I‘m joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop again this week, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…
Have you ever ventured out of your comfort zone in terms of reading a genre you have never read? If so, did you get hooked on that new genre?
For me, the answer is a big yes on going outside my comfort zone – though I don’t do it as often as I should. It’s often thanks to my book club, because we each take turns picking a book and none of us have same tastes, but I also try to purposely pick books that don’t “fit” with my normal reading patterns.
This last year that has included romance (with Colleen Hoover’s November 9) and young adult (with Patrick Ness’ The Rest of Us Just Live Here). I enjoyed both and I’d definitely pick up books by both authors again. BUT I don’t think it converted me to either genre. Being able to test books out is one of the reasons I love using my library…there is no risk and no cost. I think I’d be less willing if I had to pay for books in genres I may not like.
Where I struggle more is that when I have a choice I nearly always go for authors I already know because there are too many books by my favourite writers I still haven’t read or – when I come across a new author I like – I become slightly obsessed with reading their back catalogue. This year, to counter that, I’ve been making a conscious effort to read debut novels. So far this has gone really well and I’ve discovered some authors I hope to read for years to come.
What about you, do you stick to one genre or is it anything goes?