I’m so excited for today’s post! I’ve been trying to take part in the Let’s Talk Bookish memes for ages now but either I don’t have much to say about some of the topics or I miss out on them or am absolutely too busy to participate. But finally this day has come!
Today is actually a Freebie Day which means I can go back and catch up on any previous prompts and today I’m choosing to talk about how my reading habits have changed over time 🙂
How Have Your Reading Habits Changed Over Time?
As a kid the only books I read came from the library. Sure I had some books at home but I had read and re-read them so many times, I was honestly bored.
I have so many fond memories of going to the children’s section of my local library where I would march in with two library cards(my sister and mine), browse for shiny books and leave with a stack of books and an excited spirit. I was very well known among the librarians.
Okay maybe that’s too much nostalgia…
I was an extremely avid reader and I would read anything that sounded good. Back then I wasn’t on social media, I didn’t know which books were new or hyped so I would just go through all the blurbs and choose whatever sounded good. I used to read all sorts of underrated and niche books and I honestly miss that.
Nowadays I either read new releases or popular backlist books. I miss the joy of going to a library and stumbling upon an undiscovered gem. That’s the first thing I’m going to do when my local library opens up.
Another huge change is the rate at which I read books. There were times when I would come back from the library, plop on my bed and finish off the book in one sitting. Oh those sweet days when I had all the time in the world. These days reading books in a single setting is all but a fantasy and I usually end up taking at least two days to finish a book, sometimes even weeks. Little me would probably be disappointed but what to do, university can be a pain in the ass.
But a good change is definitely the fact that I’m actively looking for diverse reads. Most of the books in my library were old, outdated and majorly written by white authors. Now I get to read all sorts of different books and actually see myself represented in some of my favourite stories. What a dream! If I had found this sort of diversity from childhood itself I feel like I would have been more at peace with myself and more sure of my identity in many ways.
So I won’t say me reading habits have changed for the good or the bad, I think it’s a bit of both. I’m trying to recreate the better older habits like re-reading books and not being worried of my unread books, spending hours in the library just looking for any random book. I can’t travel back to my past but I’m determined to incorporate some of my older reading habits into my current life 🙂