1. Christian says:

    Excellent introductory post Kaci.
    You mentioned that it’s important to broaden your horizons, both as a reader and a writer.
    This is so true. Your post has something here for us all – something to humble, challenge and encourage us in our writing (and reading).
    I often read children’s fiction and YA. Not just because I’m in my last legs of training to be a primary (elementary) teacher but also because there’s some seriously good stuff out there. Still, despite what you’ve said, I don’t think I’ll ever touch a Western, and certainly not a pure Romance but for the most part I’ll read any number of genres.
    Thanks for sharing mate!

    • Kaci says:

      Thanks, Christian. Found some formatting issues I haven’t fixed yet….sorry ’bout that. I’ve admittedly watched more Western than read, but Westerns are something I watch with my dad, hence my sentimental attachment.

      Any ‘romance’ I’ve read fell either in the chick-lit, historical, or romantic suspense category.

  2. I like Westerns. I read across genres and eras and find there’s always something to learn and usually something to enjoy. And nonfiction is essential too–poetry and history and science and politics and whatever else.

    The trouble is that I can get so into reading that I forget to live real life :). But I think you mentioned that too!

  3. Christian says:

    No worries Kaci. I’m also able to read some romance, as long as it’s historical or suspense romance but I’ll definitely opt out of reading chick-lit, and that’s okay. 😛
    I think it’s great that you share a passion for Westerns with your dad. I’m not sure why I’ve never embraced the genre. I didn’t grow up with them and maybe they seem rather cliched and too American (I’m an Aussie), I don’t know. Either way I enjoy books/movies/TV series etc. that take the Western genre and do something different with it – whether that be space operas like Star Wars or Sci-fi/comedy/drama like Firefly.
    Thanks again.

    • Kaci says:

      Haha. It may be that they’re too American. I’ve heard people call it our version of the knight in shining armor, so yeah.

      On chicklit: You have to be in the right mood for it. The ones I’ve picked up have been hilarious, and that overpowered most, if not all, difficulty I might otherwise have had.

  4. Steve Taylor says:

    Good article. As one who reads mostly Christian fiction (some non-fiction theology and such) I tend to agree with most of what you’ve said. (I don’t agree with anyone 100%, including myself.) I read all genres of books but favor suspence and fantasy. I don’t follow CBA at all. Don’t care what they think or who’s on the top of their list. (The Shack is a good example of why I don’t care.) Thanks to Al Gore and his invention of the internet I read reviews. Lot’s and lots of reviews. Rarely do I ever read a book I don’t enjoy. Why? I read reviews. (Did I mention that already?) I also buy ALL of my books online. Christian book stores have a small selection and their books cost WAY too much. I don’t care who publishes them either. I can be Thomas Nelson or Marcher Lord… a good book is a good book.

    Now for what may be considered bias, (although I don’t think so). I mainly read books written by men. Almost always in fact. Why? Because they write from my perspective. Not that women are not good authors, it’s just that they write from a womens viewpoint. It’s not that I don’t like a womens perspective on things. My wife gives me a womens viewpoint every time she says something. I’m cool with that. I just like to read a story from a guys perspective.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Steve — great to have you reading. You wouldn’t by chance be the Steve Taylor who wrote 1980s music (including my favorite, “I Manipulate,” a song about a non-favorite Christian leader) and went on to direct the film The Second Chance?

      If not, you still sound awesome enough to be confused with him. Just checking! 😀

      • Steve says:

        Sorry but I’m not the same guy. I was a fan of his music though, if that counts. He was the best at musical satire. I don’t think anyone else has done it since.

        “Awesome”? I’ll have to show my wife that. =)

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