I usually read books that have a paranormal or fantasy or dystopian twist to them. Looking over my books read in 2011, the majority of the books I read were in those three genres. We're talking not very many contemporary or historical books at all. To me, reading is an escape from the stress of daily life, and jumping into a world so completely different from my own makes for a wonderful time away from reality. Strangely enough, the few contemporary novels that I actually did read were some of my top favorites for 2011.
This year so far, I have read five books, and only one of the five has been paranormal. The others? All contemporary. Many of the others I have planned to read in the near future are contemporary as well. I don't know if the shift is in the publishing world - that more contemporary novels are being published or if the change is in me, tastes modifying themselves.
At any rate, I think it's a good thing to get out of your favorite genre for a while and taste the other flavors of the rainbow. What about you? What are your favorite genres??