What genres of books do you typically read?

United States
January 17, 2010 4:32pm CST
I'm sure this discussion has been brought up before, but it's a good one so I'll bring it back. What genres of books do you typically read? Are you loyal to one particular genre, or do you just read anything and everything? Do you have a favorite genre? I typically read fantasy, my favorite being high fantasy (Like Lord of the Rings or The Last Unicorn), but I will read other books if I'm interested. I also like science fiction and chick-lit.
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@owlwings (41976)
• Cambridge, England
17 Jan 10
I regret that I rarely read books these days (except when I am doing my weekly half day in the second hand/antiquarian bookshop). I listen to the radio quite a lot - Radio 7: comedy, drama and so on. I love all of it - old Goon Shows, Round the Horne, Just a Minute; dramatised novels like House on the Strand (Daphne duMaurier); crime (Sherlock Holmes, Brother Cadfael, Rumpole, Van de Valk, Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham) and fantasy (Terry Pratchet, Red Dwarf and several others I don't remember the authors of). They are nearly all ones that I'd read (or listen to) again and again, if I had the time. The trouble is that I have this screen before me ... and questions that demand answering. Where do I get the time to open a book (and keep it open)? You have most of my favourites above but I also love Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Tolkein, C.S.Lewis, Harry Potter, Arthur Ransome, Enid Blyton and many other 'children's' authors who slip my memory just now ... oh, I should mention Lewis Carrol, Roald Dahl, John Burningham, the guy who wrote "Stig of the Dump" ... and many others! All of the best 'children's' books were written by adults who understood that kids are human and live in a world that many of us have discarded but which just a few of us understand as containing the key to the real world (hard to explain!). I have heard the term 'chick-lit' before (excuse me if I don't go and look it up) ... do you mean by that 'the sawdust and straw to be found on the floor of poultry houses'? I think we are not speaking of 'Fiona in the Upper Fourth' ... all lisle stockings and bobs, are we?
• United States
18 Jan 10
I like C.S. Lewis's books too, although my favorites are in his Chronicles of Narnia series. I kind of dislike books being labeled as "children's books" because I think that you can't put an age limit on a good book. People tend to hear the term, "Children's Book" and immediately think that the book is beneath them. I don't know what you mean by sawdust or Fiona.. are those book titles? Because I haven't heard of those. Chick-Lit is a genre of fiction usually for teen girls. It usually revolves around friendships rather than romance or anything else. I don't read chick-lit often, but I mentioned it because I've got a few favorite books in that genre.
@owlwings (41976)
• Cambridge, England
18 Jan 10
Hahaha ... the 'sawdust' referred to 'chicken litter' and 'Fiona of the Upper Fourth' was the sort of title that one might expect of British school-girl stories of the 1920s and '30s (roughly). In other words, literature featuring young girls or 'chicks' ... but not the kind of chicks that the term 'chick-lit' really refers to, I believe!
@owlwings (41976)
• Cambridge, England
18 Jan 10
The 'Fiona of the Upper Fourth' type of book usually involves 'secret societies' and adventures (generally flouting the strict rules of the school) which end in the bringing to justice of criminals (usually the shady type of adult male) and the general raising to hero status of the girls. This type of literature was very popular in England just before, during and after the war. It promoted a sort of fictionalised female liberation, usually within the framework of the (upper middle class) girls-only boarding school.
@cassay60 (11)
• China
18 Jan 10
in school time, i read some books as gone with the wind, Jane eyre, the count of monte cristo, etc,but this was asked by teachers because after reading we need to write an article based one the orignal one. another reasone is they are quite classical and i was told if something is particuly famous and everyone knows then you gotta to know about, to know why or how it is good. but when working, i don't read novels anymore, not a single one, no time, no mood. now i normally read magzines, especially those with beautiful pictures, easy to finish while you can also learn something.
• United States
18 Jan 10
I never could stand any books we had to read for school. I think literature should be enjoyed, not analyzed. And it makes me sad when people don't read books. I don't have time to read either, but I find a way.
