Outgrowing Genres | Book Discussion

Hello, book lovers! πŸ’•

I know we’re already halfway into January, but I thought I’d talk about my Reading Goals for 2021 today. Maybe by writing it all down will somehow hold me accountable for sticking to them. If nothing else, I hope to have a year full of reading and good books (one can only hope all the books I read are good). Even if I don’t manage to reach all my goals by the end of the year.

But anyway, I don’t have too many goals for this year, mainly because I suck at sticking to them and I don’t want to make reading into something that feels like work or something that’s stressful.

So without any further ado, let’s get onto my 2021 reading goals!

To think that I’ve been doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge for ten years. That’s kind of hard to wrap my head around. But I started doing that challenge back in 2011 (though I think I started late that year, which is why I only read 5 books).

So it goes without saying that one of my goals for 2021 is the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I set my goal for this year at 65, since I was able to read more than that last year. But this is where I don’t want to put too much stress on myself to reach that goal. I know that some people don’t count comics or manga in that number, but I don’t think I would be able to reach that many books read if I didn’t. As long as Goodreads counts it as a book read, I’m counting it as a book read.

That’s my main goal for 2021, but I also have a couple other smaller goals that I want to achieve this year. Those include not how many books I read, but the types of books I read.

I’m always looking to read more diverse books, whether that’s a diverse author or main character. Or even setting where the book takes place. I don’t want to feel like I’m reading about the same character regurgitated into different books.

I want to be pushed out of my comfort zone when it comes to the books that I’m reading. So that includes reading different genres than I’m used to. I tend to gravitate towards YA fiction and fantasy, and last year I began to branch out into Adult fiction, even some mystery/thriller books. I want to continue that journey. I want to read more books in genres that I have never or rarely read. The main ones being Adult fiction, Mystery/thriller, and Middle Grade.

Then there’s the goal of lowering my TBR and not buying as many books. I put this as a goal of mine every year, but I never seem to stick to it. While my TBR isn’t nearly as long as some people’s, it’s still longer than I would like. But I keep adding books to it because books keep coming out or I keep discovering new books that I want to read. It’s a never ending cycle, so I don’t think that goal is ever truly obtainable.

As for not buying as many books, well that’s something I’ve always struggled with. And I am trying not to buy as many, mainly because I’m running out of physical space in my room to store so many books. But I still buy ebooks, so I can’t really win. I know I could be using the library (and I do sometimes), but with the pandemic, I’m not comfortable borrowing physical books. I do borrow audiobooks and ebooks sometimes though.

So there you have it. Those are my 2021 Reading Goals. I’m already on track for my Goodreads goal as well as reading diverse books as of right now. Hopefully I can keep it up as the months go on.

What are some goals you have for this year? Are you good at sticking to your reading goals? I’d love to chat in the comments below!

I didn’t know it was possible to outgrow a genre until recently. I always thought that anyone could read any genre. I mean that’s still true, but I thought I wouldn’t have to one day transition to solely reading adult fiction. Not that that’s what I’m doing now; I’m still reading YA fiction for the most part, but lately I’ve kind of been feeling like I’ve outgrown YA romance.

I know that since I’m no longer in high school or 16 years old (it’s been quite a while since I was), it’d be natural for me to be outgrowing certain genres; while it’s bittersweet, it’s also opening me up to some new genres. I’m able to read a more wide variety of books that I didn’t think I’d fully appreciate or relate with until now.

But honestly, I’m kind of sad that I’m not enjoying YA romances that much anymore. I mean, that’s been my go-to genre for years. Whenever I felt myself going into a reading slump, I’d pick up a YA romance/contemporary, and I’d pretty much be out of the slump by the end of reading the book. But I have. I’ve outgrown a majority of YA romances, or at least I’ve gotten tired of certain authors and certain tropes that I read about mainly in that genre.

I feel like I’m rambling, and maybe I am. But my brain is a jumbled mess right now with how I’m supposed to feel about outgrowing a genre I have loved for so long. Maybe I haven’t fully outgrown it. I kind of feel like there are certain authors in the genre that I will never grow tired of reading books by, but at the same time, I might be less tempted to pick up books by new authors in that genre.

I think it stems from the fact that I recently read a couple of books by Kasie West that I wasn’t a big fan of. And in the past, I had no issues with her books. But that was because I was younger and could relate more to the characters. It made me think about the fact that I haven’t really been reaching for many YA romance/contemporary books lately. And the ones that I do reach for are ones that I’ve already read and know I love. I also feel like the ones that I’ve been reading and loving have more diverse characters. The stories don’t feel stale or overdone. And that’s a major component to whether or not I enjoy a story.

I hope that I’ve made some semblance of sense in this post. At the very least, I think I’m starting to understand my feelings when it comes to outgrowing a genre.

So there you have it. Have any of you guys felt this way where you outgrew a genre? If so, how’d you deal with it? I’d love to discuss this in the comments below!

Published by The Reading Addict

I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary.

4 thoughts on “Outgrowing Genres | Book Discussion

  1. I’ve been thinking about this for days now! I used to be a huge thriller reader, anything suspenseful was my go to. But recently I’ve drifted towards romance, anything fluffy and lighthearted are what I’m attracted to, if its YA I enjoy it better if its summer time since they’re not in school. I haven’t read too many adult romances but the ones I have I’ve enjoyed. I think it just has to do with growing up and experiencing different things.

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  2. This was such an interesting read! I stopped reading YA around the time that The Hunger Games trilogy was completed (so I’m not sure if I was ever really ‘into’ YA or if I just liked THG haha), but I definitely feel like growing out of a genre is a completely natural thing to do. I guess it’s like growing out of any hobby or phase πŸ™‚

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