What's your poison?
Come on, I know you have one... a favorite genre, that is. You might like to consider yourself widely read and open to any story, but deep down you have a certain section in the bookstore that you always wander into. And the reason I know this is because when you contributed a segment to our Friday challenge story (three days left, people!), you put in the element you probably like seeing in the books you read. Already our growing story has romantic suspense, humor, urban fantasy, science fiction, and whatever category the CIA fits into. Which I'm guessing would be thrillers.
Speaking of thrillers, that's my favorite genre. While I do love Stephen King (especially his early horror work), as a whole, I love thrillers. Any kind of thriller. John Grisham was my first love (legal thrillers), Joseph Finder is my new love (corporate thrillers), Dan Brown seems to have the market cornered on religious and techno thrillers, while James Rollins (a real-life veterinarian) writes the coolest adventure thrillers. David Baldacci writes political thrillers, and Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne starred in my favorite spy thrillers.
Then, of course, there are the serial killer/detective series thrillers, like James Patterson's Alex Cross series and Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme series.
And of course, the late great Michael Crichton, whose thrillers were always about all the things that can go wrong when you mess with science.
When done well, a good thriller will grab me from the first page, excite me, and leave me wanting more.
Now you tell. What kind of books rock your world? Horror? Science fiction? Chick lit? Romance? Urban fantasy? Historical? Suspense? Mystery? Paranormal? Or some weird combination like historical romantic horror? (Yes, that actually does exist. See the New York Times bestseller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith.)
So, what's your favorite genre?