Monday Musings

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?


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12 responses to “Monday Musings

  1. I think it is great to read outside of your comfort zone. I think it stimulates our minds a bit and it’s never a bad thing to try new things, even if the end result is that you don’t like it. At least you know. At least you try! I participate in the Eclectic Reader challenge each year, too, and I love how it forces me to branch out and try new books.
    Reading various genres comes naturally to me, but it gets harder for me as a blogger because I have to wonder if it’s worth pushing aside books i know I’ll like in favor of trying new things when I have so many books to read.
    Here’s my Musing Mondays Post
    Megan @ Love, Literature, Art, and Reason

    • It’s definitely harder to manage your reading selections as a blogger! My blog is pretty eclectic and so are the books I enjoy, so I don’t feel like it restrains me there, but I have noticed that I’m reading far fewer long books now that I’m blogging. I just don’t have the time to read long books quickly any more, so it’s hard to read them and still blog regularly.

  2. Hi,
    I’m reading a number of books all at once. I’m just starting with Charles Bukowski, Tales of ordinary madness. I never read anything by him and I’m hooked. I’ve got to get more. Poems are easy; I can get them online. Novels I’ll have to buy.
    On the go are: The prisoner of heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (fantasy based in the old city of Barcelona, around a sinister figure who wants to destroy all copies of books); one of the latest by M.C Beaton from the Agatha Raisins’ series because I have read 17 out of 24 and I’m still up for more; Percy Jackson, number 2 because it’s fantastic; On Writing, Stephen King because I’m writing a book and you just have to read it.
    All the best,

  3. Patty B

    I too need to read outside of my comfort zone…I am taking a leap by finishing up Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult and I have heard alot about Maeve Binchy so I will try her too. Handle with Care is very very good so I am glad I took that plunge! And I started to read the classics, thanks to Kindle I am broadening my reading habits.

    • It’s always so exciting when you try a new sort of book and are glad you did! My little sister loves Jodi Picoult, but I don’t read much contemporary fiction and haven’t tried it out. I’m glad to hear you liked it and am considering giving it a try 🙂

      • Patty B

        I never thought I would like the classics either but I have found a new love in Jane Austin books. And renewed my interest in Jane Erye. I have always loved that story.

  4. Daystarz Books

    Having pretty eclectic taste I read sort of widely however there are genres I wouldn’t bother with as I know they are definitely not my thing from past forays into them – like horror, paranormal and erotica. Here’s my MM:

    • I also generally skip horror and erotica too, but unlike you, I don’t actually have a lot of experience to back that decision, so I might have to give them more of a try yet. I’ve had some friends strongly recommend HP Lovecraft recently, so maybe I’ll take a stab at the horror genre before giving up on it 🙂

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