Readers come in different sizes, shapes and preferences. Aside from a shared love of books, no two readers are alike. Some people are series junkies, others are literary snobs. Some are polygamists, others are genre loyalists. Some are faithful to physical books, others are new gen e-readers. Some read by author, others read by mood. Some skim, others underline. Most often than not, they can be any of the above mentioned at the same time.
I, for one, have my own comfort zone as a reader. As much as I try to make sure to keep my reading attitude open and flexible, there are still some walls that I find hard to take down. Like stepping into the world of paranormal fiction.
A novel could have the goriest deaths in its pages and that would be fine ─ so long as it is done by a human. Ghosts, on the other hand, make me uncomfortable and uneasy. The thought of having them in my mind scares me. And unlike movies, books have a way of staying in our memories much longer.
So what made go out of my comfort zone now? Yesterday, James and I went book hunting in two branches of Booksale (a thrift bookstore) after 6 months of quarantine. It’s like being reunited with your loved ones after years of being separated. But for some reason, I didn’t feel like looking for books that I’d normally take. I had this nagging voice at the back of my head that wanted me to take a horror novel. Long story short, I randomly picked Sophie Hannah’s The Orphan Choir (20 pesos) and Andrew Pyper’s Lost Girls (83 pesos).
I still don’t know where this decision will take me. Or if I can see these books through the end. Maybe, maybe not. That will have to wait. 😊
What’s your comfort zone as a reader? Have you tried reading out of it?
October 4, 2020 at 7:34 pm
nice post Maria. I should try pure romance novels, that’s the outer limits of my comfort zone…LOL!
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October 5, 2020 at 8:17 am
Ooh that’s interesting, Gina! Would pure romance include the likes of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? Or the works of Nicholas Sparks?
October 5, 2020 at 11:14 pm
Interesting! I hope you enjoy and do not regret stepping into that uncomfortable zone 😬. I miss stepping into bookstores and the feel of a physical book! I’ve been borrowing a lot of e-books from my local library. As for my uncomfortable zone, definitely horror (I just don’t like to be scared lol) and historical fiction.
October 6, 2020 at 9:43 am
I feel you! The horror genre is such a challenge for me too. What have you been reading lately? E-books are fine, just take care of those eyes. hehe
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October 14, 2020 at 4:34 am
I just finished re-reading the Percy Jackson series, one of my favorites as a kid, since I’ve been feeling nostalgic. Currently, I’m trying to figure out what to read next lol
October 6, 2020 at 1:01 pm
ohooo! so brave of you, dearie! I think my comfort zone is more on the realism side. I like non-fiction and contemporary fiction. Sci-fi and the genre you mentioned are those I am comfortable with. And my being stubborn might keep it that way. haha. All the best in this new experience, dearie!