The next series I fell in love with was Harry Potter. These books had special meaning in my household, which I won’t get into. But more than that it was a great escape. Like the previous series it gave a chance to fit everyone I knew into place. I find I like my characters to be as realistic as possible, even in a magical world.
As an adult I found the world of cozy mysteries. I’ve always liked trying to figure things out, and since cozy’s are usually series’ as well these were a perfect fit. While there are many cozy’s that I love my favorite is probably the Aurora Teagarden series by Charlaine Harris. Harris is most well known for her True Blood books, and while I enjoy those as well, it was her earlier books that I fell for. What I like most about Aurora was actually how she broke from the typical cozy mode while still staying true to the heart of the genre. For example, there is no love triangle, an aspect of cozy’s that often bothers me. I also found a lot of similarities between Aurora and myself.
As a teacher I also find myself reading a lot of young adult and middle grade stories. Most recently I have found the books by Rick Riordan. He has five different series, but they all connect to each other. Each follows a different teenage hero who has just discovered they are the child of a god (or goddess). These books seamlessly interweave Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Viking mythology with today’s technological, modern world. I find them a fantastic tool to teach these classic stories that my students are often find boring. And as a reader, well they are just fun!
Many pairs of glasses later, books still influence me as a writer and as a person. Reading often inspires me to write and I am always looking for fun new suggestions.