Random Rants and Rambling #33 |My Growth as a Reader

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Hello friends!

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?

Anyway.

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?

OR.

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?

19 responses to “Random Rants and Rambling #33 |My Growth as a Reader

  1. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Us talking about this has prompted alot of thought on my end. The best example I can think of is Ugly Love by CoHo. I LOVED that book, but I do remember feeling uncomfortable at certain parts too. If I reread it again today, I don’t think I’d love it as much because if those parts bothered me then, they’ll DEFINITELY bother me now.

    I agree that we all grow as readers and our likes and dislikes changing. I also think the amount of books read is a factor. What was a great read at the time, has probably been overshadowed by other books read in that genre. (This is not always the case though.) But for me, back in the day when I was just starting to read NA, I loved so many of them because it was all NEW and FRESH. Now that I’ve read so many, it takes a really good one to peak my interest.

    As for a book I’ve read NOW that I wouldn’t have read then? Hm. I don’t know that I would have read erotic romance back when. I was primarily reading YA, so that type of thing wouldn’t have registered. I don’t read a ton of ER now, but I would if the story appealed to me.
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    • tonyalee

      I didn’t think about if the amount of the books read changes this – but I see your point. Like, if you read a lot of dystopian books, they are start to sound the same and you can see twists coming from a mile away. Good point!

  2. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    I think growing as a reader is pretty much a normal thing, especially if you read a lot like bloggers normally do. I know for certain there are books now that I loved when I was younger, that I probably wouldn’t love. But also, interestingly, I’ve grown less critical and I seem to enjoy more books nowadays than I used to in the past. I think I’ve started to accept that for me, books should be about enjoyment more than anything.
    Great post, Tonya!
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    • tonyalee

      Yeah I think it;s normal. I think our personal lives really affect what we read, and how we intrepid the situations.

      I think I’ve grown more critical. This is probably because it takes a lot to really wow me on an emotional front anyway? IDK

  3. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    My reading taste’s have changed. I know that the longer that I’ve been reading and blogging, the harder it is for a book to win me over, and the more critical I’ve become. One of the indicators for me is Netgalley. I use to go on there and click like crazy because so much looked good. Now, I’m not as tempted to request so many books. Great topic Tonya 🙂
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    • tonyalee

      Yes, it’s harder for a book to win me over too! I have always had some sort of emotionally disconnection anyway, so when a book can wow me that way, it’s good!

  4. Jessica @ The Psychotic Nerd

    I know that years ago, when I really became obsessed with reading, I LOVED paranormal. Hush Hush, Fallen, A Beautiful Dark, I enjoyed them. Now? I’ve reread some of them and I really don’t see why I loved them and I have also stopped reading paranormal books because they’re just not my thing anymore. Same for dystopian. I used to love dystopians, but now every dystopian is just the same old story to me. I have to agree with the critical thing too, my tastes didn’t just change. I read so many books, that I’m more critical. Back when I read all those dystopians and paranormals, EVERY book I read was 5 stars. I was very easily impressed, because every book was new to me and I just wasn’t as critical. Now I just don’t give out 5 stars as freely.
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    • tonyalee

      Agreed. We can outgrown genres or tropes too. I am excited for paranormal romance to make a come back though!

      I’m like you – I am a lot more critical when it comes to rating.

    • tonyalee

      Thank you!

      Twillight was one book on my mind when writing this post! There are many others though, that i could use as an example.

  5. Wendy @ Book Scents

    I’ve definitely become a lot more critical of how I rate books now because of how much more I’ve read and had more to compare to and to become more critical in how I THINK about what I thought about a book. Like… I didn’t use to rate in half stars but now I feel like it’s a necessity. For some books I’ve loved in the past I’m deifnitely nervous to reread because if it falls short of how I remember it, I would just be sad! I’m rereading Sabriel right now and that was one of my first fantasy loves so… I’m slightly nervous because I need it to still be a fave! (Thankfully, I am still loving it) However… some books I can think of that I rated highly that I think if I reread now I’d definitely not like quite as much. It’s interesting how we grow as readers, for sure.
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    • tonyalee

      I think this is one of my main reasons why I don’t re-read. I know for a fact that I wont love it as much, ya know? Plus I find that when I re-read it isn’t as fun LOL

      It’s funny how we look back and see how much we have grown!

  6. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    I definitely think my reading tastes have changed over time. I don’t necessarily think that the books I loved back then are any less worthy, but they just wouldn’t strike me the same way if I read them now. The fact is that we go through phases and we grow and change as time goes on – so it makes sense that books that appealed to us at certain points in our lives may not appeal to us later. Great discussion!
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  7. Holly J

    I have definitely grown as a reader! Blogging opened me up to a whole new world basically. Self-pubbed books, indie, trad. I started gobbling everything up, and now after two years, I’ve gotten better at knowing what I’d like and what I wouldn’t. It doesn’t mean I won’t try books still, but my tastes have changed. I KNOW there are books I read when I first started blogging that I wouldn’t like as much now, especially not for the 5 stars I gave them. I tend to be more careful about what I call favorites and ones I loved now. A book I gave 5 stars to that I probably wouldn’t like as much, if at all, if I read it again? Beautiful Disaster. I loved it at the time, but I’ve outgrown Jamie McGuire as an author and I hated Beautiful Oblivion. I’m kind of just done with that series and her books. I’ve also outgrown genres! I read a lot of dystopian the first year I blogged, and I don’t really care for the genre anymore (though I still want to read some popular books in it). Maybe I’ll go back to it someday, but not right now.

    I find it kind of funny how my tastes have changed, but it’s like you said: we grow. And as we grow, the books we read are bound to change. Not completely, but at least a little bit. Great post!!
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  8. Elizabeth

    I think it’s like anything with our tastes changing as we experience new things and experience others over and over. I loved the formula of a Mary Higgins Clark book about 20 years ago, but after about 7 I couldn’t take it anymore and haven’t picked one up since. Might her writing have changed as have my tastes? Who knows? Blogging and reviewing has changed how I read as well as what I read.
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  9. Nereyda Gonzalez

    Great post, I’ve talked about this a lot with my friend Megan. There are some books that I look back and think, did I really give this 5 stars??? Several I have reread and still feel the same (or love more in some cases) but some I thought…meh. I don’ t change my ratings though because I want them to still represent what I felt at the time…
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