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Each Thursday they post a new question, for example last week the question was;
Do you ever feel like you’re in a reading rut? That you don’t read enough variety? That you need to branch out, spread your literary wings and explore other styles?
And they ask people to either leave a response in the comments section, or for fellow bloggers to post their own thoughts on their blog. So that’s what I’m doing, albeit a little late as I have been away this past week.
So inspired by this, here are my thought on getting into a reading rut and needing to try new things.
Having read since I was tiny and having always loved and devoured books I’ve had my fair share of reading ruts. As I now firmly know my literary tastes, and the genres I like, I often fall into the habit of sticking to one or two syles and excluding myself from other great works of fiction.
It’s all well and good knowing what I like when I’m on a reading mission, chomping through books at a ridiculous speed. But every now and then I get myself in a reading funk where no matter if I’m reading a book that I would usually devour and adore, I just can’t get into the book. I indeed need to spread my literary wings and explore other styles.
This has happened with several books and when I ‘ve gone back to read them another time I’ve loved them like I knew I eventually would.
So this for me is a reading rut, when I need to read something else, something totally different to the usual genres I chose. I need to mix up my reading habits, have a break from my repetitive selections. This is all in order to go back to the styles I usually read so perhaps it’s a little ironic really?
When in a rut I’ll usually chose a style of book that I normally shy away from, like a crime thriller or auto biography, and if I’m really stuck a chic lit book. I’ll also always try to read something completely different to anything I’ve tried before in order to get out of my self-imposed rut. And I usually enjoy trying new books and styles so why I always go back to my fail safes without keeping up the variety I’ll never know.
This is how I discovered the wonderful No time for Goodbye by Linwood Barcaly and loved it, so reading ruts aren’t always bad things.
So in answer I definitely get in a reading rut, but like I said it’s usually my own fault.
Actually you kind readers might be able to help me, I’ve been feeling like I’ve been in a reading rut recently, more because I’ve just been reading nothing but books by female authors. This isn’t intentional and certainly not a good thing,I need that type of variety at leat. So can anyone tell me of some great books that I must read by male authors? Any suggestions would be very welcome.