There are a few people in my life who I am constantly lending books out to. It really isn’t really their choice — when they come over, we talk about our reading or author preferences, and then they usually leave with an armful of “suggested reads.” One of these people reads a lot of books and we usually have similar tastes, so it’s pretty easy to find an author on my shelf that she has to read.
Last year, I had lent her my favourite author — Sophie Kinsella. I have everything that she’s ever put out and just recently received her latest, I’ve Got Your Number, in the mail. A few weeks or so ago, she had returned the Sophie Kinsella books among other books I had lent her (i.e. a huge tote bag full. You never leave here dissatisfied.). So when I saw this person the other day, I thought to ask what she had thought of my favourite author, as I had just finished reading IGYN and wanted to lend it out.
Unfortunately for me, my friend really disliked the books. She said she read the first one in the Shopaholic series and that was it. She said she wanted something with substance, like a mystery or something. On the outside, I recommended a book to her, but on the inside I was sad that she was saying my favourite author writes books with no substance.
That got me thinking about reading preferences. For me, I’m all over the place, reading chick lit or YA books, mysteries or Sci-Fi, fantasy or contemporary. I’m usually easy to please. But when it comes to substance in a book, is there a specific definition? Take the new Sophie Kinsella, for instance: Sure, the main character is a bit frazzled and girlie (which I love!) but there’s also mystery going on in the book. Just because it takes the chick-lit route, surely that doesn’t mean that it’s lacking substance.
I’m a big mood reader and sometimes I can read chick-lit book after chick-lit book, and then maybe some fun YA books. I feel like I have to be in a certain mood for books that may be considered to have more “substance” than others. Does that not make me a serious reader? Because I like and enjoy reading books that may not be taken so seriously?
Am I reading wrong into this? What are your reading preferences? Do you prefer books with substance, or books defined as “fluff?”
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