I don't normally read fantasy. I mean, I don't think I ever finished The Hobbit. I gave Map of Shadows a try because of Joanna Penn's non-fiction work - and found myself drawn into the world and finishing it in two sittings. Some cringey bits but really fine descriptive writing and excellent pacing.
This says two things:
It's good to step outside your comfort zone for reading.
As an indie author, build connections whenever, wherever you can.