I feel like I recently saw one of the blogs I follow talk about something similar to this too but as always, I can’t remember who it was. If that was you, please let me know so I can give you the proper credit as it’s what you deserve for this fantastic idea!
Anyways, for today’s post, I wanted to talk about my past relationship with reading and how my tastes have changed in all those years – as the title suggests.
One of the very first books I vividly remember reading and loving was this book called Mensch, Pia. I had gotten it from my godmother back in the day and by the end, my copy was completely falling apart – that’s how many times it had been read. I can’t even tell you guys what the book was really about or why I loved it this much but early-teens me clearly did because this book stuck with me for over a decade.
My parents were never really big into reading so we didn’t really have any books at home. But that was fine because we had a library within maybe 5-10 minutes walking time that I could visit weekly and pick up new books for me to read. And funnily enough, when I first started using that library, I never went to the young adult section. I always read adult fiction. Almost exclusively. Now I’m starting to wonder if I’m trying to get caught up on all of the books I missed out during that time period!
At some point, I then started to ask my parents for books here and there and slowly building my collection. That’s also when I got more into actual Young Adult literature and I think I was still in my teens – though probably very late teens. And I read everything. From Twilight to the Divergent trilogy and Hunger Games, to Looking For Alaska and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. All of it. I basically consumed all of the popular Young Adult books that were released back then and I loved it.
I was also really, really into dystopian books at the time so that was mainly what I reached for. Sure, at some point you feel like you’re reading the same story over and over again – but with different characters. However, I still enjoyed it, so I didn’t mind too much.
Around my early 20s is probably when I made the switch from dystopian to fantasy and I’m still very much in that space right now but I can also tell that I am enjoying contemporary so much more. I feel like it might have started because I really loved Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda and that made me feel like maybe I can love contemporary too. I read a good number of them last year and I can already tell that I’ll read so many more in 2018!
They are such fun and quick reads and you feel so accomplished for having finished a book quickly – it’s the best! And there are so, so many gems out there and I’m so glad that I now have the chance to discover them because I’m actually open to reading more contemporary novels!
And with this recent discovery, I feel like I’ll soon dive even deeper into this new genre and I am honestly so excited about it! I doubt I’ll completely stop reading fantasy books because there are too many books that I’m already super looking forward to and because I still very much love the genre.
So, what this boils down to is this: I’ve always loved reading and I’ll often move from one genre to another or add more of a certain genre into my current reading preferences and Iove it.
How about you guys? Have you noticed certain patterns in your reading over the years? Do you prefer certain genres now that you didn’t like to read before? Or are there genres that you have recently found you really enjoy that you didn’t expect to like? How about reading Adult versus Young Adult books? Has your reading preferences changed in regards to that? Let me know in the comments down below! I’d love to hear all about it!