A Life of Reading
As a child, nearly every book I read was about horses: The Black Stallion series, My Friend Flicka, Black Beauty, and the books by Marguerite Henry come to mind. I dreamily lived in those books! I rarely read anything but Arabian horse and animal husbandry books from my teens through my thirties. All that changed when a friend recommended a novel to me in 1992. I enjoyed reading it so much my predilection for fiction was born. I bought, read, and then donated hundreds of print novels before discovering the perfect format for me—eBooks, which I read on my Kindle Paperwhite. I've kept an electronic book database of the books I've read since 1996, and my current database contains nearly 3,000 books.
I am happily (and almost exclusively) ensconced in the romance genre, though I do enjoy others. While I can't seem to help getting all dreamy over happily-ever-after endings I'm too much of a pragmatist to believe they exist anywhere other than in books. And even though I read novels featuring alpha males, erotica, and BDSM, I will always favor the respectful guys! (As evidenced by my "Best Book Boyfriends" List!)
My favorite categories in fiction are: romantic suspense, erotic romance, contemporary romance, mysteries, thrillers, and historical. I also delve a little out of my fiction comfort zone to read select fantasy/paranormal books. When it comes to non-fiction I am most interested in history, maritime history, and biographies. Those must-read classics and some literature, that I somehow avoided earlier in life, are finally getting my attention. Better late than never, right?
- A Reader's List of Literary Grievances
- Thirteen Questions About Books, Authors, and Reading
- Why We Read What We Read
- Books I Read in 2016
- Books I Read in 2015
- Books I Read in 2014
- Books I Read in 2013
- Books I Read in 2012
- Books I Read in 2011
- Goodreads Profile
- Autographed Books and Swag (Flickr Photo Album)
- Authorgraphs and Autographs (Flickr Photo Album)
- Richmond Author Event - 2013 (Flickr Photo Album)
- Literary Music Playlist
- Fifty Shades Playlist
Because Books ARE Worth Tweeting About
I humbly request that #authors add graphic accounts of animal abuse, slaughter, & butchering to content warnings for their #books. PLEASE!— Virginia (@valeehill) June 23, 2016
I must be using @goodreads wrong. All of MY activity is related to #books, whereas others' activity has nothing to do with #reading. 😖
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) November 27, 2013
This devoted #reader's heart breaks a bit each time a carefully & favorably composed Tweet/reply does not garner a response from an #author.
— Virginia Hill (@valeehill) October 26, 2013
I've read 234 #books so far this year, and I'm freaking over the 83 on my device that I have NOT read. #sillyme #bookaddict
— Virginia Hill (@valeehill) October 20, 2013
When slamming a book over grammatical errors don't write things like "VERY unique" in your review. Unique should NEVER have a qualifier!!!
— Virginia Hill (@valeehill) October 14, 2013
Returned my first Kindle book today. Was shocked by the flat juvenile writing style. Also, I'm sick of insanely nasty women characters!
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) September 23, 2013
If I EVER read another #romance #book where the hero or heroine dies, I shall NEVER read that #author again! I want happy tears, dammit!
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) September 22, 2013
I may not have a #Kindle (yet), but I have Collections on my iPod and I am STOKED! #organizing #books #bookaddict
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) September 19, 2013
I support authors by legitimately purchasing their books & publicly displaying my Kindle Collection! http://t.co/0okriG9ArU #antipiracy
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) August 30, 2013
Do you think reading one book and listening to two #audiobooks is enough of a "currently reading" selection? Geez, talk about a #bookaddict!
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) August 27, 2013
To the scores of people landing on my blog w/things like "free ePub" in the field, you're in the WRONG place. Go away & buy legitimately!
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) August 25, 2013
It's purely coincidental that the #book I'm READING & the #audiobook I'm LISTENING to are matchy-matchy! *copacetic* pic.twitter.com/XolPNjhmfK
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) August 18, 2013
I can understand why #authors wouldn't want to read negative reviews, but why the heck don't they want to read positive ones?! #opinions
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) August 6, 2013
ASTOUNDED over the DNF talk going on at #goodreads over a recent 5 STAR read for me, while I DNF a book so many of them RAVED about. #SMH
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) August 4, 2013
Sometimes it's best NOT to know too much about those we hold in high regard, for it may taint our opinions of their talents. #wouldbeashame
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) July 28, 2013
Am disturbed by excessive underage drinking in several recent New Adult novels. Rethinking college for Daughter based on these accounts. =:)
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) July 23, 2013
Some #suggestions for things you can do to help your favorite #authors continue to write the #books you want to read. pic.twitter.com/gW4Qx0pwH7
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) July 21, 2013
Reader tip: If you're feeling anxious over that LONG list of TBRs just start additional TBR lists (shelves) by priority. #books #organizing
— Virginia Travis (@valeehill) July 21, 2013
Of the 163 books on my read-in-2013 shelf 58 are 5 star reads. Either I am overly generous w/my ratings or I know how to pick 'em! #reading
— Virginia Hill (@valeehill) July 19, 2013