Have your book-tastes changed over the years? More fiction? Less? Books that are darker and more serious? Lighter and more frivolous? Challenging? Easy? How-to books over novels? Mysteries over Romance?
My book tastes have changed quite a lot for someone as young as I am, or so I think. When I was younger, I read mostly YA novels, but I didn’t really have a specific focus, I just read whatever I could find, and usually multiple times. My first “adult” books were romance novels, mostly because that was what my mom read. After a short time, I specifically latched onto historical romance, mostly because I really love history and didn’t quite realize it at the time. In high school, I made a friend who recommended the Wheel of Time to me, and there began my love affair with fantasy novels. So, for a while, I was reading romance and fantasy pretty much exclusively, although I never really noticed that none of my favorite books were romance – I did notice that they got same-y after a while, though, and by the end of high school I was embarrassed to be reading them at all, so I stopped.
I went to college and barely read at all for the first year and a half, except for required reading for my English major and a few books over the summer. I was unhappy during most of this time, except while I was in England, and looking back I think losing my guaranteed “escape” made it a lot worse. My brother (my only sibling) passed away in December 2005 from non-Hodgkins lymphoma and I realized that I really needed to read again, so as a distraction I began my first ever list of how many books I read. Around this time I also realized that I really, really loved history, in particular medieval history, not only as a setting for romance novels but as a subject and as a setting for all sorts of other novels. This is a love that I suspect has existed all my life, because I recall that my favorite books from childhood were often either fantasy or set in medieval Europe. In 2006 I read 76 books, largely historical fiction and fantasy. At the end of 2006, I discovered LibraryThing, and my reading skyrocketed, because in 2007 I read 139 books, again mostly composed of historical fiction, fantasy, and history. So far, these have remained constant, although I have been introducing a bit more modern literature into my TBR piles ever since I read The Remains of the Day last year.
So, there is my reading history, long and complex and boring for everyone but me I’m sure!