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Discussion Post: How Unbalanced is Your “Reading Diet?”

Because I relate everything to food, I wondered about my reading diet. I think of sub-genres as their own food groups, and of my reading as eating, naturally.

Discussion Post: How Unbalanced is Your “Reading Diet?”

Here’s an informative and scientific YA Reading Pyramid to help you figure out if you’re getting too much of one “food group.”

ya reading pyramid of books


We’ve got YA classics, high fantasy, paranormal, contemporary, science fiction, dystopia, retellings, etc., etc.

It doesn’t really matter that we list ALL THE GENRES, just that we understand what constitutes a balance. Which honestly is a joke, as most of us read ONLY YA…but, never mind logic.

I’m hereby saying that to have a balanced YA reading diet, half the total number of books read per month should be different genres.

The Test

So, do you have a balanced reading diet?

Or maybe the better question is, just how unbalanced is your reading diet. Don’t worry, I’ll help you figure it out.

I’ll use myself as an example. Here are all the books I read in March:

my march reading diet ya reading pyramid


Out of 11 books, I read…

  • 2 historical fiction (Tsarina, A Mad, Wicked Folly)
  • 2 dystopia (Nil, Plue One)
  • 3 contemporary (Eleanor and Park, Fangirl, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before)
  • 1 mythology/retelling (Gilded)
  • 1 paranormal (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)
  • 1 science fiction (Push)
  • 1 high fantasy (Midnight Thief)

That means I’ve read 7 different sub-genres and 11 books. Half of 11 is 5.5. So, because the number of genres I read (7) is greater than half of my total (5.5), shockingly enough, I have a healthy reading diet!

Score Yourself

Still hooked on dystopias…..crickets….any one? Ok, maybe it’s all paranormal all the time for you. Well, you’re going to pay for it now…

Gastronomic Goddess

– You are an adventurous reader who loves trying new things. This month you practically read a different type of book every sitting. No one genre can ever hold you down. YOU GO, READER!!

Balanced Betty

– You read way more genres than just half the total. You like to expand your horizons and get tired with the same, ole, same ole. You like trying on new books just to see how they’ll feel. You’ve struck a great balance. Congrats.

Comfort Foodie

– You almost made the half mark. You like what you like and that’s ok. You are slowly venturing out but know when you need your “comfort” read. Enough with these new fangled genres (new adult, I’m looking at you).

Fat and Happy

– You barely read any different genres this month. And you know what, you don’t care! Because you’ve got a favorite genre and it makes you happy, which is all that matters. You’re content just how you are, thank you very much! We aren’t judging you, promise.

Thanks for indulging me in the super silly post. I couldn’t stop myself :)

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Jen

    Ooh I read 6 books and 5 different genres so I have a healthy reading diet too :)

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      VERY nice! Nom nom nom