Book Blogger Confessions: Reading Genres

Book Blogger Confessions is a meme run by Midnyte Reader and For What It’s Worth. Every first and third Monday participants post and discuss common frustrations to book bloggers. Link up your post on either blog and hop around to listen to and learn from your fellow bloggers!

This week’s question is:

How has blogging and reviewing changed your reading habits? Do you read a genre now that you wouldn’t have tried prior? Or have you been turned off by a genre you used to love?

I read a lot more romance/erotica novels because of blogging. I think there can be a stigma toward the genre, and seeing how many people in the blogosphere enthusiastically discussed it made me feel like I was missing out on something or not giving it a fair chance. I mean, anyone who likes Outlander as much as I do should feel fairly confident they’ll like romance stories! 

I think I read more epic fantasy these days too. Book bloggers have exposed me to so many different types of genres and different recommendations within those genres that I’m giving more fantasy a chance where I wasn’t as into it before. Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind is not something I would have considered until I saw so many bloggers raving about it. I’m so glad I listened to them, since I loved that book!

I do find that focusing too much of my reading based on genre can lead to slumps, and blogging plays a role in that. Because my blog focuses mostly on YA books, I feel pressured to read more of them, and sometimes I just want to read a spy thriller. I’ve gotten better about reading in different genres to mix it up a bit more, and even joined some challenges this year to that end.



7 thoughts on “Book Blogger Confessions: Reading Genres

  1. I read almost exclusively YA now and I’ve noticed if I read too many contemporaries or paranormals in a row, they tend to feel tired. So I do try to mix it up. Right now I’m getting ready to read an adult romance for a nice change.

    • I have the same problem – I tend to read a lot of the same thing in a row, but then I get bored. I’m trying to be more mindful about my choices and picking something totally different from the book I just finished.

  2. Eeek! how did I not see this? I’m so sorry. I *still* don’t read Romance/Erotica but yeah, I think in the outside world it gets a bad wrap, but within the community it’s very popular and I think that’s great that there is a safe place to discuss these books. Ironically, I used to read a lot of Fantasy, but I haven’t in a long time.

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