Today’s genre post is about genre fiction! What draws me to certain types of fiction? Well…I have to admit, I don’t typically pay attention to genre. I pay attention to authors. If an author is really good and has good reviews, I’ll read the first of the series. If it’s a long series and I like it, I get a little obsessed. I love books of every genre. Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb (yes, they’re the same person, different genres), Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Mercedes Lackey, Sarah Dessen, Sarah Addison Allen, Rick Riordan, I love them all.
I have to be careful, because I get easily sucked in to genres and it can be dangerous for me. For example, last year I joined Bout of Books and started diving in to YA Paranormal/Fantasy/Dystopian. I read Divergent and two of Jeri Smith-Ready’s books in her Shift series. I read a couple other books too, but it became a fierce hunger. I had to read everything I could get my hands on and my work and my writing suffered because of it. It’s part of the reason why I don’t read a lot of YA books anymore. I can’t read just one. I have to read them all. At once. Without stopping. So until I can learn to moderate my intake they are kind of on the back burner for now (Though I am DYING to read The Selection, anyone care to convince me?).
I will say that if you like mysteries and want a series that goes on forever, with EXCELLENT character development, you should definitely read J. D. Robb’s In Death series. She’s got over 30 books (I’ve read them all. Multiple times) and I love the characters a lot. Eve Dallas and Roarke are in my top ten favorite couples of all time.
I love paranormal books for the most part, but I’ve found that I can’t stand series/books where the main characters are vampires. They annoy me, and I can’t exactly put my finger on why. I read Some Girls Bite with high hopes, because it takes place in Chicago, but it didn’t speak to me and I laughed most of my way through the book. I lean more towards vampire killers and werewolves, like Patricia Briggs’s Alpha & Omega and Mercedes Thompson series or Ilona Andrews’s Kate Daniels series. If you know of other series that don’t have MCs that are vamps, I’d love some recommendations.