So, I have a problem. When I like something, I’ll go completely overboard and love it to death. If I like a song, I’ll play it on repeat until I cannot stand to listen any longer (1997 was a tough year – to this day I cannot listen to ‘My Heart Will Go On’ because Little Justine just loved it so much). It turns out, I do the same thing with books.
For a period of time, I exclusively read adult fantasy novels. I wouldn’t touch YA, I would really struggle to read any other genre of book. It all started with Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, which I rescued from a box of books we were going to donate to the library. That book kickstarted a fantasy book binge that ended in 2016. I’m now struggling to read the same books I was obsessed with only a few years ago because I’m just so burnt out on the genre. I can’t even finish Wheel of Time, the series that started it all, in part because of this.
I’ve been trying to be more careful about this now. I mix up what I read with fantasy, science fiction, literary fiction, non-fiction, and historical fiction. It can be so tempting to dive back into a genre binge though. I’m reading lots of YA these days, a genre I only truly discovered earlier this year with Alwyn Hamilton’s Rebel of the Sands, but I’m trying to read other things as well.
So here’s my question to you: are you a genre binger? Do you exclusively read one type of book or do you try to read many different things? How do you mix up what you read? Are you a ‘binge it until you cannot stand it for at least three years’ kind of reader like me? Let me know!