Hello everyone! Today I wanted to do a little bit of a different post and talk about how my reading habits/tastes have changed over the past few years. As someone who has been a reader for most of her life, I find it so interesting to look back and see how I have changed in relation to reading. There aren’t many flashy graphics in this post, just mostly me talking. Hope you enjoy!
☆ 1. Audiobooks ☆
Honestly, Audiobooks is what inspired this whole post because I used to HATE audiobooks. Maybe hate is a strong word, but I personally just could not concentrate on an audiobook. I did not judge anyone who wanted to listen… they just were not for me! I couldn’t connect with any of the characters and felt pretty disconnected from the story overall. HOWEVER, nowadays I literally listen to my audiobook every single night before I go to bed or whenever I am doing chores around my apartment. Audiobooks have saved my LIFE so many times, especially when I have to read long classics for school. There are some months where I only read 1 to 2 books physically and the rest are on audiobook. As a full-time English major at university, sometimes my eyes just will not allow me to read anything else physically. Enter audiobooks to the rescue! I really recommend you try them out, even if you couldn’t get into them before. ALSO… audiobooks have really opened my eyes to my local libraries and I get all my audiobooks for free through Hoopla or Libby. I could go on and on about how thankful I am that audiobooks exist but I will leave it here (((:
☆ 2. eBooks ☆
Ah yes… did we predict this one would be coming too after audiobooks? Although I will probably always prefer to hold a physical book in my hand, my appreciation for eBooks is constantly growing. I remember when I was little getting into an argument with my grandparents about how I thought Kindles were stupid ( I was only 12 forgive me) xD Now I read lots of ebooks through my library on my iPad! If there is a book I don’t want to spend money on, as books can get pretty expensive, and there is no audiobook available, ebooks to the rescue! I also love reading graphic novels and comics on ebook because those can get really expensive when you buy them physically. Overall, again, as a full time student who does not have the money to spend on books all the time, ebooks are such a lifesaver. (:
☆ 3. Harsher Ratings ☆
When I go back in my Goodreads, nearly every single book that I read 5 years ago I have given 5 stars xD Even books that I do not remember liking very much. I remember there was a time where I thought 3 stars was a really bad rating and I would have had to not like the book at all to give it a whole 3 stars haha. Now I give 1 stars fairly often and it has become much more difficult for me to give out those glowing 5 star ratings. The book must be truly special for me to rate it that high. Although I can admire my younger self for having such high opinions of all these books, I think my ratings now are much more honest and my reading abilities have gotten more critical as well!
☆ 4. Annotating / Tabbing ☆
Whew this one might make some people uncomfortable but… I have recently started writing all over my books. *GASP!! I used to always mark up my school books, as that was a requirement at my middle and high school, and I have kept doing that through university because it helps me think and keep track of things. I never used to annotate my YA books or books that I read for pleasure… the most I would do is maybe put some sticky tabs on some of my favorite parts. However, nowadays I like to write in those books too! I normally pick one pen color to go throughout the whole book and come up a few tab colors that I think match the book cover. Then I go at it. I used to want to keep my books in absolute pristine condition. But I’ve realized now it’s more fun to make them my own and it’s so cool to look back a couple months after I read a book to see my thoughts on it. Although I totally respect the non-annotaters, I personally don’t feel anxious about writing in my books anymore ~~
☆ 5. More Genres + Diversity ☆
The final major way my reading has changed is that it has gotten so much more diverse, especially in the last year or so. I used to read primarily only YA fantasy or YA contemporaries. However, after taking a year break from reading, I came back this year ready to explore anything really (except horror hehe). I now love so many things from middle grade, to adult romance, to YA thrillers. I really am open to anything at this point. I also have been loving discovering books from different cultures as well. My old reading habits used to unfortunately focus on white authors writing stories about white characters. I really have been making an effort to read more diversely this year and I have just discovered so many fantastic stories my ignorant self was unaware of. Overall, more genres and more diversity has really enriched my reading and I am so happy I’ve decided to branch out!