I’m perpetually in the middle of re-watching 30 Rock. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than sinking into a bubble bath with Howl's Moving Castle, which I’ve read approximately twenty times. And as much as I love to explore new stories and challenge myself with genres outside my comfort zone, I can’t help but appreciate the merits of spending time with “old friends.”
This has been especially on my mind because of Fruits Basket.
Last August, I posted that I was in the middle of a seemingly interminable reading rut. At that point, the rut had been going on for the better part of my 2018, and unfortunately it really sucked the joy out of reading for me. But almost immediately after posting, I did something that snapped me out of it: I went on vacation.
Two, actually. The first was a car trip to the beach for a weekend, and the second was a two week sojourn to Japan, which meant countless hours on a trans-Pacific flight. Any time I take a vacation, I make a ritual trip to the library (although on these occasions it was actually a virtual trip to my library’s Overdrive page) and pick out books that aren’t from my usual genres but pique my interest anyway.
Mixing up my reading list helped me engage more, so I didn’t feel like I was retreading the same genre tropes over and over. Without further ado, here are a few of the books that helped me reconnect with my reading.
I have a confession that is, frankly, a little embarrassing: I'm in a book rut. When I go through my Goodreads, I see that I'm shamefully behind on my reading goal for the year, and the books I have finished, I either haven't particularly enjoyed, or are rereads of old favorites.
Like most writers, I am usually also a voracious reader. In the past, it hasn’t been uncommon for me to read 60, 70, 80 books a year. I’ve absolutely been that cliche bluestocking, reading on the subway or while walking to work, cramming in minutes of an audiobook here and there while I work on laundry or preparing a meal.
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