Why I Read Multiple Genre

Hello Readers! So here is my first ever discussion post. Not something new. It will take more years for me to think something original and I’m not waiting for those year so let’s just do something I can be comfortable with- sharing my thoughts on topics already discussed.

Well, I just got this idea to write about this post. I have seen posts on why somebody love/read just fantasy or thriller or middle grade and YA etc etc… I haven’t come across why readers read multiple genre here in WordPress. I read posts on benefits of reading other genres and why one should read multiple genre. I found these posts by googling, as I wanted to see if anybody had talked about it or not. They of course gave me pointer that I could turn into my own voice.

So anyway, here are the reasons why I read multiple genre-

Keeps reading slump away– So everybody talk about reading slump and they ask what one should do to chase it away. I always say try something different. Read other genre. It works for me! I read in the post by Jodi Hedlund, one of the reason of reading slump is plot begins to feel repetitive and unoriginal. Try reading 100 or more YA/ Fantasy/ Thriller or some other single genre and at some point you might feel “oh yes, I read it already” and that reduces thrill of that genre. She also said taste changes. I agree there! Try eating pizza with same topping few year and see the result. You get what I mean.

Lot of option, vast range. I don’t have to screw my head what I’ll read next. No worry about reading out of comfort zone. I know what my comfort zone is as I have tried many genre or sub-genre.

I can read two book (or more, if I want to) at same time– Before pregnancy I read two book simultaneously. At first I feared I would mix it up and get confused but reading two different genre at same time eliminated that fear. Now that I can manage my time with my daughter and other chores, I again started reading two books simultaneously.

Thrill of discovering something new / finding new favorite – I’m always in for something new. If you have read my reviews for long time you might know I mention ‘unique/different‘ often and that book might have got one extra star for its uniqueness. I’m always drawn to something new. And it also helps me finding new favorite genre. If I haven’t read Percy Jackson, I wouldnโ€™t have known how much I love Greek mythology. Last year I discovered I love Chick-Lits and certain classics and year before last, I was more draw to women’s fiction and thrillers. Next I might try nonfiction. Who knows if I fall in love with that too!

I know exactly what I like and what I don’t – Fantasy is my go to genre. And I know I don’t like love triangle and time travels. You can blame Twilight, Hunger Games and Time Traveler’s wife for that. It’s not the whole book, just the trope. Of course, that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t read them ever. So, I can be pretty sure (most of the time) if I will like the book or not.

I get over book hangover faster – Hangover is good when it last for a day or two. If it last more you get stuck. Look at those never ending pile, do anybody has time wallowing in last book you read just because it was awesome? I move on to next book fast, move on and find something new that gives another hangover.

Biggest benefit f reading other genre is knowledge – This is common thing we all share no matter whichever genre, one or more, you read. I learn so many things by reading different genre- writing style, vocabulary, a particular theme and topic, about food, nation, culture and religion and many other things. I know my husband curses legal thriller books and I don’t have to say why. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Broadens perspective – Yes, another important benefits and I like this most. I wouldn’t have understood perspective if I haven’t red different books. It helps me understand people and be less judgmental.

Variety is spice of life– Do I need to say more? Yes that’s one big reason for me because I love trying new things. You guys don’t know me personally, I mean in real, my whole life way. Before reading, I kept changing my hobbies. I played badminton, I did hand embroidery, paper quilling, photography… all for a year or little more. I’m reading since 2015 that’s more than any other hobbies lasted. Reading different genres makes reading more exciting.

Like mentioned in why one should read multiple genre, at the end I stopped even seeing what genre the book is because as they say “‘Genre’ can be a pretty meaningless social construct” and I realized most of books fall in more than just one genre.

What do you think about this post? Also let me know if I did alright with this post. Which is your go to genre? Do you read only one or two genre or prefer multiple genre, and why?

HAPPY READING!!

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Hi, I'm Yesha, an Indian book blogger. Avid and eclectic reader who loves to read with a cup of tea. Not born reader but I don't think Iโ€™m going to stop reading books in this life. โ€œYou can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.โ€

29 thoughts on “Why I Read Multiple Genre

  1. I enjoy multiple genres and agree with your reasons. It’s true a lot of the time a book doesn’t fall neatly into one specific genre and it’s all down to peersonal choice of course, but I do like variety in my reading. Gives me a chance to find new authors as well. Great post!

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  2. I also read different genres and think itโ€™s a great way to read. I agree it helps with combating a reading slump and also stops the sameness. I like to flit around through different genres as sometimes reading too much crime, fantasy or historical can get a bit too dark, so picking up a romance, rom-com, contemporary or YA can give a light relief.
    A good discussion post xx

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  3. I agree with everything here! There are a few genres I *know* I don’t like โ€“ย if it’s about a world war or if it’s horror, thanks but no thanks. But how am I supposed to know whether I am going to like something else before I try it?

    It’s also much easier to read fantasy, a memoir, and a techie book at the same time instead of three fantasy books in similar setting ๐Ÿ˜‰ Who’s got time to only read one book at once?!

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    1. Exactly, you don’t know what you like or don’t like until you try everything. Yes, nobody like similar setting in books they read. for us readers, we like to say ‘Time is virtue’. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m glad you agree with all points. Thank you for comment! I really appreciate. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. I feel like you summed it up very nicely! I read across genres, and I love the variety it offers. Still never had a slump. I also value uniqueness, and this is definitely something you’ll see mentioned in my 4 or 5 star reviews.

    The only other thing I would add is that cross-genre reading means I can discuss books with more people. My bad, for example, only reads Sci-Fi, but my brother literally only reads books that win the Pulitzer. I read a little of both, so I can talk about it with both of them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Yes, I forgot that point and I agree. I can discuss book with many people and I like all bloggers and their views no matter what they read. Sadly, nobody in my family read books. I’m glad you can talk to your dad and brother about books. Thank you, Katie for adding another point. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. This was such a lovely and insightful post! I read almost all genres too (except heavy fantasy) and I agree with all your points. Earlier I used to stick to YA but from the last 2 years I’ve been trying out almost everything. It’s been great!

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  6. Glad you have a plan that works for you. I too follow the “multiple genres” thing to keep from burning out. My preferred genres are SF and fantasy, but non-fiction and classics keep things from ever going stale. Plus just whatever stuff strikes my fancy ๐Ÿ˜€

    Good post!

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  7. Ahh this is a great idea for a discussion post, I love it! If I mainly read contemporary, I also like to switch things up with fantasy or sci-fi every now and then. It really keeps the slump away for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Hmmm… I never thought about It, Yesha. I read different genre at different phases of my life. I didn’t want anything to define me, yet I wanted to be defined. Soon I became a Cover junkie and a mood reader when life knocked me down badly 10 years ago. Today I go to thriller when my mood is down, but I read everything from erotica to romance to fantasy and adventure. I never define my books as YA or NA. I generally keep to broad categories. I started reading different genre last year to see if I still felt a liking for all. I came to know that I am now attracted to the blurb also.

    Absolutely fantastic post

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    1. That’s great. Everyone reads as per mood and I have to say what we read affects us equally. I’m glad you tried everything and enjoying it. I don’t like to define my reading as well. I just want to keep exploring. It’s like going on world tour and meeting people without moving my ass from couch. Thank you, Shalini!

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  9. Love this post!! I just found your blog thanks to A Book A Thoughtโ€™s Book Bloggers Appreciation post, and I agree, reading different genres keeps it interesting and the book funk away. I love switching it up. And it also allows me to talk and connect with many different readers, not just with the ones that read my favorite go-to genre.

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