What genre do you like to read?

@shemah (841)
Malaysia
June 14, 2007 2:58am CST
I love reading. I love reading mostly anything. horror/thrillers, homicide detectives stories, romance and all other types of fiction. I don't even mind reading Harry Potter. I actually enjoy it.. eventhough some of my friends thinks it's pretty pathetic. Do you guys like reading? If so, what genres do you go for? Who are your favourite authors? I like Sidney Sheldon, James Patterson, some of John Grishams and Sandra Brown for romance.
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• United States
14 Jun 07
my favorite genre is Fantasy and Sci-Fi. every great once in a while i will read a Stephen King novel, but that is rare. and yeah i read harry potter too lol! i LOVE reading, and read for probably 2 hrs minimum every day.
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@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
14 Jun 07
wow.. great to meet a sci-fi reader. Don't meet many of you guys much. I have yet to ever read anything from this genre.. but i would be willing to try. After all, i did watch all 6 episodes of star wars... So, what would you recommend??
• United States
14 Jun 07
Terry Goodkinds "Sword of Truth" series is fantastic, as is Robert Jordans "Wheel of Time" series, though some ppl have said that Goodkind gets kind of preachy, but it is well worth the read. Robert Jordans Wheel series is lengthy (and not finished yet) and i believe he is currently working on the 12th or 13 book..and it is heavy reading with an intricate framework of plots and subplots, along with a range of characters that he explores in depth. if you like a bit of lighter reading, try anything by Mercedes Lackey...in particular the "Heralds of Valdemar" series. fantastic.
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@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
14 Jun 07
thanks alot cinder! i hope i could get around to doing it someday. I might recommend it to my sister's bf as well.. he's a sci-fi enthusiast and i think he can speak klingon! LOL!
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
14 Jun 07
I like horror/thriller, fantasy, crime and western novels. My favourite authors are Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Raymond E Feist, but I'm quite happy to read any others. I like Harry Potter also, but I claim I buy the books for my 4yr old son, lol!!
@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
14 Jun 07
Haha!! I'm with you there! My friends think i'm silly to enjoy Harry Potter so much.. i don't see what the problem. Okay, it's considered "children's books".. but there's a kid in everyone right?
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@muscare (3069)
• Australia
15 Jun 07
It may well be a kids book, but hey, who cares! I think being a grown up is way too serious anyway, and I do get to be a kid again for a little while,lol!
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@Lecaro (1105)
• Romania
14 Jun 07
i love reading comedy - Sophie Kinsella is my favorite writer because she makes me laugh at almost every page that i read -, i like to read romance... i like Paulo Coelho, i read 3 books of him and i like it very much! i didn't use to read a year ago... but now i read before i go to sleep and i like it very much...
@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
14 Jun 07
hi lecaro! one of my best friends is a hardcore Sophie Kinsella fan as well. She's been asking to read the books. But now i saw that Kinsella has released her "Shopaholic and Baby".. so i guess i have to start at the first book. I don't like to jump right to the last book. And I agree with you as well.. I think Paulo Coelho is brilliant!! i've read The Alchemist, Veronika Decides To Die and Eleven Minutes. My sister said The Zahir is a must read as well!! if i read before i sleep.. i won't be getting any sleep at all! LOL..
@Lecaro (1105)
• Romania
14 Jun 07
i read The Zahir too, is a very nice book i read before going to sleep because reading is making me be very sleepy... that is the reason why when i was little i haven't read so many books :P
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• Philippines
14 Jun 07
i dont like reading that much but i have read the little prince.what do you think?
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@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
14 Jun 07
The little prince? I don't believe I have.. Who's the author? But good for you that you HAVE read. My friend says besides school books, she only reads magazines. LOL!
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@kuting (887)
• Philippines
15 Jun 07
hey! i loved the little prince.. its our book report back in high school.. such a great book. even grown ups should read the book!
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@Cassy1976 (796)
• Australia
14 Jun 07
I really like true crime stories and thrillers, homicide and detective stories, I like James Patterson and richard north patterson the best, I also liked Virginia Andrews and VC Andrews books.
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@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
14 Jun 07
James Patterson is awesome isn't he? Recently, i made my mom get hooked up to James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series.. my mom is losing sleep and blaming me for it! :)
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• Hong Kong
14 Jun 07
I love reading and I read mostly detective stories, historical stuff and bibliographies. I can't stand romance anymore (I am not against it), maybe I have read too much when I was young and I just got really tired of it. I am kind of weird, I don't have a favourite author because repeatedly reading the same person would bore me. I tend to read everyone or if I enjoy the author, I would alternate his/ her books with someone else, so that I won't get used to the writings and get myself bored. Too bad that I don't have much time reading now, should pick up soon.
