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Question of the Week: Do you have a go to genre when you're happy, sad, or angry? - Suggested by Take Me Away
Answer: Because my favorite genre is dystopian, it's difficult to crave it when I'm happy. Usually I'll go back to my roots and pick up Mary Hoffman, John Flanagan, or someone else related to a little magic or fantasy element. Most recently I read Splintered by A.G. Howard and I almost didn't want to pick up another dystopian!
When I'm sad, it's usually because I read too much dystopian so I need to step back from that. Again, the fantasy is best after so much science fiction, but if I'm really upset I'll jump into Jean Craighead George's Julie of the Wolves. Any other dog/wolf based novel I put down when something happens to the animal, but I know it's coming in this trilogy fifteen times over so it's more nostalgic than anything else.
I avoid all kinds of romance (with the exception of Twilight in high school) because it frustrates me how the female character always swoons and loses it when she's with her new love, even if 20 pages before she was kicking butt without him. If that's the case, I try to find a middle grade or very young adult novel because those are the only ones without romance so I can stop being angry with whatever's going on in life.