Thursday, February 16, 2012

Stepping Out of the Genre Box

I read mainly paranormal YA--throw a few good adult series like DEXTER and THE SOUTHERN VAMPIRE MYSTERIES in there. But rarely will I pick up a contemporary and read it, and love it. Nothing against contemp! Not at all! I just prefer beasts and blood.

So lately I'm trying to mix things up a bit and read a few different genres that I would normally not think twice about. I finished CATCHING JORDAN by Miranda Kenneally last night, and I have to say I really loved it! Miranda is awesome, and I've read some of her other stuff, so I had high hopes for this one. But I was worried that I wouldn't connect with her character Jordan, because she's a quarterback on a football team, and my knowledge of football ends with...well I know they run around with the ball and try to get it to the end of the field. But I loved her!

Another contemp that I've loved is Gail Forman's IF I STAY which had a slight paranormal tint to it, I suppose. It took me longer to get into the second book, WHERE SHE WENT, but they're both fantastic reads!

And one of my most favorite contemps would be Jandy Nelson's THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE. Such a beautiful story.

Last night I decided to be wild and crazy and pick up an erotic romance--CRASH INTO YOU by Roni Loren. This is very far out of my genre comfort zone, so we'll see how that goes.

What about you all? Any books outside of your norm that you fell in love with?


  1. Lacey--you already know that I'm right there with you on the scary stuff, so I don't often read contemporary. However, recent contemps that I've loved are The Duff, Speak, If I Stay, and Beautiful. My fave is probably The Sky Is Everywhere which I adored. Catching Jordan and Ditched are on my contemporary list, but I'm craving some blood and witches right now. ;)

  2. I don't read many "cheerful" books, lol. Especially not for adults, but last year I picked up REMEMBER ME by Sophie Kinsella (she writes the Shopaholic books) a chick lit book that I really enjoyed.

  3. It's funny...I like to stick to my fav genres, but whenever I try someone new, I always enjoy it. More than that, I always seem to learn something from it.

    Reading rocks, no matter what genre!


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