@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
14 Jun 07
Yeah.. i get what you mean. By reading certain authors, especially with romance novels (both historical and contemporary), they tend to have the same character, same plot and it does get a little boring. But i like it when i feel like i'm in the mood for light reading. I do like buying books from random authors as well, to find out how their writings are. If i'm disappointed with them, then I'll go back to my favorite authors.. :) Thanks for the response~!
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• Hong Kong
14 Jun 07
Yes sometimes I do read those too when I need a dose of light read. I really enjoy Bridget Jones' Diary (movies and books) and it's really funny how she wrote it too! I recommend this in one of those boring and dark days *laughs*.
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@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
14 Jun 07
I haven't read any Bridget Jones' Diary series. Or even watched the movies. Maybe because I really don't like Renee Zellweger much. But yeah, alot of people have said its good. Maybe i'll check it out one day.. thanks!
@pradoz (404)
• India
14 Jun 07
Hi shemah,i too love reading very much...In fact before becoming hooked up on the net,which is a recent phenomenon,reading gobbled up a lot of my time.I love reading books of detective,suspense thriller...and also the romantic genre..yes children's books and cartoons too like harry potter and spiderman...My favorite is the mills and boons series along with sidney sheldon and John grisham...I also like classics like david copperfield and oliver twist
@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
14 Jun 07
I see.. mills and boons go a long wayyy back. My mom used to read them when she was just a teen. I have 2 classics both by Leo Tolstoy that i haven't read. "War and Peace" & "Anna Karenina". It's true.. i used to read when my son goes to sleep.. but now, the net is taking up quite a bit of my time. Thanks for the response pradoz~~
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@kuting (887)
• Philippines
15 Jun 07
yeah.. mills and boons goes a long way back.. in fact this is the first books that i've started reading.. my aunt handed me over her collection of mills and boons, harlequin, barbara cartland and other romance paperbacks!
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@pradoz (404)
• India
15 Jun 07
haha..i too have a similar collection
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@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
14 Jun 07
I tend to go more for mystery/suspence. My ultime favorite is Sue Grafton's Alphabet series. it follows a female private investigator. She is up to S right now. I always wait anxiously for her next book. i also enjoy Patricia Cornwell. But I will read just about anything really. except romance novels, I have never been a Harlequin type book reader.
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@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
14 Jun 07
Wow.. if I wanted to start reading Sue Grafton's I'd have to start waaayyy back then.. I'll try and check it out when I've got the time. Thanks alot for the recommendations. :)
• United States
15 Jun 07
actually, you don't have to start with A, each book is it's own case and story. They all involve the same private investigator, but each is a story in itself.
@sandeep_t (428)
• India
14 Jun 07
I'm littile scared to answer this post. I dont like sidney sheldon much. every novel looks same for me excepte for a littile change. I read just one book of john hrisham - The last juror and i didnt liek it much. I like Dan Browns books, Harrypotter series, Paulo coelho, Mario puzzo, Keats, P.B.Shelly.
@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
14 Jun 07
Hey sandeep.. Why scared? Nobody is gonna throw you out just because we don't share the same interests, right? Actually i enjoy Dan Brown's books as well.. I've read a few. I think he's pretty amazing too but the concept between Da Vinci's Code and Angels and Demons are pretty similar too, don't you think? John Grisham tends to be a tad bit boring but if you wanna read one of his really good works, you can try "King of Torts". I couldn't put it down.. :) Thanks for the response.
• India
14 Jun 07
Although Da Vinci and Angels & Demons are talk about christianity and symbols, the story line is completely different. All Dan Brwons Novels got something to do with symbols and cryptography. Thanks for recommending that book of Grishams. I will get it some time next week
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• United States
15 Jun 07
egh readings ok, i only liked one book, but it kinda bored me a little which is the Truth About Diamonds, id rather watch movies than read though.
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@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
15 Jun 07
most people are like that.. I myself didnt have the guts to attempt to read Lord of The Rings. So i just enjoyed the movie.. Thanks for taking the time to respond, remnant!!
@youless (91541)
• Guangzhou, China
15 Jun 07
Science fiction books are my favorite. I also like reading books about science and cooking.
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@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
15 Jun 07
You like to cook huh?? I like to collect cooking books too, but i've barely had the time to try out the recipes. ONe of these days, maybe.. Thanks for you response, youless!!
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
15 Jun 07
i love horror, mystery/thriller and fantasy most. but i'll give anything a try. when it come to romance, i don't read it often, and only period romances actually appeal to me. i guess it's the "romantic time period" that makes it work for me. i also love rock star biographies. at least the ones i've read. harry potter is one of my favorite series. my ex made fun of me when he saw me reading them once, and i talked him into reading the first book. when he was finished he said "PLEASE tell me you own the next book."
