One of my favourite blogging friends, Alexandra, tagged me recently in the ‘This is My Genre Tag’.
If you don’t know Alexandra’s blog yet, please pop over to say hello – her posts are witty, thoughtful and full of heart.
Recently, Alexandra launched a new reading / writing project –
I will be taking a part in it and if you like sci-fi / fantasy please come over for a visit. I hope some of you will join us on this big space adventure. 🙂
Without further ado, let’s have a look at my favourite genre. 🙂What is your favourite genre?
I love many genres, but if I really, really have to choose one, it would be fantasy.
And to be more precise, it would be myth / folk inspired fantasy.
Who is your favourite author in this genre?
J.R.R. Tolkien for sure.
“Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
For that bitter-sweetness his books bring me.
For that imagination, exquisite language, careful attention to detail and that hope that is felt throughout his stories. His books are extremely quotable and as a fellow dreamer, my favourite quote of his is: “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” .
I also enjoy books from Neil Gaiman, George R. R. Martin, Rick Riordan and Katherine Arden.
What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?
Imagination sprinkled with possibility.
Whenever I read historic fiction, nonfiction or fiction in general, I tend to get bogged down by details wondering if they are correct. It sometimes distracts me from the story. Fantasy on the other hand is one wild ride.
I appreciate the myth inspired stories because I’m drawn to our ancestors’ need to explain the world around them.
I also like to ride dragons from time to time and enjoy getting lost in Rivendell whenever time permits. 🙂
What is the book that started your love of this genre?
There is no book per se – my grandma and my dad would read me myths and folk legends as bedtime stories. My love for fantasy started from hearing those as a child and I still remember, as if it was yesterday, how I would ask them to read me just one more story…. 🙂
If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – because it is a hauntingly beautiful coming-of-age story that is heavily inspired by Russian folklore.
It’s such an atmospheric winter book – perfect for this current season! 😊 My review of this book can be found here.
Why do you read?
René Descartes once said: “Cogito ergo sum. (I think; therefore I am.)“.
I would like to extend that to reading: I read; therefore I am.
How can one think without reading? That’s my logic anyhow.. 😉 😉
If you have time / haven’t done this tag already, I’d love to hear from: