Friday, March 4, 2016

Let's Discuss...(5)

Let's Discuss...
Let's Discuss...is a new feature here on Lunar Rainbows Reviews, inspired by many of my fellow bloggers and their discussion posts.  For my posts, I'll be discussing random bookish and fandom topics.


Hey everyone! It's been a while since I just chatted with you all and it seemed like a good time to take on a topic I've been sitting on for a bit. So instead of a review today, I figured I'd do a discussion post - I know it's been done before but I felt like sharing my two cents:

Do you get stuck in a genre or are you a fan of variety?

I know it's no secret to my followers that I almost exclusively read Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Speculative Fiction.  You might just find this next bit of information surprising though: as a teenaged reader, I only read contemporaries and historical fiction...


Yeah^^  My favorites were the Anne of Green Gables series, The Secret Garden, the French Classic Les Filles de Caleb and the somewhat unfortunate Sweet Valley High/Babysitters Club days.  Back then I also read quite a bit of non-fiction, but my Uni days took care of that habit.  Granted, I also had a deep love of comics, such as Batman, Spider-Man and even Archie and Friends, but I literally read no fantasy books whatsoever. The closest I got to fantasy was as a teen when I read The Little Prince!  My very first fantasy read, was in fact, the Harry Potter Series in my mid-twenties.  Shocking right?


As most of you have figured out, once I got started on the fantasy-train, there was no getting off for me.  Granted I occasionally dabble in Contemporaries, but not matter how many amazing ones I read, no matter how many promising new releases come out, I always end up right back into Fantasy.  I've tried to broaden my horizons but nothing feels quite as satisfying as embarking on an adventure set in a whole other reality - to me, that's to true point of reading: to escape into another world.

That too Doctor^^ YES PLEASE.

Anyway, it really surprised me to realize that as a kid, I read nothing but Contemporaries and all it took was one Fantasy read to get me switched over for good -and it got me wondering how other people's experiences evolved: has your reading style changed drastically from when you were growing up? Or have you always loved and gravitated toward the same genre? Do you tend to devote all your time to reading your favorites now? Do you force yourself to read outside your prefered genre? If not, do you ever feel like you should? OR, are you naturally inclined to read a variety of genres, depending on your mood or whatever's going on in your life at any given time?  If you're a varied reader, I have to ask: HOW DO YOU DO IT?!  


It's not that I'm bored with Fantasy...like, at all! If anything I find my love for Fantasy, Sci-fi and Speculative Fiction in general has grown over the years.  It helps me write, it relaxes me (when it's not destroying me with FEELS) and it truly is the best way to travel on a budget.  It's just that sometimes I wish I read a wider variety of genres. I feel like I'm missing out on other GREAT stories just because I NEED DRAGONS you know?!  

For real^^

So tell me: What did you read as a kid? Did your tastes change or stay the same? Do you consistently read your favorite genre now? Do you ever get bored with it?  Do you feel like you're missing out on other genres by sticking to your favorite?  And to those of you who read ALL of the genres: Do you ever fall into a genre-rut?  Or do you just pick up whatever and go with it? I want to know your reading habits!

*This post is part of the 2016 Discussion Challenge hosted by the lovely ladies Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction & Shannon @ It Stars at Midnight*

30 comments:

  1. This is a great question. I always read fantasy and sci fi growing up, so I guess I still read the same genre, but I've been reading a lot more contemps lately (especially since starting book blogging). I used to never read contemps. So I've changed a bit that way... and I read occasional mysteries too. But fantasy is my first love and still my fave. The problem is I've gotten a bit picky with my fantasy so I don't read as much of it as I used to- weird huh?

    I want to read it all the time but don't always find stuff I like, which is why I'm glad I've discovered YA fantasy and have been trying to find urban fantasy I like.

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    1. Thanks Greg! I really wish I'd read Fantasy and Sci-Fi as a kid too, I feel like I missed out! I'm making up for it now but it seems like some of the classics would have fit better when I was younger. I've found that I've gotten picker with my fantasies too though since I started blogging. I look for quality, not quantity!

