This week's question on the blog hop, sponsored by Crazy for Books (click on above image to see her blog), is why do you read the genre that you do?
I'm a fiction girl, from way back. Yes, I read narrative nonfiction, maybe up to a dozen per year, but fiction is my heart's desire. Primarily contemporary literary fiction, but I also love the classics and I round out my reading each year with a dozen or so YA novels and I also try to include some more popular or commercial fiction in my reading, too. Part of this is because I'm a bookseller and thus must read some books for work that I wouldn't ordinarily pick up on my own. And if I'm being honest, part of this is because I'm trying to purge myself of book snobbery. And another part is because I don't think one can be a well-rounded reader reading within just one genre.
A character in the Shadowlands film (the one based on the life of C. S. Lewis) once said that we read to know we're not alone, and I think that sums up more succinctly than anything else the "why" part of this week's hop.