This topic was a prompt for one of the Top 5 Wednesday‘s in May 2019. I wasn’t back into blogging at that time, but I loved the idea so much I had to do a post on it.
I have loved reading since I was 8 years old. As a 22-year-old now, I obviously have changed my reading habits in the last 14 years of my life. But, these are the things that stand out to me most when I think about bookish concepts that I changed my opinions about.
- Graphic Novels
Up until about 3 years ago, I always thought graphic novels were childish and didn’t really hold any great, deep storylines. Boy, was I wrong! I took a Literacy course two years ago as part of my Education degree and we did a whole unit on graphic novels and my perspective changed drastically. Now, I try and read a graphic novel every couple of months (I’m currently reading The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel).
I used to HATE audiobooks. I tried countless times, signing up for Audible three or four times before I would give up. I could never get into what the audio was saying and felt that I got too distracted and would miss important information. This opinion only recently changed when I downloaded Audible once again to listen to “Daisy Jones and The Six”. Wow. The audiobook was incredible and since then, I’ve listened to three other audiobooks. It just took that one experience for me to realize that I was definitely missing out.
- Series vs Standalone
When I was younger, I always favored series over a standalone. I definitely had a few standalone favorites (The Night Circus is my favorite book of all time), but I just enjoyed reading series more. I think the change happened about 4 years ago when I started college. My time for reading for fun dwindled and any series I started, I could never finish because I couldn’t find the time to read three or four books in a row.
I never used to get rid of books that I haven’t read yet. I felt like a failure for getting rid of a book I bought, but never read. Now, if I have a book on my shelf for a long time and know I’m probably never going to read it, I can get rid of it guilt free. I save a lot of books for my future English classroom, but any books that aren’t appropriate for high schoolers, or I think they won’t enjoy, can go!
I would NEVER DNF a book. If I even read just the first chapter, I was determined to finish the book. Now, I realize that I have so many books I want to read and so little time, so if I’m not enjoying a book… I’m MOVING ON.
- Having a set TBR
When I first got into the BookTube/ Book Blogging community, I was determined to release a TBR every single month. Then, at the end of the month, I’d find myself disappointed in what I read or that I didn’t read what I said I would. Turns out, I’m a HUGE mood reader. I have eliminated set TBR’s (I still like to give myself seasonal ones like Books to Read This Summer, but I’m way less strict) and instead have changed to reading what I feel like in the moment.
What do you think about my opinions on bookish things? Which ones do you agree or disagree with? xx