15 August 2010

Sunday Salon: I Love the "Natural Problem-Solver"

I was reading the RSS feed from my library which alerts me to new books that will soon be available to borrow and I ran across a book entitled My Life in Pink and Green. The synopsis describes the book's heroine as a "natural problem-solver", and it occurred to me that I lean toward books with those types of characters. You know those stories: they always have a girl who is especially good at cooking or organizing or sewing, and she bails her family and friends out repeatedly with these skills. I also like stories with characters who can do magic or have superpowers, and the natural problem-solver is the closest you get to a magical person in a non-magical story.

This realization is part of my ongoing attempt to be aware of what types of stories and characters I gravitate towards. Recently, I've had this sense that I am reading the same book over and over. Sometimes I think I should branch out and then other times I want to stay in the cocoon of my comfort zone. My compromise at the moment is to at least identify the rut that I'm in.

QUESTION: Do you unapologetically stick to certain genres or styles, or are bent on reading a wide variety of books?


Anonymous said...

I read 90% non-fiction so I think the books I read are almost always related to something going on in my life. But I'm starting to think I need to get over myself and expand my book selections! I recently started reading biographies which can be much more exciting than I thought. But at the end of the day, I read whatever I feel like reading and I make no apologies for it!

By the way, I love your blog!

Dani in NC said...

I went through a period where I read a lot of self-help books. It was when my kids were younger and I couldn't give my undivided attention to a novel. Lately, though, I've found myself straying away from these books because I've read so many of them that I feel like I've heard it all before.