I enjoy fiction of many types, as well as a wide range of non-fiction areas in science and the humanities. I particularly enjoy British mystery writers such as Ruth Rendell (also when writing as Barbara Vine), Minette Walters, P.D. James, and Ellis Peters' Cadfael series.
Oops...apologies for the misspelling, which I can't seem to edit. Of course, I meant "genres".
For me it is much easier to say which genres I prefer less – detective and crime fictions, vampire sagas and primitive contemporary romantic novels. At the same time I am absolutely agree with Oscar Wilde who refers, however, to other aspect of book quality saying that “… there is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all”. So, I suppose that some masterpieces in mentioned above genres could be very good, but the chance to choose them for me is minuscule
Anything that is well written, not formula, not silly romance.....it looks like Valentina, & I have similar aversions! Except I do like detective and crime fictions but not the kind I can figure out in the first few chapters - I like surprises. I like what I call "science fantasy" where there are elements of science fiction and fantasy combined but it can't be so far beyond the possibility that it's dumb. The genres I look at when I go to the library are Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Thriller. At least that's where I start. Miranda - I love Cadfael! I got started watching the PBS mystery series but then anything with Derek Jacobi is worth watching. I haven't even thought to read the books but now I will. Thanks!
Nancy, I too love the BBC Cadfael series...in fact, I own all the episodes and my husband and I have enjoyed watching them several times over the years. I had read the books as they came along, so had read them before seeing the series...but I think the books would still be enjoyable for you even though you've seen the film versions first. There's so much more to many of the characters, for example, the sheriff and his family life, and Cadfael's part in it; Cadfael's son. Really, do give the books a try.
I agree with that quotation from Wilde, Valentina.
For me, as long as it's not some romance, I would say I try different genres. However, what I read mostly is Fantasy and Thrillers, some Science Fiction maybe, or, like Nancy said, that mix of Fantasy and Science Fiction. I read some philosophical books as well (don't really know how to call that genre - these books that are kind of sad, but go really deep and are still kind of beautiful and nice). And I also like children's books As C.S. Lewis said: "A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest."
I love reading Roald Dahl, Sebastian Fitzek, Cornelia Funke, Astrid Lindgren, Michael Ende, Markus Zusak, Walter Moers and many many others
I'm with you Laura - I loved the Witch, The Wardrobe and the Lion series. I also loved the Harry Potter series. We're just kids at heart ;-}. I'm going to have to check out some of your other authors. Miranda - I've got the first Cadfael on hold at the library and an excited about it. There are very few books that make it successfully and faithfully to the movies or tv so I usually avoid them like the plague so when one comes along that is successful I get excited. It takes so little to get me excited these days ;-}.
You're right, Nancy
Astrid Lindgren, Michael Ende and Cornelia Funke write pretty good kid's books, and I love Roald Dahl's kid's books (so much humor!).
That's why those names sound vaguely familiar! Thanks Laura! By the way, what are you holding in your hand in your picture? I can tell it's a little critter of some kind but I'm not sure what kind.
That on my picture is a baby rat, one from a litter from my pet rat a few years ago =) It must have been 5 or 6 days old on that picture.
Awww, what a cutie, Laura!
I prefer non-fiction, though I have read everything attributed to Billy Shakespeare, as well as all of the Harry Potter novels, devoured Tolkein's Ring Trilogy years ago, and the C.S. Lewis science fiction trilogy, of which "Perelandra" is part.
For those who enjoy children's literature, here are a couple of great titles intended for very young readers...and all of us who love a good book regardless of the age range at which it is mainly aimed:
The Table Where Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor (and all her titles, in fact)
Oddhopper Opera: A Bug's Garden of Verses by Kurt Cyrus.
I have been reading mysteries since I was around 9 years old. You would think I would get tired of them but I don't but I am finding it harder to find the quality of mystery at times. There are so many formatted ones now that are almost like romance novels so I stick to mostly UK authors. Of course there are many good ones in Canada and the U.S. too!
Miranda, thank you very much for your suggestion, I will take them into account! I started to read adventure and romance novels quite early and for this reason I lost many good children books. Probably now I feel an obvious lack of magic in mature routines and to compensate it time to time I am escaping with children book to the parallel universe