Genre Hopping and Blogging; Can they mix?

May 4, 2013 Bookish chat, bookish habits 21

If you read this blog, you will know I read all sorts of books so the reviews that you see on here are a bit of a pick and mix selection.  I have described myself before as a crazy grasshopper who hops from book to book and genre to genre, without rhyme or reason.

I did see a note from a publisher on NetGalley recently that this is something publishers don’t like to see as they like you to specialise or focus on one or two genres.  I was surprised at that but the more I thought about it the more sense it made.  From a commercial point of view; if you write all YA reviews and you have all YA followers then they are reaching their target audience.

I don’t keep this blog for NetGalley or publishers though, I keep it for myself.  And one of my blog goals is to stay true to myself.   Which means I read and review YA, NA, dystopia, paranormal, contemporary, mystery, thrillers, suspense and historical novels.  I love mixing all the different books up, I read a lot and mingling different genres keeps things from getting stale on me.  I don’t think I have ever in my life hit a reading slump and I credit this to the varied selection I read.

Prowling around the different genres is fun too.  One day I’m mixing with dangerous vampires, the next day I’m back in WW2, then I’m on the hunt for elusive killers.  After that I’m swooning in a contemporary, smexy NA and then I’m off to a dystopian future to kick ass and save the world.  What’s not to love about that!  Variety is the spice of my bookish life.

I do wonder though what do the people who read my blog think, (yes you, thanks for reading by the way!)?  Are you put off by my mixture or do you just skip over the reviews for genres that you don’t like?  I’m hoping that’s what people do.  It’s what I do myself, if I see a review for a book I have no interest in, I just skim it but it won’t stop me coming back to the blog if I like other reviews/features that they have.

Bookish Chat : Over to you, I would love to hear your opinions.

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21 Responses to “Genre Hopping and Blogging; Can they mix?”

  1. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    I genre hope as well. It’s true I mostly stick with YA now, but I love reading all types of fiction (mostly). I don’t mind seeing blogs who have a mix of genres, I actually love it. If I see a review that doesn’t interest me I either skip it or skim it, but I’ll still follow the blog. It does bother me that some publishers are rigid on the one genre thing, but like you said I do this for me not for Netgalley. I will admit to getting caught up reading what everyone else read because of ARCs last year but I’m over it, it became stressful and un-enjoyable.

    • Trish Hannon

      Thanks Michelle, it does bother me a bit too but I just want to read the range I like, when I like. Its worked all my life and I’m not changing now. YA/NA is my favourite genre by far though.

      I can see how that got stressful last year, its hard not to get caught up in the excitement but nothing like taking on too much to kill the fun.

  2. anaherareads

    I totally genre hop because I don’t want to feel restricted and have to ONLY blog about one or two genres. I do my blog for fun and for me, fun is reading all kinds of books from different genres. 😉 As for following blogs that mix it up, I don’t mind. Unless they’ve taken a completely different direction and absolutely none of their reviews or posts interest me anymore. Then I know it’s time to let go. 🙁

    • Trish Hannon

      Thanks Ana, hope you’re not planning on letting me go anytime soon, I enjoy your thoughtful comments 🙂 And yes, this is fun and restricting my mix would cut the fun for me and I think that would reflect badly in my Blog.

  3. acps927

    In the short time I have been keeping my blog, I have mostly focused on YA, but I’ve also reviewed Unbroken, a non-fiction WWII story not aimed at young adults at all. It’s nice for readers (and publishers) to have a sort of handle on what you typically read, but like you said, if you want to genre hop every once in a while, they can skip over what they’re not interested in. I will typically follow a blogger if I find that at least half of the books they review are going to interest me in some way, as well as if I like their other blog posts. But I will skip over reviews for genres I am less interested in. I don’t think anyone wants to be too pigeon-holed; there is too much variety out there!

    • Trish Hannon

      Thanks, yes I don’t think being pigeon-holed works well plus it would be no fun, you would miss out on so much! I like your idea of following if half the reviews interest you, good plan.

  4. Asti

    Honestly, I don’t mind if blogs genre-hop. I tend to focus on those that primarily feature YA, but don’t mind if they include other books as well. I’ll usually still at least skim through the review if the book catches my eye, and it’s not uncommon for me to decide to add a book outside of YA because of a review I have seen elsewhere. I can see why certain people prefer to stick to one thing (even with some blogs only focusing on a specific genre/subgenre like YA Paranormal), but I think being introduced to different books outside of that category is good as well. It’s fun to read around!

    • Trish Hannon

      Oh Asti, reading around sounds bold! Maybe that’s why we like it 🙂 YA will always be my favourite but if I could only read YA for the rest of my life, I’d go crazy from all that teenage angst!

  5. Toni Lesatz

    I could never be limited to one or two genres! I think I go through phases though. I’ll read/review a bunch of post-apocalyptic, then skip over to paranormal for a bit, then some YA, etc. I haven’t had any trouble getting copies from Netgalley. Sometimes I wish they would stop approving my requests so I wouldn’t be swimming in them! LOL.

