5 Genres I’d Like To Read More Often

16/01/2018 Discussions, Reading 22

6 Genres I'd Like To Read More Often

I think as bookworms we all have at least a couple of genres that we mostly stick in, and the big one for me is fantasy. There’s just something about kings and queens, and dragons, and magic, and sword-fights that I just can’t get enough of, and this has pretty much been the case since childhood when I became obsessed with The Lord of the Rings.

I also have a pretty strong penchant for historical fiction (must be all those kings and queens and sword-fights again!) and YA (mostly fantasy YA, to be honest!), and for the most part, I seem to stick within these three genres. I’ll maybe have the occasional foray into a different genre – maybe a little non-fiction here, or a crime thriller there – but then I’ll always return to what’s comfortable and familiar.

And whilst it’s great to have that one genre that feels like the bookish version of home, sometimes I think a little variety can be a good thing. There are countless books I don’t even bother to look at in the bookshop just because they aren’t one of my ‘preferred genres’, and I’d probably love a lot of them if only I’d give them a chance!

So here are the genres that I would like to read more of, if only I can tear myself away from fantasy for long enough!

  • Science Fiction

For ages, I classified myself as a science fiction reader, mostly because I really got into the whole dystopian trend a couple of years back, and I tend to group it in with fantasy (a lot of bookshops have a ‘fantasy and sci-fi’ section, as opposed to two separate sections). But actually, when I think about it, I really don’t read all that much science fiction, which is something that suddenly struck me when I picked up a copy of Alastair Reynolds book Revenger in Waterstones the other day. I was really intrigued by the blurb, but realised I couldn’t remember the last book I’d read that was actually set in space… Anyway, I read and really enjoyed it, and it made me wonder why I don’t read science fiction more often!

  • Urban Fantasy

I absolutely adore fantasy, yet when I was thinking about it the other day, I realise I tend to like a very specific type of fantasy. I love the whole ‘swords and medeval worlds’ kind of fantasy, but there’s so many other types of fantasy out there for me to explore! Namely urban fantasy. I guess the title ‘urban fantasy’ has always made me think of stuff like The Mortal Instruments series, which I started reading, but wasn’t overly fussed with, and that’s maybe what has put me off.

But I definitely intend to give it another go soon, so I’d welcome any urban fantasy suggestions!

  • Horror

I’m not great with gore and I’m a total scaredy-cat, so it’s not hard to work out why I’ve always avoided horror. But at the same time I do love a good old-fashioned ghost story, the kind that isn’t all blood and guts, but sends a little shiver up your spine, so if I could find more stuff like that I would probably enjoy some horror.

  • Literary fiction

I’ve always considered myself a reader of literary fiction – I like a book that can challenge me and I enjoy unusual formats. However, I realised the other day that it has literally been an eternity since I’ve read an out-and-out literary book, and I think it’s because of the huge amount of them I had to read at university. It kind of beat my love of literary fiction out of me, but it’s been three years since I’ve graduated, and I’d love to get back into it.

  • Manga

A while ago I read Death Note and really, really enjoyed it! I wasn’t that accustomed to reading any kind of graphic novel, and reading from right to left took some getting used to, but I loved the story and the artwork, and the way the format seemed to keep up the pace (I could read one of the two-volume editions easily in a couple of days). Death Note seems to be a lot of people’s first experience with manga, and I’d love to explore the genre a lot more!

So are there any genres you rarely read that you would like to get into more?

22 Responses to “5 Genres I’d Like To Read More Often”

  1. Angela

    I agree, probably most readers have a favorite genre or two that we read more often. This year I want to read more nonfiction and classics. I feel like I read a lot of classics as a teenager but in recent years I just keep rereading the same couple over and over.

