For some people that means a reread of an old favourite... For me? That means a favourite genre.
I started out 2014 awesome and then I started to fizzle with my reading. And, I stupidly didn't get my act together and resort to the comfort for about two weeks. When it gets right down to it fantasy and science-fiction are where I am meant to read. I have been reading them my entire life and they are just 'my thing'. When this world gets too stressful; why would I want to read more about 'this world'. I want to visit worlds that are imaginary or events that, while may happen someday, haven't happened yet. When I admit that I will never be a 'contemporary' reader than reading clicks for me and I am off and running.
And, that's what happened this year. I gave up on books that were good, don't get me wrong, but they were just not clicking with me at that moment. I picked up Shadowplay by Laura Lam, I flew through it, and I haven't looked back since.
I remember discovering my ideal books. I read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle and I loved it. Before that I watched a bit of science-fiction on television; but I hadn't admitted to myself that I liked it. If you look at my reading now it has moved more into fantasy, but science-fiction came first. If I trace fantasy back it was probably The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley that launched that.
In 2014, my launching pad was definitely reading What Makes This Book so Great by Jo Walton. It got me excited about reading! It came at a perfect time in my reading. It inspired me to get back to science-fiction, something I tell myself every year that I will do; but it also got me back into a groove. (My reading has been struggling since 2012, folks. It would get back on track for a while, but then it would derail...) Will my momentum of February keep me going for the rest of the year? I hope so! I have What Makes This Book so Great hovering nearby for when I need a reminder...
And, I have this post to remind me to put aside a book that isn't working for me and pick up a book in 'my genre'. I have to face the fact that I read a certain way and not stress about the rest. And, if 2014 is mostly a science-fiction and fantasy year... Who cares! I know that I will have fun reading.
What do you consider YOUR genre(s)?