Much like some of the other LadyKillers have mentioned about their own characters, my characters don’t spend a lot of time reading either. When they do read, it’s generally related to their jobs. I was surprised when I realized this, because I’m such a big fiction reader myself.
Dana, my main character, is the broadest reader of the bunch and enjoys the occasional novel. Nothing high brow, mind you, but more along the lines of Fried Green Tomatoes or Twenties Girl. She’s also been reading a lot of cookbooks lately as she tries to expand her skills in the kitchen, which are rather limited, to say the least. When Dana feels like reading but doesn’t want to commit herself to a full-length book, she’ll flip through some of Esther’s farm magazines, both for inspiration for her marketing job and also because she’s convinced that some day, she might actually raise chickens or can her own food.
Ashlee, on the other hand, only picks up a book to use as a coaster for her soda or to level the coffee table. Her idea of reading for relaxation is looking at glossy photos in fashion magazines or catching up on the latest celebrity gossip.
As I mentioned, Esther reads farm magazines in her spare time. While she no longer runs a full-fledged farm, she still raises pigs and chickens and tends her various gardens. Not only does she like to keep current with the latest developments in green garden care, but the magazines remind her of a time when her husband was still alive and they farmed together.
As for Gordon, he only reads business magazines and books. Much like his job as the general manager at the farm, he is always focused on his work and has little interest in anything else.
Last but not least, Jason is a nonfiction reader all the way, with a heavy emphasis on history and biographies.
While my characters don’t read a lot individually, together, they cover a variety of topics. They might even read stuff I don’t know about yet. Maybe I should bring them all together for a nice cocktail party some time. When people are forced to make small talk, eventually the topic of what everyone likes to read comes up. I just might learn something new about my characters, too!