    • Trish Hannon

      Thanks Toni, glad to meet another hopper! I do that sometimes too – go through book cycles. And yes, sometimes we need NetGalley to be the parent and say No because we never can!

  6. Diamond Cronen

    I’m like you. I have very eclectic taste and read so,e random books. But you’re right, we don’t keep our blogs for Netgalley, so we should pursue what we like. Although, I think, with time perhaps a certain genre will stand out a bit as having more reviews, or longer reviews (at least for me I see that occurring in a year or so, not by any design of mine though). As far as genre hopping, I like it a lot. I also like when blogs review books that are a bit older. I am so behind on books and I know a lot of people want reviews on books they’ve never gotten around to reading, but have heard a lot about. If I see a review I don’t care to read (bc of genre–or bc of possibly spoilery) I just keep scrolling, but to think I’d unfollow?! Heck no! That’s a disturbing thought, I hope people don’t do that!

    ^_^ dee

    • Trish Hannon

      Thanks Diamond, yes the thought of people unfollowing is disturbing! I make it clear though at the top that I review all sorts so they know what they are stepping in to! I’m fairly sure by the end of the year when I check my books reviewed, there will be a strong ya/na bias so I agree with you on that. And yes, I totally love to see older books reviewed, it reminds me to read them plus there is a better chance of picking them up secondhand or in the library.

  7. Chelsea

    I totally agree with you. I am exactly the same way. I can be reading a new adult book one day and a young adult contemporary novel the next or a dystopian or paranormal romance. The greatest thing about reading is the fact that you can love all sorts of different types of books and I am like you where I blog for myself and I have to be true to that. When I check other bloggers reviews, I am never looking for a specific genre, I am more focused on reading about books I think sound interesting or books I have read that I would love to discuss. The great thing about following so many different blogs is that you can find great reviews and book ideas from all genres. I love reviewing all different types of books because it is all about sharing my thoughts and opinions on the books I am actually reading. Great post! I love your discussion topics 🙂

    • Trish Hannon

      Aw thanks Chelsea, I love your discussion posts too even if you give me coffee-envy 🙂 I think staying true to ourselves blogging is important, I see it shining through on blogs when that happens. I love following different types of blogs too, it’s the best way to find new books. Especially as you get to know bloggers and how your tastes match. Like when you recommend a NA, I’m all attention and ready to take note as I know we like similar ones 🙂

  8. Lark

    I love that you write about so many different kinds of books. I don’t stick to one genre either. How boring would that be? I’m not always in the mood for the exact same kind of book. So keep genre hopping! We’ll keep reading your blog!

    • Trish Hannon

      Thanks Lark, I know you hop too! I always love the mixture you have especially as you cover some not so well known books.

  9. Cayce

    I’m quite the genre-hopper too! Romance (ya and adult) urban fantasy, paranormal, manga&manhwa, LGBT, sci-fi, dystopian, crime (Agatha Cristie!!), horror (Stephen King!!!) – all genres I read and love. I’m an omnivore when it comes to reading, I pick up everything that sounds interesting. I even read chick-lit occasionally 😛
    But I don’t review every book I read and on my blog I mostly talk about ya and ya-lbgt. So I guess you could say that that’s my specialisation 🙂

    I like that you review from a variety of genres. And I don’t follow bloggers only for the reason that we read the same books. What makes me go back to a blog (and comment) is the blogger’s personality/writing style (/good discussion posts), things like that 🙂

    • Trish Hannon

      Very true Cayce, I do follow some bloggers because I like their review style rather than the books they review. Reading great reviews inspires me to do better. And I love discussion posts!

  10. CeCe

    I like seeing different genres! If I follow someone who seems to read mostly one or two genres that I enjoy also and then I see books here and there from other genres I think I would be more inclined to crossover too since I know I can already trust their taste. And I totally agree with you, I blog for me! I will read what I want and I will review what I want! I think being openminded and reading different things is beautiful and I appreciate it.

    • Trish Hannon

      I agree CeCe,open minded Is always good and books are no different in that respect. Good point about the crossover too, I never thought about that but its true. I trust some reviewers (like you!) and when they scream read this, I listen no matter what the book is about!

  11. tonyalee

    This is the second discussion post I have come across on your blog that inspired me. There have been two topics I have been debating between for next Random Rants and genre specific blogs was one of them. 🙂

    I personally, like seeing different genres on a blog because I read so many different ones. But I have those that I go to for specific guidance. From a bloggers perspective, I want to read and discuss books that I WANT but I know that there are those that don’t care or just wont read it because it isn’t their forte. Which is fine. 🙂

    Great post! (I hope it’s okay if I discuss this too)
    tonyalee recently posted…ARC Review~ House of Glass by Sophie Littlefield

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