30 Days of Writing: Day Eight

The Twirl and Swirl of Letters

What’s your favorite genre to write? To read?

Ah, my favorite genres! This is a terribly difficult question for me to answer.

For the longest time, I claimed that fantasy was my favorite genre to read. Then I realized that I read far more mysteries, biographies and historical fiction than fantasy or science fiction.

Mysteries are my go-to books. I adore Bruce Alexander’s historical murder mystery series The Sir John Fielding Mysteries, starting with Blind Justice. The characters are outstanding, the books are well researched, the mysteries engaging and well plotted. Of course, I’m also a fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories. I enjoy Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series immensely (though I have yet to finish).

I enjoy reading mysteries for the possibility. They can be transposed to any time period, to any branch of society. They may or may not have murder at their center. I enjoy the puzzle, the quest to determine the outcome before the detective (I’m always pleased when I come to a conclusion before Holmes announces it).

As for writing, it’s varied, but largely speculative fiction. I enjoy researching and writing historical fiction, but my favorite stories that I’ve written fall under the header of ‘speculative.’ They may not be obviously fantasy or science fiction, but an alternate world exists.

I haven’t attempted to write any mysteries.

What’s on the Bookshelf? Vol. 8

What's On the Bookshelf?

I should just change the name of this blog to “She Reads Too Much” because that might be a truer statement.

The most recent book is Blind Justice by Bruce Alexander. It’s about Sir John Fielding, the blind magistrate who founded the first organized police force, the Bow Street Runners.

In the book, narrator Jeremy Proctor (a fictitious character) is held on trial before Sir John, who takes pity on the boy and lets Jeremy live with him for a short period. A murder takes place, and the two investigate. Twists and turns abound.

I first read this book when I was in eighth grade. Despite my youth when I first discovered the series, it’s not for children (but teenagers can enjoy it).

Rereading this series and the wonderful Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian is like visiting old friends you haven’t seen in a while. You reminisce about what happened, and gladly.

I really need to get out more.