Lola’s Rambings is a feature on Lola’s Review where I talk about me. Usually these posts are everything that doesn’t fall under any standard header, like blog tours, book blitzes, cover reveals or reviews. Lola’s Ramblings posts are are personal discussions of a certain topic. Sometimes about book related topics and sometimes about non-book related topics. If an Lola’s Ramblings post is about a non-book topic it gets the non-book content posts tag. This feature was previously known as About Me. The banner for this feature is designed by Michelle from Limabean Design.
So the first 3 topics for my Lola’s Ramblings post during Novemver Sci-Fi month were easily found. Last week I talked about my top ten sci-fi books and the first week of November I talked about my relationship with sci-fi. And for next week I am talking about my likes and dislikes about dystopia books. But for this week I just couldn’t come up with a good topic, as I am relatively new to the sci-fi genre the topics didn’t come easily and I felt like I exhausted all my inspiration for sci-fi themed topics already. So I went to twitter and vented my frustrations about coming up with a topic. Then the person behind the sci-fi month twitter account replied to my tweet and came up with some awesome ideas. one of those was (least) favourite genres and it seemed like a nice idea to combine both my favourite genres and my not-so-favourite genres in one post.
My Favourite genres
- Contemporary Romance. While as a kid I loved this genre, I took a long break were I only read fantasy books. Once I picked up a contemporary romance book again (Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry), I was sold again to this genre. Eve since then I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary romances. I love romance no matter in which setting, but contemporary romances usualy go a bit further and give more focus on daily life, characters and relationships. All things I love and thus it’s no wonder I love this genre.
- Fantasy. As long as I can remember I’ve been a big fan of fantasy, whether it’s urban fantasy, paranormal romance or anything else fantasy or pararnomal related. The only sub genre I am not a big fan of is high fantasy, I usually like a bit more focus on the characters than these book usually have. I just love escaping in a fantasy world and good world building can really make a fantasy book for me.
- Sci-fi. While I am still relatively new to the sci-fi genre, I’ve been reading it’s subgenres before I even realized they were subgenres. Once I picked up The Hunger Games I was hooked on the dystopia genre and I’ve even read some steampunk books and sci-fi books that I enjoyed before I admitted I liked sci-fi books. Just like with fantasy I love the escape this genre offers and how it can transport me to an entirely different world. Also I lvoe the science part in science fiction and the realization that one dya this could be reality.
- Dystopia or post-apocalyptic books. I’ll talk more about likes and dislikes concerning dystopia next week, but I just had to add it here as well. One of the things I love about dystopia books is how it can be the real world and still feel like a diferent world thanks to all the changes. Which also opens up the necessity for world building. Have I ever told you how much I love world building? I really should write a post about that once.
- Werewolves or Shapeshifters. When it comes to fantasy sub genres, werewolf books a shifter books are one of the subgenres I have a soft spot for. There is just something so cool about being able to change into an animal and experiencing the world in a totally different way and all the animal instincts and powers that come with it.
While for books that fall into one of these genres it’s just more likely I enjoy them. There are still books within these genres that I don’t enjoy. It’s more like my general preferences lie in these genres.
My not so favourite genres
Some genres just don’t appeal to me, for one reason or another. Most of these are sub-genres of either fantasy or sci-fi that I steer away from. I usually avoid the following genres:
- Time Travel. Time travel is one of the few sci-fi sub genres were I stay far far away from. While I might give a book a try because it sounds interesting I just can’t get to terms with the concept of time travel and that concept will be something I wrestly with the whole book. Simple stated I don’t believe in time travel and no explanation makes sense enough. The best time travel books for me, just skip over the issue entirely so it’s easier for me to ignore that nagging thought in the back of the mind that screams THIS DOESN’T MAKE SENSE! Basically the more explantion there is, the more holes I can poke in it. So the best time travel books are those that give no explanation at all, which goes against my love for world building and having things get explained.
- Fairytale Retellings. When I was a child I enjoyed listening to fairytales, okay I basically enjoyed everything that had a story. But Fairytale Retellings just never have been my genre. I love originality and taking a fairytale and retelling it, just doesn’t mesh with the idea of originality. Now I know that fairytale retellings are often very different than the fairytale they are based on, but the genre just leaves a bad taste into my mouth and I rather stay away from this genre then try to give this a chance. Although I plan to pick up Cinder once as everyone seem to love that, who knows maybe it will change my opinion or maybe not.
- Angels and Demons. While I love fantasy, angels and demons are one supernatural creature were I tend to stay away from. I am not a religious person and I generally don’t like the concept of them. Also the idea that angels are good and demons are evil, just rubs me wrong as I believe in shades of grey. Ofcourse there are always exceptions, for example I loved the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand, which is an angel series. And Richelle Mead her Georgina Kincaid series, which deals with demons.
- Zombies. Blegh, zombies are gross and scary creatures and I am just grossed out thinking about them. I just don’t see the appeal of reading about them. And books were the main character is actually a zombie, it just sounds weird and gross thinking about that. I mean mindless things that used to be people and are out for your brains? Uhm no thanks. It’s more an aversive feeling I have for this genre as I don’t remember actually reading a zombie book.
- Alternative dimensions or past lives. For me the reason to avoid this books are akin to why I avoid time travel books. Books about alternate dimensions or past lives and other topics that deal with time and weird things like dimensions just weird me out and my logical mind tries to make sense of it and draws a blank. No matter which explanation is given in the book, I am not buying it and I can’t convince my mind to ignore it and just enjoy the book.
So while I generally avoid these genres I still can be convinced to pick up a book when they appeal to me. Okay so if you know a book in one of these genres that you think I should give a try, please list your recommendations in the commments!
So my question to you is: