24 February 2009

Tuesday Things

Today's question: Do you have a specialized blog where you only review a certain genre or type of book? If so, what is your favorite thing about that type of book? If not, what is/are your favorite genre(s)? What makes that genre(s) a favorite?


I have been reading a LONG, long time and I have gone through many different genres over time. When I first started reading "adult" books, I read what my mother read. I think I can safely say that I have read ever Perry Mason mystery ever written, old series and new. In fact, I still have most of them. When I was sixteen I had my tonsils removed and my mom sent my dad to the store to buy me some books to read. This event changed my reading habits forever. For some unknown reason, the book my father deemed appropriate for his 16 year old daughter was Black Like Me by John Griffin, which is the author's recounting of the years he spent disguised as a black man in the Deep South. The racism experienced by Griffin was awful even though I knew similar behaviors and beliefs existed even where I lived in Florida. From that time on, my main focus in reading was the struggles of peoples who were victims of the same, or worse, sort of racism. My college educational activities focused on the Holocaust in Eastern Europe. I also still generally prefer autobiographies to fiction.

Like you Wendi, because of a variety of book activities that I particpate in, I now read a wide variety of books. I also read for different reasons - to learn, to escape, to relax, to feel. I try hard to read every Holocaust narrative that can find. Having read so many over the years, I wish that I had been blogging (at least on paper somewhere) the titles so that I could remember all of them now.

I work in a Curriculum Materials Library, so I have started a separate blog to collect reviews of Holocaust materials for children. I have been slow to add things to this blog simply due to a lack of time. If you would like to visit, click here.

Even when you are busy, you always come up with good questions Wendi. I am not sure that my answer is reflected in my LibraryThing library because I have not upgraded to a paid account and really could not even begin to identify all of the Holocaust resources that I have read, or Southern history for that matter. Maybe one day!

Thanks,
LibrarysCat

14 comments:

Yvonne said...

I, too, read a wide variety of genres. Mostly I just want to escape from real life for a few hours. LOL

Lenore said...

I love learning something while being entertained.

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books said...

I'm not sure my stated preferences are reflected in my LT library either ... I've opened up to a lot more types of books since I've started blogging.

My full answer is here.

I'll be thinking of you with your test today! Best wishes for a good outcome!

caite said...

reading is a wonderful escape..and educational and relaxing..and all sorts of good things. which is why we love it!
As one two time cancer survivor to another, good luck on the bone scan today. I will drop a word up to the Big Guy for you today. ;-)

susan said...

I read Black Like Me in high school. It had an indelible effect on me as well.

I have a virtual shelf at Shelfari. No costs with lots of features. Not to steer you away from LT, but it is an option if you want to expand your shelf.

Thanks for the post.

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Yikes! I wanted to let you know that the poll wasn't working on my original post, so I deleted it and redid it - it IS working now! :) Wendi

Lisa said...

Our parents really influence our reading - my parents were big mystery lovers, so I still love Nero Wolfe and Sherlocke Holmes. That's a really interesting book for your father to choose and it sounds like it influenced not only your reading, but the path of your career.

Lisa said...

Our parents really influence our reading - my parents were big mystery lovers, so I still love Nero Wolfe and Sherlocke Holmes. That's a really interesting book for your father to choose and it sounds like it influenced not only your reading, but the path of your career.

Red lady-Bonnie said...

I saw your post on Tuesday Thingers and popped over from there. I read a variety of genres.
It's so interesting that the one book your father bought for you influenced your life so deeply. I am drawn to reading books on the Holocaust as well. Have you read "Becoming My Mother's Daughter: A Story of Survival and Renewal" by Erika Gottlieb? It's a wonderful memoir, I reviewed it on my blog HERE. Also, I've read and recommend "The Pages In Between: A Holocaust Legacy of Two Families, One home" by Erin Einhorn. Another wonderful book and I have a review for that one also.

Positive thoughts and prayers for your test today. I hope that you get the results quickly.

RAnn said...

Thanks for stopping by. If you go back to my blog: http://rannthisthat.blogspot.com you'll see a bunch of First Wilcard posts, each with a playing card icon next to them. If you click on the playing card, it will take you to the First Wildcard Blog. Basically, First Wildcard is a group of bloggers who promote Christian literature. There is pretty much a book a day. Book offers are sent out via email, and first responders get them. If you get the book, you are asked to post on a particular day, and the owner of Firstwild provides the html, which includes the first chapter of the book.

Jenners said...

I love that one book chosen by your father years ago affected your reading so strongly. That is a neat story. And I know what you mean ... I wish I'd found LibraryThing or had the foresight to bother writing down what I had read before so much of that info was lost somewhere in my brain! still keeps popping up from time to time and then I add it in to Library Thing. Thanks for stopping by my blog ... I truly appreciate it.

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

I've thought of you off and on all day - I hope your bone scan went well and will keep my finger's crossed that everything comes back with great results (meaning no problems)!

Take care ~ Wendi

Library Cat said...

Thank you all for your good thoughts and prayers. Scan results show NO evidence of bone cancer. Thank the Lord!
LibrarysCat

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

What a great response! You know, my genre preference has changed over the years as well - I guess it keeps it more interesting.

Have you ever visited the Holocaust museum in Washington DC? I will never ever forget my trip there - what an amazing and powerful experience!

Thanks for stopping by and participating in Thingers last week! I've got the post up for this week. ~ Wendi