Ask me what I’ve been reading one week and it will be something completely different when you ask me the next. I’ve been noticing – from my book hauls, from my reviews, from my discussion posts – that I go through lots of different reading stages.
This time last year I couldn’t get enough of contemporary fiction and this inspired my blog name. I read book after book and wanted more and more. I tend to read more contemporary during the summer months and am edging away from it at the moment, not being able to think about the sun and characters lazing around on the beach when it’s pouring with rain and I’m wrapped up in my duvet.
Currently, I’m in the mood for classics. It’s a bit weird because I’ve never really felt like it before. I’m reading The Catcher in the Rye for school and have surprised myself by really enjoying it. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to read a classic a month, as it’s something I tried to do last year but failed. I have a few classics lined up so I’m keeping my fingers crossed it won’t just be something I do for five minutes and then forget about.
Sometimes I can’t help going through one of these phases. I can be influenced by the reviews I read or watch. Sometimes I’ll see a book pop up on Twitter or a blog countless times and believe it’s a sign so I have to buy the book. Most of the time they’re probably marketing campaigns… I’m influenced easily when it comes to books.
Other times I’ll read one book and then it puts me in a good mood, or I’ll read a book that I didn’t enjoy so I try to veer as far away from it as I can.
I’m not exactly sure where these trends come from. I can think long and hard about it, but I suppose I’ll have to have a conversation with my sub-conscious.