Top Ten Tuesday | Changes In My Reading Life

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

The prompt this week (which I know I am a few days late) is “Changes In My Reading Life,” which is something that I have been thinking about lately. My reading life has changed over the years and its so interesting!

1. I used to read exclusively YA Fantasy.

It wasn’t like I didn’t like other genres but I stuck to YA fantasy the most. It was the only genre that could capture my attention and hold on to it.

2. Currently reading a lot of Adult Fantasy

In the last 6 months, I have been reading less YA and more adult. I couldn’t find a YA book that I enjoyed because it always felt like it needed just a bit more. So I was unsatisfied with a lot of my reads this year, so I gave adult fantasy a shot and it was exactly what I was missing. (I still read YA and I still love it.)

3. I no longer feel the need to read an entire series at once.

One of the most annoying things about my reading habits was that I would ALWAYS finish a series. If I wanted to read a series, I would have to commit to reading all of those books before I moved on. I don’t do that anymore because frankly, it was stupid of me.

4. DNF all the books

Another annoying habit, I didn’t DNF books. I felt the need to finish every book I started because I felt I couldn’t objectively review a book until I read the whole thing. And I mean how stupid is that? I don’t need to make myself miserable doing something I love. Don’t do it guys.

5. Audiobooks were the devil

It’s not that I hated audiobooks, it’s just I couldn’t get into them. I found them boring and I felt they were difficult to keep up with. NOW? I love them. My problem wasn’t that I disliked them, it was that I didn’t find a book/narrator I enjoyed listening to. The first audiobook that I truly enjoyed was Illuminae. It changed everything.

6. Buying every book possible

Starting my book collection was a bit crazy, I felt the need to buy every YA book I could find. I would go to thrift stores (hello 50% sales) and Hastings (I miss you) and buy 3 for 25$ all the time. And looking back I wish I didn’t do that. Not only did I shove a bunch of books on my to be read list, but I also picked up books I wish I didn’t.

7. No more mixing paperbacks and hardbacks

During the crazy book collection time, I also didn’t care if the book was a paperback or hardback. I just grabbed it. And again I wish I didn’t. I admit I am a hardcover snob mainly because I somehow ruin paperbacks within the first 4 chapters of reading it. Plus, I just like my series to match, I am a stickler for matching. (Hello publishers? stop changing the covers and spines mid-series, please!)

8. I leave my house without a book

I used to carry a book everywhere with me. And now I don’t bother. I have the Kindle app on my phone so if I feel like reading I can pull a book up. But I don’t feel the need to always read when I am out.

9. I am taking a break from requesting arcs

I am a bit behind on my arcs which I am actively working on finishing up. But it’s burnt me out. I want to read what I want to read and I don’t want to force myself to read and stick to a schedule.

10. TBR’s are not a bad thing

This one is a bit of a weird one for me. I am and will always be a mood reader. But I find myself appreciating a TBR list more and more. It’s nice to write down a list of books I think I want to read and let my mood pick one of those. It allows my mood to control what I want to read but it also lets me knock a few books off that backlist.

Sorry, guys I know I am a few days late for this one, but these winter blues are just kicking my butt. I had a few blog posts scheduled for this week but none of them posted. Probably because I haven’t opened the app since Monday. OOPS! So enjoy the next few posts that were meant to go up on specific days. =D

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