I keep seeing so much buzz and positive things about All the Bright Places, I’ll Meet You There and a host of other contemporary novels. I see the buzz, hear the love but I find I have little desire to actually read them. I want to love issue books, contemporaries and new adult novels but I find I can’t (exception would be new adult with a fantasy setting=love for me). I’ve come to realize I have a really limited taste!
I want to expand my reading some but it hasn’t worked out for me. I find I am firmly rooted in science fiction, fantasy, dystopian or historical. I can read adult or young adult with no issue but when it comes to genre I hit a brick wall.
A couple of friends (looking at you Crystal and Jon) have been urging me to give All the Bright Places a try. They tell me I’ll love it, it’s beautifully done, heartbreaking and perfection. But when I read that summary? I have zero interest. I wish I didn’t feel that way.
How do you expand your genre horizons? Do you attempt to read books out of your comfort zone? Every time I’ve tried (example-Eleanor and Park) I’ve understood the love for the book but I’ve never felt compelled to read further.
At first I thought my contemporary block was because the setting was present day and our world but I can enjoy thrillers and mysteries even with a contemporary setting like Every Breath and Every Word. I ADORED these books.
I’m wondering- how narrow are your reading tastes? Do you like a wide variety or are you like me and stick to what you know?