So, most of you who follow my blog will be aware that I mainly read fantasy and that it’s my favourite genre. For a long time it’s been my go-to staple, pick up a fantasy book, get lost in the created world, lore, story, characters and the epic battle between good vs evil.
Recently, however, well, since the back end of last year actually, I’ve been struggling with reading fantasy and somewhere along the way I’ve become tired with and lost my love for the genre!😞
I have these fantasy books that look good, sound awesome and I should be really excited to pick up and read them…….but I’m not and I have no inclination to attempt them! When I try, I get bored and lose interest after a few pages, it’s the same old thing over and over again just with a slight change, rinse and repeat! Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with me?! – polite answers only please I don’t want to be picked apart and trolled in the comments!
I have the latest John Gwynne book, A Time of Dread to read and admittedly, I’m looking forward to reading that (when time allows in the coming weeks) but it’s down to the fact that he is one of my favourite authors and his previous work, The Faithful and the Fallen series is my all-time favourite fantasy series and not that the book is a ‘fantasy‘ book but hopefully there’s a chance it will get me out of this funk I am currently in.
I’ve got the final book in a series to read. I really like the series and the book itself is getting glorious reviews from everyone who has read it. I should be eager to read it and find out how it all ends! After all, I’ve spent hours reading over 2,000 pages in the previous four books but I’m not bothered! I can’t find the want to pick up and read it and see how the author ends it, no interest!😞
I was lucky enough to be quoted in a book recently too, yay, score for my small outcast blog, take that same old blogs.😀 The previous book is on my Top Ten Books of 2017 post, I loved it and I should be chomping at the bit to continue the journey but I’m left with a sense of ‘meh’ when I think about picking up the book!
I’ve predominantly read fantasy not just since I started blogging but since I got back into reading too. I’d occasionally dabble in other genres but sooner rather than later I’d always find myself back with a fantasy book in hand. Hell, I’d read one book in a genre just for a small break and then be eager as fuck to get back to reading fantasy. Now, I’m not! The horror!
Even for upcoming releases that both look and sound awesome, I’m left with a feeling of indifference about them. These aren’t just books I’ve only heard about recently and who would be new to me authors and/or series but series continuations and sequels to books that I absolutely loved in 2017. For all intents and purposes I should be gagging to get my hands on them in the months to come and going ‘wow, that sounds awesome‘ but at the moment, I’m not, hopefully, nearer the time I will be but at the moment, no.
I’m still reading, I’m not in a reading slump but I’m in a genre slump, is that even a thing?!🤔
I’ve recently got into reading more thrillers and I’m thoroughly enjoying them! See, not a reading slump as I’m still reading but a genre slump! So, as it’s happening to me I guess it must be a thing or I’m the first case, Nah, I’m not first at anything! Help me out, has this happened to you?!?
There are even thrillers in the upcoming months that I think sound great or more specifically dark and disturbing!😂 This is confusing as fuck to me as upcoming fantasy releases I could care less about but the dark side (shudders) of thrillers, I think the books sound awesome and I want to read them! Thrillers for the win! – yeah, I’m scared too that I wrote that sentence on my blog!
I think perhaps I’m burnt out and fatigued from reading so much fantasy and all it involves. Sometimes, the books are hefty tomes, daunting in length, take ages to read and it’s a very deep and complex genre anyway. If you aren’t in the right frame of mind, subsequently, you will find your mind wandering, you can’t engage with the book or focus on the story and/or characters (which is what is happening to me at the moment) and you can’t connect with the authors work.
I’m actually beginning to see why some people/bloggers/readers don’t stick to reading just one single genre and mix it up, reading a variety of books and keeping the reading experience fresh.
I like a variety of TV shows, films and games all in different genres, why should my reading be any different?!? I don’t stick to one specific genre in the those so perhaps it’s time to broaden my reading horizons.
Obviously, from Music Monday you will know that I only like rock and metal music so that’s not included with the above. That’s not going to change, loud, shouty, angry music for the win!🤘🎸
If I fall out of the enjoyment of listening to metal and start bopping to Bieber and Swift then it’s bye-bye blog and bye bye world as I will end up incarcerated in a padded cell!😂
I’m not going to stop reading fantasy (well, I have at the moment, sadly) I’m just tired of the genre, need a break and I think I definitely need to branch out into trying and reading more genres and books that interest me.
I’m hoping, fingers crossed that my current couple of reads in the thriller genre will solidify my thoughts that it’s a genre I want to read more of and also that some time away from fantasy will reignite and rekindle my love for what is my favourite genre.
Regardless of your favourite genre has this happened to any of you?!?
Have you become burnt out and tired of reading your favourite genre?!?
Do you ever get bored with reading the same stuff over and over again?!?
I know lots of you read a variety of genres, does this work to keep your reading experience fresh?!?
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