Discussion #2: Losing My Passion for Reading

Posted April 30, 2015 by Keionda Lei Lewis in Blog, Discussion / 23 Comments

 

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I don’t know what’s going on with me but for some reason I’ve been on the wrong end of reading latelty. What I mean by that is that it seems I’ve lost my passion or my MOJO for reading.

I don’t know if it’s due to the types of books I’m reading, the cliches, or the overdone story lines? Either way I find myself flipping through the pages instead of enjoying them and letting them sink in like normal.

I write in the YA romance genre so it is only suiting that I also read in the romance genre. But having to experience the same plot over and over again is driving me BAH-NANAS.

 

                        Let’s observe, shall we?

♥”Boy meets girl. “

♥”Boy and girl fall hopelessly in love.”

♥”Some problem comes there way.”

♥”They separate.”

♥”Get back together because they finally realize their love can conquer anything as long as they’re together.”

 

Yeah. Been there. Read that.

Don’t get me wrong I HEART this plot line but after reading it for the hundredth time only with different characters it starts to feel a bit. ..

Stale.

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And it breaks my heart to little pieces to say that but it’s the truth. I’m looking for more drama, trouble, breakups, and heart ache. Although the hot and steamy scenes are definelty a plus, don’t get me wrong.;)

What I’m trying to say is that too much of a lovey dovey book when the author only focuses on the romance side and forgets about the drama aspect, that gives the story that umph, it makes the story fall flat to me.

                         Over to you:

What recent books or genes have seemed stale to you as of recent? What genres do you recommend that would get me out of this rut? Any and all help would be awesometastical!


 

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23 responses to “Discussion #2: Losing My Passion for Reading

  1. I totally get where you’re at! I’ve had these moments and this is precisely the reason why I read different genres because after awhile in one genre, it does feel like I’m reading the same thing with just different names and slightly different backstories. Hmmmm, have you tried reading Urban Fantasy? The romance is still there but they’re not the center of the story. I love Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series and Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. I love Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series too…it’s paranormal romance but the world-building is amazing. I hope you get out of this soon!

    • *Gives you a tackling hug* Thank you for your advice! I’ll definitely start reading some new books. (I’ve been thinking about some mystery and suspense) and also, adding the new series you just gave me to Goodreads! Woot! Woot! <3

  2. Yes, this is definitely an issue. There is nothing new under the sun and all that, but trying something a bit different can refresh a tired genre for you. I actually read General Fiction, Historical Fiction, Sci-Fi, Mysteries, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, and Romantic Suspense to give me a break from the heavy romance of historical romance, contemporary romance, and even paranormal romance. I shuffle YA, NA and adult too. Sometimes I need to just do a different genre slipped in here and there to cleanse the palette, but sometimes I have to take a true sabbatical. Depends.

    Hope your blahs go away soon. 🙂

    • *bobs head happily*
      Thanks girl! I’m going to start reading sci-fi and historical romance now. (Any suggestions?) I’m kind of nervous because it’s a new genre and I don’t know what to expect. Also trying to branch out to standalones and definitely some good ‘ol mystery. 🙂

      • Happy too, Keionda!

        Sci-Fi: No Words Alone by Autumn Dawn, Aubrie Dionne’s New Dawn series, Gena Showalters’ Alien Huntress series, Gail Koger’s Coletti Warlords (these are hilarious and just for fun), Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair, Jennifer Armentrout’s Lux series (Its YA, but strong plotting), Ashley C. Harris’ Collide series (again, YA), and Eve Langlais’ Cyborgs (humorous and hot, but light fun).

        Historicals: I like a few HR writers, but tend to veer toward the older writers and blend of history with something else like PNR, mystery, steampunk, etc. But straight up HR, I like Grace Burrowes, Mary Balogh, Jo Beverley, Rowan Keats, Shana Galen, Erin Knightley for starters. Renee over at Addicted to Romance is the Historical Romance queen. I go to her site for HR recommends all the time. Link: http://addictofromance.com/

  3. Aww, sounds like you’re in a reading slump — that happens! And yeah, books with generic plots are the worse. I haven’t been reading a lot too, but it’s mainly due to stress.

  4. This is exactly why I don’t read NA. In NA, the plotlines always seem to go back to the same idea IMO. Or maybe I’ve just been reading bad ones.

    My advice is to try new genres. If you only read romance, then of course, it’s going to get repetitive! Explore <3

    • Thanks girl! I’ve actually been thinking about looking for suspense and more mystery books instead of the same ol same ol. 🙂 thanks for your advice♡♡

    • I’m definitely going to do that. Everyone has been telling me to do that so I’ve already added a good list to my Goodreads TBR list (that I am proud to say that are NOT romance.) 🙂

  5. Yeah, this is why I have to mix up the genres I read, otherwise they all start to sound the same after a while. Have you tried giving NA books a go, or even a romance with a paranormal twist or something?

    • *stares at the floor guiltily* That’s ALL I’ve been reading lately so I definitely need to make a change. I’m going to start reading more paranormal, because who doesn’t love to read about zombies and all that? 😉

  6. I have no idea why but for some reason this post, and only this post on your blog is showing up in a language I cant read. xD I have no idea what’s going on! I hope you get your reading groove back though.

    • Girl. ugh. I have no idea why. It’s so annoying! You’re not the only person that had been saying that. I’m going to contact my server now. Ugh. Thanks for letting me know.

      • Sorry to be a painxD! I hope they fix it for you. The server probably cant handle all your awesomeness so it’s gotta expand it’s languages for more people to read about you!

  7. Aww so sorry to hear this Keionda! I know what you mean though, I’m not a huge fan of contemps because of this very reason. I can’t seem to shake the feeling and it’s been done before and it just doesn’t excite me. Give me fantasy any day! Even so, it’s hard to be truly original in anything these days, especially with books. I think you might find your mojo for reading if you branched out a little with some different genres? Good luck! xx

    • Thank you Joy!:) And a HUGE thanks for all of the advice! I’m going to start reading more fantasy because that’s what seems to be becoming more and more popular. 🙂 Sooo, with that being said, definitely preparing to branch out more!:)