I’m not sure what it is but every few years I seem to find myself stuck in a reading rut. It’s not even that I find myself stuck reading a particular genre but certain authors within that genre. I think that perhaps part of the issue is that I tend to read a lot of crime fiction and as a genre it is particularly notorious for long running series. With a new novel by Val McDermid or James Oswald released most years I don’t have a need to introduce myself to anything else, particularly in years where I don’t have time to read as much as I would like.
I suppose the other issue that plays a part is cost. Why would I risk spending my hard earned cash on something I might not like? I know that there are ways to get around the issue of cost, I could borrow books from the library or from friends. But again this seems like a lot of effort to go to for something I might not enjoy.
I do find myself wondering occasionally if I’m missing out on something incredible by always sticking to what I know so this year I’ve made a conscious decision to try and read more widely, to experience genres and new authors that I perhaps wouldn’t normally. I certainly feel more confident about it since I started blogging and discovered NetGalley, it gives me the opportunity to request something that I wouldn’t usually read without the worry of spending £20 on a hardback I don’t get past the first five chapters of.
What do you think? Do you find yourself getting stuck in a reading rut or do you always try to experience new genres and authors? If you do find yourself mainly reading the same authors time and again is this even a problem? If you’ve found something you like does it really matter if you stick to it and don’t experiment with other books? Let me know in the comments!