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!
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