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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Follow Friday (14)


Hey everyone, its Thursday night and time to post up another Follow Friday! Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee and features two up and coming book blogs along with a book related question or post. The purpose of this meme is to encourage new followers and blogging friendships. This week the question is...

Which book genre do you avoid at all costs and why?

I like to think of myself as an eclectic reader that'll give anything a try. I'm really not that picky of a reader- as long as the book interests me. However, I'm not much for autobiographies or biographies. Even if a person lead a fascinating life, I'm not sure if I'd actually pick up their book. I think they just remind me too much of textbooks, spitting out facts, without much of a story. That's an awful generalization, I know, but I have yet to find a biography that'd really catch my interest. I'm totally open to suggestions though!

Let me know what genres you all avoid with links in the comments and I'll check them out!

62 comments:

  1. I have a read a few memoirs but they were more of stories instead of just facts. But most of the time I'd have to agree with you that they are like text books. New follower!

    http://www.reading-kelly.blogspot.com/2012/01/feature-friday-3.html

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  2. I'm not a big fan of biogrpahies as well. A new follower! :)

    Celine @ Forget-me-not

    Here is my FF

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  3. Great answer! I don't read biographies at all. New follower :)

    Follow Friday #3

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  4. I'm not a big biography fan either, unless the person is really interesting. Although I've been meaning to read the one about Steve Jobs.

    Old follower!

    My FF

    Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

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  5. I don't mind the biographies (sometimes), but the autobiographies put me to sleep.

    New follower!

    My Hop

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  6. Hopping through. I love autobiographies and biographies...but I know lots of people don't. To each her own!
    My Hop

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  7. Nobody likes poor biographies, me included.
    New follower.

    Here's our #FF post

    Maja @ The Nocturnal Library

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  8. New follower! :-) I really like Chelsea Handler's "biographies." Although they are more like a collection of random, hilarious things.

    http://amidnightsummersread.blogspot.com

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  9. Thanks for stopping by - happy to return the visit (and the follow).

    I agree, biographies or memoirs can be a bit dry, but once in a while I'll stumble across a good one.

    Here's my FF

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  10. New follower!

    I always give books in other genres a try. You never know what you'll be missing.

    My FF: http://thelittlebluepig.blogspot.com/2012/01/follow-me-friday-4_27.html

    Angela @ TheLittleBluePig

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  11. I usually lean towards memoirs...especially ones with either a touch of comedy or that read more like fiction!

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  12. Old follower returning the visit! For some reason, I can read biographies but not autobiographies. It's like the person has to actually be deceased and be discussed by other people in order for me to want to read about their life. I have no idea why.

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  13. I've read and enjoyed a few celebrity biographies. Other than that I pass on them also. Thanks for following me at Reading With Monie.

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  14. I am not keen on Biographies either.I have read a few but now I will probably fall asleep.Regardless as long as it sounds interesting I will pick up a book.

    New follower
    Escapism Fanatic

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  15. I have read some biographies that were great and I have read some that were really boring. They are hit or miss with me, a lot depends on the writer. David McCullough does a wonderful job of bringing a story to life.

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  16. I can't say I've actually tried any biographies. No interest at this time. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Friday! Reading to Penguins

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    1. Not a big fan of biographies myself.Have a great Friday.

      http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/01/follow-friday_27.html

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  17. I hear ya. That's what makes me hesitate most of the time - if it reminds me of a textbook.

    Thanks for following - I'm following back!

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  18. Hi, just stopping by from the FF. I'm a new follower. I don't like to read horror books, I'm just not into getting scared all that much. I 'm not a fan of biographies but if it's well written, I might give it a try (: Have a great weekend!!


    My FF: Book Nerds are Pretty Too

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  19. I hate biographies too. Sometimes it makes me think of it being like homework to me. lol.

    Thanks for stopping by and following. Old follower,

    Livin' Life Through Books

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  20. Biographies are really boring sometimes! I try and stay away from non-fiction self-help books because they usually end up being so cheesy! Old follower, hopping through! Check out my FF:

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

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  21. I agree! The only thing close to a autobiography (a memoir, really) I've ever read was Half Assed by Jennette Fulda and that was only interesting because she's witty and I laughed through the majority of the book. Returned the follow :)

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  22. I love your layout! And I probably don't read any autobiographies or memoirs really either. I like fiction, and mostly with a fantasy aspect, since I read to "escape" from the monotony of real life.

    New follower!

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  23. hoping through , beautiful site . http://totallybookedsolid.blogspot.com/2012/01/follow-friday_27.html

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  24. Happy Friday, following you back. :)

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  25. I haven't read any autobiographies or biographies before..

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  26. Hi! I'm a new follower!!! I can't wait to read more on your blog!!!! :)

    I agree; I think it's great to learn about people who've come before our time, or even live during our time, but I don't levitate towards biographies :)

    http://jbkantt.blogspot.com/2012/01/follow-me-friday-my-first-one.html

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  27. I can understand, it's not my thing either.

    old follower

    here is mine

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  28. I struggle with autobiographies because I wonder how much of what is written is their attempt to put themselves in the most positive light?

    Shanan
    http://www.thebookaddictnet.blogspot.com

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  29. Thanks for stopping by and following. Following back! =)

    I have just finished reading the new biography on Stieg Larsson and really enjoyed it, but I think it was because it wasn't written like a real biography. But then i tried to read the new Cleopatra biography and just couldn't get through the heavy amounts of information. So I understand ya!

