Over the course of this past semester, I read and reviewed a series of novels, analyzing how each fit the typical characteristics of the genre. I enjoyed this project as a whole, especially the additional component of discussing the novels with my classmates. It was like having a mini book club each week! I feel that I learned a good bit about genres and classifying novels, and gained experience talking about books in terms of such characteristics. I did not, however, expand my taste in books. I found that I liked the genres I thought I would, and did not like the genres I expected to dislike (ugh, The Notebook!). This could have been the power of expectation, or poor title choices on my part, but either way, it was not as horizon-expanding as I had hoped. Nor did I become any more comfortable in providing reader’s advisory (book suggestions) to others. It was, however, a step in the right direction and both enjoyable and educational. It has also inspired me to keep posting on my blog. Overall, I would say it was a solid success.
One of my classes this semester is ‘Adult Materials and Reading Interests.’ The majority of the class will be spent reading and learning about different genres of popular fiction, from mystery, to western, to science fiction, and beyond. I am looking forward to experiencing the many genres that I have not read on my own, both to become more aware of what’s out there and to expand my personal reading interests. Although I am dreading a few of the genres (romance and horror, mainly), I know it will be good for me (expanding horizons, figuring out what so many people actually like about them, better preparing to work in a library, etc.).
I’ll be writing a short report on each book I read for the class, which will touch on both the book itself and the genre as a whole. I plan on sharing those reports here on my blog, both to get back into posting regularly and because I expect it to be an interesting journey through the world of fiction.
I intentionally try to read a variety of classics and books that are recommended to me, and often go to a library to find at least one random book that interests me. This will be my first time to intentionally broaden my reading in a strategic manner, however, and I am excited to see how it goes.