This year has been great for me book-wise (or any other wise but let’s focus on books). Here’s what I’ve noticed about my reading habits.
I’ve read amazing books by amazing authors, and I’ve managed to build some sort of list of what I’ll be reading next. I’ve noticed that if I don’t have a title (or three) in mind when I finish a book, it might take me a while to get back to reading. I need momentum.
I’ve read more books this year than I did last year. Maybe even last year combined with the year before that. I used to read all the time when I was younger but then something got in the way and it got pushed to the side. I couldn’t be happier to be back in the worlds of books again!
But what kind of reader am I? Here are the types:
I suppose I’m a monogamist-introvert with a touch of extrovert thrown in. I like to focus on one book at a time. Sometimes I might be reading an ebook and a physical book for different occasions (like ebooks for short journeys or breaks at school/work, and physical books for hours of simultaneous reading). But no more than two. I’m a master at blending things together in my head and even though I also consider myself a master of multitasking, it doesn’t extend to stories. Too many stories at once, especially in similar genres, and I’ll start mixing them up in my head. Then again, I can also remember specific scenes from books I’ve read ages ago. My memory tends to surprise me.
Recently I’ve also tried to be more “grab whatever you can”-type of person. Previously I’ve had trouble getting stuck with one genre for long periods of time. There were times I only read high fantasy, times I read just horse stories, times I focused on military-themed books, and times I wanted sci-fi. If I get sucked into a great book, it might just pull me into the genre and then it’s hard to let go.
Looking back at the books I’ve read this year, there’s definitely some genre variation. Maybe not as much as I’d hoped, and to be honest there aren’t many books that fall into categories I haven’t read and liked before. But it’s still a start? Maybe I need to throw more extrovert into the mix and just blindly point at a book without knowing anything about it.
Also a big change I’ve noticed is that I actually finish books. Yay me! Leaving books unfinished has never been a big issue but it has happened, and the worst part is that it doesn’t happen to bad books. I’ve started reading good books, liked them, but then just forgotten them for whatever reason. But no more! If I start, I’ll finish.
Has the way you read changed over the years? What are you planning on reading over the summer?