Here I am, sitting here at 2AM and I keep thinking a lot about blogging and reading and just how it’s changed for me over the years (also bottom line, I can’t seem to fall asleep just yet).
Not that that’s a bad thing! It’s wonderful actually! When I first started reading (so when I was a little baby child) I was really into adventure and animal books and from there I went into this phase where I wanted to read all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books (which I did) and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (also read). Moving into middle school I grabbed onto more classics and read books like Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell both for the first time.
Then came high school. During this time period I read a TON of chick lit and YA romance novels. I was so into contemporary and was constantly searching for a cute and sappy love story. As I got to the end of high school however I started to look into more dystopian and adventure books again. Of course I still love a good love story every now and then, but I’m not as obsessed as I was four years ago.
Now that I’m in college, I have realized that I’m trying to read a lot of things from a huge variety of genres. I try to get my hands on a little bit of everything, yet for some reason I unconsciously avoid the hugely popular books. It’s strange, but true. I didn’t realize I did it until my roommate asked if I had read a couple of series that were really popular and I kept answering no. I think the fact that a lot of indie publishers email me to read/review their books has something to do with that fact though.
So what’s the point of all this? I’m not really sure. I think the idea that our reading preferences change, show how we grow and change as people. I also can’t believe I’ve been blogging for over three years! It’s been so much fun and I still continue to have fun with it every single day. Of course, sometimes I get frustrated because I can’t post enough while I’m in college, or I’m way too busy with homework, but then comes the winter/spring/summer breaks and I go on huge reading rampages.
I guess overall my point is I’m still doing all this, yes for my avid followers, but mostly for myself. Which is how it should be right? I just want to share the love of reading and if that means enlightening some people along the way, then so be it!