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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