One of my favorite genres, my curl up on the couch on a rainy day and exit the world genre, is fantasy. But I find it incredibly hard to write. Writing a logical real-world scene is hard enough, I can't create a whole new world and magical system. It makes my head hurt. So even though I've fought it, over the course of the year my writing has become more and more realistically-based.
And I've struggled to determine exactly what type of books I want to write.
Last December I made a list of my five favorite books of the year. I found it to be such an interesting exercise, especially as I didn't list a single fantasy. Along with two young adult novels, I included a middle grade novel and two ADULT novels. All were character-based coming of age stories. I'm still wondering if that list provides a clue to the type of books I want to write.
What about you? Do you read what you write? Do you read anything you could never write?