Romance and Me:The Truth About Cravings

Filed in featured , Romance and Me , The Latin Lover Posted on May 1, 2013 @ 1:00 pm 10 comments

Hi Everyone!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that cravings are real and they don’t only exist during pregnancies. Oh no. I bet that you all have at one time had the urge to snack on something, but today I would like to talk to you about book cravings. Cravings related to reading. When you are “just in the mood for” a particular trope (yes, heroine won in a card game historical romance), or the hero having a certain job (give me some fire-fighter hunks), or a setting (anyone want wedding romances?).

It happens to me all the time. When I finish a book and I’m at that moment of deciding what to read next I ask myself: what am I in the mood for? And sometimes it’s just general guidelines like I want a historical romance to shake things up a bit after the 4 or so contemporaries I have read, but usually there are some specific things I crave. I want to read certain tropes like the fake engagement/arranged marriage, or the friends to lovers or enemies to lovers I can’t tire of, or want to read about a sexy military hero, or a small town romance, or an athlete hero, or … and I could go on. It’s as if I have different drawers for the different categories I can put the books in, which of course doesn’t mean a book cannot be in several “drawers”. 😉

I also noticed that a few years back I just had this feeling gnawing at me, that I was itching for something but couldn’t really pinpoint what. I would start books and when they failed to grab my attention or I just wasn’t enjoying them, I would put them down and try something else. But lately my craving identification superpower has been honed. Now I can determined and identify what I’m in the mood for and give my (body and) soul what it craves.

So tell me,

Have you ever had book craving?

And do you crave more general (like genre: mystery, romance, etc) or more specific things (certain trope or kind of hero)?

Can you easily identify what you are craving for or does it take some guessing?

Have you ever resisted these cravings?

And if we are speaking cravings, do tell: what was your most unusual or memorable craving? (either book or food related) 😉

About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • cmcgee May 1, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Occasionally, I want to read a “cowboy” romance or a “wagon train” or “pioneer” romance. Maybe it is just the pioneering spirit in Americans. I am out on the trail now since I am reading one of those. Makes you feel good to get out of civilization and into the great outdoors.

    • Stella May 2, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Ooh that is something I have never read so far. Will have to check out the “pioneer romance” subcategory then 😉

  • Jane May 1, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I have more general cravings. Right now I’m craving historicals.

    • Stella May 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm

      Lol, it’s like I’m always craving historicals 😀 I usually have to switch things up by having a “palate-cleansing historical” between books 😉

  • draconismoi May 1, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    YES I have cravings. And usually it’s just like getting that undefinable food craving, where you can’t put your finger on what you want – but nothing you have sounds good. 🙂

    • Susan May 1, 2013 at 10:31 pm

      I agree with this. I’m not very good at identifying my cravings up front. Sometimes I’ll start several books in a row and put them down. They may not necessarily be “bad” books, but they’re just not what I’m looking for at that particular moment. If I’m lucky, I’ll hit on something satisfying pretty quickly, but I might have to totally switch genres to get there.

      I’m better at identifying those tropes that I enjoyed after I’ve actually finished the book, not during the hunt. If that makes sense.

      • Stella May 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm

        I know Susan, it took me some time identifying what I was craving, but even with me honed and toned senses it still happens when I think I’m in the mood for something just to realize when reading it that no, I am actually craving something else… 😀

    • Stella May 2, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Lol, I didn’t imagine it would for you Cass 😉 But I was talking about the general idea of craving a certain trope, in your case it could be “something with dragons” 😉 lol

  • Diane May 2, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I switch from paranormal to contemporary to historical on a regular basis depending on which book I have purchased!

  • aurian May 5, 2013 at 5:30 am

    I sometimes have a lot of trouble to find out which book I want to read next. It can take hours looking at my bookshelves and say: yes, that one! I’ve tried making a bookpile like some people can, and say: those are the books that I will read next. But most often, those are the books that won’t be read for months! This is also true when I don’t get new books for weeks.

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