How is it going? Today I want to talk about something that has been on my mind for a while. I don’t know about you guys, but my reading tastes change from time to time. A couple of years ago, I’d say that I am a contemporary fan, but now I am more into fantasy and sci-fi. So… I decided to rewind back a few decades and talk about the books that I read way back in the day, and the books that I enjoy now.
When I was a kid, I was addicted to The Babysitters’ Club series. I swear I collected these books- They took over my shelves! I also read the spin-off series: The Babysitters’ Club Mysteries, Specials, you name it!
I was also hooked on The Bad Beginning (and the rest of The Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket. Loved the grim vibe in this series, and I thought that these books were unique in that not everything was cheerful and fun and upbeat like the rest of children’s fiction back in the day.
And of course, how can I not mention Harry Potter as another memorable read from my childhood!? I loved following this series over the years. I felt like I grew up with Harry, Hermione and Ron.
This was the rebellious phase of my life haha. As a teenager, I felt the need to……… defy convention??! and so I did NOT read any young adult books even though I fit into the young adult demographic. At this time I read a lot of literary and adult fiction. This is when I read the longest book ever, Les Miserables, (okay, probably not the longest book ever, but up there) and really developed an addiction for Stephen King and John Grisham novels.
During the years when I was in pharmacy school, life was so busy that I barely read anything at all besides textbooks. The sheer amount of textbooks that I had to read made me NOT want to read anything at all. At this time, I doubted that I liked reading at all, and I wasn’t sure if I will ever go back to reading ever again.
It was after I finished my pharmacy training when I developed a taste for fiction again. I suddenly had a lot of time, and I became hungry for stories. It was shortly after this when I started Sophie’s Corner and soon discovered the book blogging community.
When I reached for books again, it wasn’t the literary and adult fiction that I gravitated towards. Instead I gained an appreciation of the simplicity and the innocence in young adult books. Adulting was tough, and it felt good to read light-hearted and imaginative books in my spare time.
Even so, my reading tastes ebbed and flowed over the years. In my first year of book blogging, I loved YA contemporary fiction. Some of my favourites included Everything Everything, Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
Then…. I think I needed a bit of a change. There was nothing wrong with YA contemporary, but I think I read too much of this genre and needed a break from it. In the second year of book blogging, I delved into YA sci-fi and fantasy. I really loved Warcross and the Six of Crows duology!
How about now? I am reading a mix of everything. This year I finally found the courage to pick up a classic novel that I’ve been putting off for ages- East of Eden– and really loved it. I also read a few adult novels (The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and the Jade City series.) Of course I am still enjoying my young adult books as well!