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?