Do you don your snowsuit and climb to the top of your TBR mountain and risk falling to your death? Do you juggle with hardcovers and risk bruising your face or stabbing yourself in the eye?? Are you a hardcore bookworm???
Just kidding. I’m actually just wondering if you ever take risks on books you’re unsure of, like books outside your usual genre, books by new authors, books with no reviews, etc. So let’s discuss!
Books by New-to-You/Debut Authors
Do you read books by authors you’ve never tried before? Maybe even authors you’ve never heard of? Authors who are new and have written a debut book? I feel like we all must try new-to-us authors at least since we wouldn’t have enough books to read otherwise, and we’d be missing out on a lot of great books if we didn’t! My answer is that yes, I definitely read books by new-to-me authors, authors I’ve never heard of, and debut authors.
Self-Published and Indie Books
Do you read self-pub and indie books? They have a stigma, so I know they do get read less. Yeah, some of them are not very good, but some of them are amazing. My answer is that yes, I LOVE self-pub and indie books because they’re unique, they step out of the common tropes and genre-norms sometimes, and the gems I’ve found have been worth the less good ones.
Books with Few to No Reviews
Do you read books if they have only a few or no reviews? Sometimes this happens with ARCs that have just come out. Sometimes it happens with books that have already been published. My answer is that yes, I sometimes read books with no reviews, but the blurb has to really sound like my kinda thing or have something that seriously interests me.
Books You’ve Heard Negative Things About
Do you read books if you’ve seen negative reviews or heard negative things about? They do say all publicity is good publicity. I know some people will read a book with controversy and negative reviews simply because of those things. But I know other people will be turned off a book if they hear anything negative at all. My answer is that yes, I usually read lots of reviews before reading a book, and I like to see both the negatives and the positives in order to decide if I might like it and to prepare myself.
Books You Know Nothing About
Do you read books without reading any blurbs or reviews at all? I know some people worry about spoilers or just like to be surprised and go in blind. My answer is actually no this time, I’m picky and like to know what I’m getting into.
Books Outside Your Usual Genre
Do you read books outside your usual genres? Maybe you’re just a genre omnivore and read everything? Or maybe you have favorite genres but will branch out based on recommendations? My answer is no again this time, I tend to stick to sci-fi/fantasy because I’ve tried different genres, and that’s what has stuck.
Books Within Your Genre but Outside Your Usual Type
Do you read books that are in your usual genres, but maybe of a different flavor? For example, if you normally like dark books, do you ever try light and fluffy ones? Or if you like paranormal, do you ever try paranormal with a historical setting? My answer is that yes, I do like trying different things within sci-fi/fantasy, and this is how I’ve found some of the best books I’ve ever read, like Wriggle + Sparkle [review], which was fluffy even though I normally like dark, Black Snow [review], which had mpreg, Nightingale Girl [review], which was about a paranormal creature I usually don’t like, Starflight [review], which was set in space, and Saga [review], which was my first graphic novel.
So What Type of Bookish Risk Taker Are You?