13 October 2008

Musing Mondays

Today's Musing Mondays asks this: Could you narrow down your reading to a favorite genre and author? Why, or why not? (For more on Musing Mondays, visit Should Be Reading.)

When I looked over my database of the last 250 books I read, the principal thing I noticed is that I'm an eclectic reader. No one genre or author stands out more than any other. My top categories (I didn't run a count, this just my impression) are as follows:

  1. History (grouping nonfiction, autobiography, biography)
  2. Novels about other places, other times (grouping literary fiction and historical fiction)
  3. Fantasy (lots of YA here)
  4. Mystery (mostly cozies)
  5. Literary & contemporary fiction (other)
What's missing? How-to, self-help, inspirational, religious (except where it falls into history), business, horror, short stories, and romance. That's not to say that I never read those genres (well, I basically never read religious inspiration or horror -- and don't even begin to analyze that combination!), it's just that I rarely read them.

What was the question? Oh, yeah. The answer is no; my tastes are just too varied.


Anonymous,  10/13/08, 1:19 PM  

I have ventured into reading short stories. I find I can cover a vast genre reading those in a short period of time.

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Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide 10/13/08, 1:28 PM  

Except for the history, you and I have a lot in common. Here is my post

Musing Mondays 12

Confuzzled Shannon 10/13/08, 2:15 PM  

I use to read horror long time ago it seems. I sometimes read Christian fiction. Not too much of though.

Robin M 10/13/08, 5:13 PM  

I'm not real big with horror either. I need to make a database of my books -- someday.

My post is up now - come by and visit my blog when you have some time.


Karen Harrington 10/14/08, 8:54 AM  

Ha, I think I have the same response as you. There's a different book for every mood and seaon.

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