Hi, everyone! Today, I’m here with a discussion post. I’ve noticed some fairly significant and (I think) interesting changes in my reading habits and preferences in the past couple years, and I wanted to put them to paper today! As for the reasons for these changes, I think some of them have to do with being in college, some of them are just natural changes (I am, in fact, a human), and many of them are probably due to blogging. Anyway, let’s get into the list!
I read more physical books.
Fun fact: I got my first Kindle when I was 14, and from then up until the past year or so, I read almost solely on my e-reader. I loved having a portable library, and I feel that I almost always read faster on my e-reader. However, in the past year or so, I’ve started mixing up my formats and I’d say that now, about half the books I read are in a physical format, while the other half still remain digital. I find that I read more when I vary the format of the books I pick up– this started as a foolproof way to get myself out of reading slumps and has slowly made its way into my normal reading routine.
I rarely pick up fantasy anymore.
Ever since childhood, I’ve loved reading fantasy and considered it one of my favorite genres. Recently, though, I’ve kind of fallen out of love with the genre. I’ve liked less and less of the fantasy books I’ve picked up in the past few months, and I truly do think my preferences have just altered. Nowadays, I will almost always go for realistic fiction over fantasy. It just doesn’t hold the same sparkle or promise for me anymore.
I don’t stress about not reading.
This is a big one for me. It’s taken a while to get over the blogger guilt that can come with not reading for a few days/a few weeks/any length of time, but I’ve finally learned to let myself enjoy other things besides reading. If I wanna marathon old seasons of Drag Race instead of starting a new book? Cool. If a friend invites me to go out tonight and it means I won’t have time to finish the book I’m reading? No big deal. I think this has made me a better blogger AND increased my enjoyment of the books I read.
Audiobooks are my best friend.
I got into audiobooks my freshman year of college, and I haven’t looked back since. I almost always have at least one audiobook checked out from my library. It’s a great way to squeeze in extra reading time during my everyday life, and again, I think it’s always helpful to vary the formats of your reading. Plus, the feeling of finding a narrator you love, who can bring a story’s magic to life? Amazing.
These are just a few of the ways my reading habits have changed in recent years! I’d love to do a part two of this post in the future– let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in!
How has your reading changed over the years?