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Subject: What Other Genres Do You Read?
Date Posted: 8/28/2009 10:20 PM ET
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I think it's fun to know what else everybody likes to read besides Paranormal.  I also read:

  • Fantasy - urban, high, epic, historical, magic, medieval, steampunk
  • Historical Fiction
  • Manga
  • Mystery - cozies.  I love Tamar Myers Penn Dutch mysteries they are ridiculously funny.
  • YA - occasionally

How about everyone else?

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Date Posted: 8/28/2009 11:02 PM ET
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I read :

Fantasy- all difernt knids( historical, epic, urban, ect.)

YA Fantasy- I say this because it is completley different in tone, settings, and subject from adult fantasy

Science Fiction- but very little and not often

Humor- things like George Carlin' s Brain Droppings

Classics- I mostly read Shakespear  and I read Poe every year at halloween .I'm not really sure why I do that but I do!

Date Posted: 8/28/2009 11:19 PM ET
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Humor, horror, YA, chick lit.

Date Posted: 8/29/2009 11:27 AM ET
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I love Humor and recently have been reading Mystery books - like Sofie Metropolis. 

Date Posted: 8/29/2009 11:45 AM ET
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Para (of course)






Sci-Fi (just a few books a year)

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Date Posted: 8/29/2009 12:17 PM ET
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I read quite a variety...more so since I've been here.  So far in 2009, here is the "breakdown" of how many I've read in various genres:

Paranormal (26) - Not bad since I only really started reading this genre last year.

Science Fiction (13) - My original favorite genre since I was in my single digit years reading Heinlein's YA novels.

Non fiction (8) - If a subject catches my interest, I look for a book.  Topics range from WWI to Harry Potter to Ultramarathon running.

Mystery/Thriller (6) - Mostly from Karin Slaughter's Grant County series.

General Fiction (5) - Varied stuff.

Stephen King (5) - I could have said "horror," but the truth is they were all y King because I like his writing style, as opposed to the genre in general.

Fantasy (4) - not counting Jim Butcher, who I listed with paranormal.



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Date Posted: 8/29/2009 1:14 PM ET
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Well, I read just about any and every genre. 


I am like Matt in that since I have been here, I have broadened my reading also. 


I love mysteries, horror, urban fantasy, young adult, contempory lit, you name it. 


I need to read more biographies and non-fiction though.

Date Posted: 8/29/2009 1:56 PM ET
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Mystery - all kinds from cozy, tough guy PI, police procedurals, historicals

Action thrillers/suspense novels - assassin, conspiracy, secret societies, historicals, covert ops, etc

Historical fiction - various settings and time periods from ancient to 'modern'

non-fiction - history, biography, science

Fantasy - not as much as I used to, but I'm slowly getting back into it and all except horror

Historical romance - mostly 1800's to 1930's

Romantic suspense - mercenaries, military, ex-military, balck ops, etc


Date Posted: 8/29/2009 5:28 PM ET
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I jump all over.  Just not much non fiction other than stuff to browse, like cooking, gardening, pictures.

SciFi, preferably with a bit of romance. 

Anything Paranormal / urban fantasy. 

Some fantasy.

Stuff that straddles the line between fantasy and SciFi.

YA paranormal / fantasy.

No mysteries that feel threatening.  No serial killers of women.  Dexter, yes.  Child abductors? No.  No violence that feels real.

Some horror.  But totally a NIMBY.  Not in my back yard.  Again, no violence that feels real.

Those Shomi type SciFi romances.

Historical romance with paranormal.

Lesbian fiction. 

Mythology based stories, like Kim Wilkins.

Jane Austen.




Date Posted: 8/29/2009 8:10 PM ET
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these days it seems like i'm reading with a fairly narrow focus.  i read a *lot* of paranormal - both urban fantasy, and paranormal romance.

i read a little bit of 'regular' fantasy (including the occasional YA novel), and a little bit of sci-fi.

i occasionally read a mystery - usually a cozy mystery, and still often paranormal.

plus the occasional historical romance, mainly from authors that also write paranormal.

the series challenge i'm participating in has me pulling in more from some of those other genres over the last 3 weeks as i'm reading more than normal and i just didn't have enough of the lighter paranormal books mixed in and had to branch out to find something to give me a break once in a while.  i've read *way* more cozy mystery recently than i usually do, and i probably won't touch another for months now.

