Thoughtful Thursday is an opportunity to discuss things book and blog related. It might be an issue that has been mentioned in the media, or something about people’s reading or blogging habits.
Inspired by Becky Page Turner’s recent post, I’d like to write my thoughts about:
How do you broaden your reading?
I like to believe that my reading taste is quite electic. I read contemporary/general fiction, classics, travelogues, non-fiction, crime fiction, thrillers, true stories, biography, management, economics, war, translated fictions etc. I choose books that are award winners and books from popular lists and sometimes graphic novels. There are just some books that I don’t read, books like YA, fantasy or sci-fi. So don’t ask me about books like Lord of The Rings, Narnia or Hobbits, I’d rather see the movies :). Having said that I have read all Harry Potter’s books and the Twilight Saga. I suppose I only read them at a period of my life when I don’t have anything better to do!
The way I broaden my reading is to visit my local libraries more often really. I find library looting allows me to be more adventurous in reading all sorts of books. If I don’t like it, I can return it and I do not feel compel to finish it.
Reading about other cultures, or other countries is really my utmost objective. I think with this in mind, I actually broaden my reading and thinking. So I tend to read books from all part of the worlds (except the North and South poles that is). Recently I find reading native authors writing about their own countries through translated fictions, as opposed to a foreign author writing about his / her adopted countries or places they travel to, is an eye opening experience.
I think it’s quite liberating to be able to pick a book anywhere in a whim and read whatever I like. So I’m two minds about signing up for reading challenges that restricts you to a book list. On one hand, I love to read some of the books that are heralded as classics or a good read, on the other hand I’m sort of pressured to adhere to a list and meet the target. Sigh!
But perusing a book list and reading book blogs does make me want to broaden my reading, but it does rob me some time off from reading “The Economist” or God knows what sort of rules and regulations the Financial Services Authority (FSA) is going to come up next?
The best advice I can give is to look out for sources of inspirations from what other people are reading and to be positive and take an interest in what new books that may appear in your horizon. And if you chose not to broaden your reading for the time being, it’s fine as well.
After all, reading is supposed to be fun. It’s not a “have-to”.
What do you think? Are you trying to broaden your reading and how are you trying to do so? And where do you look for inspiration that will broaden your reading? I’d like to hear what you think.