Saturday Seven: Genres I Enjoy

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Welcome to this week's installment of Long and Short Reviews' Saturday Seven. I've shared in the past few some of my favorite books or books that are on my TBR list, and people have commented about the range of genres. And, it's true-- I have eclectic tastes in books, movies, food, etc. Here are seven of my favorite genres:

1. Romantic suspense: "...a novel with a story that is driven equally and simultaneously by the threat of danger and the promise of romance." (Auto Crit) Some of my favorite romantic suspense authors include: J.D. Robb, Anne Stuart, Lisa Jackson, Mary Burton, Heather Graham

2. Paranormal/fantasy romance: "Paranormal romance focuses on romantic love and includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending together themes from the speculative fiction genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror." (Wikipedia) Some of my favorite paranormal romance authors include: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Karen Marie Moning, Alyssa Day, Meg Cabot, P.C. and Kristin Cast.

3. Mystery: "...a type of fiction in which a detective, or other professional, solves a crime or series of crimes." ( I expand this to include cozy romances, in which the person who solves the crime is not necessarily a professional. Some of my favorite authors include Agatha Christie, P.D. James, Ngaio Marsh, Arthur Conan Doyle, Deborah Harkness, Karin Slaughter, Estelle Ryan, Robert Galbraith

4. Science Fiction: "Science fiction (often shortened to SF or sci-fi) is a genre of speculative fiction, typically dealing with imaginative concepts such as futuristic science and technology, space travel, time travel, faster than light travel, parallel universes, and extraterrestrial life." (Wikipedia) This genre is often included with Fantasy, but for this purpose I'm separating the two. Some of my favorite SF authors include Douglas Adams, Poul Anderson, Piers Anthony, Isaac Asimov, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Orsen Scott Card.

5. Fantasy: "...a genre of fiction set in a fictional universe, often, but not always, without any locations, events, or people referencing the real world." (Fantasy) Some of my favorite fantasy authors are Terry Brooks, Susan Cooper, Stephen Donaldson, David Eddings, Diana Gabaldon,Anne McCaffrey

6. Horror: "...a genre of fiction which is intended to, or has the capacity to frighten, scare, disgust, or startle its readers or viewers by inducing feelings of horror and terror." (Wikipedia) Some of my favorite horror authors include Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, Joe Hill, Douglas Clegg

7. Young Adult: "...fiction published for readers in their youth." (Wikipedia) Okay, so I admit it.. I've not yet grown up, and there is a lot of YA writers I really enjoy! Some of them include: Cornelia Funk, Madeleine L'Engle, Gail Carson Levine, Lois Lowery, Veronica Roth, J.K. Rowling, Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins.

There can be a lot of mixing and mingling between genres and the authors themselves could be considered to be included in more than one category. But, these are just a few of the authors and genres I enjoy. What about you? Let me know here of any authors you enjoy in these different categories -- or put them on your own blog, click on the banner, and join Saturday Seven and let me know so I can come visit!!


Lydia said…
We like several of the same genres! I read a lot of science fiction, young adult, fantasy, and horror. I've been trying to read more mysteries, too.

One book I read recently that I really enjoyed was “Out of My Mind” by Sharon M. Draper. It's a young adult book written from the perspective of a character who has severe physical disabilities but who is also quite intelligent. She can't talk, so she has to try to figure out other ways to let her parents know that she understands everything they say. It was quite the story.

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Marianne Arkins said…
I read in all those genres, as well... there are gems to find everywhere, I think. Fantasy was my genre of choice growing up for the most part (and horse books, lol), but it slowly morphed into really wanted books with romance. That said, most genres outside romance specifically do include some romantic elements which is enough to keep me happy :-)

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Kathy said…
Interesting list of genres and authors. Sounds like a vast of amount of authors and books which at least makes it seem you won't run out :)

You'll be able to tell I'm old when I mention this author but how about C.S. Lewis for Sci Fi?

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I've got a lot of different genres I like, too. Biography, Autobiography, Musicography, Romance...So much fun learning about others and love stories. Great post!! Here's mine:
Michele said…
You are brave. I can't bring myself to read horror. Stephen King cured me. ;)

I have tried YA but I have a hard time reviewing the genre. I just ordered a book from the library - about a teenaged Gargoyle - maybe it will be good and the words will flow? I don't know but I decided to try to read something out of my typical romance addiction.

Thanks for the interesting post!
c7201996 said…
I clearly need to read more!