What do I read? What genre or genres?
The real question is, what don’t I read?
I was one of those kids who read the cereal boxes at breakfast.
I read through the family’s World Book Encyclopedia by 4th grade.
I was, and still am, interested in darned-near everything
And I love good writing.
I still read children’s books. I intend to SKYPE or in some other fashion read kiddie books to the new grandson; I started when he was here and not yet two months old.
Not long ago I ordered every book that I did not have by one favorite middle-grade author and I recently acquired by every way that I could, (except theft!), a complete YA series that I love, with the first of the follow-up trilogy, (the next two are going to be ordered, as I see them new online).
I often pick up used Newberry Medal books and find them usually quite good.
As for books for ‘my own age’, I read everything from poetry and humor, classics to cozy mysteries. Yesterday Jeff-the-Hound mentioned that he has no interest in certain genres until circumstances or books brought him to read and write in those “species” of books. I can relate. I had never intended to read what they call “chick-lit”, the light reading aimed at busy, (or light-headed), women, but I was pushed to a few good ones by my niece and many became favorites.
I’m not afraid of big books, nor long series, but I like stand-alones, too, and I do enjoy anthologies of short stories.
For many years of my life, the answer to the main question would have been “anything but romance novels”, yet here I am, surrounded by romance novels and novelists, with at least one romance novel nearly complete by my own hand.
I love a good mystery and by good, I mean is that I didn’t figure out the Who, How and Why early into the book. If I do, I might try to make it through, but there are many left half-read.
I read cookbooks. I don’t just peruse them for recipes; I read them.
I never read true-life war stories until a few years ago; I will have to review at least one book about it soon.
I mostly enjoy entering new worlds or reading about facets of our own world, in modern times or in the past. I also never read biographies, though I do now at times, and only if there are extenuating circumstances like a time in history, the person has a truly interesting life or has been in a situation that is significant. (No ‘fluff’ pieces on celebrities,
nor conversely, character assassinations.)
What I don’t read is futuristic novels; I cannot abide ‘post-apocalyptic’ settings. My grandson and niece have given up suggesting such books to me, (and those are the only movies the husband knows that I will absolutely not suffer through with him).
So except for those, I am pretty game, you can keep gore and porn, but other than that, bring it on!