Hi everyone, I hope you are all having an amazing day and are staying safe. I recently hit my 4th anniversary of this blog and felt a great way to celebrate this is to talk about how my reading has changed over the past 4 years.
I will start off with my favourite genre which is fantasy and while this hasn’t changed I have found my self over the past few years branching out and reading more and more adult fantasy in particular grim dark fantasy which is something I would rarely pick up before I started this blog. I have found quite a few new favourites from this such as Godblind by Anna Stephen, Red Sister by Mark Lawrence and The Poppy War by R.F Kuang.
Another change for me in regards to this is I’m noticing that I’m not loving YA fantasy as much as I used to especially over the past year or so. I have been picking up quite a few books recently that are only 3 stars that I know if I had read 4 or 5 years ago I would have fallen in love with. I feel that this may be more to do with getting older in general but I just really seem to be drawn to the complexities of the adult genre that you don’t alway get in YA. Some of these in particular where Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo and Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan.
Before I started this blog I pretty much avoided contemporary books, my views were that I read to escape from reality so why on earth would I want to read about the real world. To be honest I’m not entirely sure what changed my mind around this but I’m really glad I did and to be honest I’m currently enjoying YA contemporaries a lot more than YA fantasy which is something I never thought I would say. Again some of my favourites are Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett and There’s Something About Sweetie.
Another big change that really happened this year was that I started getting into romance books which again is something that I never thought I would pick up. While I enjoy romance in my books I was never interested in books where the romance was the main plotline but after seeing so many people rave about Get A Life Chloe Brown I caved and read it just to see what the fuss was about and I’m so glad I did. Not only did it become one of my favourite books of the year, it introduced me to a whole new genre that I had been pretty much avoiding until now.
Outside of genres one of the things I have really noticed about my reading from starting this blog is just how character focused I am. This isn’t something that has changed but it is something that I have noticed a lot more. While plot, writing, world building, themes etc. are important they all come second to the characters and that I only ever 5 star books that I have the deepest character connections and that without this no matter how good the other aspects to of the book is it just won’t make it onto the favourites list.
Lastly from starting this blog I have really began to understand just how important it is to ensure you are reading diversly. There are so many amazing stories out there needing to be told and so many people who have went way too long not getting to see themselves or their experiences reflected in the books they read and while my reading is more diverse than before I started this blog I still have a long way to go and need to be making more of a conscious effort to do this.
How has your reading changed over the past few years??