My Favorite Genres

Last week I talked about the genres I don’t like to read, so this week I want to tell you the genres I do! There’s a few genres I don’t read because they don’t resonate with me and I don’t get a lot out of reading them. Because time is precious and I want to be spending my time on books that I get a lot out of, these are the genres I usually turn to:

Young Adult
Pretty much everything I read is YA. I don’t know if it’s because these books meant so much to me growing up or because I love a good coming-of-age story or because I make up stories for a living and don’t quite feel like an adult, but YA books have always been my favorites. When I go into a bookstore or library, you can find me heading straight to the teen section.

Science Fiction and Dystopian
I’ve always been fascinated with the future and with space, and so that’s why I’ve always loved science fiction books. I love the dystopian subgenre in particular because even though these stories depict negative futures, they’re usually full of so much hope.

I don’t read fantasy books as much because they’re usually so long and I have trouble sitting still long enough to read them, but I love fantasy books because of the amazing world building. Because I write a lot of stories set in the future, world building is a big part of my writing process. Fantasy books are a great addition to science fiction to read and be inspired about world building

Christian Nonfiction
My faith is the most important part of my life, and so I love reading Christian living books and devotionals. These books help me to focus on God and grow in my faith, which I always want to be doing.

I only recently got into the romance genre, but because I read a lot of heavy and dystopian books, romance novels are light and fun to take a break with.These are some of my favorite books in these genres.

These are some of my favorite books in these genres.

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Some of my favorite books from my favorite genres

You can definitely see the influence of my favorite genres to read on what I write. I primarily write young adult contemporary and science fiction because those stories have always resonated with me the most. What are your favorite genres to read and write?

What I’m Reading: This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

In a word, This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith is adorable. I normally don’t read romance books like this, but the title hooked me, and I am so glad I picked this up at the library.

The book starts with an email sent to the wrong address. Without even knowing each other’s names and living on opposite coasts, Ellie and Graham start a relationship through email where they talk about everything from Graham’s pet pig to what happiness looks like. When Graham’s movie is set to film in Ellie’s small Maine hometown, he finds her and tries to take their relationship offline. But Ellie has secrets from her past that she doesn’t want coming into Graham’s movie star spotlight. Despite coming from different worlds, they start to fall in love and try to figure out a way to make a real relationship work.

This book perfectly captures summer and what happy feels like, as the title suggests. It is an uplifting read about star-crossed lovers, and will leave you wanting a summer romance in coastal Maine.

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This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith