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Top Ten Tuesday: Changes in My Reading Life

This is the one feature that I’ve always wanted to take part of, and I’m finally making it happen! This was such a fun post to write, and though I didn’t exactly reach number 10, it was really interesting to look back and see how much my reading habits have changed. I think this new blog reflects that pretty well, and it would mean lot to me if you like and/or comment on this post, and follow my blog. And now, without further ado… Here’s my list!

Romance is my go to genre, and I consider myself a romance blogger first and foremost.

If you’ve been following me on twitter and/or goodreads, this isn’t really surprising. I’ve been very open with how tough the past few years have been, and how reading romance made me happy and give me a lot of hope.

I read more ebooks versus physical copies.

Given that I read a lot of indie romance (and because of kindle unlimited), I now read more ebooks versus hardcovers/paperbacks. Come to think of it, I don’t really recall reading anyt physical books this year. Most of my ARCs are now electronic as well.

I prefer reading standalones.

To be honest, I barely read any interconnected series anymore. I still read a lot of series where each book is a standalone, but a series so tightly connected and with cliffhangers? Nuh-uh. I’ve realized that I can’t really commit to reading a long series (I can still commit to duologies sometimes) – I mostly lose interest after the first book. I’m trying to combat this though. I know that there are a lot of amazing series out there, so I’m working on bingeing some complete YA series during Christmas break. Wish me luck!

I don’t read anything with a love triangle. Yes, even romance.

I know, I know. The Infernal Devices (which is one of my most favorite series) set the bar so high that every love triangle I’ve read before and after it just failed miserably. It worked because ‘all sides of the triangle are equal’ (direct quote from Cassie, by the way) and this is something we barely see in any YA Fantasy. I’ve noticed the past couple of years that so many fantasy books always have love triangles, and in turn, so much of the story focuses on the triangle instead of world-building, and character and plot development. I will, however, read love triangles from my trusted authors like Cassie Clare, Marie Rutkoski, Richelle Mead (Rose-Dimitri-Adrian was also well done), Jenny Han, etc. (Side note: Why do I feel that there will be a love triangle in Chain of Gold…?)

For romance, a love triangle just creates unnecessary angst and drama. I know that there are readers who love those, but not me.

For romance, love triangles aside, I basically read anything.

Whatever trope you’re thinking of, I’ve probably read it. I may not have enjoyed it, but I can guarantee that I’ve binge read it. (Yes, even cheating, and extreme dark romance.)

I reread. A lot.

I did reread in the past, but only my super favorites. Now, I reread so many books so many times. I can’t really explain why – I think I enjoy the comfort of knowing what will happen next. (Side note: I’ve read Angel’s Blood and Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh at least ten times. Each.)

Sometimes, I read the ending just to make sure that the couple that starts the book actually end up together (and that no one dies!)

This girl learned a tough lesson from Tahereh Mafi and Sarah J. Maas (and no, villain love interests in YA will never be okay!) because reading their books have caused me so much stress. I’m particularly not fond of an author pushing a character aside and making him/her act out of character just to establish the new love interest (*cough*Adam Chaol*cough*). So, to save myself from angst, I just read the ending first!

What about you? How has your reading changed throughout the years?

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  • Reply Astilbe

    I’m reading more ebooks these days as well.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    November 19, 2019 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    Love triangles drive me nuts. They give me flashbacks to the Teen Twilight days. I think I can read more quickly on an e-reader than a physical books but I still love a physical book as well. Thanks for sharing your list!

    November 19, 2019 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply lydiaschoch

    A lot of people have mentioned reading more ebooks this week!

    My TTT.

    November 19, 2019 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply anovelglimpse

    I’m the same with romance! It’s how I would categorize myself as a reader and blogger, too.

    November 19, 2019 at 11:40 pm
  • Reply thebookishlibra

    I really need to make time to re-read more because I completely agree with you about it being a comforting thing.

    November 20, 2019 at 2:34 am
  • Reply Dedra @ A Book Wanderer

    I would love to be able to reread more. It’s definitely something I miss.

    My TTT

    November 20, 2019 at 6:43 am
  • Reply Amber

    I think love triangles broke me in the early 2010’s haha

    November 20, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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