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  2. I would say I enjoy a variety of genres but I do end up reaching more for fantasy than anything else. It sometimes depend on my mood too though. Sometimes I feel like reading nothing but light, fluffy stuff and would find myself reading exclusively from contemporary for a couple of weeks. Then I won’t pick up a contemporary for an entire month. So I guess for me, the genres I go for often depend on my mood.
    Also, for me reading is largely about switching off from reality and delving into new worlds. I enjoy my classics and general fictions but I usually find fantasy books way more entertaining to me. So yeah, I’ll always favor fantasy over other genres :D
    I loved this discussion post Micheline ^^ Looking forward to more discussion posts from you!

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    1. As much as I'm a mood reader, I wish my mood went to contemporaries, mysteries and classics and the like more often now. I think I'll always favor fantasy over anything else too (along with sci-fi and paranormal) Thank you so much Soudha^^ I only started doing discussion posts last year but I need to do more :)

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  3. I read mostly YA Fantasy these days. I do read some thrillers, some sci-fi, some re-tellings, some time-travel. I even read some non-fiction books occasionally. I like to mix things up so I don't get burnt out. I used to read only one author exclusively. I started with Stephen King and then I read only Anne Rice in my teenage years. A few years ago I read only erotica. I did get burnt out by not mixing it up. Great post!

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    1. You do get burned out if you stick to one genre! That's why I mix it up with Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Paranormal and Historicals but I feel like I (mostly) avoid the rest and I envy people that read ALL the genres ALL the time! Thank you Karen :)

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  4. This is a really interesting question! I always knew that I read a lot when I was younger but I don't think I ever stopped to question if my tastes changed.

    "Anyway, it really surprised me to realize that as a kid, I read nothing but Contemporaries and all it took was one Fantasy read to get me switched over for good" I think this was what happened to me as well. I remember wanting to read books about school and friends when I was younger but now I'm almost the opposite xD

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    1. Thank you my friend :)

      Exactly^^ I wanted to read books about other regular kids like me having regular adventures (in babysitting or with boys LOL) I read adult Historicals and non-fiction too though but everything was solidly based in real-life situations! It's seems weird to me now that I didn't gravitate towards fantasy back then...I'm definitely the opposite now XD

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  5. I'm pretty sure you already knew this, but I went through a HUGE Sweet Valley phase when I was younger, lol. I also used to love reading Archie comics! I don't remember there being much else other than contemporaries offered to pre-teen/teen readers when I was that age. I tried reading some of those books, but they tended to be very heavy on the angst and drama, lol, and that wasn't my thing. It was reading Twilight as an adult that truly got me into paranormal, which I hadn't really read before, and I was on a tear with the paranormal books for a while. The Hunger Games got me to branch out into dystopia and A Game of Thrones into high fantasy, and nowadays, I tend to mix the genres up. Lovely, lovely post, Micheline! :D

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    1. LOL! I did - I think you did Sweet Valley Twins though right?! I only started with Sweet Valley High and then did a few of their University series before giving it up. ARCHIE COMICS were such a childhood favorite of mine!! I actually followed HP up with Twilight as an adult and then Hunger Games :D Thank you Lee ♥

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  6. Hmm... I'm trying to think about my reading choices as a kid. They weren't all that different from what I read now, to be honest, I just read more romance now and less classics. :/ I read A LOT of classics in high school and at Uni (both required reading and just stuff I wanted to read).

    I don't read ALL genres - I never ever read horror, I very rarely pick up crime/detective fiction, I don't particularly enjoy historicals... But I'm trying to diversify my reading choices a bit. I just make myself pick up a book and I give it a fair chance - but if it doesn't work, it just doesn't, there's no point in forcing myself to read books I don't enjoy!

    Great post, Micheline! :)

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    1. It's cool to see how some people's reading choices have really changed from childhood to adulthood while others stayed more or less the same!

      I don't read straight horror either and my crime/detective choices are usually paranormal...though I have dabbled in crime/detective fiction - if it's a take on Sherlock ;) Thank you Kaja!

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  7. You know what I've pretty much always read some fantasy. There were a few contemporaries in the beginning (revolving around horses haha) and then some mysteries (Nancy Drew) but when I really got into reading in high school it was fantasy all the way!

    I'm not restricted to fantasy now though. I love sci fi, historical, dystopia, and so many other genres that aren't contemporary. Contemporary and romance is the genre I read the least overall, but I dabble occassionally.

