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To all the genres I’ve loved before

Hi guys!

Seeing as Valentine’s Day (which is my least favorite holiday) is on Monday, I decided to do a post related to it. I’ll be going through all of the main book genres, from my favorite to my least favorite in alphabetical order and talking about my history with them, my current opinions on them, and favorite books in that genre (if I have any).

Fiction

Adventure

I’ve pretty much always been interested in adventure stories, especially when I was younger. I don’t read them as much anymore, but I typically fall back on them when I need a good comfort read. Most of the ones I used to read were about animals, which is why I loved the genre so much. In fact, I read about five of them last year, which isn’t much for me.

Current favorites: A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor (the only adventure book that I liked this year).

Past favorites: Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis, Spy School by Stuart Gibs and many other animal and spy stories.

Classics

I love classics, but don’t read them as often as I would like. Even when I was little, I had an interest in classics, but only read ones easy enough for my reading level.

Current favorites: The Time Machine and The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Past favorites: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, and Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.

Dystopian

I just started reading dystopian books a few years ago, so I don’t have as much history with it. I love the anticipation and adrenaline in the books, and the never ceasing question about what will ultimately happen. Will they end the world? Would they dare?

Current favorites: Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Past favorites: None

Fantasy

I don’t typically go straight for fantasy books, but can read them in small doses. It can quickly go wrong for me. I think I read about as many now as I used to– a few every few months when I’m in the mood.

Current favorites: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renรฉe Ahdieh and We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, as well as Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson.

Past favorites: Ruby Holler and The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech, as well as Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.

Historical Fiction

I love historical fiction, and I always have. There’s something about the feeling of being able to travel back in time with a character, and immerse yourself in a world that once was but has now ceased to be.

Current favorites: Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee, Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon

Past favorites: The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood

Mystery

The mystery genre is and always has been my favorite genre. When I thought back to all of the books I used to love, about 80% of them were mystery, and 15% were nonfiction. I wasn’t very diverse in my reading.

Current favorites: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson, and One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Past favorites: Any Cam Jansen book by David Adley, Nancy Drew (and Nancy Drew spin offs) by Carolyn Keene, Encyclopedia Brown books by Donald Sobol, The Boxcar Children books by Gertrude Chandler Warner, and A to Z mysteries by Ron Roy. As I said, I read a lot of them.

Realistic Fiction

I started reading these more recently, but I read a few when I was younger too. I like to read them in between intense books like mysteries and some sci fi and dystopian. They can be sweet and bring me back to real life.

Current favorites: Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman, The Library of Lost things Laura Taylor Namey.

Past favorites: The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

Sci Fi

I love the sci fi genre. I didn’t like it as much when I was younger, but I’m obsessed now.

Current favorites: The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He, and Warcross by Marie Lu.

Past favorites: The Masterminds series by Gordon Korman

Nonfiction

Autobiographies

I used to be obsessed with autobiographies in elementary school, and haven’t really read any since.

Current favorites: none

Past favorites: Small Steps: The Year I got Polio by Peg Kehret

Biographies

Much like autobiographies, I read them a lot in elementary school, but haven’t read any in a long time.

Current favorites: none

Past favorite: any who was book.

General Nonfiction

I do love reading nonfiction still, from anthologies, to books about specific topics.

Current favorites: Any book by Marc Aaronson.

Past favorites: Jacques Cousteau: A Life Under the Sea by Kathleen Olmstead

I hope you liked this post! I had fun making it and thinking about what genres I like. What are your favorite genres? Let me know in the comments!

7 thoughts on “To all the genres I’ve loved before”

  1. I had fun learning about your experiences with different genres, Cari!! I really like fantasy and realistic fiction, but I don’t read very much nonfiction, heheh.

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    1. One of Us is Lying is a great mystery, and I loved it while I was reading, but I’m not as obsessed with it now that I’m done reading it, because I know I can never feel what I felt while reading it again– that’s always my struggle with mysteries.

      So yes, it is definitely a great book, and while I don’t get obsessing about it after the fact, I appreciate those who do. Does that make sense?

      Much of what I loved about the book was the character work, and the original choice of the murderer, and how they delved into the lives of those who were affected by the murder.

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    1. It seems like Spy School was a popular one (with good reason). Fantasy is a great genre, because it has such diversity in tropes and styles. You can go for magical realism, dark fantasy, retellings, or even high fantasy with elves and fairies.

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