Hello fellow bookworms! I think we all gravitate through a few changes in our reading lives. Whether it’s due to responsibility, money, change in preferences there are always thing’s that will call for a change, be it small or large. Over the past 10 years alone I’ve been through a whirlwind of changes, some good and some bad but they have luckily all lead me to where I am today. Being able to share my thoughts, my likes and dislikes and just my general self with all you lovely people. This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is all about things that have changed in your reading life, and though I think I might struggle to think of 10, I definitely have a few big ones for you all.
Top Ten Tuesday is run by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl and you should definitely go give her blog some love.
We’ve all been there right? Maybe a few days, a week where you simply cant seem to find a good book. This is completely normal, the only problem is mine was three years. I massively struggled at University to find reading pleasurable, especially with the amount of textbooks, articles etc I had to read for my course. I found myself going back to the same books again and again, not really trusting myself to pick up anything new. Luckily in third year my friend managed to get me out of this slump by practically forcing me to read a book she had loved, and lo and behold my love for reading returned… even if my bank balance wasn’t prepared for it. This reading slump really helped in my branching out and trying new genres as the book my friend lent me was a romance book and up until then I had primarily read crime.
Changes in genre preference
My reading life changed again, luckily for the better in 2015 when I picked up A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab. This was my first real foray into Fantasy as an adult (I had read the likes of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials as a teen) and that was it! I was hooked. I remember finishing it and flying back to Amazon to see what it classed as similar releases and walked away with the likes of Maas, Bardugo, Shannon and Sanderson. My love for Fantasy lead to my love for Sci-Fi with books like The Martian and Ready Player One. Another change my bank balance wasn’t overly fond of and my room simply wasn’t big enough, this lead to the next change in my reading life.
From Book, to Kindle and back again.
After I journeyed into the Fantasy world and found myself unable to leave I realised I had a problem, too many books and not enough space. So I decided to buy a Kindle. The books were cheaper and my storage problem was solved. The only problem, I missed physical books. It simply wasn’t the same, but I persevered for my bank and my living space. My Kindle phase lasted around 2 years and then I found Bookish Subscription boxes and that was that. Signed books, sprayed edges, I simply couldn’t resist, and when I realised Waterstone’s and Goldsboro books did special editions that pretty much put the nail in the kindle coffin. I still sometimes buy e-books if there is a massive price difference and use it for E-ARCS, but the books and authors I love I definitely buy the physical copy of.
So thats it! Those are the three major changes in my reading life. Luckily they have lead me to today and hopefully will lead to many more years of blogging/reading. What is the biggest change in your reading life? Let me know in the comments.