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Suntag: This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag

So Marshie has decided to jump on the adult-blogger pool and created his very own tag! If you don’t know Marshie, or Drew for the rest of the world, you can find his brilliant poems and reviews @The Tattooed Book Geek, fans of gore, fantasy and blood won’t be disappointed, but everyone can find their fun on his blog!

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The Rules

  • Credit Bad Bad Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek as the creator of the tag. Either use the created tag name graphic or create your own and link back to his blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.

What’s your favorite genre?

I’d give everything up for my psychological thrillers.

Who is your favorite author from the genre?

I’m not comfortable stating there is ONE favorite author. I don’t read enough series to say there’s one author that gets me every time. If The Fire Child had been as good as The Ice Twins, I might have answered S.K. Tremayne, but I learned the hard way that one brilliant book from an author doesn’t guarantee success all the way. Instead I’ll give you a few names that for me nailed the psychological thriller genre:

Louise Jensen, Michael J. Malone, Camilla Grebe, Chris Brookmyre.

What is it about the genre that keeps you pulling back?

The thrill. The deep troubles of the mind. The question of how far can someone go and how deep can someone fall. The intricate plots, the unreliable characters, the atmosphere. The idea of reading to try and understand what people are capable of.

What’s the book that started your love for your favorite genre?

Do you want the short story or the long story? As we’re all readers here, I’ll go with the long (and boring) story. A long long time ago (10 years ago), far far away (800km from where I am now) lived a lonely but gorgeous (what? They say you should compliment yourself daily, I’m just following the advice) teenager who stumbled upon her very first Kay Scarpetta book. This teenager became fascinated with the crime aspect, the forensics, but most of all, with the motivation behind the killer’s actions. One might argue this book was more of a crime than a psychological thriller, but the teenager would reply it is her story and she is the one to decide what’s what.
Years later (11 months ago for you), clicking from a Scarpetta novel’s page to a recommended book on Goodreads, she discovered psychological thrillers and fine-tuned her favorite genre.

If you had to recommend at least one book from your favorite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading the genre, what would you choose and why?

the ice twins

Because the writing is good, because twins are fascinating, because the characters are likeable and easy to relate to, because it’s gripping and surprising, and because it gives you a taste of what psychological thrillers look like at their best without the intimidating feeling of being too intricate for beginners.

Why do you read?

I read to live lives I wouldn’t normally experience. I read to meet characters and fill my head and heart with faces and memories, I read to feel emotions, I read to question myself, my beliefs and the world around me. I read to open my mind. I read for fun. I read to escape reality. I read to fathom the unfathomable. I read to give my hours a meaning. I read to find solace. I read because I want to.

Some people assume you read because you don’t know what else to do, because you’re bored. This makes me so angry I would throw a book to their head if books weren’t so precious to me. Yes, we all try to get rid of boredom and fill our hours with interesting things to do, but is it so hard to believe one can choose to read because they actually want to, not just because it’s the only thing you can do when you’re stuck on a waiting room?

I Tag!

Amy @ Novel Gossip

Kate @ Bibliophile Book Club

Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

Kate @ The Quiet Knitter

Gretchen @ Chic Nerd Reads

Beth @ Reading Every Night

And everyone who wants to give it a go!

 

 

87 thoughts on “Suntag: This Is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Book Tag

    1. There are some brilliant psychological thrillers out there! Also, 2016 has been a great year for the genre. If you ever need a rec, you know where to find me! πŸ™‚

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        1. I do!
          I’m planning on redecorating my bedroom and your Cabeswater canvas would look amazing on a wall! The colors are stunning! Then everything with “I’m being perfectly fucking civil” on it would make me happy, haha. I could flash this in the face of people trying to talk to me when I don’t want to! I’m in love with the Life is better when you’re reading bag, so true ❀ Plus I love bags πŸ˜€ I'd take a rattle the stars notebook because the line goes well with the object in my opinion. You can rattle them with a story! πŸ™‚ And… all the mugs xD I wish I could drink tea all the time to use all of my mugs πŸ˜‚

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        2. Here’s my top 5 thrillers
          – The Ice Twins, S K Tremayne
          – The Ice Beneath Her, Camilla Grebe
          – A Suitable Lie, Michael J. Malone
          – Black Widow, Christopher Brookmyre
          – The Sister, Louise Jensen
          I loved them all so much!

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  1. Oohh this is a fun Tag and I haven’t done one in forever, thank you! My genre is the same as yours, I can’t get enough even though I read all types of other stuff as well. I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t read The Ice Twins though. I’m guessing I need to buy it and clear my TBR immediately? 😳

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    1. Yes you do! The Ice Twins just blew my mind, it was brilliant! My favorite thing is that the place is an actual character, the atmosphere works as a villain or as a friend, depending on the day! πŸ™‚ And twins are fascinating!

