I admit to being a sci fi and fantasy addict, though my reading covers most genres except maybe 'chic lit' - although it sneaks in now and again. Thoroughly enjoyed the Harry Potter series, good escapist nonsense to lighten a long day. I enjoy sci fi because if often deals with social or even philosophical issues in a way that enables you to 'see things differently'.
Sci Fi just isn't my thing as far as books are concerned. Nor am I exactly enchanted by the amount of it we get on T.V. these days. Can anyone tell me why it has suddenly become so popular? Is it because of Harry Potter? Do many Grandmums read Harry Potter? I'm curious.
Stephenie Meyer is best know for The Twilight Saga but don't let that put you off reading The Host. A science fiction/fantasy novel with an appeal far outside its genre, this is a sensitively written, thought provoking novel that actually brought tears to my eyes at times. I've lent this to a few people who wouldn't normally chose to read this kind of fiction and (except for one person) they have enjoyed it as much as me.
A slow burner that gradually draws you in until you can't put it down. Well worth a read in my opinion.