I’ve noticed in the last couple weeks that I’m getting pretty burnt out on young-adult books. I’ve always said that it’s not my favorite genre, but I also feel like it’s one of the most exciting genres. It’s definitely the genre that book bloggers promote the most! As a result there are ALWAYS more YA books that I want to read.
So here I am, reading more YA. And getting pretty burnt out.
I’ve also noticed how badly I’ve neglected some of my favorite genres. I’ve only read one classic this year, and my SciFi shelf is depressingly empty. I always tell my dad, an ardent SciFi lover, that I just have a hard time finding SciFi that appeals to me, but the truth is I rarely take the time to look. It’s easier to just pick up that YA book everyone is hyping. Even though I’m probably going to hate it because I’m so burnt out… Whatever, it’s EASIER!
The obvious solution to my problem is that I just need to read more. And faster. Like those people in the podcasts I’ve been listening to who are always reading like, five books a week. I always thought I was a fast reader. I am NOTHING.
But, unless I suddenly win the lottery and can quit my job and get a full-time maid/nanny, that seems unlikely. (Besides, I rather enjoy spending time with my kids. Go figure.)
So instead I’ve devised a system for myself. It’s pretty basic, really. I just made a list of the six “genres” I enjoy reading, then set up ONE slot for each genre. Now I’ve got to read all six books before I can start a new list. This should force me to rotate genres. Yay!
Now we’ll just see if I can stick to it… lol
So here’s my first six books! I’m actually very excited for all of them, except the mystery which I’m nervous about. Mystery is my least read genre, and I have no idea what I like and what I don’t. But I’m going to find out!
Classic – The Color Purple
“New” Book – The Hating Game
Mystery – Salt Lane
SciFi – Artemis
Fantasy – Trail of Lightning
Young Adult – Children of Blood and Bone
How do you avoid genre burnout? Let me know in the comments!