June 5, 2008

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Booking Through Thursday

Have your book-tastes changed over the years?
More fiction? Less? Books that are darker and more serious? Lighter and more frivolous? Challenging? Easy? How-to books over novels? Mysteries over Romance?


My book tastes do change every few years or so. I'll go through a chick lit faze or a historical fiction faze. As I get older, I find I'm enjoying the serious literature more than I used to, like Margaret Atwood, for example. In my twenties, I wouldn't have given Margie the time of day. (Do you think anyone calls her Margie?) Too dark, too depressing. Now that I'm older and realize that life isn't all sunshine and lollipops, I can appreciate her a little better. Still, there are times it gets to be too much and I have to reach for something funny.

I used to read a lot of mysteries and romance but I've eased up on that. Blogging has affected my bookshelf. Not only is it bulging with books 'to be read' but there are authors on there I hadn't even heard of before I became a book blogger: Neil Gaiman, Colleen Gleason.

I can't see myself sticking with one style of book forever. I like some variety.

15 comments :

  1. One of the best things about book blogs is that you get introduced to authors you'd have never heard of otherwise. Such a great way of finding new favourites!

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  2. I can't imagine anyone calling her Margie! :-)

    Blogging has broadened my horizons, too.

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  3. In about 1999, I started reading nonfiction books about American history. It didn't displace my previous reading habits, but got piled on top. Now I tend to be concurrently reading a novel by a mid-20th century British woman and a thick historical tome like Daniel Walker Howe's What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America 1815-1849.

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  4. As I said, I am more versatile. I am into seriouis reading now!

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  5. I wonder about Margaret Atwood's name too - my name is Margaret and I can't stand it when anyone shortens it to Maggie or Madge - Margie's not too bad, but I still prefer the long version. I don't suppose she reads blogs, but you never know ...

    I like to balance out the serious stuff with lighter reading too.

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  6. booksplease (aka Margaret)- I hate Chrissy or Tina. I don't know why, but I always did. I'd die if M. Atwood read this!!

    Rob- That's a good habit to pick up.

    Thanks for the visit, guys!

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  7. I've heard loads of people refer to her as Maggie, but not Margie. Though when I've heard "Maggie" it's usually by someone taking a jab at her.

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  8. John- I say with affection. Hope I don't get in trouble :)

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  9. I like variety too! It'd be too boring if we only stick to a few genres.

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  10. I had not heard of Neil Gaiman until I started book blogging either. And I think I appreciate Atwood a lot more now than I would have in younger age.

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  11. I hadn't heard of Neil Gaiman, either, before I started blogging. Now I have several of his books on my TBR list. So many good books out there - I'll never get to all of them!

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  12. Don't they call her Peggy?

    In my twenties and early thirties, I mostly wanted to read women writers. Now my tastes seem to be slightly more masculine. And I've developed a hearty taste for nonfiction beyond biographies and memoirs.

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  13. I think now that I'm older I want to avoid the depressing books because I my reading time is my only "me" time. But I haven't tried Margaret Atwood. If it's well-written and intriguing, it might be worth it...

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  14. Interesting post. I'm Late this week but the topic prompted a reflective account on the issues

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