How has my reading taste changed over the years?

Reading taste is a funny thing. In some ways, it feels static, like I’m stuck in a childish timewarp, loving what I’ve always loved and refusing to grow up. Other times, I’m feel like I’ve skidded into a space I don’t really understand, talking about genres I never thought I’d read. Because while I find there are some constants to my reading repertoire (classics/fantasy/classic fantasy) my taste has changed *a lot * in the years since I started blogging.

To start with, a big change (that may or may not be as noticeable) is how much I have fallen for romance and contemporaries. While I always enjoyed romance in my fiction, I didn’t tend to go for many rom com style books- whether they were adult or YA! Now, a shift began shortly before I started blogging, where I found I got a lot of stress relief from very fluffy YA books. Yet I wasn’t quite clear on where to find more of these books I was enjoying. *ENTER BLOGGING* and I started to get recommendations- I discovered New Adult and Regular Adult. A massive influence for me were people like Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse– who as far as I’m concerned is the Romance Queen! I’ve found too many heart-warming, charming and feel good stories to count! It’s been the start of a beautiful new adventure…

… Though that’s certainly not where it ended- because somehow I fell headlong into thriller territory (I bet you didn’t see that twist coming! I certainly didn’t!) I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it before, but my first foray into adult thrillers was the Da Vinci Code when I would’ve been around 13. To cut to the chase: it did not go well. I thought thrillers would never be for me. And then I discovered blog’s like Meggy’s. With her exquisite reviews, introducing me to the dangerously seductive world of killers and stalkers and messed up people, my interest was piqued. Intrigued, I took the plunge and picked one up. Then another. Then I began to seek them out far and wide. I guess once you’ve got a taste for the dark side, there’s no going back 😉 (plus it compliments all the super sweet reads I go for 😉) I’ve even (and this surprises me no end) enjoyed a few mysteries here and there!

But the biggest shift in my reading taste is that… I like non fiction now?! Back in the day, when I started blogging, I was so disinterested in non-fiction that I had to set myself a handful to read in a year. Now I’m currently at 20 in 2020- and it doesn’t look like I’m slowing down! Odder still, even though I vowed I didn’t like memoirs… a great deal of those are in fact memoirs. In this case, I don’t know what changed- maybe it was the passage of time, maybe it was some good recommendations or maybe it was just practicing a new reading habit that shifted my perspective.

And I guess that’s a good note to leave on- because while I still love the same books I always did, I can also say that experimenting has made my reading experience all the more rewarding. And I don’t think all of that came down to chance. Sure, I happened to stumble on some amazing blogs and recommendations- yet it took a pinch of courage to step outside of my reading comfort zone. It didn’t take me long to discover that the reading world was full of even more wonders than I knew. So, I’d encourage everyone else to do the same- you never know where it might lead you.

How about you? Has your reading taste changed over time or thanks to blogging? What do you think brought about this change? Let me know in the comments!

44 thoughts on “How has my reading taste changed over the years?

  1. Great post, it’s always really interesting to see how people’s tastes change and develop over time. I never I would ever be interested in picking up adult romance books until the past few months where I have really surprised myself and feel in love with quite a few 💜

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  2. I have always like Romance, got introduces into Suspense and Thriller during High School, Dan Brown was one of my favorite authors to read. At a certain point in life, I enjoyed YA, now, I don’t do anymore 😖 I think my tastes have remained the same throughout my life, with the exception of YA that is something I believe I’ve outgrown and I’ve only kept certain books to read within this genre.

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    1. Yeah I loved romance in theory for ages (as in, never in contemporaries, just as a subplot in things like fantasy) but now it’s one of my faves. Well that’s good you had a different experience! Oh I understand that- I’m reading so much less of it. Same! (basically still reading some ya fantasy that’s really quite close to adult anyway 😉 )

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  3. That was so interesting to read! I am glad that blogging gave you a good idea of where to find the books that felt better suited for your new tastes, that’s awesome!
    I feel like I was always an odd kid when it came to reading. I liked adult books more when I was younger than I do now, but only very specifc adult books. Covers and illustrations on the covers were so important to me when I chose what to read and I think it still affects me quite a lot. There’s just something that pulls me in when the artwork is well done. But I think I read far more YA now than I did as a 15 year old haha

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      1. I don’t know, but I read a bunch of Cecilia Ahern and Nicholas Sparks, Jodi Picoult (although that’s maybe borderline in some cases) and Emily Giffin haha Basically a lot of romance, but the non-explicit kind.

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  4. It is quite noticeable that you’re reading a lot more contemporary. Your blog definitely reflects the changes in your tastes. It’s hard to pin down, from the outside. but your following seems to have veered with your changes as well.

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    1. Interesting! Cos when it comes to contemporary, I think the shift happened earlier (just before I started blogging), especially cos stats-wise for the last 4 years (including this one) it’s been pretty static between 20-25% (to put it in perspective, fantasy is usually over a third). I think the biggest change right now is more that I’ve not been reading much high fantasy (not in the mood for beefy books right now) and tried a lot more non fic! (no idea why I’ve been in the mood for that!) I don’t blame people if they’re more into the fantasy stuff not being round as much this year.

