My Changing Reading Tastes in 2017

My Changing Reading Tastes in 2017

Never say never. But who listens to that advice? I don’t. (And you don’t either, right?)

Anyway, aren’t there books that you say you’re never going to read? Of course. We’re bookworms. We have our rules. Maybe we even have a bunch of fun making those rules. We can be pretty picky about what genres we read.

I like knowing my rules. (And yeah, I may not like following other rules. Such as never say never. Who ever made up that rule?)

I had some simple reading rules.

I enjoy fantasy, but I really, really, love a VERY LONG fantasy series.

I enjoy some classics, especially if there’s a BBC adaption. (I may have only read Pride and Prejudice after watching Colin Firth)

I enjoy historical fiction. And Biographies of my fav people.

That’s all. Maybe my rules were boring?

And that rule about never saying never? Well, I broke it a ton. I kept saying I’ll never read Cassandra Clare. Never going to read Science Fiction. And I’ll never pick up a contemporary.

I bet you’re guessing what comes next. I broke all my never rules & ate all my own words. (Expect the Sci-Fiction part. Still haven’t read any sci-fi)

2017 really mixed up my reading. In a pretty great way.

infernal devicesFantasy is still cool. But steampunk, wow. Please, more.

Six of Crows. The Infernal Devices. Crooked Kingdom.

Thanks to Bookstagram for getting me to read steampunk.

Though my sister has been telling me about Cassandra Clare for years, but I kept ignoring her. #sorrylittlesisyouwereright

I’m not even sure I could have told you what steampunk even meant?


  • a genre of science fiction that has a historical setting and typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology

Sounds boring? NOT. I’ve never been a sci-fi person, but blending fantasy and tech things together is epic. And we only defy the laws of nature a little bit. Ok, maybe a lot.

Contemporaries are sweet & heartwarming & aghghghghg, I want to read more. 

And this is coming from a gal who insisted I just could NOT read anything remotely modern. But contemporaries just kept showing up on my radar. Rather insistent that I read them. 

So, yes, I finally picked up one. And it wasn’t that bad?

But that was just one. I was still doubtful.

Then a few more showed up. & I kept loving them! Yes, I was really, really surprised. 

But I knew life had really changed when I was deciding what to read the other day.

I have a couple fantasy novels, but I reached for the contemporary. I actually chose to read contemporary over a fantasy? #shocker

Stand alones are clever. And I like them. Surprise!

Remember when I said I really like a LONG fantasy series? Think Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia.
Super duper long. lots of backstory and plot. The story just keeps going & going & going.
Which means I keep reading! YEAH!

I never intentionally bothered with standalones. I didn’t want to even start them?

Why fall in love with a character only to finish the story in just one book? #torture

But I kept hearing about Fangirl. So I finally picked it up. And I loved Cath & Levi and the entire story.

And yeah, I was disappointed it was done so soon. But it was super cute?

After that reading moment, I started picking up several other stand alones.

Eliza and Her Monsters. The Hate U Give. A Tale of Two Cities. (Though is a Tale of Two Cities really a standalone? It’s like 3 books in one???)

And yes, I really enjoyed them. And now I can’t stop reading them?

The Great Wall & I

And maybe I could have read more in 2017, but I went to China and worked in Philadelphia and did college.

(Yes, I may travel over reading) Especially if it means I get to climb the Great Wall. (and you should travel, it’s the BEST)

Reading was just something that happened in 2017. But it’s going to intentionally happen in 2018! Which means this time next year, there should be a list a mile long of new books.

Ok, maybe only half a mile. Because I still love fantasy! And will read it more than anything else.

lets chat

Which genres did you discover in 2017? What new genres should I pick up? What’s your favorite genre? Do you like Sci-fi? 

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?