#T5W: Bookish Things I’ve Changed My Mind About

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started and I discovered through the lovely Samantha‘s videos. If you’re interested you can join the goodreads group to get the topics for each week.

This week’s topic:

May 1st: Bookish Things I’ve Changed My Mind About
— This can cover any bookish topic you want: tropes, characters, TBRs, genres, anything!

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1. Audiobooks

This is probably the biggest change in my reading life. It’s not that I thought audiobooks weren’t valid or bad or anything, I just thought they wouldn’t be for me and I wouldn’t be able to focus on them. Now I always have one audiobook on my currently-reading shelf and I can’t do without them. (Psst, you should read my audiobook guide!)

2. Reading only one book at the time

I used to be someone who could only read one book and wouldn’t start another one until I was done with that one. That’s still somewhat true if we look at the genres of books (I won’t have two contemporaries on my CR shelf, or two high fantasy, etc), but I will generally have a few books that I’m reading at different paces and usually in different formats (audio/ebooks, rarely physical).

3. Writing 

I used to just read whatever sounded good and in a way I still do, but I’m much more aware of how much I like the writing style of the author I’m reading, and sometimes it can make or break my enjoyment of a book. I’m not even talking about the actual prose but more about how the writer seems to treat their readers, if that makes sense? It’ll obviously depend on the genre and age target of the book, but I hate feeling like the author doesn’t trust me to not pick up on clues (especially when it comes to what the characters are feeling, etc) and feeds me redundant information.

4. Contemporary genre

I’m not sure this counts because I’ve always read contemporary, but when I started reading in English I started with YA fantasy and for a while (like…two years??) that’s all I would read. It’s not that I hated contemporaries, I just only wanted to read fantasy! That obviously changed almost to a point where I could barely read any fantasy because it takes me more time and focus, but thankfully audiobooks are helping with that so now I would say I read a healthy amount of both genres.

5. Rating

I’m someone who gives out four and five stars very easily. Looking back at some of the five-star reads I’ve had over the years, I can’t say that they really all deserved such a high rating, especially since I can barely even remember what some of them were about. So I’m trying to always think before giving five stars, “Will this book still be relevant to me in a month? Will I remember it? Has it changed something in me?” Generally speaking I still have a hard time deciding whether to rate purely on enjoyment or on quality, because the two are sometimes very different and I can say that objectively a book is 5-stars-good but I didn’t enjoy it because of personal taste. I see people switching to 10-stars-ratings but I wouldn’t know what that would change for me. So this is not a topic I’ve exactly changed my mind about, but I’m somewhat always working on rating more critically than I did before.

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Have you changed your mind about something book-related? What would your past self say if they saw you now?

 

11 thoughts on “#T5W: Bookish Things I’ve Changed My Mind About

  1. The “no contemporary” thing is something I wen through too, but I often wonder if I still wouldn’t want to read that much contemporary if the genre were still like it was when I mostly avoided it. I’m glad there are so many diverse ones now (I only wish it weren’t so US-focused but we know how likely that is)

    And I’ve noticed that I’ve become so much pickier about writing than I once was too. I mostly notice it when I try reading mediocre translations, which a few years ago I would have barely noticed, but authors “over-explaining” the characters’ emotions is something I’ve also been annoyed by in some cases.

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    • I don’t really read contemporaries from before 2016 but I can imagine they can’t be better than the ones that are out now, especially considering diversity!

      Yeah, authors who do that might create wonderful words or stories but I immediately get annoyed. Especially when in order to explain every character’s emotion and facial expression the narrative suddenly starts creating new laws of physics so the POV character can see the face of someone standing behind them without turning around lmao

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  2. I felt the same way about audiobooks! (Also, definitely checking out that audiobook guide 😁.) Reading multiple books at once is something I do now too. There’s so many ways to consume books now, like you mentioned, so it’s almost impossible not to!

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    • Exactly, there’s so many different formats and genres that I don’t really get book slumps anymore!
      Thanks for checking the audiobook guide, I hope you enjoyed it 💞

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  3. I’m definitely the same with audiobooks! I used to think I wouldn’t be able to pay and attention and that the book would go over my head if I listened to it, but now I need to be listening to at least one audiobook! I’m still the type that can only read one book at a time though. If I start a new book I can only get a few chapters in before having to finish the other book 😅
    great post!

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    • Lmao yeah depending on how much a book is interesting me I’ll need to finish it! But now I feel better knowing that if for some reason I don’t feel like reading it I can just turn to a different book for a while. I won’t read two different books (at least in the same format) on the same day though!

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  4. I’ve changed my mind about contemporary too. It used to be all romance so I tend to avoid it, but now it’s filled with so many amazing books! Audiobooks, sadly, is one thing I haven’t changed my mind. I think it’s more of a me problem as I find it hard to focus xD

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    • Agree, contemporary is so much more than romance!
      That’s fine, audiobooks can’t be for everyone! There’s so many other options out there 💞

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