What’s your favourite genre and why?
Historical fiction will most always win, but I do like a well written contemporary as well.
@Kris @Kari my favourite is Horror, particularly about haunted houses because I love old buildings and how they’re described in the books. The charactor of them, the history of the buildings and everything they’ve seen. I may have to check out some historical fiction. I think I could get into that. Can you recommend any to start with? ?
I’m a big fan of Susanna Kearsley, her books have a hint of “other” to them that could be described as a little paranormal, but they mostly involve past life experiences, but not in a Shirley MacClaine way. (Bad-run on sentence there!) I’ve just got so many ideas in my head that I can’t make them come out right now!
I’ve enjoyed her books too
Historical Fiction because I despised history in school but loved to learn and the books are interesting stories made up around historical events. Textbooks were a series of timelines and events you had to memorize for tests were as novels pull at the heartstrings.
Fantasy because I love the escape and the possibilities.
I find it interesting how screwed-up guys externalise their fantasies.
@Maurice thank you ? can you recommend anything in particular?
Why? ? Have you read any of the Red Dwarf books?
Katie Stott I really like the different perspectives on the future and what can be done with technology. I have not read the Red Dwarf books but I will have to look into them. Some of my favorites are Neuromancer and Ready Player One.
Memoirs and books about families bc I can relate.
Mystery. Because it keeps me on the edge of me chair biting my nails
Comedy romance. Its light as easy reads which is sadly all i have time for these days!
Historical fiction, followed closely by mysteries.
Historical adventures ? it takes me thru ages and hell entertains me
Historical fiction. The best ones teach as well as entertain.
Thrillers!!! Because they are twisty and thrilling.
Sci-fi, very interesting and can be a good mix of not believable and believable all at once.
Horror.. Thriller…suspense mystery… Psychosexual.. Erotica..
Can you recommend any good horror books
Have you read any horror erotica? ?
@Evonne the best one so far that scared the daylight outta me is James Herbert’s The Dark.. Then it’s Weaveworld by Clive Barker… The Listeners by Christopher Pike.. The tomb, the keep and night world all 3 by by F. Paul wilson, Sleepless by Graham masterton… and so many more.. and if you wanna know more.. Add me as friend and we’ll talk about it 🙂
@Mansoor James Herbert is one of my favourites. I loved The Secret of Crickley Hall.
@Mansoor I’ve never read any erotica before but if you know any good ghost erotica books I’d be willing to try something new. ?
@Katie mine too.. And 2 of his best for me are the Dark and the fog
@Katie since you are not familiar with the horror erotica so you better start with the hotblood series which is easily available.. Once you get the hang of it, you can try others as well
Historical Fiction. I love history (basically all things of the past) and I really like to imagine myself being in a certain place and time as I read.
I like several genres generally about women from a woman’s perspective, and most often by women authors. Male authors don’t always get it right when trying to write from the women’s perspective, I still read quite a few male authors whether they get it right or not. My favorite genres are fantasy, historical, suspense, a mystery series here or there, and non-fiction.
Hi Katie! Welcome to SBC. I am the presidential biography guy here… so my genre is history/biography. My wife is the reason, primarily, having planned for us an awesome vacation in Washington DC in 2010, then somehow turning me from a loather of reading into a book addict.
I bet you’ve never looked back ?
Urban Fantasy because its action packed
It is about a year ago that I started reading seriously, before that It was very sporadical. Since then I have been reading various genres and I have discovered, a bit unexpected and reluctantly :-), that I think I prefer love novels. Usually most love novels have a story that includes some excitement but the perspective is different. They don’t focus on just violence and the struggle for power. I am fed up with stories about the struggle for power, such as the maffia or stuff like that. We have seen them on film and in books time and time again. There is not much more to say about that. Enough is enough.
Books about women.
Horror is my favorite, but I love thrillers, mystery, romance, and sci-fi
Can you recommend any good haunted house novels? ?
@Katie I really liked Haunted House by Jack Kilborn. I read his other books which made this one a little more interesting, but you don’t have to read them to enjoy it.
@Evonne thank you I’ll definitely check it out ?
i listened to the audiobook while on my daily commute and had to turn it off in afternoon traffic cause it was creeping me out. It was great
@Evonne brilliant! I’ll make it my next read ?
hope you enjoy it
Yes, I love historical fiction too.
Urban fantasies and mysteries. I enjoy urban fantasy because it’s fantasy but, usually takes place in our world. I guess I like thinking these characters and happenings can be going on all around us. Once I found the Dresden files and went on an adventure with Dresden on the back of the skeleton of tyranasoraus Sue I was hooked.
I have always liked mysteries too. I prefer series because, once I get absorbed in a characters life I enjoy following them. Historical mysteries are among my favorites.
Dark romance and after that I will read almost every other genres, only horror if it isn’t for Asian, is what I didn’t like read. So Stephen King is author which book are my not to read-list etc
Mysteries and fiction
Any character- driven novel that is well written, as well as my guilty pleasure: epic fantasy.
Horror/Paranormal-Preferably true & True Crime
Memoirs, because life is often “stranger than fiction,” as they say. It’s amazing that some people made it out of childhood, they had such difficult early years.
really good historical fiction.
YA, dystopia, microhistory, politics
I also love a well written socio-political thriller with religious undertones a la Steve Berry and Dan Brown.
Either true stories (especially on the FLDS and third world countries as it helps me learn and raises awareness) or historical fiction (I enjoy different theories on how the facts are connected).
