Stuck in a Read­ing Rut

The Victoria Standard - - Arts / Literature - KATE OLAND

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

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