Top Ten Tuesday: Changes in My Reading Life

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Changes In My Reading Life.” I love this week’s topic. A few of these habits have fluctuated one way or another. I kind of love that even though I love a certain genre right now that doesn’t mean I won’t love a different genre with the same kind of fervor or that I won’t return to the first genre of my heart. Sometimes my reading habits change because I change and other times they change because of circumstances, but I still have a big passion for books and I can’t see that changing anytime soon.

1. I read just as many contemporaries as I do fantasy – When I first started blogging, I would say my favorite genre was without a doubt fantasy and while I would probably still argue this, in recent years I’ve renewed by love for contemporaries. Now I’m just as likely to reach for a contemporary as a fantasy novel.

2. I read less – I’ve been on Goodreads for a few years now and you can see how my reading goal and final count has trended down. I feel like I’m in a really good place though. I’m not reading a hundred titles, but I am almost enjoying everything I’ve picked up and not stressing when it comes to numbers.

3. I read more enjoyable books – Maybe it’s because I’m just picking up more diverse titles that are consistently more enjoyable, or I’m more likely to put down a book I’m not enjoying, or I’m more picky with what I pick up because I know I only have so much time to read, but my average rating is much higher now than it’s been in years.

4. I joined social media – Before I started blogging, I wasn’t on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, but now I am on Twitter and IG. I never pictured myself as someone who’d be invested in these platforms, but I don’t think I could live without Twitter.

5. I enjoy giving books away – I used to buy books and keep them because I wanted a big library, but as more time passes (and the less space I have), the easier it’s been for me to unhaul books. I would rather my personal library be about books I love rather than quantity.

Have you started reading less over the years? Do you find yourself being more discriminatory when it comes to which books you pick up? Let me hear from you in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post!

44 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Changes in My Reading Life

  1. This is great! I think there is a hard balance in blogging to feel like you’re “relevant” whatever that means and then just remembering that you started this whole thing because you love to read and getting back to reading what you love. Great job!

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  2. Being on social media (and learning how to use it) has been a big thing for me as well since I started book blogging. I think I’ve become more discerning about the books I choose to read as well. I think I understand better what I’m likely to enjoy and what I won’t although I’ll admit I still find it hard to DNF books 😀

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  3. I’ve pared down my home library a lot, too. I used to buy a lot of bargain books from B&N, but now that I use my library almost exclusively, I don’t need to buy as many books and I can focus on creating a home library that I love.

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  4. I’m reading less books but enjoy the books I read more, too, and I wouldn’t change that, even though sometimes I miss how easily I was able to get through a tome of 600+ pages. And while I don’t read as much contemporary as SFF, I started to read more contemporaries in the last few years as well. I thought I didn’t like them, but that was before I started reaching specifically for diverse books, and that helped a lot.
    Great list!

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  5. I need to give away some books. I think it’s easier to give away books when you realize how many good books there are out there and that you probably won’t read some of them again. And also when you are constantly getting piles of books. There are some books I know for sure I will reread multiple times, but many I won’t. I’m bringing a ton of ARCs to my parents over Christmas break because they have a drawing where they give stuff away.

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  6. Lovely post! I’m so happy that you found a new love for contemporaries in the past few years, they’re my favorite aaaah I love them 🙂 and right here with you on enjoyable reads! I feel like I’ve been getting better with it all in the past few years, maybe a little more picky, but I’m enjoying my books more, too 😀

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  7. I think your changes indicate a positive, happy reader. I especially love that you put so much care into reading books that will be special for you, and I think that might stem from adding so many books about Latinx people. It feels similar to my search for fat-positive books. While the search itself can be frustrating, in my cases the reading is rewarding.

    When you say that you’re reading contemporary vs. fantasy, what do you mean? I thought contemporary meant “published now/recently,” and wouldn’t that include fantasy? Just asking 🙂

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  8. I’ve always given away books but now I pile them up and deliver bags to the public library for their yearly sales. Sharing the love.

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  9. What a positive list! This is wonderful. I particularly like that you are more interested in giving books away. What form does that take for you? One of my friends has a Little Free Library I donate to primarily. I want to do more blog giveaways, but I don’t read many newer releases and I worry people won’t want those books in a giveaway. Does that make sense?

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  10. Great post! My reading habits changes all the time and it’s nice to have a conversation on changes in reading habits.

    I have consumed more books lately and a lot of it has to do with the books I have selected. Mostly they have been good to great reads which has spurred me to enjoy more books. I agree with you to enjoy the books rather than count the amount you read. Whilst it’s nice to see a higher number of books read, it’s not so great if they were just ‘meh’.
    I steer away from romance in general as I do find them boring. I also like reading debuts novels as I love to discover new authors to love. At the same time I do tend to read authors I know as I know most of the time it’s not going to be a disappointment.

    I am awful with social media! I am barely active in Facebook these days. I can live without it all 🙂

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