We are getting to all of those end of the year posts and I am excited.
I truly am excited for all of the reading stats, wrap-ups, gift guides, reading plans for next year – I want it all. Anyways, it’s time to reflect on how my reading has changed this year. I have written numerous posts on how the bookish community and fandom had changed my reading, but this is more of a personal post, meaning my reading has changed because of me, not anyone else. And it definitely affected how my reading stats look this year, so it will give you context for when my stats posts start rolling in.
The Root of It All
First of all, I had a pretty stressful year. 2018 was super busy and I don’t cope well with busy. I get stressed and I feel like me being stressed doesn’t really reflect anywhere else in my life, so I channel the stress into reading. It sounds weird but hear me out.
When I am stressed, I want to read two kinds of books. I want either easy books, meaning I want something that makes me feel good, and has a happy ending OR I want something quick.
I don’t know about you, but I get pretty down when I am not reading as much as I want to. If it takes me two weeks to finish a book, I get really bummed out. Which is ridiculous and silly, but I feel really dragged down when I am constantly just reading one book.
And when I am stressed, reading books takes ages, unless they are the kind of reads I mentioned. So this really controlled the way I read this year and led to these changes.
So in 2019: Don’t get stressed. JK not how life works, but imagine if it did…
So basically, my two biggest genres this year have been YA Fantasy and Romance. And I have read very few Literary Fiction and General fiction books. Which isn’t a bad thing necessarily, but for me it has been detrimental. My top rated books are always Adult Fantasy or Literary Fiction and I just haven’t been reading those books enough. I have been enjoying reading more Romance though, and I will be making a separate end of the year list for those!
So in 2019: More Adult Fantasy and MORE Literary/General Fiction. A more balanced reading is needed. But also all the Romance.
Meh Reading Year
And just generally, I feel like my reading took a sort of sad turn this year. I kept reading either meh books and then books I just plain did not enjoy. I get caught up in the hype and then nothing really turns out as good as I’ve hyped it up in my head. And this has mostly been true for YA. I get easily swept up in YA hype, but that hype fails me more often than it does not.
So in 2019: Don’t get caught up in the hype. Just read books that generally appeal to your reading taste.
And ARCs. Oh how I hate and love them. The issue with ARCs is that I am really excited about them when I request them but when I finally get around to them, it just feels like a chore. SO that’s a big part of the unimpressive reading year.
So in 2019: Less ARCs! Please hold me accountable. Don’t let me request any.
And that’s a rambly post on my feelings on my reading changing this year. I would love to hear from you – how has your reading changed this year? Let me know in the comments or even make your own posts and tag me so I can see it!
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