Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
This week I’m thinking about the fact that I’m still discovering new genres and genres I’m surprised I like, despite having always been an avid reader. Here are a few genres that I’ve recently fallen in love with…
magical realism – I was surprised to find I liked the genre of magical realism because
- I don’t really like fiction books that are realistic and
- what does magical realism even mean?!
For those of you who don’t know, it includes books that are very close to something that could actually happen but with some small element of magic. The books I’ve read in the genre overlap highly with the category of books I would call “literary”. And by literary, I don’t mean high-brow literature everyone should read. I mean it’s weird (because I’m just classy like that). And by weird I mean that the author often uses the work to address larger themes, like questions of human nature, by using the magical elements to do mind-bendy things with the plot. I’ve really enjoyed how much they make me think.
narrative non-fiction – narrative fiction was not a genre I was surprised to like, but surprised (and thrilled!) to learn existed. I was enjoying non-fiction before I found this genre, but I love it even more now. Basically, the genre blends the best story-telling style of fiction with the extra bit of interest because it’s all true!
microhistories – I don’t love and adore mcirohistories the way I do narrative fiction and magical realism. However, it’s definitely a genre that deserves a nod for saving me from reading boring books during my progress through the dewey decimal system. Many sections would otherwise have books only likely to be of interest to specialists and nothing else if it weren’t for microhistories written for the outsider. The best of these even relate the topic to a broader context for bonus awesomeness.
This may just be me, but I’m curious – have any of you ever been surprised to discover the existence of a particular genre? Or surprised to discover you like a genre you thought wasn’t for you?