Day 16: Your favorite genre

Okay, now it comes to favorite genre. I don’t know how to answer that question. Because I enjoy reading books just like that. I read the books of different genre based on my desire of what I want to read. If I want to read suspense/thriller, I will pick up a novel by Sidney Sheldon or explore some other spy/crime thrillers.

Hence, I am going to list down the genres I like and some of the books I like, which can be interpreted to be belonging to that genre:-

1. Mythology- I am like a teenager that way because I like the Percy Jackson series as well as The Kane Chronicles, both by Rick Riordan.

2. Horror- Desperation and Salem’s Lot, both by Stephen King

3. Mystery/Suspense/Thriller- Sidney Sheldon novels, A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer, Dan Brown books to some extent

4. Historical Fiction- The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, novels by Khaled Hosseini, The Shadow Lines by Amitav Ghosh

5. Biography- Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

6. Drama- Books by John Green, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

7. Fantasy/Supernatural- The Dead Zone by Stephen King, Every Day by David Levithan, Harry Potter series

8. Science Fiction- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro,

9. Short Stories- Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, short stories collection by Jeffrey Archer

10. Adult Fiction- The Zahir and The Winner Stands Alone, by Paulo Coelho, The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

and etc, etc…

I don’t like the idea of literary genres. I rather believe in something like this:

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5 thoughts on “Day 16: Your favorite genre

  1. I like reading mythology, philosophy, fantasy, and then Shakespeare the most, but I think a good writer and reader should not worry about the genre so much as the content of the stories. There are great stories in every genre and it is hard to compare genres sometimes even though all the genres are being mixed together at the moment. Good post. Nice quote at the end. Hopefully there are many more rivers to find in the literary sea.

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  2. I never tried classifying books I read into genres, but now I am curious to see what kind of genre I lean mostly into. I’d say most of what I read are in the fantasy/Supernatural and Mystery/Suspense/Thriller genre, but I could read anything. I Love Sidney Sheldon’s books. I have read some of the books you mentioned in the list, good choices. Might get the rest of which I haven’t read. In the fantasy department, Mortal instrument and infernal devices are good series. =)

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