Musings From A Bookmammal

Musing Mondays–It’s Probably Just A Phase


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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!

Here’s my Musing Monday ramble for this week:

book stackDo you find that your reading goes through different phases?

Right now I’m totally in the middle of a nonfiction phase. I’ve got three books going at the same time—all nonfiction, and all very different topics. Play Your Hearts Out is an investigative look at youth basketball leagues, Pictures At  A Revolution is a behind-the-scenes account of the making of five movies during the mid-1960s, and The Worst Hard Time is about the Dust Bowl disaster of the 1930s. I’m enjoying all three of them—although the youth basketball book has me so irritated at the behavior of the adults in the league that I’ve had to set it aside for awhile.

I’ve got a stack of novels that I’ve bought that are sitting on my TBR shelf, and a few other fiction titles from the library—and I’m just not in the mood for any of them at the moment. One of them is the new John Grisham book Sycamore Row—I’ve been on the library list for this book FOREVER—and now that I’ve got it, I’m just not feeling it.

However, I know from experience that the pendulum will eventually swing the other way and I’ll want nothing more than to sink into a big, juicy, fictional family saga . . . or a psychological thriller. . .  or a great new YA title. It’s just a matter of time . . .

I’ll also go through phases where I’ll only want to read one type of fiction or nonfiction. I’ve gone through presidential biography phases, short story phases, reading-all-the-books-by-an-author phases, and many more.

There are also phases—few and far between, but they still happen every once in awhile—when life happens and I’m not reading anything. I don’t like those phases at all—I feel as though something important is missing from my day when I can’t seem to take the time to lose myself in a book, if only for a few minutes. Luckily, those phases never last too long!

How about you? Does your reading go through phases, or are you always mixing it up? Or, are you a reader who pretty much always sticks to one specific genre or topic? Please share!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

13 thoughts on “Musing Mondays–It’s Probably Just A Phase

  1. I usually stick with fiction, but I find that I do go through phases with the type of fiction I read. Sometimes I’ll be in need of horror novels other times I’m craving a juicy romance while other times I go through a paranormal phase. I have phases with authors too – where I’ll only read a certain author for a few books in a row until I get it out of my system and can explore other writers and subjects.

    My Musing

    ~ Keely @ Realms of an Open Mind

  2. I usually read based upon my review schedule, but now that I’m not hosting as many virtual book tours as I used to, my time is more my own. This might happen for me. I could actually see myself reading an entire series one book after the other. Hope you enjoy your books.

    My Musing:

    • I’m sure that it is different if you’ve committed to reading certain books or authors for reviews–that’s one of the reasons why I’ve hesitated to post formal reviews, and why I really don’t plan to do so in the near future, if at all. I really want to keep on reading according to my mood, rather than according to a schedule. Once it starts feeling like a chore–not a good thing!

  3. My reading definitely goes through phases, I think partly because I like to contrast and compare. I rarely read books by the same author in a row though, I never have done although I know lots of people like to read a whole series or books by an author back to back but it isn’t for me. Interesting post as I do have to be in the right frame of mind for a book and endlessly shuffle by book reading spreadsheet because I don’t ‘feel the love’ for a particular book for no good reason!

  4. I’ve never gone through a non-fiction phase, but yeah, I think I do with the fiction I read. Books from this author, this series, this sub-genre . . .


  5. I haven’t suffered through phases in a while. I keep a running list of the reviews that I have promised, so this keeps me on track. Maybe I am just so determined to stick to the order of my list that my mind won’t let me pick my next book?

  6. I am a fiction girl, but then if i come across any non-fiction which catches my attention I give it a try. And in fiction, I try to pick up different genres every time……at the end of the day, its my mood that decides which one I pick up next! 😀

  7. Yes, I have reading phases too! If anything being a blogger has heightened my need for them. After reading so many books because of a request, I find myself wanting to read classics, bestsellers, and novels which fit my own quirky tastes.

    Right now, my current nonfiction reads are all about pets. As for my fiction, I’m waiting for spring break (in two weeks) when I can treat myself to all of John Green’s books.

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