After I thought a lot about my reading habits before & after blogging, I thought about my reading timeline/journey and how I’ve changed and grown as a reader — and come back to reading even after a LONG gap.
Childhood Years: I was a voracious little reader (aww wasn’t I cute!) and would seriously read ANYTHING I could find. I was ALWAYS reading way above average in school and always felt so bored from an early age because I wanted to read MORE…luckily my parents kept handing me books as fast as I read them.
Pre-teen Years: I read all over the place. Probably this time and now are the height of my voracious reading. I loved all things horror (seriously I probably read every Christopher Pike & RL Stine novel out) and anything that would make me feel grownup. Judy Blume made me feel scandalous and I loved it.
Teen Years: I WASTED SO MANY YEARS WITH MY LAPSE IN READING. About the only thing I read was school required reading, magazines and a FEW novels here and there (Perks of Being a Wallflower & Catcher in the Rye) but I would have no longer called myself a “reader” if asked at this point.
College Years: I was suuuuch a little book snob. I would side-eye my friends reading Jodi Picoult or more mainstream literature. I had a HUGE obsession with the Beat writers. I read mostly classics then. I honestly probably only read 15 books throughout my college years though.
2008 -2010: I got into Goodreads and started reading like CRAZY again. I started reading anything and everything — didn’t discriminate. Goodreads helped me to discover there was SO MUCH OUT THERE. I was introduced to YA (mostly by Twilight) and started putting my feet in the YA pool these years.
2010 – Current: WELL you know me! I started out adding more YA books to my reading list and then suddenly they took over. Still read my adult books & non-fiction but I’m enjoying my YA immersion!
1. I’ve always leaned more towards reading a HUGE variety of things. I started that way as a reader, then became a little narrow and then slowly got back to wanting so much variety.
2. Now that I’ve immersed myself pretty much solely in YA I’m ready for a balance again because I miss the classics, the weird non-fiction and adult books.
3. I really now regret that I didn’t keep up with reading during those years and now I feel like I’m scrambling to read ALL OF THE BOOKS EVAR. Oh teen Jamie. WHY?? WHY??
Tell me about your reading life through the years! Were you always a voracious reader? Did you ever have any LOST YEARS where you stopped reading? If so, how long did it take you to come back to it? Did your reading preferences fluctuate or have you always basically read the same TYPES of books? Do you feel like you were more open to different genres when you were younger or now? Were you into any of the same books as ME? Tell me tell me tell me!