Hi dear friends,
Today is Thursday the day I try to come up with some discussion post! Sometimes they are serious, sometimes fun, sometimes a little bit of both!
This time I want to discuss the way our jobs influence or not our favorite reading genres!
Nothing is scientific here, just my crazy imagination but I think I am not so far from the mark and would love having your feedback! 😀
We all know that our job (and being a stay at home mom IS a very serious and tiring job) is a big part of our life. It drains energy but can also be invigorating. Sometimes its choice was a pure unexpected turn of events and other times it was a well thought out life plan.
But at the end of the day, what do you want to read after many hours earning your keep in your current function?
I think we can elaborate on two possibilities: either reinforcement either avoidance. Each possibility will give a different result.
Reinforcement means that you don’t have enough of your job. You want MORE! Either because you really found your calling either because you are a YEP (Young Enthusiasitic Person as in “not bored out yet”).
Avoidance is what many experience at the end of the day. They close the door of the office/hospital/school/factory ….and they just want to forget about it for some hours. They have had ENOUGH!
Let’s test this theory and its results on an array of jobs, shall we?
1) Police Officer
In reinforcement they will want more and their preferred genre would of course be …crime, thrillers and mysteries! They need to bath in murders to puzzle out etc.
If it’s avoidance they will want something with a simple plot, no blood bath, no murder. Something light, fun and uncomplicated. I would go with romcom for a woman and for a man some comedy too.
2) IT/tech specialist
Reinforcement means they’ll be drawn to everything with technology. It could be science fiction, dystopian or technological thriller (Matrix …).
Avoidance would push them to read about nature and maybe stories of road trips or survivals in the wild. Or a story with an animal as a hero. Other possibility: something historical like WWII or ….
If they want more they’ll look either for books with kids and read some non fictional book about “How to communicate with unruly teenagers” or the “Survival guide in teen jungle” or …
If they are fed up with kids, teaching and taking things in charge they would probably read adult romance with a wild cowboy or an alpha billionaire (would come handy to pay the bills as teachers don’t earn lots of money, especially for all the hours they work with demanding kids). Romcom would also work as they need a good laugh.
4) Stay at home mom
If the are in reinforcement they will read everything that will help them to do their job better, probably non fiction like “How to better organize your home”; “1000 recipes for eating healthy every day”; “Best ideas for doing craft with kids”, etc.
Avoidance would be books without kids or organizing anything! They would want to be taken care of and pampered and would probably adore a romance with a possessive Alpha devoted to their needs.
Now there is also a third possibility here: reassurance! Because every parent knows that they sometimes want to strangle their kids, feel overwhelmed by the mess they can leave in a house and wonder/feel lacking when they see all these pictures of perfect families on IG! In that case they’ll love reading books about “real” families with struggling moms, kids being lost and fighting their parents but of course always with happy ending because they will feel a kinship and be reassured. “I am not doing something wrong! This is normal and shall pass.”
5) Nurse or doctor
Reinforcement will lead them to read books about hot doctors or characters suffering from illness.
Avoidance gives a vast array of books but sans medical terms, sick people, etc. Give me HEALTHY!
6) Administrative or logistical functions
Reinforcement: well if you love administration you could read stories about other administrative fellows like Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine or The Hating Game or… Maybe some fiction like Kafka featuring something happening at the office.
Avoidance: it is a possibility that you feel bored out at the end of the day if you have only menial or repetitive tasks. You need to use your brain! Logically, crimes and mysteries would be a very good choice for you as you have to guess who’s guilty, read all the clues and outsmart the killer! What better way to stimulate the mind right?
And I could go on and on as the list of jobs is endless!
My job is in a very serious field of work with lots of responsibilities and two teams to manage. I confess that I totally am in the avoidance scenario! I don’t want something serious or with numbers or logic and …
I just want to evade and dream! I want adventure and romance. That’s why I love romance and YA, contemporary, scifi, PNR, fantasy …. anything far from my every day job! That’s how I “recharge” and am ready to tackle another day with enthusiasm.
Now do tell me: what do you think of my theory? Am I right about you and your job? If you have another job, try the reinforcement and then avoidance theory and let me know what would be your genres and …would it be true?
Thanks for reading!