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    Hannah B Foley

    I am curious as to what genre you lean towards most when purchasing and reading new books. Is there one category you religiously go to or do you like to mix things up.

    I have to say I’m more of the former. I have been reading psychological thrillers for a long time, those and crime novels. And why? Because I find the human mind incredible. Reading about why a particular person commits a crime whilst another doesn’t. What makes a person tick. Thinking you know what’s going to happen because the author has lulled you into a false sense of security and then bam, you couldn’t have been more wrong. I find with psychological thrillers, that they make me think more, my brain is reading and processing and racing to the finish line, making me believe I know how the book is going to end. And sometimes I get it right, but more often than not I don’t and that’s half the fun.

    I do read the odd biography, historical events or erotica (we all need those books ladies, am I right?) but I know what I like and in the last couple of years the caliber of psychological thriller writers has gone through the roof, in particular we are seeing more female writers of this genre which seems to be heightened after Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl was turned into a movie.

    Please feel free to share your favorite genre of choice and why. I look forward to it!

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    Erin Woodward

    Have you read Dark Matter Hannah? It’s a bit different than the books you outline above but it will really make you think! I like memoir myself. But I am finding they all run a similar storyline… need something new!

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    Jenny Taylor

    I read a wide variety of genres, but if I had to pick a favorite, I’d go with historical fiction. Often, the background of such novels prompts me to find out more about the historical setting and I end up with a stack of non-fiction related to that particular topic or person. I love learning this way!

    To flip this question on its head, I can only think of one genre that I don’t get into: graphic novels. I’ve tried a few times, but I just don’t get into the visuals.

  • #31516

    I like it when books mix genres, breaking conventions. I recently read The Magician’s Ball by Alex Kirschbaum. It’s this amazing, eclectic mix of fantasy, history, politics and psychology. To be honest, I haven’t read anything else out there quite like it.

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