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While I was coming up with this list, I tried to make everything fit the same sentence structure. It bothered me just a little bit that I had to break that pattern for one of my answers.
There are five genres I read less of these days and five I’ve started to spend much more time exploring.
I Read Less Poetry
I Read Less Horror
I Read Less Fantasy
I Read Less Romance
I Read Fewer Series and Long Works
I Read More Biographies
I Read More Hard Science Fiction
I Read More History
I Read More Hopeful Fiction, Scifi or Otherwise
I Read More Science
In general, I find that I’m becoming more interested in books that talk about real-life issues (even if the plots themselves are fictional) and have a faster-paced structure than what I read when I was in school. It’s also nice to find authors who take a hopeful but realistic approach to their topic, whatever that topic may be.
This isn’t to say that I dislike poetic passages or metaphors. A few of them sprinkled into a book are nice, but I’m not as thrilled about reading an entire novel’s worth of that sort of thing as I used to be.
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Hopeful and realistic approaches do tend to give the most impact.
Great list! I’d really like to read more non-fiction soon, I just haven’t been in the mood for it this year which makes me a little sad – hopefully I’ll rediscover my love for it in the year. =)
My fingers are crossed that this will happen for you in 2020.
I go through reading phases but on the whole, love being a very eclectic reader. Wonderful list today!
Thank you very much.
It’s really nice to see that, now, you’re looking for books that give more information and also help you grow as a person. That’s a win in change if you ask me.
Aww, thanks. What a nice thing to say.
I have a lot of the same trends over time. I have especially tended to read more nonfiction as I have gotten older.
That is very cool.
I’ve found I’m choosing books I know will be more hopeful as well. Great list!
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You’re quite welcome. If you find any good hopeful books, I’d sure like to hear about them!
I’ve found as I get older that I’m starting to enjoy non-fiction or fiction that looks at real life issues a lot more. This is a great list! And thanks for stopping by my TTT 🙂
You’re welcome. Thank you for your kind words.
Great list, Lydia 🙂 It seems like you’ve really figured out what you’ve been enjoying more and I can definitely say the same. I’m also more critical of what I read now, as I used to read quite mindlessly (which isn’t always bad too I suppose)!
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Thanks a lot! Your list was great this week as well.
There is definitely something to be said for mindless reading sometimes as well.
Very interesting. Do you think you may return to some of these genres at some point?
It’s hard to say for sure, but I’m guessing I might?!
Hopeful fiction is a wonderful thing. I’ve been trying to read more of that to bolster my spirits lately.
Good for you. I hope you find lots of it.
Great list. I think a lot of us have changed the genres we like to read over the years. I know I have.
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You’re quite welcome. Yes, you’re right about there being a lot of changes in what we all like to read over the years.
Interesting list. I didn’t think of long reads–I used to LOVE big honking books. Book clubs and cost have limited most new books today to about 300 pages (a few exceptions). Gone With the Wind or even Outlander, if published today, would be 3 or more books!
I didn’t know book clubs are limiting books to 300 page lengths these days. Interesting.
I LOVE this format! I want to delve deeper into non-fiction and history again. When I was younger, that’s all I ever read.
Aww, thanks. I hope you find time to do just that.
Great list Lydia! My genre tastes are pretty similar to what they’ve always been, but I do find myself reading less series. Too much time investment!
Thank you. I think it’s interesting that your genre tastes have remained the same.
I like how you listed both what you read more of and what you read less of. Everybody has such an interesting take on these topics!
Thanks. Yeah, there were a lot of wonderful lists this week!
I love how you created your list! Direct and straight to point.❤️
Here is mine
Thank you very much. Your list was great, too.
It’s so interesting to see your changes. I read more romance and memoir, less fantasy.
Thanks a lot. What memoirs do you like?
I find this topic so interesting, especially seeing how interests criss-cross over time and new genres are being discovered. I’m a recent fantasy reader so I’ve been partial to the poetic passage. However I get what you mean and need a non-fiction for every 2-3 fic/fantasy reads.
Yes, it’s a great topic for sure.
What nonfiction books have you read lately?
I think I am actually reading more poetry. I also am reading more short stories. I think that is directly in relationship to my shorter attention span.
I hear you there!
