Jul 22, 2013

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Question – Are You An Adventurous Reader?

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This week’s Question comes from Stella.  She emailed me quite a few suggestions and this one is the one that I was most attracted to.  She wants to know:

Are you an adventurous reader?  Meaning, do you venture out of your reading comfort zone and try different genres, subjects or styles of books or do you always stick with what you know you like.

I am NOT an adventurous reader.  At all.

I think that’s because I know there is a chance I’ll dislike the ‘new’ book and I don’t want to ‘waste’ my time reading a book probably won’t like.  Yes, I am aware that even in the genres I prefer to read there are books I like and some I don’t and I know that we never know how we are going to feel until we actually crack open a book and try it but still…  Yes, it’s like broccoli.  You never know if you like it unless you try it.  But I don’t want to try it.

Am I stubborn?  Abso-freakin’-lutely.  Maybe when I stop blogging and stop being so scheduled I will venture out of my comfort zone at bit more but for now, no way josé.  I will stick with PNR, UF and contemporary romance thank you very much.

So what about you?  Are you an adventurous reader?

Thanks Stella for the awesome Question!

  1. Great question Stella. I like to think that I am an adventurous reader. I have a tendency to stick with one specific genre, but if a book catches my eye outside of my comfort zone, I will definitely give it a try. Sometimes, you can find a love for something you never could have imagined just by stepping out of the box. 😀 Although, I do understand that it’s so much easier to stay in your comfort zone, since you are 90% likely to love, or at least enjoy, what you read. 😀

  2. nope; I stick to authors I know, genres I love and do not veer much at all.

  3. I am definitely not an adventurous reader! For example, though I know (and like!) many of the authors who contributed to the Carnie Punk book, I know that steam punk is not a genre that I enjoy. So I won’t bother reading the book. I’m totally okay with that. 🙂

  4. Lol, glad my question sparked your interest Julie 🙂

    I consider myself quite an adventurous reader, and I believe take more chances ever since I began blogging. I gave a chance to contemporary romances and sci-fi novels, just to mention a few, and discovered quite a few new favourite authors/novels 😀 Of course I usually select those books either based on the recommendation of people whose judgment I trust or if the blurb tempts me that much (like Gini Koch’s Touched by an Alien did despite it being a sci-fi book, and I loved it!!)

  5. Erica Pillera says:

    I tend to be loyal the same sort of genre of paranormal romance but I do branch out to the Historicals if they have Highlanders and I do enjoy a little contemporary romance.

    I think it depends on how good the synopsis is to pull me in. If Im going to disappear into a book I want it to be able to take me away from the world and take hold and not spit me out until there is at least a few bumps and bruises (and some possible claw marks).

    Its like a movie, you want to watch what sounds/looks appealing and what you feel like at the time.

  6. I am not really adventurous, I know what I like and don’t like. I have so many authors whose books are autobuy, that I have hardly time to try new things. Only if my favourite authors venture in a new direction, I will try it, but it does not guarantee I will like it.
    I know I don’t like erotica, so why keep trying? Or YA very much, or dystopian.

  7. Jessica says:

    I’m a mood reader, always and forever. Sometimes I’ll get a wild hair and try a new genre because I’m in an adventurous mood, or I saw something that sparked my interest in that genre. For example, I recently picked up a few mystery series after watching Castle for the first time. But for the most part, I only enjoy reading from a few genres (so nope, not adventurous at all): Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, young adult fantasy, contemporary romance, science fiction, and paranormal romance (in that order). With the exception of contemporary romances, I generally don’t like reading books that are too grounded in reality. I live in reality, with all of its highs and lows… why would I want to read about it? I need the fantastic and imaginative to keep my interest. I find myself bored to tears by historical fiction (romance or regular) and I avoid classic, modern dramas like the plague. However if you throw a zany magic user or a slavering werewolf into that mix, I’m all over it.

  8. I am sometimes adventurous. The good thing about romance is that there are a lot of different genres under that heading. So even though I venture out at times, there is always a romance thread.

  9. Deanna – Yes, you are a little braver than I am lol

    Diane – 🙂

    Liz – I used to read stuff by an author I loved when they ventured out into a different genre and noticed that nope, I can’t do that. I just didn’t enjoy it even though I usually truly enjoy their voice 🙁

    Stella – Yes, the blogosphere is a good place to be swayed lol

    Erica – Very well said.

    aurian – I like when you said you know what you don’t like so why keep trying. That was a lesson that took me a while to learn.

    Jessica – I feel the same way about reading things that are too real. Contemporary romances I’m okay with because the romance part is usually a bit unreal lol.

    Michelle – You are right. Lots of different sorts of romance out there so there is bound to be much to love 🙂

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