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I started this blog thinking that I’d mostly review young adult and fantasy books since that’s what I was into. So that’s what ended up as a tagline on my blogging business card, “young adult and fantasy reviews.” But now that I think about it, I believe that’s not applicable anymore. I read all sorts of genre fiction now – still yes to YA, fantasy and fairy tale retellings, a little bit of sci-fi, a couple of historical fiction books, some magic realism, a lot of chick lit and contemporary romance and so on. It took a while for me to discover that I loved YA and fantasy because I just read whatever book was handy or I based my choices on recommendations from random friends. It’s funny because I even told a friend that it’s kind of like dating, you “go out” with some books to see if it will work out and eventually you build relationships with those which seem promising. Some of them remain favorites for the rest of your life. Whenever people say that they don’t like reading, I always reply that maybe it’s because they just haven’t found the genre that they like.
Anyway, once I found out my preferences, I thought I’d stick with that. But since I discovered book blogs and found bloggers to trust, those who seem to like the same kind of books that I do, I’ve read books that I normally wouldn’t have encountered if not for reviews in the blogosphere. Whenever a trusted blogger writes a persuasive review or raves about a book that looks really interesting, I feel the urge to read it as soon as I can. I’ve found some hidden gems because of these recommendations and the process has made my reading choices more varied. This doesn’t mean that I’ve loved all of the books that I’ve read because of recommendations, we can’t all like the same books after all. However, I still think it’s a good thing that I’m more willing to try out other genres now than before. I guess it helps that I’m more aware of what’s out there. Some friends have even asked me, “where do you even find out about the books that you read?” Why, the magical world of book blogging, of course. I can definitely say that my reading experience has become richer since I started this blog.
I’m wondering if it’s the same for the rest of you and you don’t have to be a book blogger to answer these questions, I’m curious even if you’re usually just a lurker. Have you guys read books that don’t fall under your comfort genres because they were recommended by someone you trust? How has the blogosphere affected your reading choices in general? I also have questions to those who follow my blog – are you a follower because you feel like we have similar tastes in books? What are the genres that you watch out for in my reviews?