Welcome to Caffeinated Confessions!
I wanted a forum where we could talk about bookish subjects from swoon-worthy covers to the price of eBooks. I hope to share my thoughts on a different subject each month. So that we can all chat and share opinions. In the process, I hope we get to know each other a little better. I made a pot of vanilla hazelnut coffee and have some lovely peppermint tea so grab a cup and let’s chat:
Are you loyal to only one Genre? Ever Get Burned Out?
If you follow my blog reviews chances are you have already determined I read books from all genres. Last year I read two hundred and fifty books and am a self-confessed series addict. After reading my last confession you have a wonderful visual of how I read but did you know I have other quirks as well? *Gasps* I cannot read the same genre or series back to back. *nods head* Through trial and error I have found I need to cleanse my book palate like a wine taster. *sips some red wine* Ah. I find that if I read too much of one genre I get burned out. Does this happen to you? To avoid burn-out I like to go from a dark dystopian to a sensual historical fiction and then jump right into a paranormal book.
I hear a lot of readers complain about reading blocks and know from experience this can happen to me if I overdose on a genre. Prior to the “binge years,” I read books straight from the New York Times Bestseller list and then I went on a historical romance binge. I consumed books and authors like they were nectar from the Gods. *it was crazy dude, I was an HF romance junkie* I would find an author and read all of her books in a matter of weeks. I am talking weekly trips to the library hauling home twenty books at a time! This binge went on for close to five years and I would only mix in another genre by happenstance. (Harry Potter, kids school books, classics, King, Roberts, friend nagging the hell out of me) Then came the crash, I lost interest in all books and had a dry spell.*gasps* I found myself depressed and had no idea why I was in such a reading funk. Looking back I can see my bender had ended and I just needed to regroup. I did not touch a historical romance novel again for almost five years! It was like bad fish. *I’m not eating it, you eat it* Since changing my habits I started reading them again last year. I read one or two a month and delight in the fact that I enjoy this genre once again. During my “recovery” I discovered paranormal woo-woo and urban fantasy and I almost began another terrifying binge! Thankfully by book four, I realized I was no longer enjoying it but rather rushing to see what happened next so once again I decided to regroup.
I change things up now by mixing the genres I read each month and readily try new and old genres. Up until recently *like the last 6 months recently* I loathed contemporary. *like it was the plague, man!* In my twenties, I read a few of the top contemporaries at the time, and they all dealt with rich spoiled woman, male chauvinistic pigs, drugs, and cheaters. Keep in mind it was the eighties when high hair, cocaine, and crap was all the craze. *Blech!* So you couldn’t get me to even try one again. *seriously, no way am I trying that* Thanks to reviews and some downright harassment by a few blogger peeps *nag,nag,nag* I slowly starting picking up standalone contemporaries and have found I love new adult and adult in this genre. * Nods head, wide-eyed* and says, “I know I still cannot believe it!” I haven’t had much success with young adult contemporaries or at least I haven’t found an author whose tales I completely connect with. However I loved Hopeless *new adult* and recently won Slammed *young-adult* by the same author, so we may yet have a winner. I am open to the possibilities. *winks* Have I gotten completely off course with the topic?!? *shrugs* As I was saying I find that mixing the genres I read and never reading a series back to back has made my reading experience more enjoyable. With series, I am behind in I try to allow 3-4 weeks before reading the next book. I have avoided the dreaded reading slump and get to experience an array of emotions from terror to heartwarming smooches each week! Surprisingly there have been some pleasant side effects; it has increased the, quantity of books I read *happy dance* and introduced me to some seriously good books! I still have occasional binges *I am an addict, people, it happens* and had one last year when I discovered there was more to young adult than Harry Potter and Twilight and indulged myself for a few months playing catch up..LOL
Do you read only one genre? If so, how the heck do you keep it fresh? Do you like to mix things up? Can you read a series or trilogy back to back without incident? Is there a genre that you run from like the plague? Have you experienced that rush sensation when you do read them back to back? If you only read one genre how do you keep it fresh? ~Confessions of a book addict