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A few years back, I addressed this topic after a conversation I had with a friend about our love of books potentially fading away. Today, I want to revisit it because I read an old review of mine (do you do this? Because HOLY BATMAN talk about horrid!) and I was surprised by thoughts on the book/series and why I waited so long to read it. I read another review and I couldn’t fathom WHY I loved it SO MUCH. When I think about it,it’s silly.
I’ve been thinking about the old me vs the new me and why my reading preferences (may) have changed.
- The old me: Hated maps and glossaries and shied away from Fantasy.
- The new me: I LOVE THEM. I always look for maps in books, especially fantasy, and I miss them when I listen to a book I know has a map.
Why the Change? Honestly, I have no idea. Thoughts?
- The Old Me: Didn’t read Historical Romance
- The New Me: I, kind sir/madam, cannot get enough and will partake in reading all the Historical Romance books.
Why the Change? Maturity. I hated “women are shit men are awesome” mentality and instead of subjecting myself to the rage, I didn’t read it. Since I’ve grown up (a little) I accept that this is just how things were (are??).
- The old me: Didn’t read anything with Teen Pregnancy, Rape, and any other sensitive subject matter.
- The new me: While I don’t go LOOKING for such books, I seem to have a new radar for them? Odd.
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Why the Change? I love a book that will put me out of my comfort zone and will challenge me. My beliefs, thoughts, etc. It’s hard for me to read these books still, but honestly I think they are necessary in ALL fiction.
Other ways my reading as changed:
- I read less YA. Which makes me SAD. But, there just aren’t as many that DEMAND my attention like it use to.
- I read (listen) to more audiobooks.
- I read more WHODUNNIT books.
Honestly, I think there are both internal and external contributing factors, overall. Most of my changes as a reader has been my growth as a person. I don’t tend to shy away from things that make me uncomfortable anymore. I tend to be more critical, too. I’ve outgrown a lot of authors because I felt like their books were all the same. Likewise, I’ve discovered new authors!
- How have your reading preferences changed over the past say, year? Two Years?
- Do you think outside influences have contributed to that?
- Is there a book or series that you feel if you re-read today, you wouldn’t enjoy as much?
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Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic, and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.