I think that most bookworms have that one genre that they love above all others, that they have a long and beautiful history with, and that is their default fall back when they just want to read a good book…
For me, that genre has always been fantasy. I discovered it as a child through series like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, and Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart series, and to this day I’m drawn to all things magical and fantastical.
However, I also think that as we get older and grow as readers, we often branch out a bit more, and try new things, which results in a lot of new genres becoming a part of our repertoire. For example, as a teenager I found myself really enjoying history lessons at school, and this resulted in me starting to read historical fiction, which is now another favourite genre of mine!
Even now, at the ripe old age of 25 (so, you know…still not very old!) I’m still discovering new genres that I love, and a lot of that has come about through blogging!
So here are three genres that I discovered fairly late, but now adore:
When I discovered YA, I discovered it in a big way.
As I discuss here, when I was a kid, fiction for teenagers was much more limited, and the term ‘YA’ wasn’t even coined as far as I can remember (I don’t remember ever hearing it anyway!). Therefore I didn’t actually read much YA when I was a teenager.
It’s only really been since I started blogging four years ago that I discovered the wonder that is the YA genre! YA is huge in the blogosphere, so I was suddenly being exposed to all these different book recommendations that seemed right up my street.
I think the one that really turned me onto YA was actually Throne of Glass. The fantasy element really appealed to me, and after read it (and loved it!), it dawned on me: YA books are almost exactly the same as adult books, they just have younger characters!
That’s why these days quite a high percentage of my reading is actually YA, mostly in the YA fantasy genre.
Crime is a genre that I never in a million years thought I’d get into! I hate crime TV shows, largely because I’m incredibly squeamish (I’m a fainter!), and I never liked the ‘serial killer’ section of my psychology college class, because it always horrified me how dark and disgusting the human race can be (I’ve always been quite easily upset by stuff, so I really hated learning about all that…and again, I’m squeamish!).
That’s why I always assumed that crime fiction just wasn’t for me…until I discovered the sub genre of ‘thrillers’! I think they first one I can remember reading and loving was actually Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson. It wasn’t in any way gory, it was just a riveting read, where the character was trying to figure out the terrible thing that had happened to them.
Whilst I’m still not big on police procedurals or anything like that, I love fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thrillers these days, and it’s actually the genre of book I seem to get through the fastest. I read the entire of The Couple Next Door in a day, and it took me no longer than a couple of days to read books like The Girl on the Train, The Girlfriend and I Let You Go.
- Space operas.
I’ve always counted myself as a fan of science fiction, partly because it seems to come under the ‘fantasy’ umbrella in many ways. However, I’ve mostly stuck with dystopian type books, as I’ve never really known where to start with the big wide world (or universe!) of science fiction.
However, recently there’s been a few space opera type books that have been making waves in the blogosphere, and they really intrigued me. I’ve always been interested in space, and I’ve liked space opera type TV shows like ‘Firefly’, so it struck me as odd that it was a book genre I’d never really explored.
And once I tried space opera books, I couldn’t go back! The first one I read was at the start of this year, and was Revenger by Alastair Reynolds, which I followed pretty quickly with The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, and Defy the Stars and Defy The Worlds by Claudia Grey. I really enjoyed all of these books, and I’m definitely on the lookout now for more space books (after I finally read the next two books in Becky Chambers Wayfarers series anyway!).
So are there any genres you discovered fairly late, but now love? What has been your long-standing favourite genre?