Last year I saw a lot of bloggers participating in Armchair BEA and it looked like a lot of fun, so decided to join Armchair BEA this year. More information about this event you can read on the Armchair BEA site. Also as I live in the Netherlands attending the real BEA convention isn’t really an option, but everyone can attend Armchair BEA.
For todays topic I choose Beyond the Borders, here the Armchair BEA description of today’s topic:
Beyond the Borders
It’s time to step outside your comfort zone, outside your borders, or outside of your own country or culture. Tell us about the books that transported you to a different world, taught you about a different culture, and/or helped you step into the shoes of someone different from you. What impacted you the most about this book? What books would you recommend to others who are ready or not ready to step over the line? In essence, let’s start the conversation about diversity and keep it going!
I am going to take todays topic a bit broadly and talk about borders I set for myself when it comes to reading. Mostly I’ll focus on which genres I didn’t used to read and now do and which genre’s I still don’t read and I’ll be asking for recommendations from you :).
For a long time I only read fantasy books, because I thought that was the only genre I enjoyed reading. I didn’t even try other genres because I was sure I wouldn’t enjoy them. I just had these ideas and prejudices against those genres that I wouldn’t enjoy them. Once I joined Goodreads I met people who read also other genres then fantasy and then some people starting raving about some contemporary romance books and when I gave a few of them a try I completely fell in love with this genre and I think at least half of the book I read nowadays are in this genre. This experience teached me that it is good to go beyond those borders I set. I do think I’ve become a lot more open to a wider variety of genres after this experience, but when I think about it there are still some genres I instinctively shrink away from. I want to change that and give those genres a try as well.
Going beyond my borders
Even though in my review policy I mention I read every genre as long as the blurb appeal to me, there are some genres which I rarely read. So today I am going to ask you for some recommendations for books that will prove me that those genres can be great as well.
– Non-fiction. I don’t know why but I don’t like reading non-fiction or maybe that’s just what I tell myself. Because besides from my study books back in university I can’t remember reading a lot of non-fiction, so maybe I just don’t know what this genre has to offer?
– Historical Romances. While I love romance books I usually shy away from historical romances, they just don’t appeal to me. And again when I think about it, I actually can’t think of a reason why. I just get this idea of dusty history books or histoircal incorrect stories and then I shudder. And the weird thing is I actually like history.
– Sci-fi. For a long time sci-fi books where a sure no-go for me, when I saw a book listed as sci-fi I was all like nope not for me. Then I read the first two books in the Nogiku series by SJ Pajonas and I started wondering whether my opinion and ideas of sci-fi where al wrong. I am not interested in space opera books, but as long as the characters and story are interesting I am willing to give sci-fi books a try. Only problem? I have no idea where to start. Edit: I recently watched the Star Wars movies and loved them and guess what they turn out to be categorized as space opera, so who knows I might have been wrong about that as well.
– Mystery and suspense books. The few mystery and suspense books I’ve read, I really enjoyed, but for some reason I hardly ever read them. So please recommend some great mystery and suspense books to me, preferable with some romance on the side as well.
– LBGT. I don’t think I ever read a LBGT book so far, I do have one of them for review which I really hope to read soon, The Other Me by Suzanne van Rooyen. I actually have nothing against this genre and would love to read more books in this genre, but I just don’t seem to come across LBGT books when I surf around the internet and I hardly ever get review requests for them. And I am not actively searching for LBGT books, so they just don’t cross my path. So give me some recommendations so that I finally come across books in this genre.
– Fairytales and retellings. I haven’t read a lot of books in these genres as I somehow think i won’t enjoy them, but I might have missing out on some great books because of this.
Okay so those are genres I hardly read and I want to try reading more of those. So hit me with your recommendations!