#InkRipples: Genre

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I’ve written about genre recently, and about how difficult it sometimes is to fit a book into distinct genres. While knowing the genre of a book helps me decide whether it’s something I’d want to read or not, sometimes it can be a deterrent so I end up not reading a book I might have liked if I’d have given it a chance.

I don’t like to label things all that much in general, and same goes for books. I’m an eclectic reader, only avoiding Christian fiction and hard core science fiction.But when choosing my next read, I usually first check the blurb (apart from the cover, of course). Naturally, one doesn’t always have to check for the book’s genre because often it’s apparent from the cover and/or the blurb or even because the author is already familair to us.

I will more often check out books in my preferred genres, like young adult, romance, contemporary, but I’ll read in other genres when the blurb or reviews convince me that the book is worth my while. So it seems that genre labels only work together with other information about a book, like the cover, blurb, author, reviews, recommendation from someone.

And since the topic of last month was book covers, I’d just like to give an example of when book covers and genre can be  a bit at odds with each other.

6553175This cover made me think the book is a fluffy romance, an easy read with fun characters. But it’s so much more than that. Yes, it’s a romance, it’s funny, but it also deals with mental illness and all the sadness, stress and anxiety that that brings with it. The chracters are complex and well written and the story is compelling.

So it’s not just about the genre, or the cover, it’s the whole package. And essentially, it’s about what you like.

#InkRipples: Book Covers

While reading Meradeth Houston’s blog Write Stuff I came across a fun meme.

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Ripples in the Inkwell is a themed meme hosted by Katie L. CarrollKai Strand, and Mary Waibel. They post on the first Monday of every month. If you would like to participate compose your own post regarding the theme of the month, include any of the images displayed on the #InkRipples tab on their blog, and link back to their three blogs. Feel free to post whenever you want during the month, but be sure to include #inkripples when you promote so readers can find you. The idea is that they toss a word or idea into the inkwell and each post is a new ripple. There is no wrong interpretation.

So, this month’s theme is book covers, which is fitting as I’ll reveal the new cover for our Valentine Kisses anthology next week, but also because I’ve been known to buy a book simply because I loved the cover. For example, this one:youius

Here are a few more favorites:

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I adore the Clockwork Angel one because it looks mysterious, romantic and adventurous at the same time. Isn’t it gorgeou? It makes me want to read the book, in fact, it’s been on my to read list for months. One of these days, pretty, one of these days …

Out of my covers, my favorite is the one for On the slopes. Well, apart from the one I’ll show you next week. 😉

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