Genres I’d Like to Read More Often

If my blog and reviews are any indication, I love YA. Specifically YA fantasy. It’s basically all I read, with a few exceptions of course. Sometimes I dip into sci-fi-fi, historical fiction, contemporary, and mystery thrillers. But mostly in the YA category. Only sometimes do I stray from the YA category. And I kinda wanna change this!

Recently I’ve run into a few books outside the YA genre that sounded extremely interesting but I refrained from buying them because I thought about how they wouldn’t exactly fit into my blog’s YA theme. However, I’ve realized I should never let a book’s reviewability get in the way. Sometimes I should just read a book because I want to! And then sometimes I’ll review them because why the heck not???

So here are some genres (and books) that I kind of want to pick up and read sometime in my life!Divider

CLASSICS

As I’ve mentioned several times on my blog, my classics repertoire is abysmal. There are so many classic works I have yet to read and I, personally, would love to at least read the ones that have interested me for a while. Like this one:

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Anne of Green Gables | L.M. Montgomery

I’ve wanted to read this book ever since I was a little girl and my mom told me that this book was her favorite when she was a little girl. On top of that, I adore the Netflix adaptation, Anne with an E (season 2 here I come!), and so I’ve been curious about the source material for a while. It seems like such a wonderful book with amazing characters and setting and I can’t wait to read it one day.


ADULT LITERATURE

I read YA fiction (i.e. contemporary) once in a while and adult fiction even less than once in a while. A specific part of fiction I’d love to zero in on is adult literature. So one that I was looking into was this one:

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The Kite Runner | Khaled Hosseini

I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews for this book and someone actually lent this book to me but I never got around to reading it so I just gave it back to them and lied through my teeth about liking it. So, this time I want to do it right and actually read it this time. I feel like it’s one of those books you should probably read. I can feel the life-changing quality to it already.


SCIENCE FICTION

Science fiction is arguably my favorite genre behind fantasy as it’s so closely related, or can be in many cases. However, I don’t usually make an effort to explore adult science fiction or even YA science-fi so I’m thinking I should make more of an effort. Starting with something really popular like:

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Red Rising | Pierce Brown

I actually bought this book not too long ago and plan on reading it sometime this month. I’ve heard so much about this series for a few years now and I’m actually really sad that I missed out when it was all the rage and all over everyone’s blogs. But I guess now is as good a time as any to get started on it!


BIOGRAPHIES

I have to admit that biographies really aren’t my thing. I’m not usually interested in the lives of others. I love fantastical stories and being whisked away to another world. But I’ve come to understand real life can be just as intriguing and captivating as a fantasy life. So I’d like to read more, like this:

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Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand

I watched the film version of this and thought it told such an amazingly tragic yet inspiring story that was beyond memorable and touching. I can only imagine what the experience would be like to actually read through the story. Also, I’m a fan of this author since she also write the biography of Seabiscuit, one of the few biographies I actually read and loved. The movie ain’t half bad either.


ADULT MYSTERY/CRIME THRILLERS

I actually read these more often than I realize but not as often as I would like. I love mysteries and crime thrillers, no matter the medium. I’ve read some Dean Koontz and a bit of Gillian Flynn but there’s always one author I want to read but have trouble reading. However, I’m determined to finish another one of his books and that would be the king himself, and there was one series I was looking into:

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Mr. Mercedes (The Bill Hader trilogy, #1) | Stephen King

The main reason I want to start this series is because I’m really interested in King’s new release, The Outsider, but I discovered that the new book is part of his Finders Keepers series (which begins with book 2 of the Bill Hader trilogy, which begins with Mr. Mercedes). Confusing, I know. Anyways, basically what I’m saying is I should read Mr. Mercedes before I get into The Outsider. And I feel like this is really going to be a challenge since I have had trouble reading any of King’s works besides IT. So, I guess we’ll see.


