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Book Blogger Hop: Reading Genres

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013.

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

The Question of the week is: Have you ever switched reading genres? If so, why?
I am not the sort of llama who reads just one or two genres. I’m very much a mood reader and will read basically anything. I definitely go through spells where I’m only in the mood to read chick lit, or only sci-fi is grabbing my attention, or I’m really enjoying Bill Bryson’s voice, but other than high fantasy? Anything goes.

When I look at the list of books I’m currently reading:
Ancient Greece: A Very Short Introduction – history, non-fiction
A Court Of Mist and Fury – fantasy, romance
The Cruel Prince – fantasy, romance, young adult
Fangirl – romance, young adult
Foundation – history, non-fiction
How To Be A Healthy & Happy Submissive – bdsm, non-fiction, sexuality
Interview With The Vampire – fantasy, horror
A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled – mental health, non-fiction, psychology
Music: A Very Short Introduction – art, history, non-fiction, music
Philosphy – non-fiction, philosophy,
Pompeii – history, non-fiction
The Song Of Achilles – history, lgbtqia+, romance
Symbiont – horror, sci-fi
Shakespeare – biography, history, non-fiction
Summer At Skylark Farm – chick-lit, romance
Thanatou – magic, urban fantasy,
Troublesome Words – language, non-ficion,

OK, so I noticed a couple of things there
1) I really need to get back to finishing things raher than starting them. I don’t have much on this weekend so might work on some of that
2) I’m reading a lot of non-fiction right now.

Now, if you’d asked teenage me the same question? They only read horror (specifically Stephen King) and science-fiction (generally Star Trek: TNG novels). I only really started branching out in my mid 20s, and now I’m in my 40s will read pretty much anything. This year, as I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve been purposefully trying completely new to me things, young adult fae-based fantasy especially, but authors like Sarah J Maas, Holly Black, Mira Grant, Marissa Meyer and it’s mostly been a roaring success.

I basically love a good story and the genre is becoming less important to me. I’m always looking forward to what else I’m going to discover, there’s so many exciting books out there

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Genres

I have come across two different blogging prompts/link ups this week that are asking the opposite questions to each other, so I thought I’d combine them into one post.

First up, Weekly Wednesday Blogging Challenge! is asking Favourite Book Genre and why and while I’m not sure I can articulate the why, I can definitely enthuse.

I do love me some horror. Nothing particularly gorey but something that can make me scared (in a safe way) and keep turning the pages. I discovered Stephen King when I was in my early teens – I actually remember the librarian ringing my mum to ask if I was allowed to check one of his books out. He still remains one of my favourite writers, especially his older stuff – Firestarter, ‘Salem’s Lot, Misery, Carrie. So much love. Notable shouts also to Anne Rice and Poppy Z Brite, also Dean R Koontz and Richard Laymon.

My other main love is chick-lit. As much as I love escapism, I also like stories about people like me where everything works out fine, real people with real lives that we can recognise with a fantastic cast of characters and a happily-ever-after. Cecilia Ahern, Jaimie Admans, Christie Barlow, Marian Keyes, Belinda Jones, Ali McNamara, Mandy Baggot are among my favourites.

I also really love urban fantasy – and this actually ties in a little bit with this week’s Book Blogger Hop which is asking What genre do you refuse to read and why and oh, unpopular opinion time so I’ll probably going into witsec after saying this but I Do Not Like Fantasy. Specifically, high fantasy. It just… I have no patience for world-building, they all feel exactly the same and they bore me. I’ve tried so many (Tolkien, Eddings, Pratchett, Le Guin, Brooks, Goodkind) and I just can’t get into them.

But urban fantasy? I love it. It’s our world but just that little bit different. I love magic and magical realism, I love vampires, I love were-creatures, I love – to quote a beloved tv show – ‘vampires, demons, and the forces of darkness’. I grew up on Buffy and Charmed, fell headlong into Harry Potter in my 20s. Give me Ben Aaronovitch, Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Cassandra Clare, Rick Riordan, Rachel Vincent…

I’m trying to expand my horizons a little and am giving some of the currently popular YA fantasy a go. I’m really enjoying Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses and Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince. So possible I need to add ‘fae’ as a niche. I tried Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone but only got about 15 pages in before noping out, too fantasy for me.
Am open to more recommendations of this type of book

I struggle with comics/graphic novels/manga. Although as a child, I read a LOT of comics (Beano, The Real Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and I had a definite manga phase in my early 20s (mostly yaoi). I’ve tried the Stargate, Sandman, Buffy etc graphic novels as well as trying to dip into Marvel but the style doesn’t work for me and I struggle to follow the story. The layout doesn’t make sense to my brain.

I don’t get on very well with a lot of humor – like I don’t get on with the style of Pratchett or Adams.
While I love chick-lit, I don’t like Mills & Boon/Harlequin style romances.
I can’t see me ever reading westerns.

So yes – loving horror, chick-lit and urban fantasy with science-fiction coming a close second. Also we need to give mystery, thriller and medical dramas a honourable mention. Ooh, and historical fiction, alternate history and steampunk
But not really into fantasy, harlequins or graphic novels.

Do you now see why my answer to “What type of book do you like” is ones with words in them? LOL