Today's genre focus is genre fiction.... What do you read? What do you stay away from at all costs?
I have to say that I read so many different genres. I love historical fiction. I LOVE anything to do with World War II, so many of the books I read are written during this time period. WWII isn't the only time period I read though. I love historical fiction in general. I love being able to see how life was during different time periods, how people acted, how society saw things, and how over the years the world has changed in general. I can read a book and think "in today's time, it wouldn't be like that". Some of the stories make you think about what it would be like to live during those times, and others make you thankful that you didn't.
I also love mystery/thrillers/horror. I love a good "scary story". Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Joe Hill are just a few that come to mind right off. I love scary movies, but they don't tend to scare me the way a book can. In a movie, you can always tell when something is about to happen...scary music, standing in front of a picture window, running to the top floor of the house, and let's not forget running to the car and it won't start. Now a book...... ahhh....the power of imagination!!!
Apocalyptic: this genre I haven't read much of, but I am tending to appreciate it more and more. Some of the ones I have read made me sit back and think "that might actually happen" (The Road), while others are so very far out there but make a good story.
I'm not a big fan of romance novels.... the bodice ripper types.... if I'm reading a book and it has romance in it, it's fine.... but as for the all romance stories....not so much.
I have ventured out into different types of books I read. There are still some genres that I don't list as my favorite or read on a regular basis, but I am willing to give them a try. I gave myself a "100 page" rule. I will read 100 pages and then decide if I will continue with it. I figure that gives me some time to get hooked or not. There are too many wonderful books waiting to be discovered to continue reading one that I don't like.
What are some of your favorites?