Friday, November 4, 2011

TGIF at GReads - Trying New Genres

If you would like to participate go over to Ginger's blog - GReads

Which particular book(s) opened you up to a new genre?


I didn't have to think about my answer, immediately I thought of Glass Castle, a memoir by Jeannette Walls.  I read this in 2009 just before blogging and was amazed with the story.  I never had interest in reading memoirs but it intrigued me and I gave it a try.  I have read approximately 6 since then and for the most part have enjoyed this genre.

What I wrote in my comments on LibraryThing before I did reviews:

A remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. The Glass Castle is truly astonishing - a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

Verse Novels - they have became my Simple pleasure

And the genre I tried but realised I definitely do not like is Dystopian.  I'm sure i'm in the minority for this one.

I tried Hunger Games and Uglies

Happy Friday, enjoy the weekend.


  1. Sounds excellent :) I like the cover. Very nostalgic.

  2. I just finished reading The Glass Castle with my book club, and truly is amazing!

  3. I really loved The Glass Castle! I have her second book, Half-Broke Horses, but haven't read it yet. Too bad on the Dystopian, though some genres take some time to get into.

  4. Loved that your picks were outside the YA genre! I have yet to do The Glass Castle, but I love a good memoir. So cool to think that it's a real person you're reading about.

  5. Oh I haven't read to many memoirs so I haven't had any gateway reads for those books. And I own a few verse books but haven't read them. But I heard I Heart You, You Haunt me is a good one.

    Uglies was definitely an interesting series. It almost had a science fiction element to it,it was that dystopian.

    I do think you should try Shatter Me. You will be surprised. At least for this first book. Aside from the fact that it is in a version of the future, the story is all about the gorgeous writing. If you like verse, you might just fall in love with the way Juliette thinks and speaks. It's stunningly beautiful.

    Not all Dystopian books are the same or go out there as far as others. It's just a matter of finding the right one that might work. But if you choose any book to try again with, it's Shatter Me.

    (Sorry for the long comment. Loved that book.)

  6. This is a great post! I know there are a lot of books that got me started into certain genres (graphic novels, dystopia, etc), so it's nice to do a post like this.

  7. I adored The Glass Castle and it's not a genre I read regularly. I'm not into dystopian although I do have both of those on my wish list because so many bloggers have raved about them.


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