Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Talk to Me Tuesday (2)

Melissa at i swim for oceans hosts Talk to Me Tuesday, a meme about bloggers discussing their views on all things literary.

This week's question:

What is your favourite genre to read, and why?

Currently, I'm loving all the YA Contemporary fiction out there. I love to relate to the characters and their situations. I like to read about other teenagers, from all different walks of life, whether they be posh private school kids or hipsters from NYC. I love to learn about the world and getting to know places and people (although I'm not a big people person) and I feel contemporary YA allows me to do that. Also, under the contemp banner there are many more 'sub-genres', such as fashion, family, coming of age, etc... I feel that although it's a small slice of what exists in the world, the story that I'm reading can give me an insight. An example would be where the novel is themed around fashion. I'm not a fashionista or obsessive about the fashion industry, but I love books like those from the Susanna series (by Mary Hogan) or Summer Intern (by Carrie Karasyov), which always take place in a fashion magazine house. I get to read about the industry, the requirements and laugh at the overly done stereotypes.

However, I also love to read books like CHERUB (by Robert Muchamore) and Kiki Strike (by Kirsten Miller), which I guess would come under the adventure genre, without going into fantasy. Both books take place in the real world during current times, but the element of mystery, suspense, action and the characters being spies is just way to cool for me to ignore.


  1. I love contemp fiction too. Never heard of the Susanna series must check it out :)

  2. I'm really doing my best to read more contemporary fiction these days, and I think that's the best part of the book blogosphere - I get a good gauge of what I should start with.

    Great answer!

  3. I have never heard of any of those books but is Kiki Strike by Kirsten Miller the same that wrote The Eternal Ones? I didn't know she had any other novels. Have you ever tried Jenny Han,
    Jennifer Echols, Sarah Dessen? They are realistic fiction I think that's contemp fiction, right? I love Jenny Han. Have just started reading Echols, and some of Dessen. Elizabeth Scott is an author I recently listened to on audio novel was called Love You, Hate You Miss You and was very good. There are so many good ones out there. I don't know what's available to you over there. But I could recommend some more, if you need any.


  4. I'm trying to get into contemporary. I'm liking it so far. It's a nice break from the dark paranormal and dystopian books I usually read. I love Kiki Strike! Is there a new book out? I haven't read Cherub yet. I'm always drawn to that cover when I go to the bookstore. But not sure the book is for me. It sounds interesting, though.


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