When you get too used to a particular routine it can sometimes become dull. Reading is no different, especially if you constantly read the same types of books or stick in your comfort zone. People talk about reading slumps but I don’t tend to fall into them. I do however need to mix up my reading a bit now and again.
Although I lean towards drama books, usually contemporary stories with relatable characters, I also read YA mysteries a lot too. I certainly find it more interesting to have several books on the go at once. This enables me to pick whichever book suits my mood each day.
Here are some fun questions to consider. As always, I have written my responses under each question and would love to see your comments below.
1) Do you have times when reading is a chore?
For me, reading is never a slog but there are plenty of times when work takes over and I become too tired to read in the evenings. I try and get round this by reading shorter amounts or squeezing in lunchtime reading while as work.
2) Does your reading vary?
When I ask this, I am talking about the range of books that you read. Recently I have tried some fantasy books, which are very different to anything that I’ve read as an adult. Additionally, I read non-fiction regularly and dabble in crime novels as well as biographies.
We often go back to what we know and the types of books we are used to. It can be enriching to try books from outside of our comfort zones. I still have to get round to trying to read a Sci-Fi book although this will be quite a change from my usual reading.
3) Are you willing to try something new?
For me, regularly trying out work by a brand new author is really important. Every new and independent author deserves a chance and they all need people to sample their work and give them some reviews. As an Indie writer myself, I appreciate how tricky it is to promote your own work. Recently I read two books by new authors and loved them.
4) Have you altered your reading times?
When reading does start to drag it is well worth switching up the times that you read. For me, I like morning reading and just before sleeping, as I wind down in bed. I am happy to read at any time but I know many people have a safety net of reading at a set time every day and this can become too boring for them. I’d suggest changing the time of day if this happens and even the location. Reading in the garden may feel different to reading in bed, for instance.
5) Do you read book reviews?
I recently tried a fantasy book because of a positive review in a blog. Checking out blogs that review books can often inspire you to read something fresh and different to your usual book types. Similarly checking out lists of new or rated books on bookseller websites can give you great ideas for what to read next.
Hopefully this has made you think about your own reading habits and you might share your thoughts in the comments. If you enjoyed this post perhaps consider subscribing to my blog. For another post about reading habits, click here.