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Subject: How did your reading taste change in 2009?
Date Posted: 1/1/2010 4:28 PM ET
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I was looking over the books I read in 2009.  There was a increase in memoir of lesser known people.  What really stood out is my focus on the Middle East.  I read 28 books in 2009 and 8 of them were either set in the Middle East or the main characters were from the Middle East.  And I read all 8 after May!  These books covered fiction and non-fiction.  I guess it must be on my mind.

Did you notice any changes in your reading tastes?  Did you find a new genre or author that you are now in love with?

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 4:48 PM ET
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I've long made it a point to vary my reading to journey around the world and through time. In 2009, though, I developed a strange new fixation on detective/murder mystery type books. I just finished my fourth Michael Connelly- Harry Bosch crime novel. I'm also beginning my second Stieg Larsson book. I mostly listen to these on my IPod. They're fun! I've never been into that genre before as I am mostly a Classics geek.  I think the crime novels are a nice easy kind of book as opposed to what I'm used to. Classics require somewhat greater concentration because of the heightened language. The detective stories are something I can just sit back and take it easy with and put my brain on autopilot.

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 5:19 PM ET
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I have sort of moved on from paranormal.  Never thought it would happen (and it better not be permanent or I will have TONS of books on my bookshelf soon!).

I've been reading a lot of historical fiction, which is nothing new, but I have read more HF with less romance in it.  And this was the year of the long historical novel.  Loved it.

Date Posted: 1/1/2010 7:32 PM ET
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My change is that I listen to more audiobooks at home than I did before. It allows me to "read" the book and play computer games or browse online at the same time.  Also I can get a few more things done around the house when I am listening.

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Date Posted: 1/1/2010 10:27 PM ET
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My reading list has broadened considerably since I joined PBS.  I used to read mainly science fiction, but I discovered paranormal last year, and I've been reading more mysteries as well.  This year, the big shift for me was starting to read Stephen King seriously.  I am not sure why I never got into his writing before, but I've finally been hooked and have read seventeen of his books since July.

Ironically, in November I joined a new science fiction challenge, and it seems like I'm back to where I started!

Date Posted: 1/3/2010 5:02 PM ET
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Hmmm. . . I think in 2009 I got myself out of the rut I was in the past five or so years of mainly rereading my favorite books and only picking up one or two authors. Looking at my list there were still a lot of rereads (43%) but most of those were Agatha Christie rereads because I'm still working my way through all of her books in publication order, so they were challenge rereads instead of comfort rereads, so to speak. :) And beyond the Christie, I read books by nineteen (!!!) authors I had never read before, eight of whom were good enough that I will be reading more of their work.


I also started branching out in my mystery choices, reading more of the Golden Age British authors, something I plan to continue to do this year. The one thing that I was a little disappointed in myself over was that I still didn't read a whole lot of science fiction. . . which is why I'm doing the SF challenge! :)

Date Posted: 1/3/2010 8:50 PM ET
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I started reading romances for the first time since Jr. High.  I bought a box of books to post here from someone who reads only romance novels.  So I held back the most interesting ones and have been slowly but surely working through them.  Some have been as bad as I expected, but a few have surprised me. 

Date Posted: 1/4/2010 8:52 AM ET
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I went through the MIddle East and North Africa phase through 2007.  I had a nephew serving in Iraq.  When he left the Middle East so did I.   I purged nearly every book.  In 2009 it was science fiction after about a 15 year break from the genre.

Date Posted: 1/4/2010 10:12 AM ET
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I used to read Science Fiction and Fantasy, with a smattering of "serious" lit (ala Michael Chabon), but in 2009 I pretty much stopped reading Sci-Fi.  I just can't get into it anymore -- mostly because it's so often about the science, but has so little to say about the people that inhabit the story.

I also started reading horror this past year.  I read Stephen King's Cell and Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan's The Strain.  I couldn't put down either book and will definitely be reading more horror this year..

Date Posted: 1/4/2010 4:37 PM ET
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I joined PBS in 2009 and have gotten back into reading like I used to before having kids 12 years ago. I now make sure to fit in some reading almost daily. PBS has given me so many ideas for new authors and books that I would never have discovered.

I would have to say that Paranormal is my new genre - I LOVED the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer and moved on to the Hosue of Night series by P.C. Cast - I have slowly but surely been accumulating series by many other recommended paranormal authors - Kresley Cole, Gina Showalter, Christine Feehan, Victoria Lewis, Sherilynn Kenyon, etc. My TBR piles are miles high but I love it. I still mix in some current bestsellers like The Help, Sworn to Silence, etc. My all time favorite this year have been the Janet Evanovich Stefanie Plum series -- I laugh out loud during each one and miss Stefanie when I've moved on to different books. I'm halfway through the series - I just can't read a whole series straight through - I need a variety!

Happy Reading to everyone in 2010!

Date Posted: 1/4/2010 9:09 PM ET
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I seemed to have shifted from historical romance (which I still enjoy occasionally) to more of the lite fun mystery's such as the Stephanie Plum series.. I've also been reading the paranomal Queen Betsy series.But the last 2 are really hard to find.  I don't care for the real serious mystery or drama just the cozy or fun ones.

 I think a big part of the switch was a friend of mine didn't read any type of romance so we could never trade books. It's been good for both of us since we've found different authors we like and share the books.

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 9:45 PM ET
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It's interesting how PBS opens us up to new reading avenues.  I know I have followed member recommendations or followed links and ordered new authors in genres I have never even heard of before.  All because of PBS>

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 4:39 PM ET
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 I read various novels based off of the Hellboy series and after I got done with those; I decided to try out various books in the urban fantasy & paranormal genre.

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 5:18 PM ET
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I started reading a little more historical fiction which has been very enjoyable.  I particularly liked Slammerkin (I've loved Emma Donohugh's "Kissing the Witch" for years) and The Oracle Glass.

Date Posted: 1/8/2010 4:06 PM ET
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My reading habits stayed fairly consistent during the year. I read almost everything except romance, science fiction and westerns.  I've been a PBSer since 2006 and like prevous posters said, I have discovered more wondeful authors based on other's recommendations.  I have recruited so many people to PBS because I think it's the greatest thing since sliced bread!