GENRE KRYPTONITE [zhahn-ruh kryptonite]
1. That moment when your TBR pile is overflowing, your to-read list on Goodreads is overwhelming, and then you see THIS TYPE OF BOOK it makes it's way on to your pile, no excuses needed.
Magical RealismKind of a loaded term and often hard to pick out but I like when a realistic story is sprinkled with a magical element that isn't explained or central to the plot. These are worlds where you can curse with your bare hands or you find a portal to an alternate version of your life or you just wake up in a new body everyday. I always have an issue with going "full paranormal", so these books are perfect for me.
Non-traditional / Experimental NarrativeIf a book is written in more than straight up prose, I always find it compelling because I feel like an active participant as I put the story together. My favorites include Lover's Dictionary written in dictionary entries, Night Film written in newspapers and websites or Chopsticks which is literally written in images.
Full Cast Audiobooks
These are actually pretty rare, but I like when different POVS have different narrators, it helps make the story feel more grounded.
High ConceptWhat's that ? Cinderella retold if Cinderella was a cyborg ? A retelling of a classic H.G Wells novel ? Three teens last days before a world-ending disaster ? Count me in. I love novels that take a simple idea and then turn it on it's head. Admittedly more of theses get added to my TBR pile than read but I love keeping an eye out.
Rebecca/Khristine/LukeSo, this is an oddly specific one but if Rebecca Soler, Khristine Hvam or Luke Daniels are doing an audiobook, you can bet I'm going to pick it up. They have each narrated some of my favorite audiobooks and when I see their names I know I am in for a great performance at the very least.
Third Person OmniscientA lot YA is written in first person, so when I come across a novel written in third person it's worth the read. I like having someone tell the story instead of having to only live in one character's head. The Raven Boys, Daughter of Smoke and Bone are just a couple of my favorites.
So...what's your book kryptonite ? Let us know in the comments !