What did I learn from reading this week…
From reading The Blackberry Pie Murder I was reminded once again that readers like the comfortable and familiar. I like that Hannah is always going to find the body and that the corpse will always be clutching some delicious pastry. I like that she can never choose between Norman and Mike and that her cat is always fat. I know exactly what I’m going to get from these books, giving me the confidence to pick one up when I am in the mood for a cozy mystery.
From reading the Alanna the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce, I am reminded of how much we like seeing a determined character get what she is striving for. But that we want her journey to be difficult and have surprises and pain as well as joy.
I listened to a secular vampire book in the car on the way to the conference and was reminded why book readers have been falling for the loveable but dangerous anti-hero for centuries. How can you trust him? But how can you resist him? What with his awesome Russian accent and rescuing the heroine from certain doom and quoting crazy poetry all the time?
Some good books, which were compelling for completely different reasons.