Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. I used to LOVE top ten Tuesday, and then it fell off my radar, but lately I have had a desire to join back in with memes again, so here I am!
This week’s TTT topic is Changes In My Reading Life. I started my blog, Book Briefs back in February 2011, which means that in a few months I will be celebrating 9 years! That is crazy to me! Today, I am going to talk about some of my reading habits that have changed in the last 9 years.
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10 Changes In My Reading Life
1. I read way more books per year now
I have always read a lot of books, but now I am averaging 150-220 books a year. So yes, a lot more books.
2. I keep track of the types of books I am reading
Before blogging, I never formally tracked what books I was reading. But at the end of 2010 I was introduced to Goodreads, which was the first step for me in creating my blog. Once I found goodreads, there was no turning back for me. I started shelving books in all different ways…by genre, by age group, by rating…
Now I keep much better track of the types of books I am reading, and it has really helped me figure out not only my favorite genres, but my favorite themes, tropes, authors. By looking at my goodreads list I have become a much better judge of how much I will enjoy a book. It also helps me discover new books, which leads me to number 3…
3. I find out about new releases in new ways
I used to browse the new release section of Barnes & Noble, or Borders to find out about new releases. For my very favorite authors, I would stalk their websites to hear about new releases, but that was it. I didn’t hear about books months before they came out. I had no idea was book hype even was. Now, I find out about new releases sometimes over a year in advance, and I find out about new books from several different sources. Publisher newsletters, Instagram, other blogs, goodreads are all big sources for me when I am compiling my lists of upcoming releases. And none of those were sources for me back in Feb 2011.
4. I read less classics
This makes me a bit sad. I still read classics, but now if I am looking for a classic story, I find myself looking for a retelling of a classic, rather than the original classic. The reason is two fold. First, I have read many of the classics already and I don’t do much re-reading anymore (spoiler alert- see my number 5!) and if I haven’t read them, then I know the basic storyline. And Second, I love to see what kind of fresh take or what new direction or perspective a retelling is going to reveal.
5. I don’t have much time for re-reading
I used to love re-reading my favorite books over and over again. I can’t even tell you how many times I read Ella Enchanted when I was younger…plus every Meg Cabot book ever written. My copies would be so beat up because I read them well into the double digits. Now, I have so many books for review consideration that I almost feel guilty if I choose to re-read a book vs. read a new book for review purposes. Am I the only reviewer that feels this way?
6. I collect more hardcover books
This is all Instagram’s fault. I just love the aesthetic of hardcovers lining my bookshelves in my library. Sometimes, I just sit in my library and stare at the bookshelves. No, I am not kidding. I love collecting hardcovers, and I love collecting all the books in certain series. If I have an ARC of a book, I want a finished copy as well. I used to prefer paperbacks because they were cheaper and when I was younger, I wanted my money to buy me as many books as possible. I still do…but now I troll bookoutlet.com for deals on hardcover books, so I can BUYALLTHEBOOKS.
7. But I read more ebooks
Before blogging, I never read ebooks. I only read paperback or hardcover. I never saw the point, but then I got a kindle and my love affair began. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the look and feel of a physical book, but I love the convenience of an ebook. When I am traveling my kindle is always with me. It’s just so nice to be able to have thousands of books at my finger tips no matter where I am, just in case a different reading mood strikes my fancy. Plus, ebooks are easier when it comes to review copies.
8. I buy more bookish stuff
This is also instagram’s fault. The rise of bookish merch is something that really appeals to me. It started with bookmarks and book tote bags with fun bookish sayings on them, and it has evolved into funko pops for book characters, candles from my favorite books and all kinds of art prints, pillows and trading card. I subscribe to book subscription boxes to get limited edition merch and books. The addiction is real.
9. I have discovered new genres
When I first started reading, I loved contemporary romances and the occasional middle grade fantasy. Now I still love a good romance, but I am obsessed with all things fantasy with the occasional paranormal romance, and rom com thrown in. But the biggest change in my bookish life is that I discovered new genres, like reverse harem, and all of the sub genres of fantasy. My reading tastes have become more diverse.
10. I read less fanfiction
After reading Harry Potter for the first time, I discovered fanfiction.net and my love of fanfiction quickly became an obsession. I can’t even tell you how many hundreds or thousands of Harry Potter, Gilmore Girls and fiction press romances I have read. But as I started my blog and started reading more and more review books, my time for reading fanfiction diminished. Nowadays, I almost never read it. (but now that I am talking about it…I think I might pop in to fanfiction.net and see what is new…)
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How have your reading habits changed? Let me know in the comments below!