My reading life: then and now

I thought it’d be fun to see what I enjoyed reading before I started blogging vs. what I enjoy reading now, six years later.


1. Little to no romance, with exceptions made only for chick lit. I usually didn’t like ANY romance in a book if I thought it distracted from the main plot (which was always).
2. Loved paranormal/urban fantasy and dystopias.
3. Lots and lots and lots of YA.
4. Lots of rereads–before I got to college I mostly just read the same few books over and over again (I didn’t live near a library so I could only read what I could afford to buy).
5. Didn’t like dragons (???).


1. Romance is a-ok! I even deliberately seek romances out now. (Though it still annoys me when, in a non-romance book, they stop in the middle of an exciting chase scene to make out.)
2. Almost no paranormal/urban fantasy and no dystopias if I can help it. I burnt out on them! My new jam: space opera and diverse fantasy.
3. More adult books than YA. As I’ve gotten older I’ve found myself drawn towards books with older protagonists. I still like YA, of course, but I don’t read it nearly as much as I used to.
6. Yay dragons!!!!

How has your reading changed since you started blogging? My reading habits have changed a lot since I started blogging! I’ve grown older, of course, and as one grows older one’s taste tends to change anyway. But I’ve also been reading way more each year than I did before, and I’m exposed to more books and reviews and discussions. I think all of that might be why my tastes have evolved over the years.

4 thoughts on “My reading life: then and now”

  1. I have definitely gotten more into romance from when I started blogging. I read tons of YA in my earlier days of blogging, and less of that now. I think I probably read more contemporary fiction these days — not that I read zero current adult books in the olden times, but certainly fewer.

    You know what’s really weird when you go back and look at your old blogging archives? It’s all the blogs that aren’t there anymore. It made me sad to think about! I had links to recommendations from people whose blogs I used to comment on all the time, but then they stopped blogging, and gosh, it’s a bummer when that happens.

    1. Aw, that makes me sad, too. One time I went back to see my earliest comments and they’re almost all from bloggers who’ve disappeared. They’re not even on Twitter!

  2. I haven’t been blogging for very long, but even still I have noticed a difference. I am branching out to read more adult fiction, nonfiction and more fantasy stuff.

    1. Yay, branching out! I’ve kinda started doing that, too: I’ve been reading more business-y/life-helper-type books lately. Maybe next I’ll read a political history book! Woohoo!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.