Thursday, December 1, 2011

Men who read

Well, I definitely don't want to bring too much sadness to the posts, so here's a little something to perk everyone up.

Men who read. What do they read? Well most who are married have seen your husbands book collection and it looks nothing like yours.

I was once in Borders bookstore and saw a man looking in the romance section. He also kept looking over his shoulder, and if a woman walked by would quickly turn around like he was lost and ended up in the wrong aisle. Why shouldn't a man read romance? In fact, why shouldn't men read more Urban Fantasy/PNR? Some of those books are really high octane action, although they may be put off with a female on the cover and perhaps they would rather read about a male lead. But often these books may have a strong leading male in the book.

I think I should set that challenge to my male suitors: that they must read all of my favorite books. I would gladly do the same.

As long as its not World of Warcraft.

Just sayin'.


  1. I grew up with a dad and older brother who always read. My dad loved Louis L'Amour (Western books) and I would buy them for him at Christmas time. He was also a Science Fiction guy. My brother loves Science Fiction and reads all the time.

    I'm not sure that romance are good for men because they are so unrealistic about the male characters. What man wants to read about a guy who is hugely endowed, came have multiple organisms, and go for hours. My husband was listening to a PNR and said "I wish I could make a woman come just by looking at her!" Exactly my point...
    I think there are lots of men who would love Urban Fantasy though!

  2. It's nice to see men who read - although I don't think they often venture outside of "guy" books.

    I see your point about all Then again, I have to compare myself to a size 2 with large breasts. Maybe that's why in many books I find myself drawn to the women who are flawed, either in character or looks, and that makes it easier to relate to them.

    LOL your husband has quite a sense of humor. Urban Fantasy is a nice middle ground, lots for both.

  3. Just wanted to chime in as a "guy who reads". I just finished Sterling and loved it! Looking forward to the next in the series in a month or two.

    I love UF. I even enjoy PNR if it doesn't become too ridiculous with the romping around (i.e. LKH). Last year, I read 100 books - all of them UF or PNR. This year, I'm up to 130 (with a few days left to go). So very glad I found your series in wanderings through author-land. Even added you to my list of authors to keep up on!

    Best wishes and happy holidays!

  4. Hi Brent, thanks so much for commenting! It's great to see men who expand their genres. I had the stereotype many place on romance, PNR, or even Urban fantasy being a "Chick" thing. I know girls who don't care for them and love books with blood and swordplay, so it's just an individual thing.

    Wait, which series is LKH? So hard to keep up with the acronyms. As far as romping around, I felt that way about one series. I really liked them at first, but stopped midway. A friend advised me to stick it out, perhaps one day I will. Steam is fine when it serves the characters, I think for me it detracts when it's every other chapter. I love how fantasy books are ever-expanding, delving into new world and characters. So much out there. Well, you beat me in books read.

    Thanks so much for reading/following, so glad you found me and hope that the series is one that you continue to follow. Happy holidays!

  5. "LKH" is for Laurell K. Hamilton who writes the Merry Gentry and Anita Blake novel series. Her first novels in each series are really, really good - but then they devolve a bit into mostly sordid sex scenes. I've honestly stopped following them for that reason (and they're so darn expensive too...)

    Good luck combining the job and the authoring - they can be a hard combination to juggle!

    Merry Christmas!

  6. Ah, ok. Usually I see an acronym and associate it with a series. Have you read "black Dagger Brotherhood?" Curious from a man's perspective what they thought of the series as far as PNR goes. Currently I'm working on finishing out "Drink Deep" by Chloe Neill

    Yes, the price of some of the books are a factor for me as well, unless I REALLY have to have it. I've noticed some Kindle copies are higher than the paperbooks. It's frustrating when an author I likes releases hardback, as i'd much prefer the paperback. I love the size of Chloe Neill's books than the standard paperback. Also I noticed a trend - while at Target this past weekend a lot of the spy novels were taller; I really liked that.

  7. I read a LOT and lately have gotten really into urban fantasy. I got hooked when I picked up the first Cassie Palmer book by Karen Chance. I grew up on my mom's old science fiction collection, reading all kinds if stuff. I've read everything King has written, and I think my current count on number of times I've read The Stand is somewhere around 50. If you really like what happens after type stories, a recommended read is War Day by Whitley Striebet and another co-author whose name escapes me right now. Ever leader of a nuclear capable country should read thus book. Anyway, I just wanted to say I enjoyed your book. Can't wait for the second one!

  8. As someone who reads a lot I can say that the lines between romance and non romance are extremely thin. Anymore there are strong feminine characters and unrealistic men. Not a bad thing it just is. On black dagger brotherhood series definitely an interesting series not sure if I personally like it but other guys I know like it just fine

    1. Hi Jay, I definitely agree to a point. I think some do read the books for escapism from the real. On the other hand, women are often equally characterized as someone a female reader can't relate to - always perfect. ;-/ I think that it can be done in a realistic way; I'm a big fan of a flawed character, regardless of gender, because in real life we are all flawed. Some books are flat out romance, while others incorporate romance into the storyline (Just as real life has romance in it), and I'm fairly open to anything.

      I don't like to tag those books as romance, simply because they have a romantic element. I can see why some men wouldn't really relate to BDB to an extent, but believe it or not many women love that series for the simple fact those men are unrealistic. I've written a series where it may go against the grain of paranormal romance because it's actually the women who are flawed, and the relationships may not always work The trick is not to write with the intention of pleasing the reader, but being true to your character's destiny.

      On a side note, what are some of your favorite books/series? I'll be reading "Winter's Bone" next just to get into some regular fiction.

      Thanks for commenting, I really enjoy seeing the male perspective when it comes to books.