A Writing Journey

My Reading Habits

Reading is one of the most important skills a person can have. It can be challenging,  exciting,  enlightening,  and engaging.  I love stories and I love words, so naturally I love to read.

But I have a problem.  Since I was a kid and first discovered fantasy,  that has been almost the only genre I’ve read.  Sure,  in college I read (and found I didn’t hate) non-fiction, but I still have to give myself to read it for leisure.  If leisure is the right word.  I suppose not.  If I’m reading non-fiction,  it’s because I want to learn something.

In order to remedy this problem,  I downloaded the kindle app for my phone. Me. I hate ereaders. But I did it. And,  last weekend I devoted two books ( if less than stellar quality – they were free after all) in a genre I swore is never touch.  Yes.  Romance.

I vine just thinking about it.  And yet, exploring genes,  I feel,  is part of being a writer. We’ve got to be aware of what’s out there,  of the style and flow of each genre. If we don’t, I don’t think we can reach our full potential.

Beyond that,  as reader I don’t think it matters what we read so long as we do read.  I’m not going to shame someone for reading a genre I don’t like,  just as I won’t shame someobe for writing that genre. The point is to read,  to enjoy language and hopefully learn something.

So I read outside my genre. I don’t know where I’ll go from here. If you have any suggestions let me know,  but for now I’ll be sticking to the free kindle books. 🙂

Take care,  fellow travelers.

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  1. I’ve read extensively, both in- and outside of my preferred genre for writing. After a few years where reading became difficult, I’m back into the swing of it since the beginning of 2013. I am reading a lot of ‘new’ fantasy. I have vowed to read at least one book a month outside that genre ánd one indie book a month. To keep track of what I read: Goodreads is my friend 😀

    • It’s definitely good to read multiple genres. I applaud you for having set yourself monthly goals! I agree, Goodreads is wonderful. 🙂
      Take care,
      Emily

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