Sunday, 21 August 2016

Reading | Out of My Comfort Zone

 I've always been an avid reader. Some of my fondest memories from childhood are focused around books and reading, and it's something I do to relax and escape. During university I found myself getting drawn to the same type of book over and over again. Despite there being nothing wrong with doing this, I wanted to challenge myself and read some books which were a little different to the chick-lit I usually favour. I wanted to broaden the type of books I am reading, and discover some new favourites which I certainly have done already.


Part of reading for me is being able to escape into someone else's story; you learn so much through reading, and that is why I love it. Also, I'm pretty nosy so being able to learn about someone else's life really appeals to me; regardless of whether the person actually exists or not. As much as I love reading chick-lit, 2016 definitely seemed like a good year to start branching out and reading a wide range of genres: especially as my days are not focused around university reading, or essays! As I reflect back on the range of different books I have read this year, I am so pleased I set myself the challenge. I would have never even considered some of the books I have read this year in the past and it's made me realise how much there really is out there to get stuck into!

I certainly didn't think I'd find myself half way through the year having read more than one crime book, and actually have enjoyed both despite being the sensitive soul that I am. I have read books that have deepened my knowledge and passion for Religious Studies, and I have read books that have inspired me more than I ever thought a book would inspire me (I'm looking at you The Alchemist, what a book!). I also dipped back into the realm of one of my favourite books ever - Eat Pray Love - when I read the "sequel" Eat Pray Love made me do it. This was another inspiring book, and took me back to the original book which I adore.

2016 has definitely been a year of reading books so different to the usual style that I read, and I'm so pleased I made that promise to myself! There's still 5 months left which gives me a lot of time to delve into even more challenging books which excites me too. Who knows what I will have read by December - War and Peace perhaps? Maybe not...

Have you set yourself reading challenges? What is your favourite genre of books?
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  1. Ah such a nice post, I love book related content. ‘Eat Pray Love’ is good film I’ve got it on DVD so the book sounds promising. I wasn’t aware there was a sequel either so that’s exciting! What were your thoughts on ‘Everything Everything’? :-) xx

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    1. The book is excellent - I'd definitely recommend you read it. It's almost like a sequel but more how the book inspired people which I really loved reading, as I found it so inspiring too! I really enjoyed it, I did think some of it was extremely unrealistic, but I thought it was something different too! What did you think? XXX

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  2. My favourite genre is also chick-lit - I just think they're so easy to read! Loving the Harry Potter films I'm this year getting through the books too and I'm loving them so so much. Lovely post x
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    1. They are - the perfect way to escape when things get a bit stressful! The books are some of my favourite ever, I loved them!! XXX

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  3. I need to read both of these. I promise I will get reading Everything Everything soon! I might have to get Eat Pray Love for holiday... P.S- do you have any other good holiday reads? x

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    1. Can't wait to hear what you think about Everything Everything! Anything by Victoria Hislop - she's excellent for holiday reads, as they are so interesting but also relatable too. I also really love Sophie Kinsella!!XX

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  4. I can so relate to this, I set myself the challenge to read more books from different kinds of generes as well :) I mostly read fantasy or contemporary YA novels but I really want to read some classics in the future. Both Everything Everything and Eat Pray Love are actually books I want to check out as well x

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    1. Ah I love that someone else has challenged themselves this year too - I think it can be very easy to stick to what you know, but now I feel like I may have missed out on lots of great books in the past! I love fantasy novels too, and I've really been enjoying YA books this year too. I've not read many classics, but I have read Crime and Punishment which was very good if you are looking for one to start you off! Would recommend Everything Everything and Eat Pray Love too!! XXX

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