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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 lived very dreamily in those books until I got my own horses. I rarely read anything but Arabian horse and animal husbandry books from my teens through my thirties. All that changed when a friend recommended this 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 about 3,900 books. 

While no one read to me as a child, I began reading to my daughter before she was born. I continued reading to her until she was old enough to read to me! 

I am happily (and almost exclusively) ensconced in the romance genre, although 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, contemporary romance, erotic romance, mysteries, suspense, 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?

If I don't care for the book I'm reading I simply stop reading it and shelve it as did-not-finish aka DNF. (That is why I have no one-star ratings.) A five star rating doesn't mean I think the book is perfect. It means I think it's amazing despite any "imperfections." Most of the books I read are rated four or five stars. That may be because I borrow or buy only books whose descriptions appeal to me; and when considering a book by a previously unread author, I read the sample before buying. I also select my next read according to my mood and not according to a book's release date, simply to be timely.

While I find great writing inspiring, I genuinely enjoy a good read purely for entertaining escapism.

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