Exploring New Genres – Blog Hop
This year, one of my goals has been to explore some new book genres. I’m pretty guilty of reading the same kinds of books and not branching out into other realms. I like contemporary YA, so that’s all I read! I went through a phase last year where all I read was crime thrillers, and they quickly become a bit repetitive.
So, to break up the monotony of repeatedly reading the same genre, I thought I’d choose a brand new, never-read-before book genre and read a few. To make things more interesting, I’m bringing some of my good blogging friends with me for the ride!
How Will This Work?
In this post, I’ll explain a bit about the genre I’ve chosen and the book(s) I’ve decided to read. Then, this time next week, I’ll come back and review the book(s) I read and have a chat about whether I’ll be reading more of the same genre.
You can find everyone else’s links at the end of this post, so please go and read their posts too. I’m intrigued to see which genres and books they’ve all chosen!
My Genre of Choice
For this challenge, I’m going to try reading a type of book I’ve never read before (much to some people’s shock)… and that’s graphic novels.
I’ve always seen graphic novels as superhero books like Marvel and DC, or ones I’d never really want to read like The Walking Dead. It’s only recently that I’ve started seeing a lot of really cool-looking graphic novels, and I’ve been dying to give them a try. This is the perfect opportunity to do just that!
The first book I’ll be reading is In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang. It has a beautiful cover that I was instantly drawn to, and the story sounds great!
Anda loves Coarsegold Online. The massively-multiplayer role playing game is a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, and a hero. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer – a poor Chinese kid whose job is to collect valuable objects and sell them to other players for real money. This behaviour is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake. From acclaimed teen author and digerati mogul Cory Doctorow and rising star cartoonist Jen Wang, In Real Life is a sensitive, thoughtful look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture clash.
I thought I’d read two books for this challenge. If I was doing typical novels then I’d probably pick one, but graphic novels are so much faster to read! The second book I’ve chosen is Space Boy by Stephen McCranie. I just had to pick this one up because of my love for space books – it looks perfect for my taste.
To Amy, everyone has a flavour. Her mum is the flavour of mint sharp and bright. Her dad is like hot chocolate – sweet and full of gentle warmth. Amy lives on a mining colony in out in deep space, but when her dad loses his job the entire family is forced to move back to Earth. When Amy arrives on Earth, she feels like an alien in a strange land. The sky is beautiful but gravity is heavy and the people are weird. Stranger still is the boy she meets at her new school – a boy who has no flavour…
I can’t wait to read this books and review them next week! I haven’t been finding very much time to read recently, so some graphic novels should hopefully get me back into reading again.
So, see you next week for my reviews of In Real Life and Space Boy!
The Other Bloggers Taking Part…
Fleur – Fleur’s Makeup Box (Genre: magical realism)
Ellie – Foxy Travels UK (Genre: psychological thrillers)
Amy – Amy Talks Books (Genre: magical realism/urban fantasy)
Jade – Reading With Jade (Genre: YA high fantasy)
Kelly – This Northern Gal (Genre: romance)