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What is your favorite genre of book?

Fiction
 
  16 votes, 55.2%

Other (Please answer in comment area.)
 
  6 votes, 20.7%

Non-fiction
 
  4 votes, 13.8%

Mystery
 
  3 votes, 10.3%


Poll added by: Joy H.



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message 1: by K.J. (new)

K.J. Jacobs Life stories speak to me more than fiction.

KJ Jacobs, Author
Looking Up When Your Circumstances Have You Down


message 2: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. Hi KJ,
That's an interesting point of view and very valid. I, on the other hand, find that some fiction resonates strongly with me. Some of it validates my own thinking and I find that rewarding. Other times I read fiction passages which are beautiful or which express interesting ideas or information. That all speaks to me. I like your expression: "Life stories speak to me." Good one.
Joy, moderator of Glens Falls Online Book Discussion Group.


message 3: by Polly828 (new)

Polly828 I voted for fiction. I prefer historical fiction.
~Polly828


message 4: by Terry (new)

Terry T I like biographies. So I chose "other" in order to qualify my choice.


message 5: by Betsy (new)

Betsy I have always enjoyed historical fiction. We travel quite often which helps to make these books really come alive for me. Reading a great book that takes place in a location where I have not visited makes me want to see that country and experience their culture.


message 6: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. Good point, Betsy. Books have the power to stimulate our interest in so many things. So does travel. The main thing is to keep stimulating our interests.



message 7: by Dianne (new)

Dianne I read pretty much everything, however, I do find myself in the mystery section more often than not so I would have to go with "Mystery" as my favorite choice.


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

Hi Polly, I also prefer historical fiction which may be why I love Norah Lofts best of all. I can read her books over and over. I also like some science fiction.

What would Dewey the Library cat fall under? It was the cutest book.


message 9: by 2blac (new)

2blac It is some of the things that makes me to love reading fiction books.


message 10: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. Alice wrote: "What would Dewey the Library cat fall under? It was the cutest book."

Hi Alice,
The book, _Dewey The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World_, is non-fiction. He was an actual cat in Spencer, Iowa and lived from 1988 to 2006, dying at the age of 19.

See the history of Dewey at the following link to a Wiki web page: ====>
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dewey_Re...

The web page says that they named the cat "Dewey" as a reference to Dewey Decimal System of book classification.

The author of the book, Vicki Myron, was the director of the Spencer Public Library in Spencer, Iowa, where Dewey was the resident cat.

Wiki says:
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"In Myron's book, Dewey's breed is never identified; an alley cat of unknown origin, he seems to have been a mixed breed. However, readers of the book have noted that Dewey's behavior and appearance suggest that he was part Maine Coon Cat. Male Maine Coon Cats are highly social and love to be the center of attention -- characteristics typical of Dewey..."
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message 11: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. 2blac wrote: "It is some of the things that makes me to love reading fiction books."

Hi, 2blac! Nice to see you here.
Welcome to our Glens Falls group.
Best wishes,
Joy


message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

I voted for fiction, but love mysteries, in fact when I finally to semi-organize my books, I was surprised at how many mystery series I actually own! But mysteries are a form of fiction after all. :)


message 13: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. Pontalba, I've never forgotten what our old college history professor confessed to us years ago ... she was hooked on mystery stories. She grinned with pleasure when she said it. Funny the things which our mind chooses to remember. That was back in the 1950s when I was in my 20s. The professor is probably long dead, but she's alive in my memory. I wish she could know that.


message 14: by Jackie (last edited Oct 04, 2010 08:36AM) (new)

Jackie Fantasy and sci-fi. It's so imaginative and that's what I'm looking for: to engage my imagination and be entertained. And escapism.


message 15: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. Jackie, I'm amazed at how popular the fantasy and sci-fi genres are. I haven't been hooked on them yet (although I've tried), but I feel as you do about wanting to be entertained and drawn in. So few books do it for me.

Off the top of my head, I can recall a book which really drew me it. It was The Thirteenth Tale (2006) by Diane Setterfield. Below is what I said in my GR review:
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"This book was a page-turner for me. I looked forward to reading it each day. The author is a master at setting up an atmosphere of suspense and mystery. Some folks at our library group's discussion thought that certain parts of the story seemed contrived, but that didn't bother me. Instead, the contrived parts made it more interesting. As another person said (quoting Samuel Taylor Coleridge) we read fiction with 'that willing suspension of disbelief'."
FROM: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
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message 16: by Jackie (new)

Jackie I still have that book, Joy. Ah, I wish I had time enough and no responsibilities so I could read all day and all night long. I will get to The Thirteenth Tale one of these days. My book shelves keep growing, if I didn't give away what I've read, they'd take over.

My longing for escapism insures that I can willingly suspend disbelief. I have no problem with it in sci-fi or fantasy because it's all illusion and you know that going in. Where I have a problem with it is in more mainstream stories like mystery, thriller, drama. While reading those genres I'm looking for some realism.


message 17: by Joy H. (last edited Oct 04, 2010 10:02AM) (new)

Joy H. Jackie, I can't take too much realism. It's too depressing. :)


message 18: by Jackie (new)

Jackie That's for sure. It's why I don't read it too often, LOL


message 19: by Ema (new)

Ema I like Science Fiction and Fantasy. :)


message 20: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. Ema, we have several SF and Fantasy fans in our Glens Falls group. Welcome to the group!
Joy H.


message 21: by Xiri (new)

Xiri Science Fiction.


message 22: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. Xiri wrote: "Science Fiction."

We have several SF fans in our group.


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