Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Reading Rut

When it comes to picking books to read I usually stick to the tried and true. I'm heavy on popular fiction and historical fiction titles. It's usually the top 100 book lists that have me scrolling through looking for any must reads to add to my list or if a cover looks suitably historical enough then its enough to have me picking it off the shelves and wanting to give it a whirl (yes I am a terrible judge of book covers, I know, I know how the saying goes but sometimes the really good books have the really good covers!)

While there is nothing wrong per say with sticking to favourite categories and staying within the safety net of reading easy and pleasing books, there have been more than a few times recently where I have felt in a real rut with what I've picked up - recently there was the historical novel that reminded me so much of Downton Abbey that I couldn't quite make it past the first chapter. I also have an annoying habit of hating to leave a book unfinished, so even if it's really uninspiring I'll usually plug away at it for weeks when really my mind is wandering off the page, making up grocery lists or thinking about what colour to paint the hallway rather than paying any attention to what is going on beneath my nose.

I've made it a bit of my reading mission to start reading titles and genres that I usually wouldn't pick up. I want to read more of the Classics, try something set in a futuristic or fantastical universe and delve into the world of Young Adult fiction a bit more. I can't guarantee they will become genres that I reach for time and time again, but perhaps I can make it through them without idly planning my grocery list.

Do you ever find yourself in a rut with reading or have any good ideas for how to get out of it?


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