choose my favorite genres?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 |
The Book List is a short and fun meme that allows you to share books with the blogosphere and make a list. Who doesn't love lists (quiet, you!)? It is hosted weekly by Rebecca at Lost in Books.

This Week's Topic is: 3 favorite genres

If you’ve been following along with this weekly event, you’ll know that this week’s topic is a bit of a departure. Usually the task is to come up with a list of three books that fit the criteria.And yet this week I had to make a broader determination. I’m not going to lie: it was scary. I know what I like in specific books, but taking the plunge at the genre level seemed like a big deal. Luckily, I got over it.

1. Fantasy & Sci-Fi

Yes, fantasy (and a dash of sci-fi) is my first love. I know I’ve mentioned before that I love the escape and magic of it – it’s just so foreign and imaginative and WEIRD. It appeals to the same part of me that loves to travel and try out new people, places, languages and food…just to see if I can, and to see what’s inside everyone else’s heads. I didn’t always love fantasy best, but it’s become a big staple in my pleasure reading in my adult life, and I expect it will stay that way.

2. Young Adult

Is there anything quite as perfect as a good coming-of-age tale? Society has trained me to see growing up, taking the mantle of responsibility, and joining adult society as the major turning point in life. When I was a teenager I was in a rush to do all that, and I skipped a lot of ‘young adult’ fiction, though I read bits and pieces. I’m going back now and making up for lost time.The promise of finishing a novel in one day is pretty seductive as well…

3. Historical fiction (and if I’m honest with myself, historical romance)

Darn it, I loved historical fiction as a kid. Favorite genre EVER, up to the age of fifteen or so. I don’t know what flipped the switch, but I’ve never abandoned the genre, only moved it down the priority list. I have such vivid childhood memories of finding quiet corners at home, or sitting in a damp tent during a camping trip, or listening to my mother read aloud in front of the fire. Always about history, about ‘great men’ (and women!), and wars and intrigue…and I still love to get into it, and to its cousin, historical romance. Don’t judge.

What are your three favorite reading genres? Be honest!


Becca said...

Historical fiction has been one of my faves for years, but it has grown on me even more since I started blogging. Blogging also introduced me back into YA. It is much better today, in my opinion, than twelve years ago when I was a teenager.

Tales of Whimsy said...

O so close to mine!

I would say:


Enbrethiliel said...


I used to think "Coming of Age" is just one subgenre in the whole world of YA; but there is an unwritten requirement that the young character "grow up" a little in the course of the book. And I think this is what separates YA from the rest of Children's Literature. (Yes, it's one of my Top 3 Genres as well.)

And no, I won't judge you: I love a good Historical Romance once in a while, myself! ;-)

Kristen M. said...

I would have said historical fiction a few years ago but I find myself becoming pickier about it lately.

I think you would be set if you had to just stick to these genres forever!

Dovile said...

1. sci-fi
2. humor
3. YA

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