Blog hop: Why I love what I do

Friday, January 14, 2011

Oh man. What a week it has been. I'm not sure how it got to be Friday, but here we are. I have already broken my reading resolution to post two reviews per week (although I am posting a review tomorrow, I promise!) Sorry about all the meme-ishness lately. I don't like when book blogs are almost all memes instead of reviews, and I know I have been guilty of that this week. However, I have two books finished and waiting to be reviewed and another almost done, so hopefully next week I will get a bit more caught up and do better.

Book Blogger Hop

I would have just posted my review today, but I glanced at the Crazy-for-Books blog hop question and I just couldn't resist. This is a topic I have been thinking of lately and I'm glad I have a chance to share my thoughts.

The question comes from Barb at Sugarbeat's Books:

Why do you read the genre that you do? What draws you to it?

As any of you who read my blog on a regular basis surely know, I read a lot of different genres, and I read them all for different reasons. I'm going to list them in order of favorite-ness and explain why.

Classics: Classics are definitely my first love (although I have been neglecting them lately). I love reading novels that speak to human nature, and I love reading books that so many other people have read - it makes me feel like I am connected to many people. And really, I think that is part of what culture is - being connected through common ties. One of my favorites: The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper.

Literary Fiction: I love reading new fiction as well. I think mainly I like this genre because I like a good story, especially one that I can connect to. A good one I have read recently: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonsen.

Nonfiction: I think I enjoy nonfiction more than most people do. Ever since I was in elementary school, I remember "library day" each week and requiring myself to make at least one of my three library books nonfiction so I could be learning something. I love acquiring knowledge, and I am interested in almost everything (hence the six major changes I have undergone and the reason I am in my 5th year of my undergrad). I love the chance nonfiction gives to learn something new. One that I haven't read, but am excited to read (my husband has been reading me excerpts all week): Cheating Death by Sanjay Gupta, M.D. I should also mention I am planning on holding a nonfiction challenge this summer/fall. More details later!

Fantasy/Sci-fi: I have always loved fairy tales, castles, knights and princesses. Although I am less into this genre than I was in middle school and high school, I like to have a little bit of magic in my life from time to time. Currently rereading: The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

YA: Well, I was still a teenager not so long ago. I still can't believe I am married and close to graduating from college. I love reading about innocent first love. Also, many of the other genres I love are represented in this genre as well. I don't really care if the book was written for adults, young adults, or kids, as long as it's good. YA book that I'm really excited to read: Delirium by Lauren Oliver. It's lurking on my Kindle, but I have to read a couple of other things first. Can't wait!

What do you love to read, and why? I'm excited to hear from other people, especially about genres that I don't usually enjoy. I'm always open to new ideas of what to read. Happy hopping.


  1. 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 at and see for yourself.

    Howard A. Sherman

  2. Everybody needs a break sometimes! I like how memes can keep you blogging, even when you don't have time or material for other posts.

    I'm just starting to get back to classics; I spent a lot of years avoiding them because I associated them with school. But I, too, love how they connect you with so many people. So many classics are cultural touchstones, and I like having that piece of knowledge and shared experience.

    I also really like literary fiction and am trying to read more international literature. I like memoirs, love YA, and am trying to get myself to read more nonfiction. I read a little fantasy sometimes, though my husband is the bigger sci-fi/fantasy reader. He also reads mysteries, while I tend not to.

  3. Just hopping by! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    Reading Lark's Hop Post

    P.S. - I am a new follower.

  4. Hopping through. New follower!
    I love all different genres, especially YA.
    I really want to read Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. I've heard so many good things.
    My Hop

  5. Stopping by a little late, but happy hopping.



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