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:
Do 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!