When I saw this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic I was pretty confident I wouldn’t be able to come up with 10 things, but I knew I still wanted to participate. Mostly because I feel as though my reading habits have changed a whole lot since I left my full time job many years ago. But it’s more than that, as you’ll see.
I read way more contemporary romance than in the past. Even just 7 or so years ago, I almost never read contemporary romance. I don’t remember the book or when I read said book, but I remember reading a contemporary romance many years ago and it just didn’t do it for me. I realize now that it was most likely that my reading style didn’t mesh with the author’s writing style, or it was just not the author for me, or a list of other things it could have been. Now, I primarily read contemporary romance. I love that I can read really any genre while also getting my HEA (or, at the very least, HFN). I can read a mystery, comedy, drama, suspense, action, etc. while still getting my contemporary romance fix.
Most of my reading is done in daylight hours. Back in the days of young kids and a full-time stressful job, I rarely had time to read during the day. Most of my reading was done at bedtime by my book light (how I love the ease of use of e-readers with back lights!) or, on the rare occasion I wasn’t trying to squeak in some errands on my lunch hour, I’d sit in my car for my half hour break to get some reading time in. I’ll admit that even when I was no longer working, I still didn’t get a lot of daylight reading in until just the last few years. After all, I still had a very active teenager in high school at that time and I kept busy with the different parent groups at his school on top of running him around and attending his events. But now, 3 years after my youngest flew the coop, I find I get ample opportunity to curl up in a comfy chair and a cup of coffee or tea.
Usually, I write an actual review instead of only rating a book. And, to be honest, sometimes it tends to feel a bit much. Yet every time I think I’ll skip writing a review I remember that I will find my own review useful in the future. Whether it will help jog my memory for future books in a series or possibly help with a decision on a particular author I haven’t read a lot from, my reviews help me in my reading choices constantly. I also love posting reviews. Of course, the more I read the more reviews I have to write…and I tend to read a lot. I still don’t see giving up writing reviews on all my reads any time soon.
Many years ago, before I there was such a thing as Goodreads, my mother-in-law gave me a reading journal. I know I still have it somewhere. I loved that thing. It was the first time I ever really sat down and kept track of the books I was reading. I let that journal fall by the wayside when I got more active on Goodreads, but I still didn’t keep good track of all the books I read. Since I started regularly blogging my book reviews, I keep really good records of the books I read. Granted, that’s only been for a few years now. But I love being able to look back and see how many books I read as well as the spurts I go in with the different genres and authors.
I have finally found the will power to DNF books! This is a huge deal for me. I just have such a problem with “giving up” on a book. I even have a problem with giving up on a series that takes a down turn. I keep holding out hope. Now, I’m not going to say I DNF every book I’m not enjoying. I still struggle to really totally give up on a story. But it is something I have done a few times in the last few years and that’s some sort of progress.
So there you have it. Not a top ten, but a top five. I think these are all big changes in the grand scheme of things and it makes me wonder if my reading habits will change so much in the next 5 or so years.
I’m glad you have more time to read now. 🙂
Me, too! It’s the best.
Great TTT! I still haven’t found the willpower to DNF but since I’m reading a lot more now maybe one day I will 😂 Totally agree with you about writing reviews—it’s so helpful and I actually enjoy going back and reading my reviews to see what I liked/didn’t like. It’s definitely changed how I read too!
It is soooo hard to DNF. But the last few years I’ve been reading so much more than before that it became a tad bit easier. So maybe some day you’ll be able to do it, too! lol
I surprised by how many are just now realizing you don’t have to finish a book. I’ve always bailed on books that didn’t grab my attention. No matter how much the critics claimed it was wonderful.
My resistance to not finishing a book has nothing to do with critical acclaim and everything to do with feeling I’m not giving an author a fair shot without seeing it through to the end. Yes, I realize that’s silly. But it’s just the way my brain works. I’m glad I’m getting better about this, but it’s still a struggle. It’s easier if the book never grabs my attention, but there have been some that start strong and totally lag in the middle. Those are the ones I struggle with the most.
I’m glad you were able to embrace DNFing!
When I started leaving reviews on Goodreads, it was for my own benefit as well. I have a terrible memory, and it was a way for me to be able to look back and see what I thought about a book. And I just got the courage to start DNFing books this year too. And like you, it was only a few, but I feel like it’s progress. 😉
Here’s my off-topic TTT for this week!