Alex on reading out of her comfort zone …
So, how does this work?
You have to pick one genre that you frequently read … and then, you can’t use any books from that genre while answering the questions below. Then, answer the questions, nominate a handful of friends, and then see what genres they love to hate.
Which, of course, is just plain mean but is the whole point of the exercise, finding more about genres we don’t like and or elements that make us squirm.
#1 A book that is an exception when it comes to genres or elements you don’t typically like.
I really don’t like to read contemporary or literary-style fiction. But, because people were reading and raving over A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman, I read it. I read it in a couple of days and, do you know what? I loved it. It made me stop and rethink my aversion to reading this genre, contemporary literary fiction.
#2 A book you enjoyed from a genre you previously held some stigma against.
Back in 2017 I picked up THE THICKET by Joe R. Lansdale based on another online friend’s recommendation. Basically, this is a turn of the century western. I would never have thought to read a western in a million years. Though, when younger, I loved to watch western TV shows and movies. Go figure. It’s another book I read in a couple of sittings and thoroughly enjoyed. This one was so unexpected and yet, great fun.
#3 A book you didn’t know was out of your comfort zone until you started reading it.
I guess this would have to be DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD, which I picked up to read because of enjoying the movies so much. So yeah, I read a contemporary novel without stopping to think about or care what genre it was. And again, thoroughly enjoyed the read.
#4 Pick a friend who motivates you to pick up books you might not normally be interested in—is there a book they convinced you to give a try?
Wow, that’s just about everyone I follow at the moment. Of course there is Jonetta, but also Meggy, Inge, and Sophie. All of who have read, reviewed, and recommended any number of books to me, again, like A MAN CALLED OVE. And, again, because of another bloggers insistence, I also read THE CITY OF BRASS though I don’t normally read fantasy.
#5 A book that is out of your comfort zone, but you would like to read.
Again, because of Norrie from Reading Under the Blankie, I have BEAR TOWN by Fredrik Backman on my shelf. So I guess I’ll be straying down the contemporary novel route again, soon!
#6 A book or genre so outside of your comfort zone that you’ll probably never give a chance.
Anything from the horror genre. Never. Gonna. Happen!