Tuesday, March 2, 2021

It's the first Wednesday of the month, so it's time for the Insecure Writers Support Group.

This month's question is an interesting one:

Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?

I pretty much write YA contemporary.  I have dabbled in other things over the years, especially when it comes to short stories, but when it comes to novels, even if I think I'm writing something else, I always seem to end up writing YA.

And because I write YA, I tend to read a lot of YA too, but certainly not exclusively. I read quite widely, but there are certainly some things I don't read.  I'm not a huge fan of fantasy or most science fiction, so I tend not to read much of that.  I don't read a lot of thrillers or mysteries either, but every now and then I pick one up and enjoy it.

But I do like a good horror story...  Not gross, gory horror, but the kind of unsettling horror that leaves you sneaking peeks behind every door before going through.

I tend to be guided a lot in what I read by what is on the shelves at the library when I go.  Even if there are things I'm interested in reading based on reviews or other media mentions, I don't often reserve books.  There's something about browsing that appeals to me.  I love picking up things I've never heard of and diving in.  Sometimes it's disappointing, but sometimes I discover something I adore.

I prefer reading physical books to e-books, but because I review books, I sometimes get e-books from NetGalley to review.  Again, this is kind of a pot luck way to read because while I sometimes request books, I don't always get everything I ask for, and I sometimes get sent things I haven't requested.

What about you?  How do you choose what to read?  Are reviews a big motivation or do you prefer to take recommendations from friends and family?


  1. Most of my reading is the opposite of yours: sci-fi and fantasy. I like to escape in my fiction and contemporary doesn't do it enough for me. That's not to say I won't pick up a contemporary fiction book, but it's not a genre I actively browse.

  2. I may glance at a book's reviews, but they don't really determine what I'll read and what I skip. Mostly, I think my selections come from browsing or recommendations from friends.

  3. That's my kind of horror, too. I think it's tough to find a good horror story. I tried writing a few, but it never really worked out.

  4. I don't really read reviews but I do pick books that I've heard other people talking about, or just browsing until I find something that sounds interesting.

  5. I find interesting books sometimes through the holistic method. I won’t read just anything but I’m never at a loss to find material, even if it sometimes disappoints. And I’m always reading. So I’m always looking through various channels. Haven’t gotten to browse library book sales in a while, though. Most of what I look for is literary fiction, but I can branch off from that. I love history, biography, never feel I’m doing enough of that. And of course comic books, which can be a lot of things.