"Could you narrow down your reading to a favorite genre and author? Why or why not?"My answer to this is a relatively definitive, "Yes." My favorite genre is hands-down literary fiction. The only foray outside of literary fiction that gets much play from me is Young Adult fiction of the literary variety (think, John Green and Robert Cormier).
Rarely do I stray from that prescription, but if I do it's generally because I've been semi-forced and/or coerced to by a book club or cultural phenomena. I've got a rationale for every book I've read that isn't classified as Literary Fiction (Adult or YA), none of which is because it just "caught my eye." Recent Examples:
- I read the Twilight series novels this past summer because I wanted to see what all the hype was about (YA Fiction, Science Fiction)
- Right now I'm reading The Sparrow for my library's book club (Science Fiction)
- I read and enjoyed the Mortal Instruments series last month on a recommendation (YA Fiction, Science Fiction)
- I'm reading The Glass Castle for a class (Non-Fiction, Memoir)
- I've read 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel and am reading Aspects of the Novel (both Non-Fiction, Literary Critique) to improve my writing
- This past weekend I read book one in the Blue Bloods series as some research for a novel I'm working on (YA Fiction, Science Fiction)
How about you? Are you a categorical or non-categorical reader?