Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tuesday Thingers


Today's question, from Wendi's Book Corner: Do you have a specialized blog where you only review a certain genre or type of book? If so, what is your favorite thing about that type of book? If not, what is/are your favorite genre(s)? What makes that genre(s) a favorite?
I don't have a particular favorite genre to read, so I don't have anything terribly specialized for this blog. I love all kinds of books - I could never really relate to people who only read sci-fi or only read vampire novels or only read spy novels. Why wouldn't you want to branch out? But hey - different strokes and all that, whatever makes people happy is okay with me.

As for my favorites, I love mysteries. I've found that good mysteries come in all kinds of packages - horror novels can have a mystery at their center, detective novels, crime novels, gothic novels all have their share of mystery. I do love a good scare, so a well-written horror novel is a treasure. I grew up on Dracula and Frankenstein and Alfred Hitchcock story anthologies, and I was the kid who always told stories that scared the pants off of everyone else at slumber parties.

One other thing I love - post apocalypse stories. You know the ones, where most of humanity has been wiped out by a plague or natural disaster and a small band of survivors tries to make a new civilization. I have always found those really appealing. I'm not sure whether it's the chance to start over or the struggle or the fact that these days I can almost imagine it happening, but they're a big favorite of mine.

12 comments:

Library Cat said...

Your post made me consider things a little differently. I began my reading career with mysteries, but these days don't really read too many of them.
But now that I think of it your way - almost every book I read has some element of mystery in it - rather something that happened in the past that you try to figure out before the author shares! So in a way, I am still reading mysteries - just in a different format!
thanks,
LibrarysCat

bermudaonion said...

I like lots of different genres too.

susan said...

Have your read Unwind by Neal Shusterman or Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler?

New to the meme. First time here. Enjoyed reading your post.

caite said...

I love mysteries, as I discuss at my post, but one great thing about blogging has been to get me to read a much wider variety.

Cathy said...

We share a love of mysteries and post-apocalyptic novels! Have you read Jean Hegland's Into the Forest?

Lisa said...

Susan and Cathy: I haven't read any of those, but I will be checking them out. When I was growing up, one of my favorite books was Phoenix Island, about a group of people on a small tropical island who are stranded and isolated after a tremendous hurricane. The way they manage to survive on the island was fascinating to me!

Cathy said...

Phoenix Island is available on Paperback Swap---YES!

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Yikes! I wanted to let you know that the poll wasn't working on my original post, so I deleted it and redid it - it IS working now! :) Wendi

Lisa said...

Cathy, make sure it's the one by Charlotte Paul. As I recall, there are some other books with similar titles. I hope you enjoy it!

Cathy said...

I went by title and your description, so I requested the right one, Lisa!

Yvonne said...

I have my favorite genres, but I will try almost anything.

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Post apocalypse - have you read the ya book Antarctica 2028 (I think that is the title)? I've got it in my pile to read - a lady in my book club loved it!

Thanks for stopping by and participating in Thingers last week! I've got the post up for this week. ~ Wendi