Saturday, October 4, 2014

All the Genres

Until recently, I was strictly a young adult reader (except for the occasional classic or the children's books when I was... a child). But this summer, I've really gotten into a lot of different genres. I've especially come to love graphic novels, and there are some fantastic adult books that I've found, and I just got a book of essays from the library... I'm so happy that I read a variety of books now. And I know that I have so many other things to read. The options are endless and intimidating, but also really exciting.

Here are a few of the books I've recently liked from genres I don't normally read:

No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay--Sarah Kay is one of my favorite poets. We watched her TedTalk in a Creative Writing class I took last fall, and I have never looked back. When her book of poetry came out this summer, I couldn't wait. And then I couldn't believe how good it was. I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats.

The Scott Pilgrim series by Bryan Lee O'Malley--As I said, I got really into graphic novels this summer. I volunteer at my local library and I saw Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life, so I got it. I had heard it was good, and I needed something to read. I thought it might be a fun book to read. Huge understatement. Huge. Do you know how difficult it was for me to limit myself to two Scott Pilgrim books a week? So, so difficult.

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life  by Amy Krouse Rosenthal--another great find from my Creative Writing class. Rosenthal alphabetized her life in a sometimes hilarious, sometimes sad, always amazing encyclopedia that I devoured in a weekend.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline--I can't even explain how fantastic this book was. It's adult science fiction, and... how do I explain the plot? In the future, there's this huge, multiplayer video game that's really a virtual world. The guy who created it died and left his will as a treasure hunt inside it. This is the story of a few people trying to win. Now, let me say that I'm not a video game person at all. I've played Guitar Hero at my neighbor's house a few times, and I've had a nine year old beat me at Super Mario Kart, but that's pretty much it. Don't let your experience/inexperience with video games stop you from reading this amazing book. (It also has tons of references to the 1980s. But seriously, don't let that stop you, either.) I loved every page of this book.

So, that's poetry, graphic novels, nonfiction, and adult science fiction. I love that I can say I read so many genres now! I think it is of the utmost importance to not get so boxed into one genre. There are so many wonderful books out there, and I'd hate to miss any.

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