I was thinking back the other day about the books that got me reading certain genres. I’m sure all readers have these books shelved in the back of their minds. I decided to share my list, since I am doing a Goodreads reading challenge this year. So in no particular order, here are the books that got me reading these various genres. (And yes, I realize I’m missing several genres. I just haven’t found the books to introduce me to the other genres yet.) What books got you reading a particular genre? Do you still re-read them or have you moved on?
Historical Romance (I’m starting here because it’s the easiest.)
Ghost Fox (Not a romance at all, but I thought it was.) by James Houston
Prisoner of My Desire by Johanna Lindsey
The Hawk and the Dove by Virginia Henley (She’s written some of my favorite historicals.)
Desired by Virginia Henley
A Rose in Winter by Kathleen Woodiwiss
The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss
Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens
Dark Prince by Christine Feehan
Secrets Volume 2 by Angela Knight et al.
Taming the Beast by Lora Leigh (Ellora’s Cave edition)
One Bite with a Stranger by Christine Warren (Ellora’s Cave edition)
Contemporary Romance (This for me is harder because I can’t remember specific books, but I remember the authors.
Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
Something from the Nightside by Simon Green
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Lightning by Dean Koontz
Edgar Allen Poe
It by Stephen King
Sci-fi/Fantasy (This will lean more toward fantasy because I prefer my Sci-fi to have some romance in it.)
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Sphere by Michael Crichton
Ice Station by Matthew Reilly
Amazonia by James Rollins
All these books have lead me toward so many writers. My favorites these days are Ilona Andrews, Jeaniene Frost, Cynthia Eden, Larissa Ione, Tessa Dare, Patricia Briggs, D.B. Reynolds, Karen Chance, and the list goes on and on and on.