Why I read. Simply because I want to. You’ll rarely find me reading classics and literary winners. It’s not that I don’t like them, I read to enjoy and not to make my brain bleed.I grew up reading Goosebumps, Sweet Valley Kids, Nancy Drew and Disney Classics. It was probably why when I was on my teens, I started liking reading romance. A good love story, a dreamy protagonist, the giddiness factor it will give me, were my basis of picking up books in my early years of reading. My family didn’t really train me to read literary back in the day. I got into reading on my own in school, when I would often find myself going to the library because that’s what the pupils on my grade do after class.
What I read. If we’ll talk about genres, a whole day is not enough to even discuss half of it. Let’s start with the genres I like to read. Please take note that these could be Young Adult or Adult books:
Fantasy. Mostly High Fantasy these days. Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.
Science Fiction. It’s technically under Fantasy but has many sub genres and could stand on its own. I mostly read Dystopia, Post Apocalypse, Speculative Fiction or simply SF.
Contemporary. Chick Lit, Romance, Coming of Age, Realistic, New Adult. Romance can also be separated in one category since it also has a lot of sub genres. Recently I only read books from this category when I need a quick fix, if I need to clean up my palate after reading too much of a particular genre or when I’m behind on my reading challenge and I need to up the numbers.
I read Manga and cook books too. Poetry and anthologies, not so much. You also won’t often find me picking up books under crime/suspense, classics, fiction, biographies and historical retelling. You might not believe it but I also read erotica and BDSM when the mood strikes—has anyone read Anne Rice’s retelling of Sleeping Beauty?
Through the years my reading habits and preferences changed. Instead of just finding books that I think are cute, I now look for a good narrative, an interesting plot and character development. I try not to be picky with genres now. I started branching out from my reading comfort zones some years ago. I was a big romance and contemporary reader for so many years. I even talked about it on the other blog when one time I got the romance bug so bad. I also beta read romance novellas but for the past 3 years, I find myself not content with the genre. I grew tired of it and if I read one, the highest rating it could get from me is 2.5. There are some I rated 4 or 5 though you can count them in one hand.
The time I spent in reading today is not as grand as before. Life happened so I have to set priorities. Back then I could finish two to three novels a day. Lately, I read a book for a month or so. The highest number I read in a year were 200+ in 2012 & 2013. Now I only aim for 12 a year since I can only read when I have time, when I really, really, really need to divert my attention from something else and when I’m in the mood.
What genres you like to read? Do you want to challenge yourself and read books from a genre you are not familiar with? Any book recommendations?
– wl, a.
Here’s a closer look of the books I have and read for the past years. I don’t have some of them anymore.