Monday, November 18, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Changes In My Reading Life

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish,
And moved to That Artsy Reader Girl 
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.

For a minute there I wasn't sure if I had 10. These are all the changes I've noticed, mostly this year. Some are from when I started blogging though, since I didn't start until 2012/2013.

1. I am a more picky reader. I used to just read any book I could find, even if it didn't really sound that interesting to me. Quality over quantity as it is.

2. More recently, I have been trying to branch out more with my reading tastes.

3. I use my library way more now than I did when I first started blogging. Granted, I didn't know that I could borrow eBooks when I first started.

4. I am a more critical reader. I used to be way more forgiving of (bad)tropes and cliches.

5. I don't read as much contemporary anymore. This goes hand-in-hand with the more critical reading. 

6. I stopped doing book/blog tours. They stopped being fun, and it made blogging feel like a chore, more than a hobby. 

7. I can read a lot faster than I could before I started blogging. 

8. I can remember more of what I read after more time finishing a book. Even a couple years ago I had to write my review immediately after finishing the book, or I'd forget too much.

9. For a while there I was forcing myself to post a review a week, and BOY that was tough. It went along with the chore thing; and reading some books that I wasn't really digging just so I could post a review a week.

10. I feel less guilty about DNFing books. I already didn't feel guilty, but I felt the need to explain myself sometimes. 


  1. I'm a more picky reader as well these days.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  2. I'm more picky now as well! It's actually part of my list too haha. And same about DNFing. I never stopped in the middle before, but there are way too many books to read now to waste time on ones I don't enjoy.
    My TTT:

    1. Exactly! Life is way too short, and there is just too many I'd rather spend my time reading.

  3. I'm a pickier reader these days as well.

    My TTT.

  4. #7 is definitely true for me. I read so many more books now than before I started book blogging.

  5. Great list! I'm glad you're not forcing yourself to read anything just to be able to review it anymore. That sounds awful! I have definitely become pickier over the years too, having established a more specific reading taste. Though I do think trying new stuff is also important.

  6. I use the library way more now, too. I think I used it a lot as a kid, but didn't as a teenager or young adult. Now I want to get everything through them since I'm buying books on my own. ;)

  7. I've definitely loosened up on feeling like I need to review IMMEDIATELY after finishing a book. and yes I think I read faster too. Sometimes I'm like- wow, I'm done already? lol. Must come from reading so much now. Anyway- I can relate to all of these.

  8. It's so good to be a picky reader. I love seeing so many people being able to use the phrase quality over quantity. I've been trying to read more for me than anyone else so I'm glad when others do the same. AND, reading/expanding our tastes in reading is such a great thing to do. I relate to so many of these!

  9. YAY for DNF-ing (when needed). I think we all need to learn this. I also join less blog tours/review opportunities than I did in the beginning (when I feel as though I said YES to everything). Hope these changes have been helpful, Marie; thanks for the Finding Wonderland visit, too!! :)