Top 10 Tuesday: Changes in My Reading Life

TTT-Big2A weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Have y’all seen the #2009vs2019 thing on Twitter? People post a picture of themselves from 2009 and one from 2019. Or the Tweet asking you’ve accomplished in the past 10 years? It’s kind of earth-shattering that we’re 1.5 months away from another decade.

Anyway, this all has a point because I get to talk about the way my reading life has changed! I’m thinking a bit more on the bigger spectrum (aka TEN YEARS), and this may not even accumulate to ten things but… here goes!

1.) I find myself reading more romance novels. I think this is due to the surge of new adult romance novels. I’ve read so many NA romances this year alone than maybe what I’ve read in the past ten years.

2.) I’m harsher in my book reviews. Of course, this isn’t a bad thing but I almost feel…bad? Only because I know how much a writer puts their heart and soul into a book. I guess this follows the whole line of “don’t read the reviews” and “reviews are for readers” thing.

3.) Hyped books aren’t worth it. This may seem silly, but I’ve hoped onto the “hype train” only to be disappointed. It’s no fun and again, I just feel bad, like why does everyone like it but I don’t?

4.) Don’t be afraid to DNF that book. Despite saying this, I don’t think I’ve DNFed a book this year but really, over the course of the years, I have DNFed a couple. YEARS ago I wouldn’t have dreamed of not finishing a book, especially if I wanted to give a thoughtful review about it. Alas!

5.) Audiobooks are a lifesaver. Not to mention they help me achieve my Goodreads goal! I love being able to listen to them when I’m doing mundane things like driving to and from work and getting house chores done, lol.

6.) Talk with the book community. Social media has helped so much in this regard. Since I joined bookstagram and even Twitter, I’ve been able to happily fangirl over books for the past couple of years. It’s such a thrilling, fun experience because when I was growing up, I didn’t have a lot of friends who read.

7.) I don’t care what anyone thinks about what I’m reading / Read what you want. This is sort of an extension of keeping in touch with the book community. I think there’s a lot of gatekeeping and gaslighting when it comes to people telling you what books you “should” and “shouldn’t” read. I also think not caring about people’s opinion comes with growing older. I spent a lot of my 20s so worried about what people thought of me and how my actions may be perceived that it became exhausting.

8.) I have to have near silence when I read. Again, maybe this is a product of getting older. 🤣 I used to be able to read whenever, wherever but now I have to be in a certain setting in order to really immerse myself in a book.

9.) Utilizing the local library. I did not grow up with parents who took me to the library. Any library I went to was the one at my school. I adored book fairs, too. Ever since I moved to a big city a few years ago, I’ve utilized the local library system. It’s not that my hometown didn’t have a library; I simply didn’t have a habit of going to it. Now I’ve discovered so many of my favorite books by finding them at the library, reading (or listening if they’re audiobooks) them, and buying them later to add to my personal library at home.

10.) Read outside your typical genre. For me, this would mean reading genres I don’t normally read. I used to struggle reading contemporary and sci-fi books, but now some of my favorite books exist in that genre and I wouldn’t trade that particular reading experience for the world. Sometimes we become so ingrained in a particular genre that we deem anything outside of it not worth a look. That’s like creating a list of “great” books from all straight white male authors or never changing any of the “classic” literature when it, again, is filled with dead white male authors.

Feel free to leave your T10T in the comments below! I’d love to know how your reading style has changed!

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