Friday, June 17, 2011

follow friday and Russell's birthday

Genre Wars!
What's your favorite genre and which book in that genre made it your favorite?

I actually don't have a favorite genre. There are some genres that I read more than others (and I do read a lot of non-genre fiction) and some genres that I rarely, if ever, read (horror and sick-shit mysteries come to mind).

I guess if I can to settle on one genre, it'd be historical fiction. There's not one book that sold me on the genre, but I'll happily share some of my recommendations with you.

Good historical fiction titles that leap to mind:Also, today is Russell's birthday and so far he hasn't received any books. This is a seriously big deal. I always get him at least one book (we're trying to cull our book collections now so no books from me this year) and he often gets books from others. We think this is the first time in at least 15 years that he hasn't gotten a book for his birthday.

If you are visiting this blog for the first time, welcome! This is Karen. I'm a librarian and archivist and I've been writing this blog since 2006. [The Russell mentioned above is my husband who (very) occasionally reviews nonfiction on the blog]. Some of my favorite books are All We Know of Love (schneider), The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (kundera), The God of Small Things (roy), The Handmaid's Tale (atwood), Pride and Prejudice (austen), The Storyteller (vargas llosa), and Zahrah the Windseeker (okorafor-mbachu).

Here are my posts since my last Follow Friday (I skipped last week):


  1. Happy Birthday, Russell! Just coming around from the hop. I love historical fiction, but haven't read any of the books you mention. I'll have to go check them out though. Thanks for sharing. Here's my hop:
    Happy reading and have a lovely weekend!

  2. Another Historical Fiction lover! That's great! I prefer Paranormal Romance but some of my favorites are Historical Fiction.

    Hopping through from FF. Have a great weekend.

    Old follower, but you know that already =)
    -Mocha from A Cupcake and A Latte: YA Reads, Reviews & More!.

  3. I found it to be a hard choice to pick, but I went with two finally. :)

    New follower. :) My FF can be found here!

    Rebecca @ kindle fever

  4. OOh I read The Birth of Venus as well sometime back! And then the one after that, The Company of the Courtesan. For some reason I really liked those, maybe it was just the settings and whatnot. Not sure how I liked them so much! But I read those and The Historian and enjoyed them very well!

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower

  5. Hopping through. I've only read one Sarah Dunant book but I loved it. I should read more.
    My Hop

  6. Hi, old follower just dropping by. I like a range of genres too, historical fiction being one of them.

  7. Thanks for stopping by, everyone!

    I'm passing all the birthday wishes along to Russell.

  8. Oh, I LOVED "The Blood of Flowers".

  9. Happy Birthday Russell!!!

    I haven't read much historical fiction. I will have to put some books on my to read list (which keeps getting longer and longer...)

    Just stopping by from a FF. Thanks for the follow. :) I'm following you now. I have learned so much by stopping by other people's blog. It is interesting to see another opinion on things.

  10. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I'm a new follower! What type of librarian are you? Public? School? College? Industry? Thanks for the recommendation of the Blood of Flowers audiobook. I am always on the prowl for good books to listen to. Hope to get to "know you" better in the weeks to come.

  11. Anne - Special collections. I was at a university, but am now working for a museum.

  12. Happy Birthday, Russell!

    Looks like a great list of books, Karen, I will have to check those out. :) Thanks for visiting my blog, I am following you back!

  13. Its a tough choice isn't it! I haven't read much historical fiction. I'll go look up the ones you listed though :)

    Have a great weekend!

  14. Thanks for following us! We're now your newest follower. It's almost impossible to pick a favorite genre, but historical fiction is high on our list. Have a great weekend.