November 05, 2019

Tell Me Something Tuesday: What Are Your Favourite Book Genres?

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings, where the blog's owner Heidi discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.
Here is what is on deck this week:



If you've known me for a while (or even for a short time, really), I bet you won't be surprised to hear that my all-time favourite thing to read about are dead/undead characters, dead characters who are trying to contact the living, dead characters in an afterlife context...OK, dead characters 😂. As I said in the introduction to my blog's Afterlife Room,
[...] It's nothing morbid of course - I just love them reliving moments of their life, or trying to find out how they ended up dead in the first place. Or coming back to life sometimes LOL.
Afterlife book recommendations:


I love all things weird and extra-terrestrial (except classic aliens à la X-Files) - especially time travel and time loops. I love to read both about plausible and implausible science. I tend to find the past boring and/or unpleasant to read about (though there are exceptions of course), but the future fascinates me. I want to travel to a place where I can forget my everyday life and experience things that don't exist (yet?). Sci-fi is my escape route.

Sci-fi book recommendations:


I'm not a fan of fantasy (unless it's urban fantasy or afterlife fantasy...OK, I'm going to stop pushing my afterlife obsession at you for the next five minutes...), and I don't particularly like creatures (again, with some exceptions...), but I love out-of-the-ordinary stuff (...wait, you guessed?!?), so supernatural/paranormal books that have something different going for them are on my list.

Supernatural/paranormal book recommendations [please note: some of these books are listed on my blog page called Unwalled Room, which means they're a mix of genres, but they're mainly supernatural/paranormal. Some of them involve ghosts, but I shelved them as Unwalled for...reasons, so they made their way onto this list as well...]:


I love police procedurals on TV, and I love vintage detective novels. I love to rack my brain trying to guess a killer and a motive. I'm having a hard time finding thrillers/mysteries in the YA department that don't lose their blurb appeal once I've read the first reviews, or that ultimately result in a 5 or 4 star read once I've read them...I loved The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee, but it isn't a straight-up mystery (though I shelved it as one because it seemed fitter than anything else). But I've been a fan of classic thrillers since I was a pre-teen (my mum owned a number of Agatha Christie et al. books), so I'm going to recommend you some of them.

Classic mystery book recommendations (all adult, but suitable for teens):

Well, that's it for now. And if you're interested in participating, here is the TMST prompt list till the end of January (because I'll only be back with the meme next year, so, in case you want to participate before then or you want to plan ahead...):

  • November 12th: If you hosted a dinner for authors, who are the six authors you would invite (alive or deceased)?
  • November 19th: Thanksgiving post: what are you thankful for this year?
  • November 30th: Winter picks for 2019
  • December 3rd: What series did you start this year that you plan to continue in 2020?
  • December 10th: What books disappointed you this year?
  • December 17th: Best books of 2019
  • December 24th and December 31st: none! TMST is on a holiday hiatus!!!
  • January 7th: What is your word or phrase for 2020?
  • January 14th: Tell me about the city/town you live in
  • January 21st: Do you read/listen to more than one book at a time, or do you give every book your undivided attention? (this was a question I submitted!)
  • January 28th: What type of books do you like to cuddle up with in winter?

    I'll be back for the meme on January 14th, because for various reasons, I wouldn't know how to answer the previous questions (in regard to the book ones, it mostly amounts to me hardly having read 2019 releases), but I'll read your TMST posts if you have any!

    Now tell me something...what are your go-to genres? and regardless, are you always in the mood for them?


    1. My favorite books are anything soothing and sweet. Which, of course, usually means romance lol

      I like a whole range of genres but I love the feeling after a book where everyone gets their happy ending.

      I always knew you liked the after life books but not WHY.

      And I would love mystery if I couldn't figure out the damn thing in 2 pages (or once by the blurb!) without even trying. lol

      Karen @ For What It's worth

      1. It's funny, because my life is a raging mess, but I don't like to get soothed LOL. I'm complicated...Maybe it's just that I need kindred spirits in books - people who struggle and suffer and's cathartic 😉.

        I wonder if I could figure out those mysteries if I tried to read one. I usually throw the towel after reading the first reviews because I find out they're not my jam for some reason. I've gotten "close" to guess the who and the why in only a couple of Agatha Christie whoddunnits (OK, she's the boss of the genre...). Sometimes I feel like picking up a modern mystery and see what happens! You're a monster though. You read a blurb (or two pages) and already have the thing figured out?!?

    2. I really love the way you did this post, Roberta - super-thorough as always. 💜 Lol, I don't think any of your readers or friends are surprised by your love for afterlife novels - they are, at this point, a part of your brand. Shallow Graves I really want to read - I once asked you to rec me a favorite, because I'll read and review my favorite bloggers' favorites... and I haven't yet gotten around to completing that idea, BUT I WILL. 😂

      I'm never quite sure what my favorite genre is - I love fantasy, including urban and high fantasy, historical fiction, mystery-thrillers and romance. And no, I'm not always in the mood for all of them - in October I read quite a few mysteries/thrillers but then I may not read any for weeks at other times. It really depends on my mood, and even on what are the new releases I *want to* get to at that moment. Also, reading a great high fantasy book in the summer made me pick up more from that genre right after finishing it, and that's happened with other genres/books as well.

      1. Thank you hon - you know what it takes to put a post like this together, don't you? 😉 Though I've only listed a few titles, while you usually add mini-reviews to them, which is twice the effort 👍.

        Haha, I love your "brand" comment. I've never really thought of it that way, but it's true!

