Normally I don’t pick up the BookPage supplement that the library sets out every month. More ideas about what to read are NOT necessary in my life. I have lists and lists. People suggest books to me all the time. This isn’t a problem, it just means I don’t need to go looking.
Last week, while the kitchen project was happening, I spend all day every day sitting on the sofa, so that I could be available if needed. I wrote blogs for the trail, looked at Facebook, read a lot. When I picked up a couple of books from the library, I grabbed not just the regular supplement but also a “Looking Forward to 2023” special edition as well. Seemed like a good project for a week of sofa-surfing.
It was surprising to come across a page devoted to “Cozy Mysteries”. Believe it or not, I have never heard this phrase before, although in reading through the blurbs, I knew immediately what they were talking about. Protagonist (99.9% women), mostly small town settings, a murder that only the protagonist can solve. I spent over a year reading tons and tons of cozy mysteries; I couldn’t get enough. I’m not sure what was driving this but after about a year, the desire to read more of them simply vanished. But I never realized that these stories had garnered a genre all to themselves.
When I was in the bookstore, it was pretty straightforward. Fiction, nonfiction, children’s. Fiction was split into fiction, science fiction, romance and mystery. Non-fiction was historical, self-help, cooking, biography/memoir.
Now we have debut fiction, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, dystopian fiction, mystery, cozy mystery, horror, thriller, literary fiction (this one slays me), young adult, graphic novels, biography, autobiography, memoir, true crime. I could actually keep going but….
I guess all this micro-categorization can be helpful to folks when they are looking for something to read but since I tend to read across a lot of genres, it doesn’t matter so much to me. I do still read an occasional cozy mystery; I can’t stay away from Susan Wittig Albert. Knowing that this kind of work now has a name of its own name seems charming.
Anything in your life that you like to micro-manage?