Random Thoughts: Looking at Women’s Fiction!

Posted February 8, 2018 by Annie in Random Thoughts, Under the Covers / 12 Comments

Looking at Women’s Fiction!

If you’ve watched our Reading Resolutions 2018 video, then you will probably remember that one of my resolutions this year is to read more books outside of the Romance genre. Out of the ones I mentioned, I’m going to talk about Women’s Fiction today.

Women’s Fiction is a genre that has been around for a long time. It’s often associated with authors like Jodi Picoult, Jojo Moyes and Jennifer Weiner. Obviously there is a wealth of amazing authors that write this genre. These are just a few.

The reason why I’m bringing this up now is because I feel like my reading taste have started to change again. Years ago, when I first started getting into reading, I was still pretty young so Young Adult novels were what drew me in. Once I grew a little bit older, I moved onto the Romance genre, where I feel like I truly found my little niche in the reading world. Romance is still definitely my favorite genre to read, but about two years ago, I started expanding my reading by trying new authors of different genres. You can recall a video I did on our Youtube channel where I spoke about my adventures in the Cozy Mystery genre and so far, that has been going on well. I am still really enjoying the genre and will continue to read it.

However, I am once again feeling restless in my reading. I’m yearning for something different. I’m looking for something to once again spark my reading interest and make me glom an entire series in one week.

Women’s Fiction has been on my radar for a while and I feel like this genre might be something that I could also get into. Obviously, it’s written for a different market than Romance, but there are some similarities as well. And while I have read some Women’s Fiction already, I haven’t been able to really dip my toes in it fully. So this year, my goal is to really submerge myself in this genre. Who knows, it might just be the refreshing thing that I have been looking for.

I’m curious if you ever get tired of reading the same genre over and over again and what other genres you like to read apart from Romance? Is there a genre on your radar that you’d like to try in the future? What are your thoughts on Women’s Fiction and who are some of your favorite books/authors?

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I’m a 26 year old obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I’m also a reviewer for FreshFiction.com. Over there, I’m also a columnist. I have a column called Into the Night that discusses the latest and greatest news in the Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy genre. I also work as a virtual assistant for authors.

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12 responses to “Random Thoughts: Looking at Women’s Fiction!

  1. I tend to read thrillers and women’s fiction when I’m not reading romance. Kristan Higgins has always been a go to for Women’s fiction. For thrillers I tend to stick to Clive Cussler, David Baldacci, James Patterson, James Rollins etc.
    Maybe an unpopular opinion but most Tarryn Fisher and recent Colleen Hoover books are outside the romance genre, even though they get lumped in there because of the Author circles they keep than the books they write. I was frustrated when It Ends With Us won GR romance of the year for example.
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  2. Lynnette

    Genre fatigue is real! In my teens I read horror and thriller. By my late teens and early twenties I was reading fantasy and sci fi but by my mod twenties I was losing interest in that and until my thirties I really only remember reading Harry Potter, His Dark Materials and the Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell. My late twenties and early thirties I was frustrated and bored and nothing I picked up even previous favourites could keep me reading. Then I tried ibooks and eventually the kindle app. I discovered romance novels and my love of reading was re-ignited. 6 years after invesring in a Kindle I am now feeling frustrated and bored with romance. I am still reading a lot of it but I am going back to some old favourites that were in horror/thriller/fantasy/sci fi and enjoying them again. I am also trying more literary style fiction enjoying some others not so much. I now think it is essential to mix up your genres to keep you fresh. The romance is now light relief in between the heavier content!

  3. Kathy Valentine

    My favorite genre is paranormal romance because of all the different shifters and fantasy worlds. But I do love all kinds of other genre’s from erotica to contemporary to women’s fiction to mystery and thrillers. But in the last couple years I’ve been into streamline some of its real good!! Shared on all my socials!!

  4. Kathy Valentine

    My favorite genre is paranormal romance because of all the different shifters and fantasy worlds. But I do love all kinds of other genre’s from erotica to contemporary to women’s fiction to mystery and thrillers. But in the last couple years I’ve been into steampunk some of its real good!! Shared on all my socials!!

  5. Sharlene Wegner

    Quite honestly, I only read books with a love story with a happy ending. I want to be happy when I finish. Woman’s fiction writers that are reliable with this are Sophie Kinsella, Jill Mansell, Marissa de los Santos, Sue Margolis (she may not have anything current) and Alexandra Potter (also may not have anything current. ) Carolyn Brown also writes great women’s fiction. Other romance writers who have moved into women’s fiction are Robyn Carr, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis & Susan Mallery, but I can’t say I have read theirs yet. I have also read Emily Giffin, Jane Green & Harriet Evans, but nothing recently. Some of their stuff is a little too gut wrenching. Adriana Trigiani is another good one.

  6. Amy R

    Last year I branched out and read a few YA, I’ve also enjoyed cozy mysteries in the past. I want to check out The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

  7. JenM

    I try to switch it up between PNR, contemporary romance and historical romance, along with a fair amount of UF. My bookclub loves LitFic, so any fiction I read that isn’t romance usually falls into that category. To really change it up, I also read at least 1 or 2 nonfiction books each month. I don’t usually set reading goals, but reading more nonfiction is one that I’m shooting for this year. I find that all of the genre switching really helps keep me from getting burnt out on reading.

  8. Elizabeth

    I do get tired of reading the same genre. I didn’t really pay attention to this until I read The Thirteenth Tale. One of the characters is given a prescription to read a different genre because of that character’s mood. It finally clicked for me that maybe that was what I needed to do. So, now I pay attention to my moods and signs I’m getting in a funk.

  9. Timitra

    Women’s fiction is on my radar namely, Taylor Jenkins Reid I’ve been wanting to read her books for a while now

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