28 Books That Got You Hooked on a New Genre

Posted by Hayley on September 10, 2015
This week we asked on Facebook and Twitter: What book got you hooked on a new genre? Maybe you never liked Fantasy until you started reading A Game of Thrones, or you were a skeptic about YA until Rainbow Rowell stole your heart. Today we've got the top picks! How many hooked you?

MYSTERY AND THRILLER
Very Good Lives
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Our Souls at Night
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FANTASY
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The Cartel
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HISTORICAL FICTION
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SCIENCE FICTION
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The Cartel
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YOUNG ADULT
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ROMANCE
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HORROR
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What book got you hooked on your favorite genre?

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message 1: by Denisse (last edited Sep 10, 2015 06:37AM) (new)

Denisse I'm currently reading the Foundation Trilogy and OMG! I'll be reading classic SCI-FI a lot after that!!!


message 2: by Sxtn (new)

Sxtn Big chlichés here, but bit-lit with Twilight and erotica with Fifty Shades... the firsts but not the last !!


message 3: by Kaylan (new)

Kaylan The Hobbit opened my mind up to the fantasy world! I need to find a new fantasy novel I think I will enjoy...


message 4: by Jo (new)

Jo Terry Pratchett did not just introduce me to the Fantasy Humor genre, he darn well created it! Here's hoping it does not fade away with him gone.


message 5: by Nidhi (new)

Nidhi Bhatt My first YA book was Twilight and fantasy was from Harry Potter series!


message 6: by Phoenix2 (new)

Phoenix2 Hobbit! An eye opener for sure! For YA it was twilight I think....


message 7: by D.G. (new)

D.G. Color me shocked! You got two of the books/authors that hooked me into a couple of my favorite genres.

Pat Rothfuss and The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) by Patrick Rothfuss definitely turned me to Fantasy. And after reading Agatha Christie at age 12 - I read Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10) by Agatha Christie though - made me a live long fan of both her and mysteries.


message 8: by Russell (new)

Russell Historical Fiction should include Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel. I can read that over and over.


message 9: by Renee (new)

Renee Warnock If you find that you love the fantasy/magic genre try "Little, Big" by John Crowley.


message 10: by Scott (new)

Scott A Wrinkle In Time for fantasy/SF...at least, that's how I remember it.


message 11: by Paula (new)

Paula Margulies Wasn't a huge fan of crime fiction, but once I read Jo Nesbo's The Snowman, I was hooked!


message 12: by Sara (last edited Sep 10, 2015 09:07AM) (new)

Sara Suhler deepe I would totally agree! A Wrinkle in Time for fantasy! The Fault in Our Stars for YA would be my choice, too.


message 13: by Linda (new)

Linda It's a toss up between The Hobbit and Spell of a Chameleon for fantasy for me. I would add Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series for Paranormal Romance Genre. Outlander is awesome too...


message 14: by Sharon (new)

Sharon The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss got me interested in the American West and Pioneers.


message 15: by Todd (new)

Todd Kaylan wrote: "The Hobbit opened my mind up to the fantasy world! I need to find a new fantasy novel I think I will enjoy..."

Try Eye of the World by Robert Jordan.


message 16: by Kara (new)

Kara True Grit was my first western and I loved it. I'm searching for some more.


message 17: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Magician by Raymond E Feist really got me hooked with Fantasy (Riftwar amd Empire series)...leading me to The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.


message 18: by Kay (new)

Kay J John Grisham got me into suspense thrillers.


message 19: by Deborah (new)

Deborah I remember the specific books' that hooked me onto another genre:-

John Connolly - The Killing Kind -(Crime) (Still my favourite and I have read many)

Robin Hobb - Assassins Apprentice - (Fantasy) I ended up reading the triology and many of her other books.

Robert Jordan - "Wheel of Time Series" - (Sci-fi/Fantasy) I read 10/14 of the books.


message 20: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Kara wrote: "True Grit was my first western and I loved it. I'm searching for some more."

