Genre Burnout. Happens to the best of us, despite our good intentions. Despite being the voracious readers that we are and want to be. Well, Shady Talk is here to discuss that and also give some tips.
I’m by no means a genre snob. I like almost all types of genres and have been known to experiment with those that I would never have touched.
If you asked me 3 years ago what my favorite genre was I would’ve readily answered with Historical Romance. Hands down, no doubt about it, bare chested men on covers all the way.
(Nothing wrong with classic Fabio though LOL. Plus this cover is from my favorite of all time HRs’, Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey).
But seriously, for awhile there, that’s all that I was reading. Book after book after book, voraciously devouring said stories with book boyfriend material galore. Eventually, I slowly realized that I was not enjoying it anymore.
Stories/tropes/characters all started to blend together. The Duke of this, was sounding like the Earl of that. I was asking my self, “Wait? Didn’t I just read a story like this?”
For the record, I would like to state that there is nothing wrong with reading this genre. I know some would say that all romance sounds the same. It’s lazy writing, blah blah blah. I’m not saying that. In fact, I’ll be one of the first to defend the genre.
What I am saying is that I got bored. Plain and simple, nothing in the genre was appealing to me anymore. So I jumped ship and headed towards Contemporary Romance. Guess what? It happened again.
Call me jaded, but I seriously felt like Morticia Addams while she was reading the Cat in the Hat to her “son” in Addams Family Values.
After this, I kind of went on a reading strike. That, plus a lot of personal/family issues caused me to actually have a reading burnout. I went back to playing video games and rediscovered my love for that. It was time for a brain re-boot.
Late last year, I tentatively decided to try cracking open a book. My choice was a YA Fantasy book that I received from my OwlCrate subscription. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan re-kindled (pun intended all the way) my love for reading.
Maybe it was the break that helped or maybe it was when I was unpacking all of my books since moving and seeing all of my TBR lovlies, but I remembered why I loved reading in the first place.
Tips for the Genre Burnout Victim
1. Take a break–Like me, your brain might just need to re-boot and relax. Do something else to occupy yourself. When you’re ready, you’ll know.
2. Switch Genres–Pretty self explanatory actually. Take an adventure somewhere else. Read a lot of romance? Go to the foggy streets of Victorian England instead. Find that killer. (If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m currently on a Thriller bender, but I know I need to take a break from that soon. So I’ll just go somewhere else. :) )
3. Need help finding the next read?–Subscribe to a book subscription box. If that’s not financially feasible, go to your local library and peruse the shelves. You’re bound to find something.
4. Don’t stress about it–Reading is supposed to be fun. Whether it’s the ARCs (advance reader copies) that’s dragging you down, or the genre you’re stuck in, just remember why you love reading. It could be as simple as that.