GRAPHIC NOVELS

I actually have two graphic novels in my library: The Walking Dead, Vol. 1 Days Gone Bye and The Wicked + The Divine, Vol 1. The Faust Act. I actually realllllly enjoyed reading both of them. And so I figured I should try out some more graphic novels. The one I have my eye on is:

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Saga, Vol. 1 | Brian K. Vaughan

There’s something so interesting about the cover and when I found it in my library and flipped through it, I immediately fell in love with the character design and the unique story. Also, I’ve heard so many great things about it. So all things considered, I feel like I won’t regret diving into this series sometime!

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And there ya go! There are some other genres I’d like to look into. I didn’t include adult fantasy because it’s a given that I’ll naturally roll into reading some adult fantasy as I’ve already done. Plus, I already have more than a few fantasy books on my TBR.

But I’m really going to make an effort to read more of these genres and I think I’ll start with the books above to get going.


What do you think of the books and genres I’ve chosen?

See any favorites?

Are there any other genres you’d love to explore a bit more as well?

Anyways, thanks for stopping by! Until next time! ❤

Azia Sig

 

14 thoughts on “Genres I’d Like to Read More Often

  1. I love crime fiction, memoirs, and YA. I have not read much sci fi and I doubt that will change. I also like historical fiction. For crime fiction, I recommend you read A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash. For classics, you should read 1984 by George Orwell. For biographies/memoir, you should read The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace and The Other Wes Moore.

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    1. Ah yes, I wanted to try to read more magical realism too! As you said, there’s only a few but if more people start reading them, maybe it’ll become a larger genre over time!

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  2. I’ll wish you good luck with exploring these other genres Azia, I tend to stick with YA fantasy but I do love sci-fi as well and Red Rising is an all-time favourite of mine so I really really hope you enjoy that one. I keep saying I want to give classics another go but I’m going to be honest and say I just don’t think it’s a genre for me. Too many bad books I had to read while taking GCSE English in high school! 😀
    Great post, and I hope you enjoy these books and different genres too. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thanks Beth! I’m’ really looking forward to reading some of these, especially Red Rising. And yeah, classics are definitely a hard thing to get into. For me, the thought of reading a classic isn’t all that appealing but once I actually manage to pick up and read one, I end up enjoying it more than I thought I would LOL. I enjoyed almost all the classics I was forced to read in HS and college so I guess we’ll see if I can make myself read another one haha

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      1. That’s all right. Yeah I know there are some good classics out there (they wouldn’t be classics if people didn’t enjoy them) but I can never bring myself to pick them up. I guess it’s good you enjoyed the ones you read in college because it hasn’t completely destroyed the genre for you the way it has me. 🙂

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  3. OMG Azia! I 100% relate to this post, I’ve been going back & forth with whether or not I should include my contemporary reading & newfound love for NA…on my blog.I decided I am cause it’s a part of who I am and what I enjoy. I hope you read all the books that pique your interest & that you find some gems along the way. I personally LOVED The Kite Runner, Red Rising, and Saga! Happy reading! 💜

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    1. Lilly! 😀 And I agree! There’s no point in holding back from posting about things you love because it won’t fit the theme you’ve had for a while. Change isn’t so bad when you’re having fun 😀 And I’d love to read more NA reviews from you so I can gather up more recommendations to add to my TBR haha. Thanks so much! ❤

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    1. Thanks Izzi! I’m actually excited to read more adult fiction and a couple memoirs. Would help to expand my blogging bubble and to find more bloggers to converse with! 😀

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  4. Science fiction is definitely a genre that I want to read more from. I consider it one of my favourites, but I actually rarely reach for it. I don’t know what it is, but I always gravitate towards fantasy. Maybe I think I won’t understand some of the adult science fiction, because it would be too complicated? I really don’t know, but I definitely want to get more into that genre. 😀 Great post!

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    1. Same. I love sci-fi-fi, especially sci-fi shows, but I rarely read the genre. Gotta fix that haha. Fantasy is just so wonderful and it’s a perfect genre to expand and control one’s imagination. But yeah, adult science-fi can be pretty complex and hard to follow. But all the more reason to read so that we can challenge ourselves maybe?? And thank you!

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