Trying New Genres 2020

Hi, hey, hello and welcome to my blog 🙂

Today I am adding more books to my TBR because obviously that’s something I need to do. More specifically I’m talking about genres I want to try or focus on more this year.

I feel like this year I want to explore more things because I tend to gravitate towards popular books instead of finding my own things to like so I want to carve out my own “reading personality” this year, I suppose you could say. So here are five genres I want to focus on more in 2020:

Dark Academia

Is this actually a genre? I don’t know but it’s something I want to read more of either way. I read Ninth House recently and my love for that book has set in stone my plans to try more books like it.

I’m going with the most popular at first just because there’s clearly a reason so many people like them and those are:

  • The Secrete History by Donna Tart
  • Vengeful by V.E Schwab (this was on the goodreads list so I’m counting it)
  • If We Were Villains by M.L Rio


I’ve always shied away from high fantasy. It’s never been something I gravitate towards and pick up and if I do it’s because it’s wildly popular, *cough* Throne of Glass *cough*, but I’m really enjoying Nevernight by Jay Kristoff so much more then I ever expected to and it’s definitely opened my eyes to the genre and made me realise it’s something I have the potential to enjoy. I plan on carrying on conquering my fear of high fantasy novels by at least finishing the Nevernight trilogy.

“Realistic” Contemporary

I want to be more educated on world issues and other peoples experiences and I think reading more “realistic contemporary” so to speak is a good way to go about that. Also I’ve really enjoyed books like this in the past and I want to keep that going into 2020.

The current books ‘I’m planning on reading I actually own so I want to make these a priority first:

  • Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Slay by Brittney Morris
  • With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevado


“Fluff” Contemporary (aka romance)

I don’t actually have many specific titles for this but I want to more open to reading more romance-centric books because it is something I’ve been enjoying the few times I’ve picked it up.

I plan on reading what I have left of Jenn Bennetts books but besides that I don’t really know what I’ve got on my shelf or anything like that so I’d love to hear any recommendations.


Again I don’t have any specific titles but this time it’s because there’s just so many to choose from that I don’t know where to start.

I do know that this year I want to focus less on m/m fiction. Although most of the time I enjoy m/m stories and do have more I want to read I feel like I’ve read so much more of that then anything else so I want to focus on books with f/f representations and aro/ace characters too. I also want to read more books with lgbt+ characters of colour and different backgrounds.

I have a few on my list but I’m still a bit stuck on where exactly to start.


So there we go, those are the five genres I’m hopefully going to be reaching for more often over the next twelve months.

I do hope I stick to that because all of these really interest me and I want to break out from reading just the same popular urban fantasy bubble I live in and dicover more things to love. Thanks for reading 🙂

Elli xx

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