This week's Tuesday Teaser featured Storm Front by Jim Butcher, a book that fits equally well into the fantasy and crime fiction genres. I'm two thirds of the way through and finding it a fast-paced enjoyable read. It takes an extraordinary writer to mix two genres, and Butcher has succeeded where I'm sure many others would fail. But am I itching to get the second book in the series? Not really.
Until recently I'd never read crime fiction because it didn't appeal to me; it all seemed too formulaic. Bad guy kills. Main character battles killer, police force, ex-wife, and inner demons, before solving the crime. I'm sure many of you will recommend books to challenge my views, and perhaps I've watched too many TV detectives shows?
I am not saying the crime genre is bad. It's just not for me. But the point here is that I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone and learned something in the process - I learnt what doesn't work for me. Next week I could read a bodice-ripper and find I don't like that either. Or I might find I love it. I might discover a new genre, full of thousands of books just waiting to be read. But how will I know unless I try?
How about you? Do you read outside of your comfort zone?
Have you read something from a genre you previously avoided and found it re-affirmed your reasons for avoiding it? Or did it open up a whole new fictional world you wished you'd discovered earlier?