12 August 2010

BTT for 8/12

I haven't done BTT in a long while. I just haven't been jazzed by the questions i guess. This week's question is one that i've actually been thinking about but still don't know that i have any real clarity on it.


Have your reading choices changed over the years? Or pretty much stayed the
same? (And yes, from childhood to adulthood we usually read different things,
but some people stick to basically the same kind of book their entire lives,
so…)

I would say...sorta?


When i was in middle and high school, i read big historical fiction novels (Gone with the Wind was a yearly reread), fantasy (LOTR, Dragonlance), some sci-fi (Douglas Adams, Piers Anthony), my mom's romance novels (ok, i was a teenager, i wanted to read about sex!), some of my dad's thrillers (probably the same reason), and mysteries (loved me some Sherlock Holmes and I read almost all the Agatha Christie books). Oh, and i read comics and a choose your own adventure type series called Lone Wolf.

Now? I read big fantasy and sci-fi series, lots of graphic novels when i can get them. I read waaaaay more non-fiction now. No more romances and less historical fiction. Thrillers and mysteries less too. I hate the term "literary fiction" because it sounds so damn pretentious but technically i think that is the category i read a lot of now. Also, YA books. YA was an itty-bitty category when i was younger; i pretty much skipped right past what there was and went to adult novels.

The biggest thing that has changed is how i find books to read. Back then, in the late 1980s and 1990s, i would just wander through the appropriate section in the bookstore, or browsed the shelves at the library. Sometimes a friend would recommend something (that's how i started reading Anne Rice) or i would stumble on an author and then just go and read everything i could find by that person. I also hardly ever bought books; i spent my money on comics.

Now i get new book ideas everywhere! Blogs, 'zines, the 1001 Books to Read list, amazon and librarything. ACK! and McKay's is so cheap and amazon has free shipping. it is great but also has led to me having a ridiculous number of books now. I should probably try to purge some as Bandiaremovingintogether.

B reads fantasy too. We both love the Song of Ice and Fire series and last night we were discussing that, if the next book ever comes out, we'd have to buy 2 copies. Neither of us wants to have to get stuck being the second person to read the book! ok, we're book geeks, i will admit it.

1 comment:

  1. Except for paranormal stuff (which I can't get into even after trying few times), I have always read pretty much everything. My reading depends a lot on my book but it is always evolving...

    Here is my BTT: Evolution post!

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