A-Z Challenge Day 7 (G)- Genre


I have heard Young Adult literature classified as a genre, which couldn’t be more wrong. Young Adult, like middle grade, or even adult literature signifies the audience for which the book is intended. As I have found, many books intended for YA, MG, or adults are considered to be cross over books, which means they appeal to people in many different age groups.


Genre is classified as the category or kind of story a book falls in to. For example, I am currently reading a lot of paranormal, science fiction, dystopian, and fantasy books.

As a reader and book blogger, I find myself circling a couple of genres for a while before I get tired of the tropes and stories in that particular genre and move onto another one. This is something that I have been working on. I am trying to get out of my comfort zone and expose myself to other genres.

As I noted in my Contemporary YA lit post, I am really far behind in reading books in this genre. I have made a goal to read 8 contemporary books (one each month- either YA or adult) in this genre for the rest of 2014. I would also like to read at least 2 classics that I haven’t yet read this year. This is in the hopes to expose myself to books that I may not typically pick up on my own.

One genre that I try to stay away from is Chick Lit. While I am not bashing it by any means, and some of it is very good, it just isn’t my style. I am really not into reading about shopping or reading romance novels because those really aren’t things I am interested in in my actual life.

I would love to know your thoughts:

What genres do you typically find yourself reading? Do you think that you read a good mix of different genres?

Is there a genre that you try to stay away from?


0 thoughts on “A-Z Challenge Day 7 (G)- Genre

  1. Nadia @ Nadia Reads says:

    Lately I’ve been reading a lot of YA fantasy. I think about 90% of the books I’ve read this year can fit into that genre! Crazy, huh? I do want to expand a little, or a lot, more, but I seem to always go back to this!

    • amandasnoseinabook says:

      I have been reading a lot of YA fantasy/paranormal/dystopian this year. I am trying to broaden what I am reading, but with all of the work I am doing for the A-Z Challenge and for Camp NaNo this month, it is nearly impossible for me to find time to read.

  2. Harliqueen says:

    A good post, very interesting topic. I like to think I read a wide range of genres from thrillers to fantasy. Anything that sounds good I am willing to give a go, no matter what genre it supposedly falls into 😀

  3. drowninmelancholy says:

    At the moment I more often read classics, especially for university. But I often do read fantasy novels as well. I also love the kind of novels that Paulo Coelho writes, but I am noz sure which category they belong to 😀
    One genre I would never read is hostorical novels. They are soooo boring!

    • amandasnoseinabook says:

      I read a lot of classics and historical documents when I was in college as well. Some of the classics I loved. Others I couldn’t wait to be finished with.

      I don’t mind historical fiction all that much, even though I don’t read it too often.I have read a couple of wonderful YA historical fiction novels that were very well written and surprisingly enjoyable!

      • drowninmelancholy says:

        I have also read a few novels which could be considered as YA historical fiction, but they weren’t set too back in history. I think it was set at the end of the 19th century. This is okay. But anything before can be way too boring sometimes. Of course I read books that were actually written at that time. But I don’t really like books that were written today but set in the past. I could never read a book from Ken Follet for example 😀

  4. bookmammal says:

    I read a lot in a lot of different genres. My favorites are realistic contemporary fiction, psychological thrillers, food/cooking memoirs and narratives, and narrative nonfiction. (I’m actually planning my “N” post around my favorite types of nonfiction!). I don’t really read romance, science fiction, or fantasy. Nothing against these genres or the people who read them–they’re just not my thing. You can’t like everything, right? 🙂

  5. dianatierney3 says:

    I go through phases with genres. It all really depends on my mood. I have considered YA a genre personally because there are a lot of YA books I just don’t like. Lol, my friends have to avoid saying YA if they want to get me to read a ya book.

  6. Michelle says:

    YA everything, although I am finding myself wanting to read some New Adult books or some adult genres. YA is my life though, it’s basically everything that I read, and probably will read forever.

    Please visit my book blog, http://www.thatgirlybookworm.blogspot.ca

    I’m doing the A-Z Challenge and my theme focuses on books with the title featuring the letter of the day!

    • amandasnoseinabook says:

      I love reading YA, mostly because of the sheer amount of imagination I find in these books that I also find lacking in so many books written for adults.
      Thank you for visiting my blog! I will check yours out too!

  7. organizednowplease says:

    Young adult to me is like a rating for movies. There are lots of different movies that have the same rating (PG , G, PG-13, or R). Just because they have the same rating, they are not the same genre. Young adult means it’s appropriate or interesting to that age group not a specific style of writing or topic.

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