Today at Armchair BEA we are talking about genre fiction. I read a lot of genre fiction. I mostly read for entertainment (I don't have cable so most of my entertainment comes from books). Book Blogging has definitely widen my horizons as far as genres I'm willing to read and actually enjoy most of the time.
My first love though is Pyschological Thrillers. I loved Before I Go To Sleep and Still Missing. Anything by Ted Dekker also is a must read. I love how they make me think. There's just something about seeing the dark and twisted side of human nature that I find fascinating.
Probably tied with psychological thrillers is my love for stories of espionage. I used to have a Goodreads shelf titled Espionage. I'm particularly fond of Cold War era espionage - Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan series and Jack Higgins' Sean Dillon series. However, I've gotten a bit into corporate espionage with The Egyptian by Layton Green.
At Christmas time, I always want to read Chick-lit and there's been some really good stuff lately. I loved True Love Way by Nancy Scrofano and Dating Mr. December by Phillipa Ashley.
I'm not big on true romance, but one series that I'm anxiously awaiting the third installment of is Gabriel's Inferno and Gabriel's Rapture by Sylvain Reynard. Gabriel's Redemption is due out in December. I'm REALLY hoping there's an ARC with my name on it (are you reading this SR?).
I've started to get into sci-fi and fantasy since blogging, though I mostly stick to young adult fare (particularly the fantasy) in this category. The Gateway Chronicles by K. B. Hoyle - LOVE IT and enjoyed the Across the Universe series by Beth Revis. As far as adult fare, All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness and the Extrahumans series by Susan Bigelow. I much prefer there to be elements of my own world involved. Full fantasy particularly is difficult for me. I liked The Blacklight Chronicles by John Forrestor, but don't find them nearly as enjoyable as the the series I mentioned above. I just noticed I mostly read series in this genre.
I've found that I enjoy speculative and dystopian fiction, but haven't read a lot in either category. I like it because there is the element of this may happen and like pyschological thrillers often make you think about your own actions and beliefs.
While I love a good thriller, horror is something I stay away from. The closest I've come to horror is probably The First Victim by J. B. Lynn.
Speaking of J. B. Lynn. The funniest books I've ever read is her Slightly Neurotic Hitwoman series. They are heading into more clear cut chick lit with the latest installment, but they still remain firmly in the humor genre.
I guess that about sums up my genre fiction reading. When you throw in the non-fiction and literary fiction I also enjoy you can see my reading tastes are quite eclectic.
What do you enjoy reading?