17 November 2011

Booking Through Thursday: Which Genre?

Booking Through Thursday is a little blog that posts a question each Thursday, for readers to answer on their blogs.  Here's the question for this week:
Of the books you own, what’s the biggest category/genre?
Is this also the category that you actually read the most?
This was a tough one to figure out.  Not only am I not sure off the top of my head about the biggest genre in my collection, but I also am not sure how I'd categorize a lot of them.  I can roughly estimate, however.

About a third of my books are nonfiction.  This third is about evenly split among memoirs (celebrity and serious), pop nonfiction (Oliver Sacks, Michael Pollan), and serious histories.  There is also a small smattering of advocacy books on ethics or the like.

Of fiction, it seems to go pretty much like this:

  • 30% are trashy in some way: fluffy supernatural Charlaine Harris books, Christian fiction like Piercing the Darkness, young adult lit, and crappy fantasy.
  • 40% are fiction by the big names.  Most prominent are Margaret Atwood, Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, Cormac McCarthy, William Morris, Ernest Hemingway, Vladimir Nabokov, Herman Melville, John Updike, Kurt Vonnegut, Virginia Woolf, and Edgar Rice Burroughs.  These authors have all published a great deal, and so their work represents almost half this category.
  • The remaining 30% is a grab-bag of Tom Clancy, Henry James, Chinua Achebe, Haruki Murakami, Jane Austen, Michael Chabon, and so on.  No rhyme or reason to it.
The second part of the question - what do I actually read? - is pretty easy: all of them.


  1. I'm only sure of the biggest genre because that's how I store my books. You have some great authors listed there!

    My BTT post is here if you'd like a look :)

  2. I only have a few hundred physical books (in storage in the States) but more than a thousand ebooks - no shelving method of which to speak.

    I checked out your blog - pretty interesting! Thanks for the comment.

  3. I'm also a fan of non-fiction and about half of my shelf is comprised of memoirs, biographies, travel and animal stories. But I agree with Claire, you do have some great authors listed! :)

    Here's my BTT: http://palmtreesbarefeet.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/booking-through-thursday-category/

  4. Welcome to Booking Through Thursday! Here is my BTT for this week.

  5. I have a mixture of genres, that I own.


  6. I never realized how many bookbloggers there are!