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Book Blogger HopBook Blogger Hop for January 14, 2011: 01/13/11

We're two weeks into 2011 and about two weeks away from starting my spring semester. I need to buy my text books soon. Turns out one of the required books is Proust and the Squid, a book I read for fun over the Christmas break!

This week's question asks why we read the genre we do. Genre? Singular? Not me. I'm not such a niche reader or blogger. I won't go so far to say I read everything but I do read a wide range of things.

Looking at my archive by genre, you'll see that I've reviewed a large number of children's books (picture books, middle grades, tweens and young adults). As my son loves monster books, I also have an archive of monster books. I could probably do the same thing with cat books given my daughter's and my own interest in cats. I also have a list of fiction books, graphic novels and manga, mysteries and thrillers, non-fiction, science fiction, fantasy and horror and finally, short stories.

For the picture books I'm a sucker for illustrations, ditto the graphic novels and manga. I prefer character driven stories over plot driven ones. In terms of fantasy, that means I don't read many quests. In the mysteries and thrillers, I tend to avoid the many characters, many plot points happening simultaneously.

Here's a list of things I don't typically read. Of course I make exceptions for specific books if its recommended to me by a trusted source:

  • historical fiction
  • paranormal fiction
  • religious fiction
  • self-help
  • sports books (although I do have a fondness for golf fiction)
  • chick lit
  • true crime
  • celebrity gossip or biographies
  • series (unless the books can stand by themselves and be read out of order)

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Comment #1: Thursday, January, 13, 2011 at 23:32:37

Jennifer

Dropping in from the hop. New follower. Graphic novels are awesome. The art work is amazing. Thanks for stopping by Book Noise.



Comment #2: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 21:11:33

Pussreboots

I've been reading a lot of graphic novels this week between my reading for fun and the Cybil's short list.



Comment #3: Friday, January, 14, 2011 at 00:42:45

Mel u

Out of your categories-I also shun most of them-once and a while I read some historical fiction but most of the others I skip also-thanks for hopping by my blog



Comment #4: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 21:15:04

Pussreboots

I also read from my "blacklist" every so often if a book comes highly recommended.



Comment #5: Friday, January, 14, 2011 at 01:10:11

Shelleyrae

Hi,
Just hopping by and following through. I read a eclectic mix of genres though I do have favourites.

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out



Comment #6: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 21:20:11

Pussreboots

I have favorites too but it would take ages to explain the hows and whys of my favorites. :)



Comment #7: Friday, January, 14, 2011 at 08:16:34

Carmel @ Rabid Reads

Wow! That's quite the varied this of genres that you read. Impressive! I stray every now and then from my standard PR/UR novels but they are the backbone of my TBR pile. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by on the hop. :)



Comment #8: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 21:23:12

Pussreboots

The library is my main source of reading outside of my most favorite genres.



Comment #9: Friday, January, 14, 2011 at 12:13:00

greyz

Book becomes our escape from reality regardless the genre. :) You can read my answer at Clandestine Sanctuary. Have a great weekend!



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Comment #10: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 21:24:21

Pussreboots

I don't see books as a method of escape but they are entertaining.



Comment #11: Friday, January, 14, 2011 at 15:13:31

Howard A. Sherman

Here I am hopping on by...

I went all over the map with this question on my blog. I read and enjoy almost every genre of fiction out there. There‚s no way I could just pick one.

So I talked about all of them. Even romance fiction (sort of)! I invite you to hop over to my blog and see for yourself.



Comment #12: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 21:28:51

Pussreboots

I'll read the occasional romance too.



Comment #13: Friday, January, 14, 2011 at 16:25:10

Michelle

Thanks for hopping by...

I love my YA books and I have to admit that I've been toying with the idea of the Children's books. we have boxes of kids books that my girls are finished with and maybe I should take a look at these :)

Have a great day!



Comment #14: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 21:30:26

Pussreboots

Go for it; read through your boxes of books.



Comment #15: Friday, January, 14, 2011 at 17:43:07

Tiger Holland

That's wodnerful to have a big variety of genres to read! I'm usually not much into non-fiction, myself. :-)



Comment #16: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 21:32:47

Pussreboots

There's a wide range to non-fiction. The trick is to find subjects you find interesting. I tend to go with the quirky ones.



Comment #17: Friday, January, 14, 2011 at 17:47:27

Robyn

Good idea to just post the genres you don't like. Golf fiction, huh? That's a genre I wasn't even aware existed!



Comment #18: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 21:35:47

Pussreboots

Yes, there are golf novels. And I don't know why, but I love them.



Comment #19: Friday, January, 14, 2011 at 19:41:50

Kristy @ Dreaming By Day

Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a good weekend:)



Comment #20: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 21:38:49

Pussreboots

You're welcome. Happy reading.



Comment #21: Friday, January, 14, 2011 at 20:06:10

Suko

Great answer to this week's question! I also read a good variety of genres. :)



Comment #22: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 21:39:00

Pussreboots

I like to jump around in the genres I read.



