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message 1: by Jody (new)

Jody (jodybell) | 3471 comments If you had to pick just one (book or series) from these genres ... what would it be?

Autobiography/Biography/Memoir
Children's Book
Classic
Contemporary
Dystopia
Fantasy
Graphic Novel
Historical Fiction
Horror
Humour
Modern Classic
Mystery
Non-Fiction
Play
Poetry
Romance
Sci-Fi
Short Story
Thriller
Young Adult

I'm always interested in seeing what people's favourites are, and always looking to add to my TBR! Did I miss any glaringly obvious genres?


message 2: by Zaz (new)

Zaz | 2983 comments Interesting idea! I think I'll have a difficult time to decide for some categories, but I'll try anyway. I read really few books in some genres, so don't take this as the best book in the world :)

Autobiography/Biography/Memoir: None. Torture.
Children's Book: Since childhood, it's Ronia, the Robber's Daughter
Classic: Probably Peter Pan
Contemporary: Fangirl
Dystopia: Hollow World
Fantasy: Discworld and particularly the witches series
Graphic Novel: I Kill Giants
Historical Fiction: Kindred
Horror: The Fluted Girl (it's a short story)
Humour: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
Modern Classic: The Giver series
Mystery: The Last Policeman
Non-Fiction: none
Play: none
Poetry: none
Romance: The Night Circus (it's not a romance but I liked the romance a lot)
Sci-Fi: I'll update later this year, I've several titles on my 2016 TBR
Short Story: The Witch of Duva
Thriller: I read mostly mysteries, so no idea.
Young Adult: More Than This


message 3: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2364 comments This is so hard! I love it though, so I'm definitely going to think on it. I've only ever thought of an overall favorite book and a favorite play, so it'll be fun to think of it by genre.


message 4: by °~Amy~° (new)

°~Amy~° (amybooksit) | 3205 comments Well, you did miss a couple but if you had listed every genre, the list would be nearly impossible to fill out. Here is wikipedia's list and I feel like they missed a few subgenres as well but it works anyway. :-)
Wikipedia list of genres

For the ones that you listed these are my favorites from the past year or two:

Autobiography/Biography/Memoir - Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography
Children's Book - Winnie-the-Pooh
Classic - Little Women
Contemporary (contemporary fiction - The Virgin Suicides
Dystopia - Wool Omnibus
Fantasy - Library of Souls
Graphic Novel - Anya's Ghost
Historical Fiction - Bowl of Fruit 1907
Horror - Lord of the Flies
Humour - The Dead Repent: A Zombie's Story
Modern Classic - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Mystery - A is for Alibi
Non-Fiction - Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Play - A Raisin in the Sun
Poetry - Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein
Romance - Water for Elephants
Sci-Fi - The Martian
Short Story - I, Robot
Thriller - Odd Thomas
Young Adult - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe


message 5: by Katie (new)

Katie | 2364 comments Amy, I'm reading Lord of the Flies right now! I started yesterday, and I just have a sense of dread as I read it.


message 6: by Rachel (new)

Rachel A. (abyssallibrarian) | 2796 comments This is tough. There are a few categories here that I really don't read much from at all. And there were so many where I was torn between two books!

Autobiography/Biography/Memoir - Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism (This is a genre I really don't read often)
Children's Book - Charlotte's Web
Classic - Little Women
Contemporary - House Rules
Dystopia - The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset
Fantasy - Harry Potter Boxset
Graphic Novel - Anya's Ghost
Historical Fiction - The Help
Horror - Not a genre I ever really read, but I'll say Little Girls. One of the only true horror books I've read, and it terrified me.
Humour - Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging. This whole series.
Modern Classic - Atonement
Mystery - Rebecca. I'm still not sure I qualify this as a mystery though, even though I know it's on many "top mystery books" lists.
Non-Fiction - N/A. I don't really enjoy non-fiction
Play - Romeo and Juliet (I know, it's a cliched choice)
Poetry - I'm not a big fan of poetry, but I love The Raven
Romance - The Time Traveler's Wife
Sci-Fi - Never Let Me Go. Also not a genre I'm super familiar with.
Short Story - This may be a weird choice, but I really love Aesop's Fables
Thriller - Defending Jacob
Young Adult - The Perks of Being a Wallflower


message 7: by Marta (last edited Jul 24, 2016 08:22PM) (new)

Marta (gezemice) | 856 comments Great topic, Jody! Also really hard...

Autobiography/Biography/Memoir: I love Alison Weir and I am totally obsessed with The Life of Elizabeth I
Children's Book: The Lorax
Classic: Jane Eyre
Contemporary: Americanah
Dystopia: The MaddAddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood. She is my new author crush!
Fantasy: anything Discworld, particularly the witches Wyrd Sisters (Hi, Zaz :) )
Graphic Novel: the Saga series Saga, Volume 1
Historical Fiction: I, Claudius and its continuation - I absolutely love this and re-read it from time to time
Horror: I don't usually read horror, but I absolutely loved the totally whacky and hilarious John Dies at the End
Humour: anything Christopher Moore - The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror
Modern Classic: The Color Purple
Mystery: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Agatha is queen!
Non-Fiction: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Play: Romeo and Juliet - cliche or not, I always loved it. (Hi, Rachel :) )
Poetry: I really don't read poetry. Exception is József Attila, an amazing Hungarian poet I feel really close to. József Attila összes költeménye
Romance: I don't read romance... I guess Love in the Time of Cholera will qualify here.
Sci-Fi: Ender's Game and all its sequels.
Short Story: I don't really read them.
Thriller: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series
Young Adult: Harry Potter Boxset, of course!

