Book genres: what I love

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This week’s blog hop from Crazy-for-Books asks why you read the genre that you do?  What draws you to it?  You can participate in the blog hop by clicking on the link above or the button at the top of this blog.

So, I love literary fiction and nonfiction and mysteries.  I like both literary fiction and nonfiction because I feel that these genres often provide opportunities to learn and grow and generally push your boundaries a bit.  I especially love books that open new worlds or new ways of thinking about your own world.  Reading Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance made me want to go to India, and gave me the curiosity to do that.  Reading We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Familes by Phillip Gurevitch made the tragic genocide in Rwanda a real, tangible event for me, when I’d known almost nothing about it before.  And then books that are much closer to home, like Gap Creek or How to Be Good make me think about what it means to be married and striving to be better and generally human.  And I guess that’s it, really.  I like literary fiction and nonfiction because they help me to see what it means to be human.  You can spend your life at that.

Mysteries I like mostly because they’re just fun.  I love the sense of place that often comes across in mysteries; no one talks much about it, but mysteries often seem to be the last stand for fiction that is firmly grounded in a place.  Try to imagine noir without L.A. as a backdrop.  Agatha Christie made me want to go to England, and really is why I fell in love with mysteries in the first place.  And I love mysteries that have great characters whom you can follow over time and books, like Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple and Lisbeth Salander and Inspector Rebus and Thomas and Charlotte Pitt and most recently, Amelia Peabody.

What draws you to your particular genre?

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  1. Hi, new follower, also live with naughty critters who look like cats but who we suspect of being aliens.
    Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
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  2. Hi there, thanks for stopping by my place from the hop!

  3. Hopping by to say Hello! I'm a huge YA fan and love the genre! You can find me blogging here: http://blog.juliealindsey.com/

  4. Your croissants and pan au chocolate look great.

    I read more than one genre. But there are a few genres I don't read. Come see what I do and don't read.

  5. Hi,
    Just hopping by and following through. I read a eclectic mix of genres though I do have favourites.

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  6. Hi,

    Visiting through the Hop, and following, too! You have a lovely blog. I agree, literary fiction and non-fiction do create opportunities to learn something new 🙂

    Feel free to explore my blog in your spare time, http://www.coffeetalereviews.blogspot.com

    Take care & happy weekend,
    Ms. C

  7. I read a variety of different genres though I too have my favourites which feature more than others .Im a new follower 🙂 http://www.thephantomparagrapher.blogspot.com

  8. Hopping by! I'm your newest follower. ^-^

    Please stop by my blog and follow me back if you get a chance: http://www.blackfingernailedreviews.blogspot.com

  9. I started out with Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot when I wa skid they were the reasons I liked mysteries. I also prefer literary fiction for all the reasons you mentioned. (love this post)

  10. Hello! I'm a new follower, just found you on the blog hop and wanted to stop by. I really like the look of your blog and can't wait to read more of your reviews!

  11. As an eclectic reader, I favor a lot of genres. 🙂 You can read my answer at Clandestine Sanctuary. Have a great weekend!

    Btw, I'm your newest follower.

  12. Here I am hopping on by…

    I went all over the map with this question on my blog. I read and enjoy almost every genre of fiction out there. There’s no way I could just pick one.

    So I talked about all of them. Even romance fiction (sort of)! I invite you to hop over to my blog at http://www.howardsherman.net and see for yourself.

    Howard A. Sherman
    http://www.howardsherman.net

  13. Happy Follow Friday! I am a follower!

    Sincerely,
    Emma Michaels
    The Thirteenth Chime
    http://EmmaMichaels.Blogspot.com

  14. Thanks for hopping by my blog. I am a new follower of yours. Great answer. I loved A Fine Balance by Mistry but I have to say that I found it to be quite a sad novel. Anyhow hope you enjoy your weekend. Happy Reading!
    Meaghan at Feeling a Little Bookish
    http://bookworm-meags222.blogspot.com

  15. Following you! 😀

    Stopping by from the Blog Hop and Follow Friday. Have a great weekend!

    My Hop and Follow are here

    Happy Reading,
    Zakiya!

  16. I enjoyed your answer this week! I am also glad you posted some books that illustrate the genres you like to read. Hopping by from http://southernfiberreads.wordpress.com

  17. Just hopping through! hope you enjoy your weekend and I'm a new follower. You can find my HOP answer and FEVERfest recap at The Bookish Snob

  18. Hi There!
    Just hopping by to read the answers to your questions! Drop by my blog to see what I like reading 🙂

  19. Hopping through. I like to read books set in interesting locations like A Fine Balance too. It's nice to “travel” to different places.
    My Hop

  20. Hey Robyn, just stopping by on the hop and follow. I'm ur newest follower. I like mysteries, too.
    I can't wait until Tuesday=Shadowfever!!!
    Have a great weekend curled up with a book. Happy Reading!!!
    See ya!
    Dana
    Readaholics Anonymous

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