Shane and Monte Walsh both by Jack Schaefer are two of my favorites.


message 21: by Kendall (last edited Sep 10, 2015 11:02AM) (new)

Kendall Moore Watchmen really opened up Superhero Fiction and Graphic novels for me.

Starship Troopers was my first foray into both Military and Golden Age SF.

Fight Club and Last Exit to Brooklyn showed me the merits of Transgressive Fiction.

Incidentally, these are some of my favorite reads as well.


message 22: by John (new)

John 1Q84 got me into with Magical Realism.


Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {merry wanderer of the night} If I hadn't been forced to read The Hobbit in 8th grade, I don't think I would've ever read fantasy, which I hard to believe since, though I lean further towards urban fantasy than your usual sword and sorcery, I really love the genre now.
I wouldn't have read horror (also scary to think about) if I'd never read Stephen King.

It's weird to think about what I couldn't missed out on BIG TIME. XD


message 24: by Amilesor (new)

Amilesor I read Pines by Blake Crouch before I knew that it was a TV show. Pines was my first SF book in a long time, previously I was reading the F. Paul Wilson books featuring Repairman Jack.


message 25: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Kaylan wrote: "The Hobbit opened my mind up to the fantasy world! I need to find a new fantasy novel I think I will enjoy..."

Try The Farseer trilogies by Robin Hobb. First one is Assassin's Apprentice


message 26: by Brigette (new)

Brigette Hunger Games, for sure. Definitely my 'gateway book' into dystopia.


message 27: by Michelle (new)

Michelle For me, fantasy I think was Robert Rankin and The Greatest Show Off Earth. Brilliant and hilarious and clever such as when Raymond the main character looks out of the spaceship at earth and '" 'there's a hole in my planet' said Raymond said Raymond. "


message 28: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Neil Gaiman's Sandman series turned me on to graphic novels/comics and Interview with the Vampire got me to read pretty much anything with vampires in it.


message 29: by Leo (new)

Leo Robertson Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan convinced me YA was worth exploring. It seemed to me that most YA authors were trying to "get away" with writing lightly, or indulging in teen melodrama- but TBK is just an amazing book in its own right and its natural audience is young adults. So now I need to read everything the guy wrote!! #TBR


message 30: by sublimosa (new)

sublimosa From Potter's Field by Patricia Cornwell. I'd read mysteries before and maybe even one suspense novel, but she was the first one I read with such intensity, such graphic details. Her first 7 or 8 books were fantastic reads.


message 31: by Robin (new)

Robin Madeleine L'Engle "A Wrinkle in Time" fantasy
S.E. Smith "Abducting Abby" Sci-fi Romance
Dean Koontz "Watchers" Horror
Michael Crichton "The Andromeda Strain" Sci-fi
Johanna Lindsey "Captive Bride" Historical Romance
Peter Benchley "Beast" Deep Sea Thriller
Lincoln Childs & Douglas Preston "The Relic" Murder/ Mystery/Thriller
Stephanie Myers "Twilight" Paranormal Romance
There are just to many genre's to list.


message 32: by Stacy (new)

Stacy As a kid I read Aesop Fairy tails and nancy drew books to name a few but the one author who really had be hooked was reading books by Agatha Christie....I couldn't get enough of her books..then one day someone gave me a book by Lori Leigh and I never new these types of books existed so needless to say I became a big fan of paranormal books especially by Lori Leigh who happens to be one of my favorite paranormal authors


message 33: by Anita (new)

Anita Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld introduced me to Steampunk and alternative history, which now I don't know how I ever lived without.


Christmas Carol  ꧁꧂ So agree with Agatha Christie & Gillian Flynn. For Victorian crime there was Arthur Conan Doyle. I read a number of other authors after finding him. Agree with Tolkein for fantasy too - even though I've only managed to finish the LOTR trilogy.

I used to read a lot of historical romance but Georgette Heyer is the only author I still enjoy.


message 35: by Bill (new)

Bill Todd wrote: "Kaylan wrote: "The Hobbit opened my mind up to the fantasy world! I need to find a new fantasy novel I think I will enjoy..."

