Not My Usual Genre


It should come as no surprise that I read mysteries. A LOT of mysteries. (In fact, I am giving away a mystery below…my debut YA novel, SWIMMING ALONE.)

But today, for this Blog Hop, I’d love to discuss a few books that aren’t mysteries.

Because I read EVERYTHING.

Well, almost everything.

I’m always surprised when I meet someone and they tell me they ONLY read YA or they ONLY read nonfiction.

I read to expand my mind, to travel to new places, to experience life from different perspectives. I never want to limit myself.

Here’s a list of books in genres OTHER than mystery that I might not have picked up if someone hadn’t recommended them to me, or if I hadn’t known the writer personally. Today, I am recommending them to you.


SHADOW DIVERS: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII by Robert Kurson. When a friend recommended this book, I wasn’t reading a whole lot of nonfiction. I also wasn’t particularly interested in SCUBA divers, or in WWII. But I thought I would give it a try, and I am so glad I did. I was sucked into this gripping story immediately. And yes, you probably see that the word “Mysteries” appears in the title… true. But it’s not THAT kind of mystery!


SMALL CONSOLATIONS by Gary Glauber. As much as I love poetry, rarely do I sit down ato read a complete collection of poetry. This collection, however, is simply beautiful. Gary is a friend, and I had read many of his poems over the years, and loved them. They speak of life, relationships and what it means to be a human being. You should check out his collection!


13 WORDS by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Maira Kalman. I would have never discovered this book if I did not have a small child. Of course, I knew of Lemony Snicket, which is why I borrowed this book from the library. And it was was so incredibly entertaining! It is funny, and twisted and not your everyday children’s book!

This list probably seems a little eclectic. But so are my reading habits!

My piece of advice is this: step outside your comfort zone. Do you read a lot of YA? Pick up a classic. Is Romance your go-to genre? Pick up a mystery. You never know…you might find a whole new genre that you love.

And now…whether you are a YA Mystery fan or not, I hope you’ll enter the giveaway…and then scroll down and visit the next blog on the hop!

Giveaway is open to U.S. Residents 13 and older. No purchase necessary.

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