Here’s the question
What is your best guess that you won’t be changing the genres you’re currently read?
The wording of this is a little leading (I’m working on my dissertation and apparently am sensitive to these things), so I rephrased it to: What is the likelihood that you’ll read outside the genres you currently read?
To which my answer is: I will most likely read outside my preferred genres of young adult science fiction, young adult contemporary realistic fiction and young adult books of any genre that feature an LGBTQ+ protagonist. In the next week, even.
To be fair, I’m a reading teacher. So I’ll frequently read outside of my preferences so I can make good recommendations to the eighth graders with whom I work.
In terms of my personal reading life, I’ve recently started following the hashtag #diversebookbloggers, and from that hashtag, I’m introduced to books I might not have found on my own, most of which feature diverse characters, which I’m into. They’re also books written in a variety of genres. Right now, I’m reading a Victorian steampunk novel, and I have more experience with Victorian Era novels than with steampunk. But it’s exciting to get into.
I’m in a book club where the books are added to a list then randomly selected. Since it’s democratic, anyone can add to the list and odds are, I’ll read something I wouldn’t have come to on my own. I actually love this format. It allows me to stretch my reading chops in a safe environment and with people whose opinions and reading habits I respect. Can’t go wrong. (We’re discussing Lolita soon, which is not a book I would have read on my own.)
I’m so passionate about this – because I want to make sure I fight my own ignorance, I wrote a song about it (two years ago). Here it is.
So what is the likelihood you’ll read outside your preferred genres (in whatever time frame you choose)?