Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
I was reading a review of Caitlin Moran’s How To Be a Woman on TiggerRenewing which mentioned that people who “an’t see the reason for why we need abortion on demand” might skip the relevant chapter. This got me thinking about how much I choose to push out of my comfort zone when I read. One type of book I know I sometimes avoid is popular science books in biology, because I hate how often they demonize science in order to sell a sensational story. At the same time, I do sometimes choose to read these books and they’re often good for me. They make me look at issues in science in a new way and make me ponder ethical questions. Even if they also make me want to scream because of their inaccuracies and one-sided arguments.
I also try to push out of my comfort zone by reading a wide variety of genres and have found genre challenges to be a great incentive. For instance, I read my first graphic novel and my first steampunk story last year as part of Book’d Out’s Ecclectic Reader challenge. I realized recently that I’m also fairly limited in the nationality of the authors I read (predominantly American, with a few British classics), so I’m also trying to do better there with a fun around-the-world challenge.
Do you have any suggestions for other ways to expand your reading selection? Does reading a variety of things come naturally to you? And if not, do you try to read a more varied selection?