Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Favourite Book Genre and Why

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A stack of about a dozen books sitting next to a white wall. All of the book’s spines are facing away from the viewer so we don’t know their topics or authors. The best I could do was to narrow my answer to this week’s prompt down to two different answers.

I’ve loved the speculative fiction genre since I was a little kid. Whether it was paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, or something similar to one of these categories, I adore stories about things that aren’t actually possible in our world.

Some of the oldest speculative fiction stories out there have predicted things like travelling to the moon or cell phones that were the stuff of dreams during their eras but are now perfectly possible and even ordinary in certain cases.

On the other side of the spectrum, I’ve grown to love nonfiction as an adult.

Biographies and memoirs give us intimate glimpses into the lives of others and often include insight into how they surmounted even the most difficult circumstances.

History class was often a little boring when I was a kid, so it was thrilling to grow up and learn about the many historical figures and events that my teachers either never talked about at all or only went into scantest details about before moving on to yet another war or royal dynasty. (Kudos to those of you who enjoy reading about royalty and/or war, of course! They’re simply not my cup of tea).

I try to keep Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge posts brief, so I’ll only mention one other type of nonfiction that excites me. It’s marvellous to learn about new scientific discoveries and advancements in any number of fields as well.

Sometimes books are written about archeological discoveries, medical advancements, or distant celestial bodies that we’re still gathering information about. Occasionally, a scientist might write an entire book about a species like eels or earthworms that we’ve recently discovered a whole bunch of fascinating information about.

I devour all of these these books with gusto. The real world can be just as filled with wonder and excitement as any imaginary one in a faraway magical land  if you pay close attention!

18 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Favourite Book Genre and Why

  1. I enjoyed this post, as it’s fun to understand why you enjoy your genre of choice. I enjoy speculative fiction once in a while. I haven’t read a nonfiction biography in a while, I think I’ll try to find one to read soon!

  2. That’s a very cool constellation of reading interests! History classes got a lot more interesting to me when they started talking about what we really know, how we know it, and why we think certain things happened/were done in particular ways but we aren’t really sure, and like that.

  3. Thanks for stopping by. I have to admit to not reading a lot of nonfiction. Think I had to read so many when I was working on my degrees, I’ve shied away from nonfiction.

    • You’re welcome!

      That makes sense. Getting a degree is a lot of work and a ton of (generally) nonfiction reading. I can see why that could dampen your interest in nonfiction for sure.

  4. I wish I could read more non-fiction. There is a lot of interesting stuff out there, but it feels like work. I need clear divisions between work and home in my down time.

    • Good for you for knowing your limits! Maybe you’ll be able to read more nonfiction someday when you retire. If not, there are plenty of fictional stories out there instead. 🙂

  5. I love non-fiction – especially if it’s science or history related. I love learning new things and books are my favourite way to do it. I’ve always loved history and the moe I read, the more I want.

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