BTT – Reading Trends

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.

7 comments to BTT – Reading Trends

  • Blogging about books has helped me in my reading too. I find so much variety in the blog world.

    Booking through trends

    PS: you link is not worrking at BTT!

  • It is so neat you are doing the around the world challenge! Yes, and blogging has done the same for me…it has also made me read more as well since I find so many good titles in other people’s reviews!

    Happy Thursday to you!!!

  • I used to read exclusively non-fiction cause I wanted to “learn something.” After taking Readers Advisory though, I found that there is some REALLY good fiction out there. I’ve now been adding in literary fiction and memoirs to my non-fiction habit. I’m a huge believer that all reading is good reading, though, so I say whatever keeps you reading is great…although I also highly recommend moving out of the box for reading diversity!

  • I’m hoping that as I start to write more about what I’m reading that my reading tastes will also expand, similar to yours. Though I’m not sure I could ever read as much historical fiction as you do.

    Also – HOLLER for reading everything by the late-90s ultra-popular authors! LOL :)

  • I’m with you on the ultra-prolific authors. After several, they all start to meld together.

    When I am really on a historical fiction binge, I do worry about my blog becoming repetitive. Then I steer far away from it, but I always come back. I think that starting to get a lot of ARCs helps with that, too. Very few of the ARCs I receive outside of LT are in that category.

  • I know what you mean about not pigeon-holing. I could easily make my blog the Jewish-children’s-book-blog. But I decided to keep it to mostly non-professional reading. Oh well. BTW as far as Rules for Saying Goodbye Goes, I’m sure it will come soon, and if not- no big loss, trust me! :-)

  • kegsoccer

    It’s hard to stop reading about something you enjoy though. When I was going through your post I was thinking about how I wouldn’t have been able to read so many Tudor books in a row…. but then I realized I pretty much did the same for Alexander the Great historical fiction!