HOW I’VE CHANGED AS A READER OVER TIME // Bookish Discussions!

We’ve all evolved as readers, no matter how long we’ve been reading for. I have definitely evolved over the years, I am no longer obsessed with a paranormal romance about a clumsy chick and a vampire. Now, I even dabble in adult books every now and then! So, since I’ve been thinking about my reading journey lately, I figured I would share it with you guys!

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I’ve been reading my whole life so naturally, my tastes have changed over time. I grew up reading Giblewort The Goblin then transitioned to Harry Potter to Alex Rider and Percy Jackson. Then, over time I moved onto different stories. I was introduced to Twilight and Divergent and The Hunger Games. And, eventually, I found there was a whole age group called YA. I found new stories like The Lunar Chronicles and The Giver.

I’ve changed so much as a reader, even in a few short years. I never used to be able to handle so much as a scuffed edge on one of my books. And now, I annotate them myself. I fold the corners on pages, I tab my books, I highlight and this year I’ve even been trying my hand at writing in my books.

BOOKS I LOVE NOW, BUT WOULDN’T HAVE 10 YEARS AGO

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I’ve changed as a reader so much over the years! I love audiobooks, I read comics and graphic novels. I make tbrs and reading goals and I have a whole shelf of unread books. Years ago, that never would have been a possibility. I used to just read a book as soon as I got it, there was never a chance of me not picking it up until months or years later.

I’ve found lately, that my taste in genres has also changed. Even 2 or 3 years ago I would never have said that I actually enjoyed the contemporary genre, but here we are! Simon Vs The Homo Sapien’s Agenda & The Female of The Species are some of my favourite books! I’ve found this year that I also really enjoy historical fiction and murder mysteries, often together!

I also read much more diversely now. I don’t know if this is due to the availability of content now or because I’m just more aware of what I’m reading but, either way before a couple of years ago I had never even heard of a book involving an lgbt+ character. I had no idea it was even a thing, let alone books with characters of my own sexuality, suddenly reading presented a whole new ballgame!

And, I saved the most obvious for last… I run a book blog! I now feel semi-qualified to recommend books. I mean, I have been reading my whole life but, it’s only in the last couple of years that I’ve actually felt, that hey, yeah I can do this. I can recommend books!

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That’s all I’ve got for you guys today but I’d love to hear about your reading journeys (no matter how long or short) and I’d really love to know how you’ve all changed as readers!

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HOW HAVE YOU CHANGED AS A READER OVER TIME?
HAVE WE HAD A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE?

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10 thoughts on “HOW I’VE CHANGED AS A READER OVER TIME // Bookish Discussions!

  1. This is so cool, I love reading about other’s journeys! I grew up reading Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, and when I was eight discovered the Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicles series. When I was twelve, I found the YA genre and was introduced to it by The Grisha Trilogy, The Lunar Chronicles, and The Maze Runner. It seems like we’ve had similar experiences!

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed! I never read them tbh, but my youngest brother enjoys The Hardy Boys! PJO is amazing!
      Yass TLC! I think I’m going to re-read the series soon for the nostalgia factor!

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  2. When I was younger I didn’t know I was a big reader because I didn’t know other people didn’t read that much. I didn’t even find the booktube/book blogging communities until last year! Now I’m reading even more.
    The nostalgia of Twilight and The Hunger Games! ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. I feel like that can be the biggest crutch for readers, if you’re not in a reading environment, you just don’t know! But, now we have you and the blogging community is better for it!

      Yass Twilight and THG are the ultimate nostalgia reads! ๐Ÿ’•

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  3. We’ve had quite similar reading journeys! I also grew up with Harry Potter, Alex Rider and Percy Jackson and eventually transitioned into reading YA (btw Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of my favourite books as well!). I feel like I definitely read more diversely as well and I attribute that primarily to book blogging because other bloggers have made me realise that there are books out there that represent every community and that representation in literature is very important.
    This was a fun post to read!

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    1. I feel the same way! I never used to read diversely as a kid. Mainly because I was too busy reading the same books all the time. But, also because it never occurred to me, or apparently, the people supplying the books, that maybe I should look outside of the perspective of a white, teenage boy in London. Crazy.
      Exactly, I never thought to actively search out diverse books, but I am so glad I have done so now!

      Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed! Happy reading! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

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      1. I used to reread books so much more when I was younger because I just didn’t know where to find new books! Thank God for Goodreads and book blogs ahaha

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  4. I hated The Giver in high school. I re-read it when I was about 20 and I have loved it ever since. It’s so interesting to see how our reading preferences change over the years.

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