Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Reading Sorbet

IN THE NEWS: According to FoxNews.com, "The Internet could soon be made obsolete. The scientists who pioneered it have now built a lightning-fast replacement capable of downloading entire feature films within seconds.
At speeds about 10,000 times faster than a typical broadband connection, “the grid” will be able to send the entire Rolling Stones back catalogue from Britain to Japan in less than two seconds."

I write romance. I love to read romance. But sometimes I need a break--a little reading "sorbet", if you will. So I decided to read a thriller this time around: Heartsick by Chelsea Cain.

Honestly, I don't know how I feel about this book. Maybe because I'm not used to this genre? But I will say it's keeping me up late at night reading--which is a good thing for an author. Bad thing for me. (I need 8 hours of sleep to function.)

I think reading a different genre is good for me now. I've been stuck in a comfort zone and I forget sometimes what else is out there in the book market. I'm hoping it'll make me a better writer--even a better reader of romance--and I'll gain a new appreciation for it.

Do you ever need to take a "break" from reading romance?


Kathleen Oxley said...

I was briefly confused as to the connection between the news story and the book - but there isn't one, right?

I'm not sure that I ever "need" to take a break. I will say that I've gone through phases where I focus on a particular sub-genre for a while (paranormal, historical, etc.), then get sick of it and switch to another. But, if I'm reading for myself, it's probably going to be a story with romantic elements.

Chicki said...

I've written on my blog about the enjoyment I'm getting from reading my first paranormal series. Most of the time I read mainstream, mystery when I want a break from romance, but I haven't done that lately.

lainey bancroft said...

Most definitely! I love romance too, but I can't live on a steady diet of it. I need those thrillers, and more mainstream fiction to keep it fresh and tasty.

Hmm, must be breakfast time. :)

Stephanie said...

Sadly, I take no vacations from romance. I just can't get into anything else. I do read the different genre's within romance...romance thrillers, just romance, etc. Maybe that's why I'M not published. ;oD HA!