Why You Should Read a Variety of Genres

Most of my reviews are of historical fiction … more specifically, Christian historical romance novels. I primarily read this genre for the following reasons:

  1. I love historical settings. To me, the past is a completely different world that actually existed. There were no “good old days”? Think again!
  2. I love romance. I don’t know why, but without romance, I just don’t enjoy the story as much. Of course, there are plenty of non-romantic books I’ve enjoyed … okay, more like three. Or two. Maybe -5.
  3. I love clean fiction. I’m actually not big on Christian fiction unless it’s done well (it’s rarely done well), but a title being labelled “Christian fiction” is a good way of determining that it’s clean. Well, usually …

Those are pretty decent reasons, right? Still, I argue that reading too much of any genre is a bad idea.

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I’m not saying that reading more of one kind of book than another is a bad thing. I quite enjoy my Christian historical romances, and I want to keep reading them. However, I’m going to start reading books of a variety of genres.

Yesterday I went to the library and picked up The Selection (dystopian romance), Oregon Brides (basically what I always read), Lizzy & Jane (contemporary), the Red Fairy Book (children’s fairy tales), and Australian Shepherd (nonfiction animal care). Even so, I honestly could have done better for variety (I do have a couple books on hold that are a little different, but they haven’t arrived yet).

My advice to you would be to go to the library, pick up several random books (do a better job at it than I did, though!), and bring them home. That seems a pretty decent way to try new kinds of books to me! And it’s fun.

Anyway, on with my reasons why you should read varied genres.

  • Your mind will stop growing. Statistics have proven that people who don’t at least try more than one genre of book are stupid. Okay, I made that up, but trying different things and expanding your horizons and all that is generally considered a good idea.

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  • It’s unhealthy. Seriously. Your mind needs more than one kind of book just like your stomach needs more than one kind of food.

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  • You will miss out on some different perspectives. The same genre, even if written by different authors, is generally biased in one way or another about humankind or about a certain chapter in humankind or something like that.

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  • You will miss out on some cool books. I never thought I’d enjoy The Hunger Games, but I really did! There are a lot of amazing books out there in every genre. Don’t just read one kind!

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  • Because I said so.

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Thanks for reading,

~Kellyn Roth~

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p.s.

What’s your favorite genre? Do you read too much of it or are you pretty evenly balanced? What do you think about reading too much of any one genre?

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17 thoughts on “Why You Should Read a Variety of Genres

  1. What’s your favorite genre?: AGH I LOVE SO MANYYYYYY! I think… fantasy and contemporary (this one is newly added). I also like some aspects of sci-fi but not too much of it (actually sci-fi is a favorite) and I also like dystopian. Because I write that. XD

    Do you read too much of it or are you pretty evenly balanced?: Um, I actually don’t know what genres I usually read??? But I just had a contemporary party and OMG I LOVE CONTEMPORARIES SOOOOOOO MUUUUUUUUCH.

    What do you think about reading too much of any one genre?: Hmm, I guess it’s okay. I mean you should read as many genres as you can to broaden your prospects (I got the saying wrong didn’t I) but you read how you read, I guess.

    AND YAY THE SELECTION!!! I mean it’s not thaaaaaaaaaat great (kicked off the favorites list whoops) but it’s still good. Although I HATE The Heir and the Crown. JUST UGH.

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    1. To me, you seem super balanced. Whenever I read your MMMs, I’m like, “Maaaan, she read more than one kind of book!” *glares at my historical fiction stack*
      Now I want to read some contemporary fiction … I’ve read so little. Even less that was actually aimed at my age-range … XD (what? I had to get into the middle schools at SOME POINT, SOMEHOW as a closet homeschooler and Andrew Clements was just THERE in my brother’s room … 😉
      I’m gonna start it soon … and my friends are pretty evenly divided in having not read it (because they hate the idea, I guess? Oh-kay …) and loving it … so I’m like, “I guess I’ll love/hate it.” XD

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      1. Aww, I guess. XD Historical fiction is good, though!
        XD Contemporaries are awesome! Hopefully you’ll be able to read more for your age-range. 😛
        I mean, it really is a love or hate series. People thought America was annoying (not meeeee) so they didn’t like the series, but I hope you enjoy it!

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        1. Yeah … I read overmuch of it though … so it gets redundant. I mean, I still love it, but the plots have molded together in my head. XD I need to start reading new genres …
          Honestly, I really think that would be another genre I would enjoy just as much as historical fiction. If I read it though, it’s usually because an Indie author asked me to, so I’m like, “Eh … mmkay …” But yes, I should totally read it for enjoyment purposes only … ’cause that’s always the best kind of reading.
          Okay, so, this is stupid, but I’m a little turned off by her name – America Singer. I’m like, “Uh … that is … so crazy that I feel like she’s the child of a movie star and a supermodel. Or some other famous person who can get away with naming their kid crazy things. But yes, that’s a silly, stupid prejudice! 😛

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  2. But what if the only genre I enjoy is fiction…? What if I’m stupid? It’s totally worth it!!! 😆 #foreveryoung #fiction4life #callmestupidxD
    Though I guess I should expand my reading choices…. I should go down my tbr list and pick something new and different out. Maybe. But I’ve already been to the library recently, though.. So I doubt I’ll be going for awhile. 😭

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    1. I don’t really consider fiction to be so much a genre as the only kind of book out there. It’s definitely the only kind of genre-able book out there. I was talking more about, say, reading only historical fiction (like me) or fantasy (like other people) or whatever.

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