    • Laura

      I definitely feel like I used to read more classics too, and I’d love to get back into them. I hope we both manage it! 🙂

  2. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    Good luck! I try to be as eclectic as possible with my reading, but there are some genres I struggle with. Fantasy is difficult for me. I know there are a few YA fantasy series that everyone is obsessed with. I want to read those this year to see what the hype is about.

    • Laura

      I think everyone has those genres they struggle with a bit, but sometimes when you give them a proper go you find that actually you like them. That’s what happened with me and thrillers. I always thought I didn’t like crime books, but now that’s another of my most read genres! I hope you enjoy those YA fantasy series you want to read, and that they live up to the hype 🙂

  3. Rosie Amber

    Ooh good list, it’s good to reassess the reading habits we all get stuck in.
    I can recommend an urban fantasy – One Way Fare by Barb Taub, it has some time travel, a fab train and an adorable dog if I remember rightly.

    I’m like you with horror, but I have been able to read some YA horror – I know it’s been around a few years but The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker was good.

    I want to read more books with unusual settings from around the globe.

    • Laura

      Thanks so much for the suggestions! Time travel, a train and an adorable dog sounds like a fun combination, so I’ll definitely have to give One Way Fare a go!
      And YA horror might be a good way to go, as I imagine it’s a little less scary, which would be good seen as I’m new to the genre. I’ll have to check out The Ghost Files! 🙂
      I hope you manage to find some great books with unusual settings! 🙂

  4. Greg

    Urban fantasy and SF are two area I want to read more of too. I always think of myself as a SFF reader but yeah it’s mostly fantasy that I actually read, and not so much the SF part. Although I did find a few good SF reads last year that I loved, so there’s that. 🙂 I’m not a big horror fan either, although I do like a good chilling tale now and again!

    • Laura

      It sounds like we’re very similar in our genre goals! 🙂
      I’m glad you found some great SF reads last year. I think that’s often the gateway to getting into a new genre: you read a few really great ones, and it makes you want to go out and find more like it. That’s what happened with me and thrillers!

  5. Jen

    I don’t read much YA fiction or sci-fi or crime but keep meaning to read more. I started to read more of genres I don’t usually read last year and it’s worth it. I love urban fantasy and horror and literary fiction. Susan Hill’s horror novels are good. Literary fiction: carlos ruiz zafon. Elizabeth kostova are authors to read. I love: the all souls trilogy by Deborah Harkness which could be classed as urban fantasy and history for the second book. Urban fantasy is a saturated genre and I find it hard to find anything that isn’t the same as sonething else or YA, it seems to be all paranormal romance. Maybe I’ve read too much. Not sure what category Jesse Burton fits in but she’s a good writer too. I tend to just find new authors to read.. struggling to remember them atm

    • Laura

      You’ve definitely given me loads of ideas for authors to check out! I did read Mrs De Winter by Susan Hill a while back and really enjoyed it, so I’d really like to read some more of her books. And I’d like to read some of Deborah’s Harkness’s books too, as I borrowed A Discovery of Witches from the library a while back but had to return it before I got round to reading it, which was disappointing.
      I’m glad you’ve been enjoying trying out some new genres recently! 🙂

  6. Aimee (Aimee, Always)

    Ooh it’s the same for me, Laura! Fantasy is my absolute go-to genre when I’m looking for books to wow me. I used to be this way about contemporary, but recently I haven’t read too much of those, and I’d like to get back into it.

    Yes, I’d like to read some urban fantasy, too! Do you read adult novels? Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series is my favorite urban fantasy, despite the fact that it’s an adult series and I’m mainly a YA reader.

    • Laura

      Contemporary is actually another genre I’d like to try out more. I’ve not read many of them, but I always tend to enjoy them when I do, so I don’t know why!
      And thanks so much for the suggestion! I read a mixture of YA and adult novels, so I’ll definitely have to check out the Night Huntress series! 🙂

  7. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Good luck! I notice I have a habit of sticking to certain genres which is great, I know what I like to read, but it’s nice to read different things because otherwise, you can find yourself a little bored of books feeling a little too similar to the last you read. I hope you manage to read more of the books you want.

