Friday's Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jen at Crazy for Books.
This week's question:
"Why do you read the genre that you do? What draws you to it?"
While I like to think that I will read just about anything, there are some genres I enjoy more than others. I absolutely love historical fiction, women's fiction, and memoirs. My tastes have changed a bit over the years, but even as a child I gravitated toward realistic fiction, historical fiction and biographies. When I read to my own children I try to read fantasy to them, and yet when they pick out books for themselves or express what books they enjoy the most, they also pick the same genres that I enjoy. I can't decide if this is sort of an inherited trait- my mom and aunts generally read these types of books, too - or something that we have more control over.
With women's fiction I am sure I am drawn to these books because they are usually full of characters I can relate to or can understand. I love history, and historical fiction novels are a great way to learn about history without memorizing a bunch of dates and names in addition to developing an understanding of how people were affected by events in history. I know some people don't understand why memoirs are at the top of my list, but I am fascinated by people in general. Everyone has such a unique story - full of experiences that has made them who they are, and I am always interested in hearing about these lives that are so different - and sometimes so like - my own.