What’s On Your Reading Table?

This week we’re supposed to discuss books that we’ve enjoyed with a friend or family member. I’m afraid my list isn’t very long, because even though everyone in my family likes to read, we don’t read the same things. My husband likes to read books with a political message (he and I don’t see eye to eye on much in that realm, so we don’t discuss those books) and for a while he enjoyed the Left Behind series. My daughters read a lot, but one mainly reads professional journals (she’s a psychologist, so I suppose I could learn a lot from the things she reads, but it’s not my cup of tea) and fashion magazines (again, not something that interests me), and the other daughter reads and writes instructional manuals all day, so her reading choices lean toward things she can get through in small doses. When I interviewed her for my April 6 post, she said that lately she’s been reading memoirs, especially those of funny women. While I enjoy most of the women she reads about, we’re more likely to discuss their live performances than the things they write.

janette okeAmong my scrapbooking and quilting friends, most read inspirational romance. Once in a while one of us will read a good book and pass it around for others to read. Regular favorites are Janette Oke and her many different series, Gilbert Morris and his historicals, and several Amish romances. But we don’t really share them in the sense that we discuss them and talk about what we liked and disliked. It’s more “I just finished reading this one and enjoyed it. Is anyone looking for something to read?”

About fifteen years ago I spent two evenings a week working with the “flag ladies” (a group of moms who sewed the flags and costumes for the marching band’s color guard). One evening one of the ladies started talking about a romance she’d been reading. That progressed to a discussion of steamy romances and how our spouses could tell what we were reading. And that, of course, led to specific authors and what we, um, learned from them. But before I was privy to any specific instruction, the lady next to me asked, “Have you read Nora Roberts’ new series?”

Key trilogyIt just so happened I had just finished reading Key of Knowledge, the second in Roberts’ Key Trilogy. So we chatted a bit about that lovely set of books, as well as her Irish Triology. I suppose it was an unusual setting for a book discussion, but in the middle of a room full of sewing machines and rolls of fabric, I connected with someone through books.

Other than these few examples, most of my literary discussions take place online. Since I belong to two different writers groups and write for two different publishers, I have a LOT of author friends, and every one of us wants to spread the word about our books – so I try to help out by visiting and commenting on blogs, reading books and writing reviews, and stopping in at online events. Thanks to all these connections, my To-Be-Read list is longer than ever – but so is my list of friends with whom I share them.
Do you discuss books with your family and/or friends?


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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10 Responses to What’s On Your Reading Table?

  1. Helen Pollard says:

    Interesting post, Patricia. No, we certainly don’t share many books within the family, although my husband and I both like the occasional Michael Connelly or Harlen Coben. My daughter is studying English Lit & Creative Writing at uni, so her TBR list is always very high-brow (I’m too tired to concentrate on books like that nowadays!), although we do both share a love of P G Wodehouse and Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books. My son tends to avoid reading, but when he does, it tends to be something long and epic with a lot of battles (not my cup of tea).

    I have a close friend I often discuss books with … and we’re both suckers for Nora Roberts, by the way! She takes part in a book club, which she enjoys because it makes her read books she might not have tried otherwise.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’m with you on the high-brow stuff, Helen! Reading, for me, is for entertainment. While I do enjoy a bit of intellectual stimulation, I have my limits. How nice to have a friend with similar reading tastes! I’ve thought about joining a book club, but with my hectic schedule I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to follow through on the reading commitments. Our local library has one people can join on a month-to-month basis, and that might be fun.

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  2. Surprisingly, I do and have read books with loved ones.I can certainly identify with a husband who reads political books and a wife who doesn’t agree! (A lot of war get read about in this house and although mine is less and less apt to be hawkish as time goes by, the ‘glory’ of some past still lingers.)
    So, you find that romance books adjust your own love life? Interesting!

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  3. jeff7salter says:

    Not quite sure what I’ll come up with on Hound Day, but I certainly recognize the names Janet Oke and Nora Roberts, from my career in public libraries. I have not read either of them, but my wife has read Nora’s stories. She also read some of the Left Behind series… or at least the first book. Not sure.
    your crafting group sounds enjoyable — where individuals can collect for a common purpose and also have discussions about other things not necessarily related to those crafts.


  4. That is wonderful that you connected with someone about books while sewing.
    I tend to read books with a few different people and then discuss them. It is just something that I find can bring people together.


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