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Jenf: Do you need to switch up the types or sub-genres of books you review in order to not get burned out?
I don’t ever consciously separate my books into genres. If I am getting tired of paranormal, I will just move down my list to something different and then go back to it when I’ve cleansed my palate.
Yes, I do personally like to mix up the sub-genres I read for review for exactly that reason. I don’t want to get burned out. I read all sub-genres except horror. I also occasionally read some non M/M books not for review, just to keep things fresh. I find myself getting bored or skipping through books if I get stuck in a rut, and that isn’t appropriate when reviewing a book for the blog!
Yep, I pretty much read anything so I try to switch it up quite often. I also try to read one non-review book for every review book I read. And I try to make sure those non-review books are vastly different from what I am reviewing.
I tend to stick to the sci-fi, speculative fiction, fantasy and really dark books. Once in awhile I’ll pop in a YA title, but I’m not huge on switching sub-genres. I hate sticky sweet love story/romance books and leave them all for the other reviewers on the blog. I find there is enough variety in the type of books that I read, particularly in the self-published realm, that it keeps me from getting bored or burned out on them.
I am very much a mood reader, so I tend to pick books or genres according to how I’m feel. I’m just going with my gut, really. I can have a mood for a particular sub-genre last for several books, or just one or two. Then I find myself wanting to change things up, and read something else. I always have a particularly penchant for murder/mystery themed books. I also very much enjoy paranormal, and scifi. I tend to gravitate towards such books, rather than contemporary. Reading a lot of contemporary book can get boring for me, especially if I’ve read several sweet-themed books in a row. I then find myself wanting to read a murder mystery, or about blood thirsty vampires, or something with lots of action. Just to spice things up. So, yes, I very much switch up sub-genres.
I don’t review that much and I prefer contemporary so when I need a break I might just reread a favorite of mine. Also I think different writing styles give different reading experience, so unless I have to read the same author in a row it’s not a problem.
Yes, absolutely. This is especially important to me because I tend to be a creature of habit and stick with the same authors. So branching out not only keeps me from biting out but I’ve also discovered quite a few new authors to read and enjoy.
I don’t worry too much about genre’s when I’m choosing books to review. If something in the blurb jumps out at me, I’ll go for it. I have a few preferred genre’s (Shifter and paranormal stories, cowboys, BDSM) but I’ll read anything that catches my eye, either by the cover, the author or the blurb. I did used to read a lot of historical romance before I started reading m/m books and I don’t enjoy those at all now, so maybe I did get burned out by them, lol.
I read all different kinds of non-review books so I don’t get burnt out with my review books.
I am a contemporary girl all the way but I definitely appreciate a good shifter story or a bdsm one at times so yes you could say I indeed like to mix it up a bit.
I am a HUGE fan of m/m romance. I love the mystery/suspense genre as well. I love to rotate my books and pick stuff that will hold my interest.
What is your preference of reading ?
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