Hi friends! Today I’m here to talk about my reading habits and the changes I’ve noticed over the years. I thought it would be nice to talk about this before I published my end of year posts. I’ve been a voracious reader my entire life so my reading life has been through some things. Let’s get into it.
1. I track my reading
This is the biggest change to my reading habits and I didn’t realize that until a few weeks ago when I was brainstorming a bookish edition of the 10 year challenge going around on social media. I didn’t start tracking my reading until I joined Goodreads in 2017. I kind of feel sad about that because I’ve read sooooo many more books that what’s on my Goodreads. Would’ve been nice to compare my reading.
2. Before joining the online book community, I mostly read adult books
Sure I read Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and a bunch of other childhood books (see list of favorites here), but once I made it to middle school, adult fiction became my jam. I read YA books sporadically in high school and college (Twilight and The Hunger Games), but still adult was my thing. And then I joined the online book community, discovered the vast world of YA lit, and got YA-wasted because it gave me the representation I craved.
Important note: I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that adult books appealed to me because the YA landscape was very different for me growing up (I’m 30). Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games really changed the game.
3. I love audiobooks
If you told me three years ago that almost half of my reading would be audiobooks, I would’ve scoffed at you. Audiobooks weren’t my thing until they became my thing in grad school. I tried reading them before that time (The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes in 2015), but I couldn’t get into it. And then grad school happened. I’m glad I gave audiobooks a chance again because they’ve changed my reading life drastically.
4. I read less non-fiction
I used to read a lot of non-fiction books, including memoirs. I don’t know why I stopped. I don’t have a desire to read more of them, but maybe I’ll sprinkle a few in my reading next year.
5. I read romance
6. I’ve rediscovered my love for mystery/thriller
Mystery used to be one of my favorite genres and I kind of abandoned it for some unknown reason. I’ve rediscovered my love for this genre over the past two years and I’m so freaking excited.
7. I don’t want to collect multiple editions of my favorite books
This is a very recent thing, but I’m over collecting multiple editions of the same book. I’m not going to stop collecting the books I’m still in the middle of collecting (Harry Potter illustrated editions and The Daevabad Trilogy), but I definitely won’t be collecting new favorite books or series.
8. I’ve fallen out of love with YA fantasy
This is the hardest one to talk about because I’m sad about it. I don’t know if I’m burned out from reading so much YA over the past few years or if the new releases this year didn’t appeal to me. Either way, I made the decision to read less YA fantasy in August and I plan to continue that in 2020.