Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Reading a New Genre/Style

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved reading fiction and fantasy novels. I love reading and dreaming of other worlds and imagining that super powers and magical gifts could really be possible. Along those reading lines, lately I have soared through the pages of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Lost Hero, and Fablehaven. I even journeyed through the stories in the scriptures with the Hawkins family in Chris Heimerdinger's latest, Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites: Sorcerers and Seers.

To broaden my scope a little bit, I took my mother-in-laws challenge to read a series by Chris Stewart called The Great and Terrible. I know that most people looking at them would think that they are sci-fi/ fantasy fiction also, but after reading half of the first book, I have decided that they are a totally different style than I have ever read. They are adult fiction. Very dry, very slow paced, and very much lacking in transitions from one scene to the next.

Reading that, you would think that I was hating the series, but that is far from true. Honestly, it's kind of refreshing to fill in the gaps of the story on my own. I never realized it before, but Harry Potter somewhat spoiled me in the fact that every little detail tied together and every moment of the students Hogwarts life was depicted within the pages. I still love my teen fantasy fiction books and will keep reading them, but picking up a few more figure it out for yourself types of book might not be a bad idea.

So, tell me, what's your genre? Are you a biography reader looking for the make believe of a fantasy novel? A picture book reader who needs a little more content of a text book? Which type of book will you try this week?

If you want a great Christmas book and you love history, try this one on for size.


  1. I'm not a big reader (want to be!) BUT, I like non-fiction usually. Political, history,auto-biographical etc. Although fiction books that make you think (like Wicked) are always fun too :)I need to read more. Working on it :)

    Could be worse though...I could be Jaime who is almost strictly obsessed with Historical Romance novels. Trashier the better...

  2. love this. also, who redid our blog?? SUPER CUTE!!!

  3. and also... can they redo mine??

  4. I'm not sure who did it, but I am loving it also. The banner is adorable!

  5. this is wonderful...

  6. I lovelovelove popular fiction! but i read wuthering heights (gothic novel) for my english class.. and i LOVED it. so i love this post (: and i LOVE the blog!! seriously, who did it? and ruth, you look great! you don't need it redone (:

  7. Yay, glad you all like it! I don't know who did the background, but I decided to make the banner match. So whenever the background changes we can change the banner to match if you want. (I know you're crazy busy Ruth, but you're the artist if you ever want to do something to it!)

    Also, if you guys want a different picture of yourself or have suggestions to make it better, let me know :)

    Yes, I have WAY too much time on my hands.

    i love you for it (: plus i miss you and i want to see you sometime soon. and i don't care who knows it!

    ps: our all-time pageview history = 858. and we haven't even been doing this a month! AWESOME.

  9. em -- the banner is AWESOME.

    p.s. i love books. i'm going to try to read more in general and longer books, since i usually read smaller ones bcs of my short attention span.