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Date Posted: 8/29/2009 9:43 PM ET
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I too like Vicki and Matt have broadened my reading likes since I have joined PBS.  I was pretty much reading stricly fantasy.  There is SO much good literature out there and I'm glad that I joined PBS and discovered all there is.

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 1:05 AM ET
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I agree with PBS expanding my horizons. I read strictly chick lit and memiors before joining. I am SO glad I discovered YA and paranormal. It's been months since I've picked up a chick lit book.

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 7:57 AM ET
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contemporary romance

occasionally historical romance

romance is roughly 85-90% of my total reading(including paranormal since i like light /funny /romantic paranormal best)

the remainder is usually mystery(cozy)with the occasional women's fiction/christian fiction(funnier the better), or non-fiction title that sounds interesting

Date Posted: 8/30/2009 9:58 AM ET
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I also read a very wide variety of genres.    And since Matt did it, I'm now now curious how the books I've read in 2009 fall into the various categories:

  • Mystery / Thriller - General (15)
  • Paranormal Romance (12)
  • Women's Fiction / Contemporary Fiction (11)
  • Mystery - Cozy (9)
  • HIstorical Romance (7)
  • Non-Fiction - Memoir / Biography (7)
  • Romance - General/Contemporary (5)
  • Historical Fiction (5)
  • Romantic Suspense (4)
  • Young Adult - General (4)
  • Literary Fiction (4)
  • Humor / Satire (4)
  • Paranormal Mystery (3)
  • Historical Mystery (3)
  • General Non-Fiction: (3)
  • Young Adult Fantasy / Paranormal (2)
  • Chick Lit (2)
  • Time Travel  - Romance / Chick Lit / etc. (2)
  • Fantasy (1)
  • Horror (1)




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Date Posted: 9/12/2009 2:20 AM ET
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Hmmm. . . well I'll be OCD and try and REALLY break it down.

Since April this year (which is when I started keeping track) here's what I've read:


Mystery: 21

     Golden Age British Mysteries: 20 (all Agatha Christie and a sprinkling of Dorothy Sayers

     Cozy Mysteries: 1

Fantasy: 16

     Romantic Fantasy: 5 (all Sharon Shinn

     Epic/High Fantasy: 4

     Fantasy with magical creatures: 3

     Urban Fantasy: 3

     YA Fantasy: 1

     Non-Magic Fantasy: 1

     Fantasy Anthologies: 2

     Fantasy-Lite: 1

Science Fiction: 8

     SF that looks like Fantasy: 3

     SF-Lite: 2

     Hard SF: 1

     Classic (or classic-feeling) SF: 1

     Noir SF: 1

Mainstream Fiction: 1 (but it's by an author who also writes SF)

Biography: 1 (but it's a biography of an SF author)


And I've read other non-fiction, but nothing I've finished so I didn't count i here. I'll pick up anything that seems like good research for a story I'm working on, and I enjoy environmental writing, popular science, and ethics.


And looking over my list I realize there is NO paranormal on it. It is one of the genres I read least, though there's some overlap with the urban fantasy. I am reading Mercedes Lackey's Diana Tregarde series at the moment, so that counts.

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Date Posted: 9/12/2009 8:59 AM ET
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Completely agree with you (as usual, lol) Colleen.

I used to read nothing but Chick Lit, but since PBS I have broadened that to other areas such as YA, Horror, Paranormal (of course! my new fave!), Fantasy, Historical Fiction, occasionally non fiction, and probably a few more I can't think of just now.

I can't honestly remember the last time I picked up a Chick Lit book. This site is just about the greatest find ever! So glad someone posted a link on my local Craigslist all that time ago! Thank you stranger on CL! :)

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 11:30 AM ET
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I found PBS on craigslist too Misty. I am forever grateful!