Comment #23: Friday, January, 14, 2011 at 21:22:50

Meaghan

Thanks for popping by my blog. I agree with some of your genres that you won't read. I typically don't read religious fiction either. I find that it is a bit too preachy. I also don't typically read self-help books. I find that most of them tell you something you already know anyhow. Hope you have a great weekend. Happy Reading!



Comment #24: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 21:39:00

Pussreboots

Thanks for stopping by. It's not that I won't read certain genres but the ones I listed are the ones that typically don't appeal to me.



Comment #25: Saturday, January, 15, 2011 at 00:03:22

Karoline

I really like middle grade books. They're so fun to read :) There's just something about them that literally takes you away to someplace else !



Comment #26: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 21:39:00

Pussreboots

I like middle grade books because they tend to get to the heart of the plot straight away.



Comment #27: Saturday, January, 15, 2011 at 03:10:20

kyanara

Hi,
thank you for stopping by on my blog!
I really aprciate it!
I hope you have a nice weekend!
Kyanara



Comment #28: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 15:08:31

Pussreboots

You're welcome.



Comment #29: Saturday, January, 15, 2011 at 05:48:41

Dee

I know I listed only a couple of genres on my hop post, but I do read a lot more than that :)

Talking about Golf fiction, have you read the PG Wodehouse golf stories? They are brilliantly hilarious! Thanks for visiting :)



Comment #30: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 15:09:54

Pussreboots

I've read Wodehouse but not the golf stories. Thanks for the reminder to get those read!



Comment #31: Saturday, January, 15, 2011 at 10:01:33

Escapist

If you like illustrations, you may like The Child Thief by Brom...if you haven't already read it :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)



Comment #32: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 15:19:00

Pussreboots

Thank you for the recommendation. I have added the book to my wishlist.



Comment #33: Saturday, January, 15, 2011 at 11:00:52

Pepca

Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower:) I see we have some genres in common, besides that we read different genres.

Have a nice weekend:)



Comment #34: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 15:21:10

Pussreboots

You're welcome. I look forward to reading your reviews.



Comment #35: Saturday, January, 15, 2011 at 11:33:01

Southern Fiber Reads

Wow! Your list of genres looks just about the same as mine. I love reading lots of different books! Hopping by from Southern Fiber Reads!



Comment #36: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 15:23:13

Pussreboots

Thank you for visiting. Happy reading.



Comment #37: Saturday, January, 15, 2011 at 20:33:56

Alison

Hopping through. What class do you need to read Proust and the Squid for? My Hop



Comment #38: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 15:25:03

Pussreboots

I'm reading Proust and the Squid for a class about library services for 5 to 8 year olds.



Comment #39: Saturday, January, 15, 2011 at 22:36:07

Barb

Hi There!
I'm just hopping through reading everyone's answers :) Hope you have a great weekend!



Comment #40: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 15:27:23

Pussreboots

Thank you for stopping by.



Comment #41: Saturday, January, 15, 2011 at 22:48:19

Sam

Thanks for stopping by my blog on the hop!
I'm not a fan of paranormal fiction, although I loved The Historian.



Comment #42: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 15:28:24

Pussreboots

I'm about halfway through The Historian. I set it aside when I got busy reading other stuff and I need to pick it up again.



Comment #43: Sunday, January, 16, 2011 at 10:30:35

Aliyah

Hopping by to say thanks for visiting my blog! You read a lot more of a variety than I do, but I think it's awesome that you read so much =)



Comment #44: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 15:29:03

Pussreboots

Thank you. When I was younger I read a much more narrow range of genres.



Comment #45: Sunday, January, 16, 2011 at 13:57:47

Alex

I'm similar to you in some ways, like there are certain genres I don't touch, unless they are highly recommended by someone I trust.

Mostly I don't like paranormal stuff too much, or sad stuff (like really depressive stuff), though I do enjoy I good hankie-read.

Hope you have a great week!

Alex



Comment #46: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 15:30:35

Pussreboots

I have some paranormal books on my wishlist based on recommendations from blogging friends. I hope to expand my horizons in the near future.



Comment #47: Wednesday, January, 19, 2011 at 00:43:31

Literary Feline

I love it when a book assigned as required reading is one I read for fun at one point. :-)

I don't really follow children's books at all but I imagine I'll have to start once my little girl is born. I've been really disappointed with the choices out there that I've looked at--at least for the baby books. I think I'm just too picky and I need to get over that.



Comment #48: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 22:16:04

Pussreboots

I didn't follow children's books either until I had children. Reading children's book, especially picture books, is a give an take between what the child likes and what you as the parent can stand. Finding books though that both child and parent like is the most fun. We do most of our reading thanks to our local library. There are many excellent books available.

If you want to get an idea of what's available, check out my children's reviews. I've divided them up by age group.



Comment #49: Saturday, January, 22, 2011 at 10:32:51

Pam

Hopping by from the Hop! I almost had a heart attack when I saw how many nonfiction reviews you have...I am PSYCHED!! My blog is nonfiction only. I will have a blast looking through all your reviews and will add your blog to my Nonfiction Blogs list. :)



Comment #50: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 08:16:03

Pussreboots

In the archives I have a list of all the previously reviewed nonfiction. There will probably be more nonfiction books coming as I work on papers this semester.