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      1. And there is where stats come in so handy. when I started following you in ’16, I did notice the fantasy and that was a big part of why I followed. As it has tapered off, I suspect I have begun to notice the contemporary more, which is why I “felt” like you were reading more of it.

        This type of thing is so interesting 🙂

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      1. OG

        I feel you.

        Personally, I went back to the places I was reading up before because I need to sate myself on what turned me on to reading in the first place. I was that kid . . reading The Three Musketeers in the third grade and falling in love with where it took me.

        I simply needed the reminder that words were indeed those delicious slices of life.

        How they inspire us.

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  5. it’s honestly amazing what you can discover when you genre hop! i used to be a 100% dystopian girl back in my middle school days, then did a 180 shift for fantasy, and, after a bit of a slump, i decided to stretch my wings a bit and now i am a TOTAL magical realism fanatic (thank you Murakami for creating the absolute masterpiece that is After Dark). i’m also SO ready to read some of the graphic novels/manga i got for spooktober. (and possibly some horror (psychological)…sometime later, which to that, who am i?) basically, this year my reading tastes have kinda turned on its head (and in the best way?? i haven’t felt this excited about reading in a long time)

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  6. I love this post! I’m basic af so my reading habits have kinda changed with the trends lol, where I was obsessed with paranormal, urban fantasy, paranormal romance when that was popular, and then I got super into dystopian for a few years with hunger games and co, and now I’m reading a lot of rom coms and high fantasies.

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  7. Always interesting to see how reading tastes change! I used to almost only read fantasy, then discovered I do enjoy a contemporary once in a while, and recently I’ve started enjoying reading mysteries/thrillers as well 🙂

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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  8. Great post! My reading taste has both changed and stayed same. I love fantasy ever since I started reading, I still like chosen one and adventure but over the time I started reading more genres and now I prefer to read different genre than just fantasies. Now I love women’s fiction and romcoms as much as fantasies. I like thriller/mystery and historical fictions but I’m selective with them.

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  9. I loved this post! My reading has definitely changed because of blogging as well. I’ve also gotten interested in thrillers, and have also started enjoying women’s fiction and adult romance.

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  10. Awww, I am so happy you enjoy the dark side now ❤️ Thank you so much for your super sweet words!!!
    Blogging has totally changed my reading tastes. I would never have picked non-fiction books before! Or YA, or romance. Or blends of different genres. I love how it made me branch out and discover new things. It has made me a better person, more open-minded, and ready for all kinds of books!

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  11. You’ve got some great stuff here! I think one of the best things about book blogging is how it encourages you to *keep track* of what you read, so you’re more likely to notice changes AND are exposed to books you wouldn’t otherwise give a second glance. I really relate to you on nonfiction; before I hit my twenties I would NEVER so much as dip my toes into that genre.

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  12. Great post! My tastes have really changed. I started out reading YA fantasy and moved into romance. Went on a year bender of MC romances and then slipped into the dark side of romance (and i still love it!!!) Now i read mostly ya fantasy again so I’ve come a full circle!!!! However I’m in a slump at the moment. I hate those!!!!

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  13. Honestly there are some great rom com books that when you find them, you can’t stop referencing them. Also a nice break when your reading streak consists of nonfiction and dystopia, haha!

    Same sentiments for nonfiction. I only really started reading nonfiction in 2020. And I also thought I wouldn’t like memoirs, but there are some amazing ones, like Educated, that I read recently.

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  14. I have always just read whatever sounded intriguing to me no matter what the genre. I will say that since I started blogging I read way more than I used to and I have read more genres than before just because I wasn’t aware of them etc.

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  15. I can completely relate to the part about getting into non-fiction. Never thought I would! I now love memoirs and one of my current read is Invisible Women – full of data which I never dreamed of reading but I find it fascinating. Funny how your interests evolve

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  16. What a fabulous question to pose. Blogging does have the effect of introducing you to books and genres that you might not have given even a glimpse to in the past. It’s happened with me and translated fiction (though I still don’t read as much of that as I think I should). Like you, I’ve developed a liking for memoirs. In fact you have two of my favourites in your picture – Adam Kay and Yeon Park

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  17. I just read your other post about the typical hero/heroine (the Bella Swan theory) and thought back to this post. Well, actually, I used to love Twilight (although I was never happy with the vampire portrayal). So, my taste must have been changed a lot. Many books I used to enjoy, I can’t enjoy it anymore because the flaws are now too obvious! And the same thing happens with the stories I wrote myself. However, for some novels, the classic like Jane Austen’s and Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl Moving Castle, or the more recent like Rainbow Rowell’s Attachment, I found that I can appreciate them more and more as I am maturing. I guess that’s what Mortimer J. Adler was referring to as the difference between exceptionally good books and the not so good ones.

    There was a time when I was allergic to memoirs, but I am a changed woman. I finished Permanent Record not too long I go and I swear it felt like reading a romance thriller. Thanks for your refreshing articles!

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  18. Such a fabulous post. It is a question that catches me off-guard every now and then, too. Mostly when I look at books I own that I bought years ago and now have no appetite to read anymore.
    On the other hand, … apparently, I read Virginia Woolf now.

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