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    1. Yup^^ Same here! I never got into Nancy Drew growing up...I feel like it never made it to my neck of the woods in time, but I feel like I missed out! I do venture into Historicals now and then and I went through a Dystopian phase that has since lessened but I still read them occasionally! I might read 2-3 Contemporaries a year and never any straight up romance.

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  8. Great post, Micheline! I'd say I'm a fairly varied reader now - though I don't read much contemporary at all and I read more adult than young adult fiction - but I do think the kind of reader I am has changed over the years. When I was little I LOVED animal books; I read lots of Dick King-Smith (I especially loved his Sophie books) and I devoured the Puppy Patrol, Animal Ark and Home Farm Twins books. If it had animals in it, I was all over it. I read a lot of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen and Roald Dahl, too. The author I read most throughout my childhood and up to my early teens, however, was Jacqueline Wilson; I would read EVERYTHING that woman wrote, almost exclusively.

    As I got older, and I got into speculative fiction (thanks to Harry Potter and The Old Kingdom series) I started picking books out by genre rather than author, and I think I did that for the most part until quite recently - now I make more of an effort to read a variety of books, but also to check authors out more if I love one of their books because I realised that while I have lots of favourite books I didn't have many favourite authors that weren't childhood authors.

    Now I think I pick books based on theme more than genre. I love reading books about badass women - whether they show that badassery through physical strength or not - and I like to read about them whatever the genre. :)

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    1. Thanks Jess and I have to say I envy your more varied approach! I just naturally always find myself gravitating towards Fantasy (of all ages) sci-fi (all ages) and paranormal, dystopians. A book has to have at least one 'fantastic/futuristic' element for me to REALLY want to read it. Although I do get the odd pull of a contemporary or two every year LOL!

      I've never heard of any of the books you read as a kid but growing up French, we had different trends and classics. I definitely envy the fact that you got to read Harry Potter and The Old Kingdom books as a kid - though I still ADORED them as an adult ♥ I think it would have been heaven to read them when I was a kid/teen :)

      Oh and yes: badass women RULE.

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  9. When I was younger I read ALOT of classics. I was in a class in HS called Great Books for 2 years and we read... all the greats. LOL. Add AP English to that and that was all I read. In college I wanted to be that cool kid who continued reading the classics. I didn't start reading YA again until Twilight came out. And I started my YA journey with alot of Paranormal romance. In the last couple of years, I've noticed myself primarily gravitating toward contemporary. But I do love to switch it up. I got so exhausted by reading contemporaries, so I feel I need to switch back and forth between genres AND age groups to help me out. I am becoming more of a mood reader lately too, which never used to be the case with me. If I'm not in the mood for a specific genre, I need to put it down instead of forcing myself. Thanks for sharing this Micheline! This was fun to think about!

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    1. That's awesome Jessica^^ I wish I'd gone to an English school just so we would have gotten more chances to read the greats. French classics were different...and there was a lot of unfortunate English Classics translated to French. It's just not the same O.O Naturally, in Uni I went for English Lit Classes but I still feel like I missed the boat on a lot of others.

      I'm a HUGE mood reader so I can definitely relate to that^^ Forcing yourself to read what you're not feeling is wise, in my case I've put myself in some serious slumps when I went against my mood. Thank you!! x

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  10. My primary bookish love has always been fantasy for as long as I can remember. Nowadays, I read a lot more contemporary, but it took me a long time to make that shift. And OTHER genres? Nope - barely ever.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Crazy how things can change up eh? I was all about contemporaries growing up and now it's all fantasy, sci-fi and PNR :D I barely touch anything else!

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  11. I love that you mentioned Sweet Valley because I LOVE SWEET VALLEY! OK, I won't even think about reading them now but I remember the time when I read them.

    I am not a varried reader but I do dry to read in different genres. I mostly read historical romance and YA (fantasy, dystopia, sci-fi) but not contemporary. I will read one of those genres but that is few and far between. :)

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    1. SAME HERE^^ I can't believe I used to love them as much as I did but man I read the full 100 SVH series before moving on to the Uni series...but I only got through the first 10-ish before I outgrew them LOL!

