Do you read outside your comfort zone?
To be honest, I rarely do. I read for fun. I read to enjoy my time. Usually, my time driving as that is the only time I get to read. So I read what I like, I read what makes me happy. I read what makes the 1.5 hour commute (on average) in traffic not seem as horrendous on the horrendous day. So most of the time, I read within my comfort zone and books I expect to enjoy. Pre solo parenting the kiddo I used to go to book clubs, and I would read books outside my comfort zone. And sometimes I liked them. Sometimes I learned a bit about myself and the world around me. Sometimes I read a book I never would have picked up otherwise. And sometimes I lamented the time I could have been reading something else. I certainly think reading outside your comfort zone is good for you, but on occasion. Not all the time. Reading (outside of assigned reading in school-related capacity) should primarily be for your enjoyment and betterment. And typically only we can decide if a book would satisfy that requirement.
I agree with Julie 100%. I read for pleasure. So I pick books in genres I will enjoy. Book clubs have helped me read outside of my comfort zone. And yes, I have even enjoyed some of those books I wouldn’t have picked up on my own. But I also skip those books that I know I won’t enjoy (hard pass on the horror / psychological terror books. HARD PASS.)
I have recently read a couple of graphic novels, which is definitely outside of my comfort zone. And I didn’t hate them. I think the key to reading outside your own comfort zone is to pick something similar. Don’t like Sci Fi? Find a Sci Fi book with some elements that you DO like (romance, for example). Don’t like fantasy? Maybe stay clear of high fantasy and try some urban fantasy.
How about you? Do you read outside of your comfort zone? If so, how do you pick those books?