Reading is a must for serious writers. The entertainment factor is great, but I think it’s important to be familiar with new titles on the bestseller lists, emerging authors, and to have some knowledge of the classics.
I’m shocked every time I hear someone say they only read one specific genre. Don’t those people have any idea what they’re missing? I mean, everyone has their favorites, sure, but I’d go crazy if I read ONLY romance, or ONLY horror. To me, that would be like eating my favorite dish every meal for the rest of my life, with no variety or tasty new side dishes.
Personally, the only genre that doesn’t usually thrill me to death is what I call ‘Space Suit Sci-Fi’, the futuristic kind with high-tech scientific weapons and slang, that takes place in some god-forsaken sector of outer space. Just isn’t my thing. (Okay, I like ET and Star Trek, but not Star Wars.) But do I occasionally pick up a Sci-Fi title? Yes, I do. That’s how I discovered the amazing world of Terry Pratchett.
So, to encourage people to step outside of their self-imposed book boundaries, I dare everyone who reads this to pick up a novel in a genre they don’t normally read. Maybe something off the bestseller list, or a classic by an author you’ve never read before, but something with merit. Come on, give it a try, live a little. 🙂 Let me know if you find a new fav, or even if you’re horribly unimpressed with your selection.
I updated my ‘What I’m Reading’ page with a review on The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern. It’s an amazing new novel I highly recommend.