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While I was browsing through my read book list, it suddenly dawned on me that I have changed reading genres often. This shouldn’t have surprised me because I am a mood reader.
Anyway, I decided to look into the reasons why I change genre preferences often. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t read multiple genres, but rather, why we stop reading certain genres that we used to adore.
Genre fatigue is when you voraciously binge-read one genre. I remember back when The Hunger Games first came out and dystopia was THE genre to read. In fact, I was one of those people who devoured everything dystopia. Now? Well, not so much. I guess this is because I read a few dystopian books that they all seem to have the same plot. Sad, but true.
I think it was a fad a few years ago. Not that I am saying dystopia isn’t good. I mean, look at The Handmaid’s Tale? It has an awesome adaptation on Hulu, right? I saw a few episodes and it was really disturbing. It’s just that, too much dystopia and bleakness in the world, is very depressing.
I usually genre hop when I’ve been binge reading one genre for a couple of weeks or so. This is also what is called a genre cleanse to basically cleanse your palate and not go down the genre fatigue level.
This actually works for me because I tend to binge read a genre and sometimes a series. And then comes the hated book slump! So to avoid this, I genre hop. Sometimes, I read multiple genres at once! At the time that I am writing this post, I am currently reading a YA historical Paranormal (Jackaby by William Ritter), a historical romance (A Most Unlikely Duke by Sophie Barnes) and a contemporary romance (All or Nothing at All by Jennifer Probst). As you can see, these are totally different genres. I also read in different formats so I am able to keep track of the plot.
When I first saw Jurassic Park in 1993 and discovered that it was base don a book by Michael Crichton, I immediately devoured all his books. I was 10 in 1993 and I felt super grown-up reading this very science fiction/highly technical book. I definitely did NOT understand the highly technical aspects of the book when I read it way back when, but I thoroughly enjoyed the book as a whole.
This was also the time when I binge read Michael Crichton’s backlist and I LOVED reading them. But even though I love science fiction, I don’t think I can read those types of books right now.
I also read three of Dan Brown’s books. Angels and Demons is my favorite of the three that I read, but I’m not reading any more of his books because – lack of interest. haha
Have you changed your genre preferences over the years?
Which genre did you use to read?