The genre chat for Armchair BEA is fairly introductory today, but I’ll go ahead and restate the idea found on the Armchair BEA website:
The book-ish focus will be genre fiction. What draws you to a specific genre? Do vampires, zombies, or witches float your boat? Or, do you prefer the heat of romance? Recommend your favorite genres and/or books and help build reader TBR shelves a bit more!
I learned early on in life that I’m a pretty indecisive person. I can make quick decisions when it’s absolutely necessary, but on the whole, I have trouble deciding what I want or like. As such, it’s much easier for me to say what I don’t like: I don’t like the color orange, I don’t like vampires, I don’t like sour candy, I don’t like romance novels, etc. HOWEVER, I will try and talk about some of my favorite genres.
I’ve been reading mostly YA in 2013, so most of these titles will fall in that!
Favorite Genre 1: Action! Adventure! Fantasy! Science Fiction!
I’m just coming around to the idea that I might actually like science fiction, but I’ll include it anyway. Some of my favorites include some pretty well-known ones, but I’ll try and vary it a little:
The Hunger Games
Lord of the Rings
I feel these are all pretty well-known, so I’ll let them speak for themselves.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
WHY is this not more popular? I don’t understand. It’s Dystopia at it’s best, horrifying and chilling and heart-stopping. It can be hard to take, but it’s SO WELL DONE!
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
I’ll admit I’ve only read the first book in the Chaos Walking trilogy, but that’s because it left me so emotionally spent I wasn’t able to move on to the second right away. These books=amazing.
Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer(part of the Lunar Chronicles)
The first two books in the Lunar Chronicles series, both of which are must-reads. Marissa Meyer has managed to do something that’s become rather overdone(fairy tale retellings) and spin it in an amazing direction with science fiction elements.
I’m not sure why, but I’m really not a fan of Adult contemporary. I’ve only read a few, and disliked every one I’ve read, but I’ve really begun to come around to YA contemporary the past year, and here are some of my favorites:
Smart Girls Get What They Want
My favorite “light” contemporary read. This book is fun, but it’s also incredibly witty with characters who are refreshing.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Break my heart, why don’t you. I’m not normally a “near-death” or “death” experience reader, but what really drew me to If I Stay was Mia, the main character. It’s rare that I connect with a main character SO strongly.
I’m not always the best at recommending books, but those two genres have become my favorites lately! I’m also a big fan of memoirs, but my fingers are telling me to stop typing at this point, so perhaps that’s a topic I can tackle another day?