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    Booking Through Thursday – Branching Out

    On Booking Through Thursday this week:

    Name a book you love in a genre you normally don’t care for. What made you decide to read it? Did it make you want to try more in that genre?

    What genre do you avoid reading and why?

    Generally, I am willing to read most genres. There are a couple I don’t read very much or at all. I would say high fantasy and science fiction are ones which I don’t read a lot from. I do read a lot of fantasy, but it’s not ‘high’, it’s usually ‘urban’ fantasy. High fantasy would be Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. The former I read because of the movies and it being a classic and the latter I plan to read for similar reasons. In Sci-Fi, I have read Hitchiker’s Guide series, Enders Game and a couple of Neal Stephenson books. I tend to go out of my genre for highly acclaimed genre books and those considered classics.

    One genre that I avoid is horror. I don’t watch horror films at all either. Another is certain kinds of romance novels i.e. the kind you get at drug stores and in pulp fiction form. Similarly, there are a lot of mysteries in this format too that I don’t really read. I have liked mystery books, but again, more from classical side such as Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. I think I should try more mysteries, but I’ve never been particularly enamored with them. Similarly, romance is in most fiction that I read, but the straight pulp romances are just not for me.

    How about you?