I never thought I would read biographies or memoirs, but I’ve read several over the last year that really changed my view on them.
Oddly I do find I’m reading more fantasy than paranormals these days, but hopefully once I get through my review stack I can get back to them!
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Interesting! I think for a lot of readers, the focus and types of books we like to read vary over time.
I love history! I should read more but I’m always reading thrillers lately it seems like, or YA or something. I’ve been reading less fantasy too, which used to be my go-to.
Cool. What history and thrillers do you like?
Lately I seem to like historical fiction that focuses on Victorian or Edwardian eras, or sometimes even earlier depending on the book. Usually historical mysteries or with a paranormal touch. And thrillers I’ve been reading a ton of lately! The last one I really enjoyed was Watching You by Lisa Jewell.
Cool! I’ll keep an eye out for it.
I feel like I’m the flip of you, reading more of what you are reading less of and vice versa. Although there are a few biographies and autobiographies I’ve been wanting to read lately. I may have to add them back to my mix.
Very interesting! I hope you enjoy those biographies and autobiographies.
Interesting list. Nonfiction is something I’d like to read more of, especially biographies of historical figures. Those have always fascinated me.
Thank you very much. I hope you read more nonfiction in 2020.
‘I Read Fewer Series and Long Works’ also describes me. In the future I might be open to them, again, but for now, the burnout is real.
I hear you there.
Good list! Your ‘less poetry, less fantasy’ makes me think you burnt out on JRR Tolkien 😉
LOL, it’s quite possible!
Really interesting list – short and to the point also! I definitely did not put enough thought into mine, I am finding so many changes other people have gone through with their reading habits and finding they apply to me too.
I’m glad you’ve found so many commonalities with other TTT bloggers.
I think it is quite normal that we change our way of reading over the years. Your list shows me that in a very good way.
Thanks a lot.
“hopeful but realistic approach to their topic” sounds like a dream! I would also love to read books written like this.
I hope you find lots of them!
I tend to enjoy faster paced books, too!
I also read fewer long works and more hopeful works than I did. I can’t do dystopia right now, and I never could do horror.
Good for you. I’m glad you know your limits and interests.
This is a cool way to do the prompt this week! Simple and to the point. Awesome. 🙂
Aww, thanks. I’m glad you liked it.
I’ve been reading more science too! It’s fascinating all the books on different subjects. I’m learning so much.
That is awesome.
I read more nonfiction too. I find that I’m a little tired of recycled fiction tropes, but nonfiction is so open you can always find something new.
Congrats to you, i want to start reading more real life stuff but i find it kind of boring or i have not found the right one.
It can take a while to find the right topic(s) of interest for sure.
I love your format for this post! I think our mores and lesses are reversed. xD Except romance. I’ve never been one for romance. Funny how reading habits can shift so much over time!
Yes, reading habits really can shift over time.
Wow, you’ve evolved quite a bit! I don’t think I’ll ever get to a point in my life where I would read History and Science titles for leisure. That’s really interesting 🙂
You’ve got a really great balance going on and it’s great you’re exploring certain genres a lot more!
I’m glad you think so. Thanks.
Exploring new genres is amazing, I hope you’re loving them!! I really want to get more into Sci-Fi and Historical books! I’ve spied some amazing ones recently, but with the state of my tbr…. ha!
Here’s hoping I get round to trying more genres next year!
Happy Reading!! <3
Thank you very much.
I hope you get to those Sci-fi and historical books soon.
Great list. I love how you have shifted your reading over the years. Reading non-fiction is great and I’m trying to get back into that again.
Thanks a lot. I hope you find some great nonfiction reads soon.
I’ve actually wanted to venture more into horror than before. I used to steer clear of it because I didn’t want to be scared but now I’m wondering if it might be fun. Also, definitely feel you on the hopeful outlook when it comes to fiction. To me, it’s become important to soften the bad things so to speak.
Good luck with your venture into horror! There’s so many different types of it out there.
And totally agreed.
I still love all the romance-y novels. But of course, like any genre, there’s some I have zero interest in. 🙂 Hope all of these changes are good things in your reading life, Lydia; and thanks a bunch for the visit to Finding Wonderland!!
You’re very welcome.
wow these are some big changes in your reading style!! and what you look for in books!
Heh, for sure. 🙂