you should be reading out of your comfort zone – and here’s why

i know, i know what you’re saying: reading out of my comfort zone?! HELL NO. well that was i was saying around a month ago. i wasn’t thinking about reading other than my beloved YA fantasy books -which i still love. but then after reading Lola and the Boy Next Door and Me Before You -which are contemporaries, a genre that i used to rarely reach in months- and loving each one of them so much, i started thinking that reading out of your comfort isn’t a bad thing. it can have some really good advantages that i recently discovered, and that you may not be seeing.

i know it’s a really difficult thing to read out of your comfort zone. i do not deny the fact that it has a lot of disadvantages. but i think we should see positivity (and unicorns) in everything. that’s why i came up with a list of five reasons reading out of your comfort zone isn’t a bad thing.

you can discover new stories

as much as there are TONS of amazing books with amazing ideas in every genre, sometimes stories in a certain genre can get repetitive (i know which genre you think about right now: dystopia) (yes, i can read minds). so why not discover new stories by reading other genres? who knows? maybe a certain book can become a favorite?

you can fall in love with a new genre

as much as you can fall in love with a new book by reading out of your comfort zone, you can also fall in love with a whole genre. yes, A WHOLE GENRE. i’m saying this by personal experience. i used to say: “comtemporary? that’s not really my cup of tea”, and now a lot contemporaries are listed in my all-time favorite books. you can guess which genre i fell in love with…


you’ll be catching up on popular books in other genres

every genre has its popular books, right? by reading out of your comfort zone, you will be catching up on those, which is a really good thing. so why prive yourself from seeing what the hype around some books is about.

you will take a break from the genre(s) you usually read

not reading from your favorite genre anymore? this may sound like a bad idea, but it can be a good one too. you usually read from a certain genre, so maybe take a break? i swear it won’t hurt. i’m not telling you to stop loving the genre you always read from, but it’s always a good thing to change a little from what you usually read.

you would have given a try to other genres

if you read books out of your comfort zone, you will give a try to a lot of other genres before judging them. and you would certainly stop judging a book by its genre (wich you should really stop doing).

in conclusion, reading out of your comfort zone can be a really good and fun thing to do. i do believe you should stop priving yourself from discovering other genres like i did for months, because it would be a big mistake for you as a reader.

do you think we should read out of our comfort zone? why (not)? what’s a genre that you rarely reach for?



17 thoughts on “you should be reading out of your comfort zone – and here’s why

  1. YES! Lately, I’ve really been trying to read outside of my normal genre, which is also fantasy! 🙂 I’ve been trying to read more science fiction (which I avoided for awhile to be honest), and I do occasionally get around to reading a contemporary… I still need to work on it though! I haven’t read any historical fiction in like four years. D: Love this post!!

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    1. thank you so much! i haven’t read any sci-fi novel in ages, but i think i will definitely give it a try soon (because i’m so excited to read Illuminae). as for historical fiction, i have never actually tried it. guess i must give it a try too soon!


    1. exactly! there is so much variety in books! and if we do not taste from everything, we wouldn’t have discovered this variety in stories and ideas. and the only way to see new ideas is to read from different genres.


  2. I read a wide variety of genres, but two that I avoid like the plague are paranormal romance and contemporaries. I doubt I will ever want to read paranormal romance again because I tried enough to know that’s not my thing. Never read contemporaries, so maybe I should step out of my comfort zone and give them a try.

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    1. you should definitely try it!
      you shouldn’t be sad you didn’t like a certain genre, each one has his tastes, and that is that. at least you have tried it. but you should definitely keep trying to step out of your comfort zone as you said, and discover a variety of stories and ideas!


  3. I love this so much! I completely agree with you – reading out of your comfort zone is great. It allows you to read things you wouldn’t normally read, and possibly even find a new favorite genre. Thanks for sharing Maha and, as always, fabulous post! ❤

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  4. I used to read fantasy all the time! Of the book wasn’t fantasy, I wouldn’t touch it unless it was dystopian. Now, I’m kind of branching out and reading mystery and contemporary, two genres I hardly read. It has changed my stand on these books! 😊

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