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 a 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 in one particular urban fantasy series, 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 harrassment 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 have 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 avoid 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
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