For What It's Worth

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Tell Me Something Tuesday


Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

Question: What are your favorite book genres?

Answer:

This is always changing for me. I tend to binge on any genre I love.

It started with PNR, then UF, then contemporaries….I just read and read and read until I burn out.

Now that I’ve been blogging for 10 years though – I think I’m all genre binged out lol so I read all over the place to try and keep it fresh.

The one type of book I go back to and adore more than any other though is a sweet, low angst romance. That is my comfort read. When I’m in the zone, I can read two a day because they make me so happy.

I would have said Rom-Com, specifically, but so many of the ones out now aren’t really doing it for me. They either seem more Women’s fiction (low on romance) or high on the over-the-top wacky scenarios or even super angsty and that’s not really what I look for in a favorite/comfort read.

My favorite kind of books are lighter romance, have good people (they can be a little edgy) trying to do better, romantic romance (yes, that’s a thing – constant hot sex doesn’t = romance to me), humor is a BIG plus but I want characters who are moving towards something – not get mired in miscommunication and indecision.

There doesn't have to be a big plot conflict. Honestly, I love a lot of books that people think are boring because nothing is going on. I just love reading about good people being nice to each other lol

It HAS to have an HEA - an epilogue is even better!

Two of my recent favorites are:


Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren – so funny, sweet and adorable and romantic!!

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams – this had a bit heavier storyline but was hilarious and romantic. Plus it felt fresh and original. (I’ll be reviewing it here on Thursday)


This is not to say that I don't like heavier reads or anything like that - because I do! This is just my FAVORITE.

What's your favorite genre or type of books to read?

40 comments:

  1. I do like a good romantic romance. Josh and Hazel and The Bromance Book Club are both ones that I want to read - and hopefully will soon!! I love romance too, particularly LGBT+, WWII era historical fiction, and mysteries/thrillers.

    Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I find that most LGBQT meets those requirements and that's why I read so much of it.

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  2. I'm the same way with changing genres and reading until I burn out. I do tend to gravitate more to fantasy most of the time, but I try keeping it fresh by switching things up a little. I love a lighter romance sometimes though - it's great to dive into them after reading way too many fantasy lately and I think right now I'm on a light and fluffy romance binge before I likely wander back into fantasy. HEA is a MUST for the lighter romances (that's really all I'm in for, haha).

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    1. I try not to genre binge anymore because I have to step away for YEARS before it seems fresh to me again.

      I just love being caught up in other people's happiness for a few hours.

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  3. Mine is Paranormal Romance. I could read those everyday for the rest of my life and still not get to read all of the ones that I want to. lol
    I have a thing for vampires and shifters.

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    1. That's the genre I started blogging on. I still really love it but burned out and haven't seemed to get back on the bandwagon even though I've been meaning to.

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  4. I love to go to retellings!! <3

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    1. I haven't read a ton of retellings but I've rarely read the originals so it's tough for me to compare. Or maybe that's a good thing lol

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  5. I will always seek out a sweet, low angst romance. *High five* They are the best for me, and always leave me feeling happy and with a smile on my face. HEA is a MUST, and I am happy to see you are team epilogue as well. You are my reading soulmate. Josh & Hazel and Bromance were both stupendous. I am a fan of both books.

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  6. I don't always need a plot either, or at least not a complicated one -sometimes a comfort read is just a nice story about interesting characters. And I definitely get tired of certain genres at times and need to change it up. I like a good, well done romance though regardless of what kind of book it is- contemp or fantasy or whatever.

    I like epilogues too.

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    1. Yeah - I like a lot of genres and books styles but FAVORITE to me is a comfort read where I can finish the book happy and relaxed.

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  7. Aw this is fun! I feel like I am the total opposite of you, actually. Usually, the heavier the better for me. Though I have been known to enjoy fluffier fare every so often! Mostly depends on my mood, but I generally gravitate toward anything dystopian/post-apoc, and sci-fi!

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    1. I've read a lot more heavy books this year and most of them have been 4-5 stars so I'm glad I stepped out of my zone a bit but I can't read a lot of them. They put me in a bad headspace. I need fluffy so I can be happy lol

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  8. OOH! My favourite book genres? Now there's a hard question to answer.

