Conquering the “Least Favorite” Genre

Good day, dear readers! Recently, I checked out the book, Misty of Chincoteague  (I did have to look at the book to spell it right 🙂 ). I had heard about this book and I knew I wanted to read it. The problem was that I was not into the ‘Horse’ genre. While I was growing up, girls my age were obsessed with horses. Horse bedspreads, horse posters, horse daydreams.

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Not me. (Sorry horse-lovers) I could just not see what the big deal was about horses. Slowly but surely, horses morphed into one of my least favorite things to read about. But, as a reader, you must be open to trying new things. So, with this book on my shelf, staring me down, I finally picked it up.

Spoiler alert: I enjoyed it!

And you might find you enjoy a book of one of your least favorite genres too. So today, I have prepared a list of steps to take if you would like to attempt to conquer your least favorite genre as well.

Disclaimer: I am not in any way telling you that you will absolutely like the book. But you must try.

Step 1: Get a Book

This is probably one of the easiest and hardest steps. If you have a book from the genre you want to read or you’re reading it for school or book club, it’s easy. But, if you are only trying after you read this post, you might be lost about what book to get.

You can go to your library and ask the librarian for suggestions. Or, ask your friends. Or, pick award winners.

Now, check out your book, and you’ve accomplished Step 1.

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Step 2: Pick Up Your Book When You Are Ready

You absolutely do not have to read your book right away. Wait awhile. Wait till your ready. Let it stare at you, asking you why you haven’t picked it up yet.

It’s okay to wait. But, make sure you read it before it’s due at the library. I personally waited till I had read almost every other book before picking it up. Than, I brought it on a little over night with me and still didn’t read it.

But, I finally read it.

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Step 3: Read One Chapter. Than Another. Than another.

Do not, do not, do not read one page, decide you are done with it, than put it down. Read one chapter and see if you like it. Try to get rid of all notions that you completely dislike the genre.

If you like it, read on. If you dislike it, read on. Keep pushing until you absolutely can’t stand, or until the book is finished. If the book is for school, read it all anyway to get good grades. 🙂


Step 4: Consider How the Book Made You Feel

After reading all or some of the book, consider why you liked it or why you didn’t. Was it the characters? The plot? The author’s writing style?

Don’t let any of the answers be, “Because this is the worst genre ever and I’m never, ever going to like any book in it.” Be a little more flexible than that!


Step 5: Next Steps

You’ve finished your book. You’ve determined why you liked it or disliked it.

If you liked it, maybe try another one with a similar plot, or by the same author.

If you disliked it, try another book in that genre. But, you don’t have to do it right away. Wait a few weeks, months, or years and try again. Your tastes might have changed.

If you disliked, try reading the book again, trying to read more than the previous time. You might find it gets better. It just might.

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My experience with this was that I liked this new genre, and I am going to try to read more of it.

Are you going to read a book in your “Least Favorite” genre? What’s your least favorite genre? I would love to know!







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