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

Daisy Jones & The Six  I'm thinking of ending things  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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

Gone Girl  sometimes i lie  AllTheMissingGirlsCover  Final Girls

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

sometimes i lie  The whisper man

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

truly devious  behind her eyes 2  Emma in the night

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!

The sun is also a star  a very large expanse of sea  simon

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

witch hat atelier  Children of the Whales 1  vagabond

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!

36 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #18 || Things I’ve learned I Love and Hate in Books

  1. I’m all about a good romance. 😉 Series are great, but like you, I think I’d tend more towards being a standalone fan. There’s so much time between books that by the time the follow up releases, I’ve forgotten the details of the first book, and I just don’t have re-read time. Thanks so much for the visit to Finding Wonderland, Nikki!

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  2. I didn’t read/listen to audiobooks either until recently! I got really into them a couple of years ago, and while I still struggle to listen to fiction, I listen to a lot of non fiction in the car.

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  3. I’m trying to give audiobooks more of a chance, but I can only listen to them if I’m busy doing something else like cleaning or driving. 😉
    Great post! My TTT

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    1. It definitely took a while to get used to it, but I’m happy I enjoy them now, as I get a lot more reading done! I’m glad you also find a way that works for you with your kindle. Taking notes is something I should do more often but always forget, especially if the book is very compelling. Happy reading to you too!


  4. Yeah to audiobooks! And I’m happy you’re keeping your romance options open. I love romance, but am not into fantasy. I keep my options open and have actually enjoyed some of those. It’s nice to be free to read whatever we want.

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  5. I love thrillers since I started blogging! So many good ones. I really need to read Gone Girl. Also- shorter chapters. Yes it makes geting through a book so much easier, somehow!

    Truly Devious and Emma in the Night were both great.

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    1. Gone Girl is the one that started my love for thrillers. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did back in the day. Though the hype for it has been VERY intense, with every other thriller claiming to be the next Gone Girl. I’m very curious about the last book in the Truly Devious series and kind of scared too. I hope it doesn’t drag on and get redundant.


  6. Man, I really need to prioritize the Daisy Jones audiobook, I keep hearing such great things about it! Haley my co-blogger is also super into mysteries bellveering toward horror. I’m sure she will have some recs for you! I really loved Final Girls even though it’s not my typical genre!


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    1. Yes the hype is real for the Daisy Jones audiobook, but it does work really well for the story. It’s like a giant discussion with all of the members, each of them recalling their memories from this crazy time of their life. Glas you enjoyed Final Girls, it’s always nice to find something you like outside of your normal reading tastes 🙂


  7. My goal this year was to listen to more audiobooks, as during the first 6 months I had to drive long distance 3-4 times a week. And instead of listening to the music, I’d just put on audiobook. While driving, I had no problem whatsoever fosucing on the audiobooks, but once my commuted were over I just can’t the time to listen to them without getting distracted by something else. D:

    I used to love series, but now I usually get tired of them pretty quick. Besides, I just love the fact that after 3-6 hours I’m done with that book and don’t need to worry about picking up next installments, waiting for them to come out, etc. etc. 😀

    «The Whisper» by Alex North has been on my radar since it came out, really hope to read it in 2020!

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    1. Yeah, audiobooks work great for commutes. I hope you find a new way to enjoy them! One way I also love to listen to them is during house chores and cooking. I agree standalones are just way more convenient and it’s great to be able to form a full opinion after one book, none of that “you need to read the next one, that’s when things really pick up” stuff. No thank you haha. I’m very curious to hear how you like the Whisper Man! 🙂

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  8. Love your twist on this week’s topic! It took me a while to learn how I best enjoy audiobooks, but now I love them – I’m actually waiting on the audiobook of Daisy Jones & The Six from my library (I’m currently reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and LOVING it) so I’m looking forward to checking it out, I’ve heard really good things about the audiobook.

    Historical fiction isn’t for everyone, but if you like books with short chapters I’d highly recommend Joy McCullough’s Blood Water Paint if you haven’t read it already, which is a fictionalised account of Artemisia Gentileschi’s fight to regain her artistic voice after she’s sexually assaulted – it’s told in verse so it’s a super quick read, and it’s SO good.

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    1. Thank you! It was such a fun topic to write about as well. Ohhhh, I’m hoping you’ll love Daisy Jones as much as I did. I think most people prefer Evelyn Hugo but I actually liked Daisy Jones better. The audiobook was just so much fun to hear all of the band members recollecting old memories about their band, kind of contradicting each other sometimes. Thanks for the Historical fiction recommendation, will definitely check it out!!

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