Earlier today I saw a post on someone’s blog about their personal preference for three columned blog layouts. It got me thinking about what other people prefer. I am definitely someone who likes the two column layout; I like having a big posting area so that the posts aren’t all squished up the middle. But it is definitely possible to have a three column layout without that problem. So I thought I would set up a poll to see what other people think about this design issues. Feel free to vote in the poll.
1. Contemporary: I like reading modern books about modern issues. It feel somehow more relevant to my life.
2. Classics: I love the old language used in classics and I feel authors from long ago somehow seem to more accurately capture the essence of what it is like to be human (sounds a bit lame I know)
3. Literary: For me, it isn’t just the story that I love (although it’s a large component). I also love the actual reading process. To get some enjoyment from it though I need to be challenged. Anyone can read trashy romance and the like. I could read young adult fiction as a teenager. But now as an adult I need age appropriate material that challenges me. Not that there isn't a place for a bit of Harry Potter or Dan Brown. But generally I want to be reading something where the language itself is also part of the joy of the book. Literary fiction provides that to me.
4. Crime/Mystery: Having said the above, I can still be a sucker for a good mystery or thriller, like an Agatha Christie or a No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency
5. Spanish: I know this isn’t a proper genre, but I love reading books in English that have been translated from Spanish. There is something about the way that the Spanish language translates into English that just really connects with me.
And those are my 5 favourite genres. Head over to her blog and join in!
Lastly, I just wanted to give everyone a quick update. I have finally finished The Passage and despite some mixed feelings when I reached the middle of the book, I really loved it. It was extremely tense and exciting. As someone who is more of a literary reader than a trashy paranormal reader, this was the perfect opportunity to get a nice mix of alternate reality with good writing. I hope to review this book next week, but I know that a lot of people are interested in this book so I thought that I would give a little initial summary of my feelings.