Last week on the blog The Socratic Salon, the ladies there were discussing whether as a reader you read inside or outside the box in terms of reading many genres or sticking to one or two genres. I responded that like Shannon of River City Reading, I do feel the pressure to be a well-rounded reader. However, as I mentioned in my response there on The Socratic Salon, instead of giving into the pressure completely, I am attempting to be more diverse within the genre I read, which is crime fiction, than I have been in the past.
For example, my last read was The Golden Scales by Parker Bilal, the pseudonym of British-Sudanese author Jamal Mahjoub. Then the book I read previous to that was A Red Death, the second Easy Rawlins murder mystery, by Walter Mosley, an African-American author. I’d also like to read more crime fiction by female authors and have a few in mind already, but if any of you have ideas of others that you think I shouldn’t miss, please let me know.
The main thing is that I am trying to read not only white male American authors, as that is what I mostly have read in the past, but also red, yellow, black or white (“they are precious in His sight”) male authors from other countries and red, yellow, black, or white (“they are precious in Her sight”) female authors from this country and other countries. That does mean that yes, I still will read white male American authors. I like Michael Connelly, for example, and I’m not ashamed to say that, but I also recognize I want to branch out beyond that with which I’m already familiar.
The key here is I still am reading what I want to read: crime fiction, just looking at the genre through different lenses. I might even try a graphic novel that mixes in the crime fiction, if I can find a few that don’t cost too much…and again, I’m open to suggestions.
As for what I’ll be reading next, it probably will be the next in Bilal’s series about his private detective Makana, Dogstar Rising, but I also do have White Butterfly, the third in the Easy Rawlins series, on hold at the Free Library of Philadelphia. However, as always, I’m making no promises and reading wherever the river flows. Right now as I’m drafting this Saturday, it seems to be flowing this direction, but by the time this is posted Sunday morning, it might be flowing in a completely different direction. As Asia (whose name was diverse anyway 😉 ) used to sing, only time will tell.
Instead of leaving you with that stuck in your head, I’ll leave you with this, which definitely is diverse and is one of the pieces I can’t stop listening to lately:
Do you read inside or outside your own box? Answer here and/or visit The Socratic Salon post above and comment. Also do you read diversely? Beyond these questions, as always, what are you reading this week? Anything noteworthy?