Wither by Lauren DeStefano, the first book in the Chemical Garden Trilogy. My first instinct was to put it aside without a glance. Yup, the cover is really nice, but it is so out of my reading comfort zone. I gravitate towards well-writted chick lit, women's fiction, contemporary fiction, and the odd romance that toes the line of chick lit. I've accepted the fact that I read primarily for pleasure, so I may as well find what I read pleasurable. I don't do vampires or werewolves, I don't read a lot of historical fiction (although I do pick up the odd one and tend to enjoy it), and I dont do bodice-ripping romances. In general, I don't read YA. Or dystopian fiction.
Perhaps by being close-minded at times when it comes to my reading I've been missing out. I haven't read The Hunger Games series, or The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. I've heard great things about both, but haven't been enticed to pick them up yet. In a way I feel that I should stick to what I love to read, so that reading remains a pleasure for me, but in another way I feel that I should occasionally step outside of my reading comfort zone to experience something new. For this reason, I'm going to give Wither a try. Who knows? It could become my new favourite series.