Should Be Reading hosts Musing Mondays. This week's musing asks . . . Do you think it makes you NOT (or less) “well-read” if there are certain genres that you won’t read because you KNOW you won’t enjoy them? Why?
I don't necessarily think being well-read means having to read lots of different genres. That being said, I do think it means you need to read many different things about many different topics. For example, reading all you can in newspapers, periodicals, biographies, non-fiction selections, historical fiction, fiction, self-help will make you well-read. In my mind, being well-read means obtaining knowledge of many different subjects through reading. So, if I choose not to read YA or fantasy novels, I don't think I'm not well-read because I may instead choose to read a periodical article about authors of fantasy or a book about the lasting fixation with vampires, and I may then be able to speak to the subject without having to endure reading any actual novels.