Top Ten Tuesday: Changes In My Reading Life

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This is one of those topics that I could either write thousands of words about or condense all of my thoughts into about two hundred of them. I decided to take the latter approach this week.

Over the past several years, I’ve noticed the following changes in my reading life:

Open book lying on green grass.1. Short stories are way more appealing to me than 300+ page novels.

2. I’m reading less romance.

3. Books that later became films are catching my interest less often.

4. Films that became books are catching my interest less often, too. I think I’d rather imagine how things played out for myself than have someone else imagine those scenes for me!

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6. Song lyrics in books no longer interest me very much at all. I used to seek out stories that had songs in them whether they came from the real world or were created for that specific tale by the author. Now that’s not a selling point for me.

7. I do still like dystopians, but I prefer to read spoilers about their endings to make sure they’re relatively happy before I read them.

8. Speaking of spoilers, I’m not as against them as I used to be. Although I am still selective about when and if I want to hear them.

9. I’m reading fewer classics novels than I used to.

10. I’m rereading books much less often than I used to.



  1. I’ve found the love of short stories as well. I’ve been diving into online published short stories by some authors lately. It is great to see people’s creativity with so few words (in comparison to a full novel).

  2. Great list! I love discovering new authors, too. =)

  3. It’s funny how some of the things you’ve mentioned are completely the opposite to my changes in reading! Like I am actively trying to read more books by the same authors cause I never used go for authors I’ve read from before (for some unknown reason). And I’m re-reading some books now while I used to never do this. Great list!

  4. Great list! I’ve been rereading a lot less too, but not by choice. 😉 I have a stack of books I would love to reread but there are so many new books that sound amazing as well.

    Thank you for stopping by my TTT

  5. Sometimes I seek out spoilers, but usually not. I reread less, but there are still some books I could read over and over again.

  6. I want to re-read books but find that I don’t get around to it very often. I also like short stories more than I used to.

  7. I’m liking shorter stories at times too. Not everything has to be super long! And same with spoilers. I don’t seek them out necessarily (well, maybe with movies sometimes lol) but if I see one I’m like *shrug*. the world goes on.

  8. I’m sorry you’re reading less romance. 😉

  9. I am not a re-reader at all, except for a very exclusive little club of fiction novels that I loved from childhood through high school. I always find it interesting when others really love to re-read, and interesting that you are no longer doing it as often. Why do you think that is?

    • I think it’s happening because my TBR has grown out of control. There are so many new stories out there I want to read that rereading has taken a backseat.

  10. I can see the appeal of short stories. I’m not quite there, but I do reach for more 300 page books than 500 page ones.

  11. I’m more chill about spoilers as well!

  12. Its funny you read less romance as I read more romance now

  13. 1. Number 6 is a really interesting change. Is there any particular reason you’re not that big on them anymore?

    2. “Films that became books” is actually a concept I love, but I feel like they’re not that common. Do you have any particular recs that you enjoyed before? I really liked Crimson Peak as a novel but that’s the only one I can think of.

    • I think I simply read too many books that tried to incorporate song lyrics into their plots, RS. There was a long run of them for a while there.

      As far as films turned into books that I liked goes, here’s a short list:

      Alien by Alan Dean Foster
      Rain Man by Leonore Fleischer
      The Abyss by Orson Scott Card

      And the novelization of The Sixth Sense was pretty good, too.

  14. I’m all about a good spoiler. Especially when it comes to a Nicholas Sparks novel. 😉 Love a solid good short story, and though I do enjoy trying new authors (especially if they’re published with a publisher I trust or their likened to an author I like), but I’m also all about knowing what I like, and feeling good about staying with favorites. 🙂 Thanks so much for the Finding Wonderland visit last week!!

  15. I’m like you I don’t mind spoilers that much!

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