Bookish Chat : An argument in favour of genre hopping

October 4, 2013 Bookish chat 26

One thing that becomes quickly obvious to any visitor here is that I’m a genre hopper and I want to encourage you to hop too!  Trust me I’m a book lover, I won’t lead you astray 🙂

Why do I think you should try something different every now and again?  Good question, these are a few reasons why I jump around the genres:

– It stops book slumps. Honestly, I have never had one. I think because I move around so much and rarely have time to get worn out on repetitive trends in certain genres

– Could you watch just one type of movie or listen to one type of music for the rest of your life? Well why box yourself in to one particular book genre.

– If you read YA, then you are already experiencing different genres within that category. Go a step further and try a non YA book. YA is awesomesauce and is my true love but there is literally a world of other books out there. Don’t be shy, fool around a bit, it’s allowed!

– Variety is the spice of my book life, it keeps everything more interesting.

– You discover new authors to love

– And if it doesn’t work out, YA will always be there for you. Promise!

So if you are looking for a few different types of books to read, here a few of my favourites outside YA/NA.

Psychological Thriller – Harlan Coben

Tell No One


If you like books that are Twisty McTwisty, then this author won’t let you down.  Honestly, when I get to the end of these books, I’m dizzy from all the twists and turns.  I usually end up rereading part of them just to make sense of it all.

Chick-Lit – Lyndsey Kelk

I heart New York

A relatively new find for me over the last year or so but these books are great fun and make me laugh like a lunatic on day release.  Light hearted, feel good and oozing with high jinks.  If you like contemporary YA, this would be a great author to try out.

Classic – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights

My favourite classic ever. One word – Heathcliff!  Enough said.

Cult Book – The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History

There is a reason why this book is so many peoples favourite book ever. 559 pages of excellent reasons actually.  It’s a slow build but holds the tension in such a special way that you will never forget this bunch of misfit friends.


Bookish Chat :  Do you genre hop?  If not, have I encouraged you any bit?  What are your fears about reading other genres?  If you do hop, what is your favourite genre outside of YA?

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26 Responses to “Bookish Chat : An argument in favour of genre hopping”

  1. Asti (A Bookish Heart)

    Hmm I don’t really ever genre hop. If I go outside YA, it’s usually only because a YA author has written an adult book and I decide to try it out. I do think you bring up a good point though in that we don’t always watch or listen to the same thing so why read it? I think lately my problem is just that there’s so much YA I want to read that I don’t want to waste time with anything else 😛
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  2. trish

    Excellent point! There really are so many great YA books out screaming to be read. I totally agree! Maybe I just have a low attention span but really I think I have to mix it up every now and again just to remind myself that I really am an adult 🙂

  3. Shannelle C. (The Tracery of Ink)

    No genre hopping here except for the occasional adult book or MG book, but then, I have to be careful with adult books. They could include something bad that a 15 year-old shouldn’t know of. But I do like Jodi Picoult books, because all the court scenes are so interesting.

    And classics, ughhhh. I admire you for going through so much text and old languages. And probably tiny text. It’s like publishers make those tiny on purpose.
    Shannelle C. (The Tracery of Ink) recently posted…Book Review: Masque of the Red Death

    • trish

      I love Jodi Picoult too as her books always make you think hard about the ethical issues of her stories. I struggle with classics but I’m always glad I did at the end of them as I do get something out of them. They take me forever to read though!

      Anyway sounds you like you mix it up a bit so that’s good 🙂 I forgot to mention MG, I love MG books. Perfect comfort, easy reads.

  4. Sam @ Realm of Fiction

    I always think it can be interesting to step out of your comfort zone every now again. It doesn’t work for everyone all the time, but he variety can be liberating. I enjoy books from every genre, though I must confess that I rarely read outside of YA these days. However, I do like mixing things up within the category itself. 🙂 Great post!
    Sam @ Realm of Fiction recently posted…The Killing Woods Blog Tour: 1st Chapter + Giveaway!

