Friday 22 July 2011

Follow Friday #18 / Book Blogger Hop #18 / Literary Blog Hop #2

Book Blogger Hop
It's that time of week again. Here is the question from the Book Blogger Hop, hosted by Crazy-for-Books.

What’s the ONE GENRE that you wish you could get into, but just can’t?

Hmm. There are plenty I can't get into but wouldn't want to i.e. chick lit, but I read at least a little in most other catagories. I guess travel writing (e.g. Bill Bryson) is something I'd like to try more in the future...and some YA. I hear great things about some YA books and a few I read and do enjoy, but some I find a bit juvenile and it puts me off trying others for a while.

Q. Name 3 authors that you would love to sit down and spend an hour or a meal with just talking about either their books or get advice on writing from?

Does it have to be living authors? I would say definitely Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, to discuss how she goes about researching the historic settings for her books as they are always so full of great detail. Then dead authors I'd love to meet if I had a time machine, or could summon up their ghosts, would be Tolkien and Victor Hugo.
If I can only pick living authors, I select Yann Martel and Charlaine Harris as my other too. How's that?

Literary Blog Hop
Discuss Bibliotherapy. Do you believe literature can be a viable form of therapy? Is literary writing more or less therapeutic than pop lit or nonficition?

I think literature can definitely be therapeutic. I can't count the number of times I've picked up a book feeling miserable then found my mood much improved once I've been lost in a good story for an hour or so. I think literary fiction probably is more therapeutic than popular fiction and nonfiction, for me at least, as literary fiction tends to address the deeper issues, raising more thought-provoking points. I tend to become much more emotionally involved in good literary fiction and that is what I would find therapeutic - discovering a deep emotion within a text that either mirrors my own feelings, confirming and vindicating them, or allowing the opposing emotion in a book to counteract what I am feeling, giving me something else to focus on.


  1. What is your favorite genre to read?

  2. Hi there, I'm hopping through.
    Have a great weekend!

    Holjo @ Pedantic Phooka

  3. Charlain Harris,,would be fun to visit with..
    old follower
    happy friday

  4. I'm the same although I forgot to mention chick-lit. It has just never appealed to me but I don't think I am missing out. A few friends have tried to convince me otherwise but I just can't bring myself round to trying it.

  5. My husband adores Bryson's books. I've tried. They weren't my cup of tea.

    Since last week's pie chart about where I get my books was so popular, I thought I'd share what types of books I do read. Please stop by to see which genres I don't typically read.

  6. Following the Book Blogger Hop. I forgot to add the genre I do read to the linky. My genre is eclectic. The genre I can't seem to get into is Paranormal/Fantasy.
    Following you on GFC and liked you on FB.

  7. Hi & Happy Friday!

    My FF,

    Have a nice weekend :)

  8. Hopping through. Literature can definitely be therapeutic. I've picked up old favorites on hard days and can forget the world for awhile.
    My Hop

  9. I bypassed the dead authors, wouldn't be a fun meal lol I totally agree with Charlaine Harris. If I were to go for the late ones, there'd be a few to pick from - I'd have to meet PG Wodehouse and William Faulkner, for sure. And Oscar Wilde, just because he's fabulous!

    I don't think I've met a genre I can't get into at least once. Well, maybe political, cause I'm not very politically minded.

    Happy Friday, Nicki!

    old old old follower lol

  10. Hopping through! New follower.

  11. Books can be therapeutic because people can put aside their own troubles by becoming immersed in a different world or even learn something about themselves by reading about others. Books can also teach important moral and ethical lessons. They teach people, children in particular, how to sympathize and empathize with others. This is something that is increasingly in danger in our technological oriented world.

    Here's my Blog Hop

  12. Just popping by for follow friday. Loved your choices (I would think meeting Victor Hugo would be pretty funky) I would also want to meet Charles Dickens :)

    My answer is here My Follow Friday

    New follower :)

  13. Just dropping by for the blog hop. I'd also like to read more YA in the future, but I have to disagree with you about the chick lit. I love that stuff! To each their own, right? :)

    My hop:

  14. I liked Bill Bryson's books, although I rushed through and read everything he'd ever written in a single weekend, which was a mistake, since now I'm sick of him.

  15. Hi. Happy Belated FF from a new follower. Interesting choices - I picked Tolkien too.