Okay, so it's been a great summer of reading by the pool for me. Today is actually my first day back to work! The hours I used to spend reading, I will now spend teaching. I know, it's sort of sad. Okay, supa-sad.
But I've been talking to a few of my author friends recently about books. What books we've liked, why we liked them. What books we didn't like, why we didn't like them. That discussion always delves into our own writing--focusing on why we write the types of books we do.
After thinking about these discussions, I've come to the conclusion that what I read and what I write is personal. Just like I abhor mushrooms, there are certain genres that just don't do anything for me. I have a hard time getting into them, and it's not because they're poorly written, or have uncompelling characters, or anything the author could've done better.
That particular genre is just not my thing. Fae is one. I know there are tons of books out there featuring faeries that are awesome. Some of our own Dauntless authors have written amazing fae stories! I just can't get into them.
Steampunk is another. I want to like it. Heck, I want to write it!
I tried reading it. I tried writing it. Just not for me.
I can't pinpoint what it is about these things that doesn't mesh with me, I just know they don't. Do you have specific genres you've tried reading and just can't get into? What do you like to read?