Grab a coffee and have a talk with me about bookish things!
I am a super picky eater, I always have been. When my mom would fight with me growing up trying to get me to try something new she’d always repeat the dreaded mantra “Your tastes will change when you get older.” I’m sure I used to roll my eyes as I adamantly refused whatever she was coaxing me to try. I vowed to myself that one day I would prove her wrong.
Which brings me to my college years and all the funny things my friends or guys I was dating would do in an attempt to get me to expand my pallet. A guy I was dating was desperate for me to eat sushi with him that he donated 100$ to my roommates mission trip. Well, I bet that’s the most he’ll ever pay for sushi again! Given that we don’t eat sushi together anymore. (I now love sushi, by the way, I guess it wasn’t a complete waste.)
My fore mentioned roommate would nag…. nag me to death… until I would try something. Some things I did not like. Some things I did. It was in my college days where I found my love for avocados, asparagus, mushrooms, and artichokes… Wow! I was really missing out… And that roommate will not let me live it down to this day…
So what does my weird food journey have to do with reading? I just want to make the point that just because you didn’t like something earlier in your life, does not mean you won’t grow to love it later. I make it a practice now to try foods I’m sure I don’t like every couple of years because you never know when one bite will change your mind or in your case that one book.
I know a lot of readers are really strict on the genres that they read… but I would say every once in a while, try a book that’s not in your usual genre. Have an open mind. It will either work or it won’t. If it does, you may find yourself in a whole new world.
Recently for me has been cozy mysteries. I am a pretty pristine reader, no violence, murder is not usually my thing, but I gave it a try. I am loving it. (Funny enough cozy mysteries tend not to be violent – though there is murder???) I now have a whole new realm to explore with authors I would have never bothered with. There is something to what my mom said, your tastes do tend to change as you get older. Much to my dismay she was right about that.
My advice, keep trying things whether its foods or genres even if you thought you didn’t like them at some point.
Which genre would you be open to trying again?