Wednesday, June 20, 2012

"Reading Across Genres" by Andrea Buginsky

Today's special guest blogger is freelance writer and Solstice author Andrea Buginsky, and her topic of choice today is:

 "Reading Across Genres"

Books come in all shapes, sizes, and genres. I write YA (young adult) and enjoy reading YA books by authors such as J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordan. But I also enjoy reading adult romance novels by such authors as Nicholas Sparks and Danielle Steel along with YA authors. When it comes to reading, there is no set “genre” that you have to follow.
In fact, there can be some wonderful benefits to reading across different genres:
·         More exposure to books
·         Prevention from boredom
·         Sparks for new writing ideas
If you currently only read one genre and are looking to expose yourself to others, you may want to try similar genres first. For example, if you like romance, try historical romance. If you like YA, try books aimed at twenty-something-year-olds. If you like SciFi, try fantasy.
There are several different means in which you can find new genres to read. The most basic is to talk to your librarian or local bookstore employees. Let them know what you’re interested in, and they’ll be happy to recommend titles and authors to you.
You can also join online book groups, such as Goodreads and Shelfari, to get book recommendations from other readers. These websites allow you to friend other readers, and even authors, and receive help in selecting more books to read. Members will often place reviews on the sites so you can get an idea of how others felt about the book.
So start your search, and see if you can’t expand your reading pleasure across more genres. You never know what you might discover!

Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer/author with a BA in Mass Communications-Journalism from the University of S. Florida. She has two published books:
The Chosen:

Halli is a shy, young dwarf who has no idea of her true calling. When the evil Prince Gastle sets out to detroy the world of Phantasma, Queen Laurali of the Elves comes to tell Halli she's a Holy Paladin with the power to heal, and will join The Chosen, a group of brave warriors being sent to defeat the evil beast and save Phantasma. Will Halli be accepted by her group, and be able to keep them alive through their adventures? Will the evil Prince Gastle be defeated, freeing Phantasma from his destruction? Only time will tell.

My Open Heart:

Growing up with heart disease can be difficult, but it does not always have to alter your life course. MY OPEN HEART is written for young adults growing up with heart disease. It's meant to inspire them to chase their dreams, to show that they are not alone, and, perhaps, to help guide them through the maze of life with heart disease. Parents of children with heart disease and other chronic illnesses will find support and inspiration within this true story. We are not alone.

And she can also be found at the following social media websites:

Her personal blog and website: Andi's Realm

Her two facebook pages: Personal and Author

Twitter handle: @andreabuginksy

And she can be found at Google+ as well.


  1. I just call myself a reader because I read in every genre there is at times. I have certain fall back genres, like fantasy and westerns, but I cross genres all the time and love when books do too.

  2. You're doing some good networking here with other authors, G.

  3. Charles: I'm slowly starting to explore other genres (I have you to thank, among others, for that) and for the most part, it has been an enjoyable experience.

    Lynn: Thanks. I'm slowly starting to get the hang of this networking thingy. :D

  4. Thanks for having me on your blog today, G. Charles, "reader" is good. It tells the world exactly that: that you like to read.

  5. That is really awesome that she wrote a book so kids could get some knowledge and not be afraid.

  6. Andrea: You are more than welcome. Glad I was able to give you space to write with today.

    R: I concur. It's incredibly refreshing to read about someone who not only can share their experiences with the younger generation, but show them how to live their dreams in the process.

  7. I think crossing genres is healthy also- My Fave is sci-fi but currently am going thru a pile of mysteries with cops n lawyers doing the story-telling with Stuart Woods.
    I hear YA can be difficult to publish recently- Good for you Andrea!

  8. Thank you, Riot and G.B., for your wonderful comments about the book.

    Snaggle, I enjoy those books too, especially John Grishom. Thanks!


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