Thursday, April 29, 2010


This week's Booking Through Thursday asks:

God* comes to you and tells you that, from this day forward, you may only read ONE type of book–one genre–period, but you get to choose what it is. Classics, Science-Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Cookbooks, History, Business … you can choose, but you only get ONE.

What genre do you pick, and why?

*Whether you believe in God or not, pretend for the purposes of this discussion that He is real.

Wow this question is hard! Part of me wants to say historical fiction. I love that genre. I am always learning new things about different time periods but recently they are churning those books out like crazy I often feel like the quality has suffered as a result.

Part of me wants to say chick-lit because when I am having a stressed out week, all I have to do is a pick up a book by one of my go to chick-lit authors and just know that it will help me feel better, but I also know that if I read too many of these in a row I start to roll my eyes too much at all the frivolity!

Part of me wants to say travel memoirs because much like historical fiction take me to long ago places, travel memoirs take me to those places I haven't been to yet or relive those vacations I loved but if I read those over and over again, I'd never stay at my job!

So finally, what would I pick to read for the rest of my life? I would probably pick domestic fiction. I love modern fiction the most and more specifically domestic or women's fiction. Smart books about women, not chick-lit, that deal with male-female relationships, mother-daughter relationships, friendships, growing older, work life balance, etc all through the medium of fiction. I can relate most to these books and I think I would be least likely to get bored with reading these over and over again.

But ultimately, what is the fun of life, if you can't mix it up every once in a while? :)

What would you choose?


  1. I decided to go with classics, because I can read them over and over... AND because all the best books will end up in the classics category eventually anyway, right? Including fantasy, which is a genre I'm not sure I could live without. :)

  2. Good answer! I recently learned the term "Aga saga" to describe the kind of books you are talking about (the British versions, at least). I love them myself -- Anne Tyler, Diane Johnson, Maeve Binche, etc. Who are your favorites?

    Here is my BTT answer on Rose City Reader.

  3. I don't think I'll be doing BTT this week, but I think your answer would work for me as well :-).

  4. Good choice! This was such a tough question, and I really couldn't make a decision. Hope it never comes down to either/or in the real world!
    Here's my BTT answer.

  5. That's a hard choice, but I'd likely choose fiction, because I love getting lost in another person's life!


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