I admit it. I’m a book snob.
Well, I should say a recovering book snob.
There was a time in my youth when I turned my nose up at anything written less than fifty years ago. I would speed through the book store to ‘Classic Literature’ as if the new releases and genre fiction were contagious.
Shakespeare, Cooper, Tolstoy, Dumas, Wilde, Steinbeck, Verne, Doyle, Tolkien, Austen, Brontë, and on and on.
You get the picture.
Those were my people.
But then, suddenly, I was done. I had read most of what I wanted to read from the past. What now?, asked my book addiction. So, I turned around, slowly, with dread and anticipation, to face the other shelves.
So. Many. Books.
Those can’t all be quality books, said the snob. Well, sadly—as you know—they aren’t. But, what I found was a revelation: genres that didn’t exist prior to the Cold War, modern language and dialogue, new ideas or twists on old ones, quick reads, fun reads, light reads, dark reads.
All. The. Reads.
Now, there are a few genres that I still refuse.
If a book cover depicts a half-clad man supporting a lust-drunk woman, I just say No. Whether you call it Romance, Bodice-Ripper, Gentry Porn, or whatever, they have no appeal to me.
Also, I can’t abide anything graphic or gory. My husband can attest to the nightmare screams fueled by even the mildest of horror (like Supernatural—I love it, but I’m such a wimp!).
Other than that, I will read just about anything if it’s good.
Are there any genres that you won’t read?
Are you a book snob too?
I would love to know, so comment below!
If you are still suffering from book snobbery or just want some modern good reads, below is my short list!
A Man Called Ove • Fredrik Backman
All the Light We Cannot See • Anthony Doerr
The Book Thief • Markus Zusak
Saxon Tales (series) • Bernard Cornwell
The Kitchen House • Kathleen Grissom
From Sand and Ash • Amy Harmon
Outlander (series) • Diana Gabaldon
Arcadia • Iain Pears
Margaret of Ashbury Trilogy • Judith Merkle Riley
The Uplift Saga • David Brin
Silo (series) • Hugh Howey
Station Eleven • Emily St. John Mandel
Flavia de Luce (series) • Alan Bradley
Dame Frevisse Mysteries (series) • Margaret Frazer
Merrily Watkins Mysteries (series) • Phil Rickman
Fever 1793 • Laurie Halse Anderson
The Penderwicks (series) • Jeanne Birdsall
The War That Saved My Life • Kimberley Brubaker Bradley
The Hunger Games Trilogy • Suzanne Collins
The Giver • Lois L0wry
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