On why I read mostly SF these days
When I got here the first 2 books I bought with the little money available were Dr. Zhivago and Shogun and then I discovered the joys of public libraries and read and reread quite a lot in my graduate years. Slowly I started reading mostly SF with a sprinkle of F, historical fiction (especially about Rome which still fascintes me) and the occasional mainstream book. I tried to read contemporary classics like P. Roth, Robertson Davies, J. Updike, K. Amis and I really could not since they seemed to me very boring in a way that War and Peace with the description of a dissapeared society is not. Trying to understand why, I realized that overall I like to read INTERESTING books, whatever this means for me at a given moment. The lives of people in suburbia or on college campuses definitely does not qualify.
As mentioned in a previous post I dislike fantastic elements in contemporary life for various reasons, mostly incongruity and inability to suspend disbelief (so no horror for me for example), and I also strongly dislike thrillers because they are very boring and predictable, while mysteries are mostly repetitive though I like the occasional TV series if the actors are right.
Since SF is the main existing interesting literature that's what I read mostly.