This week’s features are: Jennifer @ Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance and The Paperback Princess
This week’s question is: Jumping Genres: Ever pick up a book from a genre you usually don’t like and LOVE it? Tell us about it and why you picked it up in the first place.
(Don’t look now but it’s another Harry Potter answer.) I never used to read anything in the fantasy/magic/paranormal/science-fiction genres until I finally picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone almost seven years ago. Now those genres have practically taken over my TBR pile. Before Harry Potter I just thought it was all ridiculous: the vampire, werewolves, magic, time-travel. None of it was real and I didn’t think anyone could write it in a way that would make me want to believe it could be. It was unfair of me to think, I know. Especially because I’d never really even read anything in those genres.
I finally picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone because my sister-in-law had read them and insisted they were awesome. But she was thirteen at the time, so I brushed her off a bit. But then I had an infant, nowhere to go, and lots of time on my hands. So I gave in, to both my sister-in-law and the rest of the world that had already read them and promised they were the best books out there. And you know what? They were right. I was blown away by the books and J.K. Rowling. I never thought I would be such a huge fan of books about a bunch of magical kids. Harry Potter proved me wrong. And I couldn’t be happier.
So what out-of-the-ordinary book were you surprised by and what genre was it? And don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments!