Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Literary Addicts Weekly Meme: My Favorite Genres

It’s Wednesday! And that means it’s time for the Literary Addicts Weekly Meme! Every Wednesday, they suggest a fun theme to write about. The theme of this week is: What is your first choice of genre when you are browsing for books? Romance? History? Paranormal?


Actually, I have two favorite literary genres. If you had asked me this question several years ago, I would have said, hands down, it’s historical fiction. My addiction to it began in high school when I got hooked on the wonderful series of books by Victoria Holt (which was actually a pen name for Eleanor Hibbert). The very first book I remember reading by Victoria Holt was called Mistress of Mellyn. After that, I read every single one of her books several times. I even read many of the books she wrote under the pen names Philippa Carr and Jean Plaidy. By the time of her death in 1993 at the age of 86, she had sold more than 100 million copies of her books! (You can see an extensive list of her novels and pen names HERE.)


Another historical fiction writer I loved was Madeleine Brent, whom I found out later was actually Peter O’Donnell! He/she wrote some wonderful books, such as Tregaron's Daughter, Moonraker’s Bride, and Merlin’s Keep. (Click HERE to find a list of his books.) Eleanor Hibbert and Peter O’Donnell are both deceased now, so there will no longer be new books from them. But if you’re a fan of historical fiction, I highly recommend their books.

These days, I still love historical fiction, but I’ve also gotten hooked on paranormal and fantasy books. I’ll admit that it all started with Twilight. I thought the book sounded stupid, with vampires and werewolves, but my friend convinced me to read it. “You’re a writer,” she said. “At least read it from a business standpoint to try to understand why this book has become such a big hit.” So, I grudgingly read Twilight, and I loved it! I tore through the other three books and the movies. And that got me started on that genre. Books I’ve absolutely loved recently in this genre include:

A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night
by Deborah Harkness

Seraphina
by Rachel Hartman

Beautiful Creatures
by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

(I’m almost done reading Beautiful Creatures now and can’t wait to read the other three books in the series.)

I have two bookshelves filled with historical fiction and paranormal/fantasy books to read. I can’t get enough of them! Now hop around to the other blogs participating in this hop to find out what genres they love to read!



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3 comments:

  1. It started with Twilight for me too. Thank you for posting the books, I'm always looking for something good to read.

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  2. For Historical Fiction - have you read the Diana Gabaldon Outlander series? If not - definitely doooo..

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I will check out her books!

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