You Tell Me: What Does it Take to Get You Out Of Your Comfort Zone

You Tell Me: What Does it Take to Get You Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in You Tell Me | 5 comments

In general, we are creatures of habit. I think this is just a natural human trait, although don’t quote me on that. Because of this, we tend to stick to what we know. I for one, am a bit of a picky eater, and I always have been. The difference now is, as an adult, I know there are some pretty great things out there I’ve never tried, so I’m more willing to go out of my comfort zone. I try to approach things in life now as “I’ll try anything once,” within reason, of course.

When it comes to books however, I’ve realized that I very rarely step out of my comfort zone. I like vampires, demons, shifters, mythology, monsters, legends, and magic. If it has something supernatural or paranormal, there’s a good chance I’m willing to give it a shot. Step away from those items though, and I’m less inclined. However, at Christmas, my sister had bought me a few books that I thought sounded interesting, but since they had little to do with my chosen genres, I never would have bought them for myself. She bought them for me, and I devoured them. So recently, on date with my wife to the bookstore, I decided I would continue with this and step out of that little box I’d created around myself and venture into new territory.  I have to say I’m really happy that I did. I’m getting a different kind of satisfaction from reading these news stories, and it helps mix things up.

So today, my friends, I come to you bearing a question. What does it take to get you out of your comfort zone? Are the type of person that is willing to try anything? Perhaps you are more of a recommendation reader, and you don’t jump out of your comfort genres unless some trusted recommendations come your way, demanding you read a certain story. And to further the discussion, what does a new book need to do to appeal to you? Does it need to hold some basic characteristics from your favorite genres, or are you simply willing to give anything a chance for the love a good story? And lastly, is there any genre or type of story you absolutely refuse to read, and why?

As always, let’s keep things friendly and respect everyone’s opinions! Taste, after all, is as subjective thing as any.


  1. I’m not one to move out of my comfort zone AT ALL. What will it take? I’d do it for a family member or a close friend. Sometimes it happens by degrees. A book has something I like but other things that don’t appeal to me..I read it anyway and learn that I like those things too. I think that’s the way that my reading tastes have changed over the years – by degrees. I used to read more straight fantasy but as I experienced urban fantasy, I discovered I like it more. Now I rarely read straight (high) fantasy.

    • That makes sense. Especially the part about it happening in degrees. You start at one point, but after a few minor changes over the years, you’ve slowly venture into new territory. I think that’s kind of what happens to me too! 🙂

  2. Well let’s see….that’s a hard question. You see when I first started reading I would only venture to different types of books (out of my comfort zone) when I was bored with the type of books I had been reading. I.e., the stories all seemed to be the same no matter the author. That would spur me to find a new type of book, in a new genre usually. I guess you could say I had readers ADD.

    Finally as I got older I settled on more than one type of genre and have been happy since. Granted I read a wide range of genre’s so I don’t get easily bored anymore. Now if I get bored of one I just move to another of my preferred genres.

    Although there was a time when I ventured just for the sake of reading something different. I wanted that adventure and excitement of discovering something I had never discovered before. Well let’s just say that didn’t work out very well and I quickly ran back to my old stand-by’s!! 🙂 But I guess I would consider a book if it was recommended highly by someone that I highly respected and whose opinion I trusted as my own.

  3. It’s not only a genre comfort zone it’s the author too. I always read the same people but have been able to find a much wider stream by looking at other authors and their recommendations especially on and twitter

  4. I’m one of those people who enjoys venturing outside my comfort zone. I will try anything once — I’ve had the many stitches and broken bones to prove it — and the same goes for reading. Peer pressure (50 Shades is a good example) and recommendations have a big impact on me — yes, I’m weak — so if someone says they have enjoyed an author or book I will give it a go.

    It also depends a lot on the type of mood I’m in. I usually have a couple of books on the go at the same time for this reason. I really dislike historical romance and science fiction, but I’ll try pretty much anything else.

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