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Let’s Discuss: How Have You Changed As A Reader?

As in everything, as readers we grow and change. How are you a different reader than you were a year (or more) ago?

Let’s Discuss: How Have You Changed As A Reader?

After reading books for a lifetime, you begin to change tastes and preferences. I look back at things I said on the blog in 2012 and laugh. Oh, young Lisa, how silly and crazy you were. (Wait…not much has changed. Whoops).

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So I ask you: How have you changed as a reader?

-What books have you read that you NEVER would have before?
-Have you fallen in love with new authors and genres?
-What things have you gotten tired/bored of?
-Have you re-read books and fallen in love all over again? Or were you shocked you ever liked it?

My biggest new-found love – as you may have gathered from my reviews – is contemporary books. I wasn’t a huge reader of real life stories before now, but WOW books like Eleanor and Park and Since You’ve Been Gone and The Hundred Oaks series have completely changed my mind.

I would also say my tastes are more refined. Translation = I’m pickier. If you’ve read the same storyline two or three times, when it pops up again, it’s easier to pick it out and identify the pattern.

What I LOVE about reading is that it’s new every day, every month, every year. I’m constantly delighted with new book discoveries and debut authors.

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts – Tell me in the comments!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Danielle

    I’ve shocked myself this past year that I’ve been totally digging adult romance, not the “adult” kind but just contemporary love stories about people who aren’t 16 lol. I was never a big romance fan especially in my teens and early twenties when thrillers and crime were faves. A long period of YA followed but now I’m rediscovering long forgotten tastes and being a bit more eclectic and less worried about what other people might think. My days as a Grad student turning my nose up at anything not deemed literary enough by the intelligentsia are thankfully behind me!!

  • Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    In the last few months I’ve noticed a weird shift in my tastes – I used to love science fiction, but now I’ll have to REALLY be caught by a synopsis if I read the genre. I’ve instead fallen in love with historical fantasy and high fantasy 😀 It’s strange, but I figure there’s a time and a place for each book!

  • I have changed SO much! When I was in high school, I read a LOT of romance novels and Sweet Valley High. In the last few years, I have started reading more contemporary fictions, as well as the classics. Blogging has changed my habits a bit too. Reading all the book blogs I do has introduced me to so many different books and genres. It is hard not to want to read all these different books that I see these great reviews of. For instance, I had never read any fantasy books at all until this year. Now I feel I am trying to become more well read and diversify my reading. I am realizing just how many amazing books there are out there!

  • Oh my, I’m not sure I’ve got the time to get it all out. LOL. I guess taste matures with age – sort of like wine 🙂 Time was I loved quick reads, which I was done with in a day. But I also read Tolstoy and Dostoyevski while I was still in primary school. I suppose my reading habits used to be chaotic. In a nutshell, presently I aim for books that will stay with me and I try to balance out genres, authors, and so forth. The one thing that hasn’t changed is that I still read a lot!

  • I definitely agree with being pickier! I think it’s something that happens naturally the more we read and, as you said, see the same plots over and over. The genres I read is always expanding as well — I don’t only read YA contemporaries anymore, although they still are part of my reading. I’ve just found that I like most genres, which opens up a lot more book options 😀

  • Maria

    In the last few years, I haven’t really changed the types of books I read (mostly YA and the occasional “classic”), but when I first began seriously reading in middle school, I literally read around 20 mystery novels by Mary Higgins Clark (I was a strange child) until I read Twilight and got into YA. What has changed is that I’m a little pickier with the writing style of books. I loved Twilight when I read it in middle school, but now that I’ve read so many more books, I realize it wasn’t exactly the best writing in the world. I only recently started following booktubers and blogs that have been raving about contemporary books, so now I’m interested in checking those out soon!