Thursday, April 16, 2009

Who Do You Read?

My friend Jackie Sylvan posted about celebrity authors awhile ago, and today appears to be my turn in a similar vein.

Personally, I rarely read a celebrity book and not just because I feel they blur the line between fiction and non-fiction. I'm just not that into reading what I see as a collection of sound bytes that have already well-exceeded their air time. Don't even get me started on micro-celebs -you know - those average people who catch their 15 minutes of fame and won't let go.

The last 'celeb' book I picked up was Chuck Norris's Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America. It caught my eye at the library and I added it to the stack of Janet Evanovich and Clive Cussler. When the whole family became intrigued with Norris's book I bought a copy for us for Christmas. It was clear he was passionate about the topic and he'd invested in serious historical research to come up with an inspiring and thought-provoking work. It has certainly fueled some great discussion around 0ur house.

So how do you choose who you read? Do you gravitate to celebrities and current hot topics, or do you stick with the tried and true staples in your favorite fiction genre?

Hmmm...maybe it depends on why you're reading...

Happy Reading!

author of sci-fi and fantasy books available from Echelon Press and Quake


  1. I love to OWN books about my favorite famous people...But I don't necessarily want to read them. Perhaps fear it will tarnish the image. Crazy, huh? Well, consider the source!


  2. I have "Dreams From My Father" by Barack Obama. I got the book, a couple of years ago because I was so impressed with his speech at the 2004 Democratic convention and I wanted to learn more about his unique background.

    I used to read biographies and autobiographies when I was young, but like to stick to fiction now. Reality is just too "real" at the moment!