Okay kidding, that is obviously not what this week’s Thursday Thoughts is about.
Great topic, as usual! I suppose I have a few genres that I am really into, that I consider my go-to genres. These are on the whole also the genres I allow myself to buy physical books of. They are Japanese literature, sci-fi and in particular dystopia, and LGBT themed books. I love to hunt for interesting books in these genres and I love to discover books I haven’t heard of before! (Recommendations always welcome!)
I also definitely have a genre that my friends know as ‘my genre’: Japanese literature. Whenever we go book shopping, they will alert me when they see something written by a Japanese author. It has become a thing. (Actually, when we go shopping with my book club, everyone has a go-to genre and we’re all keeping an eye out for each other. We have a pretty good idea of what everyone likes!) Without the watchful eyes of my friends, my J-lit shelf wouldn’t be what it is now 😉
My taste in books has definitely changed over time. I used to be big on historical fiction. I still enjoy it but I don’t really search for books in this genre any more. I’ve always loved fantasy on the whole but I have become very picky and no longer read just any fantasy novel. For example, I used to love fantasy with witches and witchcraft and I realllyyyy don’t care about that these days… And I’ve become more picky when it comes to classics. Overall I really have a better idea of what I like these days!
Finally, I admit there are genres that I outright avoid. Romance novels (not novels in other genres that happen to have romance, but downright romance novels), erotica… I don’t really care about ‘chicklit’. I read a lot of YA, but only because of other genres the books fall into (i.e. YA/LGBT, YA/dystopia). I avoid most other YA…
I am picky, the end.