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@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
15 Jun 07
I've never really read any biographies.. although my sister did recommend the autobiography of the late Princess Diana. I try to get my friends(who make fun of me)to read the books too. i think it's more of the fear that they'll get addicted to it too, than anything else. :) Thanks for your response!
• Australia
15 Jun 07
My genra is on the non fictions. I do not have passion on reading fictions it gives me the impression that I'm wasting my time on it because of the idea that they are just made up stories and purely imaginations and hallucinations and fantacies. My interests is on self help books authored by Og Mandino, Napoleon Hill, etc. Those are my all time author so far.
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@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
15 Jun 07
:) That's what some of my friends think too.. That's why they say they stick to magazines. Well, to each their own. I'll try to check out the authors you've mentioned when I get the time. Thanks alot bestfriends!
@ozangel82 (754)
• Australia
15 Jun 07
I love reading and I always have to read at night in bed, before I go to sleep. I will pretty much read anything i can get my hands on, horror, thrillers, romance, adventure, fantasy... anything! At the moment I am reading a book called Princess Masako, Prisoner of the chrysanthemum throne. Quite interesting and it is non fiction, but I bought a fiction book called The Queen of Shoes at the same time for when I finish the other one. Happy Reading!
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@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
15 Jun 07
I heard that Princess Masako book is really good. If you have read and liked, books like Memoirs of a Geisha, then I would recommend Empress Orchid by Anchee Min. I heard it was re-released with the title The Last Empress or something like that. I hope The Queen of Shoes is a good read. Lemme know what you think of it when you're done! Happy Reading to you too.. and thanks for responding!
@asmurthy (2464)
• India
15 Jun 07
I love to read James Hadley Chase books. I love the suspense and crime stories. I generally read all the best seller books. John grisim books are also good. Among old authors i like Irvin wallace books.
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@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
15 Jun 07
Thanks for sharing. I hope one of these days i'll get the chance to read 'em. I really appreciate ur response! :)
@kuting (887)
• Philippines
15 Jun 07
i love reading.. i enjoy fictions, romance novels, inspirational and bestsellers and my favorite authors are sidney sheldon, john grisham, judith macnaught, paolo coelho, gabriel garcia marquez.
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@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
15 Jun 07
hey there kuting!! looks like we have pretty much the same interests in authors.. of course, they're bestsellers. Most people are bound to like them, right? I've heard of gabriel garcia marquez but can't seem recall his book titles.. Anyways, thanks for your input! I really appreciate it! :)
• United States
14 Jun 07
Yes, I do love reading, but haven't done much leisure time reading lately. Mostly, I read ebooks and business marketing manuals to help improve my online sales company. If I were to read a fiction book, it would most likely be homicide fiction, as you mentioned. I grew up reading those too. I've read lots of romance, but don't feel in a whimsical mood this year. But, who knows, maybe it's time to return to the wishing well and enjoy the love stories again. Be well.
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@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
15 Jun 07
I usually read romance novels whenever need a little pick me up.. My marriage isn't THAT depressing.. hahaha.. but the happy ever after endings leave me feeling happy too. Well, i try whatever works! :) Thanks for taking the time to respond!
@azimsay (545)
• India
14 Jun 07
Iam not having habit reading.But some times I am in amood I read story books and love stories books.And some other kinds of which is giving knowage to us.
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@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
14 Jun 07
good for you! books are meant to give us knowledge, whatever genre it may be. So, i hope you keep it up.. :) Thanks for responding azimsay!
@jezzmay (1845)
• United States
14 Jun 07
You sound like me I enjoy all kinds of books,Ilove horror,detectives stories,and witches.I also like the movies.My daughter-in-law does to.We like the crime novels.John Grishams is a faverite.Marry Higgins Clark is another.
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@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
14 Jun 07
Crime novels are great, aren't they?? If a good author can keep the plot interesting, then i will definitely lose some sleep. That's the downside.. I read when my son's asleep and sleep when he's about to wake up.. But i guess that's what authors are supposed to do.. :) Thanks for the recommendation.. i'll keep it in mind. I'll let my mom know too. Her favorite is john grisham too! Once again, thanks for responding, jezzmay..
• India
14 Jun 07
depends on my mood mostly... of late, i read a lot of comedy especially the books published by Little Black Dress! they are really hilarious. sometimes for thrillers, i turn to james patterson. n paulo coelho's books are simply amazing when i'm in one of those philosophical moods. :D
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@shemah (841)
• Malaysia
14 Jun 07
wow! i guess we do share the same interests! I've been reading Rachel Gibson, contemporary romance, for a while now and saw that her books are mostly under Little Black Dress. When I read her novels, it was under a different label. I recently read Susan Donovan under LBD too. You're right, they're funny and perfect for light reading! Have you read James Patterson's "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas"?? A total different side of him, in my opinion! Thanks for sharing, simona! I do appreciate it! :)