Summer Reading: Goodbye Genre-Rotation!

Summer is almost here! I can literally smell it when I go outside. More to the point, when my kids go outside and come in all stinky, lol. As always, I’m very much looking forward to summer vacation. While I can’t say I’ll have more time to read than I do now (gee, thanks COVID), at the very least I won’t have the stress of trying to work from home.

Typically during summer vacation I try to read at least 100 pages every day. That’s a goal I would like to set for myself this year as well. I usually read a YA series that is beloved by I never got around to. I was planning on reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer, but I don’t know, I’m just not really feeling it. Maybe once summer kicks in I’ll feel more motivated, lol. I also usually try to tackle a couple of the longer books on my tbr. Last year I’d planned to read both Dune and Lonesome Dove, but found myself overwhelmed by taking three classes (because I’m an idiot). I tackled Dune in April, but Lonesome Dove is definitely on the docket for this summer. Also maybe The Rise and Fall of the D.O.D.O?

Since this is my first summer as a librarian I’ve also got a LONG list of middle-grade books to read. I’m thinking of set a one MG book a week goal? I don’t know, then I won’t get to them all. We’ll see where it goes. I live in Texas, so I’ll be reading my way through this year’s Bluebonnet Nominees. I’m really excited about A Wolf Called Wander and Charlie Hernandez & the League of Shadows. Also, children’s librarians, can you BELIEVE that The Strangers will be my first ever Margaret Pearson Haddix book??? I know, I KNOW.

But I think what I’m really looking forward to this summer is throwing my genre rotation out the window. Life is so ridiculous right now, things are so stressful, it just makes picking a book even harder. I’m a libra, I can barely make a decision on a good day, y’all. Add COVID in and I just can’t. Forcing myself to read in a particular genre only makes that harder.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been loving my genre rotation for the last eighteen months. I read some books that I’d been wanting to read for a long time that kept getting pushed back because I was reading so much YA and fantasy, and they were AMAZING! It’s just … life is tough right now.

So, yeah, all the rules are out the window and I am going to MOOD READ until I run out of steam! Woooooo!

I think I’m also probably going to re-read all of the romantic ewey-gooey stuff I’ve ever read. Red White & Royal Blue, probably Carry On, maybe The Hating Game. It just seems like my world really needs some happily ever after right now.

Do you have summer reading plans? Let’s talk about it in the comments! Or try convince me to read Cinder. I’m ready to be persuaded. šŸ™‚

22 thoughts on “Summer Reading: Goodbye Genre-Rotation!

  1. I really don’t have any summer reading plans as I’m such a mood reader but recently I’ve been in the mood to read contemporary, I’ve been really into reading Kasie West lately. I do have some contemporaries on both my physical shelf and my I created a shelf on my Nook called Beach Reads that I can read. I can bring my Nook to the beach too because I have a waterproof case for it.

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      1. I wasn’t talking about the book Beach Read, I was saying that the name of the shelf on my Nook is “Beach Reads, ” as in the perfect books to read while at the beach.

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  2. I don’t have summer reading plan. I never read books as per the season. I still haven’t started May pre-approved NetGalley books so I’m planning to finish them in June. This year I’m reading 100 pages a day and sometimes more so that’s one goal I stuck to from beginning of the year.

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    1. Part of summer reading for me is as a teacher (now teacher-librarian) I get summers off and I’m home with my kids. So I just have more time (theoretically) than during the school year. So far this year I’ve been trying to stick to 50 pages a day, and that’s been just about right for me. Some books (especially YA) I can do 100 on pretty easily though.

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  3. I don’t have any concrete summer plans (hopefully working but we’ll see what shoe drops next) book wise I can’t concrete either. I’m currently reading like 8 different books cause I can’t decide what I want to read. Maybe my Memorial Day plan should be getting that together šŸ™‚

    Happy Summer!

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    1. That’s a good idea, I should check in with myself at the end of the summer and see what happens. I bet, though, that’s it going to be all fantasy and YA, and that I’ll be sick of both by the end of the summer. lol

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    1. No, we won’t get books shipped until school starts in August I think. I’m going to have to get it from the public library somehow, or do ebooks on my school iPad. I would rather not do the ebooks, though, because if I’m reading it that means a kid can’t. :/

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  4. That’s so funny that you are throwing your genre reading restrictions out the window for the summer where I am going to try (again) to enforce them for myself!
    The thing is, being back in a physical library makes me want to read ALL the middle grade and especially the graphic novels (both of which I don’t usually buy for myself). HOWEVER I have a HUGE stack of adult fiction on my physical TBR shelves, and have only really read YA this year…

    I am excited to see which well loved series you choose to tackle this summer though. I like reading book series (especially well loved ones) after the hype so that I can binge the whole thing without having to wait for a new book to come out…

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    1. I am forcing myself to read one MG book a week, no more no less. That way I don’t spend *all* my time there, but I don’t neglect them either.

      I notice I’ve added a LOT of ya to my TBR this summer. I’m a little nervous that in throwing my genre-rotation out the window I’ll read too much ya and get burned out. But since we’ve moved my new town’s library is SUPER SMALL, so I’m having to request nearly everything from ILL. It just makes it too hard to have a structured rotation.

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      1. I totally understand! I have a really bad habit of burning myself out which is why I want to try to reinstate the reading order for myself. BUT it completely makes sense to me why others wouldn’t. I just thought it was super interesting and funny we were on opposite ends on this one šŸ™‚

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        1. It is kind of funny! I assume once COVID is over and it’s easier to get into the libraries/bookstores again (and I don’t feel like stress eating until I gain 75 pounds) I’ll go back to my genre-rotation. I really liked it.

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