February 18, 2013

Monday Pep Rally: Exceptions


Monday Pep Rally is a weekly feature where the Misfits post a question for you, the reader, to answer. You can answer on your own blog and link in the comments, or just answer here!


Ever hear yourself say "I mostly read this (genre, market, tense, etc), but I loved this other (genre, market, tense, etc)? I do this ALL THE TIME. Basically, I like to eat my words. For example, I always talk about how I don't like first person. It's too much in the narrator's head and I like scope. I've put down books because they're first person and get too navel-gazing-y (totally a word). Yet one of my favorite books of all times (Leigh Ann's ONE) is first person and it's the PERFECT voice for that story. Or I don't like adult romance. Particularly inspiration romance. I mean, really? But I've read one particular historical, inspirational, adult romance (it's called CIRCLE OF HONOR) probably a dozen times. Any time I attempt to restrict my reading habits, I come up with more exceptions to my own rules. Even my current MS is an exception. I write fantasy and yet here I am with a contemp romance I adore. I think it just proves that each story is more than whatever categories you can stick it in. The most wonderful part of reading is traveling to different places, meeting different people. experiencing new things in your head. Exceptions are exactly why I love books - they're all those things and more because they're not what I normally read.

How about you? What are your favorite books outside your normal reading habits? Share so we can all go break our own rules!

13 comments:

JEShannonauthor said...

I normally stray away from romance novels (just not my thing), but I do love the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlene Harris. :)

Dahlia Adler said...

I rarely read outside my preferred genres (contemporary fiction, historical fiction, thrillers/suspense) except for CP manuscripts (and Marieke's epic fantasty PALADIN is definitely one of my faves of all time!) but I'm trying to open up a little more this year. Just bought DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE and THE RAVEN BOYS recently and I'm excited to see how I feel about them!

Jenny Kaczorowski said...

I've heard those are good!

Jenny Kaczorowski said...

I was think of you when I wrote this! I'm excited to see what you think about those two!

Morgan York said...

"Any time I attempt to restrict my reading habits..."

I'm honestly curious--why would you? Genre is actually something I didn't think about much until I started learning about the lit industry. For me, I just read whatever I thought sounded interesting. I will say that a common pattern in my reading, though, is classics. I love books that have gotten the chance to endure over time!

Jenny Kaczorowski said...

For me, it's easier to have limitations. Too many options stress me out! I found what I liked & tried to find more like that. When I worked at a library, I read too many interesting looking books that I hated. Sticking to what I know I like gives me a better shot at enjoying what I read!

Leigh Ann said...

I almost NEVER read fantasy - the worldbuilding breaks my head - but I ADORE Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I'm getting ready to dive into Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and totally psyched, because I hear such awesome things.

Jenny Kaczorowski said...

Graceling was awesome! I haven't read much epic fantasy since high school. It's hard to read in spurts & the none-standard names can be hard to remember. That's why I like fantasy based in the real world ;)

Johana Vera said...

I'm not a fan of Middle Grade, yet the Percy Jackson first series is one of my favorites of all times.

And while I'm a sucker for many things vampires (pun not intended) I couldn't read beyond the third book of Morganville Vampires. I just couldn't.

jacquelinetrotter.com said...

I've given up on trying to say I don't read something. I always eat my words on it, too. The thing I say the most is I hate comedy -- I know, weird, but unless is a black comedy a la the UK film In Burges, I couldn't care less. It's rare for me to laugh out loud during a movie or while reading a book. Then I went to a SCWBI conference, met Mike Jung, and got his book GIRLS, GEEKS, & SECRET IDENTIFIES. It's a super hero, comedy, MG -- and I don't read MG often, either. And guess what...? I loved it. I think it's all about the writer. If they're skilled enough, they can make someone who wouldn't otherwise pick up or like their book love it.

Keely Dunn said...

Two big exceptions rocked my genres recently. I'm not big on horror or gore, but I got past the creepy brain-eating aspect of Marion's Warm Bodies pretty damn quickly thanks to the unexpected depth of theme and lots of humour. There was gore galore in Chuck Wendig's Blackbirds, but Wendig artfully blunted the brutality of death so the reader felt just as cynical, twisted and bad-ass as the MC Miriam Black. Loved both of them!

Jenny Kaczorowski said...

Oh! Books you should like but don't! That's a good twist on this topic! I almost always enjoy MG but don't read much. I should read more!

Jenny Kaczorowski said...

Aren't there always exceptions? I think it's all how it's executed.

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