There are many people I know who will read only from one topic:
Be it JUST mystery.
Be it JUST non fiction.
Be it JUST children’s literature.
My theory on this (big surprise) is entirely different. The only way to become “well rounded” is to read ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. How can you expect to be an educated individual if you read from just one topic? I LOVE Ray Bradbury’s quote on reading and libraries:
I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and it’s better than college.
You just know that even though he wrote primarily Science Fiction, he read from every genre. Every writer must read from every genre. Reading everything enriches your vocabulary, enriches your sense of place, enriches your life.
If you are a writer, it is imperative to read everything. It is really the only way to improve as a writer.
Isn’t the concept of being educated to know a little from every area?
Isn’t that why in college you have to take core classes before you take classes in your major?
Can’t the same hold true for reading? I find it fascinating when I come across a one genre reader and because I read EVERYTHING I do my best to break the one genre habit when I see it.
Every time you find someone who says they only read mysteries,
Every time you find someone who says they only read children’s books,
Every time someone says they don’t read fiction…
…Give that person a book that is outside their comfort zone.
Until next time…
…Turn the page.