    Historical novels along with thrillers with a forensic aspect are pretty much standard favourites but even then ...

    Take for instance not so long ago anything paranormal was a favourite of mine, then just lately it seems to have been novels aimed at the YA market.

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    1. I think most genres, once they get popular, tend to follow a formula and then they just get boring and repetitive.

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  9. It's always interesting to see our reading growth over the years. I know I've been all over the place lately as well, but I've pretty much stuck to general fiction and some non-fiction, mostly.

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    1. I was never a big reader until I started blogging so everything was fresh and new to me. Now it all seems so repetitive lol

      Karen @ For What It's worth

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  10. Rom-coms can be hit or miss for me because sometimes I feel like the comedy overshadows any depth to the relationship. I tend to gravitate toward slightly heavier romances. Not super angsty but more realistic and emotional.

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    1. Over the top wacky rom-coms are iffy for me but a sweet romance is pure perfection when I like it. It's been rare for me to find one lately though.

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  11. I need the bromance one!

    ALso I could never genre binge, nope, I would burn out

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    1. I can't binge anymore. The repetitiveness grates on me.

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  12. My favourite genres stay the same really. I did my experimenting years ago so I'm kind of settled into what genres I like, dislike and dabble in! I love horror, apocalypse/prepper fiction, Tudor & Plantagenet fiction, a variety of non fiction (politics, history, mountain expeditions, sharks, dinosaurs, disasters, prepping topics, Royal Family) and urban fantasy. I dabble in some SF and thriller, the odd fantasy. I pretty much avoid romance, crime, western, contemporary, kids and YA with tropes!

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    1. I'm lucky if I can read anything right now. Nothing is grabbing me - including my old stand by's :-((((

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  13. I used to read quite a lot of romance, especially new adult but just tired of the drama and sex. Authors seem to think new adults aren't capable of communicating or holding meaningful relationships it seems. In the new year, I'd like to start reading more romance again, especially with so many funny and lighthearted romcom type books out there, these two are most definitely on my list!

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    1. I'm having problems with the romcom's but you should give them all another go anyway. There's a lot of depth and diversity now!

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  14. I like low angst romance that just shows me two people falling in love. I like the process and while sex can be/is part of the process it's a part I don't really need to read about in graphic detail over and over again. (But I'm down with any heat level at the same time because I like to contradict myself, lol.)

    I think my thing with favourite genres is that it can change but it ALWAYS has to give me a relationship I can be invested in and if I don't get a HEA then I'm NOT a happy bunny.

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    1. I don't mind heat at all - and I think some sex scenes are important to the overall story/relationship but yeah - some are just sex...sex...sex... and I wonder how they actually resolve issues down the line or if the sex stops being great lol

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  15. Josh & Hazel is probably one of my all time favorites! I adored that one! And Romance is always my go-to. Even if I'm reading in another genre, I always want it to have some form of romance.

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  16. I totally relate to this, I used to be the same and I'd just binge a favourite genre and then hit a slump because I'd read too much and it started feeling samey. I've slowly learnt to switch things up and my crazy mood reading of late now makes me have to switch things up just to suit my mood. I would say I lean towards romance but that is such a big genre I feel like I should narrow it down.

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    1. I can't binge read anymore. I get so bored but I would love to binge read an author like I used to.

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  17. I can't stick to any one genre so I read from all over the place too. I guess I have genres I avoid - like horror because I'm a wuss - but then I'll occasionally dip in anyway

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    1. I have genres I don't like but try anyway because you never know! lol

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  18. I have a lot of different genres I like, but I like light hearted romances too. I like it when the romance is all light but then some of the struggle has something to do with a theme that is entirely separate to their relationship but involves it a little bit. Kind of like the American Dreamer series.

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    1. The Dreamer series is really heavy at times but also super romantic?? So it makes me really happy when they overcome.

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  19. My favorite genre is SciFi, but I'm so picky about it that I don't read much of it. Ha ha. I read more Fantasy. 😁

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  20. It depends on my MOOD, and that's always changing! ;)

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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