Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings.
Today’s question is:
Do you feel pressure to read more in genres that other bloggers read?
Kate: I’ve been book blogging a loooooooooooong time now, so the answer today is no. But in the beginning?* Definitely. And to be honest, I’m glad for it. Between book bloggers and book clubs, my book world has expanded hugely.
I’ve always been a reader, but prior to 2009, I read a fairly narrow list of authors, often re-reading books because it felt like nothing out there was as good as what I already knew and loved. Most of the new books or authors I discovered were usually found at the grocery store check out lanes, so basically popular fiction. And don’t get me wrong, there’s some well deserved books and authors out there that are also hugely popular, but there’s also a lot of crap out there that people either think they should be reading or authors who phone in the books for people who are casual readers at best, or at least that’s how I felt. And I know I could have been going to the library more, but until the past 5 years or so, I totally sucked at returning books on time.
But then suddenly I was book blogging and my list of Want To Read grew to include authors and genres I’ve never even heard about before. I’ve given genres I never particularly thought I liked- Contemporary Romance (YA or Adult), Science Fiction where the focus is more sci-fi than fantasy, Urban Romance, Non-Fiction (I’m now obsessed with memoirs), Literary Fiction (eh, some I love, some I still dislike), and Graphic Novels- a chance that I might not have if not for bloggers recommending and sometimes insisting, loudly, READ THIS NOW. When I started my book club I knew I’d be willing to stretch my mind and genre interests even more.
And I’m so glad I didn’t shut myself out of trying new books and new genres. Did I read some stinkers? Hell yes. Did I find some of my current favorite authors and genres? Hell yes.
*I also felt the pressure when I started blogging to only review one type of genre because it seemed that blogs that focused on YA or Urban Romance or Fantasy seemed to be more popular and more successful. And by successful, at the beginning of my blogging career that meant Showered In ARCs. But I’ve never been a One Genre reader, ever. Yes, I might have gone through phases where I was reading mostly horror or romance, but I’ve never only read one genre. I think that’s why I can read 3 or 4 books at a time now (one or two in print, one on my phone and one on audio). That’s a lot harder to do if you’re reading 3 or 4 of the same type of books!