    Jennifer @ A Librarian's Library

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  30. i think it depends not the person you're reading the biography of. If it's someone you are interested in, you will enjoy the book, if it has no relation to you, then why would you read it? I've never read any myself to be honest.

    great blog! I'm an old follower :) and thanks for visiting our blog!

    - juhina

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  31. I definitely agree! I had to use a biography as a reference to write a paper once and ugh....never again! There's very, very few that I would be interested it. I definitely agree about the text book part!
    Thanks for following, I'm following back :)
    Love the blog layout btw :D

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  32. I generally don't read biographies either, but I will say that Tina Fey's Bossypants is pretty funny. I haven't read the whole thing, but that parts I heard were great.

    New follower! :)
    Andie
    From A to Z

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  33. Hey!

    Thanks for stopping by! I definitely agree; there was one point where I read 2 or three vampire books where it seemed like it was basically the same plot with just a few name and location changes!

    I don't often read autobiography or biographies but I'm sure if it was someone I really wanted to learn more about, I would probably pick it up!

    new follower! :)

    Dominique
    The Book Vault

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  34. I agree. Like I mentioned in my post, if you like them, Simon Pegg and Craig Ferguson have biographies out. They are both funny, so I think it helps move the story along. =)

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Megan @ Between the Lines

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  35. For me it would have to be an autobiography by someone funny or a serious one about someone I found incredibly fascinating. I don't read a lot of biographies either.

    Old follower :)

    Leslie
    Working for the Mandroid - Follow Friday

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  36. Thanks for stopping by! Love your answer, and I've followed! Here's my FF

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  37. Some biographies and/or memoirs I imagine are interesting, although I've never read one yet but I won't avoid them or scratch them off my to read list, because not everybody lives a boring life lol .

    Take for example this one . Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) .

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  38. Hey Kristan, following you back. come to think of it, I'm not a fan of biographies as well, not that I found one that captures my attention. Guess I'll need to look harder. Good answer. :) Have a great weekend!

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  39. I think that is why I have a problem with them as well. I start feeling like I am back in grade school. LoL

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  40. I know what you mean. Biographies don't really interest me. I have read a few I liked though.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Jennifer @ Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

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  41. Thanks for the comment - I'm now following you :)

    Have you tried "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"? I'd call it psuedo-biography. I suggest it because of you hold a masters in cellular and molecular biology. It tells the story behind the woman whose cells were the first "immortal cells". I have NO interest in science to be honest but I LOVED the book.

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  42. Thanks for stopping by!!
    I am not a huge fan of autobiographies either..but if I see one that interests me I will give it a try!!

    Happy Friday :)

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  43. I like biographies of ordinary people - couldn't care less what celebrities have to say usually

    Thanks for stopping by Book'd Out earlier!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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  44. Thanks for commenting on my post. I am the same way I am not an autobiography fan.

    New Follower

    Sara @ upon a love story

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  45. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey is the only one in that genre I've read and I loved it! Hilarious!

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Otherwhere.Co

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  46. I'd have to really give a crap about the person for me to read a recount of their life story, and off the top of my head none are coming to mind lol. Thanks for stoppin by ;)

    Tristan @ Reads With Wreckless Abandon

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  47. Thanks for stopping by!

    Following ya back. Great blog!

    Esha@ Readaholicme

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  48. I know what you mean! I try every genre but biographies are big no for me!

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  49. I have tried to read so many biographies but have not found one that has been able to hold my interest! Maybe someday! :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog today, I am now following you back and looking forward to reading more from you!

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  50. Like your comment and I agree with you. That are also not my favorits to read, I never tried them, but it sounds sooo boring.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog :D

    Mariska (new follower)

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  51. Yeah, biographies are tough. I don't mind them if they are about someone I'm totally interested in AND if they are relatively short.

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  52. I'm not a big fan of bios myself, but I have the Steve Jobs bio on my shelf and I do plan to read that (being an iThing fangirl and all...). Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Jennifer @ The Bawdy Book Blog

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  53. Hi! Followed back. Thanks for stopping by my blog.:) I like autobiographies if I really like the person or if it's really juicy.

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  54. Hi. Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm now following you.

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  55. Thanks for the follow!

    Also, I completely agree. I don't do well with autobiographies. I have to REALLY like someone in order for me to want to read their life story.

    Kristin from Growingupya.blogspot.com

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  56. I've picked up one about Christopher Reeve and one about Michael J. Fox years ago and both were okay. It wasn't I like them or not. It made me reflect on that these individuals went through and all. But I don't think I'll be buying another biography any time soon. Have a nice weekend. :D Thank you for visiting my blog again.

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  57. Hey! Thanks for following! I'm not much of a fan of autobiographies/biographies either. The only one I've ever considered reading is Steve Jobs, but I still haven't picked it up. I'm really not sure if I ever will.

    Kelly @ Dandelion Dreams

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  58. I can deal with autobiographies if they are not celebrity related. I have no interest in anything an actor, musician or socialite has to say. Maybe if it's an author or historical figure.

    I'm sorry I am so late in responding to your comment. I've had a crazy weekend. I'm a new follower.

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  59. I'll read it if I like the person, but I get why you're not into them. Thanks for stopping by!

    Preet @ AWR

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  60. I don't like biographies as well! I just dislike non fiction!

    Sorry for the late FF reply, I'm a new follower and thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Natasha @ Dreamland Teenage Fantasy

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