It's time for another Insecure Writer's Support Group post. As usual, I'll just answer the optional question...
"Everyone has a genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within your genre(s) you create stories for? What motives your reading choice?"
To be honest, I don't normally read within my genre(s) when it comes to books. I primarily read classic reads, stuff that usually aren't similar to my own books. I've read so many classics, my spelling and wording changed. This is why instead of trailing, I spell trailling; instead of favorite, it's favourite for me. I also read nonfiction historical books, mainly related to historic wars. My favourite wars to read about is the American Civil War, World War II, Vietnam war, the 1993 Somali conflict, American Revolutionary and I guess several others. I read them because of my deep interest in military history and my past military studies at a military academy.
When it comes to other formats, manga, I actually do read in my genre, mainly Shonen or Magical Girl. This is because I always had an interest in Shonen. Later on, when I discovered a Magical Girl series called Glitter Force when I was recovering from my surgery, I loved this genre.
Returning to books, I also read books for language learning. I read these in order to assist with learning languages I want to learn and improve on.
It wasn't until recently was I trying to read other books within my genre(s) in order to see what's out there already. If I had to choose though, it would be Fantasy and Science Fiction. I will always prefer classics and historical reads though.