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60-Day Book Meme - Day 42

Day 42 - Favorite genre?


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Mar. 11th, 2014 02:40 am (UTC)
My favorite fiction genre is mystery/thriller (but not horror). I love books that give me a puzzle to solve. I'm the same with TV shows and movies. I like to try to figure out who and how, along with why.

I really enjoy reading non-fiction books as well. I love to learn. My favorite non-fiction genres/subjects are cognitive neuroscience, religion (history of the Christian church mostly), Buddhist philosophy (mostly how it relates to neuroscience), physics, and cosmology.
Mar. 11th, 2014 09:08 am (UTC)
Mar. 11th, 2014 12:51 pm (UTC)
I reason more by favorite themes than by favorite genres, but maybe fantastic, if I have to choose?
Mar. 11th, 2014 01:47 pm (UTC)
Non-fiction: history, Christianity, biographies (post-1900; the pre- are in the history books section, and those whose life is on both pre- and post- are sorted according to which half has more years).

Fiction-wise no clear preference, but not much romance :P I do like good scifi and horror a lot *lol*
Mar. 11th, 2014 02:39 pm (UTC)
Ooo, what are some of the best books you've read that fall under 'Christianity' (if you don't mind my asking)? I like to read books about the history of the Christian church dating back to the time of Jesus and going forward through all the councils and such.
Mar. 11th, 2014 03:03 pm (UTC)
I'll look at my shelves when I get home, and will get back on that soon :)
Mar. 11th, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC)
Mar. 12th, 2014 11:24 am (UTC)
Okay, here's some - there's further more at my Goodreads account (7jane: I'm bit of a William Gibson fan):

art stuff I like:
Doré Bible Illustrations (just the pics, large pics and beautiful)
James Tissot: The Life Of Christ (his paintings are beautiful and I especially like that he painted the Crucifixion scene from the viewpoint of *Jesus*, looking down)
Lowden - Early Christian & Byzantine Art (Phaidon, white)

Bunyan - All Loves Excelling (on the measurements of the love of Christ and God)
The Jerusalem Sinner Saved (on how redemption is aviable to all who desire it)
Pilgrim's Progress (must include the story of his wife, which is just as good as main man's)

Delio - Clare Of Assisi (and describes her prayer method of Contemplation of the Cross)
Bailey - Finding The Lost (talking about the parables in Luke 15 from the POV of the people living at that time and place)

Sister Wendy Beckett...she has written many books on pieces of art, but I concentrate here on these:
Encounters with God + Real Presence (presenting the very earliest icons in existence)
On Prayer (includes amazing art too, naturally)
Spiritual Letters (mentions art a lot, but I mainly chose this here because of her talk on the spirituality in the mundane days of life, great inspiration)

Apostoli - Fatima for Today (I'm interested in Our Lady Of Fatima, and this is the best book to have of that; the writer talks some conservative family ideas on a page or two, but they are easy to skim over and shouldn't prevent one from reading and enjoying the rest)
St Bernard Of Clairvaux - The Steps Of Humility And Pride (what it says, a slim volume but says things precisely and well)
Mar. 12th, 2014 11:34 am (UTC)

Chesterton - Orthodoxy (found it very entertaining and solid, a good read)
Curé D'Ars (St John Vianney) - The Thoughts Of... + The Sermons Of... (I consider him a 'strict but fair' uncle of a saint; he had some *opinions* - like with dancing, but it's understandable and can just be shrugged - but he gave me good guidance and he mellowed with age anyway)
Rohr - Immortal Diamond (this BLEW my mind - and made me think of the vast SPACE we live in, too. Beautiful)

Pope Benedict XVI - Jesus Of Nazareth II: Holy Week (some good history and new ideas, very worth reading)
Gallick - The Big Book on Women Saints (there are many 'book of saints', but this focuses on women and was a fun, inspirational read; includes some Blesseds)
O'Brien - The Ignatian Adventure (a guide to his Meditations course, but very readable even outside it)
Barry, Yeo & Norris - Wisdom From The Monastery: The Rule Of St Benedict For Everyday Life (has and explains the Rule very well)

Pernoud - Joan Of Arc (one of the best biographies of this favorite saint of mine)
Thibodeaux - God, I Have Issues (a handy guide to praying during life's many moods and moments, very moving)
Merton - No Man Is An Island (I wrote so many notes reading this)
Thomas Kempis - The Imitation Of Christ (after I finally grasped who this was written for - the fellow monks - I could get over some hangups and enjoy reading this immensely)

Of course, Dante could be included on this list; I've read "Divine Comedy" both in Finnish (with great Doré illustrations) and English - English was a bit easier *lol*

And finally, on my favorite saint, Therese Of Lisieux:

Of course, her autobiography
Her letters (in two volumes) are very much worth it, and nicely revealing
Schmidt - Walking The Little Way (good for thorough explanation of the development of her Little Way and the different sides of it)
Mar. 12th, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm looking forward to checking in to these titles. I really appreciate your replies!
Mar. 11th, 2014 09:30 pm (UTC)
I like reading any story that interests me, but I often lean towards sci-fi and horror, or anything weird in style and/or content. I've also started getting into classic crime pulps and noir fiction.
Mar. 12th, 2014 03:13 am (UTC)
Oooh I dunno. I like historical fiction a lot. And classic lit but I doubt that's really a genre.
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