It took me some time to inventory what I’ve read lately and see what my genre is exactly, because honestly, I tent to read all over the map.
Question 1: What is your favorite genre?
I think my favorite genre is historical fiction. I’ve always liked reading about different time periods, and different countries during different time periods. It’s probably about as close as I will come to taking a trip in the TARDIS.
Question 2: Who is your favorite author from that genre?
There are so many different subgenres that I have a hard time picking just one. Plus, I haven’t really read the work of any one particular author, especially if they’re prolific. In the past, I’ve really enjoyed Sarah Waters’ work, especially Fingersmith, and I love Kate Morton’s aesthetic.
Question 3: What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?
I think it’s because of the number of ways the genre can be interpreted and put into use. There is so much history to explore, and it can take you back to certain points in time. Some writers are also really great at playing with time in their novels through duel narratives, which have been some of my favorites.
Question 4: What is the book that started your love for the genre?
Question 5: If you had to recommend at least one book from your favorite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?
So my primer for historical fiction includes three books that treat historical setting differently. The first would be City of Thieves by David Benioff, I recommend this book to just about everyone, and I have always gotten positive feedback from people who have really enjoyed it. Plus, David Benioff is actually one of the writers from Game of Thrones, so you know you’re in for a wild ride.
The next would be In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. This is a historical fiction novel based on a true story. Its set in the Dominican Republic during Rafael Leonidas Trujillo’s reign, and it follows the Maribel sisters as they join the resistance. It’s really a great book, and I recommend it. The writing is beautiful, and the story is very interesting.
For someone more comfortable with a duel narrative, I would recommend The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis. This is a book that using one character to bridge two storylines, and it’s still fascinating, even though only half of the book is set in the 1950s. This one deals a lot with changing gender roles, and what its like being a woman in the 1950s as opposed to the 21st Century.
Question 6: Why do you read?
I read to see the world through another lens. Its part of why I don’t stick to just one genre and I will read mysteries, historical fiction, and young adult in moderation.
So, that’s my genre! I feel like there were about five ways I could have answered this tag, but I think this one rings true. So, I am going to tag a few people to keep this going!