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?

STEAMPUNK

  • 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? 

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A Redheaded Texas Gal. I love the woods and thrive where there’s green grass and room to grow. I dream of living in a used book store and wearing period costumes to work everyday. In the meantime, I’m studying Journalism and Political Science, and trying to follow Jesus wherever He leads.

  • Nonfiction is definitely the genre I discovered in 2017. I used to never read it, but last year I read some really good books, so now we’re on friendlier terms. Oooh, I have to watch Pride and Prejudice. Over Thanksgiving break, I watched all the Lizzy Bennet Diaries, which is this Youtube series modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. IT IS SO GOOD. I agree: traveling is AWESOME. I’m okay with science fiction, but I don’t read it much and I haven’t found any gems yet. Ahh, favorite genre?? Let’s say it would be books. If I could travel anywhere, it would be too the moon!!

    • Elizabeth Hunter

      The Lizzie Bennet diaries are soooo funny! I love the 6 hour P&P, the newer one is cute and pretty, but now the original BBC version. Colin Firth just is Darcy.

      Oh, Oh, Oh, I’d love to go to the moon! The closer to the stars, the better. 🙂

      Glad you discovered Non-Fiction, there are some amazing true stories out there!

      • I KNOW. Oooh, it’s six hours?? That sounds like the perfect thing to do on a rainy day.
        YES, I love the stars- and the moon.

  • Jennifer Garey

    I’ve said the same thing about never reading a certain genre! But I’ve learned that I really enjoy pretty much anything. I’ve read modern poetry, graphic novels, and sci-fi books that I never thought I would read, let alone like. So I guess we can never say never about reading particular books because we may end up liking them.

    • Elizabeth Hunter

      I haven’t read any graphic novels, yet, but I’d like to try one out!
      It’s amazing how words constantly surprise you, no matter what the style, words always convey such powerful messages, that I end up falling in love. 🙂

  • Yesss I love discovering I love new genres or categories of books!! I try not to say “i’ll always hate that genre” or anything because a good book is a GOOD BOOK, no matter the genre.😂 Although I admit I’m still trying to find a good steampunk book to suit me? And I used to only read fantasy but now I read so much contemporary and I love it. <3 Also that's so cool you've been to the Great Wall!! I have too and it was amazing!

    • Elizabeth Hunter

      A good book is a good book, no matter the genre – sounds almost like a Dr. Seuss line, haha! And SO TRUE!
      The Great Wall is so amazing! I wish I could back for a while 🙂

  • You are missing out on scifi 🙂 you just need to pick the right ones. As for me, I think nonfiction was the thing I discovered this year 🙂 I used to think it’s boring as hell, basically textbooks.. Turns out it’s not 🙂

    • Elizabeth Hunter

      I kind of know I’m missing out, I just need to find the right sci-fi. Something that’s not too weird, with an element of adventure.
      Basically, the Illuminae Files. Just need to sit down and read them. 🙂

      • Oh yeah, that’s a good place to start 🙂

  • I also never thought I’d read steampunk, but of course fate didn’t want that and my brother MADE me read Leviathan. While I wasn’t a huge fan, I do see why people like it a ton and have to say that it is REALLY interesting to read. Something about technology and magic just make me REALLY excited and it’s cool to read about.

  • Amy

    I absolutely LOVED When Dimple Met Rishi, THUG, and TID, so I’m very pleased to hear that you enjoyed them as well! I’ve heard really good things about Foolish Hearts as well, and I’m excited to pick that one up!
    Also, SHAME ON YOU FOR NOT READING MORE. NOT. WHO WOULD EVER SAY THAT, YOU WENT TO CHINA. That is so awesome. #isjealous Don’t apologize for that! XDDD
    I’m glad you had such a great reading year! I love this post; what a unique idea! 😉

    • Elizabeth Hunter

      I know, China kind of beats reading 😂 I’m trying to fit When Dimple Met Rishi into this month’s reading, but not sure if it’s going to make it!

  • I totally need more steampunk in my life!

    • Elizabeth Hunter

      Yes! Can someone write some please? *looking at Leigh Bardugo*