My Favourite Genres

Posted 3rd September 2017 by Wattle in Books, Random Things / 10 Comments

I am struggling with motivation so much lately. Not just blog and reading related, but life related. Study is such a slog right now! I won’t talk about work, because that’s not great either. Roller derby training is good, aside from the fact I injured myself (outside of training) and haven’t been able to skate since my first session – my physiotherapist reckons I will be able to next week though, fingers crossed!

So I logged into my WordPress dashboard just now, and I was going to do a review, but I don’t want to do a review. Then I was going to do a general ‘this is what’s going on with me’ post, but I didn’t want to do that either (and I just covered that above, I suppose). And then I thought…I could talk about things I like, things book related…favourite things!

And here we are. A post about my favourite genres, and why they’re my favourite genres. Yay!(?) I’ve decided to do a top 3, to keep it simple.

1. Cozy Mystery

When cozy mystery was first offered to me, I was very, very confused by its existence. Was it mystery? Was it chick lit? Did it always involve baking and/or cats? It seemed a bit silly and I just didn’t want to read it. So I ignored it, and then…I can’t remember how this came about, read one by accident. That was the end of that! I read cozy when I want something light, something fun, and something predictable. There’s going to be a murder, the heroine is going to get in trouble for investigating, 95% of the time there WILL be baked goods. Sometimes I’m disappointed by cozies, but I’ve found a few reliable authors over the past few years (and I’m always willing to try more!) This is the genre I read when I’m in a rut.

Cozy mystery recommendation: You Can’t Get Blood Out of Shag Carpet by Juliette Harper. This book is a gem, I’m so sad there aren’t more in the series 🙁

2. Fantasy

Not high fantasy (well, not very often), but urban fantasy and ‘low’ fantasy (is that what it’s called?) I like it when fantasy is set in the recognisable world, when it seems possible that magic and monsters could exist. I guess it comes down to me feeling more connected when a setting is familiar?

Neil Gaiman is probably my favourite author – I like how absurd everything is, his work is a bit dark and there’s always some humour. Followed by Rick Riordan (I am a sucker for his YA stuff), J.K. Rowling (of course), Ilona Andrews, etc.

Fantasy recommendation: this is where I’d usually recommend Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman buuuuut let me shake things up, Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch, also known as Midnight Riot in the USA which makes zero sense, but whatever (the audiobook is also REALLY GOOD!)

3. Holiday/Christmas

Confession: I don’t really dig Christmas. Sure. I like having time off and eating lots, but it’s summer at Christmastime here and it’s always hot and eating hot food on a hot day? Not pleasant. It’s a holiday I find exhausting and it’s always followed by nothing but cricket being on tv.

Christmas themed books though? Give them to me! I tend to read them during July and then again in December. They’re almost always romance or chick lit, but they also always involve winter and that shiny happy ‘this is what Christmas should feel like!’ feeling (well, mostly) *sigh* I’ve read plenty of duds, but there’s some warm and fuzzy ones out there that I really do enjoy!

Christmassy recommendation: Merry Christmas, Mr. Miggles by Eli Easton. Sappy m/m romance is one of my things 🙂 added bonus if it involves Christmas!

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10 responses to “My Favourite Genres

  1. I’m sorry you injured yourself :-/ I hope you can skate again soon! (Side note: isn’t it terrible how people do these dangerous, crazy things, and then it’s always the random life things that injure us??? Like, I used to do gymnastics, but then I’d injure myself opening a door or something lol.)

    I feel like there is ALWAYS a cat or a dog on the cover of cozy mysteries. And they seem to often be set in bakeries and the like from what I’ve seen lol. They’re not my thing, but I’m glad you like them!

    I love fantasy as well. I also prefer UF for the most part, but I’ve started appreciating high fantasy more and do end up in the mood for it sometimes.

    Lol that’s interesting that you like Xmas books even though you don’t like Xmas. I only read Xmas books at Xmas time.

    • Lol right? I actually injured myself by kneeling on the floor to pick something up! So stupid.

      Hahaha I’ve just started reading a new cozy mystery series and there’s definitely cats on the cover 😛 I’ve not read one recently that doesn’t have a cat, now that I think about it. I imagine cozies as the lifetime movies of the mystery genre (in a good way).

      I think I like the idea of what Christmas could be…I’ve had one winter Christmas, it was nice being cold and drinking hot chocolate instead of iced coffee for a change.

  2. I totally feel you on the motivation. I’m just blah about almost everything right now. I hope you get cleared and can compete soon.

    I love fantasy in all different sub-genres. I don’t really read cozy mysteries, I’ve gotten frustrated with the ones I did read. Maybe I should try the one you suggested.

    • Thank you 🙂 I was able to skate the next week, but keep doing things to muscles I didn’t know existed, so it’s slow going!

      Cozies are an acquired taste I think. I’ve started plenty that I’ve had to put down because they are just too ridiculous for me. They’re very formulaic, but I don’t mind that sometimes 🙂

  3. A few years ago I had never read a cozy and now they’re one of my favorite genres too. Although I read so many different genres I would have a hard time limiting it to a top 3. I love that about cozies that you have this cozy comfortable feeling and a great mystery in one without the gruesome details.

    I also like fantasy and often stick to urban fantasy or paranormal romances (if that even falls under fantasy), but I sometimes pick a more straight up fantasy as well. I don’t read a lot of high or epic fantasy anymore, but I loved those genres when I was younger.

    I like Christmas books, but usually only read the authors I already know who bring out a Christmas book as I know those will be good. I do agree that they always seem to capture that Christmas feeling really well. I got a few Christmas books for review already.

    • Yes I think that’s what I like about cozies too, they’re not like crime novels. They’re like inoffensive BBC murder mysteries in a way.

      I get so confused about paranormal and fantasy! I sometimes tag books as both as I’m not sure where they’re meant to fit.

      I hope you enjoy your Christmas reads this year 🙂

  4. I hear you Bre. I’ve been struggling to blog for months too. I still enjoy reading but blogging is being pushed further and further down the list of things more important in life. I love a cosy mystery. I only heard about them earlier this year and I really enjoy the intrigue without the blood and gore of a gruesome murder. My favourites are still dystopian or YA science fiction, followed closely by contemporaries. I’ve been getting into fantasy a bit more this year too which I’m really enjoying.

    I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by, I must check out a few Christmas titles <3

    • Blogging seems like a job at the moment. I want to do it, but I also want a vacation (which is hilarious, since I hardly ever blog these days!)

      Aaargh Christmas is coming up sooooon, where has the time gone! 😮

  5. Ooch on feeling that way about things. It stinks when you have those moments in life. I hope you’re feeling better and able to get back to practice soon!

    I love Christmas books! I tend to read them year round 🙂 It would be so weird to me to have Christmas be a hot month.

    • I’ve had one winter Christmas and it was weird, but also great. Dinner instead of lunch, hot drinks instead of ones that needed ice to stay cool! I hope one day to live in a place that doesn’t have upside down seasons (a girl can dream, right?)

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