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April 28, 2010

Chinese Food and Other Genres

Filed under: Uncategorized — carlacassidy @ 2:03 am

Wanted Bodyguard, An August Harlequin IntrigueThe other day my hubby and I were out running errands and we decided to get lunch out.   I mentioned that there was a Chinese restaurant that had a pretty good buffet nearby, but he instantly reminded me he didn’t like Chinese food.  Now, I’ve been married to this man for an eternity and I’ve never seen him try any Chinese food.  I finally talked him into going to the restaurant and there he discovered something amazing – he loves Chinese!

This got me thinking about my reading habits.  I’ve often told people I don’t like futuristics or sci-fi, that historicals aren’t my cup of tea.  I was as closed off to the idea of something different as my husband had been about Chinese food. 

I atttended a retreat recently and part of the experience was an open critique where other members of my writing group read parts of their works in progress.  I was entralled by so many genres outside my comfort reading.

The next time I make a trip into a bookstore, I intend to not hone into the romantic suspense that I love, but also look at what else is available, what wonderful books I might be missing because I didn’t think I liked Chinese food!

That’s it from me for now.  Happy reading!



  1. What an interesting point, Carla. And so true. It’s been a long time since I’ve read something that wasn’t a historical (other than my fav romantic suspense author, Carla Cassidy, of course!).

    I know I’m missing out…and I’m really interested in checking out some paranormals. Of course, I just saw a werewolf book set in Regency England by Lydia Dare…I could read paranormal AND historical all in one…does that count?

    Thanks for getting me thinking about expanding my horizons (and making me dream about cashew chicken…yum!)

    Comment by Heather Snow — April 28, 2010 @ 3:21 am | Reply

    • Heather,
      For me it’s sweet and sour chicken. Yum! Lately I’ve read a couple of paranormals and while some have been good, others were far too erotic for my taste. I like a little plot with my sex! I also like paranormals that scare me just a little bit. There are some good books out there and I’m determined to find them!

      Comment by carlacassidy — April 30, 2010 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  2. I can relate to this! I started out reading historical/regency romances and didn’t think I’d want to read anything else…and then I got hooked on contemporary and paranormal romances!
    Gotta go outside that comfort zone so you don’t miss some “good reads”!
    I vote for Chinese food for the next retreat!!!!

    Comment by Marianne Stephens — April 28, 2010 @ 4:13 am | Reply

    • Marianne,
      It is easy to get stuck in your comfort zone and I’ve definitely been guilty of that! It’s something I want to change!

      Comment by carlacassidy — April 30, 2010 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

  3. It’s always good to read outside the genre every now and then. Even if it is only a good way to remind yourself what you really like and why.

    Comment by Katy Madison — April 28, 2010 @ 3:33 pm | Reply

    • Katy,
      You’re definitely right but I’m really looking forward to reading your release from Avon in the near future!

      Comment by carlacassidy — April 30, 2010 @ 3:46 pm | Reply

  4. Carla,

    My hubby doesn’t like Chinese food either, but he has tried it many times just because I like it.

    My favorite read is romantic suspense, but I enjoy many other genres.

    Comment by Sandy — April 28, 2010 @ 10:34 pm | Reply

    • Sandy,
      That’s nice of your husband to eat what you like! I love the romantic suspense genre but I also know I’m missing lots of good books in other genres.

      Comment by carlacassidy — April 30, 2010 @ 3:46 pm | Reply

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