This is my first time participating in Booking Through Thursday, a weekly meme where bloggers answer a thought provoking question. I discovered BTT through Molly at My Cozy Book Nook. Thanks, Molly! I loved the question this week, I had to answer:
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.
My answer is complicated. When I was first starting my book blog, I had several people tell me that in order to gain readership, I really should choose a specific genre of books to review. I'm sure from a marketing standpoint, that sounded logical; however, I don't only read one genre of books, so how could I possibly review only one genre on my book blog?
I look at books the same way I look at food. Here is my Book Pyramid, if you will:
Classics: This is my filet mignon. It's rich, satisfying, and complex. I didn't like it as a kid, but really appreciate it as an adult. While I love a tender piece of filet cooked to perfection, it's a once in a while type of dinner, best eaten with company on a winter's night.
Non-Fiction: Vegetables. You need them to feed your brain, but I don't love cauliflower. Except for the occasional salad (Memoirs) I could not live on vegetables alone. They are good for me, yes, but not the first thing I go for.
Classics gone Paranormal: This is my sushi. Yes, I am giving books like Pride & Prejudice & Zombies its own category. These mash-ups are new, but have created a genre all to themselves, and they aren't going away any time soon (Diary of a Wimpy Vampire is coming out next month!). I love sushi, and the ritual that goes along with sushi makes it fun to eat...but I personally can not make a whole meal out of it. I enjoy it, and still have yet to discover all of the sushi that's out there, as I'm fairly new to sushi too.
Modern Thrillers: Coffee anyone? I am addicted to my coffee - hence the theme of my blog - but too much makes me a jittery mess.
Janet Evanovich: This is my CANDY. YES, I am giving the creator of Stephanie Plum her own category! Quick, fun, tasty, and leaves me wanting for more. Could I live on candy alone? I probably could, but I'd have an awful lot of cavities.
Young Adult: Boardwalk food. If you live in or have ever traveled to New Jersey, you will notice that along the Boardwalks of Point Pleasant, Seaside, and Wildwood, are countless little places to eat. You'll see food like Sausage and Peppers, pizza, zeppoli, hot dogs, and Kohrs Brothers ice cream. Meant to be eaten on the run, quick little bites that don't dare distract you from the lights, sounds and movements from the arcades and amusement rides fifty feet away. Oh, and Boardwalk food is meant for the iron stomachs of the young...the rest of us might need some Tums if we eat too much.
Bestsellers List - Fiction: Claire's Kitchen. This is the food you get when you go to your best friend's house to eat as a kid. You have no say, you can't complain, and you have no choice but to eat it. It's only polite to eat it, it's what everyone else is eating, and you'll feel really left out if you're the only one sitting there with an empty plate. That doesn't mean that what Claire is serving up isn't the best thing you've ever had in your life, but you didn't choose it. If you happen to steal a taste as your passing through the kitchen before dinner is served, and you love what you taste, the meal is all that more exciting and yummy, and you can't wait until everyone has tried it too. Most of the time, dinner at Claire's is comfortable, warm and you're always in good company.
After looking at my food descriptions, I've made my decision. If God made me choose one type of book, I would have to go for the New York Times Bestsellers List - Fiction. Yes, there are different genres on the list itself, which might actually be cheating the question, but it's my blog, and I make the rules.