Get Your Genre Fix
If You Like This, Try . . .
If you’re an avid reader, you’ll eventually find yourself tiring of the same genre. I mean, how many Regency-era historical romances can you read before they all become one book? (It took me a couple hundred, but who’s counting?) That’s why it’s great to expand your reading horizons and try something new.
Even if you’re not a huge reader, diving into unfamiliar genres can be fun and exciting. Your brain tends to ignore what you regularly see (i.e., read), so stimulate it and your creativity by jumping out of your routine. This can be especially useful if you’re struggling from writer’s block.
1. If You Like Historical Fantasy, Try Steampunk
Steampunk is an edgier sort of historical fantasy. Where the focus of fantasy is most often on magic systems and mythical creatures, steampunk has machinery and inventions. And it’s not just industrial-revolution-type machinery, either. We’re talking dirigibles and automatons. (Oh my.)
Begin your adventure with Lady of Devices. The ebook is even free on Amazon.
2. If You Like Mystery or Suspense, Try Urban Fantasy
Urban fantasy books (and series) often involve solving a mystery. With urban fantasy, you’ll find elements such as magic systems and mythical creatures. The “urban” means that you’ll find these supernatural elements in everyday locations; it’s fantasy in the world we know, rather than a world unlike our own.
Start with Forgive Me, Father, I Am Sin, for your epic quest into the realm of urban fantasy (and vampires).
3. If You Like Young Adult Romance, Try New Adult Romance
Although you can argue that young adult (YA) and new adult (NA) aren’t genres (another article for another time?), they both have elements that separate them into distinct categories. Whereas YA books feature protagonists between the ages of 12 and 18, new adult books generally feature protagonists between 18 and 25.
Contemporary romances, especially in YA and NA, have a lot of crossover, so if you like one, you’ll probably like the other. Start with Trade Me for your foray into new adult romance.
4. If You Like Mysteries and Thrillers, Try True Crime
What’s stranger than fiction? Real life. The best true crime has everything mysteries and thrillers do. You watched Making a Murderer, right? You can find outrageous stories like that in true crime books, too.
Start with Chicago Street Cop, and follow what it’s like on the streets of the high-crime South Side district for Chicago police.
What’s your genre recommendation? Share your “if you like this, try that” in the comments below.
Amanda Shofner satisfies her desire for adventure with the written word and helps others do the same. Currently writing romantic suspense.