Posted 25 February, 2011 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 6 Comments

So, here’s a question for you: 
Do you genre hop or are you genre loyal?

The reason I ask this is, the longer I write this blog, the more aware of my reading habits I become. When I was in high school, I rampaged my way through historical romance novels. Not contemporary–historical. Specifically, historical novels set in England and Scotland back in the 1700’s, 1800’s and 1900’s. I liked reading about the snobby ton, the lords and ladies, and all the rules they followed–and broke. It helped that there was always a super-hot, muscular man on the cover, so very different than the noodle-armed boys I went to school with (I always did go for the older guys.). God, I loved those bodice-rippers. I’m pretty sure my parents were horrified with their teenaged daughter reading all those (awesome!) trashy novels but they were surprisingly good sports about my choice of reading material.

In college, I read a lot but it was mainly for school. I don’t really remember sitting down to read many books for pleasure then–too much going on, too many classes and reading assignments, and too many other obligations. I kind of lost touch with my inner bibliophile. (Though, now that I think about it, college is when I read all the classics: Austen, Faulkner, Dickens, and all those folks. Not too shabby, even if they were class assignments.)

Luckily, as soon as I graduated, I rediscovered my love of reading for enjoyment. Since then, I’ve gone through a cozy mystery phase, a thriller stage, a hard-core science fiction phase, a straight fantasy phase and an urban fantasy phase.

Currently, I’m deep into YA but I seem to be open to more variety than when I was younger. Does this mean I’m becoming a hopper? (To borrow a line from Seinfeld, not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Maybe it’s because YA is such a broad category with romance, dystopians, fantasies, and horror all nesting up against each other on the shelves of the teen section. Whatever the reason, I read pretty much anything that tickles my fancy nowadays (urban fantasy and mysteries with some romance are my fave adult genres).

But, really, I am curious about your reading habits. Do you get deep into a genre groove, rarely venturing into another section or are you experimental, reading anything that catches your fancy?

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6 Responses to “Genre-hopping”

  1. I’m a novice reader so I read what I can get my hands on! I try a variety of genre but lean towards adult fictions. Though I’m discovering young reader classics to be quite enjoyable …like Anne of Green Gables.

    I’m just happy that I’m now into reading! 🙂

  2. I thought I was pretty well-read in different genres, but this year I structured my 6th grade literature class differently than I had in the past. I gave my kids the choice to read any book they wanted as long as they followed the 20-book genre requirement list I mandated. Within the list, they have to read so many realistic fiction, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, etc.

    I decided I was going to complete the list with them since I’m a firm believer in practicing what I preach as a teacher, and at that moment I realized how realistic-fiction heavy my genre preferences are. Even though I’ve read well past 20 books since September, I’m still 3 books shy of completing the list because I just haven’t gotten around to reading my mysteries and historical fictions.

  3. I could never stick to one genre. I like to mix it up, I like a variety of types and I think that’s what keeps me interested. I’ve never been in one of those “reading slumps” that some people mention (knock on wood!) and I think that might be why. I grab a book based on my “mood” – that’s why I have a nice variety at all times in my TBR pile!

  4. I’m a teen and I love historical romances although I have to stick to clean stuff now LOL! It’s just that they’re an escape from the modern world. Fortunately there are loads of YA historical fiction books out now. I do tend to stick with historicals more than anything although I do also like a bit of change with a fantasy or contemporary novel.

  5. I will be completely honest and say I am all over the place. I read a little of everything YA, histocial Romance, Mystery, Fantsy, Urban Fanasty, Romance, Paranormal, gosh just a whole lot of everything. I read what appeals to me.