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Booking Through Thursday: Category

November 17, 2011

Today, Booking Through Thursday asks:

Of the books you own, what’s the biggest category/genre?

Is this also the category that you actually read the most?

I always have trouble with this kind of quantified question, comparing, how much. Unless I count the books and compare?

Going by the number of shelves on my bookshelf occupied by a specific genre… poetry wins.

2 shelves in the bedroom, 2 in the living room, given over to poetry.

And weirdly, I’ve been out of the habit of reading poetry for years, now. I have taken glorious, wonderful poetry classes. I have written poetry. I have read at least a taste from every poetry book on my shelves, and reread favorites.

But lately, I’ve been reading what feels like anything but poetry: fiction, foodie lit, mysteries, memoir. Sometimes the writing of one of these crosses over into flights of language that feel like poetry. The Book Thief needed to be on my poetry shelf, because of the turns of phrase.

I should read more poetry, it seems.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 17, 2011 8:30 am

    I never read poetry…but I understand the shelving of genres that you no longer seem to read! I have a ton of books that I read when I was really little…and since they’re books, I keep them on my shelf. Though it gets weird when people come over and ask me why ‘Go Dog Go’ is shelved as an actual book! Haha

    Great answer!

    My BTT

  2. November 17, 2011 10:12 am

    I have crime fiction everywhere!!

    Here is my BTT: category post!

  3. November 17, 2011 10:41 am

    I don’t read much poetry. I have a few volumes but it certainly does not dominate my library. People seem to define ‘categories/genres’ very differently when answering this week’s question…
    Here’s my BTT

  4. mary Ann Langan permalink
    November 17, 2011 11:09 am

    I own a mixture of genres.

    here’s mine:

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