What do you do when a book takes you by surprise? Do you keep reading to see what happens? Or do you surrender and tuck it away in a DNF pile?
I ask you this because, as I keep edging away from my reading comfort zone of contemporary reads, I find myself more and more surprised (sometimes unpleasantly) by new reads. Abandoning my comfort zone has been an ongoing project for myself. Reading used to be black-and-white to me: good reads versus bad reads, genres I like versus genres I dislike. But as I became more involved in reading reviews, and scouring Goodreads for upcoming titles, I realized reading isn’t always so black-and-white. Sometimes it’s worth going out on a limb and picking up a book that you never thought you’d read, no matter whether, in the end, you like or dislike the book.
So what do you do when you try something new and don’t enjoy it as much as you’d hoped you would? As much as you thought you should? Do you give up, or do you plow through?
Lately, I’ve been plowing through. And while this method has been allowing me to experience new genres, writing styles, and authors, it’s also left me unsatisfied. I wonder if I’m pushing myself, if I’m forcing expectations. When it comes to writing reviews for these out-of-the-box reads, a wave of writer’s block hits me. It hits me hard. I wonder if the lack of satisfaction I personally felt doesn’t do the book justice. I wonder if it would be an excuse to outright claim I’m no experienced reader in Genre X, Y or Z. I wonder if I’m turning reading into work, or keeping it as discovery.
I’m still unsure of the answers.
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