Monday, July 26, 2010
Guy Books, Gal Books, or Plain Old Books
If I read a book that I enjoy, I'm not shy about sharing it with my friends. I talk about it, reference it, and draw conclusions from it for weeks (or months according to my wife). I'm nothing if not enthusiastic. If I like it, you should like it too right?
Not that long ago, a social networking friend of mine commented that I should read a few more "guy" books. Well, I have been reading guy books and also reading books written by women. It seems that my friend assumed that I mostly read books written by women because I've mentioned The Joy Luck Club and The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan a few times on Facebook. I also referenced Mudbound by Hilary Jordan recently.
I've also pretty recently read Carl Hiassen's Nature Girl and Randy Wayne White's Sanibel Flats, novels with a Florida theme, and Doug Worgul's Thin Blue Smoke about Kansas City Barbeque and much, much more. The first two I read for entertainment and the third because I like bbq.
I don't consider any of these books to be "guy" books or "gal" books necessarily, but rather just books that happened to be written by a man or woman. They are books about real life experiences and some of the details are fictionalized to convey a particular feeling about a time in history. In short, they're just books that I happened to read. And for a bonus, Carl Hiaasen makes me laugh.
Guys may be shy to admit it, but some of the books written by gals are actually pretty good. And gals, throw in a book written by a guy every once in a while in between the latest Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown, Tess Gerritsen, and whomever else. The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks might be a good place to start.
And to any of my friends who may be keeping track - I recently purchased it and will begin reading it soon. It happens to be written by a man, but the title and main subject are about a woman. Funny yes?