It’s time to step outside your comfort zone, outside your borders, or outside of your own country or culture.
I made it my business to read more diversely this year. I think I actually did a better job of it near the end of LAST year, but there's still a lot of 2014 left, and my reading tends to pick up in the summer months and through the end of the year. I'm very much at the mercy of my reading moods, and if I follow those moods I'm generally rewarded with good reading mojo.
Ever since I read Beloved a month or two ago, I've been keen to dive into more of Toni Morrison's work. Beloved was a re-read, and I fully intend to re-read The Bluest Eye as well. To continue my Morrison reading, I have Sula and Song of Solomon waiting on my TBR.
Morrison's stories are so brutal and vivid and lovely and heartbreaking. So many emotions, themes, and tropes are wrapped up in each book. I can't wait to read more!
Another book that took me out of myself and into other cultures might be a bit of a surprise.
While Anthony Bourdain is a snarky asshole a good portion of the time, I love his writing, and I really appreciated his reverence for other cultures in A Cook's Tour. This book allowed me to travel to new places like Cambodia and Vietnam, Mexico and Russia. While Bourdain is in pursuit of the perfect meal, he learns a lot about culture, not just cuisine.