Booking Through Thursday: And God said

God* comes to you and tells you that, from this day forward, you may only read ONE type of book–one genre–period, but you get to choose what it is. Classics, Science-Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Cookbooks, History, Business … you can choose, but you only get ONE.

What genre do you pick, and why?

*Whether you believe in God or not, pretend for the purposes of this discussion that He is real.

This may be the toughest question of all the book memes I’ve done. I keep bouncing among literary fiction, translated fiction, biography and history. Ultimately, though, despite the problems I mentioned yesterday that some popular historians are having, I have to go with history. It seems to provide the widest range of potential material.

You can read about people, places and things. You can read about politics and religion. You can read about war and peace. You can read about culture and philosophy. In other words, history seems to cover the waterfront. While that can also be said of fiction, I am one of those who believe history is part of the key to the future.

Would I want to survive on one type of book? No. But if I had to, history may come closest to keeping me reading instead of staring at that mind-numbing device called television.

I talked to God and God said
Nothing that we shouldn’t already know

“I Talked to God,” The Uninvited, The Uninvited

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