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Musing Mondays (Dec.12)

This week’s Musing Mondays from Should Be Reading asks…

“This week’s musing asks…

What kind of books do you like to read? Why? Provide specific examples.

I read Classics and Mysteries with some Non-fiction, Plays and Short Story collections thrown in. But, as indicated in this week’s Musing Mondays post, if you’re talking about reading just one genre obsessively then it’s mystery (as most readers of my blog already know).

Why do I read mysteries? Who knows? All I rememberer is that I received Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories, Volumes 1 & 2 as a gift when I was 13-14 years old. I started reading Volume 1 and before you can say ‘Red-headed League’ I was hooked.

After Sherlock Holmes, my mother introduced me with the works of Agatha Christie and she became my favourite mystery author. My mother had been a Christie fan for a long time as was my grandmother before her. So, you can say a  love for Christie mysteries runs in my blood. I have read all of Christie’s Miss Marple books, all of her plays, most of her Poirot and non-series books.

But even though mystery is my favourite genre I have barely even scratched the surface of it. I have read some Mary Roberts Rinehart, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L. Sayers, John Dickson Carr, Georgette Heyer; etc, etc but I still have so much more to explore. Next year I hope to further explore some of the authors I have already read and discover more new authors.

Booking Through Thursday : Mystery Or Love Story?

This week’s Booking Through Thursday asks:

“All things being equal, which would you prefer–a mystery? Or a love story?”

Oh this is a no-brainer ! Mystery will always trump love story for me. I find most love stories unpalatable. There are, of course, a few exceptions. Jane Austen’s novels and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights come to mind. But that’s about it. Even in mysteries if the love quotient is a bit high I begin to dislike it. Case in point, Georgette Heyer’s They Found Him Dead or John Dickson Carr’s The Emperor’s Snuff-Box. In that case even my favourite Agatha Christie cannot save the day! In short, I don’t like love stories. It is definitely mysteries for me.

Book Blogger Hop: 7/22-7/25

                                                          Book Blogger Hop

In the spirit of the Twitter Friday Follow, the Book Blogger Hop is a place just for book bloggers and readers to connect and share our love of the written word!  This weekly BOOK PARTY is an awesome opportunity for book bloggers to connect with other book lovers, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books!  It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs to read!

This week’s Book Blogger Hop question is:

What’s the ONE GENRE that you wish you could get into, but just can’t?

The genre of historical fiction and regency romances (à la Georgette Heyer). Most of my fellow readers seem to enjoy them but I just can’t get past the ‘romance’ factor. I cannot help but start rolling my eyes barely a page or two in to these kinds of books. Also, the recent spate of paranormal romance and YA lit at times makes me curious. I mean when I look at all the pretty looking blogs, discussing all those books with pretty looking covers with such genuine enthusiasm, I feel tempted to join the fun but again I can’t. The whole eye rolling syndrome strikes again!