Reading Phases

This last week has not been great. I don’t want to go into it but the reason I’m telling you is because everything my TBR pile got completely rejected. I do mean everything.

It’s not like there isn’t loads of choice in there either. With a few *cough* hundred *cough* books to choose from, not to mention plenty of review copies I’m spoilt for choice. (That sounds braggy but it’s really not meant to.) But I didn’t feel like reading any of them.

Instead I’ve read my way through novella’s/books with titles I’m frankly a little embarrassed to admit. Each story can be summed up with as young-woman-not-aware-of-her-beauty meeting dark-handsome-somewhat-damaged-but-always-ridiculously-rich-man who thinks she’s a beautiful goddess. Throw on a few misunderstandings and some bedroom action along the way and every story ends with a proposal and/or pregnancy. – Not my normal reading.

(c) zettai kareshi yuu watase
But I needed them. Despite my slightly snarky summery some of the characters were really good, I laughed and I cared – but the thing that I needed (that every one of these stories guaranteed) was a happy ending. I didn’t want to think, I didn’t want to have an emotional journey. I just wanted happy.

Looking back I’ve had reading “phases” before. During my teens I’d only read biographies or emotional traink-wreck stories. Then later on I really got into fantasy for a while. Now it’s a much more varied reading life, though I do still find myself reading books in groups; Contemporary, Dystopian, Children’s, Historical, etc

Do you have phases of only reading certain books?

What about happy books, the ones you’ll only read when you want to be cheered up?

I’d love to know.

6 thoughts on “Reading Phases

  1. I too have periods where all I want to read are easy stories with a guarantee of a happy ending. It’s escapism and no brain power is required because you know the formula 🙂

  2. Ha! Your confession makes it easier to admit that I too read happy books 🙂 Thanks to the free e-books for Kindle, I’ve downloaded many of them. In my defence, there’s quite a diversity of styles on my Kindle. From serious WWII documentaries, JKR of course, detectives, young-adult, historical, biographies and the happy happy books.
    Like you I need the no-brainers now and then, simply relax, smile and (most of the time) enjoy the story. No harm done… or…? 😉

  3. I know how you feel, the past few weeks I struggled to read the few book I have done so I ended up visiting my own TBR pile to help get out of the rut I was in.
    I don’t think I intentionally read in phases, but if I enjoy a certain genre then for a while afterwards. I do find myself reading more of that genre than usual, my latest one is NA for my own book but still reading various genre for my review books.

  4. I’m exactly the same and I’m really struggling with reading at the moment, this month I’ve only read 1 book which is crazy. The problem is I look at my review pile and get a guilt trip if I try to pick something up that isn’t in it, meaning that I usually force myself to read a book that I would normally really enjoy but maybe not so much in that mood (if that makes sense) I think also as I know I’m going away soon and I have a dedicated pile of books to take with me (with no review books in sight!!) I keep looking at it longingly desperate to pick from it.

    I’ve yet to find a book that I go back to when I’m in a slump but I do know others that reread the same book a lot and they find that helps. I tend to go for easy reads when I am struggling for the same reason as you said no real brain power required and you know how they are going to end!

  5. I know exactly what you mean. This summer I’ve been mad for nonfiction, which is completely random of me since I tend to steer clear of that genre as a general rule. But I’ve read like 4 books about spirituality, a book on the wars of the 20th century, and when I went to England I bought at least 8 books on medieval European history.
    It’s slightly irritating because I’ve got stacks of fiction all over my room waiting to be read but I can’t find it in me to even pick one up.

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