Have your book-tastes changed over the years? More fiction? Less? Books that are darker and more serious? Lighter and more frivolous? Challenging? Easy? How-to books over novels? Mysteries over Romance?
My reading tastes have changed a fair amount, although I don’t always realize it as it tends to happen gradually. One major change is that I have cut out those ultra-prolific writers who churn out the same story over and over with slight variations. In high school I was a huge fan of both John Grisham and Mary Higgins Clark. I read everything that both of them wrote. Now, though, I’m not sure you could induce me to return. There are so many fantastic authors telling fantastic stories that are not simply variations on the same theme.
Having this blog has also helped me even out my reading. For a couple of years there I was reading almost exclusively historical fiction, primarily set in England and largely dealing with the Tudors. Lots of Jean Plaidy and Philippa Gregory. I didn’t want my blog to be pigeon-holed as just an historical fiction blog, though, so I’ve re-broadened my horizons a bit. Lots more memoirs than before, I’m finally getting into short stories. Plus, I have been trying to read more books realistically set around the world for my Read Around the World challenge to myself. This, in addition with LibraryThing recommendations, has made me a more well-rounded reader.