But, as creatures of habit, we tend to get stuck in one genre, niche, or whatever. Here then are some handy-dandy tips for reading more widely.
I'm here to serve, after all :) (and entertain, and be totally random, and possibly scare you.)
1. Confuse the f**k outta Goodreads.
If you're generally bookish, you will already know of Goodreads.
If not, then welcome to bookishness! Let me take your coat and strap you to the table! (That was a joke - please don't run off.)
Goodreads is basically social-networking for books. It's addictive and demands your soul as a blood-price :) I'm currently about three souls in debt.
As a result, Goodreads now throws me recs for pretty much every book on the planet.
The downside to this, unfortunately, is that there is no rhyme or reason to my recs. This can be irritating and unhelpful sometimes - like, when I'm in a certain mood and none of these books fit that!
But, I have also found some randomly awesome stuff this way.
2. Explore a new genre.
I wasn't a fan of YA contemporary novels, but my fellow book bloggers infected me with their never-ending enthusiasm for the genre, and I'm currently on a bit of a YA contemporary binge.
And you know what? I'm actually enjoying it.
So don't be afraid to leap head-first out of your comfort zone.
If there's a genre that you want to give a try, try looking up lists of recommended titles on Goodreads or do a Google search, and see what catches your eye.
THERE SHOULD BE NO GUILT IN READING.
If you enjoy something - enjoy it. And people who claim to be 'well-read' but poke their noses up at 'lesser' or genre books?
They aren't well-read. They're just jerks :)
I used to feel uber-self-conscious at reading things that were seen as trashy etc. But I've decided I'm not going to feel guilty any more.
I READ VICTORIAN LITERATURE AND GAY WEREWOLF PORN - AND I DON'T CARE!!!!
6. Take recommendations from a variety of sources.
If you listen to the bookish interweb chatter, or just your friend who's raving about the latest bestseller, you're likely to come across something you haven't heard of before.
And you might just be tempted to give it a whirl ;)
What about you guys? Any tips for reading more widely?
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