Deep down, I think we all know we are supposed to go outside of our comfort zone every now and then. Someone at some point has convinced us that it’s a good thing. So of course, my response to reading outside of my comfort zone is going to be, yes. A pretty easy question. For me, the kicker is this: how do we get ourselves to read outside of our comfort zones? Deep down, I know that I should broaden my reading horizons, but I can’t seem to quit this John Green kick I’ve gotten myself on lately.
I think a lot of it has to do with how we approach reading outside of our comfort zone. If I tell myself I have to, or that it’s what I should be doing, chances are that I’m going to see it as a negative thing. Perhaps if I make it a goal to do occasionally, the concept will be more achievable. For instance, saying you are going to read one book out of your comfort zone a month (or insert a time frame reasonable for you) is going to yield better results than stressing yourself out to feel like you need to be doing it all of the time. Another thing I’m trying is to get recommendations from other people. It does two things for me. The first is that it gives me a more concrete way to approach getting out of my comfort zone (as opposed to just vaguely saying that I should read more of a certain type of book). I also feel like I will have a better chance of liking a book out of my comfort zone if it comes highly rated by others.
I think it is perfectly acceptable to make reading out of your comfort zone an occasional thing. The majority of reading you do should be fun and enjoyable. Otherwise what’s the point? However, there is also value in trying new books. You never know whether or not you’ll like a book until you try it.