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    1. Thank you, I wanted to make my answer a little special and personal πŸ™‚
      I can’t wait to read yours! Haha, that must be awful to choose. I was lucky my brain decided for me months ago!

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      1. And you did a good job! πŸ˜€
        heh,I always thought how good an idea it is not to have a favorite book or genre…stuck now! 😁 it’ll hit me though, I’m sure.
        psychological thrillers are good though! i enjoy a good psy thriller!

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    1. I have to be careful and mix genres or I become too picky and difficult with the stories! Lucky you, you get the chance to experience the surprise, the weather, the story for the very first time πŸ™‚ I’m planning a reread very soon, just to make sure my feelings haven’t changed!

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      1. Oh, I too like to mix genres, not sure if you noticed. I read mostly women’s fiction, but I always read something else from other genre in between, bc I can’t keep up with only one genre. It’s like I need a break from time to time.

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  2. This is a fun tag! I love hearing about others favorite genres and books. The Ice Twins is one book that I’ve had from the library twice and not gotten around to reading it and had to return it. I think after reading your tag I need to get it back again and actually read it this time:)

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    1. Me too, I’m always curious about what makes other people choose a genre. Also it makes for great recommendations! πŸ™‚
      I hope you can finally get the chance to read The Ice Twins! It’s worth checking out of the library for a third time, haha!

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    1. I am so picky with supernatural thrillers, it has to have a really good plot and be believable enough! I wonder if Portmanteau by Paul Beardow could be considered a supernatural thriller. When there’s too much action in thrillers I get lost, haha I can’t keep up with what’s happening.

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  3. Thanks for the awesome shout out at the beginning of the tag, all fun canbe found on my blog as I don’t just read fantasy! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for doing the tag, my creation is unleashed into the blogging world! I really should have added onto the rules that people should follow my blog to – ha! πŸ™‚

    Really great answers and it’s so true no matter the genre we read, it’s escapism but also to experience lives we won’t live.

    Oh man, people think you read because your bored or don’t have anything else to do!?!?!?!??!?! WHAT!??!?!?!?!?!?! Crazy!!!! 😦 They do need walloping with a book around the head but that would be cruel to the book! πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you for tagging me πŸ˜€ It was really fun, I don’t remember doing a tag that focused on a genre before. You’re a grownup now!! Congrats xD Haha, yep I hadn’t thought about that rule! Well, you’ll add it to your next tag.
      I KNOW PEOPLE ARE INSANE!!! Apparently, you can only have real fun with games like Candy Crush. Books are too complicated! You wouldn’t believe the stupid things I have heard.

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      1. Ha, a grownup, I don’t think so!πŸ˜‚

        Ha, I understand some people don’t like reading and while I don’t like it, it’s each to their own and I can deal with it, however, when they actually go as far as to say that reading is boring, well, hell no it isn’t!😠

        That was my idea with the tag, focusing on are favourite genres – I hadn’t seen one like it before but there’s so many tags out there.

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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed The Ice Twins! πŸ™‚ It’s a real gem. No, I haven’t read I See You yet, I’ve been wanting to but haven’t found the time! I’ll go check your review. Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  4. So glad to see you did this! I am enjoying everyone’s responses so much. I have to ask though, “Marshie”? haha. Your answers are fantastic. It is definitely so hard to choose authors.

    I have had The Ice Twins on my radar for a while and now it is popping up again. Maybe it is a sign? πŸ˜‰

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    1. Haha, yes, my poor Marshmallow became Marshie because I’m too lazy to write the entire word! I hate having to choose between authors, it’s a terrible question πŸ™‚ You really NEED to read The Ice Twins!

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        1. Drew is a big softie under those tattoos and the dark books, he’s just a big marshmallow with a big heart and lots of love to give :p That’s why Marshmallow, or Marshie, is a perfect nickname πŸ˜‚

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  5. Lovely tag! I loved your answer as to how you found psych thrillers. My Scarpetta was Agatha Christie hahaha πŸ™‚ And then I think it was Joy Fielding… I still read her books.

