Top Ten Tuesday: The more things change, the more things stay the same

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is Changes In My Reading Life, with the explanation maybe you like different genres or topics, maybe you read faster than you used to, maybe you only like standalones now.

Here are some ways my reading preferences and habits have changed over the years:

1. I read on my Kindle much more frequently than I use to. Probably because it’s so easy and portable (especially since it syncs with my phone app, so I never have to wonder where I left off). Also, my husband is strictly a Kindle reader, and I end up purchasing the Kindle format more often for our shared library.

2. I think I’ve burned out when it comes to reading historical fiction set during the World Wars. I’ve read some amazing novels set during these times, but for right now, other time periods and settings are much more appealing to me.

3. Not so much a fan of high fantasy these days. I can’t be bothered learning entirely new systems of magic or the rules of new kingdoms.

4. I have less patience for books that don’t grab me within the first chapter or so. I have the power to DNF, and I’m not afraid to use it!

5. I’m trying to be much more cautious about requesting ARCs — I need to preserve time for me to read on a whim, and not based on publication date or other commitments.

And here are some things about me as a reader that have not changed at all:

1. I never, ever, ever leave the house without a book — or at the very least, without access to my Kindle app.


2. I continue to buy more books than I can possibly read in a year… or a lifetime.

3. I’m a complete mood reader. Having to stick to a reading plan makes me grumpy.

4. If you want to make friends with me, ask me what I’ve read recently.

5. I skip from genre to genre whenever possible — if I read too many of any one type of book, I can feel myself losing interest and have to switch it up.



How about you? Have you changed as a reader?

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35 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: The more things change, the more things stay the same

  1. Great list! I read so much on my Kindle now too – it’s especially handy for me considering I do so much reading on my commute to and from work – and you’re not alone when it comes to historical fiction set during the World Wars. I did my first year of my A Level in English Literature on War Literature and while I did find it really interesting, I’ve never really gravitated towards books set during that time period since.

    • I’m so attached to my Kindle! I love how easy it is to flip back and forth between books, and it feels like carrying a library in my pocket. πŸ™‚ My only complaint is not being able to see illustrations, maps, etc clearly. Sometimes, a physical book is still the best option.

    • It was one of my main go-to genres for a while, but then I got to a point where so much started feeling the same. I always do better when I mix things up anyway.

  2. It’s cool that you have included both things that changed and things that stayed the same. I relate to a lot of what your saying, like having to switch genres all the time and being a complete mood reader. This makes it so hard to ever stick to a tbr! I should be more like you on the dnfing. My reading often slows down because I’m trying to get through some book. Great list! πŸ™‚

    • Ha, rant away! There are definitely more than enough WWII books to choose from — I just feel like I’ve had my fill for now, or at least need to limit my intake to no more than 2 – 3 per year.

  3. Ummm are we the same person?

    I read an epic fantasy book recentlh and remembered aboit 150 pages in why I don’t activelynseek out epic fantasy novels.

    Also, I find my threshold diminishing constantly for books that don’t immedoately grab me. How many pages do you usuallh give a book before you DNF it?

    • It really varies. Sometimes all it takes is a few pages for me to know that the writing doesn’t appeal to me or that I’m just not interested at all. I’ve gone as far as 40 – 50% of a book and then put it down. It may just get to the point where I can’t see putting in any more time on something I’m not enjoying. How about you? Do you have a standard threshold?

    • Thanks so much! I’ve also cut back on how many ARCs I request. It’s too easy to get caught up in reading nothing but ARCs, and then I end up frustrated by not reading my own books.

  4. I went through a period of world war burnout too. Taking a break is a good idea. It comes back around, and when you next find one in the setting that seems like it’s really worth it, you’ll probably enjoy it more.

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