Whenever I'm reading an author's blog I enjoy finding out what books they like to read. Here's why:
1. For all I know it might mean said author likes the same books I do.
2. It tells me something about the author. While the author might enjoy writing mysteries, that might not be his or her only interest. They might have a secret love of Horrors, Thrillers, Fantasies, Romance, who knows? It's always fun to get to know authors--particularly ones a person likes best. (And every author I've ever communicated with was so nice to me; I think it's because they like knowing people are enjoying their work).
3. Something might catch my eye. I like to find new books to enjoy--it's like a hidden gem. If you look hard enough, you might find it. (Ever since I was a little girl, there's been something about bookstores and libraries that are siren calls for me. Books are some of my best friends--now you know my secret. I'm a book addict--hey authors are readers too!)
So, what about myself? I'm more than happy to mention some of the treasures I've found (some authors I might've read way more than what I list and enjoyed them, I'm just mentioning a few titles here):
Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice
Charles Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities
Georgette Heyer's These Old Shades, The Grand Sophy, and Friday's Child (just to name a few of the many titles I've read, own and enjoyed).
Laura Childs' Tea Shop Mysteries (all of them)
Joanna Fluke's Hannah Swenson Mysteries (all)
Lynn Kurland's A Dance Through Time, This Is All I Ask, Stardust Of Yesterday
Robin McKinley's Beauty: A Retelling Of Beauty And The Beast, A Door In The Hedge
Shannon Hale's Austenland
Stephenie Meyer's The Twilight Saga
Nicholas Sparks' A Walk To Remember, The Notebook
John Girshman's The Testament, The Street Lawyer, Skipping Christmas
Debbie Macomber's Between Friends
Sarah Strohmeyer's The Cinderella Pact
Anne Rinaldi's Time Enough For Drums
What's on my current list of books to read? I'm planning on looking into the following titles and authors:
Ciara Gold's Celestial Dragon
Kerrelyn Sparks' How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire
Kimberly Frost's Would-Be Witch
I should note that the above authors on my list of books I want to read are members of the NWHRWA website: http://www.nwhrwa.com/index.html (all 3 authors have websites that you can get to through going to the NHRWA's website).
So there you have it. A glimspe into my bookshelf.