Overall: Harry Potter!!!!


message 8: by Peter (last edited Jul 24, 2016 08:45PM) (new)

Peter | -20 comments Autobiography/Biography/Memoir - Couldn't pick between Through the Glass or A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Children's Book - Danny the Champion of the World
Classic - The Swiss Family Robinson
Contemporary - The Art of Racing in the Rain
Dystopia -Morning Star
Fantasy - Hands down The Name of the Wind
Graphic Novel - I honestly have never read one...
Historical Fiction - Timeline
Horror - I Am Legend, runner up The Book With No Name
Humour - Calvin and Hobbes
Modern Classic - The Old Man and the Sea
Mystery - The Last Policeman
Non-Fiction - The Grand Design
Play - Macbeth
Poetry - Robert Frost
Romance - The Princess Bride
Sci-Fi - Ready Player One
Short Story - The Lightning Tree
Thriller - Jurassic Park
Young Adult - Harry Potter Series


message 9: by Aglaea (new)

Aglaea | 371 comments Whoa, great topic but HARD topic! Will have to think.


message 10: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 539 comments This was hard but fun to do!

Autobiography/Biography/Memoir: Bossypants
Children's Book: Little House on the Prairie
Classic: To Kill a Mockingbird
Contemporary: The Help
Dystopia: The Handmaid's Tale
Fantasy:The Princess Bride
Graphic Novel:
Historical Fiction: The Book Thief
Horror: Carrie I don't read a lot of horror books
Humour: Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
Modern Classic: Breakfast at Tiffany's
Mystery: And Then There Were None or anything by Agatha Christie
Non-Fiction: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story
Play
Poetry
Romance: Anything by Nora Roberts
Sci-Fi: Outlander
Short Story: The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Thriller: Odd Thomas
Young Adult: A Court of Mist and Fury


message 11: by Barbara (last edited Jul 26, 2016 09:43AM) (new)

Barbara Pereira (babitix) | 777 comments Autobiography/Biography/Memoir After Auschwitz: A Story of Heartbreak and Survival by the Stepsister of Anne Frank
Children's Book Chapeuzinhos Coloridos (A really funny story about Little "Red" Riding Hood. But in this case, each Little Riding Hood has a different colour. The Little Blue loves the animals, the Orange one loves food, etc)
Classic Jane Eyre
Contemporary We Should All Be Feminists
Dystopia The Hunger Games
Fantasy Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Graphic Novel V for Vendetta
Historical Fiction The Girl You Left Behind
Horror The Shining
Humour How to Talk to a Widower (it is a drama, but I laugher out loud with this book. I really like it!)
Modern Classic Go Set a Watchman
Mystery A Pocket Full of Rye
Non-Fiction La bibliotecaria de Auschwitz
Play Auto da Compadecida
Poetry I intend to read Cora Coralina this year
Romance The Duke and I
Sci-Fi A Thousand Pieces of You
Short Story The Princess and the Pea
Thriller Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock This is thriller for me!
Young Adult Vaclav and Lena


message 13: by Barbara (last edited Jul 26, 2016 11:11AM) (new)

Barbara Pereira (babitix) | 777 comments I'm glad we have a lot of Jane Eyre fans here!!

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message 14: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) That's my favorite edition! Loved Toby Stephens as Mr Rochester!!

Right now, I am reading Jane Eyre to be followed by Wide Sargasso Sea for the Popsugar Challenge's book and its prequel.


message 15: by Barbara (last edited Jul 26, 2016 11:44AM) (new)

Barbara Pereira (babitix) | 777 comments Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated" wrote: "That's my favorite edition! Loved Toby Stephens as Mr Rochester!!

Right now, I am reading Jane Eyre to be followed by Wide Sargasso Sea for the Popsugar Challenge's book and its prequel."


That's also my favorite edition so far! The movie with Mia Wasikowska was so boring because they were too pretty!!! Ruth Wilson is the perfect Jane.

Wide Sargasso Sea??? I never heard about this book! I had no idea what to read for this item, you helped me a lot!!!


message 16: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten  (kmcripn) Wide Sargasso Sea is by Jean Rhys and is considered a modern classic. It's the story of Rochester and his first wife.


message 17: by Rachel (new)

Rachel A. (abyssallibrarian) | 2796 comments I was actually going to put Jane Eyre down as my favourite classic too. It was a very close choice between that and Little Women.


message 18: by Laura, Celestial Sphere Mod (new)

Laura | 3784 comments Mod
Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated" wrote: "Autobiography/Biography/Memoir: Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones
Children's Book: The Sleep Book by Dr. Seuss
Classic: [book:J..."


Good choice with The Ruins! I don't see it getting nearly the attention it deserves.


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