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  6. I agree with Liz on the beautiful answer to the last question! πŸ˜€ People who think you read because you’re bored are just INSANE, though! I had someone telling me reading just isn’t done in modern times anymore. Before the internet, heck, before TV, people would read because they didn’t have anything else to do. Same goes for board games. But now everything is SO much better *eye roll* we can stop pretending we like to read. Set of my angry button for sure there XD. Awesome answers gorgeous πŸ˜‰ :-*

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    1. There’s something terribly wrong with people who can’t see the beauty of a book. They don’t belong to another century, they belong to us! Here and now! I feel sorry for people who solely rely on TV and modern stuff to get pleasure. We’ll be the one laughing when the power cuts strike! *Evil laugh* Thank you my blue bird! πŸ˜€

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      1. Damn rights! *holds up banner* Hahaha, I’m already laughing now XD. I need to make sure my Kindle is fully charged now, though. Just in case we’ve invoked the electricity gods…

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                  1. GASP!! It’s 6 degrees here now, so I’m not worried yet. But if France’s electricity network is as fragile as the one over here, I’d be running right now if I were you!

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                    1. Apparently, the rain doesn’t want me to go back, there’s a storm here and our car is not the best to drive in those conditions. IM STUCK WITH LESS THAN HALF THE BATTERY AND NO NEW BOOKS TO READ IF THE KINDLE LETS ME DOWN. Between that and the elections, today is hell.

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                    2. O-M-G. That’s it. I’m stepping in my dad’s car in my pajamas right now with a back up generator strapped to the roof. See you in like, 12 hours!(don’t get me started on the elections, I woke up crying because of it).

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                    3. I arrived in one (cold) piece! My kindle was nice enough to wait before running out of battery. I love it, my baby. I’m so relieved My Super Sausage is here to rescue me in case of emergency!! ❀ (Gosh, I barely slept and spent half the night on Twitter reading about it. I did not want to get up. I'm still in denial)

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                    4. WHEW!! It’s a good thing I never stepped in that car but remained lazy on my couch instead then! ❀ (Same here. Every time I see something orange in my house or outside, I automatically link it to an image of Trump in my brain :|)

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  7. Kay Scarpetta was one of my first reads too ! What is it in the genre that keeps pulling you back had me going yes, yes, yes. You’re ticking all my boxes ;-). I still have to do the tag but you’ll probably read pretty much the same. You haven’t read My Girl yet.. I’m betting someone might to be thrown out of the top 5 for that one ;-).

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    1. Kay was an awesome character. I was sad to let her go when the wind changed direction and Cornwell started to drift away from the original strong woman I had loved following. Hehe, I guess to be a lover of psychological thrillers we ought to be a little too nosy and curious about individuals! I had forgotten My Girl was on my Kindle actually xD I think I won’t have time to add it to my reading list before 2017, so the 2016 top is almost safe, haha!

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  8. This isn’t my genre at all, but the way you describe it makes it sound amazing. I keep saying I’m going to step out of my comfort zone and give psychological thrillers a real shot, and you’ve officially made me more excited to see my intentions through. Great post! =)

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  9. The Ice Twins looks like something I need on my TBR. Between you, Amy, and Annie, I’m reading so many thrillers now and loving them. You’ve guys got me hooked. πŸ™‚ I couldn’t even pick one genre if I tried. I like to read too many at the same time. I doubt I could choose one. I love them all… well, most of them. πŸ™‚

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    1. You DO need it. Like right now but with my luck, you’ll end up DNFing it xD I’m glad you enjoy thrillers so much, they deserve all the love in the world! Loving all genres is great because it ensures you never get jaded with stories, you can go from one genre to another freely and happily πŸ˜€

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  10. Thanks so much for the tag Donna. It seems like a great idea for one and I’m always willing to talk at length about my favourite genre!
    I haven’t read many psychological thrillers, though I have a few YA ones on my to-read list I’ll hopefully get around to one day, but I do agree with you about not being able to state one favourite author for my favourite genre. Hell it’s hard enough choosing only one favourite genre! πŸ˜€

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    1. I like the idea of focusing on a genre rather than just picking a bunch of books for one πŸ™‚ Plus it made me think of the reasons why I got stuck with psy thrillers in the first place. Choosing a favorite genre, author or book is so difficult! I can’t choose between my kids!

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  11. Hehehe loved your story about how you got into the genre! Ahh yes- I remember you recommending there ice twins- desperate to read it! Haha agree with your mini rant- I’m not reading cos I’m bored- is cos I want to read dammit! (To navy people make that assumption- they see a person reading and go “you’re not doing anything”- grr it makes me so mad!)

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    1. Hahaha, I will never stop recommending The Ice Twins, I’ll spam you all to death with it!!!
      I just can’t stand this kind of narrow-minded remarks. You don’t like reading? FINE, just don’t assume others view it as a last resort! I’m still mad xD

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  12. I love your answers particularly around why you read – the questioning of my own beliefs and how I think I would behave in a certain situation (mainly ones I hope I never find myself in) is part of what makes me keep reading – it is the best way to get a different perspective on life

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