Most of the time, I like to follow the rules. I prefer order to chaos. It’s just my nature.
But every once in a great while I break my rules.
For the past year, I’ve had a reading rule, one book by an author and then I move on. Doesn’t matter if they’ve written a trilogy or a series. My reading goal is to expose myself to as many different writing styles as I can.
And I had no trouble following that rule. I liked it. It made sense. Up until I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. It’s a trilogy. And I fell completely in love with her writing style. It’s fresh and sparse yet rich. I loved the story she created. Her characters feel more real than the people I know.
A few times when I shut the book to go to bed, it took me a few moments to realize who I was and where I was because I was so deep in Mara’s mind that I forgot about me. That hadn’t happened to me in years.
So I broke my rule. I’m reading the second book in the trilogy, The Evolution of Mara Dyer. And I plan to read the final book too.
I don’t regret this rule breaking. There are always occasions when an exception must be made.
Are you are rule follower or a rule breaker? Do you have any rules about what you’re reading?