Late last year I asked the author about what she was reading. Smith's reply:
I'm currently re-reading De Toqueville's Democracy in America.Visit Haywood Smith's website.
Also, I just finished and enjoyed Julia Quinn's Just Like Heaven. (I met her at Moonlight and Magnolias Conference and was very impressed.) Accurate historical epics are my favorites, but I have almost no free time to read for pleasure these days. Also, because I judge so many contests and do critique, it takes a really good author to get me out of editorial mode and transport me into the story, so I'm always looking for easy-to-read, complex stories with positive resolutions. Years ago, I read a lot of heavy dramas and non-fiction, but now that I've buried a few loved ones and faced a few tough challenges, I'm looking for books that make me feel good in the end, so that's why I write funny books with heart.