Do you ever read so many books in one particular genre that you get burned out and can’t bear to pick up even one more of that type of book for, well, for quite a long while?
I most definitely do. It can be a big problem. One that’s only solved by a good cleansing of the palate.
Way back in high school, my friend Kristen and I would devour historical romance novels like they were going out of style. Working in a library throughout high school was definitely helpful and kept me supplied with as much romance as I could stuff in my greedy little face. This kept on for many years (though it did slow down in college — too much to do, there’s less time for pleasure reading) until the day I walked into the romance section and realized I’d had enough. All the plots…the same. All the covers…well, you’ve seen one heaving bosom peeking out of a ripped, ruffled gown and a hot, muscular guy drooling over it, you’ve seen them all. (Or so it seemed.)
So, I switched. Chick lit was up to bat for a while then travel memoirs then urban fantasy then young adult everything. All great. Very enjoyable until they all blended together.
When I started this blog two and a half years ago, I focused on the young adult category. I’d discovered the fabulosity that was and is YA and wanted to share it with the world. I read a ridiculous amount of books.
But I burned myself out on YA Contemporaries, YA vampire novels, YA insta-loves and love triangles…seems I’m burning through genres pretty darned fast. Of course, there are books that seriously stand out — no matter how burned out I might feel, I’m still intrigued enough to pick up the story and enjoy it.
I need palate cleansers — books that are far beyond the genres I usually read. Memoirs, travelogues, mysteries, and adult contemporaries seem to work best.
The only genre I haven’t burned myself out on at one point or another is urban fantasy. (Please don’t let me burn out on UF anytime soon. I love it so.)
Here’s my question to you all: Do you get genre burn-out? What do you do about it?
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