Thursday, June 18, 2015

Genre Exploring and a Massive To-Read List

Hi, all! I haven't been quite so active these past few weeks, so I apologize for that. Today I come to you with a dilemma.

You to-read gargantuan. It's all Goodreads' fault, really. You fellow users know what I'm talking about. Recommendations for every genre. Friends posting reviews, making you want every book. Listopia. Group reads and buddy reads that sound too good to pass up.

Not to mention the bloggers! Spotlighting every new release. Reviewing every book under the sun! When does it end?

And then there's my insatiable desire, no, my need to know all of these things. For what purpose? I don't know. I guess if I can't read all of the books(Sadness!) I can at least have knowledge of them.

Okay, so it is silly. But this is me not caring.

Actually, this is Anna Kendrick. But, hey, you get my gist.
At least I know what I'm looking for when I go to the library. Haha. Those shelf-browsers are so cute.
So, that's my dilemma. And there's really no solution to it, unless I drop everything else in my life to read 24/7.

So....moving on to my other problem. I've become....discontent with my to-read list. Not with the size of it, but with its variety. As in, there's hardly any. At least, there was hardly any before I decided to try and rectify that.

When I was 12 or so I stepped into the Young Adult section of the library. To be honest, It kind of scared me. Still does sometimes. But I started reading YA, loved it, and continue to read the genre today.

At 13 I was introduced to the world of Christian Fiction. Well, Christian Adult Fiction. I had read some Christian Teen Fiction(Christy Miller, anyone?) but it was time for a change. I started with Lori Wick, moving on to Ted Dekker and Karen Kingsbury, then trying Colleen Coble.... I ate these books up!

I think I was 15 when I started getting into the classics. Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens... It was a stretch from my usual fare but I found that I really enjoyed those too.

Every now and then, very rarely, I would pick up a book that didn't fit into any of these categories. I was reading variety, but I was still reading way more Christian and YA fiction than anything else. Fast-forward a year and I decide I want to do something crazy. That is, start a book blog!


Anywho. I did! It was so exciting! I planned out a few posts, set everything up(I had no idea what I was doing) and then...I lied to you.

I'm sorry, okay! It was just my about page...I kind of said that I would review a variety of genres. I believe that I included YA, Middle Grade(FAIL), Adult(I was thinking secular when I wrote this...FAIL), Contemporary, Historical, Romance, Sci-Fi,(FAIL) Fantasy, Mystery(Meh).....and others among these.....FAIL.

You probably don't even care. I realize that if you already read the reviews I post, then you probably read one of those particularly genres a lot(I think most of my readers fall into the YA category).

But I care. I care deeply.

Thing is, I really love all of these genres. And I thought it would be really cool if I got to review all of them on my shiny new blog.

That, my dear readers, is my new goal. old goal. Whatever. It's a goal and I'm going to reach it. I. Am. Genre Exploring.

I've also added a poll to the blog where I ask you what genres you'd like to see reviewed. I can't promise you anything, but I'd like to get your feedback. And if you have any other suggestions, leave them in the comments! Maybe recommend a book in that particular genre.


  1. Goodreads' role in making my TBR list way too big is both evil and nice at the same time, and that drives me crazy. I love knowing about all these books, but at the same time, I am constantly shaking my head at myself, haha. Sometimes before I go to the library, I'll jot down a list of some of the books from my Goodreads TBR, and my dad always laughs at me because it ends up being so huge. I need options in case the library doesn't have some, okay? I think it's great that you are aiming to review a wider range of books on your blog. I would particularly love to see you review YA and MG historical fiction, Christian fiction and classics, but I'm pretty much open to anything.

    1. I do the same thing! I make a list, but I always check the library's site to see if they have the books beforehand. I like to be prepared.

      Thanks for your feedback! Now that I think about it, I'd really like to read some YA and MG Historical Fiction...

  2. I don't think we tend to read in the same genres, but I still like hearing thoughts. I know what it's like to drown in your TBR, too, so I hope you dig yourself out of it, soon! :D

    1. I'll probably only entrench myself further, but thanks! :D

  3. Haha, I love keeping up with the book news too ;). I'd love to see reviews on classics and Christian thrillers :).

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Keturah. I read quite a few classics, but for some reason I haven't ever posted a review. I'll have to rectify that.

  4. Goodreads makes us all want to be able to read 24/7. So many books, so little time! It's awesome you're aiming to read wider :)