Feature and Follow (14)

Posted July 5, 2012 by Lori in Books / 13 Comments Tags:

Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read as a way to find new blogs and gain new followers.

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!

13 Responses to “Feature and Follow (14)”

  1. Donna/BLHmistress

    I agree, I never thought or even had wanted to read Harry Potter, til one summer my niece and nephew wanted to rent the movie and I fell in love with the movie. So of course I had to read the books.

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  2. This! My dad gave me the first Harry Potter book for a birthday when I was a kid (maybe 10 or 11) and I was like “Ew! What is this!?” But then one night I got terribly sick (still a kid) and started reading it. And didn’t put it down til I finished. Now I mark that as one of the best birthday gifts I’ve ever received.

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  3. Go figure, Harry Potter. I suppose I picked that up because of all the hype in the beginning, too. But now of course, I’m drawn to all the weirdness of magic, angels, demons, vampires and werewolves. I even write about myself now. Anyway, I’m a new Linky follower on the blog. Here’s hoping you drop over my way and check out my answers and follow back. Have a great weekend.
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  4. *Gasps* No sci-fi, fantasy, and the like?! I’m glad you branched out! I love how you mentioned having an infant with nowhere to go. I’m a stay-at-home mom and I have two boys with no vehicle during the day when my hubby works. BOY do I get a LOT of reading done… and no cleaning, lol.

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