Guest Blogger: Enchanted by Books

Today, I get to welcome RachaelfromNJ to Literary Escapism.  Rachael blogs over at the wonderful site Enchanted by Books.

I Love Books.

A lot of bloggers tend to stick to one genre on their blogs, but I love ALL books. I review mysteries, paranormals, urban fantasy, YA, romance, and many other genres. I love it all.

When I first discovered paranormals, I collected them. I wanted every paranormal by every popular author. But I was intimidated to read one. I thought it was going to be like SciFi and I wouldn’t understand them. I had no idea they were romances and mysteries also!

My first paranormal was Demon’s Kiss by Eve Silver. I felt like I was taken into another world. I loved it and wanted more. Since then I’ve read every paranormal I could get my hands on. Some of the popular ones I haven’t tried yet, but I’m getting there! Some of my favorite paranormal authors are Cynthia Eden, Jackie Kessler, Linda Wisdom, Victoria Laurie, Julie Kenner and Sherrill Quinn.

I think the attraction to paranormals is that it’s not real life. There are vampires, ghosts, werewolves, fairies, and shape shifters to just name a few. When you read a paranormal this world comes alive and the possibilities are endless. Instead of the bad guy killing because of mommy issues, in paranormals the reason could be that 500 years ago he was made a vampire against his will and wants revenge because he doesn’t want to be immortal anymore. When we use our imagination and have a world like in paranormals, the reasoning for the crimes is endless. It’s not limited and this is part of the attraction to those books, at least for me.

Next I discovered urban fantasies. Urban fantasy is like paranormals but the background is gritty, there aren’t always happy endings, and the romance is minimal compared to paranormal romance. I love this genre and I try to read as many as possible. Jennifer Rardin, Phaedra Weldon, SJ Day and Devon Monk are some of my favorite urban fantasy authors.

I’ll read a contemporary romance or chick lit book also. I crave them. I don’t read enough of them. One of my favorite chick lit novels is 20 Times a Lady by Karyn Bosnak. I dare you to not love this book!

But when it all comes down to it, mysteries are my first love and will always be. I remember being a little kid curled up in the window seat at the library reading Nancy Drew books. As an adult I discovered Janet Evanovich, Harlan Coben, Greg Iles, Allison Brennan, Lisa Gardner, Lisa Black, Robert Crais and many other wonderful authors. I love thrillers, cozy mysteries, police procedurals, murder mysteries, serial killers, and just anything with suspense and excitement!

So mysteries started my love for books and I will read them still no matter what other genres I discover.

So what is your favorite genre? Who are your favorite authors?


My favorite genre and author?  Yeah, I’m a trashy romance/PNR/UF kind of gal.  Always have been, something tells me always will be. I just like a little romance in my stories.  For all my recs, click here.

Here’s your second chance to enter my week long Hiatus Contest.

For full contest details, click here; here is the short version:

  1. Leave a meaningful comment at Enchanted by Books; then, come back here and leave a meaningful comment.  When you leave a comment, include a link to the post you commented on at the guest posters site.
  2. As always, if you want one more chance to win, you can post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it (#litesc), share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer (all in the same post please). The more places you share it, the more entries you get.

For your first chance, check out what Natasha had to say.

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I am a 30-something SAHM with two adorable boys and a supportive husband who is very tolerant of my reading addiction. I love to read and easily go through about a dozen books a month – well I did before I had kids. Now, not so much. After my first son was born, I began to take my hobby of reviewing a little more serious and started Literary Escapism to help with my sanity. I love to discuss the fabulous novels I’ve read and meeting all the wonderful people in the book blogging community has been amazing.


  1. Hi Elie! I love Michelle Rowen’s books too! Can’t believe I forgot to mention her! She’s one of my favorites. I read Rachel Vincent’s YA and loved it…I’ve read two Rachel Caine books so far, one Kimberly Raye book, but havent read your other authors but want to! Thanks for posting on both blogs! Good luck with the contests!

  2. Gothic romance was my first love when I really started getting into reading back in high school. Victoria Holt to be specific. Then I graduated to Horror, then High Fantasy. Eventually I discovered Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy, and right now they are my favorite genres. Can you see the theme in my reading? Yep, there has to be some sort of paranormal aspect. Even as a kid the Chronicles of Narnia were my favorite reads. I’ve dabbled in a few thrillers but not many. The paranormal always pulls me back.

    Great topic Rachael!

    Also, enjoyed Cynthia Edens post at your blog today.

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