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Types of Books I Need a Break from Reading

Do you ever get tired of reading the same type of book? For people who read all the time or who read books in mostly the same genre, you can start to see a lot of similarities.

I think I’m going to take a break soon from books where:

180 to 90 percent of the book takes place in a high school.

2A girl is torn between 2 guys and absolutely cannot choose between them until the last 5 pages of the last book in the series (I can’t believe I even typed that! I adore love triangles- the only geometry I understand ;) ).

3A mysterious cutie has a dark secret. This is getting to be ridiculously overdone.

4The characters are reading The Metamorphosis. Nightshade and The Mephisto Covenant both involved high school students who had to read this book for a class. The symbolism of this is pretty obvious in both books. Ok, this really isn’t a deal breaker, but it’s just a weird coincidence!

It’s not that I don’t love books with these things in it, but I’m just getting burned out from reading similar topics or story lines in SO MANY books.

My solution is to spice it up a bit, and add in books from genres that I either don’t read very much of or just switch to more adult fantasy books for a little bit.

Have you ever felt this way? What did you do to get out of “same ole, same ole” slump?

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.
  • http://www.jennielyse.com Jenni Elyse

    I sometimes feel like that, but because each story is usually unique enough in its own way, I’m okay with most of them. I just have a hard time with the writing more than the story. Right now, for example, I’m reading The Iron Witch. I love the concept of the story, but it’s just not a favorite and it has to do with the writing. I can’t pinpoint what I don’t like, though.

  • http://www.jennielyse.com Jenni Elyse

    I sometimes feel like that, but because each story is usually unique enough in its own way, I’m okay with most of them. I just have a hard time with the writing more than the story. Right now, for example, I’m reading The Iron Witch. I love the concept of the story, but it’s just not a favorite and it has to do with the writing. I can’t pinpoint what I don’t like, though.

  • http://profiles.google.com/washington.phillips Linda Phillips

    Yes when I read five vampire novels in a row I have to find something else to read.

  • http://twitter.com/KereesaReads Carissa St. Amand

    I totally understand what you mean. Love triangles, mysterious strangers, and just dumb high school mentalities get very annoying when you continue to read books centered on them. Whenever I get tired of books like these, (which happens a lot in paranormal YA), I either read something a little more mature, or head over to another genre, ie high fantasy for example. Just getting out of that for a bit usually clears my head enough for me to jump back in. If you really like YA, maybe you should check out it’s very small high fantasy stuff. Graceling, Tamora Pierce’s work, etc… Or reread an old favorite!

  • Boroughofbooks

    I agree so much!! Sometimes a certain type of genre just becomes too much (though I must admit I never appreciate the love triangle)

  • http://www.readthisinstead.blogspot.com kathy

    lol! Those are pretty common! But lately I’ve read a couple of books where there are so many other things going on that I wonder how the characters are supposed to be in high school. (When do they have time for class?) And I so agree about the mysterious stranger with a secret. He usually goes hand in hand with the love triangle. ;)

  • http://ems-reviews-books.blogspot.com/ Ems

    AMEN to infinity. I’ve got a bunch of these on my shelf right now, but when I’ve finished, I think it’s time for some good old Agatha Christie or Jane Austen. Or I’ll just go back to steampunk…can’t go wrong there!

  • Deadtreesandsilverscreens

    I kind of agree with you. I wish there were more books for people in their early to mid twenties, like fantasy books, that is not either Christain romance or like erotic romance. I want more middle ground.

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  • http://twitter.com/catherinekeaton Cathy Keaton

    Yeah, I was starting to feel this way about YA dystopia, and I just needed a break from it. I read Divergent afterwards, and that was awesome, but I still am not dying to read any YA dystopia for a little while. I think it helps to read something you wouldn’t normally be interested in, if people are giving the book high praise. You may end up liking it, especially if the book is unique. I read The Map of Time by Felix Palma, and it was the most unique book I’ve ever read. Nothing like what I expected. I would have enjoyed it more had I not been in such a hurry to read it!

  • http://skyink.net Jinny (SkyInk.net)

    Definitely felt like this before! It’s mostly with just YA novels though, which is why I switch it with reading ‘adult’ epic fantasies a lot =)

  • LM Long

    I think that’s what rereading is for! Going back to something you absolutely love, to remind yourself why you read in the place. Some books just never grow old.

  • Truly Bookish

    This post made me smile! I’m sort of going through that with insta-love between characters right now. Normally, I’m like whatever but I’m hitting a sour note with it at the moment. I can understand seeing a person and becoming attracted to them but falling so in love that after two days of knowing the person you would give up your whole life for them is getting old. I love romance in my books and I’m just not feeling it from these relationships….
    NC
    Truly Bookish

  • http://www.handsandhome.ca Bonnie

    I know what you mean, I am definitely getting tired about reading anything to do about vampires, or intense teenage love triangles. I usually try to change up my main genre ever few months!

  • http://wheresmydreamlife.blogspot.com Deborah

    I totally get that. I tend to avoid reading all of one author’s books because of it. Or I avoid the subsequent books in a series if I think the plots will be too similar (like the Goose Girl series – I only read the first one). Anyways – I think you could try reading classics. They usually have a different pace, tone, and plot. I read Ender’s Game and hated/loved it because it was so different than what I usually read. But if you’ve read all the classics…then you’re in a pickle! hm….Biographies?

  • http://twitter.com/ReadingFever Penelope Lolohea

    I SO agree with this! There’s nothing terrible about these things, but I would love to have some originality in each book. I’m starting to see the same characters in every book I read, and it’s usually the dark, mysterious, love interest.

  • Melissa Hayden

    I read the same type of books, but at the same time they are so vast in storylines, characters, and settings. I try to mix up the stories as much as I can with all the different fantasy reads there are out there. :) But I do understand that feeling.

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