      I try to diversity too but I always end up back to fantasy, sci-fi and some PNR :D

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  12. Huh, I'm not sure I knew before that HP was your FIRST fantasy you ever read!! That's pretty crazy considering what a fantasy-fanatic you are now. Fantasy has been my go-to genre ever since I first started getting into reading :) But these days I do absolutely like to switch it up now and then - not because I feel like I should FORCE myself to go outside of fantasy, but because I genuinely want to from time to time. For me, if I read loads of books from the same genre one right after the other, they all start to blur together for me and I get bored. And that's not necessarily because the book itself is boring - pretty sure it's just me needing to switch it up. Also, because I often like to have a physical book and audiobook (and sometimes ebook) all on the go at the same time because they work in different circumstances, I try to keep those genres as disparate as possible between media (also to maintain my focus on each respective story). And finally, as I believe I have mentioned before, when it comes to audiobooks, fantasy is NOT my go-to genre because I prefer to delve into fantasy worlds at my own pace. So it's audiobooks where my non-fantasy reading really comes into play and it's a great way for me to fit in other genres besides my usual fantasies. Loved reading your thoughts here, btw :)

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    1. Really?! Well other than comics and The Little Prince I suppose but I consider HP the most straight up fantasy I read! It's definitely responsible for the addict I've become XD I wish I genuinely wanted to go back to contemporaries for more than 1-2x a year but it's just not in my I think. I will always gravitate towards fantasy worlds!

      I can't do straight up adult high fantasy on audio but I'm fine with YA fantasy like Percy Jackson and stuff like that. I tend to do audio during my commute and if the world is too elaborate and immersive, I need 100% of my focus on the story and not other cars and driving LOL! Thank you ♥

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  13. I love variety, even if there's almost always a touch of romance in my reads :) I love Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Suspense, Thrillers, Mysteries, Contemporaries, Historicals, Dystpians etc :) I think I've really expanded my horizons since I started blogging, though, genres I thought 'weren't for me' in the past were the first ones I tried, and that's how I figured out I'm a genre omnivore :)
    Great post this week, Micheline!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I prefer Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Paranormals but I will do Mysteries, Suspense and Thrillers though I would prefer ALL the books to have some fantastical element to them ^_^ I do dabble in contemporaries but every time I finish one, I NEED to dive into a fantasy, I can't help it! I wish I were more of a genre omnivore sometimes but the heart wants what it wants :) Thanks Lexxie^^

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  14. I wasn't a huge reader as a kid. But my mom did push me to read anything she could get me to read and she had the best luck with Stephen King. I read a few of his books when I was in middle school. Then switched to Anne Rice right before Interview with a Vampire hit the big screen.

    Like you, I'm pretty much stuck in the fantasy, sci-fi and paranormal genre. I do read a few romantic suspense and contemporaries, but those are much less frequent. I started back in the horror genre last year and I loved it. I plan to continue that genre more this year. There are many of King's books that I haven't read, plus other authors that I want to try. My problem is that I continue to put shifter books in front of those. This is great a topic and I'm glad to know that I'm not alone.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. Wow! that's interesting Melanie^^ I love that you got into reading as an adult! I was reading from the age of 5 onward and I only took a break when I was in Uni, because let's face it: I was doing way too much required reading to do any extra on my own!

      I wish I could read Horror but I'm too much of a scaredy cat! Contemporaries are ok for me on occasion and tbh most of the ones I do read end up being successes, but I can't resist diving right back into fantasy/sci-fi/paranormal as soon as I'm done with a contemporary! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts^^

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  15. I think I'm actually really similar to you in my reading habits! As a kid/pre-teen, I mostly read contemporary. In high school I think I kind of varied since I did read some SFF but also some contemporary. But now I read almost entirely SFF, and I'm totally happy with that! I never feel like I'm stuck or missing out. I mean, within SFF you can still find historical, LGBT, YA, NA, mystery, and pretty much every other genre as a subgenre lol, so there's still plenty of variety for anyone who wants it!

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    1. Awesome, glad to chat with another like minded bookish individual :D I'm happy with my evolution too^^ You're right: SFF is such a rich genre, there's a wide variety within it! GREAT point!

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