WELCOME TO THE GROUP!
This group is actually inspired by the one over at Livejournal. Since I don't find that site user-friendly, and since I'm on this one so much, I thought I'd start one here. Besides, I'm an avid reader, and believe it to be the best form of education out there. If I can encourage even one person to read more by means of this group, so much the better.
Really, though, I'm a writer. Not published yet, but working towards it. As one author stated, for any writer to be successful, they have to read. Read, read, read. Then read some more. It's true. And about 90% of what you read will seem pointless to you, but is in fact not. To write anything believably, you have to know things. Take, for example, the novel I'm writing. It has a medieval setting, with elements of romance, dark fantasy, and sci-fi. In order to create such a world, I need to know a ton of things about medieval life: food, war, architecture. I need to know how the world I create behaves, which means I need to know about climates, landforms, weather, ecosystems. I need to know primitive religions, to know how people worshiped, how cultures evolved, the nature of politics and society, and a million other things. Reading is where you start, and I figured why not make a group to showcase that.
As for the rules, these are pretty important. You can find them here: RULES
Regarding the Gallery (genres):
Here's a list of the genres we accept and sub-genres that fall into those categories. If I've missed a genre, or you have one to suggest, please note the group and inform me.
Autobiographies (including memoirs)
Essays (grouped into a book/collection)
Hard Boiled Private Eye
Soft Boiled Private Eye
Fictionalized True Crime
Sword and Sorcery
Locked Room or Puzzle
Contemporary (series and single title)
Young Adult Romance
Hard Science Fiction
Soft Science Fiction
Cyberpunk (Dieselpunk, Atompunk, Nanopunk, Postcyberpunk)
LGBT Pulp Fiction/Erotica