Reading outside the box: Exploring genres

Today’s bookish question comes from Parajunkee and Alison Can Read: When you step out of your usual genre what do you like to read? Best books in that genre?

I don’t consider myself much of a genre reader. I do have preferences, but I seem to mostly practice genre avoidance. There are just certain areas that don’t interest me as much, particularly dystopian literature and urban fantasy. I don’t dislike them, they just aren’t the first (or second or third or fourth) books I’ll reach for. To be honest, I can be a mood or seasonal reader. I can’t help if October is the perfect month for Stephen King novels!

I do consider myself a general fiction reader, so I’ll give you my favorites in genres I’ve recently read:

Contemporary fiction: Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Historical fiction: Wilderness by Lance Weller

Science fiction: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Horror: Horns by Joe Hill

Romance: Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost

Young Adult: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

What about you? Are you a general fiction reader or do you have a strong genre preference? Only adult or YA novels? Tell me what you think!

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  • Cassi Haggard

    Ready Player One is so good! Urban fantasy is actually oen of my “step out” genres.

    My follow friday! Please visit!

  • READioactive Aditi (@ichbinaditi)

    I LOVE the image! It is bang on target!
    I love to keep my reading list interesting by reading a wide variety of genres!
    Old follower!
    My post – F&F

  • softdrink

    I love the quote! Even though I avoid the cowboy novels. 😉

    • Rory O’Connor

      The only western novel I’ve ever really gotten behind is The Sisters Brothers, which might be one of the funniest novels I’ve ever read (a must if you like wry and witty).

  • Megan Nicole

    Hiya! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I must say I really like that you have a page dedicated to Stephen King, I’m a huge fan of his! 🙂

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