Fantasy! I like that it takes me away from this world to another for a little while.
Psychological Thriller, Historical Fiction, Coming-of-age
Victorian fiction and nonfiction. I suppose it’s the elitist as the century turned and the populations that supported them.
Used to be fantasy but now I’m not sure possibly mystery
Historical fiction, because I love fiction but hate fantasy. I also enjoy history and the idea of stories based in truth and known historical facts, but imagining how it might have been. I also like that my heroine is not going to morph into an owl and fly away. My current favorite is All the Light We Cannot See.
Horror. A good horror will keep you in suspense and stay with you.
Either Fantasy or Mystery. Fantasy because there are usually no rules regarding physics or possibilities, whereas everything else needs to follow, to some degree, a feel of realism or limitations of natural life. And Mystery because… who doesn’t love a GOOD mystery, right?
Mysteries, grew up on Nancy Drew
So many historical fiction readers, and not many historical nonfiction! Don’t forget the saying, “truth is stranger than fiction.” Of course, it does tend to be more frustrating and depressing. ?
True crime. Because I am sick and demented probably.
I hate romance.
Detective – i guess because of the lonely pursuit of justice
Psychological thrillers, I love books that keep me on the edge of my seat. However, not all books that claim to be psychological thrillers are worthy of the name.
I’m a little unclear about what makes a psychological thriller. Can you give a couple of examples, please?
@Diana there is usually a mystery or crime involved but it’s not so much violence but more mind games, hence the psychology involved. Gone Girl is probably the best example.
@Annetta , thank you.
Urban fantasy, cuz it takes me far from the real world, and I kinda need that
Historical Fiction when reading in Arabic and Mystery when reading in English. I don’t know why though, I guess in Arabic, I just love the thought of reading a book from a pharaoh’s point of view, makes me feel special ,like I’m the only one who knows what he was thinking and makes history that much more interesting ? English books have the best mysteries and I just love Dan Brown ??♀️ But I do have to say that picking a genre is really hard , a good book is a good book .
Would u recommend some of these Arabic historical fiction books
Miro Ihab I would love to ! ” واحة الغروب ” بهاء طاهر ”يوم ￼￼￼￼￼￼غائم في البر الغربي”محمد المنسى قنديل I absolutely love these especially the second book .
Miro Ihab there’s also “شوق الدرويش ” By حمور زيدان but this one is a bit different , it’s a story about a lover’s vengeance for his loved one in which you get to see how Sudan was influenced by the Egypt’s unstable condition when it was conquered by Turkey and then by England and the Sudanese mindset then especially concerning المهدى المنتظر . If you’re into this kind of books , I fiercely recommend this one ??
شكرا حبيبتي علي ذوقك ?
I love the classics of reading because they have not yet finished saying what they had to say: they are always current!
Mystery bc they usually have me on the edge of my seat
I really can’t say. My favorite genre is the one I am reading right now, whatever it is. But I tend to gravitate toward books that might be classified as horror, but I find them neither horrifying nor scary. And I absolutely adore historical fiction. So, if you can suggest a novel that tells a story that might be classified as horror, but is set in rich historical settings, I would probably give it a try. Guess who is my favorite author at this time.
Read the Pall Mall Gazette articles ( there are 90 of them) about the Jack the Ripper murders in London, fascinating.
@Rosemary where do you find them ?
@Maureen they were assigned reading for an Historical Analysis class I took, focusing on the late 1800’s. There was a website dedicated to all things about Jack the Ripper, theories about the killer,etc., and I would have to look it up, but I think you could find them by Googling Pall Mall Gazette and Jack the Ripper. They are all the collected articles from this newspaper about the crime and the reporting in the news about each of the murders, very authentic and original source about the episode in history.
@Rosemary I did actually find one site. But not All of the artisticles
@Maureen I’ll have to find my old notebook with the website with the collected articles, but I’ll find it; I don’t throw stuff away. I printed them all out, so I have a mini-booklet of them somewhere in my office.
thanks for that!
Google Casebook: Jack the Ripper Pall Mall Gazette. I was wrong, it’s 55 articles, but about 90 pages of reading. They are listed there in order. Some are short snippets, others several pages.
@Rosemary that’s the site I found! Thanks
Adventure & misadventure. I learn so much about “safe decisions”
Romance (not cheesy harlequin) and thrillers
Mostly fiction although I might read other stuff from time to time.
Urban fantasy. Gives me the possibility to imagine my normal life as a bit more fun, compared to how boring real life can be.
Memoirs and novels about families. Turns out I like stories about people! ?♀️ (I’m a social worker so it makes sense but took a while to realize!)
That is a fascinating genre. Any to recommend?
Not really. It’s a new discovery to me. My favorite novel (that tells the family story) is Boston Girl by Anita Diamott. I just read The Long Haul by Finn Murphy for book club in August and it was enjoyable. And I’m going to work on this list http://www.powells.com/post/lists/25-memoirs-to-read-before-you-die
Thanks for asking ?
@Kara thanks! I much prefer nonfiction! Fiction is so fictitious
Most nonfiction – biographies, memoirs, history, science, etc. The world just fascinates me and I always crave learning new things.
non-fiction, especially true-crime and stories about people dealing with illness/disability, prejudice, etc.
Cozy? Armchair? Classic? Thriller? Pulp? 😀
Right now, Scandinavian authors.
Psychological thrillers, literary fiction and legal procedurals.
I like fiction or historical fiction the best because the genre is so diversified. Many categories could fall under this genre.
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