Thursday, May 26, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: Rut (You Should Excuse the Expression)

This week, BTT asks: "Do you ever feel like you’re in a reading rut? That you don’t read enough variety? That you need to branch out, spread your literary wings and explore other genres, flavors, styles?"

Well, maybe and maybe not. When I was younger I was always eager to explore new genres and subjects -- felt I owed it to myself to be always testing, always learning, always searching for fresh fields. And that was good. Over the years, though, I've tended to narrow my scope quite a lot. Today, I'm not as likely to experiment in my reading; I'm much more sure of what I like and I generally stay within that "zone." There are some sorts of books that I just don't have any interest in, so I don't bother with them. Since I read almost entirely for pleasure now, I can read what I like -- and I do.

But I don't really consider that being in a "rut."

Would I benefit from branching out a little more? Probably. But I don't really intend to. At my age, the phrase "so many books, so little time" has a much deeper resonance than it did when I was younger. I might be in a reading "rut," but it's a comfy rut and I intend to stay right in it.


  1. I'm with you on that one...knowing what I like and choosing to stick to it is a good place to be. Especially as time seems to be a more important consideration these days.

    I do occasionally branch out, but not too far out of the comfort zone.


  2. Good answer, sometimes variety helps.

    here's mine:

  3. I totally agree with you. I think as we mature we learn not to waste as much time reading things that just don't interest us. Oh, it might be the rage right now, but that doesn't mean I will be reading it.

  4. Great answer! There's nothing wrong with liking what you like and sticking with it.

  5. I agree, if it's a comfortable rut and you're satisfied with what you're reading then there's no reason to change things.

  6. Pretty good reasoning! I don't really go in for cowboy books or chicklit as I once did "just because everyone else liked them and I should too", you know? I have a quirky reading taste and I think I like that. ;O)


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