Day 4 – Pushing the Boundaries – Giveaway 4

September 11, 2014 Uncategorized 3

I have learned over the past couple of years that I am not as conservative in my beliefs or my choices of titles to read as I used to be.  In my personal life I was always someone that most people would guess is very staid and potentially vanilla in nature.  Those who really know me know that I am more open to new experiences and love to surprise people with facts like having been a cast member of a local group that acted out “Rocky Horror” every Friday and Saturday night.  If you told that to most that know me thru work they’d be shocked….  I am honestly an introvert but I am comfortable acting and performing in certain situations.  I’ve found that under the right circumstances I can push past my internal comfort zone to have fun playing a part.

In my reading life I find that I love reading books that take me to places, lifestyles and situations that I have never experienced nor will I ever experience but love to read about them.  Some of these include sexual situations and relationship types that I will never personally be privy to but reading a strong story that happens to include these situations makes me more open to seeing these relationships in real life.  I have never had an issue with alternative lifestyles but couldn’t understand why BDSM or polyamory would be something you would intentionally seek out.  By reading some of the authors I have read over the past couple of years I can understand why it might be attractive to some and understand a bit more than I might’ve had I not had those boundaries pushed.

One thing I wish people who don’t read romance would understand…. Romance today isn’t all bodice ripping and heaving bosoms…  Romance today covers subjects that are much more powerful while still allowing readers to escape.  Sure there are still the frilly, silly titles but I’ve read titles that have dealt with rape, suicide, PTSD, depression, religion, coming out, accepting you are homosexual, and many other topics that are deeper than I had expected.  I’m glad that I pushed past my own prejudices and started to read this genre as I’ve found a great set of people to talk with about books and deeper subjects than I had ever expected.  So….  now to the important stuff…

How has reading pushed your boundaries?  Have you started to see things that you never expected and have it impact your personal beliefs?  Just let me know something in the comments by September 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm Central Time for a chance to win….

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3 Responses to “Day 4 – Pushing the Boundaries – Giveaway 4”

  1. Amy R

    I have found numerous new things from reading. One major thing is new music from author playlists .

  2. Neene

    *shifty eyes* besides how hot two guys can be together?
    But seriously, I’ve had the same experience as you as regards different sexualities and/or relationship styles (including BDSM and poly and..) and it has pushed both my understanding and my perception of this way beyond my starting point – in a good way – and made me confortable enough to (respectfully) challenge other people in their views and beliefs.
    Also – beside the magic getting-out-of-my-own-head experience – I’ve read stories that have deeply resonated with my own life and experiences. Or plain showed me something completely new about myself!