'Give me a book and I'll forget the world' - Is a very nice thing to say but the first thing I'd ask would be, "Which book"? Yes, I'm a bibliophile and all that but I prefer to only read certain genres. To start with, I can only read fiction. Non fiction is something that has never appealed to me. While I was good at understanding and sometimes mugging up from school/college books, non-fiction books are really difficult for me to comprehend. I need a book to have a proper beginning, middle and ending. Else, the whole structure seems wrong to me. Fiction makes sense in every way to the reader in me. Stories are something that I flow with. I need characters to imagine in my head and I also like to get into the head of the author to know what he/she was thinking while writing this particular story.
In fiction too, I only prefer a few genres. Since I started my reading journey with mystery, thrill and crime, it will always remain my favorite genre. Murder mysteries, heists, adventure, crimes and thrill leave me craving for more. Such stories are the best and we do have quite a number of authors who excel at this. My recent discovery of Keigo Higashino and his books was such a winning moment for me. The mystery and the level of thrill in his books is just the best. I've read most of his books that are translated to English and I would give a four plus star to all of them. He develops mystery in levels and just when you think that your are reaching the last level, he briskly changes the whole thing taking you back to the start. When the mystery is finally solved, it is nothing that you expected and it just explodes in your face. Weirdly, that is a wonderful feeling when you are reading a mystery novel. The suspense is the best part of this genre. You make a thousand predictions that may or may not come true. This genre challenges you and sucks you into the story. That is why this will always remain my favorite.
I like family sagas and dramas too. While most of Sidney Sheldon's books had an element of mystery in them, the drama in them was the best. 'Master Of The Game' is one of the best books that I've ever read. Moving from generation to generation, this book captivated me completely. Same with Danielle Steel books. They just talk about a bunch of characters and weave a story around them. It is a simple story, but it is so beautiful. There is no unexpected surprise or crime, just the story is enough to keep the reader wanting for more. This is the reason why Jeffery Archer is one of my favorites.
Fantasy fiction is another genre that I am fascinated with. It is just a fascination and I'm not very fond of it. I always thought that it would be good since everything is imaginary. Unfortunately, the first fantasy series that I read was the Twilight series. I was not a fan to be honest, but one of my best friends egged me to go for it. After reading the first two books, curiosity struck and I ended up reading the other two as well. Still did not become a fan. I haven't read 'Lord Of The Rings' or the 'Inheritance Cycle', but it is on my list. Sadly, nothing was motivating me enough to go ahead and buy them. Then, Harry Potter happened. More on that later.
Classics is a favorite genre too, but it applies only to a few books. While I've loved the Shakespearean classics, 'Little Women' would be my favorite here. I've read quite a lot of books in this genre and have enjoyed most of them. 'Wuthering Heights', 'Lolita', 'Oliver Twist' and 'Treasure Island' come to mind now. I haven't read any book by Jane Austen until now and it is such a shame. While I've watched the movie, I want to read 'Pride And Prejudice' someday. Just to understand Mr. Darcy better. I started reading 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest', and I loved the 22 page foreword. But then, it got a bit difficult for me to understand. I'm yet to go back to it. But soon, I will.
I love writing poetry, but when it comes to reading them, I'm not a big fan. Yes, I do love to read poems on blogs and write them, but an entire book on poetry is something that I may never read. I love Pablo Neruda and his words but reading a lot of them back to back in a single book would be something that I'd never do. I don't know why, but the thought just doesn't appeal to me. Another genre that I'm not very fond of is romance. Some love stories I've fallen in love with like 'P.S: I Love You', but I can count them on my fingers. Somehow being a realist, the idea of love in books doesn't make sense to me. It is very contrived and perfect to be true. Given a chance, I'd probably never read these genres. Voluntarily.
Horror, Religion, Politics, War and Science fiction is not something that I can see myself reading. Maybe I never gave it a chance. Oh wait, I've tried reading Robin Cook's 'Seizure' and stopped after a couple of chapters. I don't recall why, but had I enjoyed it I would have definitely gone back to it. The story was really interesting though. Let me look for it on my bookshelf. I might just give it another try.
What are your favorite genres to read? Do recommend some good books for it.