    I want to read more sci-fi but I can never figure out what books it’s a big genre. I do recommend Illuminae, that’s a good book and series and I sped through those books. Also, if you haven’t read Becky Chambers books definitely read those. When it comes to Urban Fantasy the authors who come to mind for me are Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs. I adore the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. I hope you update your blog of what books you read for this as I might take a few reading recs from it.

    • Laura

      Yeah, as much as you can love a certain genre it can get boring if that’s all you read. I especially find when I’ve read a few books in a row from the same genre that were all fairly mediocre that they can all just blur into one.
      Sci-fi is definitely a big genre, and I think that’s why I’ve always found it so intimidating. There’s so many different types! I’ve heard great things about Illuminae though, so I’ll have to give that a go, and I’m actually just in the middle of A Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers now, and so far I’m loving it! 🙂
      Thanks for all your recommendations! I’ll definitely be updating my blog with the books I’ve read for this 🙂

  8. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I’ve broadened my reading horizons a lot since I started blogging (I used to pretty much ONLY read fantasy with a little sci fi sprinkled in), but I definitely still have genres I mostly stick to. I read a lot of YA fantasy and contemporary, some urban fantasy, a bit of sci fi (mostly YA), and manga. I occasionally read NA or adult romance as well. I’ve found that literary fiction isn’t my favorite, and I’m not a fan of adult mysteries, thrillers or horror. But who knows—my tastes have been evolving.

    As far as urban fantasy, I recommend Anne Bishop’s Others series. It’s billed as UF, but it’s almost closer to fantasy, and I think it’s a good bridge series.

    • Laura

      I’m the same in that I’ve really broadened my horizons since I started blogging, and I think that’s one of the great things about it. It definitely sounds like you read quite a variety of genres, although I think we all have those genres we just know we aren’t Interested in, like horror and thrillers for you.
      Thanks for your book recommendation! I’ll definitely have to check out that series. A lot of the ways I’ve got into different genres has been through series that cross over genres, and that seems like a good way to do it 🙂

  9. Marie

    My to-go genre has to be contemporary, it’s the genre I always turn to and will always read (well, for now I feel this way, ahah), it is my comfort zone. I have been turning to fantasy more and more and loving it ever since I started blogging and I think that, just like you,I’d like to get into sci-fi a little bit more, too 🙂
    Lovely post! 🙂

    • Laura

      I think it’s really good to have that reading comfort zone, where you know you’ll be able to find books you know you’ll enjoy, but it’s also good to branch out a bit, and I think blogging is great for that. I’ve definitely branched out loads too since I started blogging 🙂
      I hope you enjoy any sci-fi books you try! 🙂

  10. Daniela Ark

    Funny I’m the other way around Laura. I like Urban Fantasy but find high fantasy hard to read. I did not like the MI much either! It did not live to my expectations! Hope you find a goo urban fantasy to read. My top fav of all time is AngelFall

    • Laura

      I’m glad it’s not just me who was a little disappointed in the MI series. Most other people seemed to really like it.
      I’ll definitely have to check out Angelfall, so thanks for the recommendation! 🙂

  11. Fanna

    Manga is something I have been planning on reading forever and I hope that happens this year. I see quite a number of fans for that genre and since I love comic and graphic novels, it’s almost weird for me to not have tried out that genre yet. Though I don’t mind horror, I find myself not picking it up all the more often. I’ve only got the usual Stephen King that I’ve tried in that genre. Hope you get to reading all these soon 😀

    • Laura

      I hope you manage to start reading some more manga soon as well then! I actually just read the first few volumes of Yotsuba&! which were pretty good, and I got through them really quickly because they were only short.
      I really feel like I should have at least read some Stephen King though, even if I don’t really read horror. He’s just one of those authors it seems like everyone has read! 🙂

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