As a consistent reader and reviewer, the myriad genres and titles I encounter daily can be at times, daunting. It’s a matter of my literary palate (to use my own term) tasting a variety of book genres, assimilating them and producing a valid, realistic and thoughtful review within a relatively short period of time. Sometimes this process gets a little messy!
How, in fact, does one successfully transition from reading/reviewing Contemporary Romance to Amish Fiction to Historical Romance to Biblical nonfiction to Young Adult to Science Fiction to Mystery to Action and Adventure etc., etc., etc.. . . and manage to maintain any semblance of mental focus?
Blink blink blink.
Book hangover anyone???
What is the best way to cleanse the literary palate (or as Alicia Kendall-Klick says, “switch gears between books”)???
I posed this very question to several of my fellow readers/reviewers . . .here are their thoughts:
Diana Nesbitt I can’t say I’ve ever intentionally “cleansed my palate” between books, but the idea interests me. One different thing I planned to do with my reading this year is to read three research or nonfiction books, and then let myself read a book for fun before I go on to the next set of three books. I can’t say I’ve stuck with it perfectly, but by the third book I find I’m ready for a break.
Barbara Brutt this is a really good question because I’m not sure I have a routine for this, but I absolutely know that sometimes I’m influenced by books that I’ve recently finished.
Sometimes, it’s enough for me to finish a book and then sleep. Sleep feels like a reset, and then I can start my next read. But honestly, I just walk away from reading for a little bit whether it’s an 20 minutes or hours.
Alicia Kendall-Klick I often try to go from a suspense and drama novel to a sweeter and mellower novel switching back and forth. Although my schedule may not always permit this change back and forth.
I have been known to just pick up a novel I really want to read and then go to one I am not as excited about. They could be of the same genre or not. Kind of a reward for what is coming next.
Debbie Curto Depending on the time I finished a book sometimes I sleep or walk into the next room to get a drink . But sometimes I just start the new book rather a new genre or not, my problem is getting my mind on the new characters in the book not the genre.
Anne Rightler I am not sure I do a literary palate cleansing. I often read several books from different genres at the same time. Have a paperback going and an ebook and then pick up another PB if the other one isn’t near.
Carrie Booth Schmidt I’m like Anne – I don’t really do anything in between
Katie Donovan I often cleanse the palate simply by picking up a book in a different genre. Or picking something that I know will be a light read, or maybe a novella. But in all honesty, I’m often getting excited about my next read as I finish the current one. Unless it’s a REALLY good read and I get a book hangover and can’t pick up another book for, like, a whole six hours or something! 😂
Suzie Waltner Novellas often do the trick for me too. Just a short read in a genre I’m in the mood to read.
Denise L Hershberger Yes! Sometimes I’ll read an old favorite at a time like that!
Jessica Baker I don’t really do anything either! Somehow my mind is just able to automatically connect with the change in genre 🙂 thank the Lord for that!!!
How do YOU cleanse your literary palate? Please share in the comments! One lucky commenter will receive a very special (bookish, of course) surprise!! 🙂