I get into obsessions when it comes to books. I’ll read one book, find it amazing, and then I’ll go out and read every book I get my hands on related to the first book I read because I was inspired to read more. I’ll read and read and read until I burn myself out on the subject. I don’t understand why I do that to myself, read obsessively until I can’t stand the thought of reading one more word of the subject. I do this all the time to myself and you’d think I wouldn’t get tired of reading something I enjoy reading or that I wouldn’t read it to the point of being exhausted of it, but I do it anyway. Because frankly, that’s what I do and I can’t be any other way.
I like to change things up. If I don’t change things up then I’ll get bored. Excruciatingly bored. That’s another part of the problem. If I read too much of the same genre, then I start to see a pattern. And I don’t like to see patterns and formulas in books. They can only work for so long before I see it and I tear my hair out, tears streaming down my face. So I go on to another author, a different genre and I read them until I can’t anymore. And only then will I attempt to go back to the genre that used to drive me to tears. Because I’m one of those people who merely needed a break from it. I needed to see different writing styles and visit different worlds. Only then I can go back to the previous genre that bored me to tears because now I have fresh eyes. I just needed a break.
I’m getting that way with nonfiction right now. I’ve been reading a lot of it and I can’t stand it anymore. I need to break away from it for a little while before I go insane. I finished (re)-reading Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom and now I’m reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s a good book, but man, am I tired of reading meditations about creativity and religion and faith.
I’ve got a little fiction but I’m not quite sure what I’ll choose to read next. For now, I’m determined to finish what I’ve started and then I’ll decide. One step at a time. One long step at a time and I can sink myself into another genre.