Tuesday Thingers is a weekly meme hosted by Wendi at Wendi’s Book Corner. This week she has posted a poll to go along with her question, which is:
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?
My answer: My blog isn’t specialized in the sense that I write about one particular genre. I do try to limit my posts to book-related topics. I’ve been known to stretch that definition in order to include some personal stories
My favorite genres are literary fiction, history, and personal memoir.
Literary fiction is a slippery fish to define. I’ve been met with raised eyebrows when I profess a preference for it (as in, “literary fiction, eh, is that what you people say when want to sound superior?”). IMHO, literary fiction focuses more on writing style and character development than on narrative and plot. Some examples that come to mind are Bel Canto, In Hovering Flight, and Olive Kitteridge.
My preference for non-fiction is social history and memoir. I enjoy Malcolm Gladwell’s books, and like to read about social movements (history of education, women’s history, Civil Rights movement) as opposed to strict military history. Military history grabs me more when it’s embedded in a narrative format (novel), or memoir/diary.
As far as reading the genre of memoir, personal memoir, that is, like Beautiful Boy, and Infidel. I don’t care for celebrity “tell-all” books.
Why do I like these types of books? I think it’s simply a love of learning. I can learn about other time periods, personalities, different cultures and classes; all this helps me to understand (and appreciate) the here and now. Even with historical fiction I get a bit of the true setting as a background for the entertaining narrative.
These are the types of books I read almost exclusively before I started blogging. I’ve since expanded my horizons, by reading graphic novels, romance, more entertaining/lighter novels (I want to say “chick lit” here, but I’m afraid some will read that as derogatory!), and even so-called “self-help” books (The Vigorous Mind and The Artist Within) and have been pleasantly surprised.
What about you? What types of books take up most of the shelf space in your home library?