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On Only Reading Books You Can Relate To … Why?

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I like to only read [insert book genre here] books because “I can relate” to it.” This is an argument that I’ve seen around quite a bit, so I’d like to offer a few reasons why I DON’T ONLY read books I can relate to.

If I only read books “I can relate to” I would never read …

– Books written by men
– Books with vampires, werewolf, zombie, shape-shifters etc.
– Books written by someone that is not Black
– Books with Gay characters
– Books narrated by young adults (or kids)

Because I AM NOT …

– A man

– A vampire, werewolf, zombie or a shape-shifter (though I wish)
– White
– Gay
– A child (or young adult)

If I only read books “I can relate to” I would never read …

– Books about other planets
– Fantasy books
– Books set in anyone of the MANY countries I haven’t visited
– Books that feature time travel

Because I HAVE NOT …

– Visited any other planets
– Visited any fantasy worlds
– Visited many of the countries around the World
– Time traveled


Do you only read books you can relate to, or do you branch out from time to time?

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