You know – I have been in a funk when it comes to picking a topic to ramble and/or vent about. Funny thing is, I have a lot of topics in mind, but I want to be in the right mood to discuss them. Does that make sense?
Have you read a book let’s say…. 3 years ago, that you wholeheartedly loved. It was one of the best books you have ever read and you swore that this book/series and/or author would be your all time favorites?
You read and rated a book 5 stars because it was AMAZING. Not a favorite, but still AMAZING.
If you read that book today, would you still feel that way?
Honestly for me – there are many books that I look at that I read years ago and wonder, “WHY did I love this?!” or “Why did I even READ this?!” I chalk it up to my growth as a reader. I am not the same person I was 3 years ago. Heck, I am not the same person I was 3 months ago! Not only from personal standpoint – where I am in my life and my life experience – but because I challenge myself more. Read out of my comfort zone and be more open to things that I haven’t before.
We change. Our likes/dislikes. Our personal lives, too. The thing is? We grow.
I wouldn’t go so far to say that those books I adored and loved back in the day (3 years is SO back in the day) were awful – they’re just not something I would touch with a ten foot pole, paid me $100 AND babysit (for free) now. And there is nothing wrong with that.
Other contributing factors?
- You’ve grown to be more critical. Certain things such as INFO DUMP or INSTA LOVE are a thing you now know about and can see a mile away.
- You’ve grown to be all about the FEELS. A book can have amazing world building, likable characters and fantastic writing – but if it didn’t make you feel anything, then well.
I also feel like I have outgrown some authors, too. Not in the sense that their work is too immature for me, but because they write what they are good at & what they like and I am finding that it’s just not for me anymore. Which makes me sad because.. Well, it just does.
My point is – I feel like I have grown a lot as a reader over the years. I’m discovering new books and authors every day because of it. It’s okay to grow, branch out and try new things.
Tell Me Your Thoughts
- Do you feel you have grown as a reader? Why/Why not?
- What things to you think has changed?
- What is one book that you loved years ago – but not sure you would love today?
- Is there a book that you love now but wouldn’t read years ago?
Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.