Try Eye of the World by Robert Jordan."


Without a doubt, the best western of all time was Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. Nothing else comes close.


message 36: by Vishal (new)

Vishal Shah I was recommended to read Brian Jacques Redwall by a friend and that got me hooked to the world of Fantasy.


message 37: by Kathryn (last edited Sep 10, 2015 02:44PM) (new)

Kathryn Watson hooked on Scandi mysteries, started with the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, now reading the following authors; Hans Koppel, James Thompson, Henning Mankell, Lene Kaaberbol, Mons Kallentoft, Anne Holt, Karin Fossum, Karin Alvtegen, Hakan Nesser, Ake Edwardson, Helen Tursten, Kjell Eriksson, Arnaldur Indridason, Anna Jansson, Mari Jungstedt, Lars Kepler, Asa Larsson, Jo Nesbo, Jussi Adler-Olsen, Kristina Ohlsson, Sara Blaedel, Yrsa Sigurdardottir. If you enjoy a reading detective yarns try anyone of the above authors...enjoy


message 38: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Honestly Fangirl not only sold me on the Young Adult genre but also the contemporary. I LOVE contemporary now.


message 39: by krishna1600 (new)

krishna1600 Kaylan wrote: "The Hobbit opened my mind up to the fantasy world! I need to find a new fantasy novel I think I will enjoy..."

Perhaps you could try Harry Potter (if you haven't read it) or The Rithmatist if you liked The Hobbit.


message 40: by Davytron (new)

Davytron It's pretty goofy but Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop got me hooked on fantasy during high school. I still have fond memories of that trilogy but the writing is pretty terrible. haha


message 41: by CJ (new)

CJ Scurria And Then There Were None, The Hobbit, and Carrie were definitely my firsts for each respective genre now that I think of it! The Client was my first courtroom thriller though also by John Grisham.


message 42: by Susan (new)

Susan Kara wrote: "True Grit was my first western and I loved it. I'm searching for some more."

Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour are two of my favorite authors for westerns.


message 43: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin got me (back) into SF.


message 44: by Danielle (new)

Danielle Hogan Believe it or not, (I was a little girl) The Hobbit & the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Little House (Laura Ingalls Wilder) series, & The Chronicles of Narnia (I got a 7 book series when I was very young & fell in LOVE)....These books shaped my young years &, when my sons both got in school, I fell in love with the Harry Potter books & the Twilight Books (I know, I know, I'm a big ol kid at heart....can't help it, I always dreamed of being magic, ever since I saw my very first Bewitched episode! ha ha)


message 45: by Alli (new)

 Alli Tomorrow when the war began - John Marsden got me hooked on YA/Dystopia about 20yrs ago when I was a teen & still love this genre.


message 46: by Kike (new)

Kike Ramos I got into horror with Pet Sematary by Stephen King. I loved it and I still do.


message 47: by Mohammad (new)

Mohammad What got me hooked on fantasy was reading 'The Lion, the witch, and the Wardrobe' when I was very young. And I got interested in historical fiction and semi-fiction by works of Masoud Behnoud, specially 'KHanoum' (Lady).


message 48: by Hameeda (new)

Hameeda I got hooked on reading mysteries and thrillers by Agatha Christie's novel and short stories since 7th grade. Since then I have tried to read mysteries by authors from all over the world. There is nothing like the Norweigien thrillers. After Steig Larsson I have found Tom Rob Smith and his Trilogy. I still have to read something in the sci fi and fantasy genre.


message 49: by Ellie (new)

Ellie Russ wrote: "Historical Fiction should include Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel. I can read that over and over."

Too right - what a fantastic book!
And also Terry Pratchett, Diana Wynne Jones, and Neil Gaiman :)


message 50: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Meyer A spell for chameleon was for sure a big "gateway" book for me and the fantasy genre. Think I read that book something like 15 years ago and I still remember it fondly.


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