Monday, January 17, 2011

Musing Mondays: Light or Heavy?


This week’s musing asks…
Do you prefer deep, intellectual, “meaty” books… or light, “fluffy” books? Why? Give us an example of your preferred type of book. ;)

I'm a snob when it comes to books and I've never tried to hide it! Howard Jacobson's The Finkler Question is a great example of an intellectual read. So are most of Margaret Atwood's books, and A.S. Byatt's, and Ian McEwan's, and so on. Look at the Booker Prize. I'm also thinking of classics like Jude the Obscure, which I know one of my blogging pals is reading right now, and modern classics like The Master and Margarita.

Fluffy books have their place, too, and I like the ones that are smart and well-crafted. I love Celestine Vaite's Materena Mahi series, and Megan Crane's chick lit, and tight pageturners and thrillers. One of my favorite light books of the last few year is Marie Phillips' Gods Behaving Badly, a comedy about what happens when the classical Greek gods get an apartment together in modern-day London. I don't like books that are truly stupid, though, and there are some out there!

More Musing Mondays at ShouldbeReading.wordpress.com.