Reboot your Reading List

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We all have a favourite stable of authors we return to again and again. We either devour their new books or we re-read their old books, embracing their familiarity. It is a comforting and enjoyable way to pass the time.

When searching for something new to read, we either try a writer who is recommended as similar to one of the authors on our favourites list or we pick something from within the genres we are most comfortable with.

We never stray too far away from what we know.

That is not necessarily a good thing however for a reader or an author.

Into the unknown
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Out of My Comfort Zone

A few years ago I was seriously ill. A friend of mine arranged a delivery of books to my house to see me through my months of treatment. There were five or six books in all. None were the kind of books I would have picked for myself. Some were literary reads, others historicals, outside my go to periods of history, some were futuristic but not sci-fi.

I read them all over the months I was laid low. Firstly, because having read the blurbs of each I was intrigued by then and secondly because they had been a present and I would have felt a little mean if I had not read any of them.

My friend had told me that if any of the books did not appeal to me that I could swap them for others, she wouldn’t mind but I didn’t want to do that. It would somehow have cheapened what was a wonderful and thoughtful gift.

Imagine my surprise when whole new worlds I would never have inhabited opened up before me, sucking me in and holding me in their sway.

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Try Something New

There is definitely something to be said from stepping away from the familiar and reading something new. So next time you are searching for something to read try something from a genre you’ve never read before or, better yet, walk into a book shop and pick up the first book your eyes alight upon.

Reboot your reading list and you’ll be rewarded by discovering new worlds and new writers you would never otherwise have met just like I was.

white lies
White Lies by Ellie Holmes http://Author.to/EllieHolmes

 

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4 thoughts on “Reboot your Reading List

  1. kjw616 09/11/2017 / 12:00 pm

    I resisted joining a book club because I did not want to be “forced” to read a book I did not choose. When I finally took the plunge six years ago, I realized how wrong I had been. I have loved most of the books I never would have chosen.

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    • ellieholmesauthor 09/11/2017 / 7:25 pm

      Makes absolute sense! We shy away from the unknown but often the unknown opens our eyes to worlds we would not experience otherwise. Happy reading! Ellie x

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  2. deborahanndykeman 17/11/2017 / 6:16 pm

    Yes, I’ve been trying to stretch my world of reading. With some books, even if it isn’t a story -line I’ve enjoyed, it’s been wonderful to read a new author and devour their style of writing.

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    • ellieholmesauthor 20/11/2017 / 8:39 pm

      It’s so important to broaden our horizons but I am as guilty as the next person for slipping back into my comfort.

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