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!
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
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!
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!