This week’s prompt is ‘changes in my reading life’ and it has been a topic I’ve been thinking on for a long time. Of course, over the course of a decade, many things about how I read, what I read, why I pick the books I do has changed. All the changes, though, I think of them as natural progression – no regrets!
The number of books I read is less
I can’t say that there has been a marked increase or decrease in the number of books I read now, with respect to what I read a decade ago. Most of that is because of how much time I have, but I will say, though, that I don’t read as fast now (as in per page per book) as I did before, nor do I read as much as I could
Reading style is more careful
I’m a much more careful reader now. I now know I may not read the book again (who has the time for rereads) so I mark quotes, annotate, simultaneously draft a review in my head – all these things were not things I used to do when I used to read all those years ago. My earliest years were all about zooming through one book and onto the next.
I now often read books concurrently
My earliest reading days were all about speeding through one series, so I would never start another book in between a series, forget starting another while reading my current book. Now, I usually have one ebook galley, one audiobook, and sometimes a print book going on at the same time.
Catching up on series
Like, I said, earlier I used to speed through series. I used to even try to read all the series an author had at that point before moving on to the next author (I was once in a Meg Cabot phase – it was glorious). Now, I often don’t remember to catch up on a series or even an author’s latest book. It has led to many unfinished series on my part.
Now, this may sound like bragging, but I have read over 1500 YA books and yeah, I am familiar with most tropes and plots and as such, I pick books or am more excited about books that bring something unique or new or subversive. Even with retellings, I am like – what are you bringing to this? Is it diverse? Is it feminist? I am more inclined to pick a book by a new diverse author than before, where I mostly stuck to the ones I already knew.
I must say, though, my tastes in manga have remained pretty much the same lol.
Not into the same genres
When I first stared reading I was into paranormal romances, then adult romances, then mysteries and then science fiction, then I finally settled on fantasy. Now, I generally prefer fantasy, and I don’t read much sci-fi or dystopia.
How do you think your reading life has changed?