One of the topics over at Armchair BEA today is genre fiction. The other is blogger development, which I would struggle to write about, but I could write about genre fiction all day! I try to be an eclectic reader and although I enjoy classics and literary fiction, I'm not one of those readers that turns her nose up at genre fiction. I love a good chick-lit book when I'm having a busy / stressful time and there's nothing like a great horror book in the winter. But these are by far my two favourite genres:
1) Historical Fiction
I have always adored historical fiction, as far back as I can remember. I love to travel and I love history, so travelling through time and place in a book is one of my most favourite things to do. When I started this blog, I tended to like Ancient Egyptian / Tudor historical fiction but now my tastes have definitely broadened; I have 73 historical fiction reviews posted (here) from places and times as far-flung as 1700s Venice, 1800s Finland and Ancient Rome. These are the books I'd recommend to someone just starting out in historical fiction:
- Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier - Chevalier's books are always well written, and this story of the fossil hunter Mary Anning is my favourite, as it discusses some big themes such as the role of women and science vs. God.
- Shanghai Girls by Lisa See - I read this on honeymoon, and boy was it grittier than I was expecting! Two sisters, May and Pearl are forced to flee Shanghai ahead of invading Japanese troops.
- The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman - I'm not Jewish but I'm fascinated with Jewish history. This is the story of four women sheltering from the Roman army in the fortress of Masada, Israel.
I'm much newer to fantasy, but I'm so into it at the moment! I'm by no means an expert on the genre, so I'm simply going to write about the books I have enjoyed. If you know more about fantasy than me, I'd love recommendations, as I'm finding it hard to know what to read....
- A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin - This is the series that got me back into fantasy after a long hiatus from it. This is the one I recommend to reluctant fantasy readers.
- The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan - I plan on rereading this series, as I only got up to book seven as a teenager. I love big, epic, successful world building.
- Beauty by Robin McKinley - The other type of fantasy I love is fairytale retellings, and this is one of the best I've read.
Do you read genre fiction? If so, what genres do you enjoy?
As always, link me to your BEA posts so I can visit lots of new blogs :)