So way back in June I wrote a post about how I was getting burnt out on YA, mostly because I was reading sooooooo much of it. I’ve always been a reader who prefers lots of variety, and tend to read any old thing that catches my interest. But since I started blogging I’ve been reading lots of YA books.
My solution that I devised for myself was that I separated my books into loose “genres”, and read one from each before I could do any repeats.
The good news: it’s going GREAT! I’ve read so many AMAZING books this year, and several of them are books I probably wouldn’t have ever picked up if I hadn’t started this process. In particular I’ve read three SciFi’s that I’ve loved, and a couple really good mysteries, which were genres I’d definitely been neglecting. I’ve been very happy with each and every book I’ve picked up in the last six months, and I’ve felt so refreshed. It’s nice knowing every single book is going to be a change of pace!
The things that need to be improved: since I was primarily focused on reading more genre fiction, everything else got sort of lumped together. Historical fiction, chick-lit/contemporary, literary fiction, they all got kind of thrown together. The result is that I’ve read exactly zero literary fiction since then. And while it’s not my favorite genre, there’s a couple of literary fiction novels that have been sitting on my tbr for years, and at this rate I’ll never get to them! I also haven’t read a lot of historical fiction, and that IS one of my favorite genres.
So for 2019 I’m going to continue with this practice, but add in a few more genres. I’m also going to be more flexible with it, since there are some new releases I’m very highly anticipating, and I’m not going to just not read it for a month because I already read a fantasy recently or something! I tried to plan for stuff like that, but sometimes I would be surprised by how quickly or slowly I read things. And if I can’t find something in a particular genre I’m interested in, I’m not going to force it. (Not that that will probably be a problem…)
Also, I may add a re-read in. I don’t know, I have so many favorites that I want to read again, but so many that I haven’t read that I really want to! How do you balance a tbr 100 books long with a library full of books desperate to be read again?
So here’s my first round, my January/Feburary (and let’s be honest, probably March) tbr!
Fiction: An American Marriage
Historical Fiction: Whiskey When We’re Dry
Chick Lit/Romance: The Wedding Date
Mystery/Thriller: One for the Money
Science Fiction: An Ocean of Minutes
Fantasy: The Winter of the Witch
Non-Fiction: The Feather Thief
Do you ever get tired of reading books from a particular genre? How do you prevent bookish burnout? Let’s chat in the comments!