Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Armchair BEA: Genre Fiction


I really love genre fiction. Like a lot. Fantasy? It is the best! And all that popular dystopian and paranormal? So much fun! Even romances (the tame sort) and westerns (the romantic sort) I love. Science fiction too, of course! And even horror!

I feel like genre fiction is where we go to escape the real world, and for many of us, this is the whole purpose for reading. Or at least a big purpose.

This is the genre where we fall in love with awesome characters and cool settings. Where we read and read and read because we can't get enough of it. Where we get lost in other worlds and times.

These books truly are the best.

Some of my favorite books that fall under the "genre" book category:

The Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfus
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
The Lumetere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta
The Passage and The Twelve by Justin Cronin
The Hollow City by Dan Wells, also his serial killer series
Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
The Raven Boys and the upcoming series by Maggie Steifvater
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russel and sequel Children of God
The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

.... and I guess I'll stop there since I truly could go on forever.

What's your favorite genre? (I can never pick one you know.)
What are some of your favorite books in that genre?
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32 comments:

  1. The Raven Boys! Queen's Thief! So many good choices.

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    1. Liviania: Believe, my list could have gone on forever.

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  2. You couldn't have said it any better! Fiction is THE genre for me.

    Development + Fiction - Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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  3. Romances (the untame sort ;)) are really good every once in awhile. But the books I tend to keep reading over and over are the young adults and non-fictions. With lots of fantasy and zombie books thrown in :)

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    1. Gofita: So... pretty much everything, right?

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  4. "The Passage and The Twelve by Justin Cronin" Yes!!! And I agree completely...for me reading is about escaping reality for a bit...that is why I read a lot less comntemporary fiction compared to genre fiction!

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    1. Melissa: I like to go back and forth between the two.

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  5. I LOVE under the never sky!!! and the sequel just took my breath away

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  6. Great choices! I like a big ole mixturey bunch of genres, and you've mentioned some of my faves here (The Passage! Hellooo!). And another thing I love about genre fiction: its keen ability to serve as a critique of our society. So many clever, powerful ways to go!

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    1. Andi: So true. It's awesome stuff.

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  7. I haven't read any of those titles, but I like reading for those same reasons...to escape reality.

    I also read nonfiction, but mostly memoirs about writers and celebrities.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. Laurel-Rain: I enjoy memoirs a lot too, I just ready many.

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  8. I love Maggie :) goes and adds these books to my reading pile

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  9. I ADORE Patrick Rothfuss. I totally forgot about his stuff.

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    1. bookloving: Me too. Need more!

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  10. It really is hard to pick favorites, isn't it? Great list!

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  11. I'm currently reading The Name of the Wind and I LOVE The Raven Boys! Great picks!

    my armchair BEA post

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    1. ablighedone: Both awesome books! I hope you are enjoying getting to know Kvothe!

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  12. My favourite genres are historical fiction and fantasy. I really like the list of books you've included -- I'm going to have to check a few of them out.

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    1. Melissa: I love those two genres especially too.

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  13. I'm working on branching out with genres. I find myself sticking with one for so long that I get bored. I need to mix it up more!

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    1. Ems: Yes, mixing it up is a blast.

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  14. I can't wait until the next Stormlight Archive book comes out. Brandon Sanderson needs to write faster!

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    1. Books: And yet, he writes a TON! He is insane I tell you.

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  15. I need to read the Passage and the Twelve like yesterday! I must push it forward on my TBR pile!!

    Angie

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    1. Angie: They are crazy! Beware!

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  16. I really want to start The Raven Boys books!

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