Friday, June 06, 2008

BTT: Trends and Friday Fill-In

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Have your book-tastes changed over the years? More fiction? Less? Books that are darker and more serious? Lighter and more frivolous? Challenging? Easy? How-to books over novels? Mysteries over Romance?
I've always preferred novels to non-fiction but the genre has changed a bit over time. Just in the last year or so I've started reading mysteries. My mom used to read loads of mysteries but I never really got into them before. I've started a few series now though and look forward to continuing them and trying others.
I had a short chick lit phase a few years ago but they don't really interest me too much now, although I still have a few that I should probably get around to reading someday. I think mysteries have taken the place of chicklit for me, for when I'm in the mood for something fun and easy to read. Or children's/YA fantasy.
I suppose there might be a general tendency toward more serious books over the years, or at least a willingness to try books I thought too 'difficult' before. So far this year, My Year of Reading Dangerously Challenge has been good at getting me to read books I'd stayed away from before.
I've been interested in International literature for awhile but lately I have been reading much more Japanese or Asian literature. I didn't read that much of it when I lived here before but now I'm very interested in learning more about the culture that surrounds me and reading Japanese authors, both classic and modern. Hence my personal long-term Reading Japan project. But when it comes right down to it all I want is a good story, whatever the genre.

1. Idle hands are rare around here, there's always a book that needs holding.
2. I love L'Occitane soap or shower gel in the shower.
3. My favorite time of the day is when it's evening and everything is quiet.
4. The last tea I drank was cold tea with dinner, an oolong tea blend.
5. I like to complain about the heat and humidity in the Summer.
6. My mother always said "cleanliness is next to godliness". Actually I don't remember her saying that exactly but she was a bit of a clean freak, having been a nurse, and instilled in me the love of clean.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to hopefully finishing my current book, tomorrow my plans include taking advantage of the non-rainy weather to visit another iris garden, possibly followed by a bit of shopping and Sunday, I want to relax and read!

And I'm going to copy Florinda and do the 123 meme.

1. Pick up the nearest book, and open it to page 123.
2. Find the fifth sentence, and post the next three sentences.

Right now I'm almost finished reading Down to a Sunless Sea by Mathias B. Freese, a collection of short stories.
I sat up all day Saturday. Death takes a holiday. I looked out the window for hours.
(from the story For a While, Here, in this Moment)


  1. LOL, I complain about the heat and humidity too!!
    Enjoy your weekend :)

  2. I'm either holding a book or my knitting! Have a good weekend ;0)

  3. I'm glad you did the 123 Meme too. Maybe we can start a trend :-).

    My Friday Fill-ins won't post till Saturday, but my answer to #1 is almost the same as yours, and #2 is similar.

    I read more mysteries when I was younger than I do now, and I do still read some chick-lit, but I'm picky about it. But you're right - all in all, what matters is a good story.

  4. Where are you going shopping? Can you take pictures? :-)

    Thanks for playing, have a great weekend :-)

  5. I think my reading has expanded outward more over the years. I'm willing to try reading things I hadn't been so open to before.

    The evenings are a nice time, aren't they? Especially in the summer when the sun is still out.

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Nat.

  6. Mar- I'm not made for heat! :P
    Hope you have a good weekend too.

    The Holistic Knitter- If I'm not reading I'm probably blogging! ;)

    Florinda- Sounds good, you can be the trend-setter. It seems I'm late to get into mysteries. I know other people too who have had a mystery phase and no longer read them much. And I wouldn't NOT read a chicklit now if I thought it would be a good story. :)

    Janet- Well we didn't end up doing much shopping, just stopped by a bookstore but no pictures, sorry. We spent the afternoon taking pictures of irises at a nice park we'd never been to before. :)

    Literary Feline- It still cools of in the evenings, for this month anyway, so it's nice to open up the windows for the cool breeze.
    I am much more willing to try reading book or authors now and have been pleasantly surprised sometimes.

  7. I thought you might like this book/website since you like international children's books: (book is called My Village, Rhymes from Around the World). Hope you like it.
    Best wishes!

  8. hello- I'll check out the site, thanks for the link.


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