Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m pretty excited about the topic this week. I’ve recently had a lot of changes in my reading life and I’m excited to dig into them with you!
Changes in My Reading Life
- Graphic novels! They’re a thing I really enjoy now! Who would have seen it coming?! I started reading graphic novels about this time last year, and prior to that I remember being really interested in them. Until last year they were never really able to grab and hold my attention, I was just so used to novels. Now I’ve read some great books like Blackbird, Rat Queens, Lumberjanes, Giant Days, Persepolis, and Paper Girls. I want to continue to dive into this genre, so any and all recommendations are welcome!
- I crave spooky reads now, and I
used to be aam a big chicken, so this is unusual. I love reading haunting stories, witchy reads, and tales of dark forests. I’ve always loved magic and fantasy but now I love when those stories take dark turns. Check out this TTT post for some of my favorites!
- No thanks, series. This isn’t really a new change, but I used to LOVE series, the longer the better. I find myself really loving standalones and duologies now. Take for instance Cassandra Clare’s shadowhunter books. I love The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments but I haven’t read anything new by her since TMI ended because I’m ready to move on from that world. I think standalones and duologies can be so immersive and beautifully written without drawing out like longer series, and I love it!
- I read more analytically than I used to, oftentimes with a future review in mind. I look more at worldbuilding, characterization, use of tropes, depth, etc. than just the surface-level story. I think this must come naturally as you read more; you eventually get bored with the same old stories so you start to look closer at what you’re reading. I think this change has given me even more respect for authors, so I’m thankful for it.
- I’m straying away from YA with authors like Neil Gaiman, Christina Lauren, and John Connolly. I love both Neil Gaiman and John Connolly’s writing styles and Christina Lauren’s books are both sexy and funny. I used to avoid the adult section of the library like the plague, but I appreciate the humor, maturity, and pacing of adult books. I still love and primarily read YA but seek out more and more adult books now.
- I listen to book-related podcasts, especially First Draft with Sarah Enni, and love getting to know more about the authors I love, their writing processes, inspiration, and advice! I love connecting what I’ve learned in the podcasts to the books I read.
- I check out RivetedLit and EpicReads which have some really cool book-related things. Like the podcasts, these sites give more insight on books I love, explaining cover design, offering excerpts and free reads, and so much more. These sites help build the hype and add books to my tbr pile.
- I read books through NetGalley and love it! It’s so much fun to see the latest ARCs, request them, and see that you’ve been approved! Even when I’m rejected it’s still exciting to see upcoming releases and build the hype like with the publisher sites.
- I read a lot of ebooks and listen to audiobooks. This makes it easier to read more books, I can still use library services, and I have something to listen to during my commute to work. Audiobooks can definitely be tricky because so much rides on liking the narrator, but ebooks are nice to have on the go.
- I’m in the blogger world! I started this blog about a year and a half ago and it’s really expanded my literary world! I’ve loved connecting with other readers, sharing my thoughts, participating in tags like TTT, and learning from other bloggers. I think this change opened the door for other changes to come along so I’m very thankful for that.
This TTT post was a bit on the lengthy side so thank you for sticking around! I had a great time looking at and sharing the changes in my reading life. Can you relate to any of these? Let me know!
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