Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

Happy Manic Monday! I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day weekend. I attempted to rest, watch movies, and even make my own Captain America shield from cardboard and acrylic paint do a dress cosplay of the character for the 4th.  You can see that on my Instagram (more on that in another post).

Aside from the things mentioned above, I also did some reading.  If you didn’t know, I enjoy reading, I have since I was a kid. Three years ago I decided to participate in GoodReads Reading Challenge and I continue to do so this year. I have a goal of reading 60 books and so far I’ve read 47. In addition to reading more books, I’ve taken it upon myself to read books that are outside my comfort zone.

I dislike the romance genre, it’s not my thing. If a book or film  has romance in it but other important stuff is going on it’s fine but if the book or film is straight up romance, then I won’t read or see it. Granted, I’ve watched a couple of romantic comedies, but even then there was other things going on which distracted me from the romance aspect.

For instance, I’m a Ryan Gosling fan and have seen most of his films, but I will never see The Notebook, I just can’t do it.  I have nothing personal against romance, it’s just not a genre that I enjoy. I love action, sci-fi, comedy, and horror, and history. That’s what I enjoy reading and watching.

Speaking of The Notebook, I have never watched any of the films that are based on the books by Nicholas Sparks nor have I read any of his books…until now.


That’s right, yours truly has decided to step out of my comfort zone and read a genre that I’m not feeling.  Last week I took the small step of browsing and ultimately borrowing The Lucky One written by Nicholas Sparks. I started reading it and so far…I…I like it.  I haven’t gotten to far into the story but it’s keeping my interest.


You know who’s fault it is? Zac Efron. He’s one of my celebrity crushes-first thing I saw him in is Summerland (a great show that was canceled after 2 seasons ending on a bloody cliffhanger!) and I saw the trailer for The Lucky One ( a lot of Sparks’ books have been turned into films-Dear John, The Last Song, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook) and that got me curious. Not to curious to watch the movie (or watch High School Musical in fact the only other thing I’ve seen him in is Hairspray)-let’s not get crazy here folks-but curious enough to grab the novel off the shelf and look at it a few times before giving in and reading it.

I don’t know how this is going to go, I’m definitely going to finish the book and I’ll let you know how it goes, but first…I have finish reading Jaws.  I’m not going down without a fight romance!



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