The Genres I Tend To Stay Away From

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I would love to say that I’m open-minded when it comes to the books I choose to read, but the reality is that I tend to stick with the same genres. Recently I’ve been trying to rectify that by trying out genres I haven’t gone for, such as Thrillers and Fantasy, and not just sticking to Young Adult. YA is a genre that I have been loving since I was 13 years old, for many reasons. Some being that there is a lot of variety with sub-genres, an array of ages that the characters can be (so I’m not just stuck reading about 15/16 year old teenagers, making me feel older by the year).

But, looking at the genres that I love, got me thinking about the genres that I tend to stay away from. I’m sure we all have one that we dislike. Maybe a book in particular made you want to stay away from the genre or you think it would be too boring. So I thought I would talk about the ones that, personally, I will probably never read (or at least anytime soon).

I’m going to start with one that I think a lot of people might agree with. The first genre is Non-fiction. I can count on one of my hands the books I have read that are non-fiction and they were mostly for my English Literature and Language lessons during A Level. My reasons are quite simple. I don’t get as much joy from reading about real people and real places, as I do from the make believe. I read to escape, to become another person in another time, in a world that is unfamiliar to me. Non-fiction doesn’t allow me to use my imagination, to create what I think the author is trying to tell. Maybe my views will change as I get older, but for the time being I will be sticking to Fiction.

Another genre I don’t read that often is Contemporary. I don’t know what it is about these books, but they never seem to grab my attention. Maybe I am yet to read a great Contemporary novel that could change my mind. I love to have a magical or fantastical element to the stories that I read because it doesn’t happen everyday. There aren’t vampires, werewolves, witches, faeries or dragons running around us. I guess the normal and mundane stories just seem boring to me and their plots aren’t as intricate.

I feel that the last genre I want to mention briefly is Sci-fi. While I love Sci-fi movies and TV shows I have never once read a novel from this genre and if I’m honest, I’m not sure why. You would think that I would enjoy them, being that often Sci-fi and Fantasy are closely linked. They often include the same elements, great world-building and interesting characters. My reason for not reading them could be the fact that I’ve never come across any that seem like my cup of tea or the synopsis just didn’t capture my attention.

There may be a part 2 of this blog post in the future, as there are a couple more genres that I know I stay well away from, but I didn’t want to ramble on for too long.

If any of you have suggestions of books that are Non-Fiction, Contemporary or Sci-Fi, and you think are out-of-this-world incredible, leave a comment below! It would be interesting to check them out.

9 thoughts on “The Genres I Tend To Stay Away From

  1. I didn’t read a lot of non-fiction until I started reading memoirs by my favourite celebrities, then some self-help type books about happiness when I was feeling depressed, and now I love finding new non-fiction books on various topics. I do tend to avoid the more academic non-fiction but sometimes you find a story that’s just as engrossing as fiction. I only read a bit of sci-fi but not a lot … I do love The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, one of my favourite sci-fi books!

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  2. Great post! I tend to agree with you on the non fiction and contemporary reads. I like reading YA as a sort of escapism from the real world and therefore i don’t want to read about other people in this real world haha. You made some really good points and i hope you find some good books in these genres you’re branching out too!

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      1. yes, definitely! haha i find Sci-Fi to be a hit and miss with me. I either love it or hate it, there’s like no in between!
        If you havent read them yet, The Maze Runner is really good, and Illuminae from what i have heard is amazing with a very interesting format to read from.

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  3. If you want a nice route into Sci-Fi, try Ted Chang’s, The Story of your Life πŸ‘πŸ‘. Let me know how you get on

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