Everyone has ups and downs in life, it’s inevitable. The up times are awesome, we all know that. When you’re going through a down time it always feels like it’s the worse down time ever but you get through it and move on, hopefully to happier days.
I discovered paranormal romance during a down time in my life. I think the reason I fell so hard for PNR is because it was so far removed from my reality. It was a relief to temporarily escape to another world that had nothing at all to do with the stuff that just plain sucked in the real world. Plus…it was romance. Awesome. Books like Moira Rogers’ Red Rock Pass series, Sookie Stackhouse and a gazillion PNR novellas took me away for just a little while.
There have been times when reading romance (or anything else) is a real struggle when life starts acting up. The inability to concentrate means even my favorite authors or genre books can’t take me away. As an avid romance reader and blogger who loves to not only read, but also likes to talk about books, this is very frustrating for me. Reading is such a big part of my everyday life. Luckily these dry spells have been short lived and I have been able to resume my massive consumption of romance novels in both good times and bad.
There are many ways to cope with what life throws at you, but as a romance reader, how do life’s ups and downs affect your reading habits? Do you read more or less? Do you gravitate toward a particular genre when you’re feelign low? Do you avoid certain themes? Do you like extra emotional, angsty romance or light and fluffy when you’re going through a hard time. Or do you tend to just stop reading for a while?