I’ve organized my Kindle by creating the romance categories/folders: Historicals, Contemporaries, and Novellas. While on vacation, I read contemporary romance novel and after I was finished I went to add the book to my Contemporary folder and noticed I only had 4 novels in it. That didn’t seem right, surely I’d read more contemporary novels than that in the few years I’ve had my e-reader (and actually I probably did, but when I got my Kindle Touch over Christmas I did delete some books off the device). So, I flipped over to the Historical folder and I had over twenty books there. It was a bit of a surprise to find how many the historicals outnumbered the contemporaries. Last year, I kept a spreadsheet of all the books I’d read and today I went back to my list and marked the genre of every book. Out of the 59 books I read in 2011 there were: 40 historicals, 14 contemporaries and 5 eroticas. It seems I’m quite the heavy historical reader right now. That wasn’t always the case. I know if you were to look at my bookcase, (which sadly is gone and all my books are in boxes until I can find the space to properly display them again) I believe you would find more contemporary romances than anything else. So, I wonder what has changed?
Is it because I write contemporary and like the escape of historicals? Is it because historicals have gotten hotter than they used to be (I tend to like my romance with a good amount of spice)? Or are historicals more accessible or prevalent in e-format? Or am I just seeking them out more? I think the answer is a mixture of all those things.
While some historicals (especially Regencies) can all blend together at times, I think it is just nice to escape into another world, another time, for a little while. I believe the societal rules of those times not only provide a jumping point for conflict, but (for me) it is fascinating to see how the characters live within in those rules and, especially, how they break them. I have more thoughts on that, but I’ll save that for another post.
What’s more prevalent on your bookshelf or e-reader? Do the genres of your e-books vary from your paperbacks?