10 Ways My Reading Habits Have Changed Over the Years

10 Ways My Reading Habits Have Changed

Over time, reading habits can change. We may fall out of love with old favorites and discover new ones. Or we might change more dramatically in the very way we read. Here are ten ways my reading habits have changed over the years.

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I don’t need every book immediately.

When I was growing up, I had a lot less patience. If a book I wanted was going to be published, I likely was hoping to get a copy on or near release date. Now, I realize that, in the grand scheme of things, having my hands on a book immediately is not really the most important thing to worry about in life. Besides, life is busier now, and I probably will not have time to devour the whole book in one sitting on release day, anyway.

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I don’t need to read every book, novella, and spin-off in a series.

I also used to have a need for completion. If a series had 15 books, I probably wanted to read all 15 books, even if I thought the reading experience was mediocre. Now, I give myself permission to give up on series. And I certainly don’t worry about getting my hands on every novella or exclusive short story publishers want to sell to avid fans. If the content in the novella were that important that everyone needed to read it, it surely would be in the actual books in the actual series!

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I DNF books.

This goes with the above point, but I used to never DNF a book. I wanted to give the author the benefit of the doubt. What if the whole book had to be read for someone to appreciate it fully? However, I think more experience comes with age, and I have realized that a book that I hated 100 pages in is unlikely to suddenly change and become something I enjoy 400 pages in. I still DNF very infrequently, but it is a real possibility now when it was not before.

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I read shorter books.

I used to indulge very frequently in very long books like The Count of Monte Cristo or Villette. However, I have less reading time now, so it is harder for me to immerse myself in very lengthy volumes all the time.

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I read graphic novels and comics.

When I was growing up, my teachers made it quite clear that comic books were not “real books” and so I never really looked into them. However, we are living in a golden age of graphic novels for middle-grade readers, and I now read these books avidly. I have also started seeing them on school reading lists, indicating a notable shift in the culture since I was in grade school.

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I don’t reread all the books in a series when the latest installment comes out.

I used to reread every book in a series when the latest installment came out, so I would be prepared. These days, I simply do not have the time. I have benefited greatly from all the recaps of previous novels that used to bore me!

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I’m willing to read books for little kids.

When I was a teenager, I would have been embarrassed to be seen browsing the children’s section of the library or the bookstore. Now, I read everything from picture books to middle grade books to YA and adult books with no shame. Life is too short to care what other people think about your reading choices.

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I listen to audiobooks.

Growing up, I did not seek out audiobooks and I have the vague impression that maybe there were not as many, or they were not recommended as much. I did try one or two, but I didn’t like having to sit around and wait for the narrator to speak when I could read the book by myself so much faster. Now, however, I like to listen to audiobooks from time to time.

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I rely less on browsing.

My preferred method of finding new books when I was growing up was to go to the library or the bookstore and simply look at the shelves, find an attractive cover, and read the summary. I might have a list of some books to look for based on reviews I found in a magazine or that were recommended by my friends, but browsing was how I found most of my books. I still love browsing, but I follow the publishing market now, so I usually go into the library already prepared with a list of books to put on hold.

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I reread less.

I still reread books and am a big proponent of returning to the books I love to discover them anew. But now that I can get myself to the library, I do not have to rely on simply rereading whatever I happen to have at home. I think less immediate access to books encouraged more rereading when I was younger.

How have your reading habits changed? Did they change due to age? Blogging? Something else?

*This post was inspired by Briana’s list of 52 Discussion Post Prompts for Your Blog!

27 thoughts on “10 Ways My Reading Habits Have Changed Over the Years

  1. Kim @ Traveling in Books says:

    Audiobooks have been a revelation to me in the past few years. I can’t imagine life without them now!

    I don’t go back and reread a series when the next one comes out. There just isn’t enough time for that, I and I remember most things well enough that I don’t need to.

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    • Krysta says:

      Yes, audiobooks are great for when I am traveling and can’t read a physical book!

      Sometimes I can’t remember what happened in the first book in a series, especially if I’ve read several YA books that feel similar like, “Yeah, blood magic and high seas adventure. So, uh…which one was this?” In this case, I have actually given up on the sequel since the book clearly wasn’t standing out to me in a good way.

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  2. Elsie says:

    Such a great post! I’ve been thinking about this recently too. Cause I don’t read the same way that I used to read 6 years ago. I used to have this idea that I HAVE to read every spin-off of my favourite series. But now I’m wayy laid back and if I see a spin-off I’m just like ‘Good for her’ and move on 😂

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  3. Sam@WLABB says:

    A lot of YES up there for me. I was never a re-reader, but I have found I don’t need all the new releases immediately. And I did finally give audiobooks and middle grade books a try (and I liked both!)

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  4. Julie Anna's Books says:

    I find myself browsing less as well, which I’m kind of sad about because I love browsing! With all of the recommendations we get, I feel more compelled to come into the library knowing exactly what I want. Every now and then I do like to try and pick up a book at random though!

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    • Krysta says:

      I do miss the joys of browsing! I guess the one upside is that, with the libraries closed, I was still able to find books I love without having to go in and look at the actual shelves. But I think this past year also reminded me how great browsing can be–because I missed it so much!

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  5. Eden says:

    This was a fun post to read! It’s interesting to hear how others reading habits have changed and to think about how I’ve changed myself.
    I used to love reading series, but now they mostly annoy me. And I would never, EVER DNF a book because it just felt wrong but now I realize that there is not enough time to read books I don’t enjoy. 😄
    Audiobooks has been a change too and I’ve actually come to enjoy them. They are super handy for commutes to work and listening while you do housework or take a walk.

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    • Krysta says:

      I am at the point where I just really, really want to read a great standalone. Not everything needs to a series. Not everything SHOULD be a series. I don’t have the time to dedicate to keeping up with 30+ series and oftentimes now I don’t.

      Also, yes to the DNF! I have so many books I want to read! Why waste time on one I don’t enjoy?

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      • Eden says:

        Yes exactly! I have had too many experiences with reading series where the books just became all the same and it was boring but I put up with because I had become attached to the characters and maybe the ending would be amazing but in the end, it was just disappointing. I sound really pessimistic but maybe I just haven’t found the right series yet???

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        • Krysta says:

          I think I like series best when they were always projected to be a certain length and the author has a set agenda for each title. When a trilogy suddenly expands to five books or a standalone becomes a series, often the story isn’t strong enough to carry the series through. But it’s all about marketing and what the publishers think will sell. My understanding is that series are preferred because they are easier to market. They have a built-in fan base already.

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  6. Eustacia | Eustea Reads says:

    I definitely DNF books more now! I used to be a completionist but… life’s too short if the book doesn’t grab my attention :p

    I also request a lot fewer books from NetGalley now, partly because the thrill of reading the latest book has worn off a bit, and partly because I’m back in a country with a lot of English books I could borrow for free.

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    • Krysta says:

      Yes! I usually have a stack of books ready to go, so why spend time on one I’m not enjoying? I’m not sure why it took me years to figure that out.

      Yes! I tried Edelweiss while the libraries were closed, but I don’t need the thrill of being exclusive, I guess. I’d usually rather wait and get a physical copy to read from the library. I also don’t like feeling that I HAVE to be reading and reviewing on a schedule. I want to be more relaxed and have fun with reading!

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  7. Milliebot says:

    I still buy some books right away even tho I won’t read them right away lol. And I still sometimes reread a whole series before the latest one, if I really love the series haha. But other times I’ll opt for a summary.

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