So, funny story, apparently during my blog tour one of my guest posts went unused. Well actually it’s not funny, I’m more than a bit peeved since these things do not write themselves and the person who didn’t post it…
Well that’s a story for another time.
Still, I wrote the damn post and I am going to share it with the world. Because the post had more of a puretextuality.com feel than anything else, you’re subjected to it.
So, (I REALLY use that word too often) I give you “Try It, You’ll Like It”
Try it, you’ll like it.
(You’re welcome; those of you who’ve seen Yo Gabba Gabba and now have that song stuck in your head.)
“Oh, I don’t read those kinds of books…”
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard that statement, always issued in that smugly superior way making it abundantly clear that whatever I read had less credibility than whatever they enjoyed. The funny thing is that I’ve heard that about EVERY genre I read. Which means every genre since I read just about all of them. No seriously. When I was reading sci-fi I was actually snubbed by a kid wearing a dragon shirt reading D&D novels. No joke.
What is my point? Well obviously that you should feel sorry for me and probably bring me cookies.
Ok, so that wasn’t actually my point, but now that I’m thinking about cookies you should probably bring me some. My actual point was that even if a book is outside of your preferred genre, maybe you should give it a shot. Or actually two or three, because your first one might be a dud. Lord knows I’ve read my fair share of werewolf books (which are my personal brand of heroin) which have done nothing for me. Well, except for leaving me in a blind book burning rage which eventually faded into hysterical sobs then finally ended in a crying game esque shower.
My advice? Head on over to Amazon and peruse their bestsellers. Go to goodreads and check out their genres or listopia. Ask your friends. Heck just google “spunky female detective stories with romantic elements”
BUT WAIT! I’ve got several recommendations for you that just might be outside of your normal reading experience.
Spunky female detective stories with romantic elements:
The Tess Monaghan Series by Laura Lippman – Yeah, that’s actually how I found this series. Google. I knew what I wanted to read but didn’t know any books in the genre, so I Googled it. Search engines are your friend people! Tess is a spunky female detective who just can’t seem to get her shit together. Though maybe I’m being overly harsh because she makes a decision in book two that made me want to slap her silly until it was resolved in book 4. Other than that OVERWHELMING bout of idiocy, Tess is an enjoyable character. Or perhaps it’s because the character is flawed and human that she’s so relatable. I don’t know I’m not a writer… Wait…
The Spindle Cove series by Tessa Dare – Ok, so actually my recommendation is “A Week to Be Wicked,” which is my favorite by Ms. Dare, but that’s book two in the series. Read them all for important character development. Historical romance has quickly become one of my favorite genres because of how tawdry and taboo naughty times were. In order to get around the whole “sex outside of marriage is a major no-no” I’ve read some of the most ABSURD plot devices ever… and you know what? When Ms. Dare uses them, they just work. The Spindle Cove series features a group of ball busting women… and the men who are trying to cope with a group of ball busting women. Hilarity ensues. Especially in “A Week to be Wicked” when plaster castings of dinosaur tracks, inept highwaymen, and gambling dens come into play.
“Under the Never Sky” by Veronica Rossi – I really love this book, and think everyone should give it a chance. In the beginning both of the characters are kind of… well not likeable is the best way to put it. During the course of the book you watch the characters grow as individuals and together. Listen, I don’t really know what else to say to convince you to read this book that works any better than what I put in my review: “How about I tell you of the two falcons, each desperately searching for something for something precious that they lost, only to stumble upon something more precious that they never imagined they’d find, all under the never sky.”
“Shades of Grey” by Jasper Fforde – Yeah, I’m not really sure how “fun dystopian” works either, but it’s really the best way I can think of describing it. Unfortunate naming aside, “Shades of Grey” tells the story of a world where they can only see things in shades of grey except for one color. That color, and its relative place on the spectrum, leads to the most bizarre class system possible. It’s fun, it’s witty, and in the end its heart wrenching as you watch… Well just read it so that we can talk about it.
Urban Fantasy with a male lead:
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher – Okay, so if you’ve ever been the slightest bit curious about UF you know about this series, and with good reason. Its *expletive deleted* awesome. I mean, I know I say that a lot, but I really mean it this time. All of the characters and the setting work in harmony to provide the unique and entertaining narrator with a lush tapestry to work in front of. Seriously, you should give the series a whirl.
Give every genre a fair shake. You never know, you just might discover a whole new world of possibilities.