I found this tag floating around my WordPress reader, but after some more searching around I found that the creator of this tag is actually Booktuber Emmmabooks. You can find the original video linked through her name.
This tag sounded fun, especially because you have to exclude genres you usually read. Feel free to do this tag too!!
RULES: Choose one genre/category of books that you frequently talk about in tags and don’t use ANY books from that genre for answers.
So, I read a lot of fantasy and young adult. The YA tends to shift genres, and the fantasy also tends to go from MG to Adult depending on my mood. So, I’ll try to keep out fantasy in general….but I’m honestly not sure if I can make it through this post without any YA…
But, I’ll have to try. The questions are below!!
A book that is an exception when it comes to genres or elements in books that you don’t typically like.
Gender Failure by Ivan E. Coyote & Rae Spoon.
I’m not normally much of a non-fiction reader, especially memoirs. I usually find memoirs to be tedious or boring, and they often just don’t keep my attention. Gender Failure not only caught my attention, but it caught it and wouldn’t let go. After reading this, it made me want to read more queer memoirs–which is something I didn’t think I’d ever say.
A book you enjoyed from a genre you previously held some stigma about.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I’ll be honest and say that I hate most, if not all, classics. I realize that’s a fairly wide ‘genre’, but it’s true. When I took AP literature in high school, I knew I would be reading a lot of so-called classics, and that I wouldn’t like a lot of them. We were allowed to choose which we read (one per quarter), and this was my last choice. This was probably my favorite, along with Frankenstein.
A book you didn’t know was actually out of your comfort zone until you started reading it.
Huntsmen by Michelle Osgood
When I picked up this book, I was under the assumption that it was just a normal paranormal story with werewolves and the like. Cool! However, it was also a romance, which I wasn’t prepared for, and I’m not the biggest fan of. While the story was still good and interesting, the romance (and sex scenes) really came out of nowhere for me, and I’ve been iffy about reading the rest of the series because of it.
Pick a friend or BookTuber that motivates you to pick up books you might not normally be interested in. What is one book out of your norm that they convinced you to give a try?
My friend Corey Alexander always has recommendations of their sleeve, and if there’s one person who can find a romance novel I’ll actually like, it’s them. They introduced me to Austin Chant, and I love every single one of his romance novels. Despite not loving a lot of romance, Corey is the one person who knows what I want.
A book that is out of your comfort zone that you would like to read.
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
After doing a lot of work discussing queer theory, I’ve kind of fallen for Judith Butler’s theories. While her writing is very dense and hard to follow, I still really want to read this book. I want to look more into queer theory and I hope reading more of Judith Butler’s work will lead me into the field.
A book or genre so out of what you normally read that you’ll probably never give it a(nother) chance.
I find it so hard to find a romance novel that I actually like. While I’ve read a few, most of which my friend Corey Alexander directed me to, they’re usually queer or not entirely romance–like Huntsmen, and it also being paranormal, or if another book was science fiction or fantasy. I feel like I won’t be reading any more romance unless it comes from Corey or falls within another genre. Nothing against people who enjoy romance–it’s just not my thing.
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