• United States
17 Jan 10
I enjoy fantasy books as well. I haven't read that many but i am currently near the end of the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I have really enjoyed this series even though its a bit repetitive in the later books. I'm having trouble deciding what I will move on to next though. I'm considering "Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss due to high ratings and an interesting story line.
• United States
18 Jan 10
I've read the first two books of Sword of Truth and am planning on reading the rest. They are a bit repetitive in the beginning too, (I was pretty sick and tired of hearing the phrases, "You are a rare person, Richard Cypher" and "Thunder with no sound") but I really enjoyed them and will be getting the next book when I next go to the bookstore.
19 Jan 10
Unless I am reading to learn or study something on a particular subject of interest my reading will depend largely on the mood I am in. I don't read much fiction any more, apart from some of my favourite authors. I do enjoy a good autobiography or biography if it is about someone interesting who has done something worth reading about.
@cream97 (29164)
• United States
18 Jan 10
Hi, alloftherain. I usually will read, suspense, thriller, mystery, horror and drama. I also like suspense-romance too. These are all my favorites so it is very hard for me to choose. I like to be intrigued while reading a good book and I like to be scared while feeling and having chills while reading too.
@bricked (151)
• United States
18 Jan 10
I do love reading. My books varies from time to time. Right now I am reading romance. I guess it all depend on the mood. Last week i have been reading Sci-fi and also some business books. Right now I am waiting for some books to come in from Bookmooch. I have mooch some sci-fi, romance and also some bio. books. I can't wait for it to come
• India
18 Jan 10
Mostly thriller..great suspense hehe...!
@Castiel (102)
• United States
18 Jan 10
I usually read adventure and fantasy books like Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
@stand87 (666)
• Bulgaria
18 Jan 10
My favorite genres are fantasy and horror. I also like criminals. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors. The best books for me are : IT, Carry, Tommyknockers, Pet Semetary. I also love The Cycle of the Werewolf ( Silver Bullet ). Great book, great atmosphere . . . . I really enjoy this genre!
@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
18 Jan 10
Hi, I'm not particularly loyal to any genre, but I usually go for crime investigations, murder mysteries and horror stories. I prefer books that are written by authors I like, such as Ed McBain, Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes), Lawrence Sanders, Ruth Rendell, Jonathan & Faye Kellerman.
@russeka (34)
• Australia
18 Jan 10
I love reading fantasy books too. I also like reading romance novel of any kind
@youless (99508)
• Guangzhou, China
18 Jan 10
I especially like reading science fiction books. I like the imagination and I am also interested in the universe. I love China
• Bulgaria
18 Jan 10
I could not say I am loyal to some particular genre. But I usually read adventure and historical novels. My favourite one is a book called Time of parting. But is very specific - a story about historical events in Bulgaria 17th century. And probably I like it so much because it is about the history of my own country
@nexan29 (86)
• Philippines
18 Jan 10
As for now, there are only five books that i already read in my ebook.Those are science fiction preferably works of dan brown.Those are angels and demons, da vinci code,the lost symbol, digital fortress and deception point. I found his books,a very interesting books because of some historical facts that was being discussed.And also i like suspense type books.
@LaDeBoheme (2008)
• United States
17 Jan 10
I like historical fiction. I think it all started when I read Jean Auel's Earth Children series. (Patiently waiting for the 6th and final book of this series to be published.) I am currently reading the latest paperback of the North America's Forgotten Past Series by Kathleen O'Neal and W. Michael Gear and awaiting the next one from Amazon to be delivered.
• India
17 Jan 10
I usually read Sci Fi, Covert Ops and Fantasy novels. I like the suspense and spy types of novels which include a lot of action giving a lot of scope for imagination. Apart from that, Fantasy novels are also very new and they are also a good read. I like Sidney Sheldon's The Doomsday Conspiracy and The LOTR series by JRR Tolkien. I also have some favs on the Suspense type like the Bourne series by Robert Ludlum. i just love them and I read them over and over again whenever I find time. bourne