My end of year posts are here! This is genuinely my favorite time for blog posts, plus I am in a reading slump and I think reflecting on my year will really help kick this reading slump before the year is out (or at least I hope so, otherwise I’ll just be known as a book blogger who no longer reads). For the last two years, I’ve been doing these posts that discuss how my (and yours in the comments) reading has changed during this year. I am not gonna lament on how fucked up this year was, and I am sure that it has affected everyone’s (reading) lives differently, so if you want to sound off in the comments I would love to hear from you. But let’s get into it. ALSO, do you like the festive theme? We celebrate Christmas on the 7th of January here, so you best believe the theme is sticking for a while.
I am finally reading Literary Fiction again
I’ve been talking a lot these past few years how I’ve been meaning to get back into Literary fiction and this year I finally did! Literary fiction is now in my top 3 read genres of this year and I am really glad to back into it. For me personally, Literary Fiction is rewarding even when I am rating it one, two or three stars, because I feel like I engage with it more. It makes me think and it makes me analyze the text I am reading in a way I do not with other genres so I am really glad that I got back into reading it this year. That’s largely due to my Women’s prize reading and the lovely group chat I am in, who are all really wonderful people that I talk about in all my Women’s prize posts, so please go check them out.
A big part of my reading veering more towards lit fiction was also getting into different booktubers that read lit fiction, so here’s a list of booktubers I love that talk about literary fiction (they talk about other genres obviously, but most prominently lit fiction):
I Now Like Historical Romance
I’ve talked about this recently in the Anti TBR tag, but I hate Historical Fiction with a passion, so I was constantly avoiding Historical Romance because I never felt like it could be my thing. But I read Tessa Dare’s Girl Meets Duke series in November, and I loved it, and now I basically just want to read Historical Romance. I think with Romance I got tired of the ones I have been reading, but I think with branching out to this new subgenre, I get Romance but in a new shiny package, so it’s so much fun and I am really glad I decided to try it out. Watch me not like any I pick up after this lmao.
Buying Less, Reading From My Shelf More
2020 was the worst, but I dealt with it through reading physical books (I usually read way more ebooks) and one thing I was really good about was buying less books. I spent just a fifth of the amount I spend on books usually, and I have been a lot better about picking up books that have sat on my bookshelf for a long time. I am gonna work on getting my unread physical TBR to the lowest possible number in 2021 and I think buying less books, and thinking about which books I buy more has been really great. Saving money was also GREAT.
Non-Fiction and Audiobooks
I’ve read way more non fiction this year than I usually do. The number is still really low, but I really enjoy non-fiction, I just never pick it up, so I am glad I was better at doing so this year. AND as some of you may know, I really struggle with audiobooks, but I’ve been really enjoying them, especially when I have a hard time actually picking up a book. And all of the non fiction I read was consumed through audiobooks, and so I’ve realized that I do not like fiction on audio, but I love it for non fiction and it makes me enjoy the books more. So I hope I keep this up in the year to come.
I would love to hear from you! Tell me how your reading has changed this year! Have you read more or less? Did you (re)discover any new genres? I would love to know!
In the meantime, happy reading
* If you want to buy any of the books I talked about, you can use my Bookshop affiliate link if you’re in the USA! You buy a book and support local bookstores, and I get a small commission! Even if you do not want to use my own affiliate link, I would still recommend using Bookshop.org since a lot of independent bookstores are struggling and this is a nice way to help them out. You can even find your favorite local bookstore and support them directly!
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