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Last Updated: Aug 18, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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The problem with genres....

Well, maybe not exactly a problem.  Perhaps it's more of a possible confusion.  You see, some books do not clearly find themselves fitting into just one genre.  Take Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series for example.  The books in this series are a mixture of fantasy, romance, thriller, action, or any of several other subgenre labels you might apply.

As a reader, you need to be aware that some books just defy exclusive classification.  But what a great opportunity to read something that could fit into several categories!  Maybe you'll discover a new direction for your reading enjoyment or, at the very least, broaden your experience with different types of books.


Choosing a Book

Unless you have a favorite author or are working your way through a series, choosing a book to enjoy can sometimes be a difficult task.  Here are some points to consider as you make your selection:

  • cover - Does it give you a clue about the storyline?
  • number of pages - Is it too long?
  • blurb - Read the inside of the book jacket or the back of the book.
  • excerpt - Sample a page in the book to see if it is readable.
  • reviews - Are there comment by other writers about the book?
  • recommendations - Did any of your friends suggest it.

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