Side note: I’m writing this post as I sit at the airport waiting for my flight back to Bali after an overnight stay in Jakarta and a hectic AF, whirlwind of a day attending an event for work. Sorry if it’s slightly short and a maybe a little mediocre 🙃
It’s that time of the week again, friends! We’re back with another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is: changes in my reading life. I find this topic pretty interesting and I specifically want to give focus to how my reading life has changed since I joined the book community earlier this year. Although it’s not something that I think about that often, I know that there have been so many changes to my reading life since then. Let’s see if I can get my brain to remember ten things! Here’s what I’ve come up with:
I read a lot more.
This year isn’t over but I’ve already read over 180 books. I’ve never done this before and it kind of astounds me that it’s happened this year. And so quickly? What! 🐼
I remember more of what I read thanks to writing more reviews.
My terrible memory is a little notorious but it’s amazing how much writing reviews has helped me remember the details in books I’ve read this year.
I’ve re-read quite a few books.
This is something that I always say I want to do but have never really done before. There are just too many books and so little time? But I’ve re-read a few this year!
I’ve branched out of my comfort zone.
Key piece of evidence here is the fact that I voluntarily read a horror for Halloween this year. And guess what? I actually loved it! 😱
I’ve added about twice the number of books to my shelves this year compared to previous years.
This counts towards changes in my reading life, right?! Because I’ve seriously added a helluva lot of books to my shelves this year. It does contribute to me reading a lot more!
I’ve become more conscious of diversifying my reads.
I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I never really thought about how diverse my reads were prior to this year… It’s not that I had anything against reading diversely, of course not, I just never really paid attention to it?
Similarly… I’ve become more aware of what I’m reading.
This may sound pretty silly but prior to joining the book community I kinda used to ‘mindlessly’ consume books — I know I’d enjoy certain reads, but I was never very critical about why. Neither was I very critical of whether certain topics were covered well or if they were awfully written. I’m so much more aware of issues now and while that means it takes a lot more to make me enjoy a book, I’m so glad for it 😂
I’ve become more open about my love for romances!
This comes back to a topic that I’ve brought up once or twice recently. I get so much flack about my love of romances from so many people that for so long I’ve kept my love for it on the ‘downlow’. That said I’ve been more open about it ever since I joined the book community and it has been GREAT!
I buy and read more non-fiction.
It’s not that I hate non-fiction. I have nothing against it other than the fact that it’s really hard for my attention to not stray while reading it. But I know a lot of bookstagrammers who read non-fiction all the time and it has motivated me to start reading it more. Not that reading ‘more’ of it is that difficult considering prior to this year I’d only read one or two per year 🤣
I’ve joined book clubs and group reads–which I never had access to before!
Prior to joining the book community I really had no access to book clubs and group reads and having other people to discuss the same book was something that I sorely lacked in my life (I missed having it without even knowing why I should miss having it, if that makes sense). It’s been so fun reading books with other people and being able to discuss it as we read and after we finish. It’s one of the best things about joining the book community for sure!
How has your reading life changed? I’d love to know!