Given that I have a whole category of posts here that are about "what" I read, maybe I don't really need to answer that question per se; but other details of my reading life may be of interest to those who read those posts.
Like many readers, I have "comfort books." Books I've already read that I keep around because I know I'll want to read them again. Some of these serve as palate-cleansers. You know how sometimes you feel like you want to bleach your brain?
Dick Francis is like that for me. His voice, as a writer, is eloquent without being flowery. His plots, while always tidy, are to me secondary to his characters and settings. His heroes almost all share the qualities of being laconic, methodical, resourceful, intelligent, courageous, and emotionally self-aware. His settings, while all tangentially related to horses and/or racing, vary in the professions of his heroes. I've learned some interesting things from these books! And I never get tired of them.
There are several other authors whose works I've collected which serve as refreshment in between new books. Because I read a lot of new books. In my reading lists here, new books are designated with an asterisk*.
I read everything from history to fantasy. The non-fiction I read is often in service of something I'm writing.
I read all the time. On my lunch hours at work (when I'm not writing); while the TV is on; sitting on the patio; before bed. It is very uncommon for me to sit and watch TV without a book (or at least a magazine) in my hand. If I'm going to the carwash or the doctor or anywhere else I'll have to wait, I take the Kindle with me. I can get through five or six books on the average weeklong vacation. If I could read in the car without getting queasy, I would (as a passenger, duh).
Because I grew up in a houseful of books and reading is just What We Did. If not actively doing something for the household or for school (in my parents' case, for work), we were reading. It is a habit and an addiction.
I read a lot on my Kindle these days, but I also have hundreds of DTBs (dead-tree books). I buy most new genre fiction in e-book form now, saving my shelf space for books that are special editions of some kind (illustrated, anniversary, signed firsts, or just rare). I still have a lot of DTBs to work through before that collection can be considered thoroughly decluttered.
Because I have this habit of buying new books! And oftentimes the new book is more immediately tempting than the old book. But I am slowly working through them. Recently I was able to move a half-dozen hardcover "keepers" out of the last remaining built-in-storage stash and into one of my bookcases.
Tangent: that particular collection is by a romance author who has died, whose backlist is out of print, and who is eminently collectible. I have a slew of her paperbacks and when/if they are ever transferred to e-format I will replace them in that manner. But the hardcovers may stay with me forever.
I need to clear at least one entire shelf in order to fit all of the remainder. In order to do that I will probably need to divest part of an author collection which Mr. P has expressed interest in.
Cohabiting does sometimes mean one has to share books. However, I happen to know that Mr. P prefers to read on *his* Kindle and he is much more likely to read these particular books in e-format. So I will, in time, let the DTBs go and when/if he is ready to start reading them I'll get them for his Kindle.
As I've noted previously, I don't mind paying the author twice for material I have read many times (and will read many times again). I consider it author karma.
I keep a reading journal; when I'm reading a DTB I'll flag pages that contain passages I want to copy into the journal. If I'm reading on the Kindle, I use the highlight function. Making a note - of writing that is particularly witty or evocative, or that points to something else that I want to read about - is all part of my enjoyment of reading.
There are, of course, millions of books that I haven't read yet and will never get around to. While a lot of my leisure reading is mystery, I'm kind of particular about the sub-genres of mystery I like. Same goes for science fiction, fantasy, and romance.
Also, my serious collection draw-down started right before I got the Kindle and since the intention is to reduce the number of DTBs - and I wanted to read a lot of them first! - I have not bought nearly as many new (or new-to-me) books in the past few years as previously. Even now, when I'm regularly reading several book-centric blogs, my wishlist is pretty tightly controlled.
Eventually I will be all caught up (HA HA). And then I will start roaming in the e-stacks for real.
A funny for book-hoarders: I had The Fellowship of the Ring in hardcover, from my college days, and finally decided to get rid of it (as it's now available for e-readers and my edition wasn't particularly special). Then some friends were decluttering their library, and gave me their hardcover trilogy. Theirs had dust jackets and were printed in 1965, a year of significance for me. So I guess I was meant to have the Fellowship after all.