Look at us all, growing up every day. Adjusting habits and tastes with every new thing that comes along. Without even realising, over a year or so we could become a completely different person…and yet still be ourselves.
And lately, I’ve been wondering if who I am as a reader – bookworm, nerdy girl, queen of pages, frolicker of fiction, whatever you want to call it – has changed.
So let’s talk:
Have you changed as a reader?
I mean, I’m pretty sure the answer to that question would be “yes”. I presume none of us are devoted to reading only children’s picture books about hungry caterpillars and giant dogs, as we did in our tiny stages.
We’ve all changed to some extent.
But where this ramble of a discussion is coming from, is my own sense of mind blowing surprise as I’ve realised that lately my reading tastes have expanded. A LOT.
Where I used to dominantly read YA fantasy, I only actually read one of those last month. I’ve read 5 contemporaries already this year, 5 classics, and 4 nonfiction. All of these genres being ones I’d rarely pick up before. And it might not sound a lot, but that’s pretty much half of my books read so far this year, made up of genres I never used to lean towards. Sure, I’d read them every so often, but not as much as this.
But it’s not even that.
I had a “treat yourself” sort of day a couple of weeks ago, and when it came to choosing which books to buy, for once none of them were YA fantasy. Okayy, one of them was ACOWAR, but technically that’s New Adult fantasy. Shhhhhh. Anyway. My latest phase of reading seems to be leaning towards learning more history, on a wider scale, and ancient civilisations. I want to read about ancient Rome and Greece. I want all the really old classics by the likes of Plato and Homer, as well as the Jane Austen type. I’m wanting more nonfiction, and for once the 500 page nonfiction books aren’t daunting to me – instead I NEED them.
Of course, I still love YA. I still have hundreds of YA books on my TBR, and will be making my way steadily through all the ones on my shelves.
But I just find it so bizarre that I quickly turned into a reader who would happily choose a classic or nonfiction alongside the YA and fantasy type of books, when just last year – just LAST MONTH – I might have shunned them in preference for the latter. Maybe it’s just a phase. Hell, I’m definitely a mood reader. But…I don’t think so. Classics have wormed their way in gradually, and I’ve always had an interest in mythology & history so I think they’re here to stay.
Honestly, I don’t really have a point to this. It’s just one huge ramble about how I’ve noticed my reading taste expand so much over the course of a few months.
Is it a good thing? I certainly think so, yes. I LOVE seeing such a wide variety on my shelves, the choice of having completely different genres for whatever I’m feeling. I’m learning more with every book I read. Granted, I don’t have the money to splash out on ALL the books from these newly loved genres that I’m hoping to collect, but that’ll come over time. And that’s not to say it’s NOT good if you still like reading one genre after years – I know I’ll still dominantly read fantasy because it’s my favourite genre. I just…wanted to acknowledge the change, I guess. And I also want to hear YOUR stories, to see how this has happened to you guys or if you’re still going steady.
So now it’s your turn!
Have you noticed your reading taste change at all over the past few months/year? Can you pinpoint it to one particular thing?
What genres do you tend to read?
Are there any other ways you’ve changed as a reader?
If you haven’t changed, does that mean your love for one genre is still going strong?
Join the discussion in the comments!
Until next time…
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