March 2018 Reading Roundup

March 2018 Reading Roundup

At the beginning of this year, I wrote a post talking about how I wanted to start doing monthly “reading roundups.” Three months into the year, this has become a reality.

March wasn’t my best reading month. As I talked about on my personal blog, I was in California for a week. I’ve also been trying to cut down on reading to make time for other things.

Without further ado, let’s dive into my March Reading Roundup!

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Are Novels Important?

Are Novels Important_

I’ve heard people say that reading fictional stories is a waste of time, and I wanted to point out why this is not true.

However, it was simply too big a subject for me! Books have taught me certain lessons … but they’ve taught other people completely different things. And I hate to narrow this broad subject down to just my opinions and experiences!

So, through Google Forms, I asked a variety of readers from social media the following questions: What does reading mean to you? How have novels helped you in your life? Why are they worth something to you?

Here are their responses.

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Reading Rants: Clueless Main Characters

Reading Rants- Clueless Main Characters

One of my biggest pet peeves in fiction is Clueless Main Characters.

You’d think this would be one of the things authors would avoid. But it’s not. Throughout fiction, we see quite a spattering of main characters who are complete idiots.

I’m currently in the middle of Northanger Abbey, a book I absolutely adore. The main character, Catherine Moreland, is completely clueless.

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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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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?