Once a reader, always a reader – when you have fallen in love with books, there’s a good chance they will never let go.
Of course, life has a tendency to get in the way. You raise kids, you work, you see your friends – there’s just not the time left over that you once would have spent with your nose in a book. It might even be something that you have lamented a few times in the past as you struggle to read the books you get as gifts rather than thinking to buy for yourself, wishing that you could return to your nature bookish tendencies.
Rather than letting this year be one where you just talk about making the time to read more, why not let it be the one where you… actually go ahead and read more? It’s time to strike a match and get that love of reading burning again, and trying out a new subgenre could be just what you need to spark it…
GENRE: Magical Realism
It’s magical storytelling, but not quite as you know. Magical realism as detailed by the fantastic books chosen at https://booksiren.com/magical-realism-books/, is all about the supernatural and magical – but with a grounding in reality. It’s magic in the world as we know it, rather than spun into another realm where anything is possible.
Try It: Kate Mosse’s Sepulchre and Labyrinth both mix a historical reality along with a modern, related tale.
GENRE: Domestic Noir
A subgenre of crime, domestic noise is becoming more and more popular thanks to hits such as The Girl on The Train. It’s based in the home and/or workplace of predominantly female protagonists, with a mystery element wrapped within the story.
Many – such as http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/the-lure-of-domestic-noir – have speculated as to why domestic noir is flying high in the sales rankings, but one thing remains: it’s popular because people enjoy it. That means you might too.
Try It: It’s hard to look past The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, which was adapted into a film starring Emily Blunt.
GENRE: Legend-Retelling Fantasy
Do you like your novels to be a little more fantastical, less grounded in the real world? Then the enthralling category of legend-retelling fantasy might be exactly what you need.
As the name implies, this subgenre is all about retelling existing stories. The tales are often taken from classical myths, such as the stories of Greek heroes or Norse warriors. They are given a fresh spin or even introduced into the modern world, making them familiar without making the characters radically different from their originating characters.
Try It: Although the film was widely panned, the book version of Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips is a triumph of light-hearted fun with mythical creatures at the center of a human storyline.
Of course, the above are just the beginning when it comes to delving into subgenres. In general, it’s fair to say that if there is something you want to try, there is a matching fiction just waiting for you – all you need to do is find it.