Stuck in a Reading Rut
Are you in a reading rut? It can happen to anyone. You find an author you like and read every book he’s ever written – but then, what do you do once you’ve read them all? Or perhaps you’ve always enjoyed mystery novels, but you’ve read so many that the plots all seem familiar. You’re looking for something different. But where do you start?
Don’t worry! Your local library can help. Library staff tend to read widely in a number of subject areas and genres, and they work with books day in and day out so they’re great sources of inspiration when you want to climb out of a reading rut. We have lots of tools at our disposal for matching you up with a great read – and we’re happy to help.
If you drop by the library for a book recommendation staff will probably start by asking, “What was the last book that you absolutely loved?” Then we might try to figure out what you loved about the book. Was it the dramatic plot? The colourful setting? The inner lives of the characters? The descriptive language? We’ll try to get a sense of what motivates you as a reader. Do you read to relax? To escape? To learn? To experience emotion?
Once we have a good sense of what you’ve been reading, we can start to figure out how to boost you out of your rut. Sometimes, people are tired of a particular author, but want to continue reading in a similar genre. Library staff can help you find new authors who will reignite your reading passions without taking you into completely unfamiliar territory.
Maybe you’d like to carry on with a particular interest, but read about it in a different way. Fans of historical novels, for example, might find new fodder in biographies of historical figures. People who devour police procedurals may want to try true crime stories. Scifi devotees may enjoy some of the popular science and tech writers. We’re good at helping you pursue your interests in novel ways (if you’ll forgive the library humour!)
Or perhaps you’re ready to get out of your comfort zone and try something completely new. We can help with that, too! Library staff are not only fond of and familiar with books, we also have a variety of Readers Advisory tools and resources at our fingertips. And matching a patron up with a good book makes us happy. Think of us as your personal literary matchmaking service!
For more information about library programs and services, drop by your local library branch, call us, or visit the Cape Breton Regional Library’s website and Facebook page. Kate Oland, Baddeck Branch/ Victoria County Bookmobile 295-2055 Leona Stockley, Victoria North Regional Branch (Ingonish) 285-2544 www.cbrl.ca or Cape Breton Regional Library on Facebook