When I began reading romance, I'd read anything and everything I could get my hands on. Granted it was mostly paranormal because that's what I'm largely interested in, but I was open to any author - be it dark or light, funny or serious. The same went with contemporary, I'd read anything. Heck, Eli even started me reading some romantic suspense! Ok, I'll admit, my experience with historicals is limited. Most of the ones I've read have had a paranormal slant.
There's a second part to this: not only would I read anything, once I started a book I couldn't put it down. No matter what. I'd HAVE to finish it. Even if it didn't grab me or draw me in, at least I knew there would be a happily ever after. And frankly, some of my favorite books are ones that took quite a while to catch my interest.
When I went to RWA nationals last year, I was a book grabbing machine. I shipped home more than 100 books. I either bought them, grabbed them from the goodie room, or waited in dozens of lines at publisher book signings. I donated most of them to our annual workshop, but I still kept on to about 40 books.
Over the past year I haven't read as much, so much happened in my life and it got in the way of my reading. So the few things I did read were mostly the newest releases in series I follow by my favorite authors.
Fast forward to RWA nationals a couple of weeks ago. I grabbed very few books. So few that I was able to fit them in my already stuffed suitcase, probably only 20 books or so. I didn't even go to all of the publisher signings.
Here's why: I still have to finish any book that I start. However, knowing that about myself I'm being much more picky about what I do pick up because I have less time to read. I only picked up books by authors I am already familiar with, or ones that really caught me with the back cover blurb. And I NEVER used to care about back cover blurbs. I'm evolving...yikes!
So the point of this is - how far will you go with a book? Will you put a book down if it doesn't catch you in one paragraph, page, chapter? Will you keep reading it no matter what? How do you select the books you'll read?
I find this type of information informative as a reader, knowing what other people do, but also as a writer, giving me an idea about people's breaking points.