35 pm

    Our tastes do grow and change over the years. That’s great since there’s always something new to discover.

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