So this is a topic I actually find quite interesting, as random as it is.
Reading different genres of books.
I’ve noticed that more people are trying this lately, so I’ve decided that this week’s post can be about sharing your experience with book genres.
So let’s talk about reading different book genres!
So, this year I feel like I’ve explored more book genres than I have any previous year – and we’re only in the 4th month.
My favourite genre is fantasy, so I do dominantly read those books, but I’ve definitely tried a few other genres that I wouldn’t have even thought of reading this time last year.
A lot of my reading in the last few months has been contemporary and historical fiction. Now, I used to HATE contemporary with a passion, thinking it was all cheesy love stories that made me cringe (which, to be honest, some still do). But now I’ve found so many good books in that genre, and can’t wait to find more. As for historical fiction, I’ve only tried a few in that genre so far, but love everything I’ve read of it.
I’m also hoping to read more classics this year, because I’ve not read many at all. Though I’ve not read any yet this year, unless you count the Penguin Little Black Classics that are about 50 pages each.
So why this sudden change of heart?
I just felt like it, to put it simply.
I’ve seen so many popular books that I used to just cast aside because I didn’t think I’d enjoy them, thanks to them being in a different genre to what I usually read. But I feel like I’ve opened my eyes more now.
The advantages of reading different book genres
– It can broaden your mind on a variety of topics. Instead of just knowing how to slay dragons and conjure spells, you can also learn history, or see different views on feminism, or understand mental health that little bit more.
– You could have a wider platform to base your reviews from. You will see how characters are written in different genres, as well as settings and the writing style in general. There’ll be so many more books to compare with.
– You might just find a new favourite book that you weren’t expecting to enjoy so much, which’ll take you by surprise (it’s happened to me so many times).
– Your book collection might become just that little bit more interesting, with all the different genres making it seem like a real library.
– You might never get bored of your favourite genre, if you keep taking breaks from it with others.
– You will always have a book in your collection to suit your mood – because we all know how suddenly your reading mood can change.
The disadvantages of reading different book genres
– Your favourite genre might not be your favourite genre any more.
And apparently I can’t think of any more.
Well that’s a very one-sided argument! Oh dear *shakes head*
But you can see where I’m getting at with this.
Last year I would dominantly read Fantasy and Dystopian. Now my list has grown considerably, with me happily picking up Fantasy, Dystopian, Contemporary, SciFi, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Mystery…I could go on.
So now it’s your turn to discuss!
Which genres do you tend to read? Which is your favourite genre?
Have you started reading any different genres this year? Which ones?
Has your favourite genre changed at all?
Can YOU think of any negative reasons about reading different genres, since I failed so hard at that?
Or maybe you have another advantage to add to the list?
Join the discussion in the comments!
Until next time…
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