        I can really see you vibe with Shallow Graves - I'm not sure why! Maybe it's because you're one of the few people I know who don't mind dark stuff. You're one of the few people I know who read all over the place for that matter (except for sci-fi).

        I don't know what a reading mood is LOL. Another thing that most of my blogging friends have in common instead...

    3. I have yet to read a Agatha Christie book but I will one of these days - it's just the matter of deciding which first one to read.

      Now if the prompt is about favorite tv show genres, I would be able to do that easily but as for books, that's a harder one. I read all genres except horrors. Okay, maybe I also avoid contemporary books - for some reason, I just seem to not like them. I read a lot of fantasy/science fiction and also classic books which is probably not a genre but I guess that would be general fiction? I often see the classic books placed in this section in book stores.

      I think we are too quick to place books in their genres because I have read tons of books that fits a lot of genres but I suppose it's easier to find them if they fit in one category. But if a book appeals to me, I wouldn't care which genre they belong to.

      Have a lovely day.

      1. Do read a Christie book, and then tell me how you liked it! I've read them all, so you can't go wrong 😉.

        I think it's safe to say classic books are a genre - maybe we can call them historical fiction. But I agree that a single label doesn't always identify a book. More often than not, there are a few of them that apply. If we want to be picky, "horror" shouldn't even be considered a genre - you can have a mystery/thriller or a supernatural/paranormal book that is ALSO horror, but you can't have a horror book that isn't one or the other to begin with.

    4. Wow! That is an impressive list of book recommendations. I know you will be surprised to hear, that my favorite genre is contemporary, especially, contemporary romance. Shocking, right? I was surprised that I have not read ANY of the books on your list, though, I am pleased that I am familiar with some of the authors (at least).

      1. Haha, that's something, right? And yes, I'm so thoroughly shocked now 😉.

    5. I love so many books on your Afterlife and Supernatural lists. 😍 It's easy to see which genres brought us together lol.

      That's high praise for the new Peevyhouse novel! I'm looking forward to your full review.

      1. Ha! It started with Pike, but we soon found out that we do have some solid common ground. I know you aren't sci-fi's biggest fan, and mysteries can be hit or miss for you, but on the other hand, I don't like fantasy LOL. You did pick up a few books in "our" genres that I recommended though, and a handful you actually took a chance on, and that's the most wonderful thing 😃.

        My review for Strange Exit will be posted on Jan. 14th. This one made up for the faux-paus that The Echo Room was (in my view). But maybe you would like it less, who knows 😉.

      2. "You did pick up a few books in "our" genres that I recommended though, and a handful you actually took a chance on, and that's the most wonderful thing 😃."

        And I loved so many of them! I don't like mysteries so much, but I have a weird fondness for YA murder/thrillers. They're almost never 5-star reads for me, but there's something enjoyable and low stakes about the genre for me.

        I thought the Echo Room was pretty solid, but it's also the only Peevyhouse I've read--and your standards are understandably higher for sci-fi, given you've read so much of it. 😉 Looking forward to it!

      3. I think classic thrillers have ruined the genre for me. Though I did enjoy Pike's Last Act a lot! But I can't seem to pick up any YA one, either than his stuff.

        I think my main problem with The Echo Room was that I couldn't buy into the mental time travel in that book. And it's not like I've read tons of sci-fi books either (though more than you, I guess 😉). But the virtual reality in her new one I was able to buy into...and it fascinated me.

    6. I didn’t even realize that afterlife existed as a genre, but that is pretty cool! I will have to check out the books you recommended in that category. I guess my favourite genre is magic realism. I think that genre is so amazingly beautiful, and I aspire to be able to write it myself haha!

      1. Haha, that's exactly what I was thinking while writing my list..."afterlife" isn't a genre for anyone but me 😂. I suppose other readers would shelf those book as "supernatural". But since I have a specific interest in dead/undead characters, it's a genre for me. I hope you find something you like in there!

        Uh, I should have added "magical realism" too, because I love it! But some of my "unwalled" books do have a magical realism feel. I hope you manage to become a writer and set forth some amazing MR books, because for sure I'd read them!

    7. I just read a book called Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal you might enjoy. It's set during WW II, but there are mediums, who can communicate with the fallen soldiers and take their reports, so there are definitely a lot of dead characters. :D

      I've recently been getting into alternate history and historical fiction, because I love learning about events in history through fiction or when authors ask what if? and explore the ramification of small and big acts in history going differently than they really did. I also really enjoy urban fantasy, contemporary, classics, and recently I've been getting into non-fiction for the first time in my life! Oh, and I never turn up my nose at a good romcom, or "chicklit" as it is so controversially called. :)

      1. Haha, thanks for the recommendation! Unlike you, I have a rocky relationship with history (I know, shame on me), but this one sounds unique. I'll look it up!

    8. With the amount of deadness, you'd think we'd be concerned....

      But anyways, they ARE fun to read, I won't deny that. ALSO GOOD MORNING ROBERTA. I actually thought I commented on this one but apparently not, so we're definitely waddling in here to leave a comment.

      I love a good time travel novel, especially when it's done well and not confusing. Plus sci-fi has some of the COOLEST tech ever that doesn't even exist (and you know me, I'm a tech geek).

      I'm a huge fantasy reader, though lately I've been reading a lot of contemporary lately. I don't think I really have a preference as long as there's humor involved or something strangely fascinating like a murderous game show...

      1. It's morning, and I thank you! 😊

        Time travel can be difficult to pull off, but it's SO rewarding. And yep, the tech is fascinating as heck.

        A murderous game show? What are you reading?!? 😲 😉


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