Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @That Artsy Reader Girl. She provides us with prompts to write a bookish list. Personally, I don’t participate every week, just once in a while when I like a certain prompt.
This week we got “Changes in my Reading Life” and for me, I’ve gone from reading what I heard people talk about to actually developing some of my own reading tastes. So let’s talk about some of the things I’ve learned about myself as a reader!
1. Audiobooks are great
I used to firmly believe audiobooks were not for me. It’s not like I hated them, I could appreciate them from afar, but never for me. Until I actually got a subscription to an audiobook service and tried them out. Sometimes I still struggle with keeping my attention and for some books, it just doesn’t work out. But for others, I feel like the books were MADE for the audiobook format. I mostly listen to thrillers and the Harry Potter audiobooks (which have become like a comfort thing) and I know I would not read as much as I do now without audiobooks. Above are some of my favorites.
2. I much prefer standalones over series
The appeal of series is clear to me; you get to spend more time with your favorite characters and the story can become very intricate. It’s just… very rarely do I find that I need more from certain characters. The only exception I can think of is Harry Potter. I’m glad there’s 7 of those. Every other series I’ve read I think it might as well have been just one book. Even something like the Hunger Games. I would have been fine with just book one. Other book series I’m just so disappointed by the second book I just give up and pretend that it was the last one. I’ll make any ending fit as an ending, even if it’s a cliffhanger.
3. My favorite genre is mystery/thrillers
Before I started my blog and making an effort to read more, I did read thrillers sometimes, especially on my vacations. So when I started reading more different genres I though some genre might overtake mystery/thrillers. But that never happened. I do definitely enjoy way more different kinds of books, but I always return to my mystery/thrillers at some point. Half of the novels I’ve read so far this year were within this genre! Above are some of my favorites in my favorite genre.
4. Within the mystery/thriller genre I prefer domestic thrillers
I’ve realized this mostly because I tend to give mysteries with a detective’s point of view a lower rating. Somehow I always end up feeling more detached from the main character. It’s less immersive. I like it way better when someone close to a victim or perpetrator is trying to figure out what happened, or if something messed up is just happening to the main character and nobody is investigating yet. Come to think of it, most of the unread mystery books on my shelf center around an investigation or a detective. Maybe I should stop buying them.
5. Creepy books including children/nursery rhymes are the best
What a specific taste. I’m proud. I generally enjoy creepy books dealing with kids in some way, either an adult having flashbacks to childhood or a book being told from the perspective of a child. EVEN BETTER is when it includes some type of nursery rhymes or songs (real or fake). It’s just so great when a cute innocent thing can become creepy and chilling in the right context. Especially within audiobooks I just love this “trope”. Nothing like someone whispering some creepy song in your ear. Above are two great thrillers that include the nursery rhymes thing.
6. Books with short chapters are my jam
This is something I’ve noticed recently. It really makes a world of difference if a book has short chapters. If I have two books with the same amount of pages but one has short chapters and the other has long ones. I’ll read the book with short chapters twice as fast. When I check how long the next chapter is and it’s like 40 pages I’m not very likely to continue reading.
7. I love Alternating perspectives, but not more than 2 or 3
I really enjoy alternating perspectives, especially when it’s one character who knows more than the other or one of the perspectives is someone in the past or a diary. However, what I don’t like is reading from a BUNCH of people, being confused, having to keep a character list and not getting enough time to get to know each perspective. Just give me 2 or 3 and I’m happy. Above are some great 2/3 perspective books.
8. Sci-fi and historical fiction books are generally not for me
In some part this might be because I haven’t tried enough books within these genres, but every book I’ve tried to read I have a hard time getting into. Somehow I always feel very distant and not in it. A lot of the times the books just seem too… complicated for me? Feel free to recommend me any of your favorites.
9. Romance is still not my thing, but there are exceptions!
Generally, I’m not a fan of romance books, or even romance in books from a different genre. I’ve said it before, I’m just too much of a grumpy old grandpa. But sometimes, if the book is right and the time is right I CAN enjoy romance. It’s a start. Above are some romances I’ve enjoyed.
10. Manga, graphic novels & comics = art
I used to draw a lot (now I just don’t make the time for it) so I really appreciate the time and effort it must take to make something these kinds of books. While reading anything including drawings I can just stare and marvel at how amazing the art is, no matter what style. Owning these types of books feels like owning a little art collection and I love it. Also It’s a great way to break up your other reading. Above are some favorites mangas in which I particularly love the art.
These were some of the things I’ve learned about my reading tastes in recent years.
What have you learned about your reading tastes?
Which things have changed over the years?
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!