As part of my 2019 reading resolutions, I promised to do at least one book tag per month. So far, I have been religiously completing this task. For this month, I’ve chosen to do This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Tag which I have first came across in RiverMoose-Reads‘ interesting book blog. As the world of literature spans a plethora of genre, I deemed it interesting doing this one. Here’s my take.
- Credit my bad bad self Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag, use the created tag name graphic and link back to my blog.
- Answer the questions.
- Tag as many people as you want.
1). WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE?
I have read quite a lot from a spectrum of different and varying genres. There were points where I careened towards one particular genre but I can say that there is not one particular genre I could call my favorite. Had the question been the opposite, it would be very easy to answer.
For now, my literary journey makes me lean towards Magical Realism. However, I didn’t always have a wonderful relationship with this genre. It was really rocky, especially when I started reading works from this genre. It was just lately that I started truly appreciating this genre. But before Magical Realism, my first go-to genre was mystery and suspense fiction before I switched to romance when the former got too predictable and formulaic.
2). WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHOR FROM THE GENRE?
There are three authors that come to mind when one talks about magical realism:
- Haruki Murakami
- Salman Rushdie
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
I have other authors as well who piqued my interest. However, what I have read of their works is too limited for me to include them in a list that has the word “favorite” on it.
3). WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE GENRE THAT KEEPS PULLING YOU BACK?
To be honest, I really have no idea why I keep getting back to magical realism. It’s not like that it is a very easy genre to read. It is very complex, and, well, challenging. But maybe it is these difficulties and mind-boggling ingredients that keep reeling me in. The added flavor of surrealism and other dimensions appeal to me. I like it that authors find a creative way to relate their thoughts and ideas. It is this lack of pattern and formula that makes reading magical realism book worthwhile. They maybe difficult but they never fail to capture my attention, and imagination.
4). WHAT’S THE BOOK THAT STARTED YOUR LOVE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE?
I wanted to pick Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ One Hundred Years of Solitude, them being my initiation into the perplexing world of surrealism and other dimensions. As memorable as my experiences with these books are, they were actually works that nearly made me gave up on the genre.
The three books below were the ones that made me realize that magical realism is a genre to explore and appreciate:
- Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children
- Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita; and
- Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits
These are actually surprising choices considering that I have already read a lot of Murakamis and Garcia Marquezes before I got to read any of these books. I guess they were not as overpowering as the two books I have mentioned first, hence, the reading experiences were easier.
5). 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?
Of course, I do recommend the three books I have mentioned in question number four. Other works worth mentioning are Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles, Gunther Grass’ The Tin Drum, and Italo Calvino’s If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler.
6). WHY DO YOU READ?
Whenever I am asked this question, my staple answers are:
- I want to broaden my horizon and get to understand other cultures and people;
- I want to learn; and
- I want to be culturally, socially, politically and historically aware.
However, the truth is, I read to escape. Reading for me is a means to get out of realities of life. I don’t mean it in a way that I will stay in the books. You get what I mean? I read to have a brief respite from my responsibilities. I read to veer away from ugly thoughts that are hounding me. Books are no alternative realities, that is for sure, but they provide a semi-colon, a means to slow down from our fast-paced living.
As always, I don’t want to burden anyone (and because I am too lazy I guess), I tag anyone who finds this discourse interesting. Just don’t forget to tag me so that I can read your answers.