Beware the Reading Rut

It’s a serious literary condition that affect a large part of the population that often isn’t realised until it’s too late: The reading rut. Symptoms include reading the same series, author, genre for a long time (and loving it) only to get the end of the series and are left wondering what to read next, re-reading the same series over and over and trying to move onto a new series only to find it less than satisfying so you go back to the same series. Or you’re simply bored with what you’ve been reading and have no idea where to go next.

Luckily, the cure isn’t that hard and while we’re more than happy to help you find a way out of your reading rut, you can help us and yourself by asking yourself the following questions:

- What are your interests?

- What do you like to read about?

- What don’t you like to read about?
- Do you like to read fiction or non fiction?

- Do you like a particular genre (fantasy, action, sci fi, short stories)

- How do you like to feel when you read? (humour, suspense, excitement, a good cry, scared)
- What is it that you enjoy about what you’re currently reading?

- What don’t you enjoy about what you’re currently reading?

- Is there a particular event that you like to read about?

- If you like a genre that’s particularly broad (such as mysteries or fantasy) what is it that you like about that branch of the genre that you read (eg if you like fantasy and vampires, is it the romance and sweetness or do you like stories that are a bit more extreme.)

- Do you like reading series or stand alone books?

- If you like reading series do you like reading long series (10 books or more) or do you prefer shorter series?
- Do you like to read about a particular time period?

- What is it that you like about the author that you’re currently reading? (is it their style of writing, the genre, the characters)

- What’s the last book that you recommended to someone and why did you recommend it?

Taking a few minutes to answer these questions will help you come up with a “checklist” of what to look for when you are trying to find something new to read. You never know, you might be surprised by what you find.

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