Jul 28, 2014

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Question – What Was Your First?

Question Visual Again

I know I’ve asked this before but it’s been a long time since I’ve done so and I know many of you weren’t reading this blog back then.  It’s a question that will help us get to know each other a little better…and that’s always fun, right?  🙂

I’m talking about firsts. But I want to open a little differently this time around. First, I’m going to want to know what your favorite genre is. I know it’s hard to pick an absolute favorite because we tend to switch it up depending on our moods but try.

For me, there are three genres I like reading. I enjoy paranormal romance and I enjoy contemporary romance. But I would have to say that my most favorite is urban fantasy.

Next, I am curious to see what book or series introduced you to the genre that is now your favorite. I know this is also a bit difficult as for some it’s been a while…

I believe I discovered urban fantasy through paranormal romance. I loved the idea of revisiting characters from one book to the next in a PNR series but I didn’t love that we would see so little of them. It’s hard to go from reading a whole book about someone only to read a few measly pages in the next installment. And maybe even less in future installments. I didn’t even know urban fantasy was what I craved, let along existed, until I came across a few bloggers who were gaga over it.  They talked of books two, three and four all featuring the same heroine.  What a concept!

Now here is where it gets tricky.  I am not 100% sure what books I read first.  There are two series I read one after the other but for the life of me I do not remember which I read first.  But both are equally responsible for hooking me to the urban fantasy genre.  The books I speak of are the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews and the Fever books by Karen Marie Moning.  As much as I adore Fever, Kate Daniels has become my most favorite series…as you already know if you read my and Anne’s review for Magic Breaks (which comes out tomorrow) last Friday.

So that’s me.  Now it’s your turn to share.  What is your favorite genre (at least for now) and what was your first read in that genre?

  1. My first was David Eddings, and then fantasy become my first. But I had read fantasy before, it just never hit me like that.

    My first UF..I am sure it was Bitten, which made me realise there is another world out these, that led me to JR Ward

  2. I’ve been reading Anne Rice since Interview with a Vampire came out when I was in high school. I wasn’t a big reader and I read a book a year or so and just Anne Rice’s vampire and witch books. When I ran out of those, I started searching for something to read and stumbled across Bitten and Anita Blake and fell in love with both series. UF is my favorite genre with PNR a close second.

  3. It is a hard question to answer. I read a lot of genres…mystery, romance, non-fiction, etc. But I do love Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy, and I think that one led into the other.

    My mother got me into reading the Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning when I was in high school, which I would call Paranormal Romance (some others might not), and I adored those books. So when she came out with this new “Fever” series, I had to try it and that was my first foray into Urban Fantasy . Although at the time, I had no idea that was what it was called, I just assumed it was this kickass type of book with a great heroine, amazing world building, and a bit of romance. It was many years later when I heard the term urban fantasy and looked it up, then realized that was what I had been reading.

  4. Northwoman says:

    I think probably UF is also my favorite genre. I guess my first series would be ones I found from a short story anthology which I expected to be mysteries and turned out to be UF/PNR. Those would be Riley Jensen series by Keri Arthur, Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris and Kitty series by Carrie Vaughn. I like them all for different reasons but I recommend the Riley Jensen series most highly. None of these 3 is my favorite but they led me to finding my favorites. Anne

  5. Danielle says:

    UF is definitely my favorite, and has been for about the last 5 years. How I got started? Well, I’d like to attribute it to reading Anne Rice, but that was years and years ago, so I figure it doesn’t count. What got me started more recently was…(hangs head and whispers) Twilight. But I can thank it for one thing. It made me look for more. The first major series I read were the Dresden Files, Anita Blake, Sookie Stackhouse and Riley Jenson. And then I couldn’t stop and have been reading UF like crazy ever since.

  6. I’m a UF girl at heart, too, though I’ve been on a contemporary romance kick lately. I came to UF by way of YA. Harry Potter led to Twilight, which led to some other great series, and then I discovered people wrote UF for adults too, and I was in heaven! Bitten was my first. The third in Kelley Armstrong’s series, Dime Store Magic, remains my absolute favourite comfort read to this day.

  7. Oooh, I love this one! 🙂

    Just like you my first love was/is urban fantasy. And the book/series that introduced me to it (and got me addicted) was Bitten by Kelley Armstrong in her Women of the Otherworld series. To this day it reemains one of my favourite series and I can’t wait to reread it 🙂

    My other love is romance, and Nora Roberts was the author, whose novels I remember I gobbled up as a guilty pleasure during my high school/university years 🙂

  8. Ooh great one! Over the many years I have switched around favourite book genres. As a teen/young adult I was firmly into fantasy which led to Harry Potter in my twenties. Then after years of chick lit and crime I read Twilight which got me back to fantasy again. I discovered Elizabeth Hunter on Amazon where her first book is free and the elemental mysteries series is my all time favourite and from there I found Kate Daniels. The rest followed. So my absolute favourite now, above all else is UF.

  9. Jessica says:

    My old love was Fantasy, but my new favorite is definitely UF. And the first book I read from the genre was Guilty Pleasures by Laurel K Hamilton. Someone gave me the first five books of the series, and I remember picking them up and deciding to read them one night on a whim. Part of me thought I was too much of a “serious” reader to enjoy a lighter, modern fantasy series like Anita Blake, but I remember getting completely sucked in (and devouring the whole book in one night). One of my bigger revelations was – “HOLY CRAP! This book has romance and SEX!!” Legitimate, well developed romance was something that used to be sadly lacking from most epic fantasy and science fiction (thanks to the majority of the authors being men, or women determined to write like men to appeal to male audience). Even when there was romance, it tended to feel rushed.

    So it was Anita Blake that got me hooked, but sadly it took me years to discover any more from the UF genre. Heck, I wasn’t even aware it was a genre at the time. What got me back into UF was a joining a book club two years ago. The ladies in the club introduced me to Vampire Academy by Richelle Meade and Chicagoland by Chloe Neill. And then it was onto Moning, Illona Andrews, etc.

  10. I’m noticing a pattern here. I too favor UF/PNR.

    Technically, years ago, I read Harry Potter, and after college I read the Dresden Files, which to me was kinda like Harry Potter for adults.

    It wasn’t until last year, though, when I found The Hollows through the Kindle store that I learned terms like Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

    Armed with that knowledge I started working through top 10 lists and read books like Kate Daniels and Mercy Thompson and was hooked. (Also how I found this site in a roundabout way.)

  11. Kinda sad to admit this, but my first venture into Paranormal Romance was the Twilight series. Then I found Vampire Academy. then I read everything by Richelle Mead. And then ventured out from there.

    PNR is my favorite. I’d say Urban Fantasy and Contemporary Romance are tied for second. I need a bit of romance in my UF and a bit of suspense in my contemporaries, or else I get bored.

    I’ve also definitely branched out and read more books/series/authors than I would have found on my own since reading this blog!

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