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This week’s theme is ‘Changes In My Reading Life’, which is such an interesting topic! When I look back at the person I was a decade ago, or even the person I was five years ago, my reading tastes have definitely changed.
Whether it’s the types of books I’m reading, the format I read, or when and where I read, these are
ten eight things that have changed throughout my reading life so far!
Reading on my Kindle
This has probably been the biggest change in my reading life, because I’m ashamed to say I used to be a huge e-reader snob. Looking back now, I don’t even know what my problem with them was? It definitely taught me not to be dramatic about change, that’s for sure!
I started my first job in publishing right at the end of 2014, and I’m pretty sure it was 2015 I finally bought my own Kindle and I read so much on it now. It’s so handy to carry around in my bag, I love how easy it is to highlight favourite passages, and it’s great for travelling. I still love paperbacks and hardbacks too, of course, but having my Kindle has helped me use less shelf space, and also means the books on my shelves are books I love.
I fell out of love with series a few years ago when I read Lauren Oliver’s Requiem. I really struggled to get into them for a while afterwards, which meant I often felt left out when fellow bloggers and the booktube community were raving about new books I had no desire to pick up. On the plus side, this meant I had several years of reading some excellent standalones, and I still love a brilliant standalone, but in 2018 I finished several series and it felt so good to once again be the kind of reader who loves to spend more than one book with a group of characters.
This year, with The Folk of the Air trilogy, I found myself actively awaiting a series finale before it’s published, something I haven’t done for years, and it’s been so fun! I still love standalones, but it’s been so nice to fall back in love with series.
Reading High Fantasy
Speaking of falling back in love, 2018 was also the year I fell back in love with high fantasy after several years of not being able to get into and feeling intimidated by it for whatever reason. Almost half of what I’ve read so far this year has been high fantasy, and I hope it continues to be a genre that I reach for.
I was a voracious re-reader when I was a little girl. There were several authors I loved – Jacqueline Wilson, Dick King Smith, Roald Dahl – and I re-read their work so many times until I got to my early teens and started to read more and more authors, so had less and less time to re-read.
I didn’t re-read a book for years until I first read my favourite book, The Goblin Emperor, and loved it so much that I’ve re-read it, either by reading the paperback or listening to the audiobook, every year since. It’s made me want to re-read more of my favourite books – I only read it last year, but I’m already itching to re-read Six of Crows!
Listening to audiobooks
For the longest time I couldn’t get into audiobooks. If I put them on in the background while doing something else, I inevitably got distracted and realised nothing I’d heard in the past 20 minutes had gone into my brain. Then in 2016 I bought my car and discovered the place I most enjoy listening to audiobooks: from my driver’s seat.
There’s something about driving that helps me focus on audiobooks – it’s how I listened to the The Memoirs of Lady Trent – and because driving helped me learn what kind of audiobooks I like, I’m also much better now at paying attention to them if I put one on at home while I do chores. I tend to do this when I’m already in the middle of an audiobook, though, or if I’m near the end and I can’t wait to hear what’s going to happen!
I have a tendency to be a bit of a hoarder. I hate waste and ever since I watched Toy Story I’ve had this horrid feeling that I’m going to hurt a book’s feelings if I give it to a charity shop. (Yes, I hear how ridiculous that sounds, too.) Not only that, but my mum, bless her heart, has no hoarding tendencies whatsoever and she’s not sentimental when it comes to getting rid of things, so I’ve ended up clinging to things in response.
Over the years, though, I’ve become much better at doing big book unhauls. Every four or five months, I’ll sit down with my shelves and donate any books to charity that I read and didn’t love, or books that I have no interest in reading anymore, because there’s someone out there who’s going to love it a lot more than me. It’s the one thing I’ve never understood on some booktube channels – to each their own, I’d never tell someone what to do with their own books, but sometimes when a booktuber holds up a book to explain how much they didn’t like it months, or even years, after they read it, I don’t understand why it’s still taking up room on their shelves?
2018 was clearly a great year of change for me, because it also became the year I gave the romance genre a chance after judging it unfairly from the outskirts for far too long. Almost a year since I made this post about it, romance is the genre I reach for when I need something light and fun to cheer me up and I’m looking forward to reading more and more of it! I need to get a copy of Jen DeLuca’s Well Met asap…
Commuting to work
As I mentioned above, I often listen to audiobooks in my car and this was an especially useful way for me to read when I drove to work. Earlier this year, though, the company I work at moved to a new office with no car park, so right now I’m getting the bus to work. In terms of my reading life, though, this has been a nice change; my journey takes around 35-40 minutes, sometimes shorter or longer depending on the traffic, but it means that there’s at least one hour of my day that I can devote to reading!