Booking Through Thursday asks:
Name a book you love in a genre you normally don’t care for. What made you decide to read it? Did it make you want to try more in that genre?
The racy cover—that huge cleavage with the big cross pendant—of Good Christian Bitches epitomizes a book that I would not read. I wasn’t sure what genre it belongs to: chick lit, or bodice ripping romance? I don’t read neither. Had it not been for the television show, which ABC has pulled out of cowardice because it infuriated the very hypocrites it portrayed. Anyway, I enjoyed the book tremendously and it’s fairly well-written. Packed with schemes, drama, and humor, Good Christian Bitches is a social comedy and commentary. I am not left with the impression that Gatlin goes out of her way to trash Christianity. Instead she is laying out those who claim to be Christian and yet put their worldly desires above the desire to be like Christ. The book is actually well-written and entertaining. It is satirical of our self-righteousness and double standards. This is not a book that requires you to read between the lines and derive some underlying meaning, but it keeps me engrossed for an entire afternoon by the pool.
What genre do you avoid reading and why?
You can infer from my answer above that I don’t read romance, nor do I read sci-fi. I am also not a true crime type although I did enjoy In Cold Blood. I like to read literature with beautiful language–books for which you have to read between the lines.