Reading Habits

reading habits

As a new blogger, I realize that it’s important to be transparent about my reading habits. I follow lots of book blogs myself, and although not everyone has the same reading taste, I like to see book reviews for books that I know I will like. I don’t judge anyone on their own book tastes, and I tend to read book blogs on everything from poetry to romance, but I thought it would be nice for everyone reading my blog to have a good understanding of my own personal reading habits.

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Favorite Genres

You can see a generic list of my favorite genres in my Review Policy, but here I’ll be going a little more in-depth with what I like the most.

  • Thrillers:

    I love books that are creepy and a bit sinister! I can’t get enough of them! Maybe because it’s practically October and Halloween is on its way, but there’s something about a good thriller that I find really cozy (is that weird?). Here are some examples of a good thriller…

    The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
    The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

    Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

  • Horror:

    Stephen King is seriously my homeboy. I love everything I read by him! Demons! Exorcisms! Serial killers! This is also my typical go-to genre. I love all things horror and gore, and books are definitely no exception. Here are some of my faves…
    It by Stephen King
    The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
    The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe

  • Historical Fiction:

    History has always been my favorite subject in school (after English, of course!) so a good book about a fictional story during a real historical event is a must-have for me. I’m not too picky when it comes to specific time periods. From European kings and queens to the American Revolution and World War II, I literally gobble up these books as often as I can! Here are some examples…
    Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
    The Whiskey Sea by Ann Howard Creel
    The Help by Kathryn Stockett

  • Contemporary Fiction:

    When I run out of the first three genres, this is my next go-to. I love that these books tend to tackle issues in modern society and really dig deep into serious themes. These kinds of books make me think a lot, which is something that is important for brain function in my opinion. These are the best that I’ve read…

    Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
    My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

  • Sci-fi/Fantasy/Supernatural

    I know I mentioned supernatural in the horror genre, but there are some instances where it can be a stand-alone novel, along with sci-fi and fantasy. I love books that have a whole new world to them, like the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter to name a few. These stories allow me to escape my real world and explore lives of other people in different realities.
    American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    The Love the Split the World by Emily Henry
    The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

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Popular Themes
  • Survival:

    I love the idea that the characters have to battle the odds in order to survive in life. I almost always root for these characters to overcome so many challenges and come out stronger. These tend to show up a lot in thrillers and horror books, but it can shine through in more contemporary fiction as well.

    The Sisters Chase by Sarah Healy

    The River at Night by Erica Ferencik
    Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

  • Heroism:

    This theme shows up a lot in historical fiction, especially in World War II novels. Heroes can be found anywhere through the smallest of acts, and whether that hero lives or dies, what he or she does to save others lives on forever. I’m left feeling saddened but empowered by these small selfless acts.
    The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
    Outlander by Diana Gabaldan
    11/22/63 by Stephen King

  • Family:

    This is a very complex theme, and there are so many ways it can be viewed in novels. From loyalty to rivalry and everything in between, there’s something about a good book about family that really makes me appreciate my own upbringing. So many authors have explored to idea of family ties and I enjoy reading about them whenever I can.

    The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
    Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson
    Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter

  • Love:

    Who doesn’t love a good love story?? Romeo and Juliet proves this, by far. Love is a theme that has been tested time and again by so many authors, and whether the ending is happy or sad, I appreciate the concept of love more when reading books with this theme.
    The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
    At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
    The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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Books I Don’t Read Often

I’m not going to go into too much detail with these books because I really don’t want to offend anyone who is a fan. These just don’t suit my tastes.

  1. Young Adult
  2. Poetry
  3. Nonfiction
  4. Dystopian

There are plenty of exceptions to these genres that I have read and loved, and I am more than willing to admit it. More often than not, I steer clear of these types of books.

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Physical Books vs. E-Readers

Now here’s to the real question. I know this is a huge debate in the book world, so here’s my answer. I definitely prefer physical books to e-readers. The smell of a book alone is enough to make me want to snuggle in and enjoy a great story. But there are so many benefits to an e-reader.

I currently have a Kindle that I use from time to time, and I find that it’s so easy to travel with. There are times when I bring multiple books with me somewhere, so the Kindle is great in that aspect. It’s also wonderful to not have more books piling around my room and in storage. They are easy to access whenever I need them in a small, compact tablet.

 

So there you have my reading habits. I love getting great recommendations despite the genre or topics! Please feel free to sound off in the comments with books from ANY genre listed, both my favorites and least favorites. I will always give a book the opportunity to win me over based on the synopsis. What are your favorite genres? Happy reading!