I'm reading Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones at the moment, and it's got me thinking about how and why we end up reading the books we do.
I think if I hadn't seen the film from Studio Ghibli, then I might never have picked this up. The only other DWJ book I'd read up to this point was The Tough Guide to Fantasyland. So far I am loving Howl's Moving Castle, I can see where the film is similar and where it's different. But I think the book more than stands on its own. But if it hadn't been for the film...
My reading journey has pretty much been - nonfiction (yes until I hit my teens my reading was probably 90% nonfiction) - category romance - horror - historical romance - urban fantasy.
I kind of love the way horror sits snuggly between category romance and historical romance. lol
And up until I hit my urban fantasy phase I was pretty much hit a genre and glom everything to the point where you're sick of it - probably why I read very little horror, cat. and historical romance these days. Although I now mostly read urban fantasy I have diversions from it, which is why I think I'm relatively faithful to UF - it's an open relationship.
If you asked me what kind of reader I am I'd almost definitely respond - "urban fantasy", though the truth is not that simple. Maybe 50% of what I read is uf, and the other 50% is an eclectic mix of YA, M/M, and other stuff which I think might be interesting.
So what kind of reader are you? And how have your reading tastes evolved?