I’m in what I call one of my “reading ruts.” Work is stressing me out, so my reading choices lately have tended toward the light and fluffy of YA literature. Ash was deeper and more meaningful than I expected, but overall my recent reads list looks very similar to a 12-15 year olds’. My TBR list is expanding into infinity, and I don’t know where to begin.
Here’s where I need your help.
How do you get out of a reading rut?
What do you do when you notice that the last 5-10 books you’ve read are in the same genre, or cover the same topic? What do you do if the stresses of life reduce you to reading the cotton candy of literature: pretty and delicious, but ultimately unsatisfying?
Participating in the Gothic Reading Challenge has helped me some; I’m a Type A personality (to say the least), and having goals and deadlines helps me stay focused and on track. But at what point does striving to reach a goal totally suck out all the joy of reading?
How do you manage your reading?
How do you choose the book you plan to read next? Do you fly by the seat of your pants, or do you have an ordered list?
For those of you who write reviews, do you actively try to review different genres and types of books, or does it not bother you if you review four or five YA novels in a row before moving on to several Paranormal, before migrating over into non-fiction for a few weeks? Have you found that your readers get bored easily, or do they stick around, knowing you’ll get over your sudden obsession and move on?
Tell me: how do you do it?