Monday, May 3, 2010

Booking It--Restrictions

God comes to you and tells you that, from this day forward, you may only read ONE type of book–one genre–period, but you get to choose what it is. Classics, Science-Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Cookbooks, History, Business … you can choose, but you only get ONE.

What genre do you pick, and why?

That's hard! Professionally, I know I should pick classics, but for pleasure reading I'd choose mystery, hands down.



Jonathan G. Reinhardt said...

Agreed. Mysteries, hands down.

I'd leave it to the students to read the classics, and then you and they both can pretend you all actually did read them for class discussion, as usually is the case for them. Just make sure you say a thing or two that wasn't on Wikipedia or Sparknotes. They won't know the difference.

Or you could teach a course on famous sleuths and mystery fiction. Now there would be a class...

If you're wondering why I'm in such a disgruntled mood, it's because my term isn't over until next week, and I'm still grading. Plus editing professors' books. While really I want to be outside on the beach.


Ash said...

That's a tough one...I want to say classics, or even mysteries, but if I'm being honest it would be huge, sweeping, epic adventures with epic characters and totally unrealistic, twisting storylines.