Jun 5, 2008

Booking Through Thursday: Trends

Have your book-tastes changed over the years? More fiction? Less? Books that are darker and more serious? Lighter and more frivolous? Challenging? Easy? How-to books over novels? Mysteries over Romance?

My taste in books has definitely changed over the years. When I was younger, I read alot of romance novels like Danielle Steele. Then I turned to legal thrillers, mainly John Grisham. After awhile though, I got burned out and found I didn't like them as well. I read a lot of contemporary fiction and suspense. I'm not a big self-help reader, however I did find Joyce Meyer's BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND to be helpful during a difficult time I was going through. I never used to read non-fiction, but now I'm reading quite a lot of it. One subject in particular that has grabbed my attention is the impact of the Islamic culture on Europe and America. Although its an uncomfortable subject for some, I feel its important to be aware of it. WHILE EUROPE SLEPT by Bruce Bawer is an excellent book on this subject. As far as fiction, nowadays I enjoy novels about family and friendship. I also enjoy suspense. I have not read much Historical Fiction. It doesn't interest me much, but I'm not opposed to it. Science Fiction and Fantasy are two genres that I don't care for and probably wouldn't read. My reading material has definitely become more serious and challenging and I think that comes with age.

Since I began book blogging I've really opened up my horizons and read some great books that I normally wouldn't have come across. I get so many recommendations that I've become obsessed! But I can think of worse things to be obsessed about! I'll take books any day!


  1. I had similar experiences with Grisham. At first, I thought it was just that I was tired of the style, but I do think his earlier works (like The Firm and The Pelican Brief, which are still two of my favorite books) were far better than his more recent novels. He's had a couple in the past few years that I struggled just to get through, and I haven't even attempted to read his non-legalish stuff.

  2. I totally get the book obsession thing!! Blogging and book blogs only feed that obsession but I could be surfing the net for drugs, lol, so I think it's a good thing. Book blogs have also played a hand in my reading evolution. I've read so many books in recent years that I never would have otherwise due to recommendations I read on blogs.

  3. I'll admit that since I've started Booking through Thursday my reading horizons have opened up as well. I'm liking it too!


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