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Booking Through Thursday: Rut


btt buttonDo you ever feel like you’re in a reading rut? That you don’t read enough variety? That you need to branch out, spread your literary wings and explore other genres, flavors, styles?

All the time. I’m a comics reader primarily the last few years. Between work, reading comics, writing reviews, obsessive 14-week runs through a 7-season tv series, and other distractions, I don’t read nearly as much as I tell myself I want to. And what I do read seems to be “more of the same,” even when I AM enjoying it and it engages me and all that.

With comics, after years of sticking primarily to DC with a bit of Marvel, and occasionally other stuff sprinkled in…last year, I decided to if not “branch out” at least “stick with the less familiar” stuff. Scaled back to mainly non-DC, non-Marvel comics; kept the superhero stuff in Invincible and Savage Dragon, with some diversity by way of The Walking Dead, Uncle Scrooge/Darkwing Duck (later adding Rescue Rangers), GI Joe: A Real American Hero, and Dark Horse’s “line” of comics with Doctor Solar Man of the Atom, Magnus Robot Fighter, Samson, and Turok Son of Stone.

I completely jumped off the Superman comics as those themselves seemed to be in a rut–at least as far as I was concerned. (I’m now back on Action Comics at least for the current “Reign of the Doomsdays” story…I love a good story involving the entire Superman/Superboy/Eradicator/Cyborg/Supergirl gang.)

Other than comics, my reading seems to be YA/fantasy-ish (The Lost Hero by Riordan right now, planning on The Red Pyramid and its sequel later this summer) and Authors I Read Whatever Their New Book Is (Grisham, Meltzer).

I’m not sure what other stuff I’d want to expand into…maybe there’s a rut, but darn it, it’s MY rut, and I’m actually honestly content enough with it so long as I don’t analyze it or myself and initiate temporary dissatisfaction.

And genre-wise with comics, not much there…I read what I’m interested in…it’s cool when there IS quite a diversity, but diversity itself in genres is not the key to what I actually read.

Well, again…out of time for the pre-work writing. Off to work I go!

3 Responses

  1. Variety is helpful sometimes, thanks, for sharing.

    here’s mine:

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/05/booking-through-thursday_26.html

  2. I went through a graphic novel phase a few years ago but they weren’t really for me. Maybe I should try again.
    Sally.
    http://theelifylop.blogspot.com/2011/05/booking-through-thursday-19.html

    • As a guy who has been into comics for ~23 years, I’d encourage it. Of course, they aren’t for everyone, or at least not all the time, so I wouldn’t force it. 🙂 I find the more I’d force myself to read anything, the less I want to read it.

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