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Read a Different Book Once a Year

Would you rather read the same three books for the rest of your life or be able to read a different book once a year in a genre you enjoy? If I’m reading this correctly, if my favorite genre is, say, science fiction, I could only read one science fiction book per year and never re-read it. I’m glad my tastes are eclectic and I don’t have a favorite genre. Unless, of course, you count “classics” or “literary fiction” as genres.

My other assumption is that I’m only restricted to one book in my preferred genre. I can still read as much as I want outside of that genre. If this is the case, then the answer is clear. The one book will be a treat. A birthday. Christmas. Summer vacation. I can still enjoy other things, explore other genres, discover great authors and new ideas.

Read a Different Book

What would this mean for someone like me, whose reading is all over the place? I can only re-read one Dickens novel a year? Only one Gothic romance? Experience on Shakespeare play? I don’t think it would be a bad thing if I could only read one business book. I eat those up like popcorn, and don’t know that I actually learn much from them. The same with books about writing.

I would have to curate my reading list. Make every book count. This isn’t a bad idea, actually. I may need to start making collections in my bullet journal to cultivate this into some sort of action plan.


The Merry Writer is a writer’s game on Twitter run by Ari Meghlen (@arimeghlen) and Rachel Poli (@RPoli3). Each day there’s a new question, and each month there’s a new theme. In these posts I expand upon the answers that I’ve posted on my Twitter.

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