Help me read outside my genre

When I was a kid, I lived about a mile from a small branch library – perfect biking distance. This was before computers, and I didn’t really know about interlibrary loans, so it’s probably fair to say by the time I graduated high school I’d read most of the sci-fi/fantasy, children’s, mysteries, YA, and classics they had, as well as a ton of general adult fiction. Some of it was great, and some of it sucked. I read it anyways.

Today, my time is limited, and I can’t read as much as I’d like. When I do find time, I stick to novels that’ve been recommended to me, or books by authors I know. Nonfiction is usually something that relates to my thesis (education or low-income economic policy stuff). If I’m feeling adventurous, about once a month I might randomly pull something off the new shelf at the library. Extra time is given to reading women’s upmarket fiction, as that’s what my upcoming novel, The Lone Wolf, is.

Recently, though, I’ve been trying to read outside my comfort zone, and it’s a bit overwhelming. I’d like some good thrillers, romances, and mysteries, but I have no idea what’s good.  Suggestions?

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