'Exploring New Genres' Blog Hop

Raise your hand if you've ever wanted to try something new before, but felt hesitant to dive into the uncharted waters all by yourself. Don't be shy, I'm raising mine - both literally and metaphorically!

Last month, the lovely Charlotte from Wonderfully Bookish was considering writing a blog post, chronicling her adventures into reading a book genre she'd never tried before - Graphic Novels. But rather than wade in alone, she put the call out for fellow book lovers to come join her via ye olde Twitter (think Ace Ventura hollering for his jungle friends) and out we came, springing forth from all corners of her figurative apartment.

And so the 'Exploring New Genres' Blog Hop was born!

Each of us have picked a genre that we have never read before and, certainly in my case, have been a bit hesitate to pick up for one reason or another. Then, based on our choice, we will each chose a book (or books) in that genre to read and review, and our experiences in doing so. As a man called Walt Disney once said:

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."

And hey, if nothing else, this Blog Hop may inspire you to try reading something new too!

Therefore I have decided to jump right into the deep end with Psychological Thrillers as my genre of choice, because:

  1. I'm usually a Fantasy/YA fiction kind of gal - give me Hobbits and Dragons, John Green and Sarah Dessen any day - and this felt like the complete opposite of anything I've ever read before. 
  2. After the likes of Gone Girl and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo blew up the box office, all I've heard from friends, family and strangers on the internet is just how good the original books are. Unfortunately I'm one of those people where if you keep telling me "just how good" something is, the LESS likely I am to read/watch it as the expectations have been set FAR too high... hence why I've avoided these types of books like the absolute plague. That, and anything that wins big at the Oscars. Too much build-up!

So if I'm going to do this, I'm going to really commit. Three books! A mix of old and new, well known and not quite so, to hopefully give me a great introduction into a fascinating genre:
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (1938)
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (2015)
  • Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson (2011)
Also I think it's pretty cool that I unexpectedly picked three books written by British authors... the patriotism is strong in this one!

Once each book is complete, I will be uploading a second Blog Hop post reviewing and discussing my experience with Psychological Thrillers. But if you can't wait until then, then fear not fellow book lovers! For as mentioned earlier, we are not journeying alone; feel free to check out my cohorts in this mission of mind expansion, and let us know if you have any thoughts/feeling/book recommendations for any of the genres we've chosen!

Charlotte - Wonderfully Bookish (Graphic Novels)
Fleur - Fleur’s Makeup Box (Magical Realism)
Amy - Amy Talks Books (Magical Realism/Urban Fantasy)
Jade - Reading With Jade (YA High Fantasy)
Kelly - This Northern Gal (Romance)

Good luck, and happy reading campers!


  1. I have read all of the titles mentioned, with Rebecca being one of my all time favourite books; this time of year being perfect to pick it up. Have thought about any YA thrillers, given that you already read within that range?

    Happy reading - I hope you enjoy these books - and I love the quote you've included.

    1. Thank you Jade! How are you doing with the books you've picked?

      Ooo I hadn't thought about Rebecca being suitable for the spooky season, how very apt! Been hearing it's a lot of peoples favourites so I've got my fingers crossed really tightly that I enjoy it too.

      Which YA thrillers would you recommend? Always up for some new books to read, especially if they branch my love of YA with this new delve into thrillers :)

  2. I am so excited to be taking part in this with you guys! I'm opting for urban fantasy, and since you are a fantasy reader you may have some more recommendations for me?

    I loved The Girl on the Train! The movie is pretty good too. It is a captivating and unexpected little thriller, I'm sure you will enjoy it and whizz through it!

    Can't wait to see your follow up post.

    Amy (AmyTalksBooks)

    1. Same here! How are you finding your two books? I really liked the look of Toil and Trouble, so it's definitely on my TBR list (as soon as I've got through mine haha) so I can't wait to read about how you found them both!

      Ooooh recommendations... I'm a big fan of anything by Neil Gaiman so you should definitely start with Neverwhere, then the Vampire Academy/Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. There's 12 books just in those two series so it'll keep you going for a while!!!

      Glad to hear you enjoyed both the book and the movie adaptation of Girl on the Train - is there much difference between the two? Or did they stick pretty closely to the book?