Do you ever feel like you put yourself in a box of only reading a certain type of book? Or maybe the books you choose to read are from authors you know, hardly visiting words written by strangers? I know quite a few readers who only read Young Adult, or only read Adult. Whatever that box may be, maybe you placed yourself inside it on purpose, or like me, maybe you've formed this box unknowingly. Regardless the box is there.
I'm here today to tell you that I am venturing outside my reading zone. Somewhere along the way I got in the habit of only wanting to read contemporary fiction. It could be about a teenager, or a story written about adults. I simply just craved those realistic fiction stories, wanting nothing to do with any other genre. But why is this? Am I only a contemporary fiction reader? Goodness, no. Yet I found myself inside this box, quite comfy actually, flooding my mind with contemporary stories.
People associate myself, and my blog, with contemporary fiction -- something I am definitely in agreement on. It IS my most favorite reading palette. However, it's not my ONLY reading choice. After compiling my list for this past Tuesday's Top Ten Popular Authors I Have Never Read, it became blatantly clear that I have been missing out on some really great stories while staying in the confines of this box.
Guess what? I AM VENTURING OUTSIDE THIS READING ZONE. As a future teacher, I
Now, I'm not saying I've only ever read contemporary fiction. After all, my rediscovered love for reading began with paranormal fiction. In my early days of blogging I was open to a lot more genres, but as I settled into GReads! I soon realized contemporary fiction is where my literary heart lies. I do have some non-contemporary books under my belt. It's just been a long time since I ventured back into those waters. Well, it's gotta start somewhere -- right?! And that is why I have chosen this book as my current read:
Only a few chapters in, but it's already consuming me! I love that feeling when you start a new book. So tell me, have you found yourself inside a certain reading zone with the books you choose? Have you had any experience with stepping outside that zone and discovering a new-to-you book/author that you may have been reluctant to try before? Please share in the comments!