Ever since I’ve started reading regularly, the main genre I’ve been reading is fantasy. Sometimes I’ll also branch out into contemporary, romance, romcom, maybe sci-fi, but these are just the genres I tend to lean more towards.
It’s funny actually because I don’t really enjoy fantasy movies too much. Sci-fi is totally my thing movie-wise. (Interstellar is my favourite movie of all time!!) But when I tried reading a sci-fi book, I really didn’t like it. I’m still not sure if it was just the book I read or if I just have different reading preferences.
I always blog about things that I would be interested in reading in other people’s blogs. When brainstorming what to post this month, I suddenly got an idea – I thought it would be fun to write a blog post all about my experience reading a genre that I never read.
So I thought it would be fun to try out a genre far out of my comfort zone – mystery/thriller! I have never read one for the longest time…maybe since middle school and thought I’d give an Adult thriller a try.
I decided to read One By One by Ruth Ware.
Why did I choose this one?
Probably firstly because of the cover. It’s interesting how the words are layered and the avalanche in the background piqued my interest. The synopsis also seemed kind of interesting to me so I picked this one up.
Getting snowed in at a beautiful, rustic mountain chalet doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world, especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a cozy fire, and company to keep you warm. But what happens when that company is eight of your coworkers…and you can’t trust any of them?
When an off-site company retreat meant to promote mindfulness and collaboration goes utterly wrong when an avalanche hits, the corporate food chain becomes irrelevant and survival trumps togetherness. Come Monday morning, how many members short will the team be?
Here were some of my thoughts:
It didn’t take me too long to finish.
This book took me 4 days to finish on top of my full-time job and extracurricular commitments, that’s not too bad! It was kind of slow at first since there were so many characters to get to know – I believe there were 12! But as the story went on, I found that I really got to know the characters well – their personalities, appearances, and possible motives.
It left me with a bad feeling.
I mean, what did I expect? I feel like thriller movies usually have a happy-ish ending but also simultaneously leave you with some type of open-ended scene that gets you thinking for a while. The ending of this book wasn’t really a cliff-hanger but the last quarter of it left me with a very unsettling feeling. I guess this is a good and a bad thing. It’s good because that means the author did a great job with storytelling but bad because I don’t enjoy feeling creeped out or scared.
A wildgoose chase.
Most of this book was a wildgoose chase. The author kept making us suspect different characters as the murderer and gave every single person a motive. I felt like I was being flung this way and that. Since I half-expected this to happen, I knew the murderer probably wasn’t going to be the first few suspects but it was still an interesting experience as I made my way through the book coming up with my own theories on who did it!
I got sucked in.
Yes, I didn’t love this book because of its genre but the story itself was quite immersive. The 60% mark was when things started getting weird and we started to reach the climax. At that point, I literally couldn’t put the book down. I even found the audiobook through my local library system so that I wouldn’t have to stop reading while I worked out, ate dinner, and washed the dishes.
A great audiobook.
If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I don’t really enjoy audiobooks. I find it hard to focus on the story and get immersed. I’ll listen to three chapters and then realize I have o idea what just happened. Admittedly, I haven’t tried a large amount of audiobooks so maybe I just hadn’t found the right one yet…until this book. I read most of it in a physical book and finished the rest of it by listening to the audiobook and WOW. It was so immersive – almost like watching a movie except there were no visuals and I still felt like I was watching the whole story unravel before my eyes. This book redeemed audiobooks for me and I’m excited to start listening to more audiobooks in the future.
So there you have it. These were my main thoughts while reading a genre that I never read. Click here to read my full review on Goodreads.
How about you? Do you ever just get curious and decide to read a book in a genre you don’t usually read? Let me know your thoughts!