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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Book Meme - Day 27

Day 27 - If a book contains ______, you will always read it (and a book or books that contain it)!

After much thought I have decided that there is no definitive answer to this question, not from me anyway.  There are lots of things that will entice me to think about reading a book, but none of them will be enough if the book sounds dodgy in other ways.  In other words, what I think I mean is that the inclusion of one or more of my favorite topics, etc, does not necessarily guarantee an enjoyable book.

But for a list of the things that are more likely to make me want to read a book:

Magic realism (yes, I know curmudgeonly people say that is the same as fantasy.  I think it is slightly different.  I could draw a Venn diagram but then I would look obsessive and geeky.  Like I usually do).
Apocalyptic fantasy.
Interesting detectives.
Occasionally, really good romance writers.  (There aren't many I like).
Historical fiction - again it has to be really good.
Apparently, Steampunk and Mannerpunk!  
Old-fashioned thrillers (sometimes).
Well-written social history (either in non-fiction or fiction form).
Real crime - which is nearly always badly written (why is that?) but I am a bit obsessed with serial killers.
Psychological mysteries.
Craft books!


And as promised, some pics of the book signing with the frabjous Andy Griffiths.  Knitters please note the stitch holder used as punk safety pin on koala.


2paw said...

Andy Griffiths is great, love his books and so did all my classes. I have been lucky enough to meet and listen to both Paul Jennings and Terry Denton as well as Justin D'Ath. I find it easy to find a new book by an author I like, but more difficult to find a new author who writes a book I will like!!

karen said...

I have to say that the pin on the Koala actually looks quite painful! and thanks for liking me!!