    • trish

      Agreed Sam, genre hopping is not for everyone and as long as people are happy reading what they are reading, that’s all that matters.
      YA has so many different elements to it and even within the same book that you are actually are genre hopping all the time anyway.
      And as much as I genre hop, YA will always be the winner for me.
      No harm at all to try something new every now and again though 🙂

    • trish

      Yes I have a love/hate relationship with that genre too! It’s my guilty pleasure from time to time though 🙂 Well not so guilty to be honest! When done right, it is great fun just a pity it got so cliché ridden so fast.

    • trish

      I think mixing them all up is exciting and keeps them all fresh. Except zombies, I’m a bit reluctant there! I did love Warm Bodies though so that just shows it is good to experiment.

  5. Alise

    Great post. Before I started my blog I stayed in the same genre and read the same books over and over again. It was paranormal all the way back then which is surprising because now I almost refuse to read paranormal. Genre hopping is a good thing, because now I really enjoy contemporary romance when I used to really dislike it 🙂
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    • trish

      That’s the fun thing about genre-hopping, you find you discover things you never thought you would. I’m like that with paranormal. I’m reading more and more of it lately and finding that I really can enjoy it. Contemporary romance I’ve always loved so we are kind of the reverse of each other! Thanks for visiting Alise 🙂

  6. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    I was an Adult reader when I was younger and now I switched to YA (pretty ironic :p) I do like to hop around, but that is because I love so many different genres. Historical fiction, fairytales and retellings (my favorite with:) fantasy, Dystopian, Paranormal. The only thing I really don’t like is NA. I also don’t read many contemporaries, but I like to try them sometimes and some of them are a success (like the fault in our stars)
    Mel@thedailyprophecy recently posted…Fairytale news 18. Retellings 2013.

    • trish

      I have only started reading retellings this year but so far I’ve loved them all. I love the modern twist on stories we know so well.

  7. Tina

    This is a really great post Trish! I definitely genre hop whenever I pick up a new book. Unfortunately for me, I still get into a book slump sometimes, but I can usually break out of it by reading something different than what I have been (: I’m a big Harlan Coben fan, so looks like I’ll need to check out this one of his!
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    • trish

      Hi Tina, yes I’ve seen that you read a fairly diverse bunch of books so you are an official member of the hopper gang! I love all Harlan Coben books, have you tried his YA ones. They are just as good as his adult ones.

    • trish

      Shelter is the first one and the main character is Mickey who is Myron’s nephew. So if you are a fan of the Myron series, then it’s a fun tie-in. There are only 2 books in the series so far but I really enjoyed them.

  8. acps927

    I don’t genre hop nearly as much as you do, but I try to do it a little bit, and in fact, my favorite book I’ve read this year was not a YA book, but a non-fictional account of a WWII POW, which is totally not what I usually read! It’s nice to “expand your horizons” and discover something unexpected, and you never know what will inspire you!
    acps927 recently posted…Double Review: What’s Left of Me and Once We Were

    • trish

      That sounds great Amy, I don’t read a lot of non fiction but WWII is one of my favourite periods to read about. I love when you read something you are not sure about and then discover you love it. Oh and I’ll be along to check your review of What’s Left of Me soon! I still haven’t written my review and don’t want to read any others till I do. But I’ll hopefully get it done over the next few days 🙂

  9. Arra

    Oh I am definitely a book genre hopper and I am nailing it. Lol. I agree with you, it helps when you experience book slumps (yay new term i learned) and don’t you just love trying out new things. It actually gets boring when you keep reading the same genre or similar topics straight. I remember reading this very long ya series and i keep telling myself that i just want to shift and read something new. It actually kills the excitement and thrill at some point. I was so OC in reading series before that i will not change books unless i’m not done with them. But it’s actually fun to juggle different books. It gives you wider perspectives, it can help you understand different aspects, and you can also know yourself more as a reader in terms of reading capabilities, the other genres you can actually enjoy, etc.

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    • trish

      I agree if you read the same genre over and over, no wonder it gets boring. I actually can’t read series back to back, I need to read other books in between them. I do think if you explore a bit too, you can surprise yourself with what genres you end up liking.

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