Yes, I’m Constantly Reading Momma, but people usually just call me Kyle (or Mom, for a couple of girls). I started my blog a few years ago as a way to share my love of reading and to keep my fingers nimble writing my own stuff.
I’m a wife and a mother to two young teenage daughters. Originally from Colorado, we migrated to Ohio more than 10 years ago and fell in love with our small town. Although my heart will always be in Colorado, Ohio has become home.
I’m also the mom to two old dogs that follow me around the house like prison guards.
By day I’m a reporter for a large legal news company. I get to do much of my work from home, and I get to stay up-to-date on some interesting legal happenings.
My perfect day starts with lots of dark coffee and ends with a great Cabernet, with quiet reading in-between. That rarely happens, but a girl can dream!
About my reading
It’s pretty obvious I love to read. I prefer reading physical books, especially hardbacks. There’s just something about a hardback in your hands that makes it feel right.
But I do read a lot on my Kindle Paperwhite as well. It’s my favorite reader: the Paperwhite has just enough extras (backlighting, pageturning, fonts and typeface, etc.) at a decent price point. It also holds a ton of books, making it easier to tote around all my most important reads.
I read across many genres, but I do have my favorites. Literary fiction is probably top on my list, with suspense/thrillers a close second. I also have a love for magical realism and well-written horror (not hardcore, more scary than gory), and find myself constantly searching for good dystopian novels.
I like good characters, and a character-driven story is probably my favorite. Unreliable narrators are my favorite, especially for a good literary thriller.
Because you asked, here’s a list a few of my all-time favorite authors:
- Stephen King–I will always return to him, re-reading a number of his books on a regular basis. I’ve read and listened to The Stand so many times that parts of the book are memorized.
- Jane Austen–Yes, it’s a bit of romantic, but she also gives us a glimpse at life in a different time, she tells a great story, and gives us well-rounded characters.
- James Joyce–Tough to read, but what a pay off. I ended up with him as my senior thesis, and was not thrilled about it. I came to love and appreciate him.
- J.K. Rowling–Of course and why not!
- Barbara Kingsolver–magic and wonder and great stories.
- John Irving–Another book on my constant re-read list is Cider House Rules. His other books also curl my reading toes.
There are so many more that I could include, but I these are the authors that